We dined here early during our vacation (Padma said it's her fave) and had to go back for our final, memorable meal. We had no reservation the last night, a Saturday, and none were available at OpenTable. We went early on a hope and prayer that we'd be able to eat in the bar. The hostess seated us at a table in the dining room. All good!
The cocktails both nights were stellar: refreshing and creative.
The dining rooms are beautiful; we ate in the "wine room" and the main dining room. The service staff is EXCELLENT; well trained, informative, unobtrusive, attentive, and charming. Everyone made us feel like we were the most fantastic guests they'd ever served. And they managed to treat everyone around us as graciously without being at all phony or snobby. The owners know how to hire and train their personnel which is rare these days. When you are spending a lot of money for a dining experience it is nice to be treated well.
And the food...every mouthful was an explosion of deliciousness. Many layers of flavor that complimented each other to our total delight. I took the smallest bites possible to make the pleasure last as long as possible. The dishes were plated beautifully. Aromas were heavenly. Everyone around us was exclaiming about how happy they were with their dishes. We enjoyed starters, mains, and desserts both nights and all were so delicious. They present a complimentary amuse bouche and sweets plate - nice touches.
We are so happy that we managed to start and end our dining tour of New Orleans at Restaurant August. Go, treat yourself and someone you love to a great meal in New Orleans!