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Meauxbar Bistro

Meauxbar Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.meauxbar.com
  • Phone: (504) 569-9979
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner served Monday through Thursday 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday and Saturday 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Creole / Cajun / Southern
  • Executive Chef: Kristen Essig
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: St. Philip Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Meauxbar Bistro
Meauxbar is a casual upscale restaurant located in the French Quarter.



A popular choice for contemporary French & regional cuisine, featuring the freshest local and seasonal produce, seafood and meats.



A typical evening finds an eclectic mix of "quarterites", uptowners and other locals as well as out of town visitors in the cozy and stylish dining room.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "the food is clean, creative, balanced and tasty. the ambiance isn't as nice as Sainte Marie was, which is now closed but was owned by the same people and had the same chef, but for me it's all about the food."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "We were disappointed that it was all new manager, staff and décor. It was much too loud! The neighborhood feeling was gone. BUT, the food was outstanding and the evening turned out fine! If they could fix the noise and lighting, it would be great.The service was great, but he had to repeat over and over because the table of four could not hear him. He had to talk to each person individually. We were at a curved booth and you could only hear the person next to you. The lighting was so low, people got out their cellphone flashlights to read the menu. The cocktails were not the greatest, and we didn't order anything exotic (traditional martini and manhattans). Do a few modifications and it could be great or the chef needs to go somewhere else!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Divine and delicious. Perfect balance of flavors. Gorgeous fresh ingredients that delight the palate."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Fries are by far the best thing on the menu. We sampled it all. Bolognese, do you even contain pasta? Gnocchi, is an Italian potato dumpling. Right? Sweetbreads, full swing at this one but think crispier exterior to compliment the creamy interior. Server was arrogant. Glad we had everything this visit as it will be difficult to get us back."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Best waiter ever. I would pay Him to hang out with me😊"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The food is great. The service is good. The decorating looks like a trip to Ikea."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "As is typical of most bistro venues, this place was noisy, but excessively so. I had to practically shout to my dining partners, as well as lean over the table to barely hear what they were shouting back at me. The lighting needs to be improved; some might consider the darkness romantic, but I was thankful there was a candle lit on the table so I could actually read my menu. The service was great, although it did take a seemingly long time for our entrees to arrive. I had the Meauxbar salad and fish of the day (pompano), both of which were very tasty."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Not the same meauxbar menu, but that's fine because the food was outstanding. Only problem is parking. Very impressed. Overall excellent dining experience."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "As locals and people who like nice food, Meauxbar was excellent. All four dishes our party ordered were phenomenal. Then, just as an added bonus we decided to see if dessert could match up, and it exceeded our expectations. Wow. Geaux to meauxbar."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This place is terrific. Food was amazing and staff a lot of fun."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We had tried to eat at Meauxbar for months since the new ownership. Now that we have tried it, we will definitely be back with friends. Very romantic with great food and service."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The "new" bar was quite charming and the food was fantastic. The service was superb! The menu was small but full of great choices. Had some of the best moule frites ever. The goat cheese/onion tart was divine. The grilled cheese and braised beef sandwich on brioche-magnifique!! My wife had the crab salad with tasty lump crab meat mixed in with fresh whole peaches...will definitely be back soon!!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Was recommended by local friend, Enjoyed the visit good food !! Some tables much too close to each other and as prior reviews was very loud later. But good service till it got super busy when had to ask the manager to help. Overall would recommend !!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We enjoyed making our way through the appetizer and dessert selections paired with good wine & coffee. The experience felt like a cross between The Mission in SF and the 16thA in Paris. Nice service, too Check it out."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Everything was so great. Everyone enjoyed their cocktails and food. We will be back there soon, for sure."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Our waiter was knowledgeable and well versed in the menu and wine list. Explained an unusual speccial which had a a combination not heard of before which turned out to be very compatible. He suggested a rose wine that we would never have thought of but thoroughly enjoyed. Overall, a very pleasant experience."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Having just returned from 72 hrs in NOLA eating outstanding meals at noteworthy restaurants, I have to add Meauxbar to my list of favorite dining destinations. Meauxbar is not a tourist destination, and you won't find a litany of Cajun classics on their menu. It is a French bistro with New Orleans gusto, and a list of small plates that I am still drooling over. Crab salad w/ripe peaches, haricots verte, nicoise olives, and smoked goat cheese...best pan roasted oysters ever...escargot in a marrow bone... FRENCH ONION and SHREDDED BEEF GRILLED CHEESE on BRIOCHE. OMG. After you have had your fill of Gumbo, Jambalaya and Po' Boys, go to this locals restaurant in a local neighborhood. Go early in your trip in case you want to go back."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The people from St. Marie who bought this should have changed the name. There is nothing about this place that's as good as the original-not the food, beverages or the ambiance. They're trying to capture what was there but they can't. What a disservice to the public."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "the food was mediocre, the atmosphere was horrible, the noise level was unbearable (couldn't wait to leave) nothing outstanding here, in New Orleans there are so many more good choices."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The pork belly and scallop appetizer was insanely delicious, and really set the tone for the whole meal; the crabmeat & quinoa salad was another standout. But the chef's takes on traditional dishes really shone as well - the steak frites were tremendous. All in all, just a tremendous experience, from the moment we arrived until dessert. If you liked Chef Essig's food at Ste Marie, you'll LOVE it here."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Chef Kristen Essig is the true undiscovered gem of New Orleans cuisine. One of most wonderful meals we have enjoyed in New Orleans in many years. Also, the craft cocktails are superbly prepared by the bar staff. Wonderful for special occasions. We've already booked our next visit."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We had dinner at Meauxbar Saturday, July 5. I love the wrap around booth with small tables and chairs! Wonderful view of the restaurant and bar from these booths. Our waiter, Ben, was wonderful. Quiet but informative and knowledgable. Service was fabulous. The wine list is short but delicious and the only drawback was no Crown Royal for my husband. Appetizers were pork belly with crispy scallops, goat cheese tart, and pome frittes with rouillet all delicious! Entrees were the hanger steak with parmesan frittes and the French Onion sandwich. They were outstanding! Wanted to do dessert but we were stuffed! Can't wait to go back and have everything else on the menu. So glad to have another delicious restaurant in our neighborhood."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Professional and friendly service. Good food but not as good as previous visits. Noise level too high - could not hear my companion..It is an easy fix so please do something about it. Bartender should be able to make a decent caipirinha - he did not. A restaurant with affordable prices for locals. Thank goodness! Great goat cheese tart!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Having eaten all over the world, I thought my list of TEN BEST MEALS OF MY LIFE was complete. But Kirsten Lessig's re-imagining of MEAUX BAR goes beyond anything I've experienced before. It's almost like discovering a new form of international cuisine... with superior ingredients prepared and paired in combinations making all the elements spring to new life and flavor. If you think you can imagine pork belly combined with scallops, you're wrong! If you've ever had blueberries, honeycomb and cream sauce...well, not like this you haven't!! Every element seemed to have landed on this planet from another world, but definitely attuned to to my all-too-human tastebuds. Our servers were Adrian and a handful of others, always at attention."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Go toMeauxbar, you will be happy you did: food is creative and utilizes the best of ingredients, service is attentive and knowledgeable, and the mood they achieve inside is perfect for a memorable dinner. Well worth a visit."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I have been there several times since I moved to NOLA. This was my first time after new owner : there was changing in the decoration - big mistake - they replace the floor and took out those acoustic stuff hanging at the roof : we could not talk to each other - the loudest restaurant I have been recently. The food was OK - but it took too long after ordered."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food and service are stellar. The new chef's food is simply amazing, coaxing rich flavors from just a few ingredients. Do not miss the oysters, the pork belly/scallop and the mussels."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We have been twice since the new ownership, and the food was wonderful each time. The snapper almandine was excellent. The service is attentive. However, the noise level is very high. If you want a quiet romantic meal this is probably not the place."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "this is a neighborhood restaurant with apparently known clientele and some new ones like me the night I visited. I was able to get a pisco sour which is not available even in large restaurants. the food is attractively presented and in a different manner. I had the pork chop atop a clever mix of eggplant,squash and zucchini. The dessert was a chocolate semifreddo with a tarragon anglaise sauce. I would like to return"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The French Onion Grillcheese was delicious!!!! Others in the party had the Lamb dish, Hanger steak & pork chops. The appetizers were very good also!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I love this place, unfortunately the noise level is out of control, it was very difficult to hold a conversation with your dinner guests. It was even difficult to hear the wait staff. We did not stay for dinner because of the noise level, the drinks were great though. We were assured that the owners are aware of this situation, and will be working on a remedy soon. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "There are definitely big shoes to fill when resurrecting a neighborhood gem. The new owners and chef have succeeded in bringing back the inviting feel but with a fresh look. Nothing disappointed. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "This reopened restaurant is fantastic. they are doing it right with the proper combination of excellent service and well cared for delicious food. This is definitely a must go for all food lovers. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We had been to Meauxbar Bistro under its previous owner and liked it very much. it was on our normal rotation of restaurants that are close to our apartment. even though this was the first week that the restaurant had re-opened under a new chef, the food was excellent. i had a quinoa and crab salad that was very interesting in texture and had the right light flavors for warm weather dining. my entree was the Bolognese with spaetzle, the meat sauce was very good, but i would like to have seen a bit more spaetzle with the dish. our waiter was nice, but knew very little about the menu. the dining room was freezing cold. in all i am glad that the restaurant is back. i'm sure that the service kinks will be ironed out in due course. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The ambiance of this revived space is almost as beautiful as the presentation of the menu items! Just an overall great experience. I recommend the beef tartar and the lamb loin, and never skip dessert---it's worth it here. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We used to frequent the "old" Meauxbar and were such huge fans of this neighborhood gem. We were so disappointed when the owners shut the doors to pursue other projects, but hopeful when we heard the folks from Sainte Marie were taking over. I love the new decor. It's modern without being overly so. The staff is very knowledgable and took the time to chat with us about the new menu and the restaurant's reimagining. Stacey took incredible care of us. Everything was delicious! My only criticisms were that my dirty martini could have been dirtier and there was too much beet "caviar" on the chicken liver mousse...completely overwhelmed the dish. We went on their second day of re-opening. I'm sure things will tighten up. Will be back for sure. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Made a reservation here a few months in advance. Got to the restaurant. CLOSED. Jeeze. Would have been nice to know."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Restaurant was recommended by a local. Food and service was excellent. Steak Tartare appetizer was outstanding."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "We made our reservation based on reviews and we were not disappointed. The wine list was interesting and very well priced. The food was excellent. Will visit again the next time we visit Nola."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "As usual, Meauxbar does not disappoint- the space is sweet, the staff is helpful and courteous, and the food is spot on. At our most recent visit, we had a selection of about 8 items from the appetizer menu- each better then the last! Mussels, beet ravioli, fried oyster salad, onion tart- just to name a few... We used to come just for a pre-theatre meal, but this place has now become part of our regular dining schedule. Keep up the good work!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014