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The Market Cafe

Café and Cajun / Creole Restaurant$$$$
French Quarter, New Orleans
  • Jill H.
    "I had great service and enjoyed listening to live jazz music."(4 Tips)
    Kendra B.
    "Great service, really good gumbo and po boy, and jazz."(7 Tips)
    Nikki M.
    "... it to accompany any po' boy you order), the gumbo is way better..."(6 Tips)
    Martina H.
    "Breakfast buffet is decent not fab tho."(7 Tips)
96 Tips and reviews
  • live music
  • jazz music
  • gumbo
  • po' boys
  • crawfish
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  • Melissa V.
    Melissa VJuly 13, 2012
    We got the alligator sausage which was spicy and delicious. We also opted for a catfish poboy and an oyster and shrimp poboy. Both were crispy with great flavor. Hurricanes were nothing special.
  • Nikki M.
    Nikki Miller-KaFebruary 25, 2012
    Excellent jazz band; Delicious remoulade sauce (ask for it to accompany any po' boy you order), the gumbo is way better elsewhere, & ask to sample the beer before getting a glass--it may be flat.
  • Jackie W.
    Jackie WallerApril 30, 2012
    Ate here for lunch today. Our server, Gerald, was excellent with suggestions and advise regarding food. Service was good, food was great. Definitely recommended for a relaxing lunch. Plus live music!
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyFebruary 2, 2015
    Enjoyed a shrimp Po-boy and fruit daiquiri here. Vibrant setting, I love sitting outside. The service was lacking a bit though.
  • Jason G.
    Jason GNovember 10, 2012
    Nice place to eat and listen to some live music. The jambalaya and muffuletta were fantastic.
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica ShepherdAugust 6, 2013
    Amazing service, amazing food, great location and very affordable. They have a good taste of the New Orleans cuisine without making you eat your wallet.
  • Martina H.
    Martina Holmes-RealtorSeptember 5, 2013
    Wings are AWESOME! Ribs we're over cooked tho. Great service and wonderful place to people watch. One of my favorite spots here
  • Michelle P.
    Michelle PerdueAugust 7, 2013
    Muffuletta sandwich is enough for 3!!! Seriously! it is round and as big as the plate!! it is soooo delish!!! a must try!!!
  • Jackie F.
    Jackie FaberMarch 20, 2012
    The alligator is awesome. Services is great. Drinks are nice and strong and you get live music when you eat. Fun place!
  • Michael A.
    Michael ArchangelskiSeptember 28, 2014
    Fast and nice service. Good food, live music. Sounds like a great place to have a meal halfway through French Market.
  • Xiaoyu
    XiaoyuDecember 31, 2015
    Their boiled shrimps are large, seasonal and fresh. My parents (experts in eating shrimps) love them.
  • Davis E.
    Davis EricaAugust 3, 2016
    Catfish and shrimp were perfectly cooked and had a wonderful light crust. Best catfish I've had in years.
  • Martina H.
    Martina Holmes-RealtorSeptember 7, 2013
    Wings here were the best I've had in my life! Breakfast buffet is decent not fab tho. Great atmosphere
  • Aubri O.
    Aubri O'ConnorNovember 19, 2011
    They let my friend bring his central grocery muffaletta in while we listened to jazz. That's cool. Loved the band, the salad, the whole vibe.
  • Rebecca L.
    Rebecca LeeSeptember 27, 2012
    The fried shrimp plate is one of the best I've ever had. Very well seasoned and good breading.
  • Susan Leonidas T.
    Great service, even better breakfast plus awesome jazz music! A pleasant surprise indeed!
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HouseMay 6, 2012
    Second time ive been here. Welcomed immediately just for wearing cubs gear and loved the drinks and music. Nice little hangout.
  • Doug W.
    Doug WMay 16
    Nice outdoor cafe to grab a drink and listen to live music in the afternoon. But need a better beer selection.
  • Stéphane A.
    Stéphane AubinMay 26, 2015
    Great live music outside ! Typical food that is correct but not exceptional. Good service !
  • Brandon U.
    Brandon UpdegraffMay 13, 2012
    The food and service is amazing! Loves it! Especially the shrimp and oyster po boy
  • Troy K.
    Troy KruegerSeptember 10, 2013
    First time here. Having a muffuletta and listening to some jazz! Also pet friendly and have our dog water!
  • Lori B.
    Lori BJanuary 30, 2012
    Great service-- must sit outside for best ambiance! Breakfast buffet reasonable and decent.
  • Ashley
    AshleyDecember 30, 2012
    Gumbo was great. Waiter was very polite and fast. Definitely would go back.
  • Lezlie W.
    Lezlie WhaleyMarch 29, 2011
    Stop for an early lunch and had delicious gumbo & a muffuletta that was awesome! Plus there was a great jazz band performing!
  • Jonathan B.
    Jonathan BatchelorJune 23, 2011
    Best service I have had since I arrived in New Orleans 4 days ago...the jambalaya is excellent.
  • Guilherme C.
    Guilherme CostaNovember 3, 2012
    One of the best places to try local food. Extra points for the Jambalaya!
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MatottSeptember 10, 2011
    Decent breakfast buffet, and great Bloody Mary, also some nice easy jazz
  • Pamela
    PamelaMay 25, 2012
    Dogs are allowed but you must sit on either side of the street.
  • Lina T.
    Lina TrifonOctober 17, 2016
    There was a great live music band playing. Take the muffuletta!
  • Lauren C.
    Lauren COctober 29, 2011
    The Muffalata is to die for! I eat here every time I'm in town!
  • Cliff S.
    Cliff SettoonFebruary 21, 2012
    The charbroiled oysters with goat cheese is fantastic!
  • William P.
    William PittmanJuly 20, 2013
    Great atmosphere. Great music. Great food!
  • Adam B.
    Adam BlairSeptember 8, 2012
    The jambalaya is great. Nice spice to it.
  • Kendra B.
    Kendra BlakelyOctober 8, 2011
    Great service, really good gumbo and po boy, and jazz.
  • Jill H.
    Jill H-WJune 11, 2010
    I had great service and enjoyed listening to live jazz music. I had the catfish po'boy!
  • Corrine R.
    Corrine RJuly 30, 2013
    Came here twice and it was a disappointing experience. First time, waitress was nice but forgot about us for about 45 minutes. Breakfast buffet was okay, I could have gone to ihop for the same food.
  • Wade B.
    Wade BaskinNovember 18, 2012
    Taste of New Orleans ans a shrimp po boy ...yeah!
  • Dustin B.
    Dustin BussMay 20, 2010
    Sit on the side of the building - along the edge if N Peter. It acts like a wind tunnel, and the breeze is fantastic.
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HollandMarch 24, 2013
    Try the Bloody Mary with Absolute Papaya
  • Guillermo R.
    Guillermo RamirezAugust 9, 2012
    Service was great. Band and pudding were good.
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinFebruary 26, 2013
    great place to enjoy live music and grab a quick bite
  • Carla D.
    Carla DunnJune 17, 2012
    Good breakfast buffet. Server Eric was great!
  • Logan H.
    Logan HarperMay 25, 2013
    Live Jazz music is amazing!!!!!
  • Dana N.
    Dana NewsomeOctober 14, 2010
    ask for Troy and tell her the Florida newlyweds sent ya! If its a slow day, ask her to tell you the story of the orange and pink wedding broom :)
  • Mandie R.
    Mandie RussoAugust 1, 2013
    Soooo goooood! Shrimp and Oyster po'boy is off the chain!
  • Janis K.
    Janis KlavinsMay 24, 2011
    Sorry, we wanted to enjoy it, but snaps and finger points for seating, then no word or menus for 15 minutes in a half empty place made us want to leave
  • Just_Me1911
    Just_Me1911July 7, 2013
    The fish is awful and the pigeons are a nasty added attraction. The live music is nice.
  • Matthew G.
    Matthew GardnerMarch 7, 2011
    Try the gumbo. Best gumbo in the city.
  • Pedro H.
    Pedro Hidalgo LabarcaMarch 12, 2015
    Best jazz music in the whole market
  • Harold C.
    Harold Cade IIAugust 30, 2015
    Crawfish etouffee great!
  • Kaylie C.
    Kaylie CarricoMarch 16, 2011
    The service is sloooooow. The drinks are pretty good, if you can get someone's attention.
  • Jjlinksz L.
    Jjlinksz LinkszMarch 31, 2013
    Great food music and service
  • Amanda R.
    Amanda RockettNovember 13, 2011
    Waiter awesome so far! Popcorn crawfish - YUM.
  • Cathal K.
    Cathal KeaneMay 29, 2013
    Honestly, this place is only OK. The vibe is good, the food is average. Enjoy the jazz. It just happened to be convenient for us.
  • Abby C.
    Abby CobbMay 30, 2011
    Worst service ever, and I work in restaurants. Even though we were polite, every time we asked for a refill or when ordering I thought we were going to be slapped, she was very rude. Never eat here!
  • Mark J.
    Mark JacobsonDecember 25, 2011
    The Southern Fly is great! Taste just like iced tea.
  • Michelle B.
    Try the Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka....yum!
  • Lee G.
    Lee G.June 23, 2012
    2nd time here and service still sucks. They just toss a menu at you and tell you to have a seat anywhere. You'll have to flag down a waiter when your ready.
  • Darius B.
    Darius BeckJanuary 26, 2013
    Try the Grilled chicken Po-boy!!!
  • Lauren L.
  • Troy W.
    Troy WelchApril 3, 2014
    We waited 10 min and no one even took our drink order. Went down the street Frank's restaurant and ate the much better service.
  • Anrique N.
    Anrique NMarch 23, 2013
    Muffalatta off the hook!!!!!!
  • John S.
    John ShanahanApril 10, 2012
    Get the alligator appetizer!
  • diana k.
    diana kimDecember 25, 2013
    Service sucks unless you're getting the breakfast buffet... where you serve yourself.
  • Mandi M.
    Mandi MuckleroyOctober 30, 2010
    The food was good and the waiter lightend soon as it dyed down
  • Chris T.
    Chris TSeptember 28, 2013
    Muffuletta & Market Mary
  • Lauren C.
    Lauren CJune 28, 2011
    The mufalatta is to die for!
  • Errol C.
    Errol CormierAugust 14, 2015
    Nice Morning Coffee' but a little Hot Out !!
  • Freddy P.
    Freddy PostelMarch 12, 2013
    Faster service when you sit at the bar.
  • Chrissy F.
    Chrissy FiteJuly 3, 2013
    Here for some great jazz!
  • Bryan B.
    Bryan BradleyApril 5, 2011
    Good bloody marys and great jazz
  • Dan S.
    Dan ShannonJune 22, 2012
    Try the Bloody Mary
  • Nellie W.
    Nellie WebbJuly 23, 2010
    Saturday & Sunday $8.95 all u can eat buffet
  • Clifford W.
    Clifford WalkerMarch 4, 2012
    Service was quick and food good.
  • Tracy S.
    Tracy SavageApril 12, 2014
    It's more of a continental breakfast than a buffet but the service was nice.
  • Anne
    AnneJune 6, 2011
    Crawfish Etouffe is fantastic Read more
  • @DjayRage G.
    @DjayRage Gerardo HerreraNovember 29, 2012
    Dam flying rats everywhere!
  • Jim G.
    Jim GrubbJune 1, 2013
    Try the Breakfast
  • Jude N.
    Jude NorrisJanuary 15, 2013
    Get a mint julip!
  • Matthew N.
    Matthew NelsonDecember 25, 2010
    Pretty good food, pretty crummy service.
  • D S.
    D SawyerMay 1, 2011
    The service here was horrible. Our waitress Shannon disappeared shortly after we sat and it took forever to get new service.
  • Lorie D.
    Lorie DeDonatoDecember 30, 2014
  • Chris D.
    Chris DaleyMay 27, 2012
    Skip the breakfast buffet
  • Mark H.
    Mark HiattSeptember 23, 2014
    Very disappointed that "Eggs Creole" is no longer on the menu.
  • Danell B.
    Danell BajkowskiOctober 7, 2011
    Try a Bloody Mary!
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HApril 3, 2014
    Terrible service. Very long wait times too even when only half full. Try somewhere else
  • Cathal K.
    Cathal KeaneMay 29, 2013
    Complete, totally, utterly overrated. Don't buy the hype.
  • Mandi M.
    Mandi MuckleroyOctober 30, 2010
    The waiter we had is VERY rude!!! Hope the food is good ... Will let you know when we get it..
  • Lindsay L.
    Lindsay ListanskiApril 4, 2012
    Skip the gumbo. Nothing special.
  • Allison H.
    Allison HoganJuly 12, 2010
    Didn't get to eat because we never got served! We waited thirty minutes, the customer service was horrible. Go next door to Montrels!!
  • IrvGotti
    IrvGottiAugust 12, 2012
    Service sucks, they are entirely to slow! This was such a bad experience.
  • Mitchell L.
    Mitchell LongJuly 14, 2011
    If you like salt its good but don t waste your money it terrible
  • Christopher J.
    Christopher JohnstonMarch 13, 2011
    Mediocre food with very slow service. Go to Maspero's instead.
  • Shanna V.
    Shanna VanceJune 2, 2010
    Waitress was very rude! Food was great but worst customer service I have ever had.
  • Massimo B.
    Massimo BolognaOctober 1, 2014
    Cucina creola e buona musica.
  • Ernesto N.
    Ernesto NormanJanuary 22, 2016
    Un buen café después de tus compras en el mercado
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