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Mother's Restaurant

401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130-3207
+1 504-523-9656
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good31%
  • Average18%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“ham” (1,051 reviews)
“biscuits” (631 reviews)
“po boy” (915 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130-3207
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Reviewed yesterday

Mother's is a down home place one goes to for the atmosphere and experience. Good Cajun food. The pace is hectic and there is always a wait outside during a convention. The place to go for a shrimp poboy. Nothing fancy here but fun to...More

Thank Bondocta
Reviewed yesterday

Went here for breakfast on a Saturday. Glad we got here early. Line was way out the door but the time we left. This is a classic dinner/lunch counter place. Order at the counter and food is brought to your table. The kitchen was hopping,...More

Thank megklee30
Reviewed yesterday

Catfish was mushy and greasy, fried oysters were oily and not crispy, shrimp were greasy and very small. This place is only busy because of the great location in the heart of New Orleans and uninformed first time visitors. If you want some really good...More

Thank Evan A
Reviewed 2 days ago

Eating here is a #1 MUST DO ! Don't worry about what's in the debris and above all, you NEVER ASK about it because it's a secret. Just order it, eat it (preferably with ham and bread) and you can thank me later. Those fried...More

Thank icanhazshooz
Reviewed 2 days ago

Who would stand in line for mediocre food in such a culinary city? One would be better served to visit any corner shop. Food is greasy and less than stellar quality.

Thank TripMember111820152
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The environment is nostalgic and warm with giant serving sizes but the food lacked flavor. I got the ham and roast beef po’ boy with debris and au jus but really was not overly impressed. I wanted to eat the whole thing but just couldn’t...More

Thank Catherine L
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The food was delicious! Our waitress was fantastic. But the staff behind the counter and the manager were incredibly rude. I was with a group and we had never been before and didn’t know how things worked there. We were quickly schooled! But the food...More

Thank Henry T
Reviewed 2 days ago

Mother’s is consistently good. Po Boys are the go-to for lunch and I highly suggest Tasso ham for breakfast. The lines are deceptively large so don’t let a long line dissuade you. If you’re an urban northerner, you’ll be frustrated by the pace at which...More

Thank Garrett K
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Mother’s was a place we were told to eat by a friend from Louisiana. So why would we question a local’s advice! Glad we didn’t! Food was good and came more than enough for each of us to eat. Po boy and fries were delicious!...More

Thank Chris B
Reviewed 4 days ago

There is often a line to get into this restaurant, which might be an indicator of it's quality. Mother's is a little hole-in-the-wall. It's very close to the Hilton Riverfront Hotel, which is where a convention was being held. During this Post-Katrina period my friends...More

Thank GeeMichelle
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Questions & Answers
Darline O
22 August 2017|
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Response from IsaMelancon | Reviewed this property |
Well Mothers is on Poydras which is probably just a couple of blocks from the Quarter.
16 August 2017|
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Response from nolamom22 | Reviewed this property |
Johnny's poboys is very good and reasonable prices... franks is another god eatery...central,grocery.... a lot of good vendors in the French market... I like mother's for,breakfast.. big portions and good prices.. the other... More
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
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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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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
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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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