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Sylvain
Sylvain

Sylvain Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sylvainnola.com
  • Phone: (504) 265-8123
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Alex Harrell
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Toulouse and St. Peter
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Sylvain
In fall 2010, Sylvain opened its doors in one of the world’s most celebrated neighborhoods. By celebrating the city's storied past as well as creating a menu and design aesthetic that blends both the past and future, Sylvain provides an oasis of style and unmatched quality. From dining on elevated bistro classics to enjoying a wine program and cocktail menu that leans toward the classics while embracing the resurgence of cocktail culture, guests will savor the restaurant's unspoiled rawness and modern luxury.

Our tree-covered courtyard only adds to the space's timeless feel to create a truly New Orleans experience. By restoring the historic doors, ceilings, and balconies to their original glory and adding elegant seating, lighting and artwork, Sylvain feels at once historic, yet thoroughly modern — all done with a nod to the comedic opera that bears its name. And isn't a skillfully-performed comedic opera something any truly great New Orleans restaurant should aspire to be?
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "I'm from New Orleans and have tried many of the newer hot spots. Sylvain's cuisine is really top notch - full of flavor, but not fussy or too precious."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I had pork shoulder, collard greens, and grits. It sounds like a meal my grandmother would have made, and it was one of the best meals I have had in a long time. I have no idea how they made such humble ingredients so exciting. I am craving the collards two days later. Loved this experience."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food & Service were GREAT! We've walked past Sylain so many times (it's a block from Jackson Square) but before reading about it on OpenTable, we had no idea what we were missing. The person who said he ate there two nights in a row was right. The snapper over 'succotash' was melt-in-your-mouth magic -- hard to describe how utterly delicious this meal was! We are looking forward to returning to Sylain every time we return to N.O., but we will hope for a quiet table in the beautiful garden/courtyard (note: if you are hoping to really talk with your dining companions, note that it was packed and conversation was impossible on Saturday). The large group of people at the next table said lunch is a real treat, too."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Breaking the apparent requirement to serve Creole food, Sylvain offers a hop alternative. Popular with restaurant people."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The food, service and vibe were first rate, TOO NOISY! Quail and creamed spinach were terrific."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My husband and I went here for our anniversary. Unfortunately, we were packed in so tight and the restaurant was so loud that we ate as fast as we could. We headed out for drinks afterwards so we could actually talk. I was so looking forward to this dinner, that the whole thing was fairly disappointing."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This was the 2nd time we came here. The 1st time, the food was really good but the service was terrible. We came back & the service was still terrible & the food was not as good as the 1st time. Burgers were not cooked inside & pasta tasted like hamburger helper. Will definitely not go back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Really enjoyed Sylvain. Food, service and overall experience were so very good we that had dinner there two nights in a row. Can't remember the last time that happened. Right up there with our most enjoyable dining experiences in New Orleans. The chef sure knows what he is doing. He clearly has alot of talent and a great team working with him in the kitchen. Service was great too."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Lovely little spot in the Quarter. Service was great, but the food was outstanding. I thoroughly enjoyed the Brussels sprouts salad (unique!), the pork shoulder was divine (served in succulent patties with creamy grits and greens),and the pot de creme was rich and wonderful (can I have two?). The cocktail menu was innovative although I didn't fall in love with my choices. I'd try others next time. Only slight downside was the noise level. It was a little tricky for 4 of us to hear one another bit we managed. Bottom line: highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We had a great summer New Orleans night at Sylvain; very warm so the patio was empty except us! Vey nice casual back garden that while tiny (and had a refridgerant unit that sometimes made a little noise) was evocitive of a local New Orleans experience. The cheese plate and chicken were delicious as was the watermelon sorbet and pot de creme. What made a difference? The calm genuine care and service provided by Eleanore who was never intrusive and always happy to answer the ridicvulous amount of questions we had."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I'm from Portland, OR and was briefly in NOLA for work and wanted to see the French Quarter but avoid tourist-trap hades per my hipster-Portland food lust. Enter Sylvain! The food was fresh and delicious, my fried pork was not greasy and crisped-up perfectly--a difficult thing to come by in the tourist-destinations of the south, I've found. My dining companion's house-made sausage with duck was also fantastic, perfect texture. My friend is also a genuine sufferer of celiac disease, and the staff were very helpful in pointing out the gluten-free options for her."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Food, service and ambience were all incredible!!! A beautiful restaurant tucked away with a unique menu. We will most definitely be going back on our next trip to New Orleans!!!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Happy to have found Sylvain on our most recent trip to New Orleans. They serve up great food in a classy but casual atmosphere. Service is friendly and it seems like the servers are as into the food as the diners are. Great recommendation of wine by our waiter when our first choice was not in stock. Food was southern with a modern twist. Salads are fresh and inventive; Mains are comfort food with small twists that keep it not boring. The ONLY grouse we had which was a minor one is they could use just a little more light - even our 8 year old with her young eyes had trouble reading the menu in the dim light and for us oldies it was nigh impossible let alone actually seeing the food."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We accidentally stumbled upon this amazing find. Friendly accommodating staff , great service, and an inspired menu plus veggie friendly. My new favorite restaurant in NOLA."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Every bite was satisfying and palette pleasing. We had nearly all the appetizers (wagyu, squash cakes, pate, cheese plate, Brussels sprout salad, etc) and each was uniquely the best. We had a table of 7 (very tight) but it worked and we were able to share entrees (pork Milanese or pan fried shoulder, wahoo fish, beef cheeks, yum!) again all were so good it was hard to pick a favorite."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "If you are looking for a place where the food it excellent in a loud party atmosphere then this is your place. Loud barely describes it. While I loved the food I would probably not return as the table behind us with six girls screamed "woo hoo" through our whole meal. Maybe I am just too old for that scene during my dining, but the staff was pleasant and the food well prepared."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Cramped seating, uncomfortable chairs, menu was more geared towards food snobs, drinks were terrible!!! Nice ambiance though. Our waiter was great!! Thats about it!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I had heard good reviews at Sylvain, but it was superb. Our server was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. I had a white bean soup that was excellent, perfectly pureed and not thick and lumpy. The taste of rosemary was a good complement flavor. I had the fish special, a grilled black drum with an eggplant puree, tomatoes and green beans. THe flavors were very complex and well balanced. We finished the mmeal with a blueberry basil sorbet. Tart, not too sweet. The only issue was they were out rose and pinot noir from thewine list."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Probably the best meal we had all weekend in the French Quarter. Menu items were inventive (duck leg and sausage, antipasti) and the craft drinks were perfect (Old Fashion, No Fun). Our server was particularly helpful with my allergies (nuts and shellfish). Our indoor table was excellent, but the outdoor patio looked worth trying next time."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This was certainly a hidden gem that was recommended to me by a bartender friend of mine in Birmingham where we live. She comes to New Orleans quite often and when I asked where to go, she literally only said Sylvain. So I suggest making recommendations but come early to enjoy the great cocktail bar for a few drinks. The food was amazing, we had the duck and beef cheeks along with the sweetbreads. The outdoor courtyard was beautiful at night and was a romantic dinner for myself and my boyfriend to enjoy our time in New Orleans. It will defiantly be a spot we will be coming back to often."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We found Sylvain by accident and we will go back the next trip to NOLA. Be sure to make a reservation. The food was great and the service was even better."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "In a city known for food, Sylvain is the best! Reasonably priced and absolutely delicious every time!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Much too noisy. Tables too close together - cannot have a private conversation or any type of conversation for that matter with companion. Food okay not as good as I experienced previously. Doubt I will go back in a hurry."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Ate there with my son who is a vegetarian. The restaurant was advised when we made the reservation 8 days in advance.There was one entree option for him which was a typical pasta with veggies for 16.00.. I got the beef tips which came with mashed potatoes and some type of greens. Very good! The ambiance is great, very dim lighting with a nice bar. Tables are VERY close together which means if you go with 2 people you basically will be seated with another couple. The food took quite a long time to get to the table. The waitress did exactly what her job required and nothing more. Not very personable.All and all I would give this restaurant a 7, and that's being generous! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My husband and I really enjoyed Sylvain. The ambiance was dark and romantic, and although we didn't sit outside they have a small but lovely outdoor patio. We ordered the Southern Antipasto and it was very good. Our server described everything on the platter which was nice! For dinner my husband got the braised beef cheeks which were outstanding! I ordered the pork shoulder which was very tasty and the grits were fantastic! Overall very nice spot!"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "I have been to Sylvain several times, for both dinner and lunch, and each time have found the food and service to be superlative. Would certainly recommend it. Only complaint would be that the noise level can sometimes be high."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Sylvain perfects the cutting edge of Southern comfort food. Not a veggie haven, but truly a pork lover's heaven with one fish dish for the non meat eater. Try the shaved Brussels sprout salad, the cornbread stuffed Quail and the pork shoulder. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "You would probably never just walk in here but it is a great find and is open Sunday night! "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Love everything about this place...drinks, food, atmosphere, service...all top notch. Food was truly outstanding - such fresh ingredients, all cooked perfectly. Nice to eat at a place in NOLA where I don't feel like I'm going to roll out of there or where my arteries won't harden on the spot. Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Sylvain has a cool, rough-around-the-edges and a fun, well-priced menu, but the service is so absurdly slow and indifferent that it really affects the quality of the experience. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Sylvain had been recommended to me many times by friends, so I made a reservation for lunch on Saturday. Despite the restaurant being only half full, it was extremely noisy. We had trouble hearing the waitress or each other. The noise from loud music and loud bar patrons made it an unpleasant experience. The food reviews from all four of us was mixed. My pasta was very good, the pulled pork sandwiches were good, but very greasy. The pricing was also a bit high for Saturday lunch. Very few small plate options."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Wonderful, accommodating staff that is knowledgeable about their wine and beverage list and food. I was so impressed with the unique selection and how delicious the food was. The atmosphere was lovely and my colleagues and I enjoyed a leisurely and delicious three-hour meal. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Sylvain was okay but just ok. The tables were so close together that we couldn't help overhearing everything said by our neighbors and they us. We had no privacy whatsoever and the food, while ok, wasn't sufficiently excellent to overcome the ambiance. I would not recommend the restaurant but wasn't given that option above."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We were looking for a place to have dinner very last minute and came across Sylvain. The food was excellent and very reasonably priced. Our server was friendly and attentive. The overall experience was wonderful and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great meal. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great food! Sweet bread, pork shoulder and beef cheeks were awesome"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Wanted to check out the chef's renowned uses of greens, but we're very pleasantly surprised by the awesome preparation of foods creating fabulous flavor, terrific texture and moistness. A lemon eggplant fritter was so subtly delicious with the eggplant inside full of veggie flavor, it did not taste fried at all. Same with a breaded chicken breast and a delicate quail. Charming, intimate interior, all around cozy neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "From our appetizer selections with recommendations from the waiter to our entrees and drinks all was delicious! Great waiter and service as well."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Dined at Sylvain last year while in New Orleans and could not wait to return. While everything was excellent, the stand out of the night was the Sheeps Milk Ricotta Bruschetta - I would have eaten another order by myself! "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "I've been to Sylvain several times for brunch and cocktails. It's definitely my favorite brunch in the city. Very tasty, and the drinks are great. I recommend the pork shoulder and shrimp pirlou with an orange Lazarus to drink. Good service too, especially at the bar. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Was looking forward to my lunch at Sylvain and boy, was i disappointed. The food was really so average, the atmosphere (at least at lunch) was nonexistent. I don't know what all the fuss is about. Perhaps a better place for cocktails, but really underwhelmed. With so many great places to eat in NOLA, i'm sorry i wasted one of my meals at Sylvain. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014