Camellia Grill

We had breakfast at the recently reopened Camellia Grill during our trip to New Orleans. Camellia Grill is a beautiful old style diner inside of a Greek Revival home with a lively staff who clearly enjoy working there. Seats are all at the counter with the old fashioned bolted down swivel stools, white cloth napkins are a very nice touch.

For breakfast I had a Ham & Cheese Omelette which was easily the largest omelette I have ever seen. It was browned on the outside and soft and delicious on the inside, loaded with finely chopped ham.

My wife had waffles, not nearly as large of a portion as my omelette but delicious.

For dessert we both had a piece of pie, my wife Banana Cream, or as our friendly waiter corrected us, BO-nana pie, and I had the Pecan pie with Vanilla Ice Cream on top, easily my favorite part of the meal.

Our waiter warmed my Pecan Pie on the flat top grill with a lot of clarified butter.

Camellia Grill is an excellent stop for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It’s located just before the end of the St. Charles Streetcar line (when it’s running, it is currently under construction). Here is the address:

The Camellia Grill
626 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 866-9573

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19 thoughts on “Camellia Grill”

  1. Hey, Danno, that Camellia Grill post is great !! as usual !! That is one place I have never been and I’ve been to many, many places in NoLa. New Orleans restaurants anywhere make very good omelets. I like the oyster omelet a lot. Lookin’ forward to your next post.

  2. Great post!! as usual !!! That place looks fantastic. I’ve never been to Camellia Grill – can you imagine? Most restaurants in NoLa make good omelets – and big ones – my favorite is Oyster Omelet.

  3. For those who may not know a Cannibal Burger is a raw hamburger, the New Orleans version of Tartare.


    SERVES 4
    1 pound beef tenderloin, ground for steak tartare (ask your butcher)
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Cayenne or Tabasco® sauce to taste
    1/2 teaspoon paprika
    2 medium red onions [minced]
    1 bunch green onions [minced]
    1 cup Italian parsley [minced]

    Mix red onions, green onions and parsley together and add 1 cup of this mixture to the rest of the ingredients. Shape the mixture into 4 medium hamburger patties and garnish the top with the rest of the onion and parsley mixture. Serve immediately on a hamburger bun.

  4. Cruel. That’s just cruel. I haven’t lived in New Orleans since 2001, and I miss The Camellia Grill like nobody’s business.

    Posting those pictures where a grumpy, homesick, pregnant woman can see them should be against the Geneva Conventions.

    Oh I am so jealous. I need a piece of pecan pie!

  5. the last time i ate there was before katrina. i’m so glad to see they are open again. i was so impressed with the joint that i put ‘marvin’s’ name on the menu at my own restaurant in los angeles. come on down and eat ‘po boy marvin’

  6. Danno:

    Thanks for the update. I went to school at Loyola, but live in Silicon Valley, and while my parents still live in Baton Rouge, I pine for uptown the way it used to be. It’s great to hear that Camellia is open again, and apparently with its old charm, too.

    My wife, a native Californian, got to enjoy New Orleans with me before Katrina, when I took her there to ask her to marry me. We started our day at Cooter Brown’s and ended up engaged in Jackson Square. She loves your site!

  7. My familiy moved from New Orleans in 1964, but the reopened Camellia Grill looks and sounds like nothing has chagned. Lack of change can be a good thing. I was looking for a Muffuletta bread receipe when my wife found your site. I am looking forward to trying your french bread receipe when you are statisfied with it. My wife tried one recently which claimed to be from the bakers of Zip–it was close, but not perfect. The closest I have had was at Goode Company Seafood in Houston.

  8. I started this web site after spending a lot of time trying to figure out what to eat one day. Surfing the Internet looking for menus is an ordeal. You have to know the restaurant you’re looking for and so few have websites. Then when you find a menu, it’s usually a part of the web page so when you print it, it looks like crap.

    So I started collecting menus in PDF format and built I already have a couple of hundred menus and I’m adding more every day. It’s quick and easy to search and the menu is right there.

    Check it out,

  9. I visited Camellia Grille last December with a friend- found it quite by accident and I’ve never forgotten the experience. The omelets were fabulous and could feed an army – it was the first time I had fries included IN my breakfast! The atmosphere was so uplifting I left there wishing I was a NOLA local!
    Just wanting to pass along on this, the eve of Hurricane Gustav that I am praying it passes you all by and you all remain safe and out of harms way.
    Thinking of you and praying for you in Philly, PA

  10. Galatoire’s, Acme Oyster Bar, and Camellia Grill were my trinity when I lived in New Orleans. I lived near Camellia Grill. It was my kitchen. I have a Galatoire’s and an Acme in Baton Rouge, but no Camellia Grill. Oh woo!

  11. The food at Camellia Grill is indeed great … it is too bad that the prices are so high that most of us locals consider it a rip-off for breakfast

  12. Didn’t see an answer about the Cannibal Burger. Camellia Grill was my college mainstay, next to $1.49 Steakhouse and Good Lickin’ Ice Cream.

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