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Jacques-Imo's Cafe

Cajun / Creole Restaurant$$$$
Uptown - Carrollton, New Orleans
  • Denette
    "Alligator cheesecake, rabbit be adventurous it's yummy!"(17 Tips)
    Jacey W.
    "The shrimp and alligator cheesecake is surprisingly tasty!"(5 Tips)
    "The BBQ shrimp is excellent and so is the blackened redfish."(8 Tips)
    Joseph E.
    "fried grits appetizer was a life changer."(4 Tips)
151 Tips and reviews
  • cheesecake
  • seafood
  • Southern food
  • lively
  • redfish
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  • Jia O.
    Jia O.May 24, 2016
    My personal favorites were the crawfish étouffée, gumbo, and fried oyster on salad (free appetizer), cornbread is heavenly, grilled oysters if they have them! Make a reservation
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 5, 2011
    Most of the menu is straight-up Creole, among the best in town. You will likely have to wait for a seat, but the Maple Leaf Bar is half a block away, so it’s no big deal. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Coco M.
    Coco McJanuary 4, 2014
    The cheesecake starter was amazing! Not a dessert. The spinach salad with sesame dressing & fried oyster garnish is such a simple but delicious complimentary dish. Great service.
  • Rob
    RobMay 25, 2012
    One of the best meals I have ever had. Order the alligator cheesecake for an appetizer.. Fried chicken is ridiculous, red fish is amazing as well. Grab a drink at the bar while you wait...
  • Alex
    AlexJune 19, 2012
    Get the alligator cheesecake for an appetizer! The BBQ shrimp is excellent and so is the blackened redfish. End the meal with vanilla bean creme brule!
  • Brad Z.
    Brad ZOctober 14, 2016
    I had the blackened redfish and the fried green tomatoes! The sauce with the redfish (and the fish itself) was one of the best things I've had since being here in NO.
  • Eve R.
    Eve RickertMay 14, 2013
    We've always loved this place, but either the regular chef was on vacation tonight or we ordered the wrong thing. All I can say is avoid the (inedible) paneed rabbit, the venison and the gumbo.
  • Adam G.
    Adam GambrelDecember 12, 2014
    Always about a 45 min wait on a good night. The atmosphere is fantastic. Their alligator cheesecake and redfish are both excellent.
  • Christina V.
    Christina VermillionOctober 24, 2013
    Everything we tried here was amazing. Country fried venison, alligator cheesecake, crawfish etoufee. Just go here and order anything you will not be disappointed.
  • Peter N.
    One of the top places in New Orleans! We tried two special dishes, a bunch of apps, and sides and everything was delicious. I would highly recommend this spot.
  • Salil G.
    Salil GulatiFebruary 15, 2013
    Alligator cheesecake. Fried grits. Carpet Bagger steak. Drum with pecan bernase. Duck gumbo. Fried chicken. All next level. Worth the long wait to get in.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew ScottJuly 22, 2013
    So. MUCH. FOOD. The appetizers come out quick, so if you are in a rush order a bunch of apps and chow down! Its a great meal in 20 mins flat!
  • Marc P.
    Marc PApril 2, 2015
    Food and the atmosphere s amazing! Their fried chicken is one of the best fried chickens I've ever had.
  • Zed Y.
    Zed YasayOctober 9, 2016
    The gator shrimp cheesecake was delish and not so heavy surprisingly. I got the stuffed porkchop which was hearty and didn't get sick of eating it.
  • Sirus O.
    Sirus OrndoffOctober 15, 2014
    Don't skip the cream brûlée for dessert. Very high surface area means more crunchy caramelized sugar topping! Mm@mmm
  • Yessy F.
    Yessy FrancoFebruary 1, 2016
    Order the alligator cheesecake, you won't regret it. I don't usually like alligator but this was amazing.
  • Zach Aarons
    Zach AaronsJanuary 1, 2012
    One of the most classic places in New Orleans and a must visit for all first timers. The blackened redfish is top notch. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda ThauMay 2, 2012
    Complimentary cornbread and the alligator cheesecake appetizer are AMAZING. Be prepared for a wait (1+ hr on a Tuesday night for me) but drinks are cheap outside.
  • Denette
    DenetteSeptember 28, 2015
    Great place! Fun decor, great service. Expect to wait. Get a souvenir cup. Alligator cheesecake, rabbit be adventurous it's yummy!
  • Lucas A.
    Lucas AlvimMay 29, 2016
    Best food I had in New Orleans. Place is crowded so be prepared to wait 45-60 minutes to get a table. A must visit!
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillJuly 10, 2014
    A must go to place. Go on Tuesday night for dinner and then slide next door to the Maple Leaf to see “Rebirth”
  • Thea L.
    Thea LennaOctober 22, 2013
    Order everything! Seriously, never had such good food from apps to dessert. While you are waiting, go to the Maple Leaf bar next door.
  • David A.
    David AzarNovember 10, 2010
    Stuffed porkchop was great...the cheesecake if you have never had it... amazing food but you gotta cab it if your staying in the french quarter...Not "cheap" but the meals are a great value
  • IFC
    IFCJuly 6, 2010
    New Orleans: Creole and Cajun specialties served up with equal measures of good food and good vibes. You can even eat in the bed of an overly decorated pickup truck out front. - IFC Viewer
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SlaterFebruary 20, 2014
    The Creole BBQ shrimp and corn macque chioux were to die for! Of course, you can't skip the alligator cheesecake either.
  • Melissa K.
    Melissa KernJuly 14, 2012
    Entrees are good size so if you're with a group, order family style to sample a bit of everything because it's ALL delicious!
  • Jada Pada
    Jada PadaMarch 12, 2013
    Everything on our table was awesome. Catfish, venison, shrimp, cabbage, dessert, beans, It's all good. Be prepared to wait.
  • Jenna O.
    Jenna OdettOctober 14, 2016
    Great for groups (call exactly 30-days ahead for a reservation)
  • Brooks D.
    Brooks DoyneJuly 9, 2012
    A must while in NOLA. Get the alligator cheesecake for an appetizer. Great ambiance and every single thing was amazing.
  • Bachelor10
    Bachelor10April 17, 2011
    Have a contest to see who can drink the most (incredible) bloody marys before dinner. The two losers have to eat their meal in the pickup truck. They'll be sorry they lost and it'll be hysterical. Read more
  • Neauxla G.
    Neauxla GirlApril 15, 2010
    In the summer try a watermelon Mojito at the bar, you won't be disappointed. If you visit on a Tuesday.. head next door to the Maple Leaf and enjoy the Best Brass Band (Rebirth) around!
  • MTV
    MTVAugust 9, 2010
    My favvv New Orleans restaurant, every single thing on the menu is to die for. One of the girl roomies hot spots. - Ashlee, Real World: New Orleans
  • Jecee M.
    Jecee MedeirosNovember 17, 2013
    The cutest most unique experience New Orleans has to offer. Super yummy for the vegetarian and game eater alike.
  • Brandon T.
    Brandon TaylorJune 23, 2014
    The shrimp and alligator cheesecake was phenomenal. One of the best dining experiences I have ever had.
  • Lindsay C.
    Lindsay CMay 5, 2015
    Authentic Cajun/Creole/Soul food - like rabbit and deep fried poboy. Great cocktails and fun decor.
  • Bradford B.
    Bradford BenggioNovember 10, 2015
    One of the best dinning treats in New Orleans. The soft shell crab is a must when available.
  • Jacey W.
    Jacey WrightDecember 4, 2014
    The shrimp and alligator cheesecake is surprisingly tasty! The red fish was also very good
  • Elisabeth L.
    Elisabeth LaMotteAugust 21, 2013
    The shrimp and alligator cheesecake is a must!!! The crabmeat stuffed shrimp were also delicious.
  • Sir S.
    Sir SigfridsDecember 16, 2012
    Incredible authentic new orleans food selection. Barbecue shrimp and cajun jambalaya are a must try.
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinFebruary 19, 2013
    must try the alligator cheesecake and fried green tomatoes!! expect a long wait. head down to maple leaf to kill time
  • Alma A.
    Alma AllingJune 1, 2012
    Shrimp and Alligator Sausage Cheesecake is a must. So is the New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp with Rice.
  • Paddy
    PaddyDecember 6, 2014
    The fried chicken was so much food!! Took me a while to get through it but it was delicious.
  • My Airport Trip
    My Airport TripJanuary 9, 2013
    After tasting your favorite drinks and cocktails, count on us to bring you home safely. Reserve online! Read more
  • Derrick M.
    Derrick MeyerMay 23, 2013
    Get the foie gras stuffed, bacon wrapped quail because it will absolutely change your life.
  • Jesse M.
    Jesse McGeeAugust 8, 2014
    Fantastic Restaurant!!! One of the Best Off-the -Beaten-Path Restaurants in NOLA!!! :)
  • Matt K.
    Matt KiserApril 21, 2013
    Don't mess around: Crawfish étouffée. Gator cheesecake. Fried grits. Then Maple Leaf Bar next door.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MizrahiOctober 18, 2012
    This is the best food in town, hands down. Get everything on the menu and don’t forget to try the Alligator cheesecake – AMAZING.
  • Tony L.
    Tony LeeJuly 27, 2013
    Funky decoration with picture frames everywhere! Decent food. Can get busy, so get here early.
  • a b.
    a bMarch 8, 2016
    Get a reservation if you can. Everything is delicious and in Huge portions
  • Bonus H.
    Bonus H.September 23, 2014
    The chicken was great with the alligator cheesecake was off the hook 10
  • Scott R.
    Scott R.March 29, 2015
    Everyone says to get the alligator cheesecake...listen to them.
  • Michael K.
    Michael KilcoyneNovember 22, 2014
    The cornbread for starters is incredible, just watch your appetite.
  • Daniel E.
    Daniel EizansMarch 19, 2010
    I know it's known for the redfish but try the carpetbagger steak. Filet in hollandaise with tasso and stuffed with poached oysters. Absolute stunner!
  • Melanie L.
    Melanie Loff-BirdMarch 12, 2014
    A little overpriced for the portions but definitely good quality food. Get the Bouillabaisse over the Ettoufee
  • Matt D.
    Matt DaimlerMay 29, 2011
    Boudin sausage just added to menu and it's as good as the alligator cheesecake. Get it!
  • T K.
    T KJanuary 10, 2016
    THE BEST. Get here early or you won't get a seat.
  • Jackie
    JackieJanuary 14, 2014
    Fried Chicken plate w/ Shrimp & Alligator cheesecake and a Nay Ney to chase it all down!
  • Chris
    ChrisJanuary 24, 2015
    Try the stuffed catfish. Get there early because you'll probably have to wait. It's a busy place.
  • Casey R.
    Casey RaeJune 22
    really good creole - try the alligator cheesecake
  • Tony L.
    Tony LeeJanuary 2, 2012
    It's a cool place, interesting decor (sp?) and nice atmosphere. Food was a bit salty on all three of our dishes. However, not the worst. You'll have to wait most likely. Overall, B.
  • Kendall F.
    Kendall FinnAugust 23, 2013
    Fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade
  • Jarrod T.
    Jarrod TrainqueNovember 24, 2011
    Split entrees between 2 ppl, so you'll have room for Alligator cheesecake.
  • Port L.
    Port LauMarch 10, 2015
    Try the deep fried po boy and shrimp filled crabmeat!
  • Siobhan Q.
    Siobhan QuinnMay 8, 2012
    The pan friend drum (cod) with pecan sauce is heaven.
  • Michelle
    MichelleSeptember 16, 2011
    Perfect place for a feast! Don't miss the fried chicken.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SchuhmacherMay 30, 2012
    Alligator cheesecake. Yes. It's an appetizer, not a dessert, so don't worry about clashing flavors, it's great.
  • BECCA S.
    BECCA SFMay 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Alligator Cheesecake and Fried Green Tomatoes...two of my favorite appetizers!
  • Ronald
    RonaldMay 18, 2012
    Try the Fried Shrimp Po' Boy Sandwich - "Normal" size
  • Ed S.
    Ed ShifflettJune 15, 2013
    Get the alligator & sausage cheesecake. To die for!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Jacques-Imo's as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate , No Reservations , Food Paradise Read more
  • Vicky G.
    Vicky GarrisonOctober 9, 2011
    Awesome shrimp and alligator cheesecake - appetizer.
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealMarch 29, 2011
    Noted as one of the 4 Great Brunch Spots in New Orleans by The Daily Meal. Read more
  • Cybelle P.
    Cybelle PereiraMay 19, 2015
    Everything! Place, people, flavor...
  • Tina L.
    Tina LatinoOctober 14, 2013
    Still one of our all time favorite spots! YUM!!!!
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinMay 23, 2013
    Steak, quail, and alligator cheesecake.
  • Racky R.
    Racky RossJuly 29, 2015
    Had an excellent french cajun breakfast here!
  • Tristan
    TristanApril 28, 2012
    Alligator cheesecake. Yup!! Do it
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.April 21, 2011
    Alligator cheese cake is a must. All the classics are solid.
  • Michael K.
    Get the alligator cheesecake as your appetizer.
  • Erica M.
    Erica MontgomeryMarch 15, 2012
    This place was great!! Coming back when I'm in town again :)
  • Christin R.
    Christin RJanuary 23
    The stuffed catfish is to die for.
  • ima g.
    ima gitchaMarch 5, 2010
    Try the duck or the shrimp etoufee and get there at 5. Your sure to get a seat!!!!
  • MTV
    MTVAugust 9, 2010
    Best restaurant in nola! Love the mahi mahi! - McKenzie: Real World: New Orleans
  • Joseph E.
    Joseph EngelOctober 27, 2013
    fried grits appetizer was a life changer. Do it
  • Tom P.
    Tom P.September 18, 2013
    Shrimp and alligator cheesecake lived up to the hype.
  • Patricia L.
    Patricia LeeDecember 14, 2015
    have heard it's probably the most authentic creole food
  • 💢💢Mayor Ry🍎ner💢💢
    Yummy cornbread as you wait for your entreé
  • David Marshall C.
    Come early, plan on waiting, then "Shut up and eat"!
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SOctober 20, 2012
    Try the #763 (it's a social media thing)
  • Victoria C.
    Victoria CrosbyOctober 21, 2009
    If you can't sit in the back, under a mural-covered ceiling, try eating in the bed of the "Jacques-Imo's" truck parked outside the restaurant!
  • Ashley
    AshleyMarch 20, 2015
    Alligator cheesecake, crazy soft shell crab
  • Gambit New Orleans
    Gambit New OrleansAugust 30, 2011
    Gambit's Best of New Orleans 2011 Winner: Best Creole Restaurant Read more
  • Nancy R.
    Nancy RogersNovember 5, 2010
    Best food in New Orleans - try the alligator cheese cake
  • Emily B.
    Emily BerdyOctober 11, 2011
    Bouillabaisse, alligator cheesecake, and coleslaw NOMS
  • Rian
    RianMay 8, 2013
    Best fried oysters I've ever had.
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel ClouatreSeptember 23, 2012
    MUST get the Alligator Cheesecake!!!!
  • John-Christopher W.
    John-Christopher WardAugust 17, 2011
    It is great if you love white pepper in everything
  • Pamela A.
    If you go to the city, eat here often! Best food on the riverbend!
  • Regan R.
    Regan RishelFebruary 15, 2014
    The fried grits....yumm!!
  • Alexa Jane D.
    Alexa Jane DennerFebruary 14, 2015
    Aligator Cheesecake!
  • Diego B.
    Diego BuendiaMarch 16, 2014
    Es el mejor restaurante. De todo new Orleans lejos de los restaurantes comerciales. Es lo mejor y más local que puedes encontrar
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