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Bon Ton Cafe

401 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA - (504) 524-3386
A big, square, brick-walled room with red-checked tablecloths, Bon Ton is soothingly old-fashioned. It's the place to know the joy of crawfish etouffe, an unspeakably luscious meal especially in May, the peak of the season when crawdads are plumpest. Or you can start dinner with an appetizer of fried crawfish tails. They look like little fried shrimp, but taste like shrimp’s much richer relatives.
95% Approval Rating (24 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Shrimp Etouffee
Fried Crawfish Tails, Alzina’s Special Sauce
gumbo
Eggplant, Shrimp and Crabmeat Etouffee
Squash Gratin
Creamed Cauliflower
Rum Ramsey
Pecan Crunch Ice Cream
Red Fish Bon Ton
crawfish
Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (2)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Bon Ton Cafe is the place to know the joy of crawfish etouffe, an unspeakably luscious meal especially in May, the peak of the season when crawdads are plumpest. You can have etouffe as a main course or as one part of a wonderfully monomaniacal meal of bisque, ..."   [Read More]
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Andrew Mook
March 19, 2007
"I've never been so disappointed by a N.O. restaurant. While I'd visited N.O. several times and had dozens of meals, I hadn't eaten at the Bon Ton Cafe before despite its reputation. Now I don't know what to say; tell me this is a post-Katrina aberration, like they ..."   [Read More]
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Foster Blair
February 09, 2011
"More of a special occasion dinner as this is hardly a Roadfood stop; it's more of a downtown, high-end meal, like Galatoire's, with similar prices but without the ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

401 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA
(504) 524-3386

http://www.thebontoncafe.com/

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:Yes
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:No
Red Fish Bon Ton, one of the house specialties, is an extravaganza of redfish, crabmeat, onion rings, and lots and lots of butter.  Fantastic!
"Red Fish Bon Ton, one of the house specialties, is an extravaganza of redfish, crabmeat, onion rings, and lots and lots of butter. Fantastic!"
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle





Bon Ton serves the booziest bread pudding in town.  It's one of the best, too.
"Bon Ton serves the booziest bread pudding in town. It's one of the best, too."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Eggplant combines with seafood beautifully in this etouffee of crab and shrimp.
"Eggplant combines with seafood beautifully in this etouffee of crab and shrimp."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Sirloin tips in a rich red wine sauce tempted us on Ash Wednesday. We decided they were worth going to hell for.
"Sirloin tips in a rich red wine sauce tempted us on Ash Wednesday. We decided they were worth going to hell for."
Elise


Underneath the onion rings, you can see heaps of crab meat.  The succulent redfish is below that.
"Underneath the onion rings, you can see heaps of crab meat. The succulent redfish is below that."
Michael Stern


One of Bon Ton Cafe's friendly waitresses poses with a loaded tray of delicacies.
"One of Bon Ton Cafe's friendly waitresses poses with a loaded tray of delicacies."
Elise


An eating landmark, Bon Ton Cafe is a humble building on old Magazine Street, not far from the French Quarter.
"An eating landmark, Bon Ton Cafe is a humble building on old Magazine Street, not far from the French Quarter."
Michael Stern


Outside of the Bon Ton (and all over the French Quarter, too) are gas lanterns.
"Outside of the Bon Ton (and all over the French Quarter, too) are gas lanterns."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



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