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Napoleon House

Napoleon House

Cajun / Creole Restaurant, Grocery Store, and Cocktail Bar$$$$
French Quarter, New Orleans
  • The folks at Eater and Food & Wine like this place. Would you agree?
    • Eater
    • Food & Wine
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    "Order the famous Pimms Cup at Napoleon House Bar & Cafe."(19 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)
    "A pims cup and a muffuletta sandwich are you need."(5 Tips)
161 Tips and reviews
  • Pimms Cup
  • sandwiches
  • pims cup
  • gumbo
  • good for dates
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  • Natalie
    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 Jul 18
  • Camille V.
    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!
  • 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 $
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Megan B.
    Megan BrownAugust 22, 2014
    Amazing courtyard, proper waiters, and the Pimms! Also good food. Great place to feel like your in Europe for an hour or so.
  • John G.
    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!
  • 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
  • Latham B.
    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.
  • Leonard C.
    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.
  • 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]
  • Joseph M.
    Joseph MazoJuly 15, 2013
    Shrimp remoulade, seafood gumbo, jambalaya chicken were very delicious! Must have the Gumbo and shrimp remoulade.
  • Doug W.
    Doug WMay 16
    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.
  • Scott C.
    Scott CookJuly 16, 2012
    The Caesar salad is excellent. Loved the dressing & shavings of parm. Topped with giant croutons.
  • Joshua C.
    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.
  • Erin D.
    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.
  • Ariana V.
    Great Pimm's cup, muffaletta sandwich (quarter-size shown!), and creole tomato caprese salad.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jessi T.
    Jessi ThomasAugust 11
    We always stop and get a muffuletta when I'm NOLA. We also tried the raspberry cream soda and was very pleased!
  • Melanie T.
    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.
  • Tom M.
    Tom MaxwellSeptember 12
    The cheese board is great! Love the Swiss infused with wine.
  • 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.
  • Colan M.
    Colan MSeptember 14, 2013
    Delicious Pimm's Cup. Have your beverage and/or food in the hidden garden. Beautiful restaurant since 1797.
  • CJ
    CJMay 5, 2012
    Yup, go to the Chartres House Cafe instead! Lovely people, tasty food and decent prices! Will definitely return here!!
  • Zahra M.
    Zahra MohammadiFebruary 21
    They make very good Cocktails. Perfect Jumpalaya and fried shrimp
  • 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)
  • Marigny9
    Marigny9October 16, 2015
    The building's history oozes from every dark corner of the bar. Go for the pedigreed Sazerac with wormwood.
  • Miguel G.
    Miguel GonzalezMarch 25, 2013
    The Pimms Cup is famous. And the Sazerac is legend. Excellent muffuletta and tasty gumbo.
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 20, 2011
    A local institution, this shabbily elegant restaurant and bar with a Spanish-style courtyard is known for its Pimm's Cups and muffuletta sandwiches.
  • Kameron P.
    If here for the first time get the Pimm's cocktail and Muffeleta Sandwich.
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaneOctober 25, 2016
    Life-changing muffuletta with somewhat ridiculous sizes. You won't need more than a half.
  • Stella R.
    The food & drinks are great, atmosphere is what I'd expect, the service mediocre. The Muffuletta is good for sharing!
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesFebruary 18, 2015
    Great cocktails. Particularly the Pimm's Ginger Julep and the Original Pimm's Cup
  • Jason L.
    Jason LasherAugust 17, 2011
    The muffeletta, poboys, pimps cup and spinach and artichoke dip are all awesome! Jordan is a fantastic waiter!
  • Lewis W.
    Lewis WallaceOctober 2, 2011
    Get a Sazerac or a Pimm's cup and enjoy it in the beautiful, shaded courtyard on a sunny day.
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn IMarch 10, 2015
    Stick to the NOLA classics: jambalaya and muffuletta with a Pimms Cup, to stay safe on menu.
  • Eric D.
    Eric DNovember 2, 2014
    Great Pimm's Cup, Sazerac, Muffuletta. The patio is a nice mid-afternoon retreat.
  • Maggie P.
    Maggie PepperApril 12, 2016
    Get the bruschetta!! And request a table on the patio
  • Victor L.
    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.
  • Parul B.
    Parul BatraMarch 22, 2015
    Stunning stunning decor, historic location, great food. Highly recommended.
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda ThauMay 1, 2012
    I dream about the Pimms Cup and muffuletta sandwich! Sit in the courtyard and enjoy!
  • M M.
    M MMarch 7, 2014
    You might wanna try the 'Pimm's Original ' in this bar, one of the oldest in NOLA.
  • Ruthless
    RuthlessOctober 31, 2010
    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.
  • marshall w.
    marshall wrightJune 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They sell more Pimm's Cups than anyone in the US. Get one. Then get one more. Then get one in a to-go.
  • Cat W.
    Cat WeaverMarch 18, 2013
    ... all that plus a really nice airy atmosphere. Lots of sun. Nice digs!
  • Lindsey B.
    Lindsey BAugust 9, 2014
    Love sitting outside in the courtyard. The roast beef po'boy was so good.
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin CashMarch 22, 2011
    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!
  • Tony M.
    Tony MDecember 14, 2014
    Loved the Muffalata sandwich here. The courtyard has some serious heaters in the winter.
  • Rachel B.
    Rachel BOctober 20, 2012
    They are known for their Pimm's Cup. But try their Pimm's Ginger Julep. Tasty!
  • Steve M.
    Steve MarcheseDecember 14, 2014
    If you go for the Sazerac, you gotta top it with Absinthe. So good.
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 2, 2011
    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
  • jeff s.
    jeff semonesDecember 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    A must do for any visitor to the Fr. Quarter!
  • Brian L.
    Brian LamarMarch 8, 2012
    Go to the patio and have a pimms cup! Also it's hard to find an outlet if you want to charge your phone.
  • Tatiana P.
    Tatiana PeaveyAugust 14, 2014
    Come here for the Pimms Cup stay for the service!
  • Rachel H.
    Rachel HigginsMarch 1, 2013
    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.
  • Christopher L.
    Christopher LongOctober 25, 2014
    The Pimms Cup was the highlight of this restaurant, though the seafood gumbo was solid.
  • Mike W.
    Mike WinstonApril 26, 2015
    I spy roaches. Strange music selection too, but the Pimm's Cup and Sazerac are damn good.
  • William H.
    William HitchcockOctober 18, 2016
    Atmosphere! Great place for a relaxing beverage
  • Jesse J.
    Jesse JensenMarch 19, 2013
    Great spot for lunch. Get a half muffuletta and a Pimm's cup.
  • Raven C.
    Raven CatlinOctober 16, 2013
    Bad: Canned food - tomatoes veggies and beef broth were carried to the kitchen as we ate. Good: patio, cheese plate, and Pimms
  • rhea s.
    rhea sunshineNovember 9, 2010
    Pimms on the patio of course! But the food is delicious too, po' boy with a portion of jambalaya = perfect!
  • Kelsey K.
    Pimms Cup and the Po'Boys are large enough to split between two people.
  • Julia L.
    Julia Lord NickleSeptember 6, 2014
    Great sazeracs! This place is a must visit while in NOLA.
  • Kat C.
    Kat CorlissMay 5, 2010
    Outstanding muffaletta, the olive salad is homemade and amazing. Def recommend the bruschetta as well -- good large appetizer.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesSeptember 22, 2015
    My favorite place to grab an afternoon cocktail in the French Quarter.
  • Zelda O.
    Zelda O.March 26, 2013
    Ask the bartender about all the famous movies that have been filmed here.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Order the famous Pimms Cup at Napoleon House Bar & Cafe. -Travel Editor
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel KilkennyJuly 31, 2016
    Muffaletta is good, as is the alligator sausage po boy...
  • Mike H.
    Mike HomokiDecember 2, 2011
    Great Red Beans and Rice. Better than all the other places I visited on my trip. Read more
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LegereSeptember 27, 2014
    Basic NOLA sandwiches in a rustic atmosphere. Nothing too amazing.
  • Sarah P.
    Sarah PharesMay 26, 2013
    Classic Pimm's Cup, muffulettas if other spots are too crowded.
  • Graham W.
    Graham WrightMarch 2, 2014
    Excellent food at reasonable prices you will not be disappointed
  • Gambit New Orleans
    Gambit New OrleansMarch 28, 2012
    Try Napoleon Houses Shrimp remoulade that overflows from an avocado. - Gambit's Five in 5
  • Steve F.
    Steve ForsythJuly 31, 2016
    The muffaletta sandwich was beyond outstanding!
  • NOLA Nites Concierge | Meloney Smith
    The Napoleon House’s patinated-copper cupola and warm muffuletta sandwiches.
  • Paul T.
    Paul TuennermanOctober 30, 2009
    Check out the Red Beans, Rice and Smoked Sausage; a New Orleans Tradition and Great Value! It goes well with a Pimm's Cup.
  • Mauricio B.
    Mauricio BeckstromMarch 19, 2012
    Phenomenal red beans and rice....had my first pims cup here, very refreshing.
  • Steven D.
    Steven DoyleJanuary 29, 2015
    There is reason why they are famous 😛
  • Adam James Realty
    Adam James RealtySeptember 14, 2015
    This is where they invented the Pimm's Cup. An absolute must have!
  • Scrapple J.
    Scrapple JoeNovember 5, 2012
    Dixie Blackened voodoo lager is gooood
  • Darin S.
    Darin StroutsMarch 22, 2011
    Excellent lamb, and the bruschetta rocks my world!
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesSeptember 22, 2015
    They are famous for their Pimm's Cup. That fame is well deserved.
  • Chris N.
    Chris NixonMarch 27, 2015
    Muffuletta is great and served warm!
  • Candice C.
    Candice CorumAugust 11, 2012
    The way I always start a stay in New Orleans...Mario is the best!!
  • R W.
    R WatkinsJanuary 22, 2012
    The waiters are awesome and so it the Pimm's Cup,
  • Colby R.
    Colby RabideauFebruary 18, 2016
    I'd never heard of a muffuletta before but it still tasted great.
  • Nathan J.
    Nathan JonesJune 1, 2016
    The garden sandwich is superb!
  • Lauren P.
    Lauren P.July 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Pimms Cup is a classic but I prefer the Bourbon Milk Punch
  • Daniel E.
    Daniel EizansMarch 22, 2010
    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.
  • Gambit New Orleans
    Gambit New OrleansJuly 5, 2012
    Gambit's Top Bars 2012 - Signature Drink: Pimm's Cup Read more
  • Emilia D.
    Emilia DoerrNovember 20, 2011
    Known for Pimm's Cup. Check out courtyard!
  • Robin M.
    Robin MJNovember 19, 2012
    Ask to sit in the inner outside courtyard.
  • William H.
    William HitchcockOctober 18, 2016
    Well worth a stop here if you come to NOLA
  • Jeremy S.
    Jeremy SJune 23, 2010
    The organic sandwich was surprisingly good. Service us intentionally slow so make you you have plenty of time.
  • David
    DavidMay 26, 2012
    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.
  • Esmeralda M.
    Además del exquisito sabor de los platillos, el lugar esta increíble, es mejor ir por la noche para ver el lugar alumbrado.
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