Blend - Baton Rouge
We grabbed a reservation for Valentine’s Day. The food was exceptional and the atmosphere was perfect. Will certainly be back.
Good place for wine and small plates not a restaurant , menu is good but very short. Service is not professional but attentive . Bad lighting in the area under the mezzanine shines bright lights in your face. Air condition blows hard and then off on the front wall seating area, bring a jacket. They service good deserts but do not serve coffee. Would be vast improvement if they did. Access and parking at night is easy. I like the place overall but like most places in Baton Rouge there is no professional wait staff to make the experience memorable. Only a very few really do.
Location and ambiance were great. Food was OK - it wasn't served hot (more like warm); although the bread pudding was excellent! The service was sub-par, servers were not very friendly nor did the service match the 'warm' ambiance of the place.
At most, I would recommend to a friend for a glass of wine and bread pudding only.
The staff was super friendly, the wine was great, and the food was INSANELY GOOD. Perfect for a quiet date night and experimenting with new wines!
My husband asked the bartender how she makes her manhattans, she replied, I don’t know-I’ve never made one. My husband said, I’ll have a beer then. We had to have our second round of martinis remade, tasted totally different than the first. The bartender didn’t believe me, so she took a drink from my glass to verify...food was good, service was slow, bartender even slower...don’t see how this place is going to make it much longer.
Food was excellent, but our server was not very attentive.
Also, the champagne selection was very limited. We asked for 4 different bottles and they didn’t have any of them. Was a little disappointed. I have definitely had better experiences.
Nice atmosphere and fun experience but I wasn’t very impressed by the service.
Wonderful anniversary dinner. Excellent food and wine. Great atmosphere.
The place was very nice as the server she was very proper nice and with knowledge.
We love the wine she recommend and the atmosphere was great .
We can’t wait to comeback .
Great wines, friendly, knowledgeable waitstaff, and delicious small bites.
Everything was wonderful and our server was knowledgeable about the wine list and the menu. We enjoyed everything on the board, loved the wine, and the flatbreads are delicious!
Blend, a wine bar and restaurant in downtown Baton Rouge, has a limited food menu, but everything we tried was done to perfection. We were quite taken by the wine selected from a Columbia Valley winery. We began our dining with an "Item to Share," followed by our entrees (Crawfish Cheesecake and Shrimp & Grits), small plates selected from the "Farm, Garden, & Gulf" portion of the menu. The Flourless Chocolate Brownie was an excellent finale for our dinner. We'll go again!
Nice bar but very limited menu, small servings. Menu differed from the menu posted online. Server was new and learning.
Everything we ordered was excellent, both the wine and the food dishes. The food was presented nicely. The best part of the food was the creative flare creating a great combination of texture and flavor.
Although the menu is limited, the food choices are good. The service and atmosphere are very good also.
During a road trip from Austin to Baton Rouge we decided to stop at Blend after reading several great reviews. The reviews were not wrong. Blend is a beautiful wine bar with a rustic and chic vibe. The food was great, the wine was delicious and the service was outstanding! We would definitely return and recommend to others who reside in Baton Rouge, and definitely to those just passing through - check it out!
Gorgeous inside! Industrial modern. I just loved it. Table seating or couches. It was so relaxed.
I wish the wine choices were bigger. Only 3 cabs to choose from on the whole menu. Same for whites. I thought selection would be much bigger.
The wine selection is nice and not standard. The food selection is limited but well done. Charcuterie was good if limited. Loved the pulled pork biscuits and my son tore into the burger. He liked the sauce. I thought the vegetable Flatbread was tasty with the cherry tomatoes and eggplant, though it would have been nice to have the toppings spread more over the whole Flatbread. The crust was very crisp.
The ambiance is quiet on a Wednesday but comfortable.
We went there because we wanted a late night snack and glass of wine. However, as soon as we sat down and ordered a glass of wine , we asked for the dining menu. It was not until then that we were informed that the kitchen was closed. It was listed as a dining establishment that serves wine but that is not accurate.
We made a reservation at Blend for the Elton John Concert but got caught in traffic and arrived a bit late for dinner. They did not have any tables available but they were super nice and suggested that we have a drink at the bar while we waited for a table to open.
As you can imagine everyone was arriving between 5 & 7pm to get dinner prior to the concert. They were doing an amazing job getting food out and serving everyone; however, I did see a few people upset on the wait time. All I can say was it was WORTH THE WAIT for our food and craft cocktails. We finished up with dinner and got to the concert at about 8:10.
We really enjoyed the Rose Garden craft cocktail. We also had a cheese app, flat bread entree and the pork biscuit entree. The place is really cool decor and we will return on a night with no agenda except dinner and drinks.
came here for my birthday with a group of friends. We got seated upstairs, which was really nice and private. The boys were able to see the end of the LSU game from the patio (and walking down to the bar), servers were great and there were great tasting cocktails on top of lots of wine. Great place for a group get together!
I think that this is an excellent restaurant. The food was incredible and the wine list was extensive. More so than other places I have been to in Baton Rouge. I think that it is a great place to get together with friends because it isn't loud. It would also be a fabulous place for a date because it is a little fancier than some of the other places downtown but still affordable.
Thought it was more of a restaurant than a bar. Food was alright, wine was ok.
I brought friends from out of state. They loved it as much as I did and said so on their Facebook page. Thank you !
Great atmosphere for an intimate evening with that special someone
Blend has a very relaxed, almost rustic chic atmosphere. The upstairs loft looked pretty swanky but the atmosphere (unfortunately) was the best part of the dining experience. We had a reservation but wasn't seated until 20 minutes later. It seemed they were understaffed and underprepared for the evening (Valentine's weekend). We got the cheese plate which was average compared to the price. The flatbread served was a bit overdone and the server didn't tell which pieces complimented what on the plate. The wine was again a little pricey but that's to be expected at a wine bar. I don't recommend ordering food here, or going when there is a special holiday.
My husband and I decided to try Blend during the Valentine's Day weekend. We got the fixed menu and a cheese plate along with drinks. He had sweet potato soup, sliced steak, and carrot cake. I had a broccoli Gorgonzola salad, seafood bouillabaisse, and chocolate candy bar. They have an extensive wine and drink menu, which is the highlight. The cheese plate was good, but the rest of the food was fairly mediocre especially for the steep price. I thought the bouillabaisse was fishy, the salad was decent, and his sweet potato soup was inedible. His steak was okay, nothing special, but the root purée it was sitting on was really bitter. The carrot cake was visually a mess and didn't have much flavor. We did enjoy the candy bar dessert which came with a shot of mulled wine. It was really loud inside, and we had to yell to be heard. The service was average. It's a nice bar, but we won't be going back for dinner.
My husband and I went here prior to a show because we've dined here before and know how well you're treated. Our overall experience is always a nice one here, as they take great care of their patrons. It was a steady evening here on a Friday, and the hostess and servers were attentive and courteous with the crowd. We were greeted and seated promptly, and we were brought to a lovely table for two with a nice view of the bar and the outside. Our food was prepared like art, as it always is, and my duck was superb! The shrimp and grits were also a true treat. My only complaint is the portions. You definitely are paying for the atmosphere and the artistic venue style more than the actual food. The quality is impeccable and the flavors are delicious, but it's more of a small plate style venue, so be prepared to pay more for more in quantity if you're super hungry. The prices are a bit high for the amount you get, but the food is always beautiful and is prepared deliciously overall. The wine list is awesome, and they always have seasonal gems for you to try. I love their knowledge and availability of rare finds, and it's nice to be able to sample new choices from time-to-time. They take pride in their selections and it shows for sure! We will continue to dine here because it's a lovely establishment, and they do always take great care of you here. It's a lovely date night spot.
Chef Troy Deano has come up with the yummiest combinations, truly unusual but perfect every time. Warm, friendly and inviting bar with excellent mixed drinks and extensive wine list.
My sister had a retirement birthday party. We had a party of 14 at 7 15. This was no problem. Our party was seated upstairs, this allowed us the ability to be away from the noise of customers downstairs. They had a long wood table that looks like a piece of art itself. We had an array of food and wine. We had the tour of wines. Which allowed us to try 3 wines and a cheese plate or the shrimp and grits. Not one of us walked away hungry or unsatisfied with service or the wines/mixed drinks we received. If you are looking for something great to have a celebration or just hanging out with friends on the weekends. The Blend never disappoints! Make Blend part of your weekly hang out.
This is more of a bar with appetizers and finger foods. Not a restaurant as I was expecting being that it was on Opentable. Nice bar though and food was good.
The best cheese plate in town with charcuterie. Always have had a great chefs and so whether you go for a 7 wine pairing dinner special course meal or a great burger in the evening. They never disappointed. Restaurant week gives you the opportunity to have a 3 course meal for $30, but unfortunately they don't have their full menu available during that time as well. That isn't reason to go elsewhere they have an extensive wine list including blended (fingerprint wines just as an excellent suggestion) to wines and mixed drinks which incudles the best old fashion in Baton Rouge.
Impressive food, well thought out and executed. Classy surroundings and knowledgeable staff. I expected good wine but was surprised by the quality of the food. We visited during restaurant week.
Great small dish restaurant. Excellent and varied wine list. Easy access to all downtown hotels.
Excellent atmosphere for any type of evening . Loved the set up . Very good small plates and drinks. Will definitely return.
Love this place. Always have great wines to choose from and the food is good
Food was delicious, and a nice extra to just the bar. They had an extensive wine and martini selection. Great place for dates and conversations.
We gave this place one more chance due to the ambience and the hoped promise of a great dining and drinking occasion.
Showed up for dinner on a Friday night, three top and were seated in some couches and chairs over in a corner area which seemed a bit odd but was actually not bad at all.
Seems they were having some in house bazaar or boutique thing that filled a lot of the normal eating space. Then some type tour came in and sat right next to us and we had to listen to the tour guide for about a 10 minute fairly loud oration.
The main reasons we will not be back do not have to do with any of that. It is simply that the value does not match the prices and they seem to want to skimp wherever they can in order to make their money. Case in point was the paltry pour in their wines by the glass. They must measure it in excruciating detail to make sure they don't go overboard. Never have we been to a place this exacting. it seems chintzy.
Same thing with a $26 meat and cheese plate. Not enough food for one much less for three to share. And they could not replicate a Boulvardier cocktail either.
Two glasses of wine, and they do attempt to upsell every glass of wine, two cocktails and the minimalist app plate and $100 only to leave and go somewhere else to eat.
We have also heard from other locals they have tried Blend and do not go back either. Not worth Manhattan prices for Baton Rouge.
Always great service and delicious food. Love BLEND
Great wine tasting restaurant, just the best, cozy, great place to meet friends and have a glass of wine, talk and laugh over small plates. Love this place. couches make a relaxed place to sit as well, in addition to the tables.