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First, the fried chicken is truly incredible. I have never tasted better. Second, the decor is outstanding. I thought I had walked into the wrong entrance. Very nice. White tablecloths, plus more.
On the negative side: all the other buffet items were either too salty or too spicy. I mean, really spicy. Also, our young waitress was extremely inattentive. She disappeared for very long stretches of time. But, I would go back for the chicken. Damn you Leah!! :-)
All you can say is "Wow". Dooky Chase takes home-cooking to another level. The Fried Chicken is some of the best chicken you can ever eat. It is slightly spicy, which just adds to its deliciousness. All you can do is try to slow down and not burn your tongue as you try to stuff your face while it is still piping hot! Yes, its that good. Not too mention the side dishes (greens, stuffed potatoes, etc) Even the house salad dressing is great!
MUST. HAVE. FRIED. CHICKEN. That's all there is to say. If you love fried chicken, or if you've never had it - this is the place to have it! It was like my mom was in the kitchen - yes, it was that good! SO glad I didn't miss this this time - absolutely worth the short drive or cab ride. Just be sure to plan ahead, as they're only open for dinner on Fridays. Thanks, Ms. Leah!
Just returned from New Orleans for a P.A.W. convention, Someone suggested we go to Dooky Chase for lunch, service was terrible, they were out of stuffed shrimp, it took 35minutes to get chicken on the buffett line, they don't make cornbread, they ran out of peach cobbler. Chicken was good but not worth the wait,gumbo was mostly juice, was not impressed. I offered to go in the kitchen and help since I own my own catering business and can cook very well. Will not be returning to this place again.
Leah Chase, known as the "Queen of Creole Cuisine," has been operating Dooky Chase since the 1960s and has established it as a staple of New Orleans’ restaurant scene. Make sure to order the “Holy Thursday gumbo z’herbes!
I was going to give 3 stars, but the servers were very friendly so I went up a star. A little slow filling drinks and it wasn't even that crowded but nice all the same. We all had the buffet. The food was good, but not the best fried chicken or pork chops I've had. The crawfish pie was good, the geens were very good, but the red beans and rice were a little bland. The bread pudding was very good. We had a group of 5 and spent over $100 and there was no alcohol so expect to spend a little. I'd probably choose Popeye's chicken over this style. This recipe is more of the buttery southern style, not spicy but still very good and cooked perfectly.
Just the experience of eating here is worth every cent. In the heart and soul of NOLA, it needs to be visited although their hours is not optimal. Not only is the food the epitome of southern home cooking, but the restaurant is an art museum in itself. Definitely hope to visit again.
Is ok. Is good just for a simple meal
The peach cobbler is so good that my stomach telling me to get more
The stuff shrimp was very good.
The fried chicken was great and hot. Love sweet potatoes in a honey sauce. Red beans and rice could have had more spices in it. My wife picked up a plate for the buffet and food was stuck to the bottom. My water glass had lipstick stains on it. Over all service was slow. Be prepared to ask again if you want additional service.
Had to wait 45mins to be seated. Then told food would take 35mins. 60mins later we finally got our salad. Place was half empty...must have been understaffed. But whatever, would not have come if we had known. Place was cold as well- they had the air conditioning on in late Nov, basically winter.
It took until several tables were seated after me, served drinks, gave food orders, received food orders and were halfway finished eating before someone finally stopped by and asked if I'd been helped. I asked for a glass a wine and some fries. Ten minutes later, the wine arrived, dripping and dribbling down the side of the glass. An additional ten minutes passed before a plate of cold, mushy fries showed up. I wanted to use the napkin and was surprised a low-level place like this had cloth napkins, but that plus was instantly removed when I found it still cold and wet, the utensils inside filmy and dirty. Gross. Worst airport stop of all time.
It's a walk from the quarter but it's a safe street and you can burn some calories before you dive into the Cajon buffet. Amazing food, try everything so just get the buffet like all the locals.
The famed Dookie Chase is a worthwhile stop for any visitor in search of an authentic and homey plate of red beans and rice. The setting itself is reminiscent of a large, elegant but casual dining hall and the staff are friendly. I'd say that the plates are just a tad bit over priced, but the red beans and rice is definitely delicious and the signature plate here.
Darn it. I wish I could write a strong review, heralding how much I loved this place. The day we visited, going with the flow for the lunch buffet, the love wasn't in the kitchen, instead it had been replaced by a common pantry staple, salt. Too much salt for our enjoyment. Ah well, maybe we'll try it again another time. To be fair, who can be on, all the time? With so many good reviews we likely caught them on an off day.
We saw Ms. Chase on a morning news show several months ago and vowed to go to her restaurant on our planned vacation in NOLA. We made it there for the lunch buffet and loved everything on it! Service was great, food was delicious, and I fell in love with her olive salad (I am still searching for the recipe) The peach cobbler was the best I have ever tasted as well. The place is bright with lots of beautiful art work, and the cherry on top was getting to go into the kitchen and meet Ms. Chase herself...pictures too! All you have to do is ask.... Thanks Leah Chase for making it worthwhile to step into such an iconic institution with so much history.
They has a lunch buffet which I thought wasn't worth the price. Their gumbo is fantastic though.
Charming restaurant serving New Orleans favorites in a warm atmosphere. The paintings, modern stained glass windows, and art make for an interesting experience. Loved the lunch buffet!
Great historical ambience, wonderful staff and excellent food. Best peach cobbler I have EVER had! This is a must stop if you come to New Orleans! Family owned and feels like family!
wedding catering style food. really disorganized and despondent operation. if you want to be part of a living breathing restaurant rescue reality show then go to dooky chase. my favorite part was when the absent bartender came out to a frustrated full bar waiting for anything to quench their thirst to exclaim "ya'll will just have to wait, i'm doing 3 things today, answering phones, taking cash, and working the bar." this place is a hot miss. they ran out of plates at the buffet station a couple of times. they also ran out of buffet items like the fried chicken a couple of times as well. janky operation. the food is just ok. try at your own risk.
I understand the historical significance of the restaurant and admire Leah Chase as a person and I like the decor, but both the times I've eaten at Dooky's (both times for the lunch buffet), I found the food just OK. Also, everyone at our table got luke warm coffee and when we asked for the refills to be hot, we got more luke warm coffee from the same pot.
Probably the best gumbo to be found. The house salad vinegrette is perfectly balanced. The yams were out of this world, as was the chicken creole with jambalaya. The seafood platter was beyond amazing. Be sure to order the bread pudding and the peach cobbler, even if you're stuffed. Don't forget the ice cream. All of the food here was great and the staff was excellent! Ms. Chase even signed the cookbook we bought!
This place was horrible the service was slow the food was just warm and it took a long time for them to bring the chicken out. I honestly believe KFC would have had better chicken and macaroni and cheese and it was outrageously priced
The history alone is worth the visit. The food, service and atmosphere lives up to its name. It's a great place for southern home cookin'
Good food, great service. Enjoyed meeting Mrs. Leah Chase. The creole food is outstanding. The lunch buffet left a little to be desired but dinner entrees are outstanding.
The chicken here is the best I've ever had. The greens and stuffed potatoes are perfect sides! You must come here if in New Orleans!
I've been eating here since I was a little girl. Ms. Leah and Mr. Dooky are like family. The food brings back memories. Love it all.
Delicious fried chicken and peach cobbler. Friendly staff and amazing art.
Every time I come home I love eating there if I can catch them early enough because they stay packed.
Great food and friendly wait staff
First time enjoyed home cooked Creole cuisine
This was such an amazing restaurant. The staff was very kind and treated my group and I very well. The food was absolutely delicious. This is a go to place if you are in the New Orleans area. They also catered to the needs of my gluten free group members. We also got a chance to meet Chef Leah, who is just a sweetheart.
3/21/17 at 1:15pm
First of all, I never write reviews like this. But this is the WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED. I was seated to then be told I would be brought a menu. 15 minutes passes by, no server interaction and still not even a menu. Keep in mind, this is a Tuesday afternoon, it is not that busy.
I wave down a server to ask for a menu. While he gladly helps the lady sitting next to me, still doesn't manage to have time to bring me a menu as I must not be his table and his problem. After being blatantly ignored, I finally get up to say if I can't get a menu I'm going to leave and eat somewhere else because this is ridiculous. Extremely rude remark back, I get my bags and leave.
Terrible experience. What a shame...
Fantastic gumbo! I'm not a gumbo connoisseur, but I had a really good meal. I had a long wait before being seated, though I was told by other patrons the wait is typically under 15 minutes.
By far my favorite restaurant in NOLA. We went there for the amazing all you can eat buffet and everything on the hot bar was amaizing. From what i remembered was fried chicked, bbq pork, creole sausage, mac and cheese, cabage and rice with butter beans. Also you get a complimentary soup and peach cobbler dessert.
Delicious, incredible. Called ahead and they roasted us a chicken in foil kosher style. Well seasoned over rice w/chicken drippings and vegetarian vegetables. A side of stewed okra had a wonderful smokey flavor.
The staff made me feel very nice very nice about myself. The dook deluxe was really good and i suggest it. It was really juicy.
This place is soso. I went there for an event and the food was meh. The chicken looked refried or like it was in old oil. The fish was cold, the greens came out of a can , the shrimp etouffe was overcooked, the noodles with cheese had too soft of a noodle. The toast was nice and the salad looked and tasted fresh. And the Arnold Palmer was properly blended. And the cake was stellar. Service needed some training. I doubt I would spend my own money here.
We must have caught them on an off day, as our experience did not match most of these reviews. The wait was prodigious, even for a popular place. We got there before 11:30 and were not seated for over an hour. Even people with reservations were waiting for 30 minutes or more. The hostess did not communicate very well at all, and was gone for ten minutes at a time, leaving the new guests wondering what was going on.
We had high expectations for the food, but it was disappointing. The fried chicken was overcooked and dried out. The collard greens were too salty. The sausage was dry and not flavorful.
The red beans and rice were tasty and the dessert did have a nice flavor, but they could not save the meal.
I suggest getting reservations for times when they are not busy - not sure when that is!
The staff here are very professional and friendly. The food is great, especially the fried chicken and stuffed bell peppers. Its located less than a five minute drive from the French Quarter. I'd recommend anyone visiting New Orleans to eat at Dooky Chase at least once.
Loved everything about this place. The food, the service, everything was a perfect 10!!
This was well worth the visit for the lunch buffet. Was the service fast? No, but this isn't the place you go when you are in a rush. Was the food the best I've ever had? No, but it was damn good. The salad, greens, broccoli, red beans & rice and peach cobbler were all good, but that isn't what I was there for.
2 servings of sausage, 2 slices of meatloaf and 4 or 5 pieces of that delicious fried chicken is what I went for and it was all just as good as I had hoped it would be.
Very nice experience, friendly servers, happy fellow diners... I look forward to going back in the next few months.
We heard about this place and had to try them. First the wait was not bad at all. However our experience did not live up to the hype! The food on the buffet was very limited. The fried chicken was good. The red beans and rice needed more seasoning. The macaroni and cheese was noodles with cheese on top, not how we make baked macaroni and cheese in the south. It seems to be missing eggs, seasoning, and cheese throughout the entire dish!
We went on Thursday for lunch. Fried chicken was hot, flavored. Fried catfish was great. The service however was not up to par. We had to wait for water, soup. We also had to ask another waiter to refill our water. They ran out of the peach cobbler :(
The food was okay. The friend chicken was the best on the buffet. There were not a lot of choices on the buffet. I felt like $20 was too much for such a limited lunch buffet. But, the hostess and server were very pleasant!
This is one of the finest establishments in New Orleans! And Ms. Leah is most gracious enough to greet her customers after their meals. When I was there her husband (God Rest His Soul) gave me and my date a tour of the beautiful bar and let us sit there and told us the history of the place. I had the most memorable visit there. I tell everyone who is going to New Orleans to go there and eat! EVERYONE!! Love Love Love the Place and the Art work is fabulous.
The restaurant was very pleasant to the eyes, it was decorated very nice and the atmosphere was most pleasant. The staff were all about their business of making you comfortable and did not waste time getting your food. Now about the food, I would like to say I have not enjoyed my food anywhere else as I did at Dooky Chase, every type of dish was delicious, and I must say I am a very picky eater but I ate everything on my plate especially the fried chicken, it was well cooked and I seldom eat chicken out because it is never done enough for me. I give this restaurant an overall score of 10+ or 5 stars.
I honestly cannot say what I love more about this place: the food or the history. Fact is, those things are impossibly intertwined, so my advice, just go to this wonderful establishment and love it for ALL that it is. And please, no more comments on the speed of the service! Count yourself blessed if it is slow, because you are getting a few extra moments in one of the richest experiences in the country. Dooky Chase's isn't some contrived theme restaurant. It's the real deal. And it's getting harder to find everyday. Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Chase. Y'all made a difference.
Excited to visit this well established restaurant was a disappointment, Sep 19th; it turns out that the food was not the best part of my experience but the art exhibits and ambience were. The art being showcased was amazing; the food not so much. I will say that their green beans are amazing out of all the other food I sampled, i.e., the seafood platter, green beans, mustard greens. My shrimps and oysters were overcooked; the catfish fillet was better. The rest of my party enjoyed their fried chicken and red beans out of several other staple dishes. Dessert, peach cobbler, I'll say I've had better. Count this as my alpha and omega visit...
Went here on a Friday just as they were opening with a party of 7. The hostess was not kind when we told her we had 7 and had not made a reservation. We got in within 30 min. The food was under whelming. We had the buffet and just not impressed. The gumbo was good. We were told peach cobbler for dessert but it ended up being bread pudding. Suggestion, go to Willie Mae's around the corner twice.
Delicious southern fare with a great atmosphere and wonderful service! Prepare to wait a bit, but it is worth it. The lunch buffet is a wonderful way to sample not only what the restaurant has to offer, but what the South has to offer. Southern classics like fried chicken, greens, crab rice, crawfish bake, gumbo, shrimp and lima beans, and bread pudding. It's all delicious!
Service was wonderful. I'd thought from hearing over the years that the buffet would have more choices. But, I thoroughly enjoyed the choices I tried. The fried Chicken, one of Ms.Chase's signature dishes was EVERYTHING. Minimal but excellent crust! The creole gumbo took me a couple of spoonfuls to appreciate..much thinner and without the meatiness more commonly found in New Orleans. But I soon found a depth of flavor that was irresistible. Not a usual fan of okra at all, it was unnoticeable as a core ingredient but I must admit was essential to supporting the other flavors. Neither am I a peach lover, but again, their peach cobbler was pure perfection - I would happily stuff myself until a diabetic coma sent me to the hereafter. Oh. And lunch buffet or plate lunches are way reasonably priced. I feel like I just discovered treasure. So what if it has been here 70 years, served Presidents and was a central meeting/eating place for Civil Rights icons. The food. Yes, the food!
The food was okay, but did not live up to its’ hype. The service was lackluster, to the point of disappointing. We made reservations and were still asked to wait. Good thing we did, because the drinks surpassed the expectations of the food and the bartender provided better service. From the time we sat to the time we received salads was an hour and that was only after we spoke with the manager, who was pleasant but could not make up for the inattentiveness if the server. Of the three fried chicken dishes at the table, two were cold. The one fried chicken dish that was hot was underwhelming. A better alternative would be Willie Maes Scotch House: cheaper, better and friendlier. The catfish was fried well, but lacked seasoning. The best thing on the menu was gumbo, but even that was small and had to be corrected because the cook didn’t give any meat in one and no rice in the other two. The atmosphere was cute and the art was breathtaking but I don’t anticipate returning unless I’m in the mood for art and atmosphere. The food can stay where it is.
My daughter and I showed up without a reservation at 630p on Friday night. Told 30-40 min wait. Was seated only after an hour plus. Ordered straight away and main course of Fried Chicken and Chicken Creole came an hour later. Thank God we ordered the gumbo which was incredible and very fast. Fried Chicken was very good. Chicken Creole was good too but had only 3 small pieces of chicken in the whole dish. All in all definitely not worth 3 hours of our limited time in New Orleans. Box checked so I will not be back and wouldn't recommend it due to overall lack of any regard for their customers time. Several others around us were voicing the same reaction so it wasn't just us.
Dooky Chase is clearly a point of pride for New Orleans and it's no surprise why! The food is the kind of food your grandma would make: filled with love and years of experience with the recipe! This restaurant has the best fried chicken I've ever had in my life, and its made to order when you request it! (It's about a 30 min wait, but trust me, you won't regret it!) The shrimp creole was also some of the best we found in the city. Big shrimp and lots of them with the perfectly balanced seasoning!
If you want the taste and feeling of a delicious home cooked meal, this is the restaurant for you. The staff is friendly and warm as well. The proprietor still works in the kitchen to this day and she's a legend in her own right!
Dolly Chase is an experience and place to check for its history. Had dinner on a Friday night, the service and attention were stellar. The course began with salad with house made vinaigrette that was delicious. From there on the food was disappointing at best- the fried chicken is crispy and juicy yet lacks flavor. The Mac and cheese was watery and also had no flavor or creaminess, the baked topping was hard. Did not live up to the expectations I had for place, but glad I found out for myself. Most likely will not return.
Eating here was a fantastic experience. The staff were very polite and friendly and the dining room had a great traditional feel to it. Lunch buffet was $20, which was great value considering the tasty selection of food on offer, including a gumbo starter and pudding. I thoroughly recommend a trip here for an awesome one off experience.
Lovely restaurant, with southern charm and charisma. The food was truly a mouthwatering delicacy that did not disappoint. By far the best Gumbo! Meeting Mrs. Chase was awesome .So much wisdom and a beautiful soul. Overall this place is truly a Nola Jewel.
This is my favorite restaurant. Stella Reece always makes me feel like family and meeting Leah Chase, The Queen of Creole Cooking, will change your life. She is a wonderful cook and a beautiful soul. The lunch buffet is a great value and the Friday dinner is always scrumptious.
Dooky Chase is the restaurant! Elegant environment, great service, and awesome food. Their food is personal, the food that reminds the best type of home cooking. The food here is a celebration of the agricultural success of the south. It is definitely not the greasy and overly spiced restaurant food. The food here is just the type of delicious food that you could eat everyday. I have to say I like the fried chicken here better than Willie Mae's. It's definitely one of my favorite restaurants that I have been to. Next time in town, I'll come back for two meals, fried chicken and buffet.
This is one of the best restaurants I've ever eaten at. The places been there in the same location since 1941, do the math! This is the place where Barack Obama comes every time he comes through New Orleans, and for good reason. The chef's name is dookie, from what I understand, and she's over 90 years old and is still cooking at the restaurant sometimes, so you know these recipes have been well refined over the years and you're going to get some quality grub. And one of the best things about it is that it's not expensive at all!
The historical and cultural significance of this restaurant is really fantastic, if you have some time to research the place. The story of Leah and Dooky Chase (R.I.P.) is quite interesting, and the venue itself is really beautiful; the walls are lined with amazing pieces from Black artists, and you'll find yourself staring at them the whole time you're there. Unfortunately, that's where the awesomeness of this venue ends. The food was just okay; the chicken and red beans and rice were good but nothing to run home about. The macaroni and cheese was more than disappointing; absolutely flavorless. Now, sometimes an "okay" food experience can be "evened out" by a really fantastic customer service experience. You won't get that here. Our waitress was incredibly rude in a passive-aggressive way, like she made up her mind about our group before she even met us. The service overall was slower than molasses in an igloo. From waiting to be seated to leaving the restaurant, we were in there for at least 3 hours. There really needs to be an in-depth assessment of the customer experience from start to finish to identify the root cause of their slow service. No one should have to wait that long for food, no matter how good it is. That being said, it goes without saying that I won't be going there again.
Okay, going in to this place, I expected to fall in love. I had read all about the history behind it and how important it was to the Civil Rights Movement and was fascinated. We came at around 2 on a Tuesday and waited for about an hour, which wasn't a problem because we expected it, seeing how well known this place is. While we were still waiting, we went into the dining room to check out the buffet and almost left then because we were worried it wouldn't be worth the price. Unfortunately, we were right. There was not one thing we ate that was remarkable in any way. It was all below average. The fried chicken, which I was SO excited for, was such a let down. Everything can be described by one word: bland. I expected the food to be bursting with Cajun flavors, but it was lacking from any flavor at all. If you really want to come here because of the historical importance, that's fine, but for how expensive it is ($20 a person) you can go to other places around New Orleans that are much cheaper, and much more like real cajun cooking. I suspect that the food was much better at one point. I hope that our experience could be chalked up to how late in the day we came (we left around 3:30, it closes at 4), and I hope that anyone who has their heart set on eating here has better luck than we did .
What can you say about a local institution? What stands out most is the service. Our hostess and server were both very welcoming. And the food? Best chicken ever!
The fried chicken and overall ambiance is awesome. I recommend the mac n' cheese. Make sure to get the regular fried chicken though instead of the tenders. I normally don't like to deal with bones so I went for the tenders but the flavor was lacking and they were pretty dry. I stole a piece of regular fried chicken and it was incredible and worth the hype.
The chicken is amazing and the food is good, but you also go for the experience. Strict dress code and it can be very hard to get a table with a long wait. I honestly think there are other places that are quicker that come close enough, but if u want to do a big wait, then go for it.
1. Don't let the outside fool you.
2. The staff's customer service was unbelievably professional.
3. The food was AWESOME.
4.THE BEST FRIED CHICKEN EVER. Greens and red beans with rice was good too.
5. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because they do not have a selection of beverages. Lemonade, water, or unsweetened tea.
6. Every time I go to New Orleans this restaurant is going on my itinerary.
7. There is a slight dress code...but not bad.
Worth the wait! The wait is long, so I recommend getting there about 20 minutes before they open at 11am for the lunch buffet. The lunch buffet is so good. The vegetables and sides are seasoned well. The fried chicken is cooked to perfection. The Lima beans and shrimp dish is a revelation.
The service was excellent, but the food wasn't quite what I expected. The fried catfish was very good. But I've had better Gumbo in New York City. Also, my dinner date found a fly in her water, and she asked for another glass, the waitress didn't seem very happy to replace it. Sorry to say, we left slightly disappointed.
There was a terrible sewage odor, the food was not what I expected after all the hype. It was all soul food on the buffet for our group. I can do much better myself. I had hoped to try the shrimp dish they are famous for. It was not an option.
Overrated. Our server left a lot to be desired, we waited almost an hour after ordering to get our food, everyone at my table got their food but me. Had a to wait another 15 mins for that and when it did come it was lukewarm. Not impressed.
Absolutely loved it. I got a chance to meet her also. She is sooo adorable and beautiful. I love her so much. The food was EXCELLENT. I cant wait to go back.
The service at Dooky Chase’s was good, but the food did not meet expectations at all. The salad seemed to be bagged salad mix with a slice of tomato on top. The bread was cold, stale, and salty. Only one person in my dinner group received a hot entree. The rest of received cold or microwaved food. The greens seemed to come from a bag of frozen greens from the grocery store.
Also, we had 7:30p reservation and did not get seated until after 8p. We also waited over an hour for our food to be served.
If you visit NOLA, you owe it to yourself to visit Dooky Chase Restaurant. This was the best meal I had while I was there hands down. The fried chicken is life changing! The atmosphere and historical significance alone makes it a worthwhile stop. The staff was so friendly and welcoming, they really made you feel at home. I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant!
Ms Chase is 100+ yrs old and still at it. The food was like eating Sunday dinner at your southern granny's house. It's set up like a buffet which was nice. 1 of the waiting areas had it's own bar. The buffet included a dessert. We had peach cobbler. Dang! Everything....fried chicken, stewed chicken, red beans and rice, cajun sausage, greens, green beans, salad, etc.....Make it a place to hit while in town.
I love family!!!! Especially a family that can cook and cooks together. This restaurant is a lovely place. Beautiful people with wonderful hospitality. God bless you with many more years of success. The food was remarkable!
Always a wonderful time at Dooky Chase. Extremely friendly, caring personal service and attentive service to each guest. Quality of food preparation, selection and srvice is fantastic. The only place that may have an item that I normally will not order elsewhere, but at Dooky Chase these items are always delicious ! !
I loved the place! The staff was so friendly and inviting. I was treated like a family member and not a tourist. The chicken was delicious. The rice could be better (a little plain to my taste) but overall I loved the llave. The hostess was so incredible. I unfortunately started nose bleeding while eating and she immediately brought me a pack of ice and paper towels.
Our friend said we had to eat here because his family highly recommended it. We came towards the end of lunch so we each ordered just a couple a la cart items, we did not have room the buffet at the time. Many of the other patrons were there for the lunch buffet though, which looked phenomenal, we just did not come that hungry. We ordered alcoholic drinks, they have a full bar and each of us tried the gumbo for an appetizer. It was so tasty along with our entrees of fried chicken and creole shrimp. Our server was amazing, she took the best care of us and made us feel right at home. She suggested some of the best nightlife spots to check out after our meal and they truly made our trip memorable, thanks Martinique! We will be back and I have already spread the word of your wonderful establishment. Thank you for showing us that true New Orleans spirit upon arrival.
food was amazingly amazing.. love the service as well. felt like I was sitting at grandma's house for dinner.
The best fried chicken, catfish I've eaten in NOLA! Great service,,fast and friendly. The son came to our table several times to say hello and welcome us. A great and personal touch. Will always return.
We had the lunch buffet on a Thursday. Get in line 20-30 minutes before they open. Delicious food. The service is the best I've ever had, and I've literally been around the world. There is staff buzzing around the restaurant. Almost as soon as you take a sip of water, there is someone there to top it off. Beautiful dining rooms and the staff is very professional. I overheard a gentleman behind us joke that he was a customer, and the waitress very politely reminded him that he was not a customer but a guest. The place is full of history.
A must stop in the great city of NOLA! This restaurant is full of history and historical guests has dine in! Best Fried Chicken around! Service was excellent! The staff was friendly and very knowledgeable! This restaurant offers dine in with menu or a buffet. I will be back!
We had a reservation, so our wait wasn't very long. We met some interesting GI surgeons while waiting. We were seated and our waitress was very attentive and had great recommendations for food and drink. I ordered the chicken and my friend ordered the stuffed shrimp.....they both were delicious. My other friend did the buffet and the fried catfish was so delectable it melted in your mouth. When I go back to New Orleans this place is definitely on my list. The most important thing was we got to meet Mrs. Chase and hold a bit of conversation with her......lovely lady.
Best lunch while we were in New Orleans. Had to wait 45 minutes in the attached bar (bartender was legit the slowest in New Orleans) but it was worth it. Our server gave us extra desert because I had never had King Cake. It was delicious.
This has been, by far, the best food we have eaten since moving to New Orleans. The chicken was cooked perfectly AND well seasoned. Every item on the buffet was stellar. The New Orleans style peach cobbler was absolutely to die for!! I cannot wait to return. Also worth mentioning, the service was top notch.
I'll have the fried chicken, the friend chicken, and why don't you just bring me some fried chicken with that order.
Dooky Chase. Found out about it from Netflix's Somebody Feed Phil and I'm so happy I visited and experienced it. Legendary creole chef Leah Chase has I'm sure from day one served delicious food, but you know the years have probably perfected it even more.
When I say that, I mean even just from a place of love. Dooky Chase is an incredibly important establishment for not only its food, but it's importance of a meeting grounds during the civil rights movement.
Heck this is a restaurant where many presidents have visited and it's even blessed by the pope! The pope!!
Yummy!!! Place is beautiful and filled with history. The fried chicken was delicious along with the fish special for the day that my friend had. Was glad I came during my short trip to New Orleans.
The gumbo was great. It was very flavorful and absolutely DELICIOUS!!
As was the fried chicken and yams. The mustard greens were decent.
However, the baked macaroni was horrible. It was dry, overcooked and lacked flavor.
Our server was as dry as the baked macaroni and lacked professionalism. We sat for a longer than normal time waiting to place our order. Finally a waitress came to take our order and said our waitress would come by shortly (which she didn't).
When she finally came I asked for a cup of hot water and even THAT she took forever getting to me.
The restaurant was filled to capacity, so the ambiance was good.
I drove here from Los Angeles, hoping for a great dining experience, but all I got was mediocre.
Perhaps I'm not rating it 5 stars because the restaurant was over hyped, but nonetheless my group had a fantastic visit. We went for lunch and it cost $20/per person.
The salad bar was lacking and blue cheese dressing tasted watered down. The red beans and rice were very tasty. Green beans were surprisingly good. Mac and cheese was fantastic. The carrot souffle was phenomenal. The eggplant was really good, meatloaf average, and the best fried chicken I've ever had; I only wish it had some sort of sauce to accompany it. The hot sausages were good too. The broccoli cheddar soup, in my opinion, wasn't good at all - I much prefer it thicker (it looked watered down), cheesier, and for the broccoli to be cooked significantly less (it was mush). The peach cobbler at the end was a nice finish.
For an establishment so renowned, I'd expect the bathrooms to be nicer than the ones at the bars on bourbon street. None of the ladies had complaints, but the men's bathroom door wouldn't open without force (it was dragging against the floor, needed to be sanded down a quarter inch). There was no hot water in the sinks and the door to the only stall wouldn't close or lock.
Great place! Delicious food, reasonably priced, my friend was so excited to have gluten free fried chicken! Loved all the artwork. Staff super friendly. Definitely one of the best restaurants we went to during our NOLA visit.
Popular lunch spot, mainly with an older crowd. I went for the lunch buffet which is $20. Food was decent. Peach cobbler was really good. Beautiful atmosphere and staff was extremely nice
Food was great....be prepared to eat fried food....we had reservation for 8p. We were not seated til 825. Initially server refused to put the tables together (group of 10) but the manager over rode her and moved tables. Can't day o was overly impressed
This was one of the highlights of our short trip to NOLA! What a lovely place and what incredible people working to make a meal here an event! I noticed on some previous reviews there were comments about slow service. I don't think the service is slow, I think it is meticulous, which takes time! Every part of Dooky Chase is special - inviting, calming atmosphere, incredible service, and delicious food! They do it ALL right here!
Dooky Chase is the soul food restaurant of New Orleans, no doubt about it. Known for its famous Friday offering of fried chicken, be sure that you come either early before the lunch hour rush, or just before the end of their service, say around 14:00-14:30, or else be prepared to wait for up to and over a hour.
I highly recommend Dooky Chase, which is why I gave it my 5 stars.
Absolutely delicious buffet lunch. All the food tasted freshly prepared. Fried chicken, fried whole catfish, green beans, shrimp pasta and gumbo is a must to have. Peach cobbler taste like my mother made it. Staff very friendly. Beautiful restaurant with a warm and inviting atmosphere. Highly recommend and look forward to eating here the next time we come to NOLA!!
This was literally the best place we ate at during the vacation!. We ate the lunch buffet - that comes with the soup of the day and dessert. The buffet had fried chicken, green beans, collard greens, potatoes, red beans & rice, hot sausage, and jambalaya. Dessert was peach cobbler. Despite hating peach cobbler, I ate every bit. Everything is so good - worth the long wait!
This place was very good. Only thing I didn't like was being charged extra for a refill coke. Staff was great, food was too. Great fried chicken, just needed mashed potatoes added to buffet
We went for the lunch buffet. The gumbo isn't included but it is a must try!! Awesome soul and authentic NOLA food. The staff are so professional and attentive. The owner is the woman who inspired Disney's Princess and the Frog!!! President Obama and Bush both ate here. Love the down home, family vibe. Can't say enough good things about this lovely place.
This restaurant is a historical icon. I was very honored to have eaten there. It is sad we have lost Mrs. Chase but she making food with God now.
The food in her restaurant was delicious and you felt like you were at home. Service was great. It was busy but staff was attentive. We will miss her presence. Thank you for your love of people and food.
Wait time was not bad for a Friday lunch. The buffet was great had fried fish and chicken. Both were some of the best I've had. The hot sausage was excellent also. Will definitely go again next time in NOLA.
This family owned soul food restaurant is AWESOME! the staff is so kind and friendly. And the food is extremely good. You can feel all the love that goes in to each dish they make. This is a must stop by.
The space is beautiful and absolutely drew me in. It is as much a fine, curated art gallery as it is a restaurant. The gumbo & fried chicken were DELICIOUS!! I wasn’t too satisfied with any of the other offerings I had.
A staple in New Orleans, this is where you go for fantastic food, impeccable service, and a beautiful space. The food is consistently amazing, the sauces are like magic. Try the fried chicken, you won't regret it. From the cocktails down to dessert, everything is unforgettable.
It was good food. Was expecting more honestly. The staff was AMAZING. The decor was great. The gumbo was bland and watery. The fried chicken (before they ran out) was just okay. Enjoyed the red beans and rice. Salad was nice and fresh. Still 1 of the best places in NO however. Also I wish they would expand the hours. 11-3pm is a very small window for out of towners to patronize a business.
This was truly a wonderful dining experience. Fresh home style made from scratch comfort food with 5 star ambiance. It's like tasting Christmas morning on your tongue. A true New Orleans treasure. The lunch buffet (If you're ever in New Orleans) is a must. You truly won't be disappointed. Linen table cloths, cloth napkins and goblets lined up perfectly and positioned on the dining room tables for the lunch buffet. Beautiful chafers filled with palatable food. The red beans and rice are delicious. Affordable pricing for a lunch buffet with so many options. Will definitely go back on my next visit to New Orleans.
Really great, comforting food just like my southern Grandmother used to make. We stopped in on a Tue for their lunch buffet. This isn't like a typical buffet...Dooky Chase's is real food served fresh & this buffet is a great way to sample what Mrs. Leah Chase has to offer, including her world famous fried chicken. Nice, old building w/gorgeous local & classic art on the walls. It's a piece of southern charm w/a very warm & accommodating staff & delicious food.
The staff was impeccable and so kind. They genuinely love their jobs, and they truly stand behind the greatness of the food. Learning the history of the restaurant and knowing we were in the same rooms as some fantastic civil rights leaders were truly remarkable. Every US president, since the stores opening, has come to this restaurant but one. We can take a guess who.
We have been to New Orleans 3 times in the last 2 years. We plan out trip so our first meal and our last meals in New Orleans are at Dooky Chase’s. Service is always fantastic, for people complaining about slow service: if you want fast food, go to McDonald’s. Dooky Chase is finer dining. If you are in a hurry tell your waitress. They are so eager to make you happy, they’ll get you in & out.
The food was just not that good. I could easily get average quality food just about anywhere else for less than half the price.
We had the buffet. The only thing worth mentioning was the carrot soufflé - it was excellent. We also ordered the shrimp creole. The shrimp were tasty but the sauce was sweet and had no seasoning.
We tried the peach cobbler and the praline bread budding. Neither were worth wasting your calories.
We had heard great things and were very disappointed.
Super yummy lunch buffet. Staff was all very welcoming and kind. A New Orleans institution and an absolute bucket list item for myself. Interior was full of memories of the family over the years. You can tell there is a lot of love in this place. Every single item on the buffet (fried chicken, spaghetti and meatballs, red beans and rice) was made with love. Peach cobbler was to die for.
Service was patchy, but more than made up for by the soul-nourishing food. We had the buffet and added an order of creole gumbo. Not to be missed: the fried chicken, hot sausage, turkey necks, red beans, and the gumbo (best we've had in NO). Of course, you're here to also soak in the socio-political significance of this place where history was made. Aptly so, there are photos of and letters from past US Presidents and other VIPs.
The lunch buffet delivers top tier food for just under $20, including their famous fried chicken. The gumbo is delicious - order separately. The turkey neck, cabbage and red beans were the unsung heroes! Every dish is well seasoned. Service was a little patchy in places but, overall, everyone was lovely and attentive. The food as well as the atmosphere, history and Leah Chase's (co-founder and local hero) legacy make this restaurant an absolute must for all who plan to visit NOLA.
Rich with history and culture, definitely worth a visit. I enjoyed reading the articles and viewing the pictures along the walls while we waited to be seated. The food was delicious. We went during the lunch hour and there was a buffet or you could order from the menu. The food was so good! I had the fried fish, greens and mac and cheese...luckily I worked out before. Give it a try!
Main thing I’d like to point out is that the **food quality and overall service get five stars**. Reason for the four star rating is explained further below - I should mention that I ate at Willie Mae’s the day before which set the standard but as for the food here...
Ordered the 3pc Dooky Chase fried chicken with a side of sweet potatoes and a cup of creole gumbo. Fried chicken was made to order and extremely fresh and juicy. Pieces were sizable and although lightly fried, had ample flavor that made it difficult to put down each piece before skimming the bones for the last bits of meat. Sweet potatoes were delicious and about as good as the chicken considering a standard but good blend of cinnamon, brown sugar, butter, and salt (from what my palette could taste). Creole gumbo was very well made and beef was roasted to near perfection. Good flavor overall and not too much salt which has been the case for a few other places.
Now to detail my four star heresy: the restaurant is presented as mid-upscale dining which you pay a slight premium for ($30 in total for my order) but the high quality aspects are specific to the food and water service rather than the overall experience. This was comparable to Willie Mae’s which was lower in price but had slightly better service and slightly tastier food. Perhaps using this comparison to justify a four star rating is not politically correct but as a visitor/newcomer to NOLA, I would want to know which place has the *best* fried chicken in the area.
To sum up, you won’t be disappointed coming here by any means but for the more dollar conscious and the picky restaurant goer, Dooky Chase holds the definitive #2 fried chicken spot in NOLA in my book.
Food was amazing, the fry chicken out of this world. Perfectly seasoned, not greasy. The red beans and rice were also very good. Last but not least, the peach cobbler, reminded me of my mother-in law's cobbler. JUST AMAZING,hope to come back someday soon.
The best fried chicken my husband and I have had in a long time and he’s pretty picky! The Hostess and Server, Keyshawn were so amazingly gracious and welcoming, thank you. We enjoyed everything!❤️😊
The fried chicken was excellent, and the other dishes and drinks reasonably tasty. Service was slow (though with much apologizing). The place is a NOLA institution, but one gets the sense they are getting by on that reputation; what happens to keep the place vibrant and live and innovative in the post-Leah Chase era will be interesting to see.
This NOLA staple is family owned and operated, and takes pride in serving meals fit for a Sunday dinner. Heads-up, currently taking reservations only so call in advance. Open for lunch and dinner seatings.
The fried chicken and catfish plates are without a doubt the most popular, each lightly battered and crisped to perfection. We started from the norm and enjoyed the Breaded Veal and Cajun Chicken, followed by a delicious taste-of-home peach cobbler.
Be ware, the Mint Juleps are strong!
So this place actually provides an EXPERIENCE; the place itself, the art on the walls, the table setting and original soul food. I have to say that the specialty here is the CHICKEN; the best item in my opinion, other items on the menu are intermediate or some not good or missing seasoning. We manage to get a table after waiting for 2 hours, then after being seated I waited for chicken to be brought to the buffet line, my family waited a while for the food, so that is a downside. I do feel they can improve their system and better serve clientele. Now that the founders are gone it is up to the family to keep up the tradition and improve the quality of the experience.
Wow, a place that lives up to the hype! We went without a reservation because we didn't realize how popular it would be, and managed to get a table. Amazing food, super nice attentive servers and the interior has a great atmosphere. The menu is quite small, but we had a bunch of different plates and everything was delicious, so you can't really go wrong. Not really any vegan options though
This is a phenomenal dining experience.
The art work.
The service was impeccable.
Food was delicious.
And the history was phenomenal. From both the building and the patrons that have been coming there for decades.
I have to go here again if I make it back to New Orleans.
Table cloths n cloth napkins, beautiful decor. Food fantastic best fried chicken. Very good service and President Obama eats there too
I’ve heard so much about Dooky Chase and finally made it! The hostess was gracious and amazing. The servers were attentive and the decor was very beautiful. Honestly, I didn’t even look at the menu before going; that’s how many positive things I’ve heard about this restaurant. They had a buffet during lunch and the fried chicken was amazing... not fried too hard and it wasn’t too salty. The green beans and squash were delicious as well. No macaroni and cheese though :( Dooky Chase was a very elegant experience and when I’m back in New Orleans I will be sure to visit.
Dooky Chase lives up to all the hype! Leah Chase created a beautiful thing that has stood the rest of time in a town full of great restaurants. Lovely service, a great cozy setting and delicious soul food. Who knew the salad bar would be so good at a soul food spot? The muffuletta mix and pickled beets are genius. And I’m determined to recreate this potato salad, like a deviled egg and potato had a delicious potato salad baby. But the fried chicken and red beans and rice are where it’s at. I’ve had a lot of fried chicken and I’d rank Dooky Chase in the top three💛 I also never quite understood people’s love of peach cobbler...until now, flaky biscuits on top of sweet peaches and not mushy! Just plain delicious. Thank you Leah Chase. 💚
Love it here. Feels like home growing up and after church. Was able to meet her sister and such a great experience. The pictures on the walls are so nice. The bathroom even felt like great gramdma house growing up. Just loved it here. Thank you to the family and continuing her dream.
Highly recommend to make this a place to go to in New Orleans! I was sent by my really great friend who's family owns the restaurant. The atmosphere is calming and classy at the same time. The history behind its establishment carries on. Food is excellent especially the gumbo, yams, shrimp and Lima beans, and peach cobbler
Just want to thank the Chase family for the wonderful service back in the days of our youth. Our parents would take us out to dine here on many special occasions . It would be all 7 kids plus grandma Ruth uncle Robert and other guest.The younger kids would get the shrimp boats and older kids the seafood platter. We had beautiful memories here. Many blessings to the Chase family.
Thanks Mom and Dad for introducing us to the finer places in the city.
The service here is 5 star. Everyone we spoke to was knowledgeable and passionate about the food. There is a lovely family vibe in the main restaurant. The food is delicious and clearly made with love. We ate the chicken creole and the fried chicken. The best meal we had in New Orleans.
Great staff, excellent food. Buffet is reasonably priced. Definitely get the fried chicken and peach cobbler. Since I went alone I was seated right away with no reservation but a reservation is probably a good idea, especially if more than 2 people or on a weekend. Idk if they still have them but grab a cookbook if you can, it has been well worth it.
We love this restaurant. The staff and family are so welcoming and nice, keeping the tradition alive. The food is delicious, reminds me of the women who raised me (Meme, Nana, my aunts, my sisters, and my mom), with simple food cooked with love. I hope they stay open forever.
I was not happy with the service I received at the historic Dooky Chase restaurant. The service was extremely slow. We got our salad/appetizers at the same time that we received our main dish. After eating we sat for at least 15 minutes waiting for our server to return so we could get to go boxes and pay. We needed the to go boxes because the main dish wasn't as hot after we had eaten our late appetizers. Luckily this expensive hotel we are staying in has a microwave... that's about it, but I'll save that for my hotel review. Dooky Chase is a wonderful historic place that we live on forever for the contributions to the civil rights movement. But just go to take pictures. 3-stars based solely on historical appreciation.
My husband and I were excited to try this place like everyone else from hearing awesome comments about everything.
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