Sylvain
Sylvain

Sylvain

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sylvainnola.com/
  • Phone: 5042658123x
  • 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: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • 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 Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), 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 WinnerOutdoor Dining
Sylvain reviews from OpenTable diners
141 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (102)neighborhood gem (79)romantic (63)great for outdoor dining (56)hot spot (45)vibrant bar scene (42)special occasion (38)late-night find (23)great for brunch (19)great for lunch (17)good for groups (13)notable wine list (10)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Must stop when in NOLA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I love the fact that there are no tvs in the restaurant. It's all about the food, the cocktails, and the conversation. Great atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great French Quarter restaurant
    jeremympls
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We went to Sylvain twice - for dinner and brunch. Both were excellent - the best food we had in the Quarter - staff was very nice and we enjoyed their salads, chicken buttermilk sandwich (amazing! - nice to share) and also had brunch that was great (brioche French toast, sausage patty, grits) all top notch. The bar scene is not typical NoLa and I appreciate there was no TV!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy, but delicious
    Kvogl
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The noise in the dining room was so loud we could barely have a conversation and the restaurant was so dark we needed to use our flashlight app. to read the menu (we were not the only ones). I've also read from other reviews that the back patio is noisy because of the HVAC. I noticed there were a few tables in the middle "alley" that may have been quieter, but the setting there left a lot to be desired. Not sure I would have been too happy had we been seated there either. If you are looking for a quiet, romantic dinner, this is probably not the best restaurant, but the food was delicious and the service was very attentive - no complaints there. Had the beef cheeks - yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    You have crafted excellent unique dishes to end the mundane tastebud blues. Service was prompted and dishes were received at an appropriate pace to enjoy the evening without feeling rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice restaurant
    thomas5
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Very nice restaurant, that is a little bit hidden in a quiet street in New Orleans. Very interesting dining choices that are a bit different, but they are very well done. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delightful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    food was wonderful. service attentive and helpful. i love the fact that it wasn't a really large place. i like the coziness
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Brunch!
    Bets
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My 85 year old father and 11 year old daughter and I ate at Sylvain on a Sunday morning, and sat in the courtyard. The service was lovely and attentive, and every single item we ate or drank was delicious, from the champagne cocktail with a taste of lavender to the absolutely amazing bacon (and there was a lot of it!). It wasn't fast service (it never seemed to be in New Orleans), but it was just right, and we had a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Regular customer
    RoyalnOrleans
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We always enjoy our dining experience at Sylvain, brunch, lunch or dinner. The staff is friendly well informed and the bartender is creative and talented
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sylvains - local find
    fourletters
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Located just off Jackson Square, a reasonable alternative to high end restaurants or tourist traps. Very dark and quite noisy at times. Food was good, with some pleasant surprises.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MLRC
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Ordered the champagne with French fries! Very huge! Unique little restaurant. Nice outdoor area for cooler weather. Enjoyed the restaurant. Would return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great.
    arnabeats
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    How to say in 50 characters what can be said in five? Or, perhaps more grammatically, in ten. It was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • always great
    chicklit2
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    one of my favorite places in the city to take a client or to dine before a special event!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attentive staff/delectable bites.
    Ccville1
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The menu was eclectic and fun. One of our appetizers was brand new that evening, so the staff were interested in our feedback. (A fabulous flounder!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Looong wait!
    Sandybottom
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Average food, clueless waitress, and very slow service. They attributed the slow service to the fact that this Sunday was a Saints football game which caught them unawares! Really?
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sylvain was super!
    ToutSweet
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    All dishes were excellent. First-class service. Exceptionally good cheese plate. Loved the sweetbreads.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • amazeballs
    BachPartyPlanner
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    came here for a bach party and it was great! The waiter we had was fantastic and the food was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Adventurous? Good find.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    You have to find your way down a narrow alley, darkness relieved only by candles on the window sills of the dinning room, to a courtyard to find the host. A bit of a trudge for someone walking only aided by a cane as was my dinner partner. Involving two very low steps not really handicapped friendly. Once there, we where let to a table in a vibrant Bistro which did get a bit loud a times but only from the pleasant conversation of people enjoying great food, drink and company. I found the courtyard to be much quieter so weather permitting, you may want to dine al fresco. Either way, you'll enjoy courteous, unpretentious, knowledgeable service and great, great food. Hey, I'm there for the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • noise & food
    Gonedeaf
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Much too noisy. Could not hold a conversation at our table without shouting. Food was fair. Shrimp & grits was poor.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ChefPaPa
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Best restaurant in New Orleans. Best staff anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    Ribfireman
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    2nd time my wife and I ate here while visiting the Big easy., and it will always get a visit from us. Brunch and service are outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and atmosphere
    lovetoeatVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I have been to Sylvain many times and each time has been a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not quite up to the hype
    AZDiner
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Had several people tell us this was a must do- it was a nice location in the quarter and good ambiance. Food was good but not great- service was marginal. I'd go back for drinks and appetizers but not sure I need full on dinner there again.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There are better choices.
    KenV
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We went to Sylvain on the recommendation of a friend. The menu is fairly limited, with none of the options particularly appealing. And one item I decided I would have, the duck breast, they had run out of before 8 PM. I settled on the roast quail, which was fine itself, but the cornbread stuffing was an uncooked paste. We brought a bottle of wine with us to celebrate our anniversary. The waitstaff did not seem to know what to do with a wine that had sediment, and each glass poured for us had a renewed sludge of sediment. Corkage was $20, which would have been fine if they'd decanted it. We put the cork back in when it was half gone, and took it back to our hotel room. Overall, not much to recommend for this fairly spendy restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Never disapoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    As always, the drinks were fantastic and the food was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great! (could be even better!)
    iann
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This place has many things you would want in a restaurant: a nearly hidden entrance by way of a alley way makes it feel like a "find", nice ambiance indoor and out, good service, high standard of food. Here are some things from our experience that would have made our dining experience five-star worthy: The A/C indoors was cranked way too high and/or the vents were directed at our table. If we were dressed for winter in San Francisco it would have been ok but this was summer in NOLA. The courtyard outside, where we relocated, is great except the condensers for the A/C inside are located there and are so loud you have to shout over them. Occasionally they shut off letting showing how nice a space it could be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOUD
    Diningduo
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    If you enjoy screaming at your date while eating your food with a flashlight, this is the place for you. Staff was very good and tried to improve our experience, but we left after a very unimpressive antipasti tray.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great late night dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Fabulous, affordable wine list! Beef checks perfect balance and tender. Quail was outstanding, but the corn bread stuffing too salty for my taste. Gelato divine. Our servers were attentive without being intrusive. It's a bit noisy, even at 11 pm, but it is New Orleans after all?!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique dining in the Quarter
    BrichCRA
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food and the service was impeccable. Every bite was a joy. The only thing I would say is turn down the air conditioning. I was shaking from the cold by the end of the meal. The air was also chilling my food so I had to eat it rather quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem Alley
    chifdlvr
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Had brunch, chicken biscuits amazing, brioche French toast very good. Wonderful Bloody Mary's. What a gem, will def go back next time in NOLA. Portions a tad less than most places but adequate, our Server was lovely. Nice ambience albeit noisy inside, was too muggy to sit outside in patio being August but nice patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place!
    ChadVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Whenever I'm in New Orleans I always stop in here for at least one meal - fantastic food and amazing cocktails. It's a small place, but does have some outdoor seating so make you reservation in advance so you don't miss out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PaulVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Everything was great; the restaurant is very dark.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very lovely setting
    504foodie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Cocktails, food, and service were all wonderful. Our server was very helpful and nice. We had the pork shoulder and quail dishes, both of which were awesome. Looking forward to my next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Modest New Orleans Treasure
    BrianH
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Sylvain is one of our favorite restaurants - we live hear and enjoy taking guests out for dinner here. The space is beautiful, the food is always outstanding, and its in the heart of the French Quarter. In the spring and fall, sitting in the courtyard is an additional treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food find
    deltadiner
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had an early lunch and all the dishes were well prepared, tasty, and trendy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Friendly ans cosy
    Sylvain
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Amazing and tasty seafood. I liked the wine list and the little Portuguese white wine we took. Cosy and romantic ambiance
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    Bar1
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food and the drinks were excellent, but it was a little too dark. I had trouble seeing the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We had a great experience in this restaurant. The food and drinks were delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food was Great. Nice and small cozy place but the noice level was very high which took away the feel of the calm Ambience that it had when you first walk in.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in the French Quarter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The best thing about this restaurant is the lack of touristy-tourists. Sure, there may be out-of-towners but they aren't wearing beads and acting like drunken idiots. So that's a huge plus. The food was pretty good. I had a special salad to start - good but nothing extraordinary. Chili almonds were nice with a drink. My pork Milanese was a very large portion served with some more salad (wish I had known) and farro that was a bit undercooked. I would go back to try something else. My husband had the chicken sandwich which was moist and well-prepared but nothing special. Nice service, friendly and prompt. The worst problem is that the lighting is too dark and I simply could not see what I was eating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Could use some ambiance outside
    Atlantashopper
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Really delicious food, but sitting outside on rickety wooden furniture not compatible with really delicious food. Outdoor decor could be done so simply to enhance experience. Overall, good food, but not a fave destination, may choose inside next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.