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Reviewed May 9, 2022

Enjoyed this little hidden gem at the Lakefront Airport. The mother's day brunch was awesome! Great for families, couples or by yourself. Staff and service was impeccable. Loved the ambiance and watching the planes taxi and takeoff. I now plan to try some of their..."blue plate" specials during the week.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed February 8, 2020

Messina's Runway Cafe is located in the old, very cool Art Deco terminal at Lakefront Airport. We flew in for the afternoon to have lunch and the food was outstanding, especially the gumbo and etouffee. Everything is made to order. The manager said all food...is brought in fresh daily. We had a great time talking to the manager as well as our waitress. We will definitely return!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed October 17, 2019

The food and service here is good, and the portions are more than enough. The location is a bit out of the way and remote for my tastes.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 7, 2019

Great art deco building houses a great restaurant -- w i d e selection menu - local-style food - super salads - my Cobb was enough for 2 meals - server Cynthia from Cali was outstanding -- comin' back again -- soon.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed July 31, 2019

Here is what you are in for: a view of private planes on the runway, planes landing, and planes taking off. The food is good. If you go in on the right day, you are in for bottomless mimosas. However, this not close to regular...tourist locations.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed June 4, 2019 via mobile

We ate a very delicious lunch with family recently at Messina and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The food was amazing, the staff were extremely helpful and friendly and the view was wonderful. We enjoyed watching a couple of planes land and several taking off. Can’t wait...to go back.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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StaceyM2420, Owner at Messina's Runway Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2019

Thanks so much for dining with us!! Great to hear that you enjoyed everything and we hope to see you and your family again soon!!

Reviewed April 13, 2019 via mobile

I went with some friends to Messina’s recently. The food was good and the service was friendly. I had a shrimp and pasta dish, which was good. I plan on eating there again in the very near future.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed March 27, 2019

We had a large 35+ person family reunion at this restaurant. The staff was magnificent, the buffet food very good, and the Walnut room perfect for the occasion. Throughout the planning, we worked with their event planner and felt confident that the restaurant was out...to please.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed February 12, 2019

Why can't servers even pretend to like their job?? I believe it's because they get 20% no matter wha they do. Went to Messina's for a B-day. Made a reservation. All of us showed up about 15 minutes early for our reservation. One hour later,...we get a table. Server just didn't care or had too many other tables or who knows?? Finally we got our food.. My pasta had obviously sat out for a good while because it was dried on top like it did. Most of the food was ok. the seafood in my pasta tasted fresh. The grandkids wouldn't eat the mac & cheese and I never saw that ever before. My daughter just said it wasn't too good. And I guess they don't have dessert because no one offered us any? The cost was pretty reasonable.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed June 25, 2018

Six of us met for lunch Saturday and, having called ahead, expected to have seating in the big "Walnut Room" where I was told lunch was served every Saturday and Sunday. Upon arrival we found tables set up in the lobby; a wedding reception would...be held that night in the Walnut Room. Very disappointed, but, lunch would be good, right? Service terribly slow both for drink service and then ordering and service of food. I had a bacon and blue cheese burger and it was delicious. My husband had fried oysters which were perfectly fried but over seasoned with pepper. While we were eating the staff began removing all the other tables and chairs as other lunch guests departed and started setting up for the wedding ceremony for that night which apparently would consume the entire facility. The time was approximately 2:30pm when we were done with our lunch and at that time ours was the only table in the place and we all felt like we were being kicked out although no one had asked us to leave. Messina's is located in a beautifully restored art-deco small airport terminal situated on the edge of Lake Pontchartrain and, if seated in the right area, you can actually watch the airplanes take off and land. While my previous visit there was a delight, I was disappointed this time.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed June 2, 2018 via mobile

Old friends met for lunch in historic Restored ART DECO BUILDING. TERMINAL OF Lakefront Airport is location of Messina's Runway restaurant. Welcoming and Friendly. Speedy drinks and dining service. Refills yes. Quality vis a vis price is compelling. My redfish main was beautifully prepared. It's...so easy to over cook. Sides all perfect. Generous portion. My friends agreed. All their choices were REALLY good. Room is spacious and comfortable. Highest marks in all categories.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed May 2, 2018

We had breakfast at Messina's Runway Cafe. The menu was much more limited than the on line menu. Service was very poor. The food on the other hand was excellent. We probably will not return

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed April 9, 2018

Very disappointed. I ordered the pan grilled catfish. The fish was swimming in oil as well as the spinach. I immediately told the waiter and he said he would replace it with chicken but unfortunately it never came. After everyone else finished their meals, we...explained the problem with the manager George. He was very unprofessional and didn't seem to care and offered no solutions. Too many other great options in NOLA.More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed December 22, 2017

I love Eggs Benedict and these were very good. A spicy Bloody to accompany and what more could one want. Fun experience.

Date of visit: March 2017
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Reviewed October 16, 2017

Went to the Walnut Room/Runway Café for a Sunday brunch based on glowing reports from friends. The room was busy, but no one was waiting, and we had reservations. It took over an hour for our food to be delivered to the table and it...tasted like it had been plated up and waiting for that amount of time. Congealed grits, burgers like hockey pucks, messed up orders, food that didn't even arrive.... The #2 rating is for the beautiful building and view and the friendly bus boy.More

Date of visit: October 2017
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Stacey M, Manager at Messina's Runway Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2017

Hi Cassie, We are very sorry to hear about your recent experience at the Runway Café. We really appreciate your feedback and hope you give us the chance to make it right. Our Café goes to great lengths to provide the highest level of service...More

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Not sure what you want in asking about serving times, but the wait to be served and the wait for our dinner to arrive was not long. I would say it's not fast food speed, it's not high class restaurant slow. For someone who... More
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Messina's Runway Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 5