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Café Degas

3127 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119,  (504) 945-5635

La Salad Au Crabe

Jumbo lump crab meat, shaved fennel, baby arugula, grapefruit, mint with tarragon vinaigrette and crispy shallots

La gratinée d'oignon

Our famous French onion soup with croutons and melted Swiss.  A signature item at Café Degas.

L'assiette de patés

House made patés with saucissons, fig mustard, cornichons


One of our offerings during COOLinary August

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The longest running and most Gallic French Restaurant in New Orleans

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Cafe Degas has been selected by OpenTable diners as one of the best restaurants in 2017.

Favorite Budget-Friendly Restaurant in New Orleans:
 Divine authentic Gallic cuisine from French Chef Laurent Rochereux in an open-air setting (weather permitting), offers views of historic Esplanade Avenue. Whether just to hang out sipping wine with nibbles from the excellent charcuterie and fromage boards or having a multi-course dinner, guests may feel so “in the moment” they’ll think time is standing still. Check out the chalkboard for some lovely, nightly specials.  Country Roads - February 2013

"... these were the beefiest frog legs I’ve ever seen"
 LickMySpoon.com - February 2012


The masterpiece of proprietor Jacques Soulas, an artist and a restaurateur, and his friend Jerry Edgar, this creative bistro overlooking Fortier Park and romantic Esplanade Avenue is an authentic French jewel. The openness of the dining room, the intimacy of the bar, a live oak tree rising through the floor and a complete wine list adding pleasure to the French menu have guests looking up from their plates of moules et frites, checking the door to see when Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas will arrive.   –   T.M.-  New Orleans Magazine December 2010

"Something about Café Degas makes dining there feel as if you're on vacation. No other restaurant makes it so clear how our food culture is interwoven with France. Time seems to go by more slowly, so you may as well have another glass of wine".   
Tom Fitzmorris,  Restaurant Writer,    New Orleans City Business

"In business for 21 years, Cafe Degas has attained the status of a modern-day-neighborhood
 institution. Its regulars have come to prize the place as equal parts romantic and practical, 
 upscale and comfortable"       Gambit Weekly     Read Review 

  Cafe Degas makes bistro food and ambiance into an art.    Times Picayune     Read Review

"... Cafe Degas' temperature-controlled, practically wall-free dining room allows diners to both experience and appreciate the weather during any month of the year ..."   
Gambit Weekly -  1st Place Best Outdoor Dining

The semi outdoors deck has tremendous appeal. The big oaks of Esplanade Avenue and the little park across the street make for a delightful and very New Orleans scene... The food here gets better every time I try it. You want to find out straightaway what the day's specials are; they're the best food Cafe Degas has to offer.       Tom Fitzmorris,     New Orleans City Business

A pecan tree shoots through a hole in the roof of the porch where we dine. On a windy day, tumbling nuts dance a jig on the tin roof; rain sounds like a concert for drums.... the food woos you...Whether you're served by David Musson, a limb of the Degas family on his mama's side, or Jacqueline Guiot, who speaks a curiously understandable French (even if you ne parle pas), the food woos you into a Degas mood. Pate de campagne, duck mousse pate, and creamy vichyssoise emerge from a kitchen the size of a kerchief.                    Carolanne Griffith-Roberts, Southern Living

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