Bayona

4.5
3964 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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Bayona, in its 27th year, is nestled in the heart of the French Quarter in a charming 200 year old Creole Cottage punctuated by a lush, tropical courtyard. The cuisine of our James Beard Award winning Chef Susan Spicer is rooted in France, circles the globe for inspiration, and lands firmly in New Orleans to embrace the wealth of our local bounty and rich cuisine. Chef Spicer's partner Regina Keever has assembled a staff that is dedicated to expertly guiding you through your wine list and menu choices in order to seamlessly serve you in a knowledgeable, unpretentious, and professional manner. Regina and Susan would like to cordially invite you to join us and experience for yourself the atmosphere, cuisine, and service of one of New Orleans great gifts to the culinary world.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Creole / Cajun / Southern, International
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Wednesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 1:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: Starting at 6:00
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Phone number
(504) 525-4455
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Susan Spicer
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Private party facilities
All details regarding lunch and dinner parties as well as sample contracts can be found at the Bayona website.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
St. Louis
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Parking details
We offer $5 towards a ticket from any lot.
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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FV
New Orleans
11 reviews
Reviewed on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Chef Susan Spicer and co-owner Regina Keever have done a wonderful job in creating a space where inspired food is served in a perfectly "New Orleans" venue. Chef de Cuisine, Eason Barksdale is an outstanding addition to this storied restaurant. Every time I dine here I realize how good food can be!

AR
New Orleans
1 review
Reviewed on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

We go once every year and the food is always amazing and heartfelt.

M
New Orleans
52 reviews
Reviewed on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food service ambience

The food is consistently excellent and the service is good. The restaurant is small and the outside area is lovely if temperatures allow. The only drawback is tables are close and sometimes conversation is a little difficult. It has long been a favorite of mine and my husband and can be relied upon for excellent menu options, food, wine, and service!

n
New Orleans
27 reviews
Reviewed on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food service ambience

Had dinner here with a large group, it was very good

JN
Chicago
11 reviews
Reviewed on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

we visit New Orleans once or twice a year. The food is always spectacular and the atmosphere is wonderful and the service is exemplary.

F
New York Area
29 reviews
Reviewed on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Everything was fantastic. Will definitely go back.

MW
New Orleans
11 reviews
Reviewed on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Fantastic food, romantic atmosphere and the wine list is excellent

PP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful food and service, but main dining room is unpleasantly loud.

j
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bayona is my favorite restaurant in New Orleans and one of the best I've been to worldwide. Their food and service are both high-quality and unpretentious, and they never disappoint.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Love the sweetbreads.

T
Baltimore
129 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorities in NOLA. We come to NOLA 3 times a year for a week each and always make sure we have several meals at Bayona. Not the usual NOLA cuisine. We love how Susan's dishes blends so many flavors together. The Lunch fixed price and Sat specials are steals. Great value.

The staff is very attentive and helpful. Especially the ladies at the seating desk.

One suggestion. Like most NOLA restaurants, wines at Bayona can be pricy. We realize that wine prices like all over the country are needed to generate revenues for the restaurant. A suggestion. It could be useful to have a few wine specials each month. This could actually generate more sales as it would encourage patrons to order more wine by bottle instead of glass.

T
Baltimore
129 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Susan Spicer has been doing great cuisine for years. The lunch menu is great value!

PF
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dining room was welcoming and cozy, perfect for the two of us to celebrate our week in NOLA. AS others note, great wine selection. We especially liked the hard white (and he the blue and she the goat) on the cheese plate we took as an appetizer. The lamb was tasty and the rabbit dish uniquely offered two variations on one plate, a tasty roulade and nicely breaded leg. Desert was fantastic; we couldn't decide if the panna cotta was better, or the home made ice cream, and even deciding between the chocolate and vanilla was tough, as each had delightfully rich, lasting flavor. Our server skillfully balanced being friendly and professional, adding to very pleasant evening.

RB
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best fine dining I've had. Menu is unpretentious, ingredients are fresh and imaginative, food is plated beautifully and the service is friendly and respectful.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our experience was overall really good. This restaurant has a cozy atmosphere. Food was delicious. Service was really good, helpful, not too intrusive, very friendly and professional. Interesting Menu options. Overall- Very Good.

s
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. It NEVER disappoints. Been here several times and have thououghly enjoyed it every time.

L
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years eve

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Service on front end was poor- we waited in the Lounge for over 20 mins and had to ask for cocktail service. Once seated the service was better. The food was extraordinary!

BD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our third trip to Bayona, and an outstanding New Year's Eve four-course meal with excellent choices and service! We'll be back again when in NOLA.

MD
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Poor service, clueless somelier

MB
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the time we walked through the door it was an incredible experience! The staff was phenomenal, the dining room was stunning, and the food was incredible. I've admired Chef Spicer for years, it was amazing to finally eat at one of her restaurants. We had mussles, oyster gratin, garlic soup, duck breast (pictured), pork osso bucco (pictured), and the chocolate hazelnut ice cream (pictured). There's nothing bad to say. It was a wonderful time!

R
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I have ever eaten! The fennel pepper crusted lamb loin is outstanding. Could not have asked for better service. I thoroughly enjoyed Bayona!

T
Tallahassee
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, as usual. The staff is very accommodating and professional. Love Bayona!

PB
New York Area
147 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a rocky start as they didn't have our reservation (even though I had a confirmation #) due to a change from open table to resy 2d earlier. They made it work and the food and wine was tremendous. Hopefully their reservation issues will get worked out in future as rough starts like that make for tough things to overcome.

DP
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to Bayona every time I’m in NOLA. It was wonderful as usual. The only glitch was the switchover from Open Table to Rezzie (??) and our reservation was deleted. Fortunately the restaurant had room.

k
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Returning after 20 years with our daughters... very special indeed

p
New Orleans
29 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Members of our group of six had not been to Bayona for a while and the Reveillon Menu looked wonderful. We were sorely disappointed. When we arrived for our 6:30 reservation at 6:20, we were asked to wait in the patio area, because one of our party was parking the car. The patio area was very crowded. There was no reason not to seat 5 of us a few minutes early. Our table was available. Reception seemed disorganized. Next, our server was unable to explain the menu items to us, something expected in a fine restaurant. We ordered both white and red bottles of wine. Instead of just providing each of us a glass for a red and a white, we were asked to choose which we planned to drink. Some of us wanted the option. The garlic soup, salmon, and osso bucco were mediocre. Only those who had the steak were happy with their main course. We sincerely hope Bayona will provide the quality and service that we all expected in the future.

JA
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love this restaurant. The service is top notch and the ambiance is lovely. The food is really nice and different for New Orleans.

KO
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The duck selection for lunch mentioned that the duck came with a chutney butter and pepper jelly sauce- described as a P, B n J signature selection. I was still surprised when it came to the table as a sandwich, and commented to the waiter as such. It just to one bite to be astonished as to how amazingly good it was. The flavors all complimented each other so well! I would go so far as to say- after 6 decades of eating- this was truly the best tasting sandwich I have ever enjoyed. Truly outstanding❣️

BL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My family had an overall outstanding experience at Bayona during our recent trip to New Orleans. The restaurant was highly rated by a friend and I booked well in advance of our trip. On the day of the reservation we found ourselves hungry and footsore after hours of wandering through the French Quarter with about an hour and a half until our reservation. We figured we could go to a local pub for a bit (going back to the house was a bit much), but since we were nearby we thought we'd see if they could seat us early. The hostess was so gracious with our request, and after a very short wait (and a bit of shuffling on her part) we were seated in the hidden upstairs room that is usually kept for private parties or overflow on busy nights (clearly this was one of the busy nights!). I chose to try the tasting menu (with wine pairings), while the rest of my party chose off the menu (the tasting menu doesn't provide any value over the regular menu, but does have a few off-menu options). The upstairs room was very quiet, even when full of diners, and super cute! there was no music however, which I did note, and actually found a bit odd. I don't know if they had the sound system turned off?
The food was all very good - everyone enjoyed their main dishes immensely, and my mom and I loved the garlic soup as a starter, though not everyone agreed with me (we'd all gotten the garlic soup on the recommendation of a friend)- guess we just particularly love garlic!
Overall we had a lovely dinner, and left very satisfied. It wasn't much more expensive than the other restaurants we ate at during our trip, but definitely felt like a notch up - certainly a special occasion kind of place! Extra kudos to our servers who were spot-on.

f
Italy
23 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

7:30 reservation, seated at 8:15 after standing in “holding pen” falsely called the bar area. Packed like a sardine can, inexcusable. By the time our orders were taken it was 9:00, an hour and a half after our we arrived ! The service was good and the food, for the most part, was good. A Pork Chop entree was ordered medium well and was instead served rare ? Rare pork, not good. It appeared that the Chef as well as half the kitchen staff didn’t show up for work and the result was chaos. No one offered a free glass of wine or anything else as a apology for the atrocious wait for a table and our food. This was not our first dinner at Bayona but it will be our last. I very rarely write a bad review but made an exception in this case because it was a very tiring and inadequate dining experience.

L
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

We have had a great experience at Bayona in many times in the past. This time we had unbelievably bad service. We had 7pm reservations & still had not received our entrees at 9:45! We left and went to Brennan’s. Bayona has fantastic food, but needs to be careful about overbooking.

KG
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Convenient location in the Quarter, lovely space and delicious food. Excellent service. Loved it.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal. They handled our children joining us well, but not great.

PB
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

They kept us waiting 40 min for an 8:30 reservation. Then the service was extremely slow and unapologetic. Food was great however but not sure it was worth the wait. Overall the whole place felt a little stuffy.

c
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stellar as always. The perfect choice for lunch in New Orleans. I had the smoked duck sandwich with cashew nut butter and hot pepper jelly. It was the most delicious duck entree I've ever eaten. Highly recommend. Also the bloody mary was fabulous. Not to be missed.

l
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is an extremely good restaurant, but perhaps not a great one. Some potential improvements. Serve high quality crusty bread with butter and refill it without having to be requested. The tiny brioches served initially are nice, but totally insufficient. You need bread to nibble on before the meal and to help soak up the gravy. Also portions are a tad small for the price.

CC
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Bayonna always delights; never disappoints. The menu varies with every visit, and I enjoy the adventure of finding new and delicious dishes I've never tried before. I really enjoy the mostly locally sourced options. This is the best restaurant I've ever visited!

OS
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Computers were down and hampered thy service. Otherwise, it was great.

TM
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my second visit to Bayona and it will be on my "must" list every time I'm in New Orleans. Great food and staff. This time I started with the rabbit liver pate that far exceeded my expectations. My entrée was rabbit stuffed with Spanish sausage, OH MY! It was amazing. Can't wait to return.

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