FRENCH RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR – Best of Dining 2010
The masterpiece of proprietor Jacques Soulas, an artist and a restaurateur, and his friend Jerry Edgar, this creative bistro overlooking Fortier Park and romantic Esplanade Avenue is an authentic French jewel. The openness of the dining room, the intimacy of the bar, a live oak tree rising through the floor and a complete wine list adding pleasure to the French menu have guests looking up from their plates of moules et frites, checking the door to see when Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas will arrive. – T.M.- New Orleans Magazine December 2010
“Something about Café Degas makes dining there feel as if you’re on vacation. No other restaurant makes it so clear how our food culture is interwoven with France. Time seems to go by more slowly, so you may as well have another glass of wine”.
Tom Fitzmorris, Restaurant Writer, New Orleans City Business
“In business for 21 years, Cafe Degas has attained the status of a modern-day-neighborhood
institution. Its regulars have come to prize the place as equal parts romantic and practical,
upscale and comfortable” Gambit Weekly
“… Cafe Degas’ temperature-controlled, practically wall-free dining room allows diners to both experience and appreciate the weather during any month of the year …”
Gambit Weekly – 1st Place Best Outdoor Dining
“Charming European-style cafe with a delightful feel and creative bistro fare”
Zagat Survey of New Orleans Restaurants
The semi outdoors deck has tremendous appeal. The big oaks of Esplanade Avenue and the little park across the street make for a delightful and very New Orleans scene… The food here gets better every time I try it. You want to find out straightaway what the day’s specials are; they’re the best food Cafe Degas has to offer.
Tom Fitzmorris, New Orleans City Business
The service is “Impeccable and helpful. The waitstaff make you feel at home and don’t mind letting you in on their favorites”.
Jason McCann, CitySearch.com
A pecan tree shoots through a hole in the roof of the porch where we dine. On a windy day, tumbling nuts dance a jig on the tin roof; rain sounds like a concert for drums…. the food woos you…Whether you’re served by David Musson, a limb of the Degas family on his mama’s side, or Jacqueline Guiot, who speaks a curiously understandable French (even if you ne parle pas), the food woos you into a Degas mood. Pate de campagne, duck mousse pate, and creamy vichyssoise emerge from a kitchen the size of a kerchief. Carolanne Griffith-Roberts, Southern Living