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Loretta’s Authentic Pralines



Loretta's Authentic Pralines has been in business for over 35 years. Loretta was the first African American woman to successfully own and operate her own praline company in New Orleans. Today, Loretta’s Authentic Pralines is a thriving business with two locations. For Loretta, success continues with the recent opening of another business venture HE-brews Coffeehouse in the Fabourg Marigny.

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Mike T


Best pralines and lunch specials around! The rum pralines are my favorite.

Tom W


A New Orleans highlight. Much more than just the best treats in town. Loretta is a shining example of the best NOLA has to offer!

Belinda M


We didn't get the pralines because we were to busy eating the Sweet Potato Cookies, Chocolate Praline Cupcake and the Chocolate Chip Cookies. OMG the best sweets EVER!!!! We will be ordering these online very soon. You must taste this place while visiting New Orleans.

Robert K


I haven't been very impressed with several of the area praline offerings as none of the confectionery makers made a praline worth seeking out. This all changed during the 2010 Jazz Fest where I had the honor of being a volunteer worker assisting Loretta of Loretta's Authentic Pralines when she did her praline cooking demonstration. When I sampled her cooking I was blown away as they were by far and away the best pralines I have ever tasted. If I could I would have made myself sick as I couldn't stop eating them. It is no joke that these are the best creamy New Orleans style pralines in the world. I went by her Marigny store on N. Rampart & you could smell the delicious as soon as you walked in the door. She offers many tasty items but she is best known for her pralines. So if you want to bite into the best tasting creamy pralines on Earth, do yourself a favor and stop by Loretta's and I promise you won't be sorry.



(Ms. Loreta)This Lady is a delite.......The treats,food(only on fridays) And creole seasonings, ARE ALL DELICIOUS. And it does make a difference when the owner's there. I can taste the love and dedication Thanks Ms. Loretta. I will be back friday to get my gaint stuffed bell pepper plate,Baked mac, and green beans and potatoe salad mmmmmm.....

Sergey S


Best beignets and pralines we tried while in the city. Exceptional taste.

Loretta personally talked to us and was very nice, we could not have had a better experience.

James W


She has the best king cake I've tested so far. I haven't tested anything else yet but I will be heading there soon💯

itsErika M


Loved it made home made

Duranda B


Traveled to New Orleans on business and went on a mission to find some good pralines....went to several places but no one beat Ms.Loretta's, she even personally spoke to me and gave me some original flavored that was supposed to go in baskets. You don't get this kind of service anymore so I appreciate it when I do.

Kyle D


Had the praline stuffed bigness and they were pretty good. Very nice staff. Cool atmosphere.

Kiril C


The pralines drove me to tears. Sooo goood.

L'Tanya M


Ms. Loretta's is the spot for Service let me say. We came on a Thursday for authentic New Orleans food cus that's what my hubby was looking for and ran across this God inspired Praline goddess. First off it's a simple place nothing serious to look at but the candy was beautiful. We were served even though they only cook on Fridays but for us she cooked. People she didn't even though she was in the middle of doing she has candy going out, this woman has truly shown us what a special person she is. And the Praline bacon candy was the best Ever!!!!

John V


Wow! Truly a must visit in New Orleans. Very welcoming people and atmosphere. It's a sweet shop with pralines made on site and a small menu of delicious recipes.

Tee N


Everyone is so friendly! The sweets are incredible. Please try the praline filled beignets, you won't be disappointed.

Leighana C


This was the absolutely the most amazing place for breakfast. Shrimp and Grits and Beignets. Loretta and her team were the most kind hearted and amazing people. Go there!!

Samaria G


This place is amazing love the pralines and sweet potato pies!!!! Great service!!And my godmother(Ms. Lorretta) is an amazing person and has a beautiful soul!

Jessica J


Adorable praline shop off the beaten path - well worth visiting if you want fresh made pralines instead of the pre-packaged kind that many of the shops sell.

Keva O


Loretta's service was so gracious. Praline Stuffed Beignets ... Loretta's outdoes Cafe du Monde HANDS DOWN!!!

Jason B


Best beignets, skip the Cafe du Monde line and go here. You're welcome.



The beignets are the best! I highly recommend the crab beignets and the original beignets. Both the pecan pie and sweet potato are delicious as well!

Amy C


We were so excited to try beignets for the first time and went to a couple of popular and was a bit disappointed. We stumbled apon Loretta's by accident and actually went in for ice cream but decided on the praline filled beignets. OH MY GOODNESS!!! They were exactly what I always dreamed beignets would taste like. Well done! Thanks for the cool, quiet, friendly environment and AMAZING taste experience

Kelly B


Praline filled beignets are delicious! Lemonade ice tea is AMAZING and like no where I've ever been!!

Renata B


Omg.i love 💘 everything about loretta's all the food was good and great service

Meryll H


Delicious beignets made just for me.

Not a fan of the praline version... a bit too sweet

catnip b


Wonderful service! Please treat yourself to some savory breakfast beignets!

anunde g


This place is Awesome Awesome Awesome. I was staying in the French Quarter and was on a mission to find a great praline and found Loretta’s. Service was excellent. This will be the go to place every time I’m in town. I fully recommend Loretta’s.

Angela R


Excellent praline beignets, great prices and always friendly staff

Isaac K


My first beignets came from here and they were absolutely amazing.

June M


The food amazingly good service great and your taught some history.

Carter V


We went on a Voodoo Bone Lady tour and our amazing tour guide Brie told us about this place. The Praline beignets are amazing! All around amazing food and the service is just awesome! Everyone who works here is super friendly. Overall if I could give it more than five stars I definitely would. It's simply wonderful.

Eric v


Excellent biegnets, king cake, and pralines. Exceptional service! Very friendly atmosphere.

cathy l


Have been there for Friday fishfry 3 times. Always great

Randall A


Went on vacation this week with my wife and I do my best to dine with locals/tourist alike. Found this place on Google and had to try it based on the reviews. We ended up ordering 3 boxes of assorted pralines for family/friends and was impressed to find that each one was individually wrapped in the box. My wife and I ate the chocolate filled beignets. They were amazing! They were light, flaky and prepared while we waited. The filling was a something between a chocolate pudding and the chocolate icing you'd find on top of a dough nut. Best beignets I had while in NOLA.

Earl F


Excellent Food! Very nice staff and reasonable prices. Highly recommend!

John B


So yes Cafe du Monde is an institution, yes they are open 24 hours a day, and yes there food and coffee is good. However we stopped into Lorettas on our last day in town and I don't think I will ever go back to Cafe Du Monde. The begniets are amazing, they are flaky and crunchy but fresh and fantastic. I ordered the ice tea and was amazed that instead of ice she uses frozen lemonade it was bananas. We didn't get lunch but we will be back for sure!

Christopher P


Best beignets I've ever put in my mouth and easily better than Cafe du Monde.

Gail S


The crabmeat beignet is unbelievably good and is served piping hot, fresh from the kitchen. The sweet potato cookies are also amazing—I defy anyone to eat just one. And the service is very friendly and warm.

Kathryn B


So wonderful! I ordered mini individual packaged pralines as thank you gifts for my wedding guests. This business was very helpful and easy to work with and my order was ready to pick up in time. More importantly, the tasty pralines were a hit with my guest's and when we finally got to eat one a few days after our wedding we were pleased with how fresh and flavorful these pralines were. We taste tested them compared to other local pralines and by far lorettas we the best! They also had a lot of chopped pecans which i feel other brands skimp on.

Steph S


Hidden Gem!!! Homemade taste and feel! This is the one place I MUST stop before leaving home. Cozy atmosphere and my favorite beignets! The service is as sweet as the baked goods.

Sebastian N


Wow. Just wow. So much delicious food and a big fish fry on Fridays. Everyone there were so warm and welcoming, we went back three days in a row to try everything. Crab beignet is a must.



This place has false advertising! I wouldn't recommend it at all. My family and I are on vacation and it's104 degrees outside. We saw this shop advertising fresh lemonade and snow-cones, so we went in. No lemonade and they said they don't set up the snow-cone machine till summer. Horribly unfriendly and would not accommodate us. We ended up walking out and spending our money elsewhere.

Francheska P


Today I came to Loretta’s after being recommended from Malik at Know NOLA Tours. The food was excellent and the service was beyond exceptional! Ms. Loretta greeted us and even prayed for my mom who is in town receiving a kidney transplant. She gave us parting gifts as well. I had the fried catfish dinner with the Mac and cheese and potato salad. It felt like a home cooked meal. We also had a fried lemon pie as well as the pralines. We bought pralines, sweet potato pie and cookie to go. I can’t wait to return to NOLA again so I can come back.

Burthia B


As good as, if not better, in person as compared to the Beignet Festival. Get the crab beignet, stay for the traditional beignets. Mrs. Loretta is super sweet and beautiful.

Kimberly J


Went to pick up famous Pralines for guest and discovered that lunch is served. Food was tasty...Tiger Woods lemonade, caramel beignets and sweet potato cookie were delish! Highly recommend a visit to the N. Rampart location!!

alexandra t


So very good. Totally worth the trip. Savory beignets are delicious, and the sweet stuff is also great. The owner is usually there and shes super sweet and nice.

Caitlin C


Phenomenal beignets! Delightful service! The whole experience is like a warm embrace. Do not miss.

shanitha w


I can not fairly compare original beignets to praline beignets, but I will definitely go for Lorettas praline beignets any day over the original beignets at other places. They are to die for. Thats the only sweets I want from now on when I go to the NOLA. The storefront is closed until August 31, but the one at the French Market stall is really close.

Ber D


Great quality baked products and parlines. Customer service is also terrific, Will be coming back for the rum parline candy next.... Thanks Ms. Loretta

Linda R


Food and service exceptional! Praline beignets and breakfast beignets so delicious.

Marq B


Started our day with beignets and coffee. We now consider these to be the best we have had (yes we like them more than Morning Call and Café Du Monde). The breakfast beignets were really good. Ms. Loretta makes some great pralines too. The original are great, and we bought a box of various flavors to share with out family. This is a great neighborhood spot with friendly staff and great food.

Jalisha H


The authentic Pralines were amazing!!! The crab beignet was terrific, and the hamburger and sausage beignet was delicious!!!

Rosalind W


One of the best places to satisfy your sweet tooth. You can also get your soul and spirit blessed.

lomair f


Pure Deliciousness! We Ordered The Praline Beignets and Our Tummies Did The Happy Dance!

Leon S


Two words: praline beignets. They will change your life. Beignets are made to order and this is the location where all the magic happens

Gayle R


I had the crab stuffed beignet. It was perfect. This place is perfect.

Reza A


First of all, let me clear something for y'all! If you were told the "cafe du monde" has the best beignets YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY WRONG! Loretta's has the best fluffy freshly made beignets along their fabulous king cakes that you MUST try!

This place is amazing and this is where all the locals go to have the real New Orleans experience!

Thank you once again for the great food and hospitality.

Sara H


Do it! At first, I was a little nervous. I rode a rented blue bike into what at first glance is not a fantastic neighborhood. I'm a woman wearing mens dress clothes so all the Jesus, Lord & prayer stuff EVERYWHERE was actually a little scary for me. I didn't know if they were going to be mean or worse.

These are the nicest people you'd hope to meet. The beignets are fantastic.

I left my jacket in the bike basket. I called, they grabbed it & held it for me. Thanks so much! I'm so grateful for a great experience.

Joe C


simply the best. beignets have a flaky, crispy crust... Try the praline-filled beignets. You will come back.

marco p


Best pralines that I have ever tasted.

Every time I go to New Orleans I definitely make it a point to go by her place.

Jack R


The owner and employees are fantastic and extremely helpful, god bless them all . Oh the pasteries are to die for,lol.

Lenette B


Loretta's Restaurant and homemade Pralines and amazing New Orleans Creole treats should be experienced. I miss home and Loretta's is one of my stops every visit, and bring a friend.

Marjorie P


Nicest people ever. Wonderful pralines and beignets.

Carla H


Loretta’s has the best pralines and beignets ever!!!!! The quality of her food is amazing! You know it is going to be exceptional when the owner has been in business over 30 years and is still overseeing the kitchen and working the production line to make sure the products that she produce is consistent. I love her cozy store!

Brian S


This place deserve a 20/5 stars in my opinion! Very homey feeling, and the food is super amazing and beautifully plated! Will be coming back to Loretta's for more!

Shandray D


Food was Awesome

Service was Awesome

Place of business was very very clean!!!

Will be back again and again and again😁

My kids love the beignets

We had all flavors😋

Ja P


Very disappointed. Pure sauce or sugar and very little pecans. Certainly not the best. They need to add more pecans.

Laverne P


Loretta's Authentic Pralines is phenomenal!!! I throughly enjoyed her "lump crabmeat beignet's", were a connoisseur's delight!!! I didn't stop there, I also closed out my experience with one of her famous "praline beignets" that was just simply delicious! Check out her shop in the French Market, or her Rampart shop, you will thoroughly enjoy!!!👍

Deborah S


The food was great. The two women I thought might fight. But the lady who cooked our food was super friendly and kind. I definitely would recommend this place for your pastry cravings.

pigsto 8


Forget Cafe Due Monde. This is the place to go for beignets and coffee. The pralines are awesome as well.

Jeff W


Great beignets, very friendly people, (free street parking) and of course great pralines

Alex O


Great place to grab a bite. Good food. Ms Loretta and her staff are simply angels.

max p


The breakfast beignets (egg and sausage or egg and bacon), the crab filled beignets, and chocolate pralines are amazing here. Service was quick and Loretta was kind and a lot was fun to talk to while we are.

Caution if you are rowdy and cuss a lot you will be kicked out.

Jerimiah J


Great service, friendly staff. The crab cake beignet is delicious.

bouquet d


Delicious pastries made to order...3 per basket u must share as there are very sweet. $6 and $6.50 the prailines

S. D


Door says closed the whole month of August. Thanks for Not updating google maps and making us waste a trip to your closed location.

Mer P.



Screw cafe du monde and their mass produced chewy balls of unevenly fried dough (and that was at low traffic time). This is about a million times better. this and 68 more

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