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About Bayona

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.

430 Dauphine Street
New Orleans, LA 70114
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Creole / Cajun / Southern, International

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Wednesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 1:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: Starting at 6:00

Cross Street:
St. Louis

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(504) 525-4455

Website:
http://www.bayona.com/

Parking Details:
We offer $5 towards a ticket from any lot.

Executive Chef:
Susan Spicer

Private Party Facilities:
All details regarding lunch and dinner parties as well as sample contracts can be found at the Bayona website.

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Bayona Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

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Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (69)
Romantic (68)
Fit for Foodies (65)
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Creative Cuisine (65)
Good for a Date (56)
Good for Anniversaries (53)
Neighborhood Gem (45)
Quiet Conversation (45)
Local Ingredients (42)
Notable Wine List (32)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Great for Outdoor Dining (31)
Cozy (30)
Authentic (26)
Business Meals (25)
Worth the Drive (21)
Great for Lunch (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Good for Groups (10)
Seasonal (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Fun (9)
Healthy (9)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Casual (5)
People Watching (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Organic (4)
Scenic View (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Spicy (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Austin)·Dined 5 days ago

Such a magical date night. Amazing food, great service, and superior cocktails.

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 7 days ago

Beautifully prepared and delicious food. Every plate was excellent. Unobtrusive but attentive service. Can not believe that the wait staff catries dishes up and down the staircase! Very warm and friendly. We were seated immediately at the time of our reservation Will come back the next time we’re in NO

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 (Houston)·Dined 7 days ago

Amazing food and excellent service. The chef was very accommodating to my food allergies. The waitstaff made great wine recommendations. A lovely place.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 13, 2018

A friend whom I had not seen in five years and I went for Saturday lunch before her first exploration of the French Quarter. The house staff was welcoming, informative and attentive without being intrusive. The food was delicious, attractively displayed and served in portions which were perfect for a three course lunch. Ambiance was great!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Amazing service with Jessie! Excellent food! Overall wonderful experience!!

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·Dined on January 12, 2018

My husband and I ate at Bayona last Friday to celebrate his birthday. We were pleased to fin that they had a new prix fixe menu for lunch, 3 course for $27 including unlimited champagne. We ordered a starter the was not part of the special and were wow-ed by the first bite. The goat cheese crouton is AMAZING and they generously portioned it into two plates when we mentioned we were sharing. Each of the items that followed... roasted garlic soup, potato cauliflower curry, barbecue shrimp and grits, fried oyster salad, clementine sorbet, and candy crunch ice cream was fantastic. I would HIGHLY recommend Bayona for its creative menu options, excellent service and overall value.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Excellent and unique menu. Friendly service. Great food!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Good food but too little. Bread disappointing, king cake dry almost stale. Wine list was actually rather good.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food was excellent!

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

A mostly rotating menu of intriguing items means you can find something for just about any tastes. Not really for vegans. Vegetarians might also have a tougher time. However the lamb I had was perfectly prepared with amazing sides. Great attention to detail and a knowledgeable wait staff

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Amazing food and Ambience

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Nothing much new to say. The service was as always attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable. The old favorite (the veal sweetbreads, this time with the mustard) was as good as ever, and since rabbit was not on the menu, I tried the ossobucco, which was also excellent. Unlike some longtime NOLA upscale restaurants, Bayona is decidedly not living on its reputation, but maintaining its high standards and offering a good mix of the old and the new.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Always on our A list of places to dine when in New Orleans. Food is creative, locally sourced and delicious. Wine list is exceptional as is the knowledgeable wait staff. Be sure to try lamb loin, specialty of chef.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Been to Bayona many times and keep coming back. Elegant but convivial; great food; friendly, expert service; delightful atmosphere. Just one of the very best in New Orleans.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fun
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Bayona makes you feel special starting with amazing Garlic Soup paired with Rose` Champagne. Exemplary service and olde world ambiance made the absolutely "perfectly dressed" Bayona salad a rare culinary feat. Our entree of filet mignon with asparagus and fingerlings was oh so delectable. Blood orange sorbet and a 4 part carrot cake "bombe" sweetly completed our experience de Cuisine. Try Bayona today🎇

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 30, 2017

My food was good, however, my teenagers would have liked something more conventional. The cocktails were good and the German Chocolate cake excellent! I had the Bayona salad and it was superb!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great meal and great service - would highly recommend

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

A wonderful meal was spoiled by an overly loud individual at an adjacent table - so loud and continual (he dominated the conversation at this table) that we could not hear our own conversation. The waitstaff chose to make a snarky remark rather than ask this single individual to modulate his voice. Eventually we moved out of the small dining room to be able to finish our meal in piece.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

The downstairs dining area is lovely, but unfortunately for us we were seated upstairs in a no ambiance attic. Awkwardly quiet and drafty, it had none of the character I'd expect from a well known restaurant. We asked to be moved but weren't given the favor of doing so. They should've warned us ahead of time that we'd be seated upstairs, I would've found another place to take family. Appetizers were savory (garlic soup) but lukewarm. Entrees were amazing; and a good size portion. Half of the table loved the lamb, I enjoyed my rabbit roulade with polenta. The whole meal was ruined by the attic though. You could see a wave of disappointment was over each diners face when brought upstairs.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent, as always. It had been a while since our last visit to Bayona. Had an opportunity for a lunch date over the holidays and chose Bayona for the intimate atmosphere and personal feel this quaint spot provides.

Food was delicious, service was friendly and unpretentious, and the overall experience was perfect.

Bayona is a tremendous value for its food quality and creativity. Wine and spirits can run up the tab but for overall value of experience, it is hard to beat this NOLA gem.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Our otherwise quite outstanding meal was diminished considerably by the unconscionable behavior of the hostess. We arrived and were escorted to the waiting area and told to look at the cocktail menu. We waited 15 minutes, and no one came to ask for a cocktail order or otherwise paid us any attention. Finally, the hostess came and asked us if we were waiting to be seated -- as if we would be in that area for another reason. She then seated us next to the front door where there was a substantial draft (it was 40 degrees). I asked her if we could be seated elsewhere, and she say no, nothing else was available. It was 9:30, we were the last table seated, and I could see that there were many open tables. Finally, she relented, and seated us out of the cold. Why, I ask, would she go out of her way to treat us in such an insulting fashion? When we left, she had her back to us at the hostess station-- we paused to see if she would say good night, but no, she kept her back turned.
The food in general was outstanding. We started with two salads, one of which was quail, and entrees were stuffed rabbit and a fish with a curry sauce. Dessert was a mediocre lemon pie, that like the hostess, did not belong at this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Bayona was wonderful! Great filet and lamb, vegetables were perfectly done. Cocktails were also perfect. Carrot cake dessert was one of the best things I have eaten in a long time! Atmosphere was comfortable, pleasing, inviting, and upscale.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We were disappointed. We had the shrimp and black bean cake for the appetizer. The shrimp were a little over cooked and the bean cake was dry and flavorless. The sauce was good. Our server brought out a complimentary dish due to a delay and disturbance in the kitchen. The complimentary dish was thoughtful, but the server didn’t know what it was. She described it as a mousse but it was an olive tapenade. They also gave us complimentary glasses of wine, which was generous. Our entrees were good, but not great. Average experience overall. Ok food. Nice, albeit inconsistent, staff. Probably not a ‘must go’ though for us.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This was our favorite restaurant the last time we were in New Orleans so we had to return, and we were not disappointed! The goat cheese crouton appetizer was amazing as were the variety of flavors of the red fish entree. The service was friendly and attentive. Loved the whole evening and look forward to returning!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent preparation of local cuisine. Exceptional service in a lovely cottage away from the noisy part of the French Quarter

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Had the Veal Sweetmeats (a specialty of Chef Spicer) and Osso Buco. Both were excellent. Service staff was very helpful in recommending between options. Less than 10 minute wait from reservation time till seated. Attentive staff during wait period with seamless transfer of charges to table from waiting area. Highly recommend.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Authentic
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Bayona was the best meal my brother and I had on our first trip to New Orleans. Although, a little pricey, the food was excellent and we got what we paid for. Would recommend to anyone visiting (or living in) the city who wants top tier Louisiana cuisine, especially the Eggplant Caviar, Cream of Garlic Soup and Wild Sockeye Salmon.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Went there for late brunch. EVERYTHING was perfect. The staff, cocktails, food, ambience, service...everything was perfect. And I'm very hard to please and gluten free (unfortunately) as well! I was delighted with all that I ordered, as was my husband.
I highly recommend and can see why they are so highly rated.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (London)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The food is disappointing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Waitress was good and made good recommendations for food. Food was good but waiting time for food to arrive was slightly long.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Cozy, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Bayona was WONDERFUL as always. Susan Spicer was nice enough to drop by our table to make sure everything was delicious. Best meal in New Orleans! Quiet, elegant and fun!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

A wonderful restaurant with great food. Atmosphere and staff were awesome as well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 23, 2017

In my opinion, Bayona is always a good choice. We particularly like the Saturday lunch abbreviated type menu. On this visit we had a table of 8. Our group was seated at a round table which lended itself to good conversation for everyone. The service was attentive and flawless. The food was creative, interesting, and very good. Bayona has become a favorite of ours. Totally recommend!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Birthday dinner

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Not good. I haven't been here in years. I was so excited to revisit this old classic with my girlfriends. Even though the restaurant was empty when we got there, they stuck us best to a massive table of very loud women so we had to shout at each other for our entire meal. The waitress was unfriendly. The food was good but not amazing. There are just too many good spots in this city. Don't think I'll prioritize returning here

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Superb food, best possible service, extremely welcoming staff, beautiful venue. What's not to like?

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 21, 2017

I have been living in the Quarter flonger than this restaurant exists ; it it's always great, incredible food and atmosphere and even has an outstanding vintage called "Vieux Amis". Always a memorable meal and experience!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Bayona is a must every time I am in New Orleans.. beautiful space and something like twenty years of excellent creative cuisine. The cocktails are inventive; the wine list exceptional and sitting in the garden when available is a perfect repast any day.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

It was my bday the entree came after 1.5 hours. Server was super rude and was literally throwing food on our table and not once did he have a smile on his face. They brought complementary icecream in the end literally thrown on our table as some big favor after my wife had to remind them again that we were celebrating my bday. Ruined the evening completely.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I don't know what happened to one of my favorite restaurants from the 1990s. The atmosphere is very nice and the food was pretty good, but not outstanding. The service, though, was absolutely appalling. Our unwelcoming server was mostly interested in telling us about how the restaurant had been open since 1990 and the menu was virtually unchanged since then (no kidding, honey, I've been coming to this restaurant since 1990), how famous they were, and also that Herself was in the kitchen. (We were pretty excited about that last part.) The first course arrived eventually (soup) and it was very nice.

Then we sat for quite a while. Luckily, we were with an extrovert who had a lot of stories. It started to get late, and the hostess reassured us that our main courses would be out shortly. I have no idea where Mr. Personality was or had been for the last 45 minutes. We were pretty much abandoned during that time except for our water glasses being refilled once or twice.

Our main courses arrived at 10:00 p.m. (our reservation had been for 8:00), which is not my favorite time to throw down a rich meal. One of my guests had ordered her lamb medium-well; it was medium rare. The food was okay, edible. I remember the sweetbreads as being sublime; they were okay. No one moaned. Definitely not worth the 2 hour wait. I came away feeling like, after all our server's pride, that Bayona is resting on its laurels.

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