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

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.restaurantaugust.com/
  • Phone: 5042999777x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Friday Only, 11:00am - 2:00pm. Dinner: Monday - Sunday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm. Brunch: Sunday Only, 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • 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.
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Restaurant August reviews from OpenTable diners
333 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (261)fit for foodies (246)romantic (214)notable wine list (168)neighborhood gem (70)good for groups (64)hot spot (51)great for lunch (43)great for brunch (13)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (7)scenic view (7)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Awesome August
    garyVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Once again had a tremendous meal. The soft shell crab was out of this word. The gnocchi was superb. service was without a flaw. The servers were ther when you needed them. Thanks August!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect 40th birthday dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My sister's 40th birthday in NOLA was made perfect by the food, service, ambiance and complete attention to every last detail at restaurant august. Thank you to chefs and staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service!
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Overall, great service and food. The waiter was helpful in answering questions and making food and wine recommendations. My water glass was always quickly refilled. Food arrived promptly. The foie 3 ways was delicious. The duck entree was also good, tender, and cooked to perfect doneness, although it wasn't exactly hot. Maybe it wasn't supposed to be??? Complimentary sweets at the end of the meal were a perfect ending to a great meal. The only negative was the less than friendly young lady who was at the front checking guests in. She seemed unhappy to be there, which didn't make for the greatest 1st impression when you 1st walk in. And it couldn't have been that she was overwhelmed as it was an early dinner, and few were in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous!
    KendallVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The front dining room is beautiful. Service impeccable, attentive without hovering. Gnocchi appetizer was amazing and snapper entree was great. Save room for the amazing desserts!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful evening at Restaurant August
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    My husband and I had a lovely dinner at August. Considering Mr. Besh's reputation for foie gras, we could not miss this appetizer of trio bites. While are were very good, it was too small of a plate. We each had a small bite just to taste each way it was prepared. This did not just leave me wanting more, as all high end restaurants strive for, but left me wishing we had not gotten the dish at all. For entrees, we each got a different fish and both were prepared wonderfully. The charm of the setting is lovely and service was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Warm and attentive service. Spectacular food and wine list. Sommelier is very special. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • august a favorite
    fourletters
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We returned to August after several years being away. As before it was very good and as remembered. A little on the noisy side. Food was good to excellent, selection was not particularly inspired
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An experience
    bordercolliegal
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The 5 course meal at August is more than just food. It is a food experience. It pairs different textures and taste in a food dish that you probably have not had before. The wine is paired with each course and it creates an amazing experience. I highly recommend Restaurant August.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Food and Service
    Dan77
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent, well prepared food with a good a la carte selection as well as a tasting menu with suggested wine pairings. Even if you do not order the tasting menu you can still get the entrees a la carte, as well as order the suggested pairings as a single glass of wine to go with other entrees. Attentive service and competitive prices on the extensive wine list. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautifully Besh
    wimbVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Best has become the face of New Orleans food for foodies. Can't get enough!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing...again!
    rbolenVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This was my fourth dinner with Restaurant August and I can easily say that those four experiences make up four of my top ten of my lifetime! I'm not sure that anyone is blending flavors (even subtly) better than Restaurant August right now. From the salad to the soft shelled crab, every bite was perfectly balanced. While we go there to experience a special evening, the ambiance never pushes us into an uncomfortable place. Great work...and we will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special occasion restaurant
    Molex
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The restaurant was very special. Food was exceptional, wine list was extensive and service was very good. We enjoyed the evening with good friends who were equally impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely fine dining.
    silverpalateVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had a truly enjoyable dining experience at August. The dining room is beautiful and inviting. The food was very good with the exception of my snapper. The crisp rice it was on was great but everything was cooked perfectly but the sauce/broth that was poured around it was too strong and heavy for the rest of the dish. That said, I would definitely return. Glad we went.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best meals ever...
    AZJJR1
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Very excellent food from the gnocchi and the oyster appetizers to the fish (trout/crabmeat) entree to the dessert. Fabulous food, excellent service, quality bar.......very, very positive dining experience. One of the absolute best.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb
    timj
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    One of the best dining experiences I've ever had. Thank you for the amuse bouche & desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday Lunch
    apfg
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We finally had a Friday off, so we took advantage of August's prix fixe lunch menu. My husband is pescatarian and no seafood-only options were available from the entree selection on the prix fixe menu. I, however, took full advantage. We both were very happy with our choices, and I kept thinking I was getting the deal of the century. My lunch was worth well over the price of the prix fixe. Both of us have had dinner at August several times, so we knew we were in for a treat, but getting a bargain was just the marshmallow on top of the banana pudding!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    IdealGrace
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Fortunately, or unfortunately, this was our first meal in New Orleans and it set the bar very high. I can't think of a single thing I would change. The food was perfection, the portions just right. The service was exemplary and the dining room was a perfect blend of casual and classy. I can't say enough about the quality service. Our waiter was fun, friendly and very knowledgeable. He was always there when we needed, but never intrusive. We would eat here any time we visit the area without a doubt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Even better than four years ago!
    louiseVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Stepped off the plane and quickly made it to the restaurant, just a few minutes late for our 9:00 pm reservation. No fuss, nothing but a lovely greeting and we were quickly settled at a quiet table, as reequeted. In guidebook terms, "worth a detour". The menu changes seasonally - our choices were softshell crab and pompano, preceeded by the market chop salad. The signature "egg" was a creamy custard with pumpkin seeds and tiny corn kernels. It all seemed effortless, and we were off to in New Orleans style to a great visit with an old friend from college days.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    In New Orleans for business and a colleague suggested Restaurant August and I must say it was the highlight of my trip! Everything was perfect about the restaurant, the ambiance, the food, the staff, etc.!! One notable thing was having a group with a lot of special needs and the staff was very accommodating and even went as far as creating a dish off the menu - although everything else was fabulous, that type of service goes above and beyond. I had the snapper which was awesome, others at the table enjoyed the pompano, the gnoochi...ohh the gnoochi is a must have!!! One other notable feature is the noise level in the restaurant was very moderate although it was crowded!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything we expected
    Minicl
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    August was recommended by a good friend, who is something of a foodie. We knew it would be terrific and it was. The service was excellent and my husband was thrilled with the recommendation of a new bourbon to try. We had the trout and the duck, which was outstanding along with the beet salad appetizer. When we return to New Orleans, we will try their tasting menu, sorry we didn't do it this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the Wait
    Max1955
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We have been waiting to eat at August for a while. An opportunity arose to be in NOLA and we jumped on it. The food and service were great. The soft shelled crab was fabulous as were the fried oysters as an appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the hype
    Denisecahi
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Headed to NOLA for a work event and wanted to set up a special dinner for a group of 6. Called a couple days before to add a person - "no problem". We arrived and realized we were a little under-dressed (some of us had jeans on) but no one gave us "the look". We were promptly seated and were introduced to our waiters (sorry guys, I forgot your names). Got great recommendations and service and the food was great - everyone commented that the trout was probably the best dish they'd ever had. We did lots of sharing at our table so we could all get tastes of everything. Very nice wine list as well. We had a fabulous evening - so much so that we tried to get reservations at another John Besh restaurant two nights later but couldn't get in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reunion Dinner
    Neecy
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Service exceptional, food exceptional, would love to go back for Anniversary. Made us feel at home and taken care of.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall really nice but...
    SDExtravagant1
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My softshell crab wasn't very soft, it was so full of cartilage I couldn't finish it. My boyfriend ordered the trout was lightly breaded and delicious, the hollidaise sause on the side was very salty. We were at August for his birthday so the main courses were a major disappointment. The gnocchi appetizer was absolutely incredible, the dumpling literally melted in your mouth, great textures and flavors. The desserts were excellent - the Meyer lemon and banana pudding. The service was very doting, but all staff seemed a bit rehearsed and all they all recommended the exact same dishes word for word.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • August stands out in New Orleans!
    kwiderynski
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    There are hundreds of great restaurants to visit in NO - you never have enough time to eat at all the places you want. That being said - put August on the "must do" list. Creative use of regional cuisine, wonderful service and ambiance. Friday lunch price fix menu is an excellent way to experience this in a wallet friendly way. Also thumbs up for their cocktails - again there are a lot of opportunities to drink well in this town - but August is exceptional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow
    Pher
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This was such a wonderful price fix menu on Friday that my wife and I made a reservation to come back for dinner on Monday night. The food was divine and the wait staff is completely on point.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really enjoyed it
    Sunrise
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    better if they had sat us at a two people table instead of a table for six
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    Tennisgal22
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Food was excellent, atmosphere was romantic and the service was very attentive
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • #1 in New Orleans
    shake
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    In town for a trade show. August was our first night out and set the bar high. The food was excelent, the waitstaff knowlegable, professional, and went out of there way to make sure the dining experience was top notch. The rib-eye was excelent. Will be going back again and again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent August in NOLA
    Michiganders
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Review Accolades for this dining experience were as advertised...exceptional service, presentation, quality, and ambiance. Will definitely return. New Orleans has lots of restaurants with great food. Not sure this one has a peer actually.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Close to perfection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I have zero to complain about here. Service, creativity, decor all wonderful, but the food speaks volumes. Perfect. If you can, go. Favorite meal in New Orleans of many, many high end spots. We went for brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Casper
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were prepared to love August but just couldn't. The service and ambiance are first rate but we didn't have anything in the menu that left us going "wow!"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • CarolVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    August met every expectation. The food and service were excellent and the atmosphere was wonderful. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    wellspolyproVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My wife and I ate at August Sept 26, it was meal we were looking forward to as my understanding was that this is Chef Besh's flagship restaurant. We decided to have the tasting menu with the sommelier's parings. Out of the four dishes we had, two were very good and two were fair. The dessert was outstanding. Service by our waiter was spotty at best, he kinda acted like he had someplace he'd rather be. The Somm and busboy on the other hand were excellent, the Somm truly knew her wine (I'm a wine geek and I couldn't stump her). All in all, we wouldn't go back and given that this was the most expensive meal we had in NoLa disappointing. BTW, Besh's other restaurant Domenica was excellent and a lot cheaper.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!!!!
    DebfromIL
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Out-of-this world tasting food & wine!!! Staff & service were world-class. Staff was as knowledgeable as they were warm & hospitable. An unbelievably wonderful experience! I was graced with an opportunity to visit New Orleans & the first place I wanted to visit was August. I've followed Chef Besh on TV & wanted to try his restaurant. It was a beautiful experience I will never forget. If I am ever in New Orleans again, I will make sure I get a table at August! Thank you, Chef Besh & your incredible staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful in every way
    KristenVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This was an outstanding dining experience - complete with incredible wine-pairings complements of Erin, wonderful service who even split entrees for us and served over several courses, and the food itself amazing. Highly recommend!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    John Besh just gets it right!. August is a beautiful restaurant with amazing food to match. The fois gras 3 ways was magnificent both in presentation and taste. My duck entrée was cooked to perfection but a little salty. Service is top notch without being over bearing. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sublime!
    shegee
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    One of the best dinners I have ever had, my friends agree! We oooo'ed and aaahed all the way through every course. Peaches and goat cheese, delectable and delish. Fried oysters, unbelievable. Trout - out of this universe and that banana pudding was a dessert to beat all desserts. We may not be culinary geniuses, but we do know that the servers treated us like royalty, always close by with a smile and made it feel like there was a harsher world outside their door. We will come to New Orleans again just to eat here and see these wonderful people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food was excellent - some of the best dishes I've ever had. The service was outstanding, and it was quiet - which was really nice for a change!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fit for my Philadelphia Hipster
    Suburbangal
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    When my hipster Philly living Foodie nephew came into town, there was only one place I really wanted to take him. Restaurant August did not disappoint! The food was excellent-- of course. The staff was awesome--Chris and company had a great sense of humor! I will forever appreciate Restaurant August making this suburban stodgy aunt look pretty damn cool. J
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.