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Mother's Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Central Business District
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401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130-3207
+1 504-523-9656
07:00 - 22:00
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Another passenger on our tour bus recommended this place. It is a delightful hole in the wall from fifty years ago! We shared a turkey po' boy with potato salad and bread pudding. It was excellent and reasonably priced.

Thank momuvtwo2117
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30 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The atmosphere was pure authentic. The food was great especially the biscuits and grits. At this place to your list.

Thank Stephen B
Bristol, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Efficient diner where food arrives quickly and can be ordered in small portions which are quite filling. Long queues form at lunchtime when the workers are out but the system is efficient. Will go again.

Thank JanT999
Gulfport, Mississippi
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114 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

When I was in high school, this was THE PLACE for breakfast and late night dinner. When I think of a mouthwatering roast beef poboy, I think of Mother's. But today the place is overcrowded, service is impersonal and the food is mediocre. I don't think many locals eat there regularly, and we won't be back.

Thank Nolafan2164
Pensacola, Florida
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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Bust location. Cafeteria like style wait in line to order & pay. Pick a table & your food is brought to you. Lots of Marine Corp memorabilia on the wall's! Ham is great. Red beans very good. Fried oyster salad tasty!

Thank Virginia H
Millersville, tn
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59 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

First off this place was highly recommended to us for breakfast, so we went on a Thursday morning. There was nothing good about the food at all. I got shrimp creole omelet (bland, shrimp tough, overcooked,, eggs no flavor), grits bland (just basic at best and I'm from the south and love grits), the ham and cheese omelets were the... More 

Thank redbonepaw76
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57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My buddy and I came here for breakfast when in NOLA, he had been here before and raved about it. He also agreed this time wasn't good. Our food was cold and the ham, their best item was dry. Also, what breakfast place in the free world dosen't offer some type of breakfast potato, Mother's. Also way over priced, 2... More 

Thank vacationnutsPA
Port Charlotte, Florida
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Staff was very unprofessional (ESPECIALLY when ordering), lucky we got fred as our server. Very nice & actually cared about our meals & drinks.

Thank Gillianlowe
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very close to the hotels on Canal Street and close to the a Warehouse district. Very good Po Boys and gumbo but lots of other things. I had a fried shrimp and oysters po boy and it was delicious and very filling. Service is really great and it is really part of the New Orleans tradition . It can get... More 

Thank patriciafA8013AE
Dallas, Texas
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56 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a great crawfish etouffee omelette for lunch in a comfortable cafe atmosphere with a difference. Everyone stands in line to order and then finds a table where your food finds you with the help of the wonderful wait staff (and no tips are accepted). Great "old NOLA" atmosphere with good food. Thanks Mom.

Thank Dorkin

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
USD 10 - USD 25
American, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130-3207
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +1 504-523-9656
Authentic N'Awlins home-style cooking since 1938. The Amato family welcomes you for a taste of tradition.Home of award-winning Jambalaya, the famous Ferdi Special, and the original debris-laden roast beef.Private room for parties, rehearsal dinners and special events.

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