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Jul 11, 2013 04:51 AM

Adolfo's on Frenchmen Street. Yay or Nay?

We are planning our annual Columbus Day Weekend trip to NOLA this year and I need to know your thoughts about Adolfo's. When we were in Felix's last year enjoying our 3rd helping of chargrilled oysters, I asked our bartender (Tiffany?) where is the best Italian food in the FQ. She immediately pointed us towards Adolfo's. One of the shuckers however, disagreed, saying the servers there are rude & slow. Another customer overheard us & also told us to go to Adolfo's for the great food, but don't be put off by the rude servers. I put myself thru college waiting tables & I will never give a rude waiter/waitress a tip just because they put a plate of food in front of me. SO, can anyone help me out with my Adolfo's dilemna? Thanks as always!

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  1. I would look at it this way: since there so many acknowledged, agreed-upon great places, why take a chance on Adolfo's and possibly have your worst fear confirmed? If you were a local, sure, but with a limited number of meals at your disposal, don't waste time with potential clunkers. Have a great trip!

    1. It's been a couple of years, but we had a dismal experience here because of the service, and am too reluctant to go back and give it another try. I loved the room, the atmosphere but the waiter was awful and the food just meh. Go to Irene's Cuisine in the Quarter for great Italian, beautiful setting and fantastic service.

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      1. re: piglet3000

        Thanks both of you for your replies. I think we will bypass Adolfo's & perhaps give Irene's Cuisine a try.

      2. I make sure I eat at Adolfo's at least once every visit I make to N.O. It's one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. I have never experienced any rude service, and speed has always been on a par with any other place I've eaten there.

          1. i would never think of Adolfo's when pondering the best italian in the quarter...but i do enjoy visiting there from time to time. love the space, and the ocean sauce.

            my only complaint is the cash-only policy. boo. makes adding an impromptu bottle of wine unlikely... (in this way cash-only policies cost businesses more than whatever theyre worried about coughing up to the credit card companies -- which is down to a flat 2.75% if you choose smartly, like the Square reader).