I visit Bayona whenever I’m in New Orleans and it never disappoints. Food is creative and well prepared.
We always enjoy Bayona but once again there was a prolonged wait past our reservation time—and there is no place to wait! No bar. Others waiting all crammed in to a small ante room.
Bayona is still one of my all time favorite New Orleans restaurants.
The quail salad is to die for! Susan Spicer is an amazing chef.
I literally spend every birthday there, a ritual, just to savor the quail salad (though everything on the menu is great).
DO make a reservation.
And I find it's nicer in the warmer weather on the patio, and on off days of the week.
From the moment we arrived we were made to feel that we were cherished guests. The staff were attentive and friendly and the food was wonderful. And of course, the setting is charming and unique. I don't get to New Orleans often, but when I do, I always try to have a meal at Bayona.
Everything was fine but sweetbreads were deep fried, cut small, and I prefer the original style cooking whereby you can really enjoy the sweetbread experience.
Our favorite NOLA dining experience. Pretty & charming space that reminded us of Italy and France. Accommodating, professional, welcoming staff and delicious food.
Outstanding meal! Excellent food and a creative menu. One of the best restaurants in New Orleans.
Our experience and Bayona was very strange. While the servers, food, drinks and overall atmosphere were excellent, the hostess (maybe manager) was so rude that it colored our experience. We arrived early and did not expect to be seated. Rather than speaking to us directly, the hostess said to other present staff something like "well they're early and there are other people ahead of them and they'll just have to wait." A lovely server offered us seats and drinks while we waited. We were then seated upstairs and it was very cold so we asked politely if we might move. The server, very nice, agreed and took us back to the hostess who again responded very rudely that we would have to wait (again, waiting was fine, we had no objection and understood the need to wait given our request to move, there was no need to be rude). When I asked how long they anticipated the wait would be, we again received a very rude response from the hostess. About ten minutes later we were seated at a table that had been empty when we were led downstairs so we could not understand why we had to wait. Eventually we took her ongoing treatment personally and could not entirely enjoy ourselves despite the otherwise stellar service.
We’ve eaten at Bayona several times and it is exceptional each and every time! Always a great meal with great service!
Probably one of the best restaurants in New Orleans if not the world. The staff are very attentive, the wine selection is excellent and the prices are not too outrageous. The food wonderful. All around must be one of our most favorites. Will definitely be back.
Bayona is NEVER disappointing. Always a treat and always exceptional. The food is always amazing and the staff is always terrific.
Wonderful food, creative pairings, fresh, and delicious. Saturday lunch was a fixed menus of 3 courses of small plates. Cocktails were delicious and refreshing. I lrecommend the Stormy Morning...champagne mixed with elderflower and violette and lime. Yum!!!
BEST DINNER IN NEW ORLEANS! We dined at many great restaurants during our week in New Orleans. But our dinner at Bayona outshown them all. We started with the chicken liver pate, which was phenomenal. I had the sweetbreads with sherry mustard butter appetizer and crispy quail salad, both of which were sublime. The sweet potato brioche was unique and yummy. DH had a local crispy skin fish (can't remember the name), but whatever it was he loved it. We had a chocolate cake dessert (it's not on their online menu, so I can't remember exactly what it was) but it came with a delicious ice cream, sweet popcorn that added a nice crunch, and topped with sea salt. It was decadent, but not overly rich. The service was excellent and ambiance delightful. I would definitely return and recommend highly.
I try to get to Bayona every time I'm in New Orleans. It remains a favorite among favorites in a restaurant city. The items are creatively prepared and beautifully presented. The service is gracious without being stuffy and attentive without being solicitous. May Susan Spicer have 28 more years!
Excellent in every way! Food, service, ambiance were fabulous! Sarah and Justin were wonderful!!
Love the fact that the tables are nicely spaced and arranged in different rooms so that you feel like your are dining with just your friends and not everyone else in the entire restaurant.
So many restaurants are so noisy it's impossible to have a conversation, not so at Bayona.
Another great meal and experience. The importance of fresh hot food with excellent service is important and was delivered
Food was delicious and cocktails were inventive and tasty. However, we arrived on time for our 5:30 reservation and had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated. We came when the restaurant opened, so this was a little confusing. Service continued to decline throughout the night as courses came increasingly late. I eventually had to flag down several waiters to get our check as we would have been late for our theater visit otherwise. I get New Orleans has a slower pace in fine dining restaurants, but this was just poor management all around. Overall, the food was good but I don’t think I will return.
Wasn't a crowded lunch. Aps, entrees, martini, dessert, and service all wonderful
We were looking forward to this night out, and Bayona did not disappoint! Service was impeccable—friendly, efficient, knowledgeable. Food was sublime, every course was wonderful. We really felt like it exceeded our expectations.
We ate here on the recommendation of a friend and were not disappointed! Excellent food, service, and ambience
A great find in New Orleans' French Quarter. Smallish menu from Susan Spicer; everything we tasted was delicious, perfectly prepared and nicely presented. Tables are well-spaced for quiet conversation, and the room is elegant without being stuffy. Service was polished and friendly. Extensive wine list and helpful sommelier. A lovely evening. We ate inside during March, but it looks like they have a lovely courtyard for outside dining.
Felt reserving with Open Table does not get the best seating location. Have been before with direct reservation with restaurant and had a much better table location on main floor.
We came for our 15th Aniversary to New Orleans and ate at Bayona. The main courses were delicious (Lamb and Steak). We both had delicious desserts (Choc. Tart and Ice Cream). Additionally watching all the people was just as much fun.
Bayona has been in business over 30 years. Susan Spicer continues her creation. We have moved away from New Orleans but returned to Bayona on this visit. Excellent New Orleans cuisine. This is fine dining at its best. Quiet NO ambiance good for business meetings or that special date night.
Overall the food was great and the crispy quail salad was all that had been described. The sweet breads were also off the hook. Unfortunately we had to wait on Service for almost every step of the meal. And when the server did show up she was pressured and was flopping between tables. I am not sure if this is a factor of management and understaffing or laissez-faire.
Bayona was spectacular! We went to have the duck sandwich but it is not available on Saturday, however they have a duck in puff pastry. It was excellent. It was truly a memorable meal and a delightful experience. I can't wait to go back.
Excellent food and excellent service by our waiter, Sean, But our experience was compromised by one particular table of very rowdy and loud patrons who should’ve been counseled by staff to be more quiet
We had a lovely table indoors but the ones outside looked chilly at night without warmers. Good food, great service and great ambiance.
I just love the place absolutely amazing
The food was amazing! My party had the rabbit and Italian sausage roulade, the veal sweetbreads, a lamb dish, the duck breast, and the fish special. They were all SUPERB! The wine (Adelshein), a red Pinot noir, was excellent. The service was also spectacular. I loved the ambience in the outdoor patio where we were seated and the quality of service. This was my first time in NOLA and I can honestly say this restaurant made my first visit to this city very enjoyable and memorable :)
I like Bayona when it is a bit slower. Food presentation is more spectacular and there is less hustle and bustle in their small dining room. Menu is delicious, creative and attractively prepared. Although, I didn't see much menu variation from the time I was there two years ago. Still, the best Sweetbreads I've ever tasted. Go when there isn't a large convention in town. It will be more enjoyable.
This was the best restaurant I've been in a while. The service was great, but not overbearing like how I felt at Commander's Palace. The food was great, down to the small details. Everything was perfectly cooked. I was pleased with literally everything I had.
Wonderful restaurant. Attentive staff. Delicious meal. Veal sweetbreads are to die for; our group of 3 shared the appetizer version. The lamb, salmon, and pork entrees were delicious. The baklava cheesecake is AMAZING. easily my best dinner of the week while in NOLA. I will dine here again when I am back and will recommend to others.
We’ve been fans of Bayona for many years and where a bit distressed the quality seemed to slip a bit. Food was just okay, slightly overdone sweetbreads and indifferent service although professional it was a bit detached at best. Unusual for this place. Not off the list, but a step towards it.
Bayona may need a refresh on server training for upscale dining. I don't blame the servers but they simply lack the training and knowledge of the menu/food.
As to the food, the appetizer was wonderful. A goat cheese bread that was prepared perfectly. We were also told we needed to order everything at once (appetizer and entree) which is unusual. Entrees were uneven. Greens overcooked and overly salted w seabass. Lamb loin cooked perfectly but tasted bland.
Filet was cooked perfectly and had food flavor.
Great wine list- it's expensive but it's to be expected. I will say you can order many of same bottles at August for 15-20% cheaper.
Regretfully, I cannot recommend .
The best meal we had in NOLA , with impeccable service. Can’t wait to go back next time we are in town.
Four diners and every course was delicious for all four. I do like to have more attention to my wine glass not being empty and I definitely want my coffee refilled during dessert. Since three of group are older we don’t really expect to hear well so noise doesn’t bother me.
Truly awful service...shame because food was very good