After dining at such restaurants as Dick and Jenny's, Jacques Imo's, Sylvain, and Commander's Palace, I thought I'd visited the very best of New Orleans. I was wrong. I've found my new favorite New Orleans restaurant.
I made reservations at Redemption for a Friday night. As mentioned in prior reviews, it is located in an old church. Upon entering, there is a small bar but the rest of the restaurant is completely open, which is quite refreshing. The tables are spaced far enough apart that you can actually talk with your own group rather than hearing others at nearby tables (one of my pet peeves with other NOLA restaurants...they crowd you in until you feel like you are dining with strangers).
Service was impeccable. We were promptly seated and offered drinks as our fellow diners arrived individually. I was especially impressed that, although one of our diners was thirty minutes late, they never made us feel rushed to order anything. Although our waiter was always nearby if we needed anything.
I ordered the Baked Stuffed Shrimp and I can without a doubt say it was the best meal I've ever had in New Orleans (which, when you are talking about NOLA, is saying a lot). The shrimp were fresh and perfectly prepared. In fact, everyone enjoyed their entrees, some of which were the Sauteed Gulf Fish (which on this night was Speckled Trout), and the Filet of Beef.
We also really enjoyed the live music. It was just loud enough to enjoy but not so loud that we couldn't hear each other.
As we left, we were greeted by a man and woman (who I am assuming were either managers or owners, or a combination of the two). They seemed genuinely pleased that we enjoyed our meals and made us feel as if they really appreciated our business.
Obviously, I highly recommend this restaurant and plan to return when I find myself back in the Big Easy!
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