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Alma Café, New Orleans, LA

Alma Café

4.7
4.7
22 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
Owner and Executive Chef Melissa Araujo is a 2024 James Beard Foundation Best Chef Southeast Semifinalist. Alma is an award winning Honduran restaurant located in the historic New Orleans Bywater, just outside the French Quarter.

Alma means soul in Spanish. The menu showcases Chef Melissa Araujo's Honduran heritage and takes each guest on a journey through food and culture. The Soul has many stories to tell; Alma's tale is shared through it's dining experience. From Pollo Chuco, to Bloody Mary's and avocado toast, Alma offers an extensive array of dishes focusing on Honduran Food.

Chef Araujo’s Father was Born in La Ceiba, Honduras and her memories of her childhood are centered around this particular view of the city. The mountains in the back, the ocean, the cool air in my face, my best memories were made in this city. Alma has given me the opportunity to recreate these memories and share them with our guests.

Reservations available Monday- Thursday, Waitlist only on Weekends.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 6 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Latin / Spanish, Latin American
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Daily 8:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 8:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Daily 8:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (504) 381-5877
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Native/Indigenous, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Melissa Araujo
  • Area
    Bywater
  • Cross Street
    Dauphine St.
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 22 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Orleans / Louisiana

    Great for brunch

  • New Orleans

    Great for brunch

22 Reviews
  1. ShannonF

    New Orleans

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! I am a regular here. If you have not tried Alma, you’re missing out on some of the best cuisine NOLA has to offer!

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  2. LuvNOLAfood

    New Orleans

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience at Alma Cafe for the Oxbow Rum tasting and tapas. Chef Melissa is a gracious host with so much attention to detail. I started with a cocktail, expertly made Aperol Spritz. The oysters were fresh and perfectly paired with pineapple. Second course of tuna ceviche that took be back to Mexico. Slightly sweet with a hint of spice. Lastly, fresh lobster and scallop roll!

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  3. StaceyP

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 14 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, authentic Honduran food and great atmosphere . We will be keeping it on our list of places to visit so that we can explore the rest of the menu! From what we had it is no wonder why Alma Cafe has been nominated for a James Beard Award.

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  4. NewOrleans

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, as usual! Great food and value. Look forward to returning.

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  5. Rebecca

    New Orleans

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meal; both the breakfast and lunch options were fantastic and we will definitely be back!

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  6. JDB01

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Reservations made at this restaurant are not honored. It’s first come, first served on a wait list. The manager confirmed as such during this visit. We waited close to an hour past the confirmed reservation time. Therefore, there is not useful reason for this restaurant to be listed on OpenTable or any reservation services website.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The vibe, atmosphere, food - perfect for a beautiful, clear Sunday afternoon.

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  8. KristyS

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything here is consistently delivered and SO DELICIOUS!!! Huge portions and delightful staff! One of my favorite spots!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is a hidden gem. The food was amazing and it is a differential cuisine from the great food in New Orleans. I will definitely be going back.

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  10. JeffA

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was tasty. Service spotty. No coffee refills. Forgot an item when served.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was pretty good and the service was great. However the prices were too much for what the food was. A baliada was 12 dollars which was just a little ridiculous to me but it was a good one time experience!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I came here for my father’s birthday and we love the Alma breakfast, it was so delicious. Service was exceptional and we had a great time.

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  13. Nolavore5

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Truly excellent brunch! Every dish was great, and the service was superb.

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  14. KeishaC

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and coffee were delicious! Weird vibes from the front of house and service staff. Not welcoming at all.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Would absolutely recommend visiting Alma if you’re in New Orleans and want a change from Cajun / creole food! The food was incredibly fresh, with loads of options (some spins on familiar favorites as well). We’ll definitely make a stop in next time we’re in town!

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  16. ShowbizLiz

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a bad experience with the food today. Louisiana Omelett was way to heavy on eggs and if we pay 10.- extra for blue crab, the least we can expect is that the amount of it is more than a teaspoon. The avocado toast, too, was not up to par. Really disappointed. This place used to be great. Did you exchange the chef??? Bad decision

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  17. EmmyO

    Miami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Host staff severely lacking. Wait staff and food amazing

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always love this place: the food, the service, the feel of it are all top drawer.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    If you have a reservation on a weekend they may not honor it. About 5 minutes before my reservation time I received and email from open table that said I collected my points. I figured the other member of the party had arrived and checked in. Well when we got there they said they didn’t have a reservation for us. I pulled it up in my email, and then they had a new story. They are “working with open table on this” and on weekends and especially ones like Mother’s Day weekend they are first come first served. Why would they ask me for my reservation, look in the system for it, and look at my email if they didn’t honor reservations? Well I then learned that they had just seated a party of the same number of people a few minutes prior. Clearly, they gave away my reservation and then lied and tried to gaslight me. If they just owned up, I would have been fine. Mistakes happen. Instead the host who had been rude the entire time and the manager who thought I was dumb enough to fall for his lie insisted that they had room and we would be seated. Well we were shoved into a couple of tables and it was fine but not comfortable. Then came the food service. It took a while for them to come to our table for drink orders which is usual there and expected. It took a while for them to get our food order, again expected as we know this place. I ordered the breakfast tacos which have roasted poblanos on them. They were straight from the refrigerator. The rest of the taco was warm but they didn’t heat these. Not sure if that’s typical but it was odd. Someone else ordered the lox toast and the lox was a very strange texture with very little flavor. A different person had a Bloody Mary and it was odd. The chili powder was really strong and it made the drink, well, odd. The rest was good but it did take a long time and honestly I just wanted to leave from the moment I dealt with these folks. We’ve been here before and enjoyed it but this experience makes me not want to return.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Good food but service was horrible. Had to move from outside because it was raining but there was no space inside. While waiting for the rain to die down they essentially forced us to take our food to go and didn’t comp us anything or give any discount for the inconvenience. I explained my frustration to the manager he gave a very lame apology and didn’t offer anything. When we got home our order was missing items.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were both fantastic. Will be returning.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    No , I’m not related to this person just happened to the same las name. I have been going to Alma since they open. It’s nice to see a female chef , Hispanic and gay be  successful in this world  dominated by men. Alma is an award winning Honduran restaurant located in New Orleans, located in the Bywater, just outside of the French Quarter. Alma is the flagship location of Araujo Restaurant Group and is a reflection of Owner and Executive Chef Melissa Araujo. From Pollo Chuco, to Bloody Mary's and avocado toast Alma offers an extensive array of dishes focusing on Honduran Food. Alma means soul in Spanish. Created to showcase Chef Melissa Araujo's Honduran heritage and take each guest on a journey through food and culture. The Soul has many stories to tell; Alma tells shares them through it's dining experience.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Alma Café using the Order Online button. Alma Café also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Alma Café also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 381-5877.

Alma Café is rated 4.7 stars by 22 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Alma Café

800 Louisa St, New Orleans, LA 70117-6737

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Dauphine St.
  • Area
    Bywater
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Daily 8:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 8:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Daily 8:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Latin / Spanish, Latin American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Native/Indigenous, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Melissa Araujo
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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