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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
  • "very enjoyable evening. attentive staff & interesting dishes"
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "Food was very good. It was on my "special occasion" resturant list. I would definitely recomend this resturant for high end diners looking for a great meal. How come the higher price meals become the smaller the portion sizes become?"
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "My wife and I chose Restaurant August to celebrate our 23rd Anniversary. I made arrangements for flowers to be delivered to the restaurant prior to our arrival and the staff was graciously accommodating. The service was impossible to top with everyone extremely friendly and helpful. Overall a wonderful experience we will be repeating."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Everything was great food was out of this world and service was just as good"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Our Captain, Randi, turned our delicious meal into a fun dining experience."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Restaurant August is a beautiful restaurant. The service is impeccable and the food is extraordinary. I highly recommend it for a fine dining experience."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Again, outstanding food, wine, and service. Captain and sommelier enthusiastic and very helpful."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "We had a memorable meal at Restaurant August for our first trip here. We attended a wedding and the bride had suggested August. Dinner was excellent; everything tasty and beautifully presented. The veal sweetbreads, crab gnocchi and Ponchartrain Trout were prepared totally new. If I hadn't been so full, I would've ordered sweetbreads for dessert!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Second time here in a week. Loved it so much the first time that we had to go back & do the tasting menu with friends before we left New Orleans."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Our dining experience was fabulous. We were celebrating my wife's birthday & hoped it would be special. We were both totally thrilled with the entire evening. Our server robert was great!! Thanks August!!"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Go to the French Quarter to wander, but if you really appreciate food, wine & great service, don't miss this place in the warehouse district."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Restaurant August is my "go to" restaurant when I want to give my customers the very best dining experience while in New Orleans. They have never disappointed."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "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
  • "We were at August to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary. When we arrived we were greeted by the staff as if we were old patrons even though this was our first visit. The web site describes the dress as business casual, I arrived with a tie but no jacket and felt a little under dressed. We ordered our appetizers and were surprised that they were at our table before we knew it. The entree was also brought out very timely. Everything was perfect. My wife had the trout Pontchartrain, I had the soft shelled crab, both were excellent. We are not dessert eaters, however the staff presented us with a dish of their famous banana pudding with a congratulatory message written in chocolate, beautiful. We will be back and do it again."
    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