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Buffa's Bar & Restaurant

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€€ - €€€
Faubourg Marigny & Bywater
As featured in French Quarter Grub Crawl
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1001 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70116
+1 504-949-0038
00:00 - 23:59
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Wolverine, Michigan
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61 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The food was great. It is open all night. The service was a little lax but the atmosphere made up for it.

Thank Heather F
Orlando, Florida
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here for dinner after hitting Frenchman street. When we arrived the place was packed. We were able to sit within a few minutes but that's where things went downhill. There was only one waitress and the bartender. They were busting their butt to get to all the tables. We ordered our food and 45 minutes later the food... More 

Thank ElaineMulhall
Frederick, Maryland
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was generic, service was friendly, but the jazz band playing the day we went was lively and very entertaining!

Thank Julie S
The Woodlands, Texas, United States
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55 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went late night Thursday. No seating in main bar, because they were making a shift change. We were directed to stage room seating area on Open Mic night. Our waitress was sweet, but the food very bland. They were out of lots of items on the menu. Open mic was so bad that I ordered a liquor shot, which seemed... More 

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Brighton, Michigan
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59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We gave Buffa's a try while in New Orleans for a 40th birthday. We went based on recommendations on this site. It is located a few blocks outside the French Quarter, but is an easy, safe walk to get there. It is a true local's joint. We weren't sure what to think when we first walked in, but we quickly... More 

Thank Jen S
Guapimirim, RJ
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Traveling with teenagers, we had no access to most of the bars of New Orleans. The Buffa´s Back Room is family friendly so we spent 2 nights there and it was great! Good music, good food (best boudin boulettes!) and good drinks! Thanks!

Thank Mihelene
Nokomis, Florida
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Buffas was recommended for food and music, just a stop for beer and a bite. We had red beans and rice and a bowl of chili, glad we just got the small it was very filling and delightful. We missed the music, saw a pan of biscuits coming in and hoped to get back for one. Great service.

Thank J S
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Don't . Just don't . Not sure if it was because we weren't local or because it was late or because it was maybe be an jerk to your patrons night?? But this place sucked. Unless... u want rude service, bland overpriced bar slop that takes forever to arrive. Check out the reviews I leave . You really have to... More 

Thank GeauxTigers351
thechuck, Owner at Buffa's Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

We are very sorry you had a bad experience at Buffa's. As you can see from our other reviews, that is very seldom the case. If you wouldn't mind, could you please share the day and time, and whether you were in the front bar or Back Room so we can talk to the appropriate people about their behavior? More 

Apex, North Carolina
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256 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love this little place not in the quarter. Local people with quite good local musicians offering some of the best New Orleans food in an unpretetentious atmosphere. Beer out of the bottle and authentic Cajun chili in an oversized bowl and a 4 piece jazz band offers you local color. They have 2 Happy hours, 4 to 6 AM... More 

Thank qwerty103
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

Stumbled upon this place while searching for jambalaya on a Sunday afternoon. The food and service were great, and the band that was playing (Some Like It Hot) was FANTASTIC- all wonderful musicians themselves and open to allowing others from the audience to join in on a song or two. The jambalaya was tasty, and the portions were also perfect-... More 

Thank Graceslee96

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$18
American, Bar, Pub, Cajun & Creole
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1001 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70116
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > Faubourg Marigny & Bywater
  • Neighbourhood: Faubourg Marigny & Bywater
  • Phone Number: +1 504-949-0038
On the Border of the Quarter since 1939, Buffa's Bar & Restaurant provides a true New Orleans neighborhood bar experience! Live music 6 days a week! Open 24/7.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighbourhood Profile
Faubourg Marigny & Bywater
Nestled between the French Quarter and the Ninth Ward, the Faubourg Marigny & Bywater environs are largely residential. Of course, folks around here love to go out and have a good time as much as they do anywhere in NOLA. And if out-of-towners want to join in the festivities, well then so much the better! Home to some of the most revered live music venues in New Orleans, an eclectic gaggle of gourmand dining destinations, and a come-as-you-are vibe that’s as infectious as it is alluring, this is real deal New Orleans oozing with southern hospitality and the promise of a most epic night out. For endless opportunities to boogie, to admire row upon row of lovingly restored homes, and to escape the fray of the more touristic parts of town (but still live it up in grand style) head to Faubourg Marigny & Bywater.
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