Napoleon House

Cajun/Creole | Italian | Sandwich Shop | Tavern
One of the best

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 could only happen at the Napoleon House, at the corner of Chartres and St. Louis in the Vieux Carré.

Built in 1794, the National Historic Landmark came into the possession of New Orleans mayor Nicholas Girod in 1814, who is said to have hatched a plan to spirit the exiled Napoleon to the third floor of his home to live out the rest of his days. The plan was rendered moot by Napoleon’s death in 1821, but the house has retained his name ever since.

New Orleans is associated with an inordinate number of cocktails, many actually invented in the city, like the Sazerac, the Hurricane, and that brunch favorite, the Brandy Milk Punch. Some are inextricably tied to a particular restaurant, one being the Pimms Cup and the Napoleon House. How this came to be, we have no idea, but everyone in town knows that if you want a Pimms Cup (invented not in New Orleans, but in England), the Napoleon House is the place to go. It’s a classic summertime refresher (the cucumber garnish is a dead giveaway).

The Italian cold cut and olive salad-stuffed round bread loaf known as the muffuletta was created at the Central Grocery, also in the French Quarter. Purists decry a heated muffuletta as an abomination, but for the rest of us, Napoleon House’s toasted muffuletta is a pleasure to tear into. Its olive salad is relatively mellow, speaking more of celery than of 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) as well as such local favorites as red beans and rice and gumbo; but most of the rest of the menu consists of things like salads and sandwiches of no particular provenance. The dessert menu features spumoni, cannoli, tortoni … like you’d find in a Little Italy cafe. Of course.

What to Eat
Napoleon House, Italian Muffuletta
Italian Muffuletta
The muffaletta is warmed enough for cheese to melt and meld with its olive salad.
Napoleon House, Jambalaya Portion with Any Sandwich
Jambalaya Portion with Any Sandwich
Creole jambalaya
Napoleon House, Pimms Cup
Pimms Cup
The Pimms Cup is a supremely refreshing summer tonic.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11 am - 5:30 pm
Monday11 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday11 am - 10 pm
Wednesday11 am - 10 pm
Thursday11 am - 10 pm
Friday11 am - 11 pm
Saturday11 am - 11 pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
6 stops | 9 MILES | 48 min

Of all the great sandwich cities in America, New Orleans is at or near the top. Home of the muffaletta, the po boy, and the oyster loaf, it is heaven on earth for those of us whose definition of happiness includes a crisp crust, fluffy crumb, plenty of gravy, Creole mustard and/or mayonnaise. This sandwich-eating…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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