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“Devilishly Close to Perfect”
Review of Criollo Restaurant

Criollo Restaurant
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Ranked #43 of 1,989 Restaurants in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Cross street: Royal Street between Bienville and Iberville
Reviewed February 28, 2013

The food here warrants a full five circle rating, and that is the most important aspect of any restaurant. Several minor irritations did keep this from being a perfect dining experience, and as they say, the devil is in the details. Let's start with the positives: everything we ate was really, really good, from appetizers through dessert. The flavors were interesting and very savory, and everything was cooked perfectly. I will definitely go back to try more items on the menu. However ... at a place like this, you should not have to ask to have your water glass refilled, to get the wine list back because they took it after you ordered a glass of champagne to start with, or to have the waiter not really certain about some of the menu items. Overall, the service was friendly and very good; with a little more attention to the small details, Criollo is ready to step into the pantheon of great New Orleans restaurants. The food is already there.

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Reviewed February 21, 2013 via mobile

Mostly had appetizers. Staff great. Polite n not intrusive. No up selling. Yeay! Good recommendations. Cold drinks. Pretty room not bad food. Better than most. Not outstanding but a solid quality. There's better food in town but this will do.

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Reviewed February 13, 2013

By far our best dining experience while in NOLA over Super Bowl weekend 2013. Not only was the food outstanding, the service was impeccable. The service was like a well-oiled machine and they were there when we needed them without fail. Hats off to David Marinaccio and the rest of the restaurant staff. We will definitely go back!

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Reviewed February 6, 2013

Since I don't eat seafood, I couldn't have the shrimp, swordfish, tuna, snapper, grouper, and definitely not Turtle soup (!!!). However, the hand made mozzarella salad was fabulous as was the black angus filet of beef with Anna potatoes, Cabernet poached pear and blue cheese sauce.

Criollo is an excellent restaurant for Louisianna food - not to my personal taste simply due to my seafood allergies and fussy eating (don't like lamb or marrow either ...) but has excellent food and service. My only complaint was that the Entrées were nearly all seafood (apart from angus filet of beef, lamb t-bones and "Louisiana farm fresh vegetables". The appetisers and soups were also not my kind of thing but the salads made up for that!

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Reviewed January 18, 2013 via mobile

We will be back, but there are so many better New Orleans restaurants. The food was good but not great. However it is a beautiful space. Congrats to the Monteleone on a great renovation.

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