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Bon Ton Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
Central Business District
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401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130-2426
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food really good tasting, waiters made us feeling confortable and very appreciated they took care of my allergy.

Thank Chiara G
San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food at Bon Ton Café was excellent and masterfully prepared. I had the red fish with crab and it was fabulous. A varied menu, appetizers and a wide range of wines. The only complaint I have is the waitress was very pushy. She brought us samples of a specialty drink even though we told her we didn't drink. we... More 

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Burnsville, Minnesota
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Yes, drenched to the bones we walked in and immediately the owner (?) tried to push us into a corner. The server was even colder. The food mediocre at best. Now that being said, if you are dressed for business and have been there repeatedly, you'll get top-notch service. The servers spent more time socializing with regulars than they did... More 

Thank Peter S
Fairhope, Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had fried soft shell crab and onion rings. It doesn't get any better than this. I have eaten here many times and always meets my expectations

Thank RobertBerglin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been coming to New Orlean's for about 15 years and one of our first stops is the Bon Ton. I was initially amazed to discover they are only opened Monday thru Friday 5 - 9 and have been in the same location, the historic Natchez Building, since the early 1900's. Reservations are a must. The night we were... More 

Thank Susan M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food, among the best we have had in New Orleans. The decor is not as fancy as some and the waitresses wear white uniform dresses and walking shoes. But the service and food is awesome. The crab meat au gratin is excellent and very filling. It does come in a small looking bowl, but it's deep and more than... More 

Thank Huffle22
La Canada, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Came here on the recommendation of a friend for crawfish etouffe. Enjoyed the food very much. The restaurant was simple, quiet and a little bit elegant, which was a nice respite from the heat and craziness of NOLA. Our server was a bit unfriendly, which I didn't care for. We felt as though we were a bother to her and... More 

Thank eatonl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Start out with the Rum Ramsey special drink. Our waiter Matt was great and very attentive and told us to take our time and enjoy the restaurant. He was very professional and helpful. The gumbo was very tasty. The crawfish Etouffee was spiced just right with lots of crawfish and just a little rice! The shrimp etouffee likewise was well... More 

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Westford, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Based on the reviews, we expected something special in New Orleans. While the service was attentive and helpful, the food itself was just average, something we could have eaten anywhere in the U.S. Also, there was strange, musty smell in the air -- almost like a subway in NYC, not very appetizing.

Thank carenb_MA
Fayetteville, AR
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

Ate here twice on our recent trip. Both times for dinner. Not crowded, good service and good food. Try the Rum Ramsey, their signature drink, very good and only available there. Fish is of good quality, and the staff bends over backwards. Never needed a reservation because the place just is not that noticable, but that was fine with us.

Thank DiverScientist

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130-2426
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: 504-524-3386

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Staying in Central Business District

Neighborhood Profile
Central Business District
Compared to the more evocative monikers of some other parts of New Orleans, the downtown’s humdrum title might suggest that this area is all about business and little else. But don’t let the bland name keep you away from the Central Business District. The CBD offers a wide range of fun things to do that would be touted as exceptional in less jubilant corners of the world. Bordered by the French Quarter, the Arts District and Tremé, with the river at its eastern extreme, this hub for sports, gaming, shopping, theatre, family-friendly activities, and amazing regional cuisine makes a smart base wherever your interests lie.