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Authentic French Quarter Creole restaurant cooking dishes handed down through five generations.We're family-owned and operated, moderately priced, and quintessentially New Orleans, right down to our renowned Southern hospitality
- by on 10/30/2009
We had one evening in New Orleans between legs of a trip and asked the front desk at our hotel where to eat.\r \r It's slightly off the beaten path- but only by a block or two. We walked from our hotel, and found it fairly easily.\r \r The staff was exceptional: friendly, helpful, and charming. Since we had our young son with us, they gave us a couple of choices that aren't on the menu just for him. Our food was excellent! The next time we travel through New Orleans, we're definitely going back!
- by on 06/21/2009
Was there for a day adn really interesting to stay for a gfew hours delicious mealsdelicious mealsdelicious mealsdelicious mealsdelicious mealsdelicious meals
- by on 05/18/2009
Don't go if you want ""blackened"" anything. It's not cajun, it's creole. And if you don't know the difference, you'll think it to be uninspired. It is not. Everything we tried was the correct amalgam of European and local flavors as it should be.\r \r True locals eat here for a reason.
- by on 01/05/2009
On our third day of Amtrak travel from Los Angeles, my husband and I reached New Orleans. We enjoyed exuberant Bourbon Street at night, lurid neon signs, excellent jazz spilling out of doorways, and walking the charming French Quarter streets with cocktails in hand. Our fortunate destination, recommended by our hotel concierge: venerable, genteel Olivier's Restaurant, featuring original Creole recipes. From the first stunningly nuanced, flavor-layered spoonful of rich, satisfying gumbo to the mesmerizing spiciness of the shrimp cocktail sauce, it was a transcendent meal. The subtlety of the spicing actually changed the way I think about seasoning foods. The Creole Rabbit was a teensy bit salty, but how wonderful that a restaurant HAS rabbit as an entree! The Shrimp Creole was marvelously complex; the rice was fluffy and the vegetables properly al dente. \r \r On the not-food-but-still-important side, they had a good wine menu. It's a wonderful atmosphere for an intimate meal: romantic lighting, quiet enough to converse, but with great jazz music as soft background. Topping it off, the service was fantastic; attentive yet discreet. Our waiter was so knowledgeable about each ingredient and detail of preparation that at the end, I just gave him an enormous hug (thank you, Scott!) That dinner at Olivier's actually made the trials of a four-day train journey worthwhile. I hope to come back. I didn't get to try the bread pudding... yet!
- by on 08/18/2008
its funny, this place has gotten several non-5-star reviews, yet it ""averages"" to 5-stars! how is this possible!? ive noticed they advertise heavily on the site as well. \r \r anyway, this place is long gone -- it may have been good when the grandfather of the current chef was cooking, i dont know. but currently, its just bland, bland. tacky decor too. i think it gets by on unsuspecting tourists... \r \r definitely not a serious player in the nola dining scene.
- by on 08/16/2008
We dined at Olivier's for the first time last week. We were welcomed, seated, and treated to an absolutely wonderful experience. From the welcome at the front door to the good bye as we left, we were made to feel like old friends. The salad was crisp and fresh, each entre was so pleasing to look at, you almost didn't want to disturb the sight. (You get over that quickly when you taste!) \r \r There was a wonderful, non hurried pace that allowed you to truely enjoy the meal, the conversation, the beauty of quieter time. There is a romantic atmosphere in the high ceiling dining room with a beautiful staircase and tall windows with lace curtains. I was told there is additional seating on the second floor and they can accomodate large groups. What a wonderful place for a wedding reception. \r \r We are already making plans to return to New Orleans and we will make Olivier's our first dinner reservation.
- by on 07/20/2008
We began the night pleasantly. We had a nice table and our server was kind, honest and helpful. He cooperated with us when we got a bad bottle of wine. Once you begin to look around you notice the small things. The decor was cheap, cheesy grapes painted on the walls. I am used to some poor service because I am young but I am willing to deal with problems as long as the food was good. We began our meal with the appetizers. The eggplant special, like a dark seafood roux over perfectly fried eggplant and Pecan fried oysters. The sauce with the oysters was a katsu BBQ sauce you find at any sushi place. They were both ok, so we were all trying to become more positive about the small problems with the evening. The house dressing was good, as we had read. The problem came when the main course was delivered. Each of the four people dining ordered a different dish but the only distinction on our plates were meat. The accompany rice was seasoned with probably herds de provence, very strong and not FRESH HERBS. The carrots were so sweet it was like having dessert with your meal. The sauce on the duck was not smooth or tasty. The Chicken with cheese sauce is a overly poorly seasoned chicken breast with overcooked mushrooms and straight cheese, not sauce. The pork medallions were closes to enjoyable but still simply mediocre. The one gumbo was basically the sauce we had over the eggplant appetizer. There was random asian ingredients used throughout the meal via special sauces and frying materials. I hate to give a bad review but I would never go back. I believe it is over priced and meant for tourist to have the illusion of a great New Orleans restaurant. i just hope others do not fall for it. As if he knew there was a problem our waiter brought us free dessert. It was too late, but I did not reflect that in his tip. The meal was a waste of the 200 bill. Please choose another great new orleans place to enjoy the town.
- by on 03/07/2008
This is our second visit to Olivier's and it was during the NBA All-Star and I have to say it was an escape that my husband I needed from all the chaos of the weekend. We were greeted by a warm host and sat immediately (we did have reservations). We started with the gumbo and a house salad with Olivier's home made dressing (PLEASE BEGIN SELLING IT!!!) and I could have gone home after those delights, Our entrees were inclusive of the Platter and the catfish specialty. The flavors were rich but never overpowering. The catfish was atop well seasoned potatoes and finished off with a light gravy that I would use on everything. I had the platter and my husband and I basically shared both dishes. It was just enough food for me to stop but I had to have some of their peach cobbler with a homemade whipped cream that, honestly, I wake up dreaming about, Just to ensure we were carried out in a wheel barrell, we had 2 cups of their rich, dark coffee. One of owners stopped by to check on our satisfaction and it added just the right touch to a splendid evening. BRAVO Olivier's, you will be a stop on our itinerary EVERYTIME we come to New Orleans.\r The McMullans
- by on 01/20/2008
The best service I had while in New Orleans - The restaurant was more casual than I expected from viewing the website and menu; however, we had a great time. You must try the gumbo sampler (3 types of gumbo). My boyfriend had the roast duck and was impressed with the raspberry sauce. The bread pudding hits a home run! Better than my mom makes! Reservations aren't necessary, people were walking in off the street and were promptly seated. Fun little restaurant with great history.
- by on 01/14/2008
This was absolutely the best I have had in all of my trips to New Orleans! I started with the Eggplant Olivier which was absolutely fantastic! My mouth is watering just thinking about it again! The salad was a basic salad, but you wouldn't know it with the incredible dressing! Creole Garlic Herb Vineagrette, they need to bottle that stuff! For my entree I had the Honey Glazed Pork Tenderloins can you say OH MY GOD! They were soooooo good! The sauce was the perfect blend of sweet and spicy with hints of plum and mint and the pork tenderloin was so moist it melted in my mouth! Although I didn't think I could do anymore, I had to try their Homemade Bread Pudding and boy was I glad I did. It was fantastic and the sauce (a butter rum sauce), I could have put it in a cup and savored it!! The atmosphere was soft lit with table clothes and art and photography on the walls, and the service was perfect! My glass was never empty (did I mention the fantastic wine list?) All in all this is one place that you do not want to miss when going to New Orleans and they will be seeing me again every time I go to this wonderful city!!!!