Best New Restaurant in New Orleans
I was skeptical going to the revamped Sazarac now called the Fountain Lounge. The restaurant bar has a wonderful feel and a raw bar. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. The interior is modern with a European flair. I started with the crawfish-andouille croquettes these were incredible. Then I had a half dozen raw oysters. Very big, very fresh, very good. My entree was the seared gulf fish. I hate brussels sprouts and they were beneath the fish in a saffron ragout. They were delicious. The service was prompt and professional since we were trying to get to the Saenger to make a play. The sommelier was very knowledgeable and the stem ware was beautiful. I highly recommend this bold new take on a New Orleans tradition.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great wine
My husband and I came for a pre-theatre dinner before a show at the Saenger and were very impressed.
The staff was attentive and friendly and made sure we had time for 3 full courses and coffee before we had to go.
The new menu covers a wide variety, from standbys like burgers, chicken to foie gras and rabbit. Overall quality was high, and the breadth of the wines by the glass list was impressive.
Our favorites: house recipe oysters chargrilled in butter, seared foie gras with candied fennel was an amazing pairing (only wish it was bigger) and the crab and wild mushroom tagliatelle with truffles was divine. Chocolate creme brulee with graham and marshmallow stood out as a light and deconstructed smore. Overall - delightful.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous Hotel Restaurant
The Fountain Lounge is the newest addtion to the New Orleans hotel dining scene and its definitely here to stay. No expense was spared in the decor and table setting. The live entertainment rivals any music venue in town. The service was 5 star with a sommelier who has hand picked classic and contemporary wines to fill out a comprehensive wine list. The young chef has done the same with the menu employing modern techniques with classic New Orleans fare. Each dish was thoughtfully prepared with attention to fresh and quality ingredients. The raw bar reminded me of those in Paris with a beautiful presentation of shellfish. The beautiful bar offered an extended menu of hand crafted cocktails. Overall impression, outstanding!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
My girlfriends and I went to the Fountain Lounge after hearing they did a multi-million dollar renovation. We wanted to see the results and boy were we pleasantly surprised! The lounge was very inviting, good music, open to the lobby so we could people watch, and the bar was fantastic. They have glasses of wine from bottles that we could never afford, a raw bar, and cute bartenders. We had wonderful service and the food was beyond what I expected. We ordered several appetizers and some entrees. They were all delicious! I highly recommended going to the Fountain Lounge before going out in the FQ or even going to watch the Saints game (they have a hidden t.v.). It was a lovely dining experience and my friends and will be going back a lot.
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wow! Great date spot! Charming!
The Fountain Lounge is a gem and you MUST go! The staff was knowledgeable & friendly! They made us feel extremely valued. It was a nice touch that the manager & chef stopped by our table. We started with the cheese plate & cocktails followed by small plates (they do offer full sized entrées). I recommend the small plates! We shared ahi tuna, pork belly, & the rabbit tenderloin. We enjoyed raw & bienville oysters. I'm a texture person and was nervous to try these delicacies, but my fella insisted. I'm glad I did! DELISH! If you have texture issues, I recommend the bienville, but both are tasty! The small plates are all superb! You can't go wrong with any of them, but if I had to pick 1 get the pork belly! I recommend visiting! Much to offer!
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
southern cuisine with a gourmet twi
This is the bar restaurant in the Waldorf Astoria and keeps to the elegance and high standards you'd expect. Food was wonderful: best turtle soup with Fois Gras I've ever had, refreshing and piquant pickled boiled shrimp, crispy yet juicy pork belly with beans and greens. And chocolate mousse cake dessert. Everything first rate.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for exploring the unusual
When in town on a convention, went to the Fountain Lounge with some peers. Nice salads, unusual veggies, rabbit, tuna, turtle soup, pork belly, and pecan doughnuts for dessert were a fun and tasty exploration. Multiple small plates to share was the thing, not many large entrees. Nice setting in an old beautiful hotel.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Small plates are awesome
Everything was great! We wanted to order more but couldn't fit anymore in our bodies!
And for chocolate dessert fans, there's a decadent and amazing mousse cake!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Fountain Lounge has an excellent atmosphere and great service. My party and myself had a great time. I tried an appetizer that I honestly would not have tried without my party suggesting and it was amazing! Our server David was awesome and did not over/under-serve. The small plate selection was perfect to couple with the well portioned appetizers. A bit more on the dessert selection would be cool, but that's just me. Overall great experience!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
A good question
Now why would the Fountain Lounge offer oysters from Maine when we 're in the oyster capital of the country ?
Other than that quirk, the food was great! Loved the endive salad. Beignet's were too firm. Would skip dessert & fill up on more local oysters!
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went for thanksgiving dinner with my girlfriend. Was awesome. Highly recommend.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM