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Emeril's Delmonico

  • 1300 St. Charles Ave. Map It
  • Lower Garden District
  • American
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/24/2015

Fodor's Review

Chef Emeril Lagasse bought the century-old Delmonico restaurant in 1998 and converted it into a large, extravagant restaurant serving some of the most ambitious reinterpretations of classic Creole dishes in town. The atmosphere is lush, with high-ceiling dining spaces swathed in upholstered walls and superthick window fabrics, and the food is decadent. House-cured charcuterie is a reliable option, as is the crisp duck leg confit, glazed pork chop, and stuffed boudin balls. Prime dry-aged steaks with traditional sauces have emerged as a specialty in recent years, but the menu gets more ambitious by the month. "Plush" and "polish" are the bywords here, and the service is exemplary.

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1300 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130, USA

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Restaurant Details:

  • No lunch Sat.–Thurs.
  • Reservations essential

Published 07/24/2015


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By cjdw

May 28, 2015

Single worst restauarnt experience of my life

I visited Emeril's Delmonico recently. I was late joining a party that was already seated. Before I had an opportunity to even order a drink, one of the wait staff spilled a fish sauce on my suit jacket, pants and shirt. The waiter, the maître d’ and sommelier were profoundly apologetic and promised to do everything in their power to make sure the problem was fixed. That night, I left my suit with the front desk of the hotel where I was staying

for dry cleaning. After it was returned there was residual staining which the Director of Property Operations at hotel deemed sufficiently bad that he considered the suit and shirt unwearable. I contacted Caleb Gettle (sommelier at Emeril’s Delmonico) who told me to have the suit sent to them and that it would be replaced. I did this just before leaving New Orleans. After returning to my home in Toronto, Canada, I have been in contact with Caleb as well as Saleem Nawaz (General Manager) who have repeatedly insisted that there is no problem with the suit or shirt, despite the third party opinion of the hotel director. As a result, I am left with a suit that is unwearable and no compensation. I very strongly feel that the restaurant and Caleb and Saleem are taking advantage of the fact that I am an out of town visitor. Oh, and we didn't really get to eat much as this really screwed up our evening but the food we had was pretty decent though we enjoy the Royal Oyster House more.

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