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Napoleon House

Napoleon House

Cajun and Creole Restaurant, Grocery Store, and Cocktail Bar$$$$
French Quarter, New Orleans
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    Has a stamp of approval from Eater and Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
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    Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    "Order the famous Pimms Cup at Napoleon House Bar & Cafe."(31 Tips)
    Eric T.
    "Best known for a Pimm's Cup, try a Sazerac."(11 Tips)
    Ashley G.
    "Best Muffalata in town!! Pass on the gumbo you’ll thank me"(4 Tips)
    "A pims cup and a muffuletta sandwich are you need."(5 Tips)
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  • sandwiches
  • gumbo
  • muffalata
  • po' boys
  • good for dates
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  • Natalieheart icon on user image
    NatalieSeptember 29, 2015
    A pims cup and a muffuletta sandwich are you need. Both are insanely delicious. My best friend grew up eating here and she said it's as good now as when she was a kid.
    Upvoted Mar 9
  • Eric T.
    Eric TigreFebruary 14, 2012
    Steeped in a colonial architecture amber, this French Quarter landmark was once offered to Napoleon as a place of refuge in 1821 by Mayor Nicholas Girod. Best known for a Pimm's Cup, try a Sazerac. Read more
  • Camille V.heart icon on user image
    Camille VerdierOctober 11, 2015
    Ask to sit outside on their patio, it's a nice cozy environment. Otherwise we tried the gumbo and poy-boy for the first time, and we loved it! Everything was fresh and delicious. Worth stopping at!
  • Fluying ✅.
    Fluying ✅January 26, 2019
    In the last years of Napoleon, local fans donated this house and tried to bring him here to live his last years. Unfortunately for them he died before they could bring him.
  • John G.heart icon on user image
    John GarciaDecember 11, 2014
    The whole muffuletta can be shared up to 4 people. Then just order other sides to share such as the rich and awesome gumbo!
  • Ian
    IanJuly 19, 2014
    Bruce was an amazing waiter. He guided us to their famous Pimms cup, slight variations, and entrees. Loved the jambalaya, and my girlfriend had an amazing po boy with beans/rice. A great spot! Great $
  • Ariana V.heart icon on user image
    Ariana VoyerJune 9, 2017
    Great Pimm's cup, muffaletta sandwich (quarter-size shown!), and creole tomato caprese salad.
  • Megan B.heart icon on user image
    Megan BrownAugust 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing courtyard, proper waiters, and the Pimms! Also good food. Great place to feel like your in Europe for an hour or so.
  • Karen C.heart icon on user image
    Karen CooperDecember 14, 2020
    Wonderful ambiance in a more quiet part of the neighborhood. Only had drinks but the Pimm’s cup was yummy :) our waiter was so kind. Felt like home for a minute
  • Daniya T.
    Daniya TamendarovaMarch 8, 2014
    LOVE the setting -- the building has a lot of history, and there is a wonderful courtyard in the back. The service is great, and the food is good. Get their Pimm's Cup.
  • Rebecca C.
    Rebecca ChapaJuly 20, 2013
    Ask for a Pimm's Cup, be polite, and enjoy one of the best cocktails in New Orleans. Ask for a Pimm's Rose or any other misguided, stupid or confused ordering you might as well go back to Bourbon St.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelJanuary 28, 2016
    Although the Pimm’s Cup was invented in England, the Napoleon House is credited with popularizing it in New Orleans. The bar makes theirs with Pimm’s #1, lemonade, 7-Up, and cucumber. Read more
  • Leonard C.heart icon on user image
    Leonard CristMay 22, 2014
    Great veggie sandwich. Old fashioned was delicious. Bartender had a mighty mustache. Old school Caribbean vibe. Great place. Highly recommended for locals or tourists.
  • Marigny9
    Marigny9October 16, 2015
    The building's history oozes from every dark corner of the bar. Go for the pedigreed Sazerac with wormwood.
  • Ashley G.heart icon on user image
    Ashley GrimleyJuly 31, 2019
    Best Muffalata in town!! Pass on the gumbo you’ll thank me
  • Latham B.heart icon on user image
    Latham BrunsonDecember 2, 2014
    The muffuletta is great. Also enjoyed my Pimm's cup and the cheese platter. I didn't care for the jambalaya, but I find restaurants have problems getting that right.
  • Joseph M.heart icon on user image
    Joseph MazoJuly 15, 2013
    Shrimp remoulade, seafood gumbo, jambalaya chicken were very delicious! Must have the Gumbo and shrimp remoulade.
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 5, 2011
    The menu is classic New Orleans Creole (read: tourist-oriented) but dammit if that’s not some of the best shrimp remoulade in town. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Joshua C.heart icon on user image
    Joshua CarrNovember 7, 2013
    Definitely reasonable and good food! Five of us ate for around $40! Sit outside under the heaters if you can, it's great for a cool day.
  • Justinheart icon on user image
    JustinNovember 7, 2018
    So elegant, steeped in atmosphere. Efficient, friendly staff. Definitely have the Pimms Cup
  • Doug W.heart icon on user image
    Doug WMay 16, 2017
    The short guy never made it, but we did thankfully. Can't think of any other time I've been to a National Historic Site and had a killer po' boy at the same time.
  • Mike H.
    Mike HomokiDecember 2, 2011
    Known for their warm Muffuletta sandwiches. Be sure to only get a quarter so you have room for red beans and rice. The olive salad has a bit too much celery in it but the sandwich was still great. Read more
  • Heather N.
    Heather NewmanOctober 26, 2023
    Great food, affordable and best Pimm’s Cup. A classic New Orleans haunt.
  • Jessi T.heart icon on user image
    Jessi ThomasAugust 11, 2017
    We always stop and get a muffuletta when I'm NOLA. We also tried the raspberry cream soda and was very pleased!
  • Melanie T.heart icon on user image
    Melanie TurnerDecember 5, 2014
    My #1 favorite place in all the city. I like the roast beef po-boys & their just-spicy-enough Bloody Marys.
  • Island Bruinheart icon on user image
    Island BruinMay 30, 2019
    Still the best. Muffuletta and English pimm’s cup (with gin)
  • Tom M.
    Tom MaxwellSeptember 12, 2017
    The cheese board is great! Love the Swiss infused with wine.
  • jbrotherlove
    jbrotherloveSeptember 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The Englishman's Pimm's is what you're looking for. A bit more bite than the original.
  • Zahra M.heart icon on user image
    Zahra MohammadiFebruary 21, 2017
    They make very good Cocktails. Perfect Jumpalaya and fried shrimp
  • Colan M.
    Colan MSeptember 14, 2013
    Delicious Pimm's Cup. Have your beverage and/or food in the hidden garden. Beautiful restaurant since 1797.
  • Mike H.
    Mike HomokiDecember 2, 2011
    Known for their Pimm's Cup. Give it a try. British Gin based liquor and lemonade, splash of lemon-lime soda and a cucumber garnishes. It's refreshing. Read more
  • Erin D.heart icon on user image
    Erin DaileyMay 12, 2012
    Do yourself a favor and sit at the bar. You get a free show from the bartenders who are decidedly foul and non-PC and, if you tip them well, they wont spit in your drinks.
  • Scott C.heart icon on user image
    Scott CookJuly 16, 2012
    The Caesar salad is excellent. Loved the dressing & shavings of parm. Topped with giant croutons.
  • Kate W.
    Kate WallaceJanuary 6, 2013
    Get the Pimm's Cup at the bar and the muffuletta for dinner. DELICIOUS!! Also, they don't take reservations, so plan accordingly.
  • Stella R.heart icon on user image
    Stella RicciJuly 27, 2017
    The food & drinks are great, atmosphere is what I'd expect, the service mediocre. The Muffuletta is good for sharing!
  • Emily K.heart icon on user image
    Emily KaneOctober 25, 2016
    Life-changing muffuletta with somewhat ridiculous sizes. You won't need more than a half.
  • Renae M.heart icon on user image
    Renae MasonOctober 25, 2017
    Grab a Pimm's Cup and a Gator Po Boy and enjoy the historic ambience here!
  • Yvette C.heart icon on user image
    Yvette CastroFebruary 24
    The decor is really cool, and they have a courtyard. The jambalaya was delicious
  • Miguel G.
    Miguel GonzalezMarch 25, 2013
    The Pimms Cup is famous. And the Sazerac is legend. Excellent muffuletta and tasty gumbo.
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesFebruary 18, 2015
    Great cocktails. Particularly the Pimm's Ginger Julep and the Original Pimm's Cup
  • William H.heart icon on user image
    William HitchcockOctober 18, 2016
    Atmosphere! Great place for a relaxing beverage
  • Parul B.heart icon on user image
    Parul BatraMarch 22, 2015
    Stunning stunning decor, historic location, great food. Highly recommended.
  • NOLA Nites Concierge | Meloney Smith
    We love the Pimm’s Cups at the Napoleon House—a traditionally British cocktail served in an Italian-owned, French Quarter restaurant.
  • Kameron P.heart icon on user image
    Kameron PearsonJuly 18, 2017
    If here for the first time get the Pimm's cocktail and Muffeleta Sandwich.
  • Victor L.heart icon on user image
    Victor LowJune 29, 2016
    Pimm's cup. That's all you need to know. Take it to go if you don't have time to drink it there.
  • Lindsay L.
    Lindsay LebrescoNovember 14, 2011
    After reading all the tips, I obviously had to get a Pimm's Cup so I did but I got it to-go and it came in a little plastic souvenir cup- FTW! (And it was quite tasty)
  • Dean S.heart icon on user image
    Dean SilfenDecember 7, 2018
    The Pimms Cup is excellent. Their upstairs space is beautiful as well!
  • Eric
    EricNovember 2, 2014
    Great Pimm's Cup, Sazerac, Muffuletta. The patio is a nice mid-afternoon retreat.
  • Colleen N.
    I've read a lot of debate about whether a muffaletta should be served cold (a la Central Grocery) or hot, as they do it here. Order one for yourself to make your own decision.
  • Maggie P.heart icon on user image
    Maggie PepperApril 12, 2016
    Get the bruschetta!! And request a table on the patio
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