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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
  • "My last visit to August (2012) had the best vegetarian "flight" dishes I had ever had. My sister and I visited August 18th and neither of us were impressed. The squash blossoms were very heavy and not very tasteful. My trout "Pontchartrain" was huge and after the blossoms, I didn't enjoy it nearly enough. My sister ordered the vegetarian "flight". Same opinion of the squash blossoms, another dish included an olive pesto (doesn't like olives) which she missed on the menu description, not another good choice. The next dish was a curried heirloom tomato and black-eye pea dish but it was SO SWEET neither of us could eat it. We commented to the waitstaff, they apologized but not removed from the bill. Service is impeccable, ask for Randi(y)!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Had the tasting menu - all spectacular courses. Great service, great drinks, great food. All around fantastic dining experience."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "I eat at alot of restaurants around the globe and I loved the atmosphere and food here but the gentleman we had as a server was not good at all and was way to stuffy-he needs to be at the Ritz as he never smiled and was quick and really did not want to discuss the menu-great example of good restaurant with bad experience with a server so not sure I would go back"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We had a wonderful experience at August. Every dish was perfectly done- started with fried oysters, then I got the snapper and my wife the beef. All prepared beautifully, good size portions. Service is impeccable. And all in a stylish setting. Yes, it's a bit pricey, but it's worth it. Easily one of 10 best restaurant experiences."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The food at Restaurant August was wonderful; it was the culinary highlight of our trip. The potato crisp P&J oysters should not be missed. The thought of the oyster dish is making my mouth water as I write this review. As amazing as the food was, the service was even better. Our waitress was charming, funny, and passionate about the food. She asked what type of food we liked then made recommendations based on our likes. She was always right there when we needed something but never hovered or was intrusive. That kind of service is an art and, other than at Les Ambassadeurs in Paris, I have never had better service. I will be going back to Restaurant August the next time I am in New Orleans."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This was a great experience. The restaurant is beautiful . The staff were friendly and efficient . The food was delicious . Definitely one of my best meals ever. Looking forward to returning ."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "If it weren't for the $20.14 lunch I wouldn't be able to enjoy August's sophisticated food. Thx chef Besh!!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Restaurant August is my favorite place to bring guests. I came down from Atlanta with a friend and some friends from Missouri joined us for a luxurious dining experience. There is no better place to experience the food, culture, and ambience of New Orleans. Wish I could give it more Stars."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Housed in an old tobacco warehouse, the ambience is elegant and romantic. Integrity of the building was kept, so that dinner which was delicious tastes even more elegant. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Perfect dining experience to celebrate my wife's 70th birthday. Great dining with large attentive staff!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "fantastic food, service by Randi and the staff were fantastic! wonderful experience as always at August!!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Absolutely amazing! From the architecture to the food and wine to the impeccable service! Thanks so much for making our celebration memorable!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Food was excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Had a wonderful experience here. Everything was perfect! A great birthday celebration! The food was perfectly prepared, service was impeccable, wine paired to perfection as well. Will give this the highest praisees."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "From start to finish our meal at August exceeded our expectations. For our appetizer I did the Foie Gras 3 ways. amazing! Rod had the "potato crisp P & J oysters" literally this is the way a oyster should be fried, perfection! The main course. "trout pontchartrain" and "Gulf Snapper Courtbouillon" both were moist juicy and delicious. In the menu description the trout says breaded but it is more like dusted, it was as wonderful as any gulf fish I have ever had. The trout includes shrimp and blue crab in its components. It is heavenly! We had a wonderful waiter and he certainly added to our experience. This was our Anniversary dinner and again it was beyond fabulous."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We were celebrating our 49th wedding anniversary, several years ago at the beginning of August restaurant we went for the same occasion, and it was a excellent dinner and service. This time the food was not the quality of the food for the price, the service was very poor and the maitre D attitude was not the kind you expect of that kind of restaurant. I'm from Louisiana and frequently patronize restaurants in New Orleans, but John Besh better start to get more involved in his name chain of restaurants."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Fabulous. We just returned from two weeks in France and this was better. Worth a trip to New Orleans."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "I took my daughter and her significant other to August for dinner when I visited her in New Orleans. It was my first visit to the Big Easy. This was one of a small list of restaurants that my the two of them had on a list of "dream" restaurants. The restaurant is located just outside of the French Quarter in the charming uptown area; close to the Aquarium and Lafayette Park. It is beautiful inside and out. The menu changes and is eclectic with a wide variety of offerings. There is an extensive wine list, including by-the-glass and bottle, as well as many signature cocktails and liquors. Portion size for entrees is reasonable to large. Appetizers and small plates are fairly generous in size. Excellent service. $$$ $490/3 people"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The tasting menu was excellent. Excellent place for fine dining."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Just went back to August, and had a HORRIBLE experience. There were several large, loud groups seated around us. The server was rude and dismissive. Nothing was personal or special. I'm embarrassed that I brought out-of-town friends here when there are so many other great choices. Don't waste a night on August. The food doesn't make up for the service. Everything was covered in salt."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food was exquisite, exceptional! Well prepared and presented."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Love this restaurant ( been there. 3 times) but didn't have the best waiter this last time: less than friendly, not particularly attentive. Similar to the one from Ferris Buehler's day off. However, the food is great and I'll definitely give it another try next time I'm in NOLA."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Great food and service. Came back the next night to visit the bar which is small and quiet and out of the Quarter nightlife. Amber provided great drinks and looked to provide something different."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I had a day by myself in NOLA and took the opportunity to have a nice Friday lunch. It was my first time dining alone but the servers we're so attentive that I didn't feel alone. Food was excellent."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I think that was the best meal we have ever had in New Orleans,and we have had many! The presentation is outstanding,the food could not be prettier or tastier. The goat cheese peach appetizer that I had was wonderful. All four of us had different entrees,fish,pork and beef and they were all "to die for"! Dessert! WOW! What can I say? Chocolate! Great! The only slightly negative thing I have say is our waiter was bit stuffy and not very attentive. Pricey,but worth it."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Everything was great - food, cocktails, and service. The gnocchi just melts in your mouth paired wonderfully with lump pieces of crab mear. The trout was the best ever not dry one bit as I've experienced at other restaurants. Who knew the items on the Degustation menu were matches made in heaven such as the grilled watermelon with lemon fish. The banana pudding is a must try! The Pimm's Cup was quite refreshing. The parking lot across the restaurant was a plus."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Our first experience at any Chef Besh restaurant was as satisfying as we had anticipated it to be. Our party was large, so it seemed that we ordered one of almost everything on the menu. From seafood to fowl to beef to salads to soups, everything was delectable. And then there were the delicious little lagniappes - especially the handmade candies at the end of the meal. We also had special dietary needs that were met with extraordinary flavor and with enthusiasm and tact. We were celebrating a birthday on this night; we are eager for the next occasion to celebrate at Restaurant August."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Since it is french restaurant, we were expecting really good sauce and the restaurant doesn't deliver. A little bit disappointed."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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
  • "Not a single flaw. Not. One. So spectacularly outstanding in a city that has countless options for outstanding dining."
    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
  • "When going to New Orleans, August is a must stop! Best Dinner Experience and I have travelled around the world!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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
  • "I attended August with three coworkers. We were in New Orleans for work and were looking for some fine dining experiences. We found it in Restaurant August! I tried the tasting menu (Our Degustation) and was delighted with each iteration. A coworker tried the vegetarian tasting menu and was equally impressed. Appetizers and drinks were both notable and delightful. The crown jewel, though, was the dessert. Those pastry chefs are magical!"
    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