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New Orleans Restaurants

Jacques-Imo's Cafe

Updated 04/09/2014

Fodor's Review

Oak Street might look like any other sleepy urban thoroughfare by day, but once the sun sets the half-block stretch containing Jacques-Imo's Cafe feels like the center of the universe. Prepare for lengthy waits in the festive bar for a table in the boisterous, swamp-theme dining rooms (fortunately, the bartenders are fast). Although not everyone is a fan, most say the modest-looking but innovative food is worth it: deep-fried roast beef po' boys, alligator sausage cheesecake,

Cajun bouillabaisse, and smothered rabbit over grits are among the only-at-Jacques-Imo's specialties. Reservations are required for parties of five or more and not accepted for smaller groups.

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8324 Oak St., New Orleans, Louisiana, 70118, USA

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Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Closed Sun. No lunch

Updated 04/09/2014


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By sam

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Sep 11, 2006

Jacques-imo's a celebration

I've read the previous reviews. The entrance is a give-away...if you are not into a true celebration...don't go...there are plenty of quiet quasi sophisticated places. My partner and I are in our 50's and we loved the energy, the food, and the owner's antics...that is the show that is uptown, neighborhood places...check out the Maple Leaf after dinner.....we loved Jacques-Imo's

By Sandra

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Mar 10, 2005

A 90 minute wait in line and overcooked food

Ok, we got sucked in. We waited for 1 1/2 hours in line, finally got a table and were served mushy, overcooked, lousy beyond lousy shrimp. For this we waited 90 minutes. P.S. the "chef" was wandering around the tables in a drunken stupor the whole time we were there. Don't waste your time

By Sarah

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Feb 27, 2005

Best of the Best in New Orleans

Jacques-Imo's is the best restaurant in New Orleans. We waiting 2 1/2 hours to get in, but it was worth it! Food was fresh and unique. The service was prompt and the owner walks around in his boxer shorts!

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