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Herbsaint

New American Restaurant and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Central Business District, New Orleans
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  • Eater
    EaterMarch 16, 2016
    Like New Orleans itself, the kitchen (under daily direction from chef de cuisine Rebecca Wilcomb) borrows from a grab bag of cultures and somehow arrives at an elegant crossroad. Read more
    Upvoted May 3
  • Keith K.
    Keith KerrMarch 17, 2016
    New American cuisine in a classic atmosphere. Great service and dishes that are a combination of local flavored and French techniques. Nominated for a Janes Beard award. Try the fresh fish selection.
  • Wilson F.
    Like an old French brasserie but with a NOLA twist. Food absolutely delicious, from the rich, smokey gumbo to the magnificent reinvented spaghetti alla carbonara (📷). Not cheap but worth every cent.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • TripExpert
    TripExpertMay 28, 2015
    A tip from Lonely Planet, one of of reviewers: "This may cause a riot, but Herbsaint’s duck and andouille gumbo might be the best restaurant gumbo in town." -On TripExpert Read more
    Upvoted May 3
  • Brendan R.
    Brendan RastetterAugust 15, 2014
    Order the gumbo of the day (whatever it may be), housemade spaghetti w/ guanciale & fried poached egg, the amazing Muscovy duck leg confit and the banana brown butter tart for dessert. Flawless menu!
    Upvoted May 3
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 2, 2016
    This is a fantastic play on carbonara. It's one of those instances where a chef not only changes a dish, but evolves it into something greater. Just wait 'til you crack open that egg. Read more
    Upvoted May 3
  • Traci S.
    Traci SchuhNovember 11, 2016
    A must stop when in NOLA! Confit is amazing if baby Brussels Sprouts are on the menu, be smart and order them, more addictive than the best potato chip or salty snack you have ever had in your mouth!
  • Holiday
    HolidayDecember 16, 2016
    Gumbo, a must for tourist. That smokiness is unreal. Had the decadent duck led confit and was delighted. Dessert Vietnamese coffee with flourless cake.
    Upvoted May 3
  • Dave S.
    Dave SawyerMarch 8, 2015
    Attire is smart casual. Don't anticipate the fanciest presentation, but you can expect crazy delicious food, with some of the best desserts in town.
  • Nikki N.
    Nikki NickersonJune 6, 2012
    We had a lovely decadent lunch and hated to leave. Great wine list by the glass. Incredible dishes that are small so you can try a few. Favorites were the homemade pasta with egg on top.
  • Brad G.
    Brad GrahamNovember 23, 2013
    Donald Link’s flagship restaurant has earned accolades since it opened its doors. Their gumbos and soups are standouts and the fresh salads come decorated with seasonal ingredients.
  • Dave S.
    Dave SawyerMarch 8, 2015
    Pair the chocolate malted mousse dessert with the Old Rasputin Imperial Stout. Nicely complimenting dessert / beer pairing.
  • Cosssette G.
    Cosssette GarciaJuly 26, 2014
    Everything!! The lamb y incredible, The spaguetti With a poached egg, The rabbit entry, ribeye, pork belly
  • Rachel P.
    Rachel PlackeJanuary 2, 2015
    The fish of the day was amazing. Swordfish with cauliflower purée. I wanted seconds. Plus the wine list was great and the music playing was perfect.
  • Igor O.
    Igor OmerbegovicOctober 26, 2012
    Get a table outside on a cool evening and sample as many small plates as you can. Very memorable spot for a casual romantic date. +1 on cocktails as well.
  • Brian E.
    Brian ElizardiAugust 27, 2011
    Schedule a reservation if you don't want to contend with the local business and law crowd. Great for a business lunch or for anyone in from out of town. Along the street car route.
  • Craig O.
    Craig OlsonApril 27, 2013
    Get the spaghetti for a small plate. The house-made pasta really brings it home . Overall, the service is exceptional- the best I've had in NOLA.
  • Linda M.
    Linda MiklowitzJanuary 2, 2013
    Chocolate-pudding cake with house-made cashew ice cream is a nice finish. Big windows on two sides makes it feel like you're sitting outside on St. Charles & Girod.
  • Tami S.
    Tami SimmsNovember 2, 2010
    Unbelievably good food! By popular review, tried the house-made spaghetti w/guinciale & fried-poached egg - awesome! And I can't get over how flavorful the shrimp & pancetta Gideon is! We'll be back!
  • Gwen F.
    Gwen FontenotDecember 19, 2015
    Started with a Mexican firing squad cocktail. Had a nice wine with spaghetti w/guanciale and fried poached egg. Perfect everything thoughtfully prepared.
  • SouthernBeets
    SouthernBeetsJune 22, 2014
    Try the spaghetti starter. It's like spaghetti alla carbonara, but with a fried poached egg. Genius.
  • Medgar W.
    Medgar WilliamsDecember 29, 2015
    Quite possibly our favorite restaurant in New Orleans. We celebrated our second consecutive anniversary evening here. The spaghetti with egg was outstanding.
  • Chris K.
    Chris KridlerJuly 31, 2012
    Loved the delicate, flavorful watermelon gazpacho with crab meat; gnocchi; and decadent pudding cake. The fries with aioli are amazing, too.
  • Gambit New Orleans
    Gambit New OrleansSeptember 6, 2012
    Try Herbsaint's salad featuring burrata with marinated and grilled eggplant and almonds - Gambit's Five in 5. http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambit/five-dishes-with-burrata-cheese/Content?oid=2063643
  • J L.
    J LFebruary 15, 2012
    The pudding cake was the best desert ive ever had in my lifeee. Also the lamb neck was flavorful and tender, cooked to perfection. Thumbs up
  • Cultivora
    CultivoraMay 16, 2012
    If you want for a meal with a major wow factor, this is the place to get it. Try the Louisiana Crab, the Arugula Salad, and the Gnocchi.
  • Kathleen C.
    Kathleen CorlessMay 20, 2016
    The fish of the day was perfectly poached, the flourless chocolate cake was outstanding. Solid wine list and a great G&T.
  • In NYC
    In NYCJune 11, 2016
    Pasta with Italian cured meat and a poached egg!
    Upvoted May 3
  • Annika K.
    Annika K. MartinSeptember 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Shrimp with bacon and corn arancini is a big fave -- ask for the arancini as a side dish even if you choose something else, they are spectacular!
  • Katie C.
    Katie CongletonApril 24, 2016
    We had an amazing meal at Herbsaint! The duck confit with dirty rice is not to be missed
  • Miguel B.
    Miguel BanuelosDecember 29, 2013
    My best item last night: rabbit fricasse with pasta. Full flavor but unique and complex. Not your average pasta dish.
  • Zarrin M.
    Zarrin MDecember 29, 2014
    Try the Gumbo of the Day no matter what it is. Best gumbo ever.
  • Greg P.
    Greg PalmerFebruary 13, 2012
    1: Be sure to have a reservation. 2: On the winter menu, I recommend the gnocchi followed by the lamb neck.
  • Gulfscapes
    GulfscapesAugust 11, 2011
    Try the Louisiana Shrimp and Grits with tasso and okra, and Kurobuta Pork Belly with crispy eggplant and grilled date relish.
  • Derrick A.
    Derrick Ah SamJuly 20, 2013
    The duck leg confit is amazing!
  • Bob M.
    Bob MatsuokaApril 28, 2013
    Try the Lamb Shoulder With Tomato Salad - Incredible. The meat fell off the bone and melted in my mouth.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Justin Devillier, chef of La Petite Grocery, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Housemade spaghetti w/ guanciale & a fried poached egg. Read more
    Upvoted May 3
  • Lenny L.
    Lenny LesserDecember 2, 2012
    If you don't eat meat, ask for the vegetarian platter. It not on the menu.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DermodyAugust 2, 2015
    Get the Spaghetti with fried poached egg. They also have incredible bread and butter.
  • Randi B.
    Randi Bortles-LincolnJanuary 17, 2014
    Best steak in past year! Cooked perfectly. Great bar. Staff extremely knowledgeable and relational!
  • Blauer serious Pro! B.
    The duck? The short ribs? The crab appetizer ? Fantastic foodie experience- try as much as you can!!
  • Rob
    RobFebruary 6, 2015
    Great gumbo... Very reasonable drinks and a solid atmosphere and overall service.
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinFebruary 21, 2013
    try the lamb neck, pork belly, warm chocolate pudding cake, fried poached egg
  • Doug W.
    Doug WellsOctober 14, 2012
    Their house made take on Spaghetti Carbonara (small plate) should not be missed. Amazing!
  • Jordan P.
    Jordan PfeffleJuly 24, 2016
    Butter poached tuna small plate was to die for!
  • Gambit New Orleans
    Gambit New OrleansMay 24, 2012
    At lunch try the fish sandwich, lemon aioli gilds a slab of grilled tuna on olive bread... Read more
  • Molly L.
    Molly LynnMay 12, 2015
    The spaghetti and guanciale with a fried poached egg. You can't go wrong here.
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie RenéeMay 24, 2013
    The catfish entree is phenomenal! Such a classy, low key place to dine.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BarnesJanuary 9, 2015
    Hey the chocolate pudding cake with peanut brittle I've cream!
  • Evan S.
    Evan SamuelsJanuary 3, 2012
    Scrumptious red snapper paella special! Also loved the crab meat small plate.
  • Shashi P.
    Shashi PeruruNovember 29, 2014
    Fried Goat with Curried lentils & rice . Super delicious.
  • Sam K.
    Sam KrasnikMay 20, 2016
    Pork belly, Fish, shishito peppers... Can't really go wrong
  • Gambit New Orleans
    Gambit New OrleansAugust 8, 2011
    Try the watermelon gazpacho with crabmeat...Gambit's Five in 5 http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambit/five-refreshing-watermelon-dishes/Content?oid=1862011
  • Ali M.
    Ali MalekFebruary 3, 2012
    The Short Rib Small Plate and Lamb was fantastic. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Gambit New Orleans
    Gambit New OrleansJuly 5, 2012
    On the lunch menu, there is fried goat salad with cucumbers and goat feta - Gambit's Five in 5 Read more
  • Michael H.
    Michael HarrisOctober 26, 2016
    Best gumbo in New Orleans right now
    Upvoted May 3
  • Pan M.
    Pan MDecember 30, 2012
    The Lamb Neck & Chocolate Pudding Cake were excellent!
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 19
    Nola’s myriad cultures assimilate on Donald Link and Rebecca Wilcomb’s graceful menu. Read more
  • Alex C.
    Alex CrittendenMarch 6, 2013
    The Duck Leg Confit was great and so was the ceviche
  • Tyson G.
    Tyson GachJanuary 5
    A bit stuffy, but overall the food is super great. 👍🏼 gumbo
  • W H.
    W HaynesMarch 26, 2014
    Jumbo shrimp with Tasso-Stewed Collard Greens and Grits...AMAZING!
  • Mike R.
    Mike RaineyFebruary 8, 2010
    The mussels at Herbsaint on ST. Charles in NOLA were very good. Crepe Nanou still has the best though, off Magazine Uptown.
  • Brett W.
    Brett WilliamsJune 23, 2016
    Lamb lasagna was incredible!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 2, 2016
    The fries here are good, really good. Read more
  • Kat W.
    Kat WittAugust 11, 2010
    The watermelon and crab bisque is sublime and decadent and light. Perfect summer dish!
  • Annika K.
    Annika K. MartinJune 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't miss the watermelon caipirinha -- summer in a glass!
  • Susannah C.
    Susannah Clemons BicknellNovember 29, 2014
    Husband loved the spaghetti small plate!
  • Andy T.
    Andy TowleJanuary 1, 2016
    Delicious food, cute atmosphere.
  • Kristen D.
    Kristen DavisDecember 9, 2010
    Mussels are phenomenal, enjoyed the taster menu and atmosphere.
  • Michael R.
    Michael RyanSeptember 7, 2013
    Great food, great atmosphere, and friendly staff
  • Devon S.
    Devon StevenMarch 31, 2013
    The ribeye. My god, the ribeye.
  • Gene K.
    Gene KeenanApril 23, 2011
    Brown butter banana tart. One of the best desserts in the universe
  • Jill K.
    Jill KSeptember 23, 2014
    Cool new bar update with a lot more space!
  • Heather S.
    Heather ScottJanuary 18, 2015
    Anything with the pork belly.
  • Blended T.
    Blended TraditionsMarch 20, 2015
    Fantastic food. Fantastic service.
  • Brandi B.
    Brandi BruceJuly 2, 2015
    There ain't no party like a pork belly party cuz a pork belly party don't stop
  • Jessica D.
    Jessica DuranJuly 20, 2013
    Looking forward to the lamb neck and tomato confit
  • Corinne
    CorinneApril 14, 2014
    Their dirty rice is to die for.
  • Brandi B.
    Brandi BruceJune 9, 2015
    Pork belly! Go for pork belly!
  • David F.
    David FoxNovember 4, 2011
    You must try the steak. It is amazing.
  • Darcy G.
    Darcy GasselFebruary 29, 2012
    Great food and nice French wine list
  • lanamaniac
    lanamaniacDecember 30, 2016
    Chicken dish is great
  • Howard S.
    Howard ShiauOctober 26, 2012
    Have the Louisiana shrimp...best thing 8've eaten this week!
  • Nick L.
    Nick LSeptember 21, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    This is a good place to go if you can't get a res at dorsia.
  • T.C. P.
    T.C. PellettOctober 28, 2011
    Have the "Streetcar" and the "Gumbo of the Day."
  • T.C. P.
    T.C. PellettOctober 28, 2011
    Follow up with the "Dark & Stormy."
  • Donald P.
    Donald PatzMarch 12, 2012
    No kiddin' best Gumbo in New Orleans!
  • Casey R.
    Casey Rae3 days ago
    fancier but good place for dinner
  • Corinne
    CorinneApril 16, 2014
    Eat the dirty rice... Do it!
  • Ed K.
    Ed KeeleyJune 5, 2010
    The pork belly is an amazing dish
  • Sean J.
    Sean JacobsohnMay 3, 2010
    Get the squid appetizer and jumbo shrimp entree.
  • Tavon B.
    Tavon BJuly 26, 2011
    Do the Egyptian.
  • Amanda H.
    Amanda HammerFebruary 23, 2010
    Duck is to die for!
  • Chris B.
    Chris BrandtApril 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Squid Ink Risoto
  • Mariana B.
    El gumbo es imperdible! Probé también el cordero que estaba en las recomendaciones y estuvo riquísimo! Tiene muy buen ambiente y la atención de lo mejor. Amplia carta de vinos
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