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Restaurant August

Cajun / Creole Restaurant, French Restaurant, and American Restaurant$$$$
Central Business District, New Orleans
  • The experts at Men's Health Mag and Epicurious recommend this place
    • Men's Health Mag
    • Epicurious
  • Melody H.
    "weekday lunch prix fixe is the best deal in the city"(13 Tips)
    Men's Health Mag
    "Chef John Besh’s contemporary French restaurant's recent..."(3 Tips)
    Find. Eat. Drink.
    "Potato Gnocchi with Blue Crab and Perigold Truffle."(5 Tips)
    Michael K.
    "The gnocchi appetizer is a must and the banana pudding dessert."(14 Tips)
97 Tips and reviews
  • gnocchi
  • fancy
  • good for dates
  • chef john besh
  • blue crabs
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  • Susan C.
    Susan ClaxtonAugust 17, 2014
    Highly recommend! The food is exquisite but the restaurant isn't stuffy. Highlights: black truffle gnocchi and trout with roasted wild mushrooms. The blonde chocolate cake was to die for. GO!!!!
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 3, 2014
    Here you'll find local oysters transfigured three ways on a single plate, rabbit cassoulet alive with vivid flavors, and pan-roasted redfish with basil risotto and fried green tomatoes. Read more
  • Thea R.
    Thea RodgersApril 21, 2014
    Order the crab gnocchi as a starter and the trout as your main! Don't skip out on dessert, the bread pudding is delicious!
    Upvoted Sep 26
  • TripExpert
    TripExpertMay 28, 2015
    Considered among the best in NoLa. "John Besh's Louisiana upbringing and knowledge of cutting-edge culinary trends enable him to compose menus that hold their own..." -Gayot on TripExpert Read more
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagSeptember 16, 2014
    Chef John Besh’s contemporary French restaurant's recent highlights included the pecan-smoked beef and Gulf snapper "courtbouillon" with shrimp, blue crab, and jasmine rice.
  • Eric J.
    Eric JohnsonMarch 7, 2012
    This place is expensive but will knock your socks off--totally worth it. This is my go-to spot for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions. Best restaurant in NOLA.
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerrayAugust 7, 2016
    Had the 5 course degustation menu w/wine pairing and was not dissappointed. Everything was delicious but the clear standout was the Halibut cheeks. Definitely give this place a try!
  • Mark P.
    Mark PhelanAugust 3, 2012
    Amazing food all around. Extremely nice without being pretentious. Foodies wearing suits and jeans. The fish was the best. I don't know how he did it. Highly recommend.
  • Igor O.
    Igor OmerbegovicOctober 27, 2012
    Still my favorite restaurant in NOLA. Turn of your cell, don't be in a rush and get ready for possibly the best 7 courses you've had in a long time!
  • Adrienne L.
    Adrienne LNovember 9, 2014
    You can order a la carte off the prix fixe dinner menu. The octopus dish is tender and excellent.
  • Joshua G.
    Joshua GrippoJuly 13, 2013
    As with most places that are worth the wait, get a reservation, sit back, let the wine flow, and watch the hours float away. Did i mention the food?....
  • Trevor S.
    Trevor SumnerDecember 29, 2012
    Maybe best meal of my life. Ask the sommelier for wine pairings. 2 apps, 1 entree and dessert and that should really do you well. Ask for hot fois gras trio. It's better than cold one.
  • Kate P.
    Kate PalmMarch 31, 2015
    Best meal of my life. Best service (Robert!!!!) ever. Unforgettable evening cannot recommend highly enough. Will return to NOLA just to visit August.
  • Jacey W.
    Jacey WrightDecember 3, 2014
    The tasting menu is Devine! The a la carte menu is just as good. Try the gnocchi or the short ribs! The service is impeccable.
  • Linda M.
    Linda MiklowitzJanuary 2, 2013
    The Prix Fixe three-course John Besh menu with superb service today went up in price--one cent. It now costs $20.13. A wonderful bargain!
  • Lars P.
    Lars PlougmannDecember 6, 2014
    Ask questions about the dishes to take delight in the vivid descriptions of ingredients and preparation. Even if you know what you want to order.
  • Cusp25
    Cusp25November 9, 2014
    Brunch- start with sweet potato muffins, potato gnocchi with blue crab and banana pudding for dessert
  • Marc S.
    Marc SchapiroJuly 9, 2015
    Ridiculous tasting menu, both seasonal and vegetarian. Service was impeccable. Worth every cent...and great cocktails on top of it all.
  • Josh F.
    Josh FerraraOctober 23, 2012
    The menu is always changing, but this is one of the best places to trust the recommendation of the staff! You will not be disappointed.
  • Jennie L.
    Jennie LamNovember 5, 2014
    Great food but feels impersonal. The quality is great though and the flavours are definitely there!
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 23, 2010
    Traditional Louisiana cooking gets a little inspiration from a worldwise, James Beard award-winning chef at this restaurant. Try the oysters three ways for a tasty appetizer with Southern roots.
  • Noslen R.
    Noslen RamingoMarch 22, 2013
    Simply amazing food. Their 20.13 prix fix can't be beat. An amazing deal for the quality of food you get. wow
  • Bryan I.
    Bryan IraceApril 17
    We did our one “fancy dinner” of the trip here and really enjoyed it. Lots of interesting vegetable dishes, amongst other things.
  • Eleanor S.
    Eleanor SteinmanOctober 24, 2012
    One of the most phenomenal meals I've ever had. Ask for Mark and Warren as your servers. You'll be well cared for!
  • Dave G.
    Dave GervaseFebruary 19, 2016
    You have one night for fine dining in New Orleans? Run, don't walk to Restaurant August. This is the best restaurant in the city.
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealFebruary 22, 2011
    When was the last time your fine dining experience offered a vegetarian "Farmers Market" tasting menu specially designed by a Top Chef Master? You won't be disappointed! Read more
  • Eric D.
    Eric DNovember 2, 2014
    Fantastic tasting menu. If you're look to splurge on a cajun/creole inspired treat, this is the place.
  • Rudy M.
    Rudy MartinezApril 3, 2015
    Fancy dining and great service. Most def the best Besh restaurant.
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BarnettAugust 30, 2015
    Gnocchi was phenomenal, as was everything else we ordered. Great meal.
  • Michael K.
    Michael KimSeptember 23, 2013
    Top 3 meals ever. The gnocchi appetizer is a must and the banana pudding dessert.
  • Melody H.
    Melody HanMay 23, 2014
    The weekday lunch prix fixe is the best deal in the city - get the Whispering Angel rosé to pair
  • Candis K.
    Candis KolbMarch 2, 2012
    Great venue for a corporate functions!! Just had a fabulous Coldwell Banker Luncheon here. I recommend the bourbon vanilla crime brûlée!
  • Linda M.
    Linda MiklowitzApril 26, 2014
    Fridays at lunch experience an imaginative 3-course meal with vigilant , but not intrusive, service for $20.14.
  • Will B.
    Will BinfordOctober 1, 2011
    While it may be costly, well worth the price to do the pairing menus. Experience everything Restaurant August has to offer.
  • Raja G.
    Raja GuptaMay 9, 2012
    Go for the lunch price fixe - best lunch deal I have seen in a long time!
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah ChoDecember 27, 2010
    You're here, splurge and do the tasting menu with the wine pairing. If there's turtle soup, DO NOT miss out on it.
  • Fat Mama's Tamales
    Fat Mama's TamalesAugust 16, 2011
    The first 7 courses of the 12 course meal were delicious, I missed the last 5 courses, don't ask.
  • Paul F.
    Paul FisherJuly 31, 2013
    It was amazing, the grouper was incredible and the wine list is impeccable.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RApril 5, 2016
    The scallops and breaded flounder were both awesome!
  • David A.
    David AApril 12, 2014
    One of the best restaurants in NO. Fish was excellent.
  • Find. Eat. Drink.
    Find. Eat. Drink.July 5, 2011
    Perennial favorite on the menu: Potato Gnocchi with Blue Crab and Perigold Truffle.
  • Madona S.
    Madona SelmanajApril 9, 2015
    The best fine dining experience in New Orleans!
  • Josh L.
    Josh LaboveJanuary 23, 2014
    It's celebrity chef John Besh's place, so skip the food, and head to the bar for Besh's bacon-infused bourbon. Enough said.
  • Gambit New Orleans
    Gambit New OrleansAugust 23, 2011
    Try the Watermelon gazpacho with pickled red onions.
  • Jenna M.
    Jenna MarcucciNovember 4, 2013
    The crispy squash blossoms are absolutely fantastic.
  • Maurilio A.
    Maurilio AmorimJune 30, 2011
    Try the Banana Rum Cake With Creole Cream Cheese Icing. - This made me cry.
  • Scott W.
    Scott WoodardSeptember 27, 2011
    Fantastic plating and menu. Wasn't too fond of the duck. Chewy. Read more
  • Geoff P.
    Geoff PetersonJanuary 14, 2012
    Try to get a table where Robert is your table captain--you'll love him!
  • Darren H.
    Darren HearschApril 17, 2010
    Phenomenal. Sat at the bar and had the gnocchi, beet salad and oysters 3ways. Everything was top notch.
  • em
    emDecember 31, 2014
    Fancy fine dining with a slight casual edge. Great menu
  • Micki M.
    Micki MaynardMay 21, 2012
    Absolutely amazing service. Dress up and enjoy yourself .
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Phillip Lopez, chef of Root, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Potato gnocchi w/ blue crab & black truffle. Read more
  • Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    The amazing Chef John Besh will be joining us for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival this May 30-June 2, 2013! Don't miss it! Read more
  • gargi p.
    gargi patelMarch 29, 2012
    Best in class veggie dishes, a welcome surprise in NOLA
  • Matt N.
    Matt NJuly 18, 2012
    Crab truffle gnocchi. Worth every calorie.
  • Greg P.
    Greg PalmerFebruary 13, 2012
    There is nothing on this menu that will be a mistake. It's all amazing.
  • Lluis
    LluisJanuary 4, 2011
    The best new years eve I could imagine! Services and food, just incredible!
  • aaron d.
    aaron deanFebruary 22, 2011
    The "Degustation" Sample Tasting is worth EVERY PENNY! DO IT!
  • Hee Jung R.
    Hee Jung RyuApril 22, 2016
    The salad and wine were amazing.
  • Lavisa G.
    Lavisa GehringMay 17, 2013
    Cajon/Creole??? Not so much, more French. Excellent Enjoy it very much
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MillerMay 1, 2012
    House apple and cinnamon infused bourbon is brilliant
  • a b.
    a bMarch 9, 2016
    Just get whatever your server recommends
  • Pedro C.
    Pedro CJanuary 17, 2013
    The more you pay, the less food you get... I need a burger after this lunch!
  • Morgan S.
    Morgan SJanuary 5, 2010
    Just flat-out delicious. We started with foie gras done three ways to start, and it got better from there.
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinFebruary 19, 2013
    super upscale. try the tasting menu
  • Kate P.
    Kate PalmMarch 31, 2015
    Service, appetizers, best duck ever
  • Irena C.
    Irena CJuly 2, 2013
    Get the crab gnocchi. Everything else is just alright in comparison.
  • Jen (Blathering) L.
    Jen (Blathering) LJuly 14, 2010
    There were 2 tasting menu options this evening & 1 was vegetarian (but not vegan). Unbelievable! All items from tasting menus were available ala carte too.
  • K D.
    K DFebruary 14, 2016
    Our experience was sub par due to the disconnection from the staff. Not hospitable or welcoming.
  • JoAnn D.
    JoAnn D.February 20, 2011
    Seasonal menu so food is amazing. Service is impeccable.
  • Stacy Williams Shuker
    Stacy Williams ShukerOctober 29, 2011
    OMG the praline cookie is like nothing you've ever had before.
  • Fernanda D.
    Fernanda DuarteNovember 3, 2010
    Worth the trip! Finish with goat's milk cheesecake!
  • V C.
    V CupplesJanuary 20, 2014
    The foi grois is incredible.
  • Sam J.
    Sam J.March 28, 2013
    Definitely a spot for foodies to hit when in Nola. Food is amazing - esp the fried oyster. Pro tip: walk in and sit at the bar where there are usually seats and they serve the full menu.
  • Erin C.
    Erin CarriganJuly 29, 2015
    The blue crab gnocci and brandy Alexanders
  • Warren V.
    Warren VaughnJuly 10, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Ask for Mark & Warren..... They are awesome !!!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Restaurant August as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate Read more
  • Lee P.
    Lee PhillipsMarch 2, 2014
    I've only been once, I will be back!
  • Sarah Hope F.
    Sarah Hope FowlerJuly 22, 2015
    Gnocchi melted in my mouth. Yum yum
  • Matt N.
    Matt NJanuary 29, 2012
    The crab gnocchi is awesome. Was featured on the best thing I ever ate.
  • CITYPEEK Patti
    CITYPEEK PattiNovember 10, 2010
    The homemade peanut brittle is to die for!
  • Linda M.
    Linda MiklowitzMay 1, 2013
    Prix fixe lunch of three courses just $20.13.
  • The Core Blog
    The Core BlogApril 27, 2011
    Reservations made... we are ready for our John Besh experience.
  • Kristen C.
    Kristen CNovember 5, 2011
    The food is great. The waitstaff, not so much.
  • Allison Y.
    Allison YuNovember 12, 2014
    The foie gras trio is a serious treat
  • Chris
    ChrisFebruary 5, 2015
    Great food at this John Besh restaurant.
  • WarDamnBryce
    WarDamnBryceSeptember 1, 2012
    Amber makes the best mojitos in town!
  • emmett b.
    emmett bellMarch 17, 2015
  • Amelia M.
    Amelia MorrisFebruary 9, 2014
    Appetizers: octopus,
  • Erin M.
    Erin MoreauDecember 29, 2013
    It was amazing
  • The B.
    The BullNovember 25, 2014
    Very disappointing. Duck was hard, hangar steak had no flavor. And the salad had sugar on it. Server was not great.
  • Jamie M.
    Jamie MassamJanuary 17, 2012
    Trout. Amazing.
  • Amber S.
    Amber S.May 7, 2012
    Turn off your phone!!
  • Tirsa T.
    Tirsa TorresJune 23, 2012
    With my cuz!!!!
  • Trent J.
    Trent JonesNovember 30, 2011
    Not worth it, not impressed at all with the food won't be back
  • Justin M.
    Justin MayerMay 6, 2010
    Skip. Long wait and terrible food
  • Anahi L.
    Anahi LuceroApril 5, 2015
    Excelente @
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