160 Years


Tujague’s, New Orleans’ second oldest dining institution, the birthplace of brunch and home to the oldest stand-up bar in America, is celebrating its 160th anniversary.  In honor of this significant milestone, the French Quarter restaurant will host a series of events and promotions throughout the year, designed to thank the community and patrons who have made the restaurant a culinary landmark in the Crescent City.

According to proprietor Mark Latter, “It’s truly amazing to have a 160th birthday and it couldn’t have happened without our loyal customers and visitors from near and far who have walked through our doors for over a century and a half.  We’ve got a lot of fun things planned this year and hope everyone will join in the festivities.”

As one could imagine, the Tujague’s story is steeped in foodie lore – replete with ghost stories, butchers’ tales and presidential visits. When the restaurant opened adjacent to New Orleans’ first public market in 1856, local workers came daily to enjoy a mid-day “butcher’s breakfast” now known as the international tradition of brunch.  Trademark dishes from the earliest days included Spicy Shrimp Remoulade and Boiled Beef Brisket, and later the famed Chicken Bonne Femme.  Cocktails are equally important to Tujague’s history; both the Grasshopper and Whiskey Punch were created behind the stand-up bar – the oldest in America. The guest book at Tujague’s has included Presidents – Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower and France’s De Gaulle – as well as such notables as Cole Porter, O. Henry, Diane Sawyer, Don Johnson, Harrison Ford, Margot Kidder, Dan Akroyd, Ty Cobb, John D. Rockefeller and many others.

Kicking things off May 1st, Tujague’s will offer an $18.56 three-course prix fixe lunch, a tip of the hat to the year its doors first opened.  Available Monday – Friday, diners can choose from a selection of starters including a bowl of hearty seafood gumbo and an oyster wedge – fried oysters, bleu cheese, red onion, cherry tomatoes, bacon, and herbs with a sweet onion-buttermilk dressing.  Entrée options include seafood courtbouillion – Gulf fish, oysters and shrimp cooked in a creole tomato broth and served over rice; a petit filet mignon topped with garlic confit and served with potatoes and vegetables; and choice of shrimp, oyster or soft shell crab BLT po-boy with house made potato chips. The meal ends on a sweet note, with a traditional bread pudding.  Guests can accompany their lunch with $3 house wines-by-the-glass, well cocktails, bloody marys or mimosas.



Share a selfie or post a pic of your food /drink on social media with #tujages160, and you’ll be entered to win two seats at our monthly celebratory Guest Chef Dinners. We’re giving away free lunches, too!



May 21 – Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFAB) Exhibit Opens

June 2Guest Chef Dinner Series: Chef Stephen Stryjewski

July 14 – Guest Chef Dinner Series: Chefs Isaac Toups, Alex Harrell and Marcus Woodham Bourbon Dinner

July 24Drag Queen Brunch

August 25 – Guest Chef Dinner Series: John Besh

Additional event dates coming soon!



A Legendary New Orleans Restaurant, 160 Years in the Making

The Southern Agenda: August/September 2016 – Garden & Gun

Toast to Tujague’s – Garden & Gun

Tujague’s – Oldest Stand-Up Bar in America Turns 160 Years Old – Chilled

Three Courses, Four Drag Queens: Tujague’s to Host Drag Queen Brunch Sunday, July 24th – New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau

Drag Queen Brunch At Tujague’s To Benefit NO/AIDS Task Force’s ‘Food For Friends’ – Biz NO

Tujague’s Continues Celebrating Their 160 Years with Another Guest Chef Dinner – Where Y’at

Steppin’ Out – WYES

Restaurant news for Tujague’s, Carrollton Market, Josephine Estelle – Gambit

One dinner, three chefs at Tujague’s: chefs from Toups’ Meatery, Angeline co-host bourbon dinner at historic restaurant – The New Orleans Advocate

Tujague’s 160TH Anniversary Guest Chef Dinner Series – New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau

Tujague’s 160TH Anniversary Guest Chef Dinner Series – neworleanslocal.com

15 Summer Dining Deals at New Orleans Restaurants – nola.com

Tujague’s Celebrates 160 Years! – Where Y’at

Timeless Treasures – Louisiana Cookin’

Where Y’Eat: Toasting the Past and Future at Tujague’s – WWNO 

Tujague’s Unveils New Exhibit at SoFab Museum – Where Y’at

Tujague’s 160th Anniversary Guest Chef Dinner Series: Chef Stephen Stryjewski – Edible New Orleans

New Orleans’ Tujague’s Restaurant Celebrates 160 Year Anniversary – The Daily Meal

Tujague’s Exhibit Hits SoFAB; Compere Lapin Turns 1 – Eater

Chef Stephen Stryjewski to Kick Off Tujague’s 160th Anniversary Guest Chef Dinner Series – WWOZ

Stephen Stryjewski to Kick Off Tujague’s Anniversary Dinner Series – LocalWineEvents.com

A Tale of Two Kitchens – Garden & Gun

Tujague’s Kicks Off Guest Chef Series With Link Restaurant Group’s Stryjewski – Biz NO

Tujague’s: 160 Years of Tradition – The New Orleans Advocate

Tujague’s Celebrates 160 Years – WGNO

Is Tujague’s ‘America’s oldest neighborhood restaurant?’ Sizing up the 160-year-old landmark – The New Orleans Advocate

Southern Food & Beverage Museum Unveils ‘Tujague’s: 160 Years of Tradition’ May 21 – Biz NO

SoFAB opening Tujague’s exhibit May 21, with photos, memorabilia – nola.com

Brunch With O. Henry – Deep South Magazine

Eggs Decatur – Deep South Magazine

Madame Begue’s Eggplant with Rice and Ham – Deep South Magazine

Tujague’s restaurant’s $18.56 lunch, gives a nod to its opening 160 years ago – nola.com

Tujague’s celebrates 160 years

New Orleans’ Second Oldest Dining Institution Tujague’s Restaurant Celebrates 160 Years – Biz NO