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Napoleon House

500 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA - (504) 524-9752
The toasted muffuletta is a pleasure to tear into. The olive salad here is mellow, speaking more of celery than olives. Add to that the melted cheese and crunch of the toasted loaf and the effect is totally different from that of a Central Grocery muff. The menu also includes a variety of "poor boys" (usually known around town as po-boys), and a few local favorites like red beans and rice and gumbo.
100% Approval Rating (4 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Italian Muffuletta
Jambalaya Portion with Any Sandwich
Pimms Cup

Highlighted Reviews

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Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle - Photos (8)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Here's an idea for your next New Orleans trip: stop in at an historic pub with a French connection and enjoy a British cocktail along with a sandwich invented a few blocks away, have some Creole food on the side, and finish up with an Italian dessert. This can only be ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

500 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA
(504) 524-9752

http://www.napoleonhouse.com/index.html

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:Yes
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:No
The muffaletta isn’t heavily toasted. It simply is warmed enough for the cheese to melt and meld with the olive salad.
"The muffaletta isn’t heavily toasted. It simply is warmed enough for the cheese to melt and meld with the olive salad."
Michael Stern





The bar of Napoleon House is a great place to sit if you are a single diner. Here you can watch the bartender make his drinks with great 'savoir flair.'
"The bar of Napoleon House is a great place to sit if you are a single diner. Here you can watch the bartender make his drinks with great 'savoir flair.'"
Michael Stern


The building is 200 years old, but the restaurant has been run by the same family for only 100 years.
"The building is 200 years old, but the restaurant has been run by the same family for only 100 years."
Michael Stern


Napoleon House olive salad is relatively tame, more about olives and celery than garlic and spice. It lacks the punch of the Central Grocery classic, but it makes for robust Italian-Creole comfort food.
"Napoleon House olive salad is relatively tame, more about olives and celery than garlic and spice. It lacks the punch of the Central Grocery classic, but it makes for robust Italian-Creole comfort food."
Michael Stern


Paint is peeling off the dark and dingy walls; background music is ersatz elegance, like a 1930s Hollywood soundtrack for a film about the Napoleonic era.
"Paint is peeling off the dark and dingy walls; background music is ersatz elegance, like a 1930s Hollywood soundtrack for a film about the Napoleonic era."
Michael Stern


Images of Napoleon are everywhere. At the beginning of the 19th century, when the Little Colonel was in exile, the mayor of New Orleans offered this place to him as a refuge.
"Images of Napoleon are everywhere. At the beginning of the 19th century, when the Little Colonel was in exile, the mayor of New Orleans offered this place to him as a refuge."
Michael Stern


Expect a line of people flowing out the door of Napoleon House almost any time of day.
"Expect a line of people flowing out the door of Napoleon House almost any time of day."
Michael Stern


A whole muffuletta is plenty for two.
"A whole muffuletta is plenty for two."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Napoleon breaks with tradition and serves their muffulettas warm and toasted.
"Napoleon breaks with tradition and serves their muffulettas warm and toasted."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The house drink here is the Pimms Cup, made with a spirit called Pimms No 1 Cup, combined with lemonade, 7 Up, and a cucumber garnish.  It's a supremely refreshing summer tonic reminiscent in taste and appearance to iced tea, probably most closely associated with Wimbledon.
"The house drink here is the Pimms Cup, made with a spirit called Pimms No 1 Cup, combined with lemonade, 7 Up, and a cucumber garnish. It's a supremely refreshing summer tonic reminiscent in taste and appearance to iced tea, probably most closely associated with Wimbledon."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


What at first appears to be a lime wedge really is a slice of cucumber.
"What at first appears to be a lime wedge really is a slice of cucumber."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Scoops of Creole jambalaya are available as a side with your giant Italian sandwich.
"Scoops of Creole jambalaya are available as a side with your giant Italian sandwich."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Inside Napoleon House is a dark, historic pub.  In the back is a very pleasant courtyard.  The restaurant/bar is extremely popular with visitors to New Orleans.
"Inside Napoleon House is a dark, historic pub. In the back is a very pleasant courtyard. The restaurant/bar is extremely popular with visitors to New Orleans."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The stuccoed brick French colonial Napoleon House was built in the late 18th century.  The scene, to us, is as much Rome as France or New Orleans.
"The stuccoed brick French colonial Napoleon House was built in the late 18th century. The scene, to us, is as much Rome as France or New Orleans."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Now where have we seen that distinctive shape before?
"Now where have we seen that distinctive shape before?"
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



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