921 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
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Davenport Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans

Neighborhoods: Central Business District
Cuisine: Afternoon Tea, Creole, Louisiana cuisine

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Chic Sophistication & Sultry Jazz!

Being extremely familiar with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel New Orleans, my husband and I continue to patronize this establishment when sojourning through the Big Easy. The Davenport Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans Hotel delights with its sophisticated ambiance and upscale surroundings during the daytime, while on scheduled evenings, the lights are turned low and the jazzy sounds of popular crooners entertain the masses with their witty versions of time honored favorites and original compositions.

We have enjoyed the vocals and talent of several headlining performers in the lobby lounge at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans over the years. And we received no less when we revisited this sultry inviting environment recently. Jeremy Davenport, who the lounge is named for, presents his memorable intonations and intimate renditions of classics and original tunes Thursday through Saturday beneath the allure of reds and blues lighting the stage, while Gerald French entertains the crowd every Wednesday evening. The lounge is also well-known for its Afternoon Tea service, which we have enjoyed numerous times on past stays.

Ever savor the light flavors, yet highly potent contents of a Blonde Hurricane? Well, you can at the Davenport Lounge! We savored every last drop of this concoction made with Old New Orleans Crystal Rum, Luxardo, Vino Blanco, and pineapple and apple juices. Shaken over ice and served in a tall footed beverage glass, this chilly libation was then garnished with rum-soaked cherries perfectly aligned on a clear Fleur De Lis cocktail pick across the top of the glass. Craving more? Then opt for the Just Ask Jimi liquid temptation crafted with Ruby Red Grapefruit, Hendrick’s Gin, St. Germaine and Ginger Ale. Bubbly and refreshing, this particular offering resonated well with my taste for a great cocktail. The evening continued on and we enjoyed rum cocktails, Grey Goose Pear martinis, and house made snacks in addition.

We continued our journey across the pages of the Davenport Lounge menu by next ordering the Redfish Tacos, which not only sounded delicious, but satisfied our curiosity once we sank our teeth into these grilled soft tortilla encased pockets of savory flavor. Vibrant colors and a succulent combination of tastes proved superlative by the mirliton slaw, chipotle aioli, bright bell pepper strips and tender sautéed chunks of fresh Red Fish. This menu selection was served with a side salad large enough to share with a second diner, so be prepared for a filling, somewhat guilt-free flavor experience.

Another memorable item we devoured quickly were the Jambalaya Fritters. (Think jambalaya with a crunch!) A culmination of such ingredients as seasoned sausage, bell pepper, tomatoes, tender beans, celery, Creole seasoning, and much more formed into orbs, and quickly flash fried in a crispy coating. Top all of that off with a heaping dollop of chipotle aioli, and you’ve got yourself something extra special to indulge in.

Elegant appointments of rich hues and lavish furnishings, chic décor, and a dignified ambiance will surround you at Davenport Lounge. Newly updated menu items will leave you satisfied, while the entire experience will give you no choice but to return again very soon.

ESTABLISHMENT / DECOR: The Davenport Lounge is set within a comforting and relaxing lobby complete with a full bar. Skilled mixologists shake up favorite classics as well as signature features sure to please. Classic upholstered wing-backed armchairs, soft inviting sofas, and multiple coves and nooks provide intimate spaces to watch the entertainment, enjoy libations and flavorsome bites, and spend quality time with those you care most about in the upscale surroundings.

◾FOOD / DRINK: Contemporary upgrades on traditional Creole favorites, fresh salad accompaniments, memorable flavors, and a nice selection to choose from.

◾LOCATION: Davenport Lounge is conveniently situated in the main lobby of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel New Orleans at 921 Canal Street in New Orleans, LA 70112 in the Central Business District.

◾HOURS: The Lounge is available Sunday through Thursdays from 11:00 AM until Midnight, and on Fridays and Sundays from 11:00 AM until 1:00 AM.

◾SERVICE / STAFF: Sufficient staff provides reasonable service in the lounge to accommodate patronizing guests.

◾PRICE / VALUE: Quality ingredients demand worthy pricing for the items at Davenport Lounge. But all are well worth the splurge, as we found on our most recent visit.

◾CORKAGE FEE: $35 per 750 mL bottle

◾CONTACT INFO: Phone: (504) 670-2828, Website: www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/NewOrleans/Dining/DavenportLounge

◾PARKING: Street parking is available nearby, but don’t forget the convenience of valet service at the main entrance into the property. Valet tickets may be validated with purchase in the lounge.

◾PRICING: The Blonde Hurricanes were priced at $12, while the Just Ask Jimi libations came in at a fair $14. The rum cocktails were presented for $10, and the Grey Goose Pear Martinis arrived at $12 each. The Redfish Tacos were offered at $20, while the Jambalaya Fritters were acceptably priced at $11.

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