Napoleon House, housed in a historic building in the French Quarter, has been owned and operated by the Impastato family since 1914. If you peek in the door, all you can see is the bar, but rest assured, beyond that is a lovely courtyard that's perfect for dining.
The food is a cross between Italian deli and New Orleans cuisine, and they are especially noted for their muffulettas (sandwiches on enormous round rolls) and Pimm's Cups (alcoholic drink made from a gin-based liquor, lemonade, and lemon-lime soda).
Favorite Dish: I had a muffuletta (pronounced "muffle-AH-tah" by the locals) which was so huge I could hardly get my mouth around it. The pickle was pretty tasty, too.
A real nice restaurant & bar, with a lot more seating than it looks like from the outside. Food prices were real reasonable, and there were 2 beer specials that day-Dixie for $2.50/bottle. I had a turkey po’boy, very good and 1 beer for about $10. They close at 8pm, or maybe 5:30 like there website says--not sure.
Pretty interesting place , that serves a food in a adjoining cafe. I have found it tough to predict if it'll be open or not during the summer months.
It's a nice place for a before or after dinner drink.
Favorite Dish: Pimm's cup is the specialty of the house.The warm muffelatta ( please excuse spelling) is what I'll usually have and it's always been pretty good.
200 year old year old establishment in the French Quarter, 2 blocks off Bourbon Street. The bar area is historic New Orleans... fading paint on old plaster walls, big french doors that open onto the sidewalk and courtyard, and an old wooden bar.
Favorite Dish: Shrimp Remoulade Stuffed Avocado Salad. Also, I love the po'boys and the muffuletta (i.e. New Orleans style sandwichs). I like my sandwich's "Dressed". That's with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayo.
Thank you jadedmuse for your tip on this one! This is the sort of awesome place that could easily be missed were it not for VT. Napoleon House doesn't seem to be particularly interested in attracting you off the street. There is almost no signage and the windows look in on what appears to be an ordinary looking (for the French Quarter) bar.
But step through the bar to the courtyard and you'll be transported to early 1800s elegance. Sit down to classical music, beautiful tables and banana palms in the midst of a historic building. At Napoleon House you'll be treated as if you're one of only a few dozen patrons in an evening -- a nice change from some of the bigger name restaurants in the Quarter. If I were to bring someone to the French Quarter and take them to only one restaurant, it would be Napoleon House.
Favorite Dish: I dined with my workmate this meal and our seafood based meals were not only delicious but interesting. The crawfish appetizers were the only ones I had in New Orleans that still had that tiny hint of mud that fresh crawfish are supposed to have. (I'm serious here!) And of course you should order the Pim's Cup which is the iconic drink at this establishment.
I know I've said "this is one of my favorite restaurants" several times already - and I also acknowledge that with a place like New Orleans, it's pretty much IMPOSSIBLE to have ONE favorite restaurant - but I am in LOVE with this place!!!!!
(I have to share their website here, because it's really fun and will seriously whet your appetite to visit this place while you're in New Orleans...so look for it, below.)
Nestled inconspicuously on Chartres St. across from the Royal Sonesta Hotel, this local treasure was built back in 1821 by then New Orleans mayor Girod. Girod originally planned it as a home for Napolean (his idol) upon his release from exile on St. Helena; Napolean never made it to New Orleans, but Napolean House has since been converted to a completely eccentric and charming little restaurant where you can sip on a Pimm's Cup and savor a Muffelatta sandwich (they're the BEST here) out in the courtyard, or venture inside and inspect the many portraits of Napolean from floor to ceiling. The Jambalaya is decent here as well.
Favorite Dish: I like Napolean House best for lunch or an early, casual dinner if I've been running around in the Quarter - reasonable prices, too. It used to be known only among locals, but the tourists discovered it back in the late 80s and the secret's been out ever since.
The atmosphere inside is really cool - dark wood paneling and all those portraits of Napolean, backdrop of classical music and of course the completely colorful waiters - reserved, yet with a touch of the flamboyant (see for yourself what I mean...)
This place doubles as a kind of bed and breakfast as well, although I don't know much about that.
You CANNOT go to New Orleans without at least having a Pimms Cup and a Muffelatta at Napolean House. It's MANDATORY!!
Like almost everything in New Orleans, this is a place with a lot of history... 200 years worth (read more on their webpage listed below). Although it is quite old, it certainly isn't failing in anything, especially in the cuisine and atmosphere department. I've been here three times. Food has always been great and the service has always been excellent.
Favorite Dish: The spinach artichoke dip (served in a bread bowl) at this place is WONDERFUL. Even if spinach and artichoke together does not sound appetizing to you, I recommend you take a leap of faith and still give it a try - You'll get hooked just like I did. Each time I return to New Orleans I stop here for lunch that starts with this wonderful appetizer... usually followed by a Roast Beef Po'Boy.
An essential New Orleans restaurant located in an old house supposedly meant to house Napoleon after he escaped from his exile on St. Helena (This never happened.). Decorated wtih Napoleon artifacts, it has one of the best bars in town. Inexpensive and great for lunch.
Favorite Dish: I like to get a bottle of wine, they have lots of excellent choices, and the cheese plate and sit back and enjoy the scenery.
Napoleon was supposed to come and live in this historic house when he was exiled, but he never came. Anyway, this place is famous for the Mufaletta, a huge 'sandwich' bread that is filled with a concoction of an olive salad/spread and lots of meats, plus some cheese... and then it's warmed of course, and served sliced in four wedges. It's huge, and two of us with big appetites couldn't finish our halves.
Favorite Dish: Mufaletta
Its very old... very cool and right off Bourbon street. I signed my name on the stucko wall in the back so if you see someone who loves their mom its me :)
Favorite Dish: po' boys are good... Pim's cup is a famous drink.