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Mother's Restaurant

401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130-3207
+1 504-523-9656
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good31%
  • Average18%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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“ham” (939 reviews)
“biscuits” (575 reviews)
“po boy” (1,304 reviews)
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American, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly
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401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130-3207
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Food was tasty and staff was friendly. We had breakfast and the sausage was so good. Pictures on the wall are interesting.

Thank Marisa W
Reviewed yesterday

This place came to my wife and I highly recommended from friends but boy, were we disappointed. The only thing we both agreed upon was that they provided you with huge portions of food, other than that... not much. I know the building is old,...More

Thank Sizzla36
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Ventured to Mother's for breakfast. Based on reviews, we went a little early to avoid the crowd (about 9:00). When you enter you're told to grab a menu and order at the register. Your food is brought out to you by very friendly and helpful...More

Thank mpdfitz
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The jambalya was delicious. It had a little kick which was great. The gumbo needed spice. The fried chicken was delicious. Skin was nice and crispy and the chicken itself had good flavor. They make the fried chicken to order so it takes max 30mins...More

Thank ahcortez
Reviewed yesterday

I remain totally puzzled as to why anyone would go here at all much less stand in line for half an hour to get in--which we did because others recommended it. The food is bland, ordinary, too salty, and everything, even the vegetables, have chunks...More

Thank rimwanderer
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Mothers makes a darn fine Po Boy. Their ham is good. No complaints. Its just that there are other places in NOLA that have food that is as good or better. Mothers is all about the hype. Its like going to the diner in Seinfeld...More

Thank Michelle L
Reviewed 2 days ago

Was in town for a conference and was told that this was a good spot to grab a bite to eat. Often there will be long lines outside, but they move through folks pretty quickly....the service is fast. Plenty of staff there and they are...More

Thank Robby M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We got lots of recommendations for this place. We decided to have lunch there. Long waiting line but advanced pretty fast. You order and pay beforehand, then self-seat and wait for your food. Local classic food (Cajun) like po-boys (we had the ferdi), red beans...More

Thank Jose A
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place is a classic place. I have been stopping in during random visits for over 30 years. The food is always very good. I like to come for breakfast on the weekend or during the week. The line can get long when the city...More

Thank BJW333
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went here because the reviews seemed great. There was a line to get in. The staff was wonderful. They were all very attentive and the line moved quickly. The food was nothing special. We ordered sandwiches and the bread was tough and chicken and...More

Thank CRamos904
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Nancy R H
23 January 2017|
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Response from Melody L | Reviewed this property |
Not directly. Get off at Canal and S. Peters St. Go down S.Peters street to Poydras. You will pass Le Meridien Hotel. Turn right on Poydras. Mother's Restaurant approx 1 block on right
5 July 2016|
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Response from Armando B | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is!
3 June 2016|
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Response from waynelaw78 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it can, but you'll just have to go through the line as usual and then find seating, maybe not all together. I would suggest going at a time other than "rush hour".
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 25
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130-3207
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +1 504-523-9656
  • E-mail
Authentic N'Awlins home-style cooking since 1938. The Amato family welcomes you for a taste of tradition.Home of award-winning Jambalaya, the famous Ferdi Special, and the original debris-laden roast beef.Private room for parties, rehearsal dinners and special events.
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