We struggled mightily on where to go our final night, and finally went to the Concierge to assist us. She suggested the Gumbo Shop, and after much deliberation, our 9-person group headed over there. It looked like we might get off to a rough start when we told the hostess 9 - but they scrambled and set up a table to accommodate us. There are two main seating areas - an indoor and outdoor section. We ended up indoors, but the place still had a very open air feel to it. The waitress we had was attentive, and did everything right.
Right off the bat, I was happy they served something other than Abita (which is good, but is EVERYWHERE in NO.) The Gumbo Shop also had a selection from NOLA Brewing. The menu has a good selection of local favorites, but my eyes quickly darted to the Complete Creole Dinner. For $25, you get a soup/salad, main dish, side, and dessert. Lot's of good choices, but I went with the Seafood Gumbo, Crawfish Etouffee, Creamed spinach, and Chocolate Browine Pie. The only thing I would do differently is try a different side - the rest was heavenly. Lots of great food, good price, and a really good location. Highly recommended.
Great place to get gumbo and other authentic local cuisine. Definitely a must if in the French Quarter. Small restaurant with great service and reasonable prices. The Boudin sausage appetizer w/ Creole mustard was a surprise and a must if you visit the Gumbo Shop.
Favorite Dish: Chicken sausage gumbo and an Abita Amber.
Comfortable restaurant with a green garden in the center. Tourists at surrounding tables were friendly; wait staff was attentive. Portions were large.
Favorite Dish: We shared a cup of seafood gumbo to start; it was fabulous. My husbands craw-fish pasta entree was awesome; creamy fattening and wonderful. My combo platter was soooo salty; I just felt my fingers and feet swell. The jambalaya, red beans and shrimp creole that was too salty to eat. We shared a praline sundae that was just awesome for desert.
This restaurant was recommended to us several years ago by a New Orleans native and so we were determined to visit the Gumbo Shop this time around. We arrived around 6pm and were almost immediately seated inside. A very nice cosy atmosphere added to our anticipation of a great meal. Service was excellent and our waiter, Charles, had a very gentlemanly and friendly matter.
This restaurant had a nice view of St. Peter Street and the passing crowd. Next time we visit we'd like to try one of the nice tables in the inner courtyard more toward the back of the restaurant which is open to the sun or stars and which looked really delightful.
Favorite Dish: We all tried the Gumbo Shop version of gumbo, a real New Orleans treat (chicken andouille gumbo ~ $6.99). The blackened (or grilled) chicken with garlic mashed potatoes was fabulous ($11.99). Blackened fish which was very spicy & delicious was $13.99. My daughter had the red beans and rice with smoked sausage, another New Orleans tradition, which might have been a little too spicy for her but a large plate full was very filling ($7.99). Freshly baked, warm rolls were an extra delicious accompaniment to our meal too. We were all so full that we had no room for dessert! If we had not wanted to try as many restaurants as possible while we were in New Orleans, we difinitely would have returned for another great meal at the Gumbo Shop!!
This is a real cute restaurant with a few rooms for dining, seating more people than it looks like from outside. They have a wide variety of New Orleanean food, the prices are reasonable, service excellent, you’re in and out as quick as you want. I wanted to try the desserts, but was too full from my chicken & andouille sausage gumbo. The gumbo was good. Total bill for gumbo and a soda was about $13.
Favorite Dish: gumbo
A good friend of mine who also grew up here met us there for our first dinner back home since I came back from Iraq. I was glad we were seated rapidly as we were really hungry (long flight from Anchorage) He swears by the place and eats there religiously. Well, my wife wanted to try the crawfish etouffee, usually one of my favorites. Everything else we had was pretty good, not the best ever, but not bad, except the etouffee. We all tried it just to make sure it wasn't my wife being picky. It was definitely rotten. We could only guess that the crawfish had spoiled and been previously frozen. Needless to say we never eat there now, though our friend still loves the place (I think he likes one of the cute waitresses). If you have to choose a place for Gumbo take the longer walk down to Deanies over on corner of Iberville and Dauphine, you will enjoy the food and portions more. If you have to try it don't order the etouffee.
Favorite Dish: Gumbo is good if you are not used to your own homemade. Red beans and rice good and portion is good size. Beer is a little more expensive there than other places nearby.
This is another restaurant to which I take my out-of-town guests when they come to visit. The location is great - just up the street from Pat O'Brien's and Bourbon Street. Be sure NOT to confuse it with the Gumbo Pot restaurant, also on this street.
The Gumbo Shop has wonderful ambiance no matter if you are seated in the main dining room, the courtyard, or the overflow seating just past the courtyard - this place is NEW ORLEANS. The prices are very reasonable, the dining is casual, and the portions are quite nice - enough to fill you up for sure!
The staff are always friendly. There is occasionally a line to get in that extends the entire carriageway - just walk to the front, give your name to the hostess, then stand at the back of the line. It will move fast and be worth the wait.
Favorite Dish: So many...
I love the Chicken Espagnole, Alligator Sauce Piquant, Crawfish & Pasta in Tasso Cream, and the Crawfish Etouffee. I also enjoy the Combination Plate which gives you servings of jambalaya, shrimp Creole, and red beans & rice - very classic Creole fare.
I am not personally a fan of gumbo, but this restaurant is consistently voted "Best Place to get Gumbo" by the locals, so you might want to give that a try as well.
I just got back from visiting New Orleans--a city known for its food--and I can honestly say that the entire experience I had at the Gumbo Shope was horrible, from the service to the food itself. The Gumbo Shop definitely caters to tourists, but as a tourist myself I thought I would try it. The prices may be reasonable compared to other restaurants, but the food you receive for it is horrible. I got the Combination platter, which included portions of the jambalaya, the crawfish etoffee, and the gumbo with shrimp. The entire plate looked liked it came out of a can. The jambalaya was nothing more than a pile of rice, and it was terribly dry. The etoffee and the gumbo both looked like some kind of mush that came out of a can that you would expect to find in some school or military cafeteria. No culinary effort at all went into the preparation of our food. As for the service--I can say that it was barely on par with the low quality of service you would expect to find at a local Waffle House at 1am in the morning. The waitress never smiled once, did not inform us of the special that had been written on the board in the waiting area, failed to give us plates even after bringing to our table an appetizer and bread, and was just all-around an unpleasant person.
In a city known for its Creole and Cajun style cuisines, it would pay to stay away from the Gumbo Shop and maybe spend a few bucks more to actually get a decent dinner that does not look and taste like it was microwaved out of a can.
Favorite Dish: I tried an etoffee, a gumbo, and a jambalaya dish on my platter. None of them were good! They tasted like a microwaved Stoffer's dinner!
Located half a block from Jackson Square, this casual restaurant is a great place to get ALL your creole fixin's. Service staff are friendly and even expressed thanks to us in supporting the city as it continues to rebuild itself.
The building structure was built in the 1795 and in the main dining area there's a huge wall mural depicting historical New Orleans.
Little known fact: Tennessee Williams finished writing his play "A Streetcar Named Desire" while living in an apartment next door. Stellaaaaaaa ...
Favorite Dish: Chicken Andouille Gumbo - voted by locals as the best gumbo in the city - so when in Nawlins' do as the locals do.
So after my first two Hurricanes at Pat O'Briens, we decided to go to the Gumbo Shoppe for some much needed food. Tony's niece and nephewss went to college here so they gave us some good tips on where to eat. This was wonderful.
It is a small, quaint restaurant in the French Quarter. If you have ever had authentic cajun food like I have, this will be quite a treat for you. The service is wonderful and the atmosphere is very casual.
Bring your appetite, the portions are very generous.
This is an unpretentious restaurant near Preservation Hall that serves good Creole comfort food. There's often a long line at traditional meal hours, but if you plan your visit to go very early or very late, you can walk right in. Once you're seated, the service is very quick.
Open daily, 11 am - 11 pm.
Favorite Dish: I love the red beans and rice with andouille sausage -- SO satisfying when you're tired and hungry! -- but they also offer a vegetarian red beans and rice that my daughter likes. Items like jambalaya and, of course, gumbo are also on the menu.
The Gumbo Shop (not to be confused with another gumbo place half a block closer to Jackson square) was my introduction to New Orleans restaurants. It's constantly busy serving up traditional food to its tourist clientele. You'll be dining in a restored 1794 cottage with frescoed walls that looks out on St. Peters Street. The wait staff was experienced and the service was fast. (How long does it take to ladel out some gumbo?)
This is a good place to trade tips with other tourists as I found out. The ladies at the table next to mine turned out to be from Washington State and passed on a recommendation to wander out to Frenchmen St. for night clubs. I accompanied them there and discovered another part of the Quarter that I would otherwise have missed.
Favorite Dish: I had a good okra/seafood gumbo that was nice and tame for the tourists. Luckly, the tabasco was right at hand and my bowl was soon brough up to spec. Of all the desserts I had in New Orleans, the bread pudding here was by far the best. To top it off, the prices are reasonable. My meal of bread, gumbo, wine and dessert cost me $25 with the tip.
A beautiful, little restaurant withsome of the best New Orleans food I've ever had. They have great drinks, too. You might have to share your table if it gets too crowded.
Favorite Dish: The gumbo is just awesome. I also love the blackened catfish and the creamed spinach and garlic mashed potatoes.
In the Gumboshop, you'll enjoy traditional and contemporary creole cuisine in a restored 1794 cottage with muraled dining room walls and a lovely garden patio.
Favorite Dish: I tried the blackened chicken, something I would never eat at home, and to my surprise it was delicious. It's a boneless, skinless chicken breast, marinated then blackened and served with garlic mashed potatoes and spinach.
The sign outside says it all. This is a great place to try some gumbo. They have a beautiful courtyard and a quiet atmosphere in the indoor section.
Favorite Dish: I had a great bowl of seafood gumbo and some bread pudding for dessert. The "cinnamony" bread pudding was excellent.