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Mandina's Restaurant

Mandina's Restaurant

Cajun / Creole Restaurant, Italian Restaurant, and Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Mid-City, New Orleans
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    The experts at Epicurious and Eater recommend this place
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    Jaclyn T.
    "The onion rings are amazing....so is the turtle soup!"(16 Tips)
    Lily M.
    "Also the shrimp po boy was amazing!!!"(6 Tips)
    Angie H.
    "Seafood gumbo with garlic bread is a must."(7 Tips)
    Trish K.
    "Loved the shrimp creole!!!!"(3 Tips)
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  • Jeff S.heart icon on user image
    Jeff Stark★April 20, 2015
    Try the po-boys always a good choice. Pictured is the po-boy1/2 shrimp 1/2 & clams. Plenty of parking in the back. Look for the pink building.They open at 11AM during the week and noon on Sunday's.
  • Lisa B.heart icon on user image
    Lisa BoudreauJune 11, 2012
    If you're staying downtown or in French Quarter, take a streetcar ride down Canal St to this mid-city neighborhood restaurant. Creole Italian at its best! Love the stuffed shrimp special on Fridays.
  • Raquelheart icon on user image
    RaquelMarch 10, 2019
    Delicious gumbo and poboys! Friendly and efficient staff even when they’re exhausted after Mardi Gras. It wasn’t a planned stop so it was a pleasant surprise!
  • Maayan H.heart icon on user image
    Maayan HaimOctober 24, 2018
    I got the Wednesday special- stuffed bell pepper and it was amazing! Also not expensive and very generous portions
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 5, 2011
    A Canal Street institution drawing patrons for lunch and dinner, Mandina’s menu is creole and Italian, offering fried seafood, po’ boys, sandwiches, and Italian classics. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Arjumand B.heart icon on user image
    Arjumand BonhommeOctober 28, 2014
    Had the turtle soup, it was good, but I was disappointed to find out there's no actual turtle. Red beans are pretty good. Grilled pork chop is AMAZING!
  • Katie P.heart icon on user image
    Katie PitreMarch 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    All delicious: Crawfish cake special, turtle soup, spaghetti & meatballs, and shrimp creole. A bit pricier than lesser-known local joints, but an overall good experience.
  • Melonee G.heart icon on user image
    Melonee GainesJuly 6, 2016
    Big servings! Try the daily specials. You can't go wrong with the NOLA cuisine standards. Family friendly.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousMarch 10, 2015
    The turtle soup is some of the best in town. The po'boys are good, too. And the bartenders are particularly adept at Sazeracs and Old Fashioneds. Read more
  • Eric D.
    Eric DNovember 1, 2014
    Classic New Orleans cuisine. They do beautiful things with crab and crawfish. Right on Canal so it's easy to hop a streetcar to/from the quarter.
  • Stephen S.heart icon on user image
    Stephen SmytheJune 23, 2015
    Traditional joint out of the French Quarter that is big on portions and nostalgia. The mains are great and the seafood fresh but the service lacking and the sides bland.
  • Lily M.
    Lily MatavaMarch 19, 2015
    Best gumbo ever! Also the shrimp po boy was amazing!!! I can't wait to get back to New Orleans to eat here again!
  • Sean C.
    Sean C.May 6, 2011
    Amazing food. Order a cup of turtle soup and a 1/2 and 1/2 on a half. Best decision you will ever make. Food will fill you up. Come hunger leave happy!!!
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 23, 2010
    This newly-rebuilt restaurant has been in operation since 1932 and is loved by everyone who visits. The specialties are New Orleans favorites, like turtle soup and trout amandine.
  • Laurette W.heart icon on user image
    The gumbo was delicious. Seafood platter enough for two people. All food was good. Good service.
  • Just S.
    Just Sayin’November 7, 2013
    And though I had a bad experience with the food our waiter was very understanding and apologetic and offered to take it off my bill and give me a gumbo on the house.
  • Trish K.
    Trish KellyApril 29, 2013
    They do take credit cards now. They have for about two years now. Loved the shrimp creole!!!!
  • Rich @DisneyEcho K.
    Rich @DisneyEcho KosterMay 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The bar has no barstools! I love the turtle soup au sherry even though Tom Fitzmorris says it has eggs instead of turtle in it.
  • Shanna L.heart icon on user image
    Shanna LeeJanuary 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    My bf is obsessed with the ponchartrain fish. I like the red beans and rice.
  • Hank C.heart icon on user image
    Hank CarusoFebruary 10, 2017
    Food was very pricey. I am originally from NOLA and try to eat a roast beef poboy every time I go home. The sandwich here was average at best. Sandwich fell apart and I had to finish it with a fork.
  • Angie H.
    Angie HwangAugust 3, 2017
    Seafood gumbo with garlic bread is a must.
  • Marc P.heart icon on user image
    Marc PApril 2, 2015
    My first official stop on my short trip to NOLA. Had to have a po'boy! Delicious!!
  • Rodney H.heart icon on user image
    Rodney HicksAugust 11, 2018
    Turtle soup and soft shell crab were outstanding!
  • Jerrell J.heart icon on user image
    Jerrell JeffersonFebruary 20, 2017
    Delicious turtle soup and seafood gumbo. Fried plates were alright.
  • Britt L.
    Britt L.December 31, 2011
    Edward was great! Order the turtle soup and eggplant special if it's a Friday.
  • Dana G.
    Dana GardnerJuly 16, 2013
    Soft shell crab was great! Nice atmosphere. Fresh food.
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveMarch 4, 2011
    This Mardi Gras season try the Turtle soup and Crawfish etouffee. It’s a Saturday special in Italian-Creole at this downhome standby.
  • Just S.
    Just Sayin’November 7, 2013
    This places food is what I imagine you'd find in an old folks home cafeteria with 5-star prices. Ordered a crawfish etouffee that reminded me too much of cat food I couldn't touch it. All around bland
  • Hattie S.heart icon on user image
    Hattie StroudMay 26, 2018
    Midday Old Fashioned, in honor of Aunt Gretchen, with a shrimp po'boy.
  • Sherry R.heart icon on user image
    Sherry RothFebruary 2, 2016
    Everything!
  • Andrew 翁heart icon on user image
    Andrew 翁June 26, 2015
    Yummy yummy taste of onion ox-tail soup
  • Jill K.heart icon on user image
    Jill KSeptember 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Huge portions, delicious food!
  • Travis G.heart icon on user image
    Travis GilbertSeptember 7, 2015
    Soft shell crab! Also the onion loops
  • Carolyn O.heart icon on user image
    Carolyn OrantesApril 14, 2018
    Eggplant sticks wt marinara sauce !!
  • Kunal S.
    Kunal ShahNovember 7, 2010
    the plates are enormous, split with friends, or get a few smaller items if you are by yourself
  • Talisa C.heart icon on user image
    Talisa ChangJuly 21, 2013
    We split a grilled shrimp salad and a meatball sub and I'm still excited about it.
  • @sloane
    @sloaneJanuary 11, 2010
    Ask to sit in Mister Eddie's section. You won't be sorry! Great old-timer with lots of stories.
  • Tammie B.
    Tammie BrewerNovember 28, 2011
    The shrimp creole was awesome, as was the service!
  • Gambit New Orleans
    Gambit New OrleansNovember 16, 2012
    This Creole-Italian stalwart serves daube over spaghetti on Wednesdays Read more
  • I Am Nolas F.heart icon on user image
    I Am Nolas FinestMarch 9, 2013
    Fried seafood platter is to die for
  • Cash E.
    Cash EdwardsDecember 30, 2013
    Turtle soup.... old school fabulous!
  • Moe W.heart icon on user image
    Moe WilliamsApril 7, 2016
    Turtle soup and Italian salad!
  • Chad B.
    Chad BNovember 23, 2011
    Get the Trout Almandine. You can thank me later.
  • Jen C.heart icon on user image
    Jen CreechJuly 22, 2016
    Portions are enormous
  • Jaclyn T.
    Jaclyn TSeptember 25, 2010
    The onion rings are amazing....so is the turtle soup!
  • Neil C.
    Neil ChilsonJune 26, 2011
    Food is terrific, but avoid the house red wine.
  • Lucretia P.
    Lucretia ParkerDecember 22, 2012
    Fried shrimp po boy
  • Lucretia P.
    Lucretia ParkerDecember 22, 2012
    Onion rings app
  • Tim S.
    Tim SonnierAugust 1, 2013
    food was fantastic
  • Caroline B.
    Caroline BarryOctober 1, 2010
    Bloody Mary, Turtle Soup, Half & Half (oyster-shrimp)
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