Sbisa's
Sbisa's

Sbisa's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sbisasnola.com/
  • Phone: (504) 309-7477
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday: 11am-10pm, brunch 11am-4pm and dinner 5pm-10pm
    Monday: 5pm - 9pm, bar opens at 11am
    Tuesday: Closed
    Wednesday: Closed
    Thursday: 5pm-9pm, bar opens at 11am
    Friday: 11am-10pm, lunch 11am-3pm and dinner 5pm-10pm
    Saturday: 11am-10pm, lunch 11am-3pm and dinner 5pm-10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, French American, Creole
  • Executive Chef: Michael Pedranti
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: St. Phillip Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are various pay lots within 2-3 blocks of the restaurant
A word from Sbisa's
Café Sbisa, located in the French Market area of the Vieux Carre, was founded by the Sbisa family in 1899. It was amongst many restaurant and coffee houses in the thriving port and financial district of the old French city. Today, it remains as a symbol of the past, still serving excellent New Orleans libation, as well as, classic creole cuisine.

Patrons at Sbisa will note that Chef Pedranti’s menu pays tribute to the classic creole dishes of New Orleans while giving a modern spin to the amazing southern dishes on the Gulf Coast. “Many of the great creole dishes that are found today in New Orleans restaurants began at Sbisa,” according to Pedranti. “As such, our culinary goal is to honor our historic roots with a modern disposition.”

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Sbisa's reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.9
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (5)fit for foodies (4)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (3)special occasion (2)neighborhood gem (2)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)romantic (1)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Seymour29
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We were welcomed and received very good service. Dinner was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dance Show
    Robert65
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    we saw NOLA Jitterbug's dance show,featuring Chance Bushman, Nobert Susemil and others. Wonderful show, very good food. Staff seemed to be a little confused from time to time. But overall wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the music
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We went to see the Nola Jitterbugs and decided to have dinner before. The food was pretty good, but the service was REALLY slow. Server's attitude wasn't great. He seemed to be bothered that we were there and wanted to be served.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I had been to Cafe Sbisa several times pre-Katrina and remembered it as a charming and intimate French bistro with excellent food. Disappointed to arrive and find it is now basically a sports bar with a booming big screen TV and horrible decor. Food was adequate but not great. Not to be recommended.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mixed feelings
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We were here with a group of 9 adults. The food was mostly good, I recommend the tuna tartare, jambalaya balls and gnocchi appetizers. Music and dancers added a lovely energy and ambiance. We were very disappointed with the service. Waiter seemed quite inexperienced and did not handle himself well at all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find!
    RT32514
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Fun. Food. Friendly! Stopped in for a drink. Came back for supper.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Went during the Sourthern Decadence celebration. All food served seemed to be oversalted.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 6 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 44 reviews are from the Sbisa's reviews archive.
  • First Time at Sbisa's
    bamadrum
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Obviously, it's a very historic restaurant, and having the big band combo play was pretty neat. Our server was great and very attentive. The food, however, was less than I had hoped. I ordered the barbecue shrimp, and was disappointed that the shrimp were still in their shell. Also, the entree was too salty - and that' coming from a confessed saltaholic.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience!
    KenFVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    First time there since reopening. Only a block from our condo but we tend to venture out further when dining. We will definitely return and recommend to our family & friends. Very nice French Quarter atmosphere, wonderful selections on their menu and the service is what you would expect at such a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Did not disappoint
    Vin1952
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We chose this restaurant because it is owned by the same people who had operated another venue in New Orleans which we loved, but was closed by the owners to open this restaurant. As at their previous location, the food was outstanding. We had a party of 6 and all ordered appetizers and various entrees. The service as well as the food was outstanding. We highly recommend the Cajun Mac & Cheese, the Chicken and the Rabbit dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointing
    quarterrenter
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    First of all the room was not full and we were put I the back dark corner by the kitchen door. Ordered drinks and that was a bad start. Asked for a straight up martini and it came in a glass on ice. Chopped salads were good but ridiculously large. Hubby ordered rabbit two ways, and it was only one way, but tender. My filet seemed like it had marinated in garlic juice for a week and was inedible. Carrots from Hollygrove were delicious tho. We will not be back and will not recommend this place to anyone!!
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  • Total Disappointment
    NewOrleansFoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Booked a table for Sunday afternoon brunch with friends in the movie business, who were in town for Jazz Fest. There was NOBODY else in the restaurant when we arrived; not a good sign. (One in the party, made his excuse and left right away -smart move.) Menu was not anything like the Sunday Brunch Menu listed on Open Table; not even the "Lunch Menu." I ordered a burger, medium-rare; it came out very well done, dry, tasteless. French fries came out after we finished everything else. I had heard they reopened, and had hoped maybe it was like it was in the 90's; a really happening place; the "it place" for visiting movie producers, writers... Instead it was just pitiful.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Old world charm
    Maria
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The restaurant had a great vibe and history. The wait staff were very nice. The best part of the night was the band playing 20s music. The musicians even danced the dances from that time period. The food was bland and was just okay. I would go back for the entertainment but not the food.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall, Pretty Good
    FredVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Had a really nice evening at Sbisa the other night. Service was good, but server was obviously new and manager "hovered" nearby to make sure we were taken care of. The other two people in our party of three had fish dishes which they really enjoyed. I had the Shrimp Creole which was unexpectedly somewhat bland and the rice was just kind of gooey. Specialty cocktails were over the top. Have been there several times before, and will return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • left without food or drink
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Made a reservation, but walked in to an empty restaurant from a busy, noisy street. Waited at the bar for a few minutes while the bartender dried off glasses, but did not offer my friends and I any service. Got a very strange vibe from the quiet emptiness of the place compared to everything going on in that area of the city. After a few minutes with no service, the group decided to leave rather than be the only ones there. A rather strange experience. The building was old and interesting...too bad as it seemed to have lots of potential!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • unique and fun
    dpoole15VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    we had dined at the old Cafe' Sbisa in the Spring of 2005 just before Katrina and really liked it but they had never reopened as most all of the French Qtr restaurants did. Now it's back and quite different. A live band and singing and dancing to enjoy while you dine. Food is marvelous and service is just right and quite personable. All in all a great choice for a French Qtr evening.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CatnessOleans
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Ambiance is outstanding and romantic in this third-oldest restaurant in New Orleans. A dramatic two-story space focuses on a striking mural above the bar. The Hemingway was a unique well-crafted cocktail to accompany fried oyster starter in a tasty pepper sauce. The Blackened Red Fish with shrimp in a shrimp bisque sauce is an excellent example of New Orleans seafood. The generous vegetable medley of carrots, Brussels sprouts, and turnips was the perfect side-dish. This restaurant is a great New Orleans experience!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Landakim
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We were seated promptly but by the service kitchen door... Folding serving tray stand had to be moved by my friend for her to even be able to sit in her chair. Ordered our drinks and when the waiter brought them proceeded to tell us all of the dishes they were OUT of for the night. About one third of the menu was unavailable and it was the dishes that the good reviews had recommended. We asked for out check and left without eating. Would not recommend this restaurant for dinner even though the piano player was excellent. Maybe go on for drinks and bar music only. Our waiter was MOT friendly and was very short in his tone with is when telling us about the menu being so limited.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A First
    drh4625VIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    This restaurant was selected strictly by random choice. We were not disappointed. We enjoyed delicious entrees of fish prepared perfectly. The staff was especially helpful with selections and explanations. A must on our next visit.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food at a reasonable
    mghnurse
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Excellent food at a reasonable price and terrific service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creole sampler pretty delicious.
    Johnnyb
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Creole sampler pretty delicious. Short rib bourgignon amazing and drunken scallops nearly amazing. Try putting a piece on the great french bread. Goat cheese cheese cake- as you'd expect, delicious, denser and slightly drier than regular cheesecake. they played a song on request. Great gin drinks especially if you think you don't like gin- last word and french 75. Mr Jack was an excellent server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service upon arrival was
    Thomas
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The service upon arrival was bad. The waiter Dale was good. The food was terrible.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentine Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We arrived about 15 minutes early and were seated immediately. But, we were seated by the kitchen door at a small table just barely for two. Needless to say, we were constantly bombarded by the staff going back and forth thru the two swinging doors constantly during our visit. We both ordered the filet, medium rare. Mine was perfect, but my wife's was pretty much medium well. We did let our waitress know, but i decide to switch steaks with my wife and eat the burnt one. I only did that because because of the holiday, the service was very slow and didnt want to wait anylonger. The meal was slow getting there, but the service was good. Disappointed that we paid $33 for a steak and it was overcooked. Love the ambience, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good not great
    Chad
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Loved the historic building and all the art. Service and ambience were excellent but the door was moderate at best. Excellent cocktails!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    John
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Sbisa was a gem for many years, but it closed. It has returned even greater than it was. The food was outstanding as was the service. I am glad they are back. We will be back often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot in NOLA
    bbraudVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    We got a recommendation from our hotel to try Sbisa's and we're glad we followed it. The menu has great selections, and we can't wait to get back and try other selections. I had the red fish, which was wonderful, and my wife had scallops -- also wonderful. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Liese531
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    I love this place. Can't wait to go back. The service was great, the food was great, my only complaint is that the restrooms are up a flight if stairs and very small.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time since it reopened
    uncle
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The entire dinning experience was outstanding. The wine was excellent and there was a good selection of drinks. The Arugula and Wedge salads were great. My crab cake was one of the best I had in years it had crab meat and the sauce was tasty. My short ribs were delicious. My Wife thoroughly enjoyed her Grilled Pork Chop and our Friend enjoyed her Blackened Red Fish. The desserts were worth breaking your diet. The service was extremely pleasant and helpful. There was also a god selection of unique back ground music The building has a rustic charm and the paints by George Dureau add a lot of character.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service. The waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Excellent service. The waiter was charming and very attentive. The food was very good but not outstanding. Had the filet whicwas very good but maybe should have ordered fish.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    MattStur
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    This was once our favorite restaurant in New Orleans. The latest iteration is a disappointment. The atmosphere, once lively with elegant tables, is now flat and uninviting. The greeting was very welcoming and the service very good. As for the food -- we ate there four days ago and neither of us remembers what we ate. There are too many good places to go in New Orleans to keep this one on our list.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Let's go again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Highly recommend this historic restaurant. The food was interesting and very tasty. The staff and owner made us feel like special guests in their home. Recommend going early when they are not too busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exquisite "new" restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    I can't recommend this restaurant highly enough. We had one of the best meals we've ever had, and we've had some great ones, here. S'bisa has only been reopened for a few months after being closed for a number of years. Please give it a try. They deserve to make it! We ate there on a Saturday night in mid-January, and I was disappointed to see people walking by look in and see the place nearly empty and walk on by. Three of us ate there that night, and all of us had different yet equally wonderful food. Go, go now, and then go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had an early dinner while
    outoftowner1AVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We had an early dinner while we watched the back half of the Seahawks/Saints game, much to the disappointment of the locals. Service was attentive and food was very good at a reasonable price!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good New Orleans neighborhood
    Kurt
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Very good New Orleans neighborhood restaurant. Service was solid if a bit uneven; allowing for the fact that it was a busy New Year's Eve, I think that's probably as bad as it gets and it wasn't bad at all. The food was very good. I had the pork chop which was prepared with a semi-sweet glaze and served with excellent greens and a good sweet potatoe soufflé. My wife had the rabbit special which she said was a little bland. Clientele was eclectic. Everything from oldsters to young twenties to the middle-aged like us. Some obvious locals and quite a few tourists. Our waitress invited us up to the balcony to watch the midnight fireworks; nice touch on her part.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING!
    Donald
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Sbisa's exceeded our expectations. Great atmosphere, great service, and the food was AMAZING! The prices were very reasonable, and the portions were quite generous. We have been recommending this place to everyone we know. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    nola14
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The menu options were limited. However, the staff made up for it through great attention to detail.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • definitely going back
    Nanico
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Very good apps, food, wines, and service. Higher end restaurant and very reasonable prices. Darling waitress. Try To get table upstairs or least not at the back by the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    My $34 steak that I ordered medium was cooked well done and was very dry. We waited 40 minutes for it to come out too. Definitely won't be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great owner
    OSU502VIP
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    We had several problems however the owner came over and resolved the issues and took care of us. We will be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service was slow, probably
    Mike
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    The service was slow, probably because xmas eve.. the rabbit was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate