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Napoleon House Bar & Cafe

Lounge, Café, and Bar · French Quarter
500 Chartres St (St. Louis), New Orleans, LA 70130, United States
Hours:
Closed until 11:00 AM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Mon
    • 11:00 AM–5:30 PM
  • Tue–Thu
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
Price:
$$$$
Reservations:
No
Drinks:
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Visa & American Express)
Wi-Fi:
No
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
8.5/10

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    Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    "Order the famous Pimms Cup at Napoleon House Bar & Cafe."(18 Tips)
    Eric T.
    "Best known for a Pimm's Cup, try a Sazerac."(12 Tips)
    Mike C.
    "The Pims Cup is a must try."(5 Tips)
    Joseph M.
    "Must have the Gumbo and shrimp remoulade."(7 Tips)
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  • Pimms Cup
  • pims cup
  • sandwiches
  • gumbo
  • po' boys
  • bruschetta
  • authentic
  • outdoor seating
  • cozy
  • good for dates
  • olive salad
  • muffuletta
  • casual
  • good for groups
  • lemonade
  • hummus
  • Caesar salad
  • bourbon
  • great value
  • shrimp
  • Camille V.
    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!
    Camille Verdier · October 11, 2015
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  • Fodor's Travel
    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
    Fodor's Travel · January 28
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  • Natalie
    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.
    Natalie · September 29, 2015
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  • Ian
    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 $
    Ian · July 19, 2014
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  • Rebecca C.
    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.
    Rebecca Chapa · July 20, 2013
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  • Mike H.
    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
    Mike Homoki · December 2, 2011
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  • Eric T.
    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
    Eric Tigre · February 14, 2012
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  • Rachel H.
    It was alright. Definitely don't go in a big group. They don't do separate checks. You get one refill on soft drinks only if you buy food. Lettuce and tomato is extra on a po boy. It was just alright.
    Rachel Higgins · March 1, 2013
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  • Daniya T.
    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.
    Daniya Tamendarova · March 8, 2014
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  • Erin D.
    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.
    Erin Dailey · May 12, 2012
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  • 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.
    Colleen Newvine Tebeau · April 13, 2011
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  • Latham B.
    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.
    Latham Brunson · December 2, 2014
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  • Leonard C.
    Great veggie sandwich. Old fashioned was delicious. Bartender had a mighty mustache. Old school Caribbean vibe. Great place. Highly recommended for locals or tourists.
    Leonard Crist · May 22, 2014
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  • John G.
    The whole muffuletta can be shared up to 4 people. Then just order other sides to share such as the rich and awesome gumbo!
    John Garcia · December 11, 2014
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  • Megan B.
    Amazing courtyard, proper waiters, and the Pimms! Also good food. Great place to feel like your in Europe for an hour or so.
    Megan Brown · August 22, 2014
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  • Mike H.
    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
    Mike Homoki · December 2, 2011
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  • Joseph M.
    Shrimp remoulade, seafood gumbo, jambalaya chicken were very delicious! Must have the Gumbo and shrimp remoulade.
    Joseph Mazo · July 15, 2013
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  • Joshua C.
    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.
    Joshua Carr · November 7, 2013
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  • Eater
    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]
    Eater · October 5, 2011
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  • Food & Wine
    A local institution, this shabbily elegant restaurant and bar with a Spanish-style courtyard is known for its Pimm's Cups and muffuletta sandwiches.
    Food & Wine · April 20, 2011
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  • 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.
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  • Kate W.
    Get the Pimm's Cup at the bar and the muffuletta for dinner. DELICIOUS!! Also, they don't take reservations, so plan accordingly.
    Kate Wallace · January 6, 2013
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  • Ruthless
    Pimm for 1 is in a collins glass which you can purchase. Primms for 2 is a larger glass that is great for beer. Nice souvenir.
    Ruthless · October 31, 2010
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  • Paul T.
    Check out the Red Beans, Rice and Smoked Sausage; a New Orleans Tradition and Great Value! It goes well with a Pimm's Cup.
    Paul Tuennerman · October 30, 2009
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  • Kat C.
    Outstanding muffaletta, the olive salad is homemade and amazing. Def recommend the bruschetta as well -- good large appetizer.
    Kat Corliss · May 5, 2010
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  • Lindsay L.
    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)
    Lindsay Lebresco · November 14, 2011
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  • Raven C.
    Bad: Canned food - tomatoes veggies and beef broth were carried to the kitchen as we ate. Good: patio, cheese plate, and Pimms
    Raven Catlin · October 16, 2013
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  • Esquire
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. The muffuletta, great. The Pimm's Cup, good. But, the Sazerac. Boy. What a Sazerac. Read more
    Esquire · February 2, 2011
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  • Melanie T.
    My #1 favorite place in all the city. I like the roast beef po-boys & their just-spicy-enough Bloody Marys.
    Melanie Turner · December 5, 2014
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  • CJ
    Yup, go to the Chartres House Cafe instead! Lovely people, tasty food and decent prices! Will definitely return here!!
    CJ · May 5, 2012
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  • Marigny9
    The building's history oozes from every dark corner of the bar. Go for the pedigreed Sazerac with wormwood.
    Marigny9 · October 16, 2015
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  • Caitlin C.
    The sevice is so-so, but the food and drink more than make up for it. Don't leave without trying a Pimm's Cup!
    Caitlin Cash · March 22, 2011
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  • Colan M.
    Delicious Pimm's Cup. Have your beverage and/or food in the hidden garden. Beautiful restaurant since 1797.
    Colan M · September 14, 2013
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  • David
    The muffaleta tapenade is done in a brine and not oil, so this muff is very dry and choky next to the classic style. Over rated.
    David · May 26, 2012
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  • Brian L.
    Go to the patio and have a pimms cup! Also it's hard to find an outlet if you want to charge your phone.
    Brian Lamar · March 8, 2012
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  • Jason L.
    The muffeletta, poboys, pimps cup and spinach and artichoke dip are all awesome! Jordan is a fantastic waiter!
    Jason Lasher · August 17, 2011
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  • Miguel G.
    The Pimms Cup is famous. And the Sazerac is legend. Excellent muffuletta and tasty gumbo.
    Miguel Gonzalez · March 25, 2013
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  • Lewis W.
    Get a Sazerac or a Pimm's cup and enjoy it in the beautiful, shaded courtyard on a sunny day.
    Lewis Wallace · October 2, 2011
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  • Scott C.
    The Caesar salad is excellent. Loved the dressing & shavings of parm. Topped with giant croutons.
    Scott Cook · July 16, 2012
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  • rhea s.
    Pimms on the patio of course! But the food is delicious too, po' boy with a portion of jambalaya = perfect!
    rhea sunshine · November 9, 2010
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  • Jeremy S.
    The organic sandwich was surprisingly good. Service us intentionally slow so make you you have plenty of time.
    Jeremy S · June 23, 2010
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  • Mike W.
    I spy roaches. Strange music selection too, but the Pimm's Cup and Sazerac are damn good.
    Mike Winston · April 26, 2015
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  • Christopher L.
    The Pimms Cup was the highlight of this restaurant, though the seafood gumbo was solid.
    Christopher Long · October 25, 2014
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  • Amanda S.
    I dream about the Pimms Cup and muffuletta sandwich! Sit in the courtyard and enjoy!
    Amanda Scheerbaum · May 1, 2012
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  • Gabriel H.
    Great cocktails. Particularly the Pimm's Ginger Julep and the Original Pimm's Cup
    Gabriel Hayes · February 18, 2015
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  • Kathryn I.
    Stick to the NOLA classics: jambalaya and muffuletta with a Pimms Cup, to stay safe on menu.
    Kathryn I · March 10, 2015
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  • Daniel E.
    Good God. Try the Muffaletta. It's the most amazing Italian Sandwich I've ever had. The stuff I dream about when I want to be eating. It's that good.
    Daniel Eizans · March 22, 2010
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  • M M.
    You might wanna try the 'Pimm's Original ' in this bar, one of the oldest in NOLA.
    M M · March 7, 2014
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  • Parul B.
    Stunning stunning decor, historic location, great food. Highly recommended.
    Parul Batra · March 22, 2015
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  • John W.
    Not great mufalleta, not enough meat, bread too thick. Jambalaya too dry. Evelyn's down the street WAY Breyer!
    John Wall · May 4, 2012
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