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Buffa's Bar & Restaurant

$$ - $$$American, ,
1001 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116-1944
+1 504-949-0038
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“late night” (6 reviews)
“brunch” (52 reviews)
“burger” (48 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM Hours
American, Bar, Pub, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1001 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116-1944
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My husband and I had a road trip around America. We spent 3 nights in NOLA and embraced ourselves with good food. Buffa’s bar is recommended by a bnb that we stayed in and is definitely a hidden treasure. We ordered jambalaya, sautéed shrimps and...More

1  Thank alanisrb
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here based on other reviews just for the food. At first it looked kinda like a dive bar. Weren't sure at first, but we were pleasantly surprised to find live music in the dining room! Great New Orleans old jazz band was playing...More

1  Thank Alaska A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Buffa's is a true New Orleans Original. Local musicians almost every night, and a great mix of styles and genres. The food here is great too! Excellent place to get a burger or specialty sandwich. They do have an Eat Fit NOLA item, but I...More

1  Thank sacre29
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Buffa's is one of those uniquely New Orleans places. The food isn't just your run of the mill bar food. Fried Green Beans and the Gotham burger was plenty for the two of us. Add the sweet sounds of Tim Laughlin and friends and it...More

1  Thank Mark T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Asked our Lyft driver to take us to where locals get their Cajun food and Jazz fix from.....she took us to Buffas Bar right near Frenchmens street. There is not much to say about the ambiance...its a bar. Its casual, old and does not try...More

1  Thank Tim B
thechuck, Owner at Buffa's Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for the great review! No sure when you visited, but we only use disposable plates and silverware for catered events or if there is a water issue (such as a boil order or a plumbing issue). Just wanted to throw that out there so...More

Reviewed July 14, 2018

Stayed at the B&B across the street and wanted a quick bite. Good food and good entertainment as it was open mic night. Bartender/waitress busted her butt and made sure everyone was taken care of!

Thank sgtpepper1980
Reviewed June 22, 2018 via mobile

Third time still not a charm. Food is really poor for NO. Bar service just ok. Entertainment leaves much to be desired. Fabulous location just off Rampart, which should support a top notch biz. They do lots of advertising, so they get patrons, just not...More

Thank Lornbert
thechuck, Owner at Buffa's Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2018

Sorry you find our fare sub par. We respectfully disagree, and most of our reviews support that. Occasionally, like any restaurant, we disappoint our customers. When we do, we always go over why with our staff so we can correct any problems. I'd appreciate it...More

Reviewed June 21, 2018

Been eating here a while now, fast and great value. Always fun live music, and the staff is very attentve

Thank Prissys Newberr... A
Reviewed June 13, 2018 via mobile

Ok, we have some history with this bar so I am biased. If you want a respectable hole in the wall where the locals hang out, this is the place. These two pics were taken 23 years apart, and the bartender spent a lot of...More

Thank Paul F
Reviewed June 9, 2018

We went to Buffa's on the recommendation of our B&B owner and we were happy that we did. We had a very nice dinner and listened to some extremely talented performers on open mic night. Service was great, food was delicious and the music made...More

Thank OBNurse48
Faubourg Marigny & Bywater
Nestled between the French Quarter and the Ninth Ward,
the Faubourg Marigny & Bywater environs are largely
residential. Of course, folks around here love to go
out and have a good time as much as they do anywhere
in NOLA. And if out-of-towners want to join in the
festivities, well then so much the better! Home to
some of the most revered live music venues in New
Orleans, an eclectic gaggle of gourmand dining
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March 16, 2018|
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Response from thechuck | Property representative |
Buffa's has two spaces, a front bar where you have to be 21 or greater due to the presence of Video Poker machines, and our Back Room, which is family friendly and open to anyone. Our Back Room is open 7 days a week with... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$7 - $18
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1001 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116-1944
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > Faubourg Marigny & Bywater
  • Neighborhood: Faubourg Marigny & Bywater
  • Phone Number: +1 504-949-0038
  • E-mail
On the Border of the Quarter since 1939, Buffa's Bar & Restaurant provides a true New Orleans neighborhood bar experience! Live music 6 days a week! Open 24/7.
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