In March of 2013, The Hotel Modern became home to Tivoli & Lee, a Southern Bistro. Hotel guests are able to enjoy the menu through Room Service for breakfast starting at 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., and dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Before the most iconic roundabout in the South was home to General Robert E. Lee, it surprisingly featured a spinning carousel and was known to the world as Tivoli Circle. These two disparate icons – a southern war hero and a playful carousel horse – inspired the namesake for the fresh, new restaurant concept at the Hotel Modern, Tivoli & Lee.
The restaurant, a neighborhood-focused, farm-to-table bistro, puts a heavy emphasis on sourcing only the freshest, local ingredients from local purveyors.
Tivoli & Lee has a bright, airy room with broad picture window views of the Circle. Shortly after the opening of the restaurant, a sidewalk café was brought online, offering al fresco dining on the circle.
The kitchen at Tivoli & Lee is under the direction of new talent Chef Mike Nirenberg, who previously trained under Chef Aaron Burgau at Restaurant Patois and then went on to lead the kitchen at Oak in Uptown New Orleans. The menu features bar snacks and small plates, like deviled eggs with remoulade and Mississippi lamb meatballs, fresh salads and innovative entrees like house-made ricotta gnocchi with kale and cremini.
Tivoli & Lee’s dining room seats 70 guests and is open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner and also features an innovative and lively weekend brunch. Tivoli & Lee’s bar is helmed by famed cocktail maven Kimberly Patton Bragg and includes a cocktail list featuring her special concoctions.