Welcome to Rip Van Winkle Gardens

This is some of the most beautiful property with a very interesting history. I would highly recommend anyone visiting the area to check this place out.

Lauren - San Jose CA

Daily Tours

General Admission

  • Adults $1o
  • Children and Senior Citizens $8
  • Military Discount

Group Rates (20+)

  • Adults $8
  • Children and Senior Citizens $6

Tours begin on the hour starting at 9am seven days a week.The Last tour begins a 4pm.

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Café Jefferson

Its glassed-in porch, nestled in a grove of a dozen ancient live oaks, offers a breath-taking view of the gardens and Lake Peigneur.  The Cafe' is open 7 days a week from 11am to 2:30pm week days and 11am to 3pm on weekends year round.  Closed on major holidays

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

 

  

         CAFE JEFFERSON MENU

                                                                                                                                                                                         SALADS:                

 

SIDE SALAD                                                                                                                                   $4

ROMAINE LETTUCE, TOMATOES, CUCUMBER, BACON BITS AND CROUTONS

 

CHEF'S SALAD                                                                                                            $9

A PLATE FULL OF HAM, TURKEY, EGG, AND AMERICAN CHEESE, SERVED ON A BED OF ROMAINE, TOMATOES, CUCUMBER AND BLACK OLIVES

 

CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD                                                                                        $10

MARINATED, FLAVORFUL GRILLED CHICKEN, ON A BED OF ROMAINE WITH TOMATOES, CROUTONS  AND PARMESAN CHEESE

 

JEAN LAFITTE SALAD                                                                                                            $13

                                                                                    SUBSTITUTE SHRIMP                                  $15                                                                    

ROMAINE LETTUCE TOPPED WITH OUR OWN MARINATED CHICKEN, BLACK OLIVES, CUCUMBERS, TOMATOES, FETA CHEESE, BACON BITS AND PURPLE ONION

 

SHRIMP REMOULADE                                                                                                                $14

MELT IN YOUR MOUTH JUMBO SHRIMP COATED WITH A HOMEMADE SPICY CREOLE HORSERADISH SAUCE ON ROMAINE LETTUCE WITH A BOILED EGG & TOMATO

 

SANDWICHES & POBOYS:

CLUB SANDWICH                                                                                                                        $10

HAM, TURKEY, BACON, AMERICAN CHEESE OR SWISS CHEESE, LETTUCE, TOMATO AND MAYONNAISE

 

LOCO TURKEY                                                                                                                                     $9                

TURKEY & JALAPENO CHEESE DRESSED WITH LETTUCE, TOMATO, MAYONNAISE & CHIPOTLE MUSTARD

 

BOSTON HAM MELT                                                                                                                           $9

HAM, LETTUCE, SLICIED TOMATO AND  MELTED MOZZARELLA CHEESE 

 

ROAST BEEF POBOY                                                                                                                           $9

GENEROUS PORTIONS OF SHAVED ROAST BEEF DRESSED WITH MAYONNAISE, MUSTARD, LETTUCE AND TOMATO

 

BLT                                                                                                                                  $6

BACON, LETTUCE & TOMATO SERVED ON TOASTED WHITE OR WHEAT BREAD WITH MAYONNAISE

 

ITALIAN MUFFULETTA                                                         WHOLE  $16       HALF $8       QTR. $5

HAM, SALAMI, PROVOLONE, SWISS CHEESE AND OLIVE SALAD      

 

PASTRAMI AND SWISS SANDWICH                                                                  $9

PASTRAMI WITH SWISS CHEESE AND CREOLE MUSTARD

                          ADD CAESAR SALAD ON SANDWICH INSTEAD OF LETTUCE FOR $1/EXTRA                                                                       

 

MOZZARELLA AND PESTO SANDWICH                                                                                           $9  FRESH MOZZARELLA WITH TOMATO AND PESTO SERVED ON CIABATTA BREAD

 

SMOKED TURKEY PESTO SANDWICH                                                                                               $9

SMOKED TURKEY WITH FRESH MOZZARELLA AND PESTO ON FOCCACIA BREAD

 

APPLEWOOD BACON TURKEY SANDWICH                                                                                      $9

WHITE OR WHEAT POBOY SERVED WITH APPLEWOOD SMOKED BACON, SMOKED TURKEY AND SMOKED GOUDA WITH MAYONNAISSE

 

CHILI DOG                                                                                                                                         $9

HEARTY BEEF FRANK WITH HOMEMADE CHILI ON A FRENCH BUN

 

ENTREES:

WEEZIES CHICKEN & SAUSAGE GUMBO                                             CUP    $8           BOWL     $11

HOMEMADE, BONELESS CHICKEN, SMOKED SAUSAGE, FRESH PORK SAUSAGE, ANDOUILLE & TASSO.  SERVED WITH RICE ON THE SIDE

 

SEAFOOD GUMBO                                                                                      CUP    $9           BOWL     $13              

HOMEMADE WITH LARGE SHRIMP, LOUISIANA CRAWFISH  AND CRABMEAT SERVED WITH RICE ON THE SIDE

 

SEAFOOD CREAM BISQUE             SEASONAL PRICE                         CUP    $11         BOWL     $21        

HOMEMADE WITH LOUISIANA CRAWFISH, LUMP CRABMEAT AND  LARGE SHRIMP SERVED WITH FRESH ROLL

 

CRAWFISH CARDINALE   (IN SEASON)                                                                                            $10

HOMEMADE CREAM SOUP WITH LOUISIANA CRAWFISH, MUSHROOMS AND FINE COGNAC  

 

CRAWFISH ETOUFFEE                                                                              SEASONAL PRICE           $20                                             

HOMEMADE BLUE RIBBON ETOUFFEE WITH LOUISIANA CRAWFISH  (IN SEASON)

SERVED WITH CAESAR SALAD

 

CRABMEAT AU GRATIN                                                                           SEASONAL PRICE          $21

JUMBO CHUNKS OF CRABMEAT IN A CREAMY SAUCE AU GRATIN    "TO DIE FOR..." SERVED WITH CAESAR SALAD

 

SEAFOOD HEAVEN                                                                                    SEASONAL PRICE          $20

CREAMY BASIL SAUCE CHOCKFUL OF JUMBO SHRIMP, CRABMEAT CHUNKS AND CRAWFISH OVER ANGEL HAIR PASTA, SERVED WITH A CAESAR SALAD.

 

LASAGNA                                                                                                                                          $14

A HEARTY BLEND OF MOZZARELLA, PROVOLONE, PARMESAN AND RICOTTA CHEESES IN A HOMEMADE FLAVORFUL, SLOW COOKED MEAT SAUCE.  SERVED WITH A CAESAR SALAD

 

RIP'S HOMEMADE CHILI                                                                                                                      $9                        

A BOWL OF SOUTHERN STYLE SPICY CHILI WITH ROASTED RED PEPPERS, BEANS AND ASSORTED SPICES.  SERVED WITH  A CAESAR SALAD.

 

SPAGHETTI WITH MEAT SAUCE                                                                                     $11

DELICIOUS SPAGHETTI SAUCE OVER TENDER ANGEL HAIR  PASTA.  SERVED WITH A CAESAR SALAD               

 

CHICKEN SAUCE PIQUANT                                                                                             $14

LEG QUARTER WITH SPICY RED SAUCE, TASSO AND ANDOUILLE, SUNDRIED TOMATOES, ROASTED PEPPERS AND VEGATABLE MIREPOIX.  SERVED WITH A CAESAR SALAD

 

EGGPLANT MICHELLE                                                                                                         $14                                                          

CASSEROLE MADE WITH EGGPLANT, SHRIMP, CRAB, OYSTERS AND MUSHROOMS SERVED WITH A CAESAR SALAD.

                                        DECADENT DESSERTS:

 

                         APPLE  BLOSSOM                                             $5

 

                         APPLE BLOSSOM A LA MODE                      $6

 

                         BOURBON PECAN PIE                                     $5

 

                         KEY LIME PIE                                                    $6

                             TART AND TASTY, CITRUSY AND SWEET!

 

                        CRÈME BRULEE CHEESE CAKE                     $5

 

                        CHOCOLATE MOLTEN LAVA CAKE                 $6                                                            

 

                        CHOCOLATE MOUSSE WITH A KICK                                                                     **HOMEMADE**                                               $6  

                            DARK CHOCOLATE MOUSSE MADE WITH

                            KAHLUA LIQUER AND TOPPED WITH WHIPPED                

                            CREAM, CHOCOLATE SHAVINGS AND                     

                            RASBERRY DRIZZLE                                                                                                                                                                                     

       

                       WHITE CHOCOLATE BREAD PUDDING                                                

                        **HOMEMADE**                                                $6

                            SERVED WARM W/ WHITE CHOCOLATE SAUCE        

                            & RASBERRY SAUCE WITH CHOCOLATE            

                            SHAVINGS

 

                       HOMEMADE MEXICAN FLAN                           

                       **HOMEMADE**                                             $5            

 

                      LEMON ICEBOX PIE  

                       **HOMEMADE**                                           $7

 

                      TIRAMISU                                                              $5

**CHECK WITH WAITRESS FOR AVAILABLITY OF HOMEMADE DESSERTS**

the view from inside is simply  beautiful!!!




 


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