Cafe Maspero's History

Cafe Maspero's History - History

Cafe Maspero has been one the French Quarter’s tastier landmarks for over 40 years. Established in 1971, it originally occupied the historic Old Slave Exchange building which dates back to 1788. Many historical events occurred at the Old Slave Exchange including Andrew Jackson’s plotting of the Battle of New Orleans. Locals and travelers alike were attracted to the history of the building but ultimately, it was the food that kept them coming back for more.

Café Maspero moved to its current location at 601 Decatur knowing that the historic ingredient wasn’t the main ingredient but it was the quality food and fair prices that really shot Café Maspero into the public eye. Meaty sandwiches, piled high seafood platters, and signature New Orleans Cajun cooking bring in a diverse mix of patrons ranging from across the world to New Orleanians right in our backyard. Café Maspero was one of the first, and still is one of the most enjoyed and recognized restaurants in the French Quarter. So follow the beat of New Orleans right on over to Café Maspero and enjoy an age old French Quarter dining experience.

My friend and I took 6 of our boys, 11-18, to eat at Cafe Maspero. Everything from the shrimp poboy to the turkey sandwich was delicious! But the calamari was the best! My 11yr. old who doesn't like seafood even ate a ton!

The manager came over to check on us and gave us the story of the restaurant! She was super nice and a fabulous story teller! I loved hearing how the painting on the wall was payment for a debt and that the bar in the restaurant had been moved over by hand from the old location!

I will go back every trip to New Orleans from now on!

- W.G. 8/17/2016, Trip Advisor

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