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Mother's Restaurant



401 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

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(504) 523-9656

  • Sun - Sat 7:00am - 10:00pm

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Cuisine: American Restaurants, Cajun Restaurants

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4.2 of 5.0 from 97 reviews


price range:$11 to $25

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  • kelgrant6 reviewOne of the most fun places to eat in New Orleans. The waitresses will tell you not to read the signs (NO TIPPING etc.) A truely great experience.

    44444 by kelgrant6


  • WilburPig reviewThe Ferdi is the best sandwich I've ever had anywhere, anytime. This is a great sampler of local food and it's all good. They struggle with crowd control and it appears that is getting even worse and tourists inundate the place.

    22222 by WilburPig


  • ChefMozWhile staying in New Orleans for a long weekend we happened upon Mother's for breakfast...went back the next morning for a repeat...our bellman at the hotel told us he eats there 3 times per week. The biscuits are the lightest, the ham and debris are to die for, poboys w/debris are fabulous, better coffee than Cafe du Monde. If we lived in N.O. I'd weigh 300 lbs because of Mother's.

    44444 by ChefMoz.org


  • ChefMozI have been to Mothers on several occasions. I have never been able to not order too much food. It is a phenomenal value in a city of expensive restaurants. I will be going back there on every trip to New Orleans.

    55555 by ChefMoz.org


  • ChefMozI love the Jambalya, others prefer the "debris" Po'Boy, a roast beef po'boy made from the pieces of beef that fall off the spit and soak in the gravy for hours.. The last time I was in town, my college roomate and I braved a torrential rain to get to this place, right after we got to the hotel. We had no complaints as the line was short.

    55555 by ChefMoz.org


  • ChefMozMother's is to New Orleans what Katz's Deli is to New York. Don't expect fancy and don't expect fast. You go there just for the food which is inexpensive and unpretentious. Mother's serves up the perfect definition of good basic Cajun and Creole food like what the locals eat, not the fancy schmancy $100 plates most people think of while watching the Food Channel. You may have to wait 30-45 minutes in line and a seat is always hard to find but once you get the food, it's worth the wait. The atmosphere is perfect if you come in with no preconceptions. Let the hominess of the suroundings and the memorabelia on the walls charm you. By the way, if there's rain, bring an umbrella because many times the line stretches outside and down the street. But then that's how you know it's a great restaurant, don't you?

    55555 by ChefMoz.org


  • ChefMozI love the Jambalya, others prefer the "debris" Po'Boy, which is all the cuttings form the huge roast beef, that have fallen into the yummy gravy. The last time I was in, my college roommate Shawn and I braved torrential rain to get to this place, the minute we got to the hotel. We had no complaints as the line was short.

    55555 by ChefMoz.org


  • Gerald W.Get to Mothers early

    55555 by Gerald W.


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  • Zarrin M.Delicious bread pudding, solid fried oysters, and their turnip greens are delicious.

    55555 by Zarrin M.


  • Zarrin M.This place needs trays so the servers can bring food and drinks more efficiently :-)

    33333 by Zarrin M.


  • Mark C.Attitude from hell... But food from Heaven!

    33333 by Mark C.


  • CynCityWasn't terribly impressed. Reminded me of a NY Deli. Food is good, but wouldn't rate it top of the charts.

    55555 by CynCity


  • MarsadieMy partner calls this a "tourist trap" ... If you don't mind spending almost $20 for a fried seafood po' boy, then come here.

    33333 by Marsadie


  • Joey B.I've had the french dip in L.A. (The one that was supposed to start them all) Well if they really did, they should have waited because Mother's puts it to shame. Great food. Can't wait to visit again.

    33333 by Joey B.


  • Carly M.Get the Ralph! It is amazing!

    55555 by Carly M.


  • Scott S.Always order extra "debris"

    55555 by Scott S.


  • Greg L.Try a poor boy sandwich

    33333 by Greg L.


  • Peter L.amazing local restaurant

    55555 by Peter L.


  • Mucho C.Skip the Fendi and go for the fried shrimp or chix. Enjoy.

    33333 by Mucho C.


  • Monica H.like some mother's food, horrible

    11111 by Monica H.


  • Laine C.This place has the best homemade fried chicken potato salad and even french fries. ... staff could be friendlier but food makes up for that.

    55555 by Laine C.


  • Sherman L.This was the nastiest food I've ever ate in my entire life.

    11111 by Sherman L.


  • Peter A.Ferdi FTW!

    55555 by Peter A.


  • Greg S.Line looked long and daunting but moved very fast. Famous Ferdi, red beans and rice and gumbo were tasty. Bloody Mary was good as well.

    55555 by Greg S.


  • RachelThe most authentic Cajun/ Creole Restaurant in town! Hands down my favorite place to eat! I suggest the sampler plate!

    55555 by Rachel


  • Sunday H.It was just ok. And if possible, share your meal. Too much food on one plate.

    33333 by Sunday H.


  • Tameka M.It was ok. I ordered the fried chicken. Nothing that I feel the need to have again. Probably won't be back. We stopped at a gas station in N.O. and tried their chicken--now THAT was some good chicken!

    33333 by Tameka M.


  • Azeem A.Excellent service.. Ordered the red beans and rice, didn't know they cooked it with pork. Manager was the very nice, and kind enough to replace my order and give me free brownies

    33333 by Azeem A.


  • Elisa H.Overpriced and Overrated. Sadly.disappointed as I've heard this is the place to go for "authentic" New Orleans cuisine

    33333 by Elisa H.


  • Lori S.Come prepared to stand in line..but definitely worth the wait

    55555 by Lori S.


  • DeAna M.TRY EVERYTHING!!

    55555 by DeAna M.


  • Melanie G.$5.25 breakfast special, between 7am -9am. Worth heading over early

    55555 by Melanie G.


  • Linda J.Fish and Grits, Oh so Good! Make sure you say Hey to Jerome, he keeps the outside line in order.

    55555 by Linda J.


  • Heather D.Get the Jumbalaya

    33333 by Heather D.


  • Robert S.Make sure and get the Jerry's Jambalaya, the best I've had. Loaded with chicken and sausage. Yum.

    55555 by Robert S.


  • Nathan A.Go for the Ralph! You will not be disappointed!

    55555 by Nathan A.


  • Ashley P.Absolutely delicious food! Name it on the menu and it's to die for!

    55555 by Ashley P.


  • Jim A.Try the Seafood Platter With Jambalaya And Crawfish Etouffe - .@MothersNOLA Shrimp oysters catfish… Jambalaya, crawfish, grits, red beans and rice and turnip greens not picture. (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Jim A.


  • Alice F.Try the Bloody Mary - This has some kick, both from the spice and the local well vodka! (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Alice F.


  • Rich K.Roast beef po boy with debris. Debating whether this is or the Central Grocery muffuletta is better is like trying to pick a favorite child. Ya know, if I had children.

    55555 by Rich K.


  • Kelli C.When in New Orleans you MUST eat at Mothers. The food is so incredible it should be on everyone's to do list when they come.

    55555 by Kelli C.


  • Jenny M.Don't come for breakfast. Coffee is bitter and food is average. Not worth the wait.

    33333 by Jenny M.


  • Tj C.Their Bread pudding is off the chain!

    55555 by Tj C.


  • Bob W.Not much on the decor, but who cares with such good food!

    55555 by Bob W.


  • Miguel S.Famous Ferdi Special poboy is a must!

    55555 by Miguel S.


  • Ray G.If you think the employees here are rude, you must be a Yankee and you really need to go back to where you came from.

    33333 by Ray G.


  • Raj S.I enjoyed the shrimp po boy. Others don't seem like they did. Safe bet: Jerry's Jambalaya.

    33333 by Raj S.


  • Drita K.Otmeal amd fresh fruit is grt.

    55555 by Drita K.


  • Michael Z.Get The Ferdi, you can't go wrong here. So good. Everything you could possibly want in a sandwich!!!!

    55555 by Michael Z.


  • Victoria A.For brunchers - Biscuits are fab! Bloody Mary is spicy and amazing!

    55555 by Victoria A.


  • Thomas M.The crawfish étouffée is excellent

    55555 by Thomas M.


  • Rachel B.Food took forever to arrive and staff was rude. Don't believe all the hype about this place.

    22222 by Rachel B.


  • Robert B.be prepared to wait in line.

    33333 by Robert B.


  • Mike C.Try the Jerry's Jumbalaya (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Mike C.


  • sheryl mckee p.i have been told they have the best po boy in town. looking forward to trying them

    55555 by sheryl mckee p.


  • Nicole B.Bread pudding out of this world. Oh and regardless of the signs; leave a tip.

    55555 by Nicole B.


  • Marketta P.7am-9am get the early bird special $5.76 after tax, it's delicious.

    55555 by Marketta P.


  • erin w.Really good, worth the wait.

    55555 by erin w.


  • Tina B.Mother's restaurant provides large portions at a great price. If you are on a budget this is the place to go.

    55555 by Tina B.


  • Roberto L.Meat and egg biscuit. Spread the raspberry jam on!!!

    55555 by Roberto L.


  • Kailei R.Best spicy Bloody Mary ever. Thick, flavorful with a big kick!

    55555 by Kailei R.


  • Tim C.Soul food. IMO, best for lunch or dinner.

    55555 by Tim C.


  • Chelsey A. P.Simply terrible. Maybe before they were famous it was good but now you get treated like cattle and fees like cattle. I'm shocked how aweful the food was! Matches the no smiles service. Go elsewhere.

    22222 by Chelsey A. P.


  • Bishop L.Suffering after that night on Bourbon St? Breakfast special at Mothers: Debris, grits, biscuit, eggs, bloody mary. Ready to go round 2.

    55555 by Bishop L.


  • Jimmy E.How to: Be ready to order before you hit the register, they're taking the people's order behind you as you pay. Find an empty table and the server will take ur receipt and bring ur food and drinks.

    22222 by Jimmy E.


  • DeborahFerdi po' boy with extra debris is the way to go. The fried chicken is pretty good too but if you really want a good fried southern style chicken go to Willie Mae's

    55555 by Deborah


  • My Airport TripWe will drive you quickly, safely, and luxuriously so that your incredible dining experience can begin the moment you go out your door.

    55555 by My Airport Trip


  • Raj S.Get the shrimp po boy. They have great Bloody Mary's too.

    55555 by Raj S.


  • Pat G.Combination platter of jumbalaya and crawfish etoufee is amazing. Come hungry! Lines may be long but they move quickly

    55555 by Pat G.


  • Russ R.Get the Ferdi sandwich or the Ralph, which is a Ferdi with cheese.

    33333 by Russ R.


  • John W.Étouffée and Mother's Bloody Mary!

    55555 by John W.


  • Justice T.Foursquare is telling me to leave a tip but they don't let you leave tips here #conundrum

    22222 by Justice T.


  • Social N.Share the seafood platter with a friend. There is more than enough food for both of you and its delicious!

    55555 by Social N.


  • Tim K.Try the Verdi sandwich!

    55555 by Tim K.


  • Tim K.Get the Verdi sandwich!

    33333 by Tim K.


  • Justin C.Famous Ferdi is great.

    55555 by Justin C.


  • Mother's RestaurantWhat's good? Guests love anything with debris (try it on a biscuit!), Jerry's Jambalaya, Gumbos---seafood or chicken & sausage, and Crawfish Etouffée (smothered down). Save room for bread pudding!

    55555 by Mother's Restaurant


  • Mother's RestaurantIf you like our home cooked food and New Orleans' charm, then you'll love the Mother's Experience in our private party room, Mother's Next Door. Expanded menu, professional servers and a full bar.

    55555 by Mother's Restaurant


  • Mother's RestaurantSeafood eaters: try fried shrimp, oysters, catfish or calamari on a po' boy, plate or salad. It's seasoned with Chef Jerry's signature spices & cooked in high-quality peanut oil. Or, ask for grilled.

    55555 by Mother's Restaurant


  • Mother's RestaurantIf you're a meat eater, the Famous Ferdi Special is Mother's World's Best Baked Ham, roast beef, debris (roast beef that falls into the juice while baking in the oven), and au jus on po' boy bread.

    55555 by Mother's Restaurant


  • Mother's RestaurantThanks for visiting us! Please place your order with the cashier, then take a seat in one of our dining rooms. A server will come by to collect the ticket and then deliver food to the table.

    33333 by Mother's Restaurant


  • Roxanne A.Ate here years ago and recently came back. They have raised the prices and cut down on the serving sizes. Not worth it anymore.

    33333 by Roxanne A.


  • Yeong W.Just the tip!!!

    22222 by Yeong W.


  • Antonio C.Don't come past 9pm on a weekday- they run out of bread for the po' boys.

    33333 by Antonio C.


  • George G.Best crawfish étouffée ever!

    55555 by George G.


  • Heather C.I skipped anything fried and had a Grilled Chicken Salad and for a Salad it was pretty great!

    55555 by Heather C.


  • Eric B.The food was high as hell. People should leave more honest reviews about spots like this. A tourist trap.

    33333 by Eric B.


  • Eric B.Overrated. Worst roast beef ever. Food was cold at lunch time. Red beans and rice, turnips had no seasoning. Debris was ehh. Not like moms.

    22222 by Eric B.


  • David B.Try the Bread Pudding - You'll want to lick this #dessert plate clean - save room (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by David B.


  • David B.Try the seafood gumbo - This is the real highlight here - so flavorful (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by David B.


  • ScioniQCityRaise your City iQ: 'Mother' serves up approximately 250,000 biscuits in a year.

    33333 by ScioniQCity


  • Roxanne A.The best Jambalaya ever!

    55555 by Roxanne A.


  • Arte y Vida ChicagoComfort food at its finest - do tip the wait staff!!

    55555 by Arte y Vida Chicago


  • Dave S.This is the Katz's Deli of New Orleans. The line moves fast. Order some ham, fried chicken, po boys, and pecan pie. Really solid Bloody Marys too.

    55555 by Dave S.


  • Jeff S.This place seems to be awfully crowded during special events. How anyone even walks around in here is beyond me.

    55555 by Jeff S.


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    55555 by AT&T


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