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Bayona Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.bayona.com
  • Phone: (504) 525-4455
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Wednesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 1:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: Starting at 6:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Creole / Cajun / Southern, International
  • Executive Chef: Susan Spicer
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: All details regarding lunch and dinner parties as well as sample contracts can be found at the Bayona website.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: St. Louis
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer $5 towards a ticket from any lot.
A word from Bayona
Bayona, in its 22nd year, is nestled in the heart of the French Quarter in a charming 200 year old Creole Cottage punctuated by a lush, tropical courtyard. The cuisine of our James Beard Award winning Chef Susan Spicer is rooted in France, circles the globe for inspiration, and lands firmly in New Orleans to embrace the wealth of our local bounty and rich cuisine. Chef Spicer's partner Regina Keever has assembled a staff that is dedicated to expertly guiding you through your wine list and menu choices in order to seamlessly serve you in a knowledgeable, unpretentious, and professional manner. Regina and Susan would like to cordially invite you to join us and experience for yourself the atmosphere, cuisine, and service of one of New Orleans great gifts to the culinary world.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "I travel to Nola a bunch for work and never heard of this place. Amazing food."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Location is great if you are intetested in being in the French Quarter. The service felt fake and overly pretentious, but without the actual service and attention to back it up. It was actually quite laughable. Our lead server felt like he didn't want to be there, and his assistant was so over the top wannabe high brow it was humorous. All of that and my friend and I were left with unanswered menu questions and slow service. I have dined at many fine dining establishments all over the world, and I am fine with getting high level attitude if it matches the attentiveness and food quality, however, this did not. Food was ok, nothing special. Overall, I feel there are much better places to dine in New Orleans, pass on Bayona."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food was delicious, however, there was too much time between appetizers and main course. We will go again but would like a little quicker service."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Cannot recall a more sumptuous meal this lifetime. The service was impeccable with super explanation of all aspects of food and drink. The upstairs wine room was quiet and welcoming. The wine, salad, main course, and dessert each had exceptional taste and distinctive flavor. Wonderful evening at a wonderful place. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "It is nice to see that Bayona still has wonderful service and great food. We haven't been there in a few years and it was still as we remember. The kitchen was running slow that night but when we did receive our food, it was great."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This was our third time here. First time about 5 years ago was amazing. Second time 3 years ago wasn't as good but still great. This time was horrible. It was so loud we couldn't hear each other talk. Soups were bland and not hot. Apps were ok. And entrees had little flavor. So disappointed. We won't go back again."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "lunch was absolutely delicious Our favorite restaurant, bar none!!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We were a group of five women and all ordered from the special anniversary menu, which were $24 lunches with $.24 martinis. We were all pleased with the food and drinks. The service was excellent. We asked to have time to visit and not be rushed, and that was exactly how we were served. A great dining experience."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We eat here every summer when visiting NOLA. This was our 5th trip & did not quite live up to the usual standards. The sweetbreads were still amazing but my snapper entree was disappointing. My husband loved his shrimp & grits though & we will still plan to come back next year."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Bayona seemed to be recommended everywhere and was only two blocks from our hotel. Had a quick look at the menu and there were veggie options so I booked an nice outside table for two. Patio looked delightful on the website. On arrival we were given an indoor table in a stuffy room with no atmosphere at all. The menu arrived had veggie appetisers but no entrees. When we asked for a veggie option we were told that they didn't have one but we could have any of the vegetable parts of the entrees but the waitress seemed confused by what was available and reluctant to do anything for us. The food was ok the allegedly good goats cheese toast with mushrooms and Madeira I could have done at home with more flavour. Not impressed at all"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I have been dining at Bayona for the past 12 years and have been delighted each and every visit. The longtime stalwarts of Chef Spicer's menu, Goat Cheese Crouton with Mushrooms, Sautéed Sweetbreads, and Cream of Garlic Soup are still as much a delight as they were a decade ago. However, each season the menu has great specials that show the creativity of the kitchen and continue to blend contemporary Creole cuisine with flavors and ingredients from around the world. The restaurant also has a notable wine list with selections from around the world and many very affordable yet excellent wines. Dessert here is not to be missed as the chefs use seasonal ingredients to create specialty desserts as well as an array of ice cream and sorbets."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Susan Spicer's menu remains one of the best in New Orleans. The crab and heirloom tomato salad, with avocado dressing, was pure and clean as could be-- just the right balance. The rabbit roulade special (with artichokes), served with a fried rabbit leg, was a treat. Our waiter was a pro, but the assistant waiter needs some guidance. Being asked "Can I get this out of your way?" before all diners at the table have finished a course is not right for a restaurant of this calibre. We'll be back."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Everything was great, however, our meal was not as good as I remember from going to Bayona several years ago - perhaps it was an off night - I would still recommend it!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Bayona reminded me of our favorite neighborhood restaurant in Memphis--Restaurant Iris. It's an intimate neighborhood place with excellent food and a good wine list. We had a drink on the patio before dining and it was beautiful and relaxing. My only problem was an unwelcoming attitude from our main server. We obviously did something that turned him off, as his presentation was almost rude. I understand when someone is busy, but he left us for several long periods that could only be interpreted as a snub, because he was near us and didn't say, I will be back with you. His demeanor was unfriendly. It was my husband's birthday, I really didn't want the night to be unpleasant--so I had to work to ingratiate myself to the server. V unpleasant."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The Hostess was amazing, friendly, attentive. The server was professional and friendly. Never felt rushed. Loved the Lamb carpaccio was a tiny bit disappointed it was not on the menu this visit. The Chicken was absolutely delicious. I am never disappointed in my visits to Bayona. Will continue to recommend"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We were happy to see the Louisiana State Police on patrol as we walked to the restaurant. The food was exquisite. The seasonings and sauces were flavorful but did not overwhelm the vegetables or the entree."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "our visit to Bayona was excellent! The wait staff very friendly and went out of their way to make suggestions and make us feel welcome! We will be back again very soon!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Bayona is our absolute favorite restaurant in New Orleans. Everything is always just right from amazing cocktails through to the deliciously decadent desserts. Entrees are well thought out and beautifully executed. Service and attention to detail are spot on."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Had lunch here with some friends from high school and we all enjoyed the whole experience. I was so happy that my friends tried the Duck peanut butter and jelly sandwich, it is such an amazing sandwich. We especially enjoy the summertime specials which include .24 cent Martini's. Great day, great lunch, great food. Thank you Bayona and staff."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Susan Spicer is always at the top of her game at her home restaurant. 24 years and counting."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The 24 anniversary menu was a disappointment. We were unaware of the special menu when we booked our table for lunch. It was not what we wanted but had no other options to order, it was very obvious all of the items had been trimmed down to fit the "$24 3 course 24th anniversary menu". We did not go for the 3 course deal, instead we ordered several different items, but the preparation and execution of we ordered was poor at best. The only acceptable item was the watermelon salad. It also took almost 3 hours for us to get the appetizer, salad, and entrée, and over 30 minutes before our order was taken. Only 2 servers were working, and only one was taking orders for the entire dinning room, while the other only took care of drinks and plates."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Love the 3-course price - makes it affordable for a local. Great place for both lunch and dinner. Food always delicious. Service Excellent - professional and friendly. Will continue to support this restaurant. Drawback - tables seem too close together - difficult to have a private conversation and honestly not interested in the conversation at the next table."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Bayona used to stand alone but the food scene is so strong today it feels a bit dated. Food is still good, but nothing special. The Garden was closed due to rain when we were there so was not able to sit outside, which a recall was quite wonderful."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I was happy to get a reservation to dine at this wonderful restaurant again. The waiter was personable and professional, a real pro. The rest of the staff was responsive and helpful. I could see the diners were tourist and locals which is always a nice mix. I will definitely try to dine here again if I am ever back in New Orleans."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The food here is very good, but I'm not sure it's worth waiting an hour for. That's how long it took from our arrival to serving our entrees (we didn't order starters.) And we arrived well after evening peak."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I had high hopes for this meal. Service was slow and often curt. Appetizers were hit or miss. Pickling spices and chile heat were overused. Entree was great ( salmon) - that was the bright spot . It was hard to enjoy the meal, though, when having to shout across the table. Pricey - have had better experiences at that price level."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Food was great as always but it was much noisier than I remember it being in the past. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I try to go to Bayona every time that I visit New Orleans. The food is outstanding. The chef maintains a base menu of highly successful choices but then offers creative new choices each day. The food is wonderfully prepared and the service is really good. The restaurant is divided into small rooms so it is possible to have nice conversations with your dining companions."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "From the warm genuine welcome to great waitstaff (helpful without being solicitous) to the perfect menu. I loved the starter special charred tomato and eggplant with cauliflower and pesto and white beans, delightful. The golden tilefish with lentils my friend ordered was sublime as was my peppered lamb loin. And the ice cream for dessert hit the perfect note. I would highly recommend, great price point and very well executed menu."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Another near-flawless meal at my go-to special occasion spot whenever I'm in town, and quite possibly my favorite restaurant anywhere. the house seated a large, rowdy crowd in the center of the main dining room, which was a bit of a surprise. but overall: superb, as always."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Our lunch was a great way to experience the flavors of Bayona at a reasonable price. $24 for 3 courses and 25-cent drinks can't be beat. The food is great and service was superb."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Bayona is one of our family favorites! We always enjoy it."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Ok but not nearly as impressive as it was on my last visit. Uptown has"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Susan Spicer, you rock. We had another great meal at Bayona."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Excellent in all areas, very positive dining experience. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Particularly the food was not nearly as well prepared as our many prior visits. The choices were limited. Susan Spicer was not the chef. Even the opening breads were stale and dry. Salads were mainly endive and boring with little flavor. The escargot appetizer was wonderful. The salmon entre was very good. Duck main course was overcooked. Root Beer Cake was average. Service was efficient but not much flair. Sorry but this changes my opinion of one of New Orleans very best restaurants."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Food was amazing. Each ingredient well thought out and prepared to make dish a symphony of flavor. Truly some of the best food in Nola. Amazing wine list. Sat right under the A/C vent...freezing!! And unfortunately strong enough to make the food cold after a couple bites. Which was frustrating because the food was so amazingly good. Goat cheese crouton to die for. Crawfish app was incredible- perfect favors and textures. Service attentive and good but a bit unprofessional. Amazing food. Fix the A/C issue folks."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "On a recent visit after several years absence I found the food excellent (as I remembered), the wine steward knowledgeable and helpful and the service lacking, i.e. inattentive in general and hurried when assisting our table."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Eating at Bayana is a must do when we visit New Orleans. The food is great and the choices, both regular items and specials, is delightful, fresh and quite varied. The location adds to the experience."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • " Wait staff constantly asking how we were enjoying the meal and not very interested in receiving less than a surpurlative grade. Pork chop was excellent but Hanger steak just ok . Shrimp appitzer was not described as presented. An ok experience but not the rave restaurant we were expecting."
    Dined on 6/9/2014