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Restaurant August
Restaurant August
  • Address:
    301 Tchoupitoulas Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    Neighborhood:
    Central Business District
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary French
    Price: $50 and over

Restaurant August Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.restaurantaugust.com
  • Phone: (504) 299-9777
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Friday Only, 11:00am - 2:00pm. Dinner: Monday - Sunday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: and co-owner John Besh
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gravier
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: August has a parking lot across from the restaurant available for dinner only!
A word from Restaurant August
Opened in October 2001 with native John Besh at the helm, Restaurant August is the only restaurant to be awarded a perfect "5 Bean" score from The Times-Picayune in the past two years. Food & Wine bestowed Besh with the honor of "Best New Chef" in 1998. Gourmet magazine's Guide to America's Best Restaurants listed August in its top five picks in New Orleans.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The potato Gnocci with truffle is incredible! We enjoyed everything we ate. I tried the beef and my fiancé had the trout. Save room for dessert!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I and three of my girlfriends met in N.O. for a reunion. Restaurant August was highly recommended and we were NOT disappointed. Our waiter, Robert, was one of the best waiters I've every had - he was very professional, highly energetic and made our evening so much fun! The food was spectacular and then, because of Robert, we got an opportunity to visit the kitchen afterwards to see where it was all prepared. Even everyone in the kitchen acted happy we were there! What a memorable experience from start to finish. Thank you!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We've been Besh devotees for a decade, and August has been the favorite with its inventive combinations of mouth-watering dishes. Let me be very clear about the outstanding service as always and good food but not great this time! It's been several months since our last visit, and I immediately noticed the change in the menu to a more limited selection and questionable preparations . The BBQ foie gras was inedible. The trout was superb, oysters and soft shell crabs were good but not up to August standards. We invited friends who'd never been, And frankly I was embarrassed that he was served such a tough, unflavored lamb dish. I hope it's just an off week but Next visit to NOLA we will try a new place."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We had dinner at August. This was our first time at August. Every dish was unique & well prepared. We also tried nearly every specialty drink on the menu, all were excellent. Our servers were knowable about every dish & the specialty drinks. It was a great dinner & we will be back."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We experienced what we expected. It was a nice evening of elegant dining."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I was looking for a great eating experience while hosting an important business guest and colleagues. August was perfect. Each morsel of food was a pleasant adventure. The service was the best I've ever experienced. My guest and colleagues raved as well during the meal and since. There are so many great dining options in New Orleans and I would put this one at the top."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "FOod, Service, Decor. Excellent Restaurant. My first time in this restaurant and overpass all my expectatives."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Had the chef's menu with the wine pairing, the pairings were PERFECT with the menu. My favorite dish was the fried watermelon with Lemonfish, Thai Chilis and Peanuts."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was our second trip to August and it didn't disappoint either time. The trout and snapper dishes are some of the best I ever had. The desserts are also phenomenal. I could eat like 10 of the banana puddings! It is delicious!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Service at August is impeccable; food is outstanding. We both had soft shell crab, and that was the best I have had, although it was a bit peppery for my taste. A fabulous bottle of wine topped it off. The lemon souffle tart was outstanding. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "From the greeting we received when we walked in the door to the exceptional service (thanks Mark G), the food was outstanding. I can't say enough about how incredible our experience was."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food was inspired. I had the seasonal vegetable selections and swapped out one of the dishes. Robert Karner talked me out of swapping what I thought I wanted, and I was tremendously grateful that I listened to him. It's always best to listen to your captain. Excellent work!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This one is not to be missed. In a town of off the charts restaurants abound every corner this one my be the best of all."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Always amazing food and impeccable service. Captain, Robert, provided us with the best service we've ever had. It was astounding how he had memorized every component of every dish and described them with such passion! Sommelier was fabulous too!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Our evening at August was a great adventure. No dish like we had ever seen before - from the special appetizer in an egg cup to the market vegetable chopped salad - wow! This salad was everything fresh from that day, lightly tossed with a mild vinaigrette - some watermelon, plum, tomato, squash, carrots, etc. My husband had the smoked goat cheese and peach salad with honey dressing. Oh my! And the entrees were not just beautiful, but, again, a twist on what you might expect - a trout pontchartrain lightly prepared and the snapper courtbouillon - a deliciously prepared snapper, surrounded by a rich, thick sauce - not the light liquid expected. Then, the banana pudding desert, again presented in a completely different way - delicious!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We enjoyed the tasting menu with wine pairing. One of the best meals that I have ever had in my life. Every bite was more delicious than the last. Service was amazing, insightful, and friendly."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My husband and I are foodies and we fell in love with this restaurant. Besh can cook a whole lot of love and Robert made the night magical -one of our top 10 restaurants in the world -perhaps a close second to French Laundry."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Some of the best food and service in NoLa. from a local. Eat here, you would t be disappointed. From amuse to dessert, foodie perfection."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Wonderful meal! We went to thank friends who had lent us their house while we had renovations in ours and August was perfect location to thank them. It's the best special occasion restaurant in our view and it's not stuffy, we find it very relaxed. Great service. Special attention from Chef Pulsinelli an added bonus!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I heard good reviews about August so I was expecting impeccable, friendly service with great food and ambience for dining. I was not as pleased. The food was good but the duck and beef were too rare. I guess it would have been nice for the restaurant to ask how we would like the duck and beef. The veggie entree was a larger portion of the appetiZer which I was not that happy about. The service was okay and compared to the service I've experienced at other fine dining restaurants I was a bit disappointed. I mean hot water for my hot tea was not refilled. My friend didn't get a knife for her fish, she ended up with a butter knife. I didn't even get a fork for my entree because the staff had cleared it after my salad."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "It was my second time dining at August, and it was as magical as the first time (over 3 years ago). The blue crab and black truffle gnocchi is heavenly. My only compliant is that it's ONLY an appetizer and not an entree."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Outside it was a horn honking traffic crawling boisterous mess. Inside was let's see....what is that word, oh, right--PERFECT! Foie GRAS was out of this world. The bread was the best I have ever had in town. The salad was an amazing rainbow of flavors, gorgeously presented and almost too pretty to eat. They call it a chopped salad but it deserves a more elegant name...radishes, squash figs, tomatoes a sweet bite, a pickled bite, every forkful different. Dessert was a white cholate dream. Gracious, refined, charming, PQERFECT! Thank you John Besh! Cooking from the heart indeed!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Went to August for their Friday lunch. When I first saw the price 20.14 I thought they were dating the menu. The price for a three course lunch was $20.14. What a value! They sure don't skimp on quality. All of the entrees on the regular lunch menu were more expensive than the three course lunch. The Pate Campagne appetizer was a generous portion with an excellent taste. The entrees were wonderful and the desserts were big. Don't let this pass."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. The dishes are unusual with great presentation and very tasty. Staff friendly and helpful explaining preparation of food. A memorable experience. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I am in the hotel sales business and I brought three clients who are very seasoned and worldly travelers; they were most impressed with the food variety, quality, and most importantly, how the manager and the server described the food and their knowledge of ingredients and preparation. The clients were so impressed that they will probably book their Board of Directors dinner of 60 people at the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I have wanted to dine here forever since watching John Besh on TV. I have two of his cookbooks and admire his love for New Orleans. So..it definitely did not disappoint in the food category. Thought the service was a bit too stiff. The setting is beautiful and like that tables are not jammed together."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "A fabulous dining expierence from the moment we walked through the front door, until the last dessert morsel was consumed. If you are in NOLA, August is a must."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Our Server and her Assistant were top notch. Unfortunately, their expertise couldn't overcome what was an extremely average (at best) meal. The presentation of every dish was exquisite. But, after just one bite of each dish (sampled 5+ separate menu items) I was already disappointed. This place has a cool vibe, exceptional service, beautiful presentation and average (at best) food (taste). The problem with that is the price. Food needed to be better."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The service, food and ambience couldn't be better and the staff takes great pride in EVERY ASPECT of making THE EXPERIENCE extraordinary! Each dish is unique, beautiful to the eye, and great to the taste. Flavors are combined in new and exciting ways and textures include combinations which surprise and delight you. Local farms provide as much of the fruits, nuts, vegetables and meats as possible. The The wine cellar is extensive and the staff is extremely knowledgeable in wine pairings. Chef John Besh has created another winner in AUGUST. We were welcomed into the kitchen and INVITED back for another experience. Foodies will LOVES this restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I have been eaten Lec Bec Fin,and Gotham bar and grill many Occasions, But this place is no way near that. Very small portions and The captain went over the Degusation menu all other tables except mine. I probably have eaten more French Foods than he does,Very poor judgement for a five stars restaurant.ONly one time deal for me"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I'm from around the New Orleans area and thought since it was a John Besh restaurant it should have been better. Food was adequate at best. I've eaten at other John Besh restaurants and they were good. I was very disappointed for the price of the food and the portions. I would not recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "August is a triumph. Special dishes you won't find any where else, impeccable service, and knowledgable staff."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great food prepared in unique combinations only Besh can create! Delicious from the first bite!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite places to dine. The food, staff and atmosphere are all superb. No one will be disappointed with the food or the service at August."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Best meal in New Orleans this trip! Will definitely make it a return destination!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "WOW- WOW-WOW. The restaurant is incredible. I will say the bar staff was a bit aloof (but maybe it's a Southern thing). The waitstaff and table service was fantastic. Their attention to detail and ability to suggest courses that would flow together well really helped us along on our journey through the menu. This place is very special and will be on my list of "Best Meals Ever.""
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I took my fiance to Restaurant August for her birthday. We were graciously greeted at the door and immediately felt welcomed. We started with the eggplant steak w goat cheese. Excellent. They also served an egg in its shell which was more of a custard then topped with something that gave it a crunch. Very tasty. I had the pork loin that was also served w pork belly. The pork belly was too fat for my taste. Pork loin was very tasty. My fiance had striped bass. It was presented well. She enjoyed it! For dessert they presented a lemon soufflé w raspberry ice cream. They wrote happy birthday on the plate for my fiancé. Very knowledgeable waiter. Very good service."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "If you love to eat, drink & enjoy a great ambience, you will not he disappointed! Would eat here again in a heartbeat!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Truly worth going. Nicky offered excellent service and win recommendation. That made our experience that much more enjoyable."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I was disappointed. Y husband had steak and I had trout. Both dishes were just ok."
    Dined on 6/24/2014