About Lüke

333 St Charles
New Orleans, LA 70130
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Old World New Orleans brasseries that offers warmth, comfort, great food and good cheer. This John Besh restaurant combines the best of French, German and Creole Cuisines. Lüke offers an extensive French, German, and Belgian beer selection, including two exclusive house brews [custom-made in Louisiana]. The cuisine is unaffectedly Old World, using slow and traditional cooking techniques. The wine list will feature reds and whites from the Loire, Alsace, and Savoie regions, as well as Badischerwiens of Germany. Located in the heart of the Central Business District, Lüke will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Creole / Cajun / Southern

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast:7:00am - 11:00am Mon - Fri, 7am-10am Sat - Sun; Lunch: Mon - Fri: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Sat - Sun: 10:00am - 4:00pm; TAKE OUT 7am-11pm

Cross Street:
Poydras

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(504) 378-2840

Website:
http://www.lukeneworleans.com/

Catering:
Lüke offers a range of private dining options. There is semi-private dining in view of the kitchen which seats up to 24. For receptions or sit down dinners there are four ballrooms that accommodate 190 guests seated or 250 guests reception-style. If you already have an event location in mind, let us bring the tastes of Lüke to you. Our team will coordinate delivery, set up and preparation, providing full-service coordination of your event meal. We can accommodate a variety of menu options, creating a unique event that features Lüke’s fresh ingredients, Old World cuisine and New Orleans style.

Public Transit:
St. Charles Street Car Line

Executive Chef:
Drake Leonards

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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Private Dining

Lüke offers a range of private dining options. There is semi-private dining in view of the kitchen which seats up to 30. For receptions or sit down dinners there are four ballrooms that accommodate 190 guests seated or 250 guests reception-style. We can accommodate a variety of menu options.

Lüke Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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We have been to Luke many times, and enj ...

Dined 4 days ago

We have been to Luke many times, and enjoyed our meals. But on this occasion we were very disappointed in the food, and the service. Sadly, this restaurant is off of our NOLA must eat at locations. It was not up to what we had known it to be.

food4
ambience3
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Shrimp and grits

vip
Dined 4 days ago

Shrimp and grits

food4
ambience4
service5

A very busy place Service good. Food w ...

Dined 5 days ago

A very busy place Service good. Food was good Needs a little extra attention. They are fast and furious and very loud noise level

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Amazing happy hour!!!

Dined 5 days ago

We had the most amazing time here for happy hour. Our waiter was amazing and we were treated like royalty! I couldn't give enough stars!

Tags: romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

Food was great. Server was excellent.

Dined 6 days ago

Food was great. Server was excellent.

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Attire

vip
Dined 7 days ago

Maybe I'm old fashion. When I go out and eat, I was raised that you take your hat off at the dinner table. I was shocked to see a young man put up his hoodie over his head while he was eating his dinner. I enjoyed GW Fin much more. They have a dress code. As you can tell, my wife and I enjoy dressing up when we go out to a nice dinner. We don't want the feel that we're at a fast food place.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Post-Jazz Fest Happy Hour

Dined on April 25, 2016

We always go to Luke post-Jazz Fest for the half-priced oysters and Happy Hour specials. The oysters are always fresh and delicious. We compliment this with a French 75 which puts the whole experience in perspective and moves you past the post-Jazz Fest blues.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service2
value4

Great food but server could be better

Dined on April 25, 2016

I am a regular diner at Luke and enjoy the food, and convenience to my office. On occasion, the service has suffered, either by picking up plates, drinks too soon (guests were still eating), or the other extreme, leaving empty plates on the table instead of removing when entrees were delivered. My guests arrived early and were seated. I arrived at my reservation time. No one had ordered, but he never asked if I wanted a drink. Perhaps my guests refused anything except water, since they arrived first, but he never offered me the option to order anything, and scurried away from the table quickly, so I couldn't get his attention. I decided to just drink the water that was served. He did keep the glasses filled, though.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Awesome

Dined on April 25, 2016

We had a great lunch and the waiter was super. The fish was fresh, flaky and moist..

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
food1
ambience3
service2
value2

Not lit at all.

Dined on April 25, 2016

Not impressed. Not lit at all. Think of things that are lit and this is the opposite. Oysters were the biggest let down of the century. Creme brûlée was litttt for way too long. Aka burnt. The only decent part of the mean was the Brussels sprouts. Best part of the night was when we left.

food5
ambience4
service2
value4

A little unattentive

Dined on April 25, 2016

We had a reservation for 8:30 pm, we arrived early so we asked if they had anything early. They said they didn't so we went to the bar to wait. Not only was the bar unattentive but the hostess said she came to the bar and called our name, which she didn't since we were sitting right next to where she was, and we ended up having to go ask if our table was ready at 8:30 which in fact it was ready at 8:10. Outside of that everything else was great.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

Wonderful service, excellent food. I'm d ...

Dined on April 24, 2016

Wonderful service, excellent food. I'm definitely going back soon

food1
ambience1
service1

Brunch was ok. Fried chicken was problem ...

vip
Dined on April 24, 2016

Brunch was ok. Fried chicken was problematic for two reasons: 1) dark meat was hard to bite through and 2) fried was more like pan fried versus crispy (expected). Croque Madame was typical. Front staff has an superior attitude typical of a hotel restaurant.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

We had an amazing meal with excellent service!

Dined on April 23, 2016

The food was an authentic NOLA style cooking, with flavor to savor! Wonderful portion size, with just enough room for the bread pudding dessert (to share, of course)!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Great vibe and the food was terrific - s ...

Dined on April 22, 2016

Great vibe and the food was terrific - something for everyone! great energy - lots of busy tables!- definitely recommend reservations

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

We had one of our favorite dinners ever. ...

Dined on April 21, 2016

We had one of our favorite dinners ever. If you go ask for Richie Rich for your waiter. He made our evening

food5
ambience4
service4

We had lunch here on April 21. It's in ...

vip
Dined on April 21, 2016

We had lunch here on April 21. It's in the CBD so tourists mixed w suits as patrons. We enjoyed. Mussels w frites. And the Thurs special. Jambalaya. The jambalaya was not hot enough but very tasty. Both were very good. Also a great golden beet salad w buttermilk dressing. If u want to venture outside the Quarter, give it a try

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Memorable Meal

Dined on April 21, 2016

Always a fan of John Besh so we were not surprised when our meal at Luke's was the best dinner we had during our recent stay in NOLA! The stuffed P&J oysters were beyond words delicious and the open faced soft shell crab BLT was awe inspiring. Oh! Definitely give the BUFALA NEGRA cocktail a try; you won't be sorry. Can't wait to return!

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5

I ate the rabbit/chicken liver pate. The ...

Dined on April 20, 2016

I ate the rabbit/chicken liver pate. The presentation was beautiful. I was told they do their own pickling. And the strawberry mustard may be my new love! Their version of French 75 is Cognac based and delicious!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Gourmet delight

vip
Dined on April 18, 2016

Gourmet dining at its best here...we came during a very busy lunch and the restaurant was filled with business folks...the service was flawless, and the courteous staff attended to every guest with hospitality and warmth, while not missing a beat. Our delicious meal arrived quickly. We loved their famous Brussels sprouts, and server. Even brought us a copy of the recipe. The mussels were perfectly prepared with a luscious sauce, and their shrimp and grits are now our favorite of any we've ever had. Luke is now on our tops list for restaurants to visit when in NOLA. Easy ride from the French quarter on the streetcar if you prefer not to walk. Amazing experience!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service5

Really great food and really great servi ...

Dined on April 18, 2016

Really great food and really great service

food5
ambience5
service5

Great character - grab a table next to t ...

vip
Dined on April 17, 2016

Great character - grab a table next to the glasses in kitchen if you like a bit of entertainment whilst eating. (And to watch an incredibly professional kitchen in action.)

food4
ambience5
service4

Great atmosphere.Delicious mussels . Mat ...

Dined on April 14, 2016

Great atmosphere.Delicious mussels . Matzo ball soup - balls were a bit mushy, not authentic but OK.

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Well worth the visit

Dined on April 12, 2016

The food was reasonably priced for the caliber of restaurant and quite tasty. Nice atmosphere, including the bar, without being stuffy. Might not be the best place for kids or to have a conversation. It was a bit noisy. Overall, I definitely recommend Luke!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5

Trip number 6 to Luke didn't disappoint, ...

Dined on April 12, 2016

Trip number 6 to Luke didn't disappoint, nor did the previous 5. The Crawfish Bisque is ridiculously good, nice crab and shrimp stuffed oysters and swordfish. Just another great experience at a John Besh restaurant.

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

brunch with the girls

Dined on April 10, 2016

We had pretty standard fare for breakfast but the brussel sprout appetizer was really nice

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies
food3
ambience2
service3
value1

Noisy and chicken was dry.

Dined on April 10, 2016

They need some acoustic treatments on the walls. The floor is not carpeted, so it is a very reverberant space and the noise of everyone's conversations forms an annoying cacophony. I had the chicken entree, and it was nothing special for the $23, and it was somewhat dry. I was expecting a high-end dining experience, and was disappointed. The service was good.

food4
ambience5
service4
value3

great brussels sprouts but too heavy rou ...

Dined on April 10, 2016

great brussels sprouts but too heavy roue in gumbo, very good shrimp and grits and good fresh fish dish

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience2
service3
value3

Luke

vip
Dined on April 10, 2016

I was somewhat disappointed this visit - the first time I would have marked everything as outstanding, but this visit was a little different. The food was just as delicious, but we sat in the bar area and it was quite noisy and the service was less than friendly. They seemed quite rushed and not too happy to see us. The brussel sprouts are impossibly delicious. When you eat at a Besh restaurant, you constantly try to imagine how he comes up with these incredible combinations of sauces and herbs and spices on foods that make it taste like no other place ever. My first visit was in the back of the restaurant and we fared much better there. The service was perfect then. So, avoid the bar area and you will have a delicious creative meal with great service, well worth the price.

Tags: fit for foodies, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Good food and atmosphere

vip
Dined on April 9, 2016

Met with two friends for dinner and drinks. Service was great (Thanks Kristoffer!) and the food was superb. Don't miss out on the Crispy Brussell Sprouts and the French 75…yum!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

The raw oysters were amazing!! Service i ...

Dined on April 9, 2016

The raw oysters were amazing!! Service is always great and the food is top notch. The brussels were also delish:)

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Wow experience!!!!

vip
Dined on April 8, 2016

What an amazing night!! 6 of us got together while visiting New Orleans. The food was outstanding. The restaurant had a lot of energy and we were very entertained by our wait staff, Rich and Kenny!!!!! Would recommend that this is a must go to restaurant for anyone visiting the area or who are fortunate enough to live in the area!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Excellent Dinner

Dined on April 8, 2016

We started with a dozen raw oysters which were some of the best and cleanest we had in New Orleans at a reasonable price. We also had mussels in a cream sauce which were very good and a fried soft shell crab BLT which was outstanding. It's noisy but, then again, it's a young hot-spot, not a romantic fine dining restaurant. Would definitely go back and recommend to friends.

Tags: fit for foodies, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

We planned a dinner before a play at the ...

Dined on April 7, 2016

We planned a dinner before a play at the Saenger tonight with a group of friends. Everyone ordered different things and we were all pleased with our choices. The shrimp & grits, oysters, drum were all fantastic. The service was outstanding. Richie Rich was amazing, very entertaining and understanding of our time constraints. We'd come back for the service alone.

food5
ambience4
service5

Spent 4 nights in New Orleans and by far ...

Dined on April 6, 2016

Spent 4 nights in New Orleans and by far the best overall meal we had. Best bite the entire trip had to be the Brussels sprouts. Cooked to perfection . If you are still a hold out from your childhood and don't think you will like Brussels sprouts you have to try these.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Nailed it!

vip
Dined on April 6, 2016

This was my first time at Luke and first time at a John Besh restaurant. The four of us loved it! Cocktails were interesting, wine list had something for all of us (we ordered by the glass) and the meals were fantastic! Our server was knowledgeable, helpful and attentive without being intrusive. Would definitely recommend this and will be back new time I'm in NOLA!

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Nice Place

Dined on April 3, 2016

Very nice and elegant. Tables were a bit close, but still a good experience. Staff was attentive and provided excellence service. Would definately go again

Tags: great for brunch
food5
ambience5
service5

Creative menu. Sampled several dishes a ...

vip
Dined on April 2, 2016

Creative menu. Sampled several dishes and was once again blown away. First person to sample the strawberry line mimosa. New test pilot project and let me say - a must have for brunch.

food3
ambience3
service3
value3

Easy on the salt!

Dined on April 2, 2016

The food was very salty; all of it. It overpowered all the other flavours. We ended up drinking tons of water later in the evening to combat our thirst. As well, the restaurant was very cold; there seemed to be air conditioning blowing on us and the people beside us who were wrapped up.

food3
ambience3
service2
value3

Sadly disappointed

Dined on April 2, 2016

So I was expecting so much more from this restaurant. There seemed to be error after error and constant mixed up communication from staff it really ruined dinner. I don't know if the food wasn't great, or that the experience was so off that it just seemed that way.

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