529 Main St, Covington, KY | Directions 4101139.084346 -84.517517
Mon. - Thu., Sun. 5pm - 10pm;Fri. - Sat. 5pm - 11pm
Good Food But Bad Hostess – I made a reservation two weeks in advanced for 7pm and requested a table by the window which they arranged. My wife and I arrived 10 minutes early and no seats, which was OK. A seat at the window came open. After about a 5minute wait I asked the hostess if that was our table and she said no it was for a couple where the boyfriend was going to propose to. She said it was last minute and thought it was sweet so they made plans to give them the reservation. I then asked how long do you think it will be before another table near window will be open and I don't know but we can put on the list for a regular table. I then got a little angry and said I made this reservation two weeks ago and a table by the window was guarnteed. Now if we want a seat we have to wait. She said we got hit at the last moment by a large crowd. I said that doesn't matterand that's not the point. This whole time she kept smiling,whcih I viewd as a smart- aleck a--hole look. A table was availbae but by the restrooms and you knew the restrooms where there. Anyway the waitress was nice and very good and the food was very good. The hostess (she's still there) sucked and was trying to make herslef look young. She looked late 60's but maybe younger and just looks rough around the edges. I never got a call from the manager or owner.
Jazz and great food! – This place is always great. The bartender even remembered what i drank. I couldn't even remember his name... Oh, well. don't be mad at me bartender dude! Anyway, I got the Dee steak. Wow! Big ass filet on a shrimp cream sauce. Dang! And the wife got a salad with chicken and feta and stuff, but the grilled red onions were so good, I asked if I could get some on mine! Big doings! I thought the band was going to blow me away (loud), but they blew be away the good way. I love that setup: band up on a stage behind the bar, like this one place down in NOLA. I'll be there from now on. Ask for Lonnie.
Less than expected – I'm a big fan of cajun food so my girlfriend and I decided to check out Dee Felice while we were in town. I did like the atmosphere and enjoyed the jazz band that was there that night but frankly was disappointed with the food. We opted for two very traditional Cajun dishes, the Jambalaya and the Crawfish Etoufee. Other than the cayenne pepper both were very bland and were served with either too much rice or not enough entree depending on how you want to look at it. The best part of the meal was the appetizer, calmari with cajun seasoning. The experience over all was just ok and I certainly expected more authentic, better quality food for the price.
Very Disappointing-Not even close to good NOLA food – My wife and I were in Cincinnati for Valentine's weekend,and for our second night out decided to go to Dee Felice. It was recommended to me by a sales rep that I see in my office who lives in Cincinnati.
To give it a true trial as to how authentic New Orleans the food is, we decided to try three things that are typical New Orleans-Gumbo,Causar Salad, Jambalaya, and Crawfish Etoufee. Hving been to NOLA several times I have a pretty good idea of what "authentic" Cajun/Creole food is. This place is a true imposter.
The Gumbo was extremely heavily tomato-based-not a bit of roux to it. It did contain okra as the thickening agent-yet it was listed as "File Gumbo". It contained some good sized pieces of sausage, was a bit too spicy for what good gumbo should be, and fee far short of what I expected.
The Caesar salad was average-this was the highlightof the meal. Fresh lettuce, but a typical bottled Caesar dressing, and bland parmesan cheese.
The Crawfish etoufee did have fresh, sweet tasting crawfish, albeit very small ones. Now, a good etoufee will be served over rice and the etoufee (meaning "smothered") smothers the rice. The onion, green pepper and celery should be cooked down quite a bit in a moderate roux, and somewhat thick. What I had was large pieces of onion, celery, green pepper, & TOMATO(?) in a thin, runny, tasteless liquid over rice. Not at all like a good, hearty etoufee should be.
The Jambalya was way too heavy in a tomato sauce, not at all typical of jambalaya. Large chunks of onion, a smoked sausage (not andouille), drowned in tomato sauce. Not even close.
It makes me wonder how this place could be in existence for so long and not have a clue of how wonderful true New Orleans cooking really is. They need to send the chef on a field trip or get a new one.
Bottom line-if you've been to NOLA, don't go here expecting good food. If you've never been to NOLA, eat here, then go to NOLA and see how it should be done.
The locals must know something! – My wife and I live in Lexington, KY. Our friend lives in Phoeniz, but was visiting family in Columbus. We met half-way at Dee Felice in Covington. The reviews that you see here that are less than stellar? Make note. The restaurant is less than stellar.
First- credit where it is due: our waitress was a gem. Our friend was 30 minutes late. The waitress was very much more than patient. The mimosas were made with Korbel (not bad).
The restaurant was not busy- room inside for 100 people. Four were dining. Outside, room for 28. 6 were dining. All other restaurants on this beautiful Autumn day were swamped.
The salads- appeared to have been made the night before and left in the chiller uncovered. The greens, carrots, onions, were slightly brown and wilted. No tomato. No croutons. No bread. No butter.
The iced tea tasted as though it were instant. Awful.
The Poorboy was poor. While the oysters were brilliantly prepared in an amazing breading, some of the "advertised" items were missing: no pickle! The portabella mushroom "burger" was very undercooked (our friend complained that the mushroom was not even warm).
Sunday brunch for two with one drink each was over $40. Not at all worth it. Maybe it's better when the live band plays the tiny stage behind the bar (you should see this to believe), but for Sunday brunch- it's not worth it.
great food and a fun bar you can dine at – we visit this restaurant whenever we are in town. 2-3 times a year for the last 10 years. we love it. the food is usually great, friendly and helpful bartenders and good service. it's a great place to kick back and listen to some good music while sharing some gumbo, ettoufe, cajun chicken ( a favorite of mine, spicy hot and juicy with a great sauce) good beef dishes (tournedos and marsala--yum!) or just an assortment of appetizers. Love that they have greens as a side, very tasty. I always look forward to going to the Dee Felice cafe. I say ---try it!
Perfect Pork Chops and Atmosphere!! – Went to Dee Felice Feb 17, 2008 before a Babyface concert at the Madison Theatre so this would be a great place to eat in regards to the concert location. I ordered the Tilapia (the special for the day) and my Fiance' ordered the Pork Chop with Apples and Sweet potato strips...
I live in Dayton and will be driving back for the Pork Chops!! They were the BEST Pork Chops in Dayton or Cincy - delicious with a great sweet but not too sweet sauce!! The waitress pointed us to the Chops so since my Fiance' ordered the Chops I went a different direction for variety to get the Tilapia which was very bland with not much taste at all. The jazz band was mellow and great. They didn't over power you with the music, a candle on eat table as well as table cloths and linen napkins. I will be returning soon for the Pork Chops, atmosphere and the jazz but not the Tilapia!! Great place!!!!
No Flavor...aweful food!!!!!!! – My husband and I found this place very disappointing. The appitizer of Ravioli was very good and flavorful, but everything else was aweful. I ordered the blackend Chicken. The first time it came out it was so burnt I could barely cut it and only tasted the burnt flavor. The second time it was juice but boring. I thought blackend was spicely, but I didn't taste any spice, and the rice it came with had no flavor... the peas were the best part of the dish, and all they were were peas. My husband had the blackend scallops which had slightly more flavor but still were not spice. The pasta it came with also had slightly more flavor then the rice I had, but over all it was all still boring. The band over the bar was nice, but after getting use to smoke free ohio, the smoke from the bar was very noticable. I would not recommend this resturant to anyone and we were shocked they are still in business.
One of my all time favorites... – I happen to love the fact that there's a lound Dixieland band almost every night - it adds to the fun and romance. There are plenty of breaks when you can chat with your dinner date or companions. Also, the food is wonderful. I almost always get the same things and here are my favorites: Portabello mushroom appetizer, Ricardo's Ravioli, Escargot (the best in the city), Calamari (occasionally overcooked but usually excellent), Fried Oysters, Dee's Filet, Halibut Forte, Blackened Halibut, Blackened NY Strip, Crawfish Etoufee, and for dessert, Boule de Neige! I always get greens as my side because I love them. Their baked potatoes are nothing to write home about so go for red beans and rice instead. Salads are simple but good, especially with the house Creole mustard dressing. Cocktails are generous and reasonably priced. The wine list could be better.
The lighting is right, the food is great and the music might inspire you to dance. – The Scene
How can a restaurant with a live band in the dining room rank high for romantic dining? Somehow, it works. (Though Dee Felice is better for conversation during the week when jazz trios play and it's not as crowded.) The back dining rooms are always a good bet, however, and on Fridays and Saturdays the Sleep Cat Band's Dixieland music will transport you down South for the night.
Cajun and Creole food is the specialty, although many other good choices are offered. For starters, try Escargot Mario--artichoke hearts and snails in lobster butter topped with parmesan cheese--or frog legs Provencale, sauteed in brandy with garlic, tomatoes and fresh mushrooms. Oysters Rockefeller is another favorite. For entrees, halibut, chicken, filet mignon, scallops and pork chops are all offered blackened. A highly recommended off-the-menu choice is the halibut forte, sauteed in lobster butter with shrimp, ordered with blackened seasoning. Cajun and Creole specialties include spicy jambalaya, shrimp Creole, crawfish etouffe and Cajun chicken. For dessert, try bol de neige, five types of chocolate in a brownie surrounded in a snowball of fresh sweetened whipped cream.
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