Meauxbar Bistro

Meauxbar Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.meauxbar.com/
  • Phone: 5045699979x
  • 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: Creole / Cajun / Southern, Contemporary French
  • 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.
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Meauxbar Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
95 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (65)neighborhood gem (54)romantic (33)special occasion (32)hot spot (29)notable wine list (16)late-night find (15)vibrant bar scene (13)good for groups (10)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great food and service
    NOfoodie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had crab & quinoa salad and the French onion grilled cheese. Unbelievably good. The service was great also. We will definitely go back. I highly recommend both of these dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really Really Good!
    KevinJ
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The service and food we had were wonderful. There were a combination of basics (hangar steak and fries) to really creative (beef cheek) that all were flavorful and delicious. Nice portioning on the cheese plate as well. We had a great dinner and will be back on our next visit to New Orleans.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    DZLdogVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We were big fans of both the old Meauxbar and Ste. Marie, so what could go wrong with the merger of the two, right? Well, first, let me say that most of the food -- especially the crab and quinoa salad and the grilled cheese sandwich -- was excellent. Now for the bad stuff. The decor was completely off-putting. The old Meauxbar had a warm, inviting, cozy decor. The new one has none of those attributes. The gray and black paint scheme has all the warmth of an office, and the lighting makes things even worse. As for the food, one of the dishes we had -- a small plate containing shrimp and tomato aspic -- was awful. The shrimp was tasteless and tough, the tomato was too sweet, and the consistency of the aspic was unpleasant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was delicious
    max1
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Cannot say enough good things - the food was delicious, the presentation beautiful and the service attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inspired NOLA cooking
    ExtranjeroVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This restaurant wouldn't be out of place in the coolest parts of Brooklyn, and the food would withstand the harshest critics. It was so good we went back twice on our short visit to New Orleans. The fish amandine and the pork panee were particular highlights, but everything was memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinner. We were there with good friends, the service was great . My companion that never comments much commented several time to me and others that he had a great meal. .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Excellent. Chef interacts with customers nicely. A bit loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meadowlark
    meadowlark
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    the recent renovations to meauxbar are all good. lighting is softer, color muted, seating more comfortable...like the banquettes. chef kristen's food is superb as always, with slightly unusual offerings that deliver great flavor. from appetizers to dessert, each course has a nice range of choices. we loved the old proprietors, but think the new team is absolutely tops! we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    tengohambre
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food Great a new place, changes
    CDM1
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Divine and delicious. Perfect balance of flavors. Gorgeous fresh ingredients that delight the palate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • keep your lamps trimmed and burning
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Adrian Adrian adrian
    bouf
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Best waiter ever. I would pay Him to hang out with me😊
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Tacky decor
    DenolaVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food is great. The service is good. The decorating looks like a trip to Ikea.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy, dark but good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Impressive
    BinnolaVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Andy
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Check this place out!
    MAMSA
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This place is terrific. Food was amazing and staff a lot of fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad we ate here
    Topshelfboozeguy
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    DrwahooVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oldsalt
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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 !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for wine & yummy bites
    Rmsinca
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great time for everyone
    Topshelfboozeguy
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Everything was so great. Everyone enjoyed their cocktails and food. We will be back there soon, for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NuttySeafood
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Definitely Geaux to Meauxbar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the same as original Meaux Bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • meauxbar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic and innovative food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meauxbar+Kristen=GREAT!
    culinaryblissVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and atmosphere, winning combo!
    Theresa
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • General Observations
    TriniVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUT OF THIS WORLD!
    CitizenKong
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem on Rampart
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was better before....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Simply Amazing
    LesPocheVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great but very noisy
    Nolafoodie1225VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    Knitgalah
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yburst
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Little Less Noise
    Eatoutalot
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The new meauxbar!
    Diner62
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic