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Marilyn A.



Long wait, average food, ride staff and the place did not look clean. Litter and food on floor. My party of 6 were not happy.




It's definitely not worth the hype. The food's alright, and the po-boys are decent - but come on. I'll never figure out why this place is always so highly ranked among New Orleans restaurants.

If you do go, yes, get the po-boy. But don't expect anything special or comparable to the wait you're going to have.



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Editorial review from Citysearch

We were told that this was a good place to eat. Don't. The people are rude there and the food was not that great and priced to high for what you got. We went for breakfast. The next day we drove to Shoney's, which was further from where we were staying but better food and service. Try Huck Finn's, Cafe De Monde anyplace else.



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Ham for those who don't eat breakfast

Whew! After reading all of the flames, I thought you might want to try some of some excellent ham -- black ham that is. We ate at Mother's a couple of years ago. I don't normally eat ham, but tried the black ham. Wow! Tender, tasty, and decadent. We had breakfast there again today. Poached eggs, grits, black ham --- WOW!
Yes, the system of service is a bit unusual, but not horrible. Ask the rules as you go in the door. They will give you the skinny.
Relax. Have fun. Order the black ham and enjoy.



Good homey feel

5 of us chose this establishment based on a recommendation. We were a little put off by the order process as it took a long time. The food, however, wa decent- not spectacular. The others in our party had never been to New Orleans before and wanted the real cuisine. For the price, it was good. 2 of them were teens who aren't the most adventurous taste-wise, but decided to taste the jambalya- probably won't be considered a favorite, but they did agree that it was acceptable. I also thought that the service could've been a little more attentive.



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Horrible Service and food

DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY! Horrible service...Rude and nasty staff, including the owners SON. I paid $17 for a waffle, ham and grits! We waited 40 minutes to get in...And Another 30 minutes for food. I would not recommend this place to my worst enemy. This place does not exemplify the hospitality and appreciation that is present in New Orleans. I think I am going to write to the Mayor of New Orleans. I attended a huge festival that brought this restaurant a lot of traffic. I am very disappointed in the treatment that me and my party of 6 received.



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Better places

Being born and raised in NOLA I can say for sure that there are much better places with friendlier service than Mother's. I was honestly pretty shocked when Travel Channel featured them on a show - they are somewhat of a joke around here.

Kendra G.


Great New Orleans Style food

True Louisianna food...beans and rice, fried okra, jambalya or a shrimp poy . The shrimp is AWESOME! Every time I've gone, there has been a well know celebrity in there!!



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Not worth the calories, not worth your hard earned money

This is a tourist trap. All of the people who took the survey and gave good reviews on this restaurant is either insane, doesn't know what good food is, or employees, relatives, friends or owner of this restaurant. Crappy service, mediocre food above all pricey for all the abuse you get from their employees. Think about it your keeping their restaurant afloat. You work for your money why would you just waste it on a restaurant who can't get your order right with employees that have attitude written all over them and most of all the food is not great. You must have seen this on tv just like we did but learn from us. Eating here is a really bad idea. Po boys is like eating pigs food the bread is soggy and there's really nothing good to say about their food. Eat and puke. There's a lot of better restaurant in New Orleans don't get trap by hype.

Leah L.


Overhyped -- Except for the Fried Chicken

Have to agree with a lot of posters that a lot of the food is only average. But the shrimp po boy and the fried chicken really do stand out. The shrimp was perfectly seasoned and cooked, and so tasty with the sauce. The bread was a little dry, but overall it was good.

Fried chicken was the real star. DELICIOUS breading and so incredibly juicy and tender was the meat. Sadly, the shrimp creole and jambalaya were just so-so.

Mother's is also famous for its Bloody Marys, which I have to say were quite good. Maybe a little spice could be bumped up, but the balance was really nice between all the strong flavors. Had to have two!



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Hometown Goodness

Visited New Orleans for about 1 week. Went here twice. Food is southern, inexpensive and tasty.



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Not what I hoped for

After seeing this place on the travel channel I knew the next time I was in New Orleans I needed to try it. It was a huge let down. Not only was the food very average, I was surprised at how expensive it was. Not worth the money at all!! I'm not from New Orleans but there has to be somewhere better.







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Tread Lightly...

I would only recommend this place if you plan to order true Louisianna food...beans and rice, fried okra, jambalya or a shrimp poy boy. All other items on the menu are average to below average and not worth the money you have to spend.
If you see a line outside, while it moves fast, it's not worth getting on unless you are prepared for the most stressful ordering process you will ever experience. They take your order so quickly and barely give you the opportunity to look at the menu.
As for the service, the wait staff is pleasant and actually pretty humorous but stay away from the Owner of this joint. He has no problem insulting the tourists that are responsible for carrying his business. It's family style seating and some of the regulars can be pretty uptight. Puts a really big damper on what should be a fun experience. Not worth the money when you can get much better food other places in NOLA.



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Skip it

Everyone raves about this place as a ""must try"" when in New Orleans. I have eaten there three times and each time has sucked! I went back, figuring that I had to have gone on an 'off' day, but each time was the same - long wait, unfriendly service, lackluster food. Save the room in your stomach for something better.



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Not all it's cracked up to be

II visited Mother's on a recent trip to New Orleans and it's definitely not worth the long line. With all the fabulous restaurants in NOLA, there is no reason to use up one of your mealtimes on this stop. The service was absolutely terrible. I actually went twice because my brother missed out on the first trip and had heard about it and wanted to go. Both times the food was average and both times, the owner, who often sits at the front door to enforce the rules of the line and ordering, was extremely unfriendly and at one point bluntly rude. I realize this is a long standing famous place in New Orleans, so they likely think their customer service skills don't matter because there is always a line out the door and people keep coming back, but regardless of how popular you are, making the customers experience a positive one should always be a priority. Our orders never came out right, and by the time we got what we ordered it was cold and we were so ready to get out of there, we didn't enjoy it at all. Will never go back and don't recommend it.



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Don't fall for the tourist trap

I live in the New Orleans area and have always heard people rave about Mothers. My mother was in town so I figured it would be a good place to let her eat some New Orleans food. We waited in line for twenty minutes which I did not mind waiting if we were going to get good food. Once inside I was able to order my food right away. We order our food and go to our table to wait for our order. The waiter or food runner never brought our sodas and after twenty minutes he finally brings my mothers Po Boy and fries. The fries were ice cold and the sandwich left much to be desired. After another twenty minutes my wife, son, and I still did not have our food and nobody had brought us our sodas. Three tables that came in twenty minutes after us had already gotten their food and after 45 minutes we had still not gotten our food or drinks. By this time my mother had finished half her sandwich and did not want to finish the rest because of the poor quality. I told the manager to refund the money for my wife's, son's, and my meal that we were going to leave. He told me I needed to see the owner.I talk to the owner, who never apologizes and rudely tells me that he will not refund my $42.00. After arguing with the guy for ten minutes, I finally got a refund. I waisted an hour and a half of my time and never ate any food or got a drink. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY AT MOTHERS!!!!!! THIS IS A TOURIST TRAP!!!!! Also the waiter looked like he had been recently released from prison, the place is dirty, and the staff is rude. Do yourself a favor and eat Cafe Maspero or get a Po Boy at one of the local shops on the North Shore or Kenner, etc....I actually think the wait is a gimmick like a club uses to bring people in . There is a door man who controls the door just like a club. I was surprised to see how many open tables there were once we were inside the place. So don't let the line fool you either!!!!



Waste of Money

I was informed by my hotel that this was the place to go for some inexpensive cajun food. I ordered 4 shrimp po-boy sandwiches, 2 orders of french fries, a cup of gumbo and 4 soft drinks for my family. After waiting for 30 minutes in the hot sun to enter this cafeteria style dump my total bill came to $79.00 ( seventy nine dollars ). The sandwiches consisted of average shrimp,shreded cabbage and supermarket quality french bread. Don't make the same mistake I did. If I did not want to disappoint my kids I would have cancelled that order. Highway robbery.



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Just DONT Do It

My family and I went to Mothers because of several recommendations we received including the Hotel we were staying in. All we wanted was authentic po'boys at a decent price....First of all we waited outside in the hottest of hot weather for nearly 30 minutes. The inside of Mothers is definately a ""hole in the wall"" type of restaurant with cafeteria styled seating. We waited another 15-20 minutes to order. We ordered 4 shrimp po'boys, 2 sides of fries, and 4 sodas....When the cashier told us the total we nearly passed out....EIGHTY DOLLARS!!!! For sandwiches and fries....We went to more upscale restuarants with waiters who catered to your every want for less than 80 bucks. The food was decent but I wouldn't go back. I don't recommend for anyone to go unless you want a dent in your wallet.


Phone: (504) 523-9656

Address: 401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130


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General Info
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.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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Fax: (504) 596-2109

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Price Range
French Quarter - CBD, Central Business District

Mother's Restaurant LLC

Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Southern, Soul, Caterers, Family Style, American, Sandwiches, Take Out, Seafood, Cajun & Creole

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

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