Le Foret is a contemporary New Orleans restaurant offering a menu featuring strong French technique and seasonal flavors. The food and the service work in tandem to bring a unique New Orleans sensibility to the tradition of haute cuisine. Housed in a newly renovated, historic Central Business District building, Le Foret makes you feel relaxed in a truly indulgent setting.
A meal here is designed to live up to the expectations of a celebratory event or to just add something special to an otherwise ordinary week day. In every dish, you'll discover Southern inspiration elevated with expert execution. In every visit, we hope you'll see an old friend or meet a new one — and leave with a meal you'll remember for years to come.
A native of the South, Certified Master Chef Jimmy Corwell has worked in France, Germany, Southeast Asia, Atlanta, New York City, San Francisco and California's Napa Valley over the course of his distinguished culinary career during the last 30 years. He has scored numerous achievements in the culinary world: a Finalist in the National Olympic Team Silver/Bronze in 1998. In 2004, Corwell became an ACF Certified Master Chef. Corwell also spent four years at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, one of Napa Valley's premier destination points, as lead instructor and executive chef at Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant. There, he garnered accolades from the 2006 Aspen Food and Wine Festival.
The menus he designs and executes for Le Foret draw on all of his experiences around the world and in the kitchen including his degree from the Culinary Institute of America. His mastery of technique, endless creativity, and eye for ingredients in their prime comes across in every dish at Le Foret.
Danny Millan brings more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry to his role as partner and general manager of Le Foret. He has worked for some of New Orleans most venerable institutions such as Jimmy Moran's, Restaurant Henri, Sazerac, Brennan's, Emeril's and Restaurant August.
In 2007, Danny Millan was listed in Saveur Magazine's "100 List" for his accomplishments in the culinary industry. In 2010, Danny completed a thorough training regimen at elBulli, long considered one of the world's finest restaurants and "the most imaginative generator of haute cuisine on the planet" by The Guardian newspaper. Danny's involvement in Le Foret goes back to the very inception of the restaurant and choice of location.
Fresh, seasonal ingredients shape much of the menu at Le Foret. Brandon Felder understands the crucial timing of getting an ingredient at its absolute peak and then knows how to execute a dish that brings out its best flavor. This commitment to freshness and seasonality results in an ever-changing menu of delightful dishes. We care so much about the when and why of every dish, and we know that you'll be able to taste the difference.
Jay Ducote talks shop with Chef Brandon Felder on the Bite and Booze Radio Show."
— Jay Ducote ; Bite & Booze
Geoff Worden gives a lovely write up about Le Foret in Propaganda New Orleans."
— Geoff Worden ; Propaganda New Orleans/NOLA Eats
Chef Brandon Felder discusses hybrid fruits in the new issue of the National Culinary Review "
— Rob Benes ; National Culinary Review July/August 2014
Find us on Gambit's Summer Restaurant Guide of 2014
— Gambit New Orleans, Summer Restaurant Guide 2014
"You know you're in the presence of people who care about your happiness."
— New Orleans Magazine; Best New Restaurant 2010
"Its beautiful dining room, spectacular presentations and service, and an impressive and growing wine cellar gladden the soul of those of us who enjoy dining in the grand style."
— Tom Fitzmorris, Restaurant Writer
"(Le Foret) has taken its place as one of the most revered and respected dining spots in town." — Brenda Maitland; Country Roads Magazine
Best New Restaurant 2010: "Fine dining restaurants topped the list of new favorites, with the elegant Le Foret besting the competition."
— Gambit New Orleans, Best of 2010
20 Restaurants for Right Now: "The cooking is clear-headed, balanced, and light, nodding in a new direction for the city's restaurants"
— Virtuoso Life Magazine, September/October 2010
We advise that you make reservations before joining us for dinner; however we do accept walk-ins and will do our best to serve you in one of our multiple floors of dining rooms.
Please call us at (504) 553-6738 or reserve online below.
The four floors of Le Foret allow us to hold events on a grand scale or a very intimate one. Our second and third floors are perfect for larger parties. The second floor allows access to small balconies surrounding the building, while the third floor space is marked by handsome Cypress ceiling beams. Our fourth floor Penthouse and Terrace are ideal for dinner parties and cocktail parties, which give guests the chance to dine or have cocktails outdoors with a wonderful view of downtown New Orleans.
With our private events, we pride ourselves in delivering food as delicious and service as expert as in our main dining room. The chef will gladly work on a special menu for your event that meets your specific needs.
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Le Foret is quite easy to find. We're located just one block from Canal Street on the corner of Camp and Common. In the heart of the Central Business District and just steps from the French Quarter, our downtown setting puts you within reach of New Orleans' major hotels and a wealth of places for after-dinner entertainment.