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1972 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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Chef Donald Link's Herbsaint Bar and Restaurant on historic Saint Charles Avenue features an acclaimed menu with French and Italian-inspired, yet distinctive Southern dishes and a dynamic wine list in a modern bistro setting. Private dining with customized menu is available for up to 50 guests.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, French
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Bistro: Monday - Friday: 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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Phone number
(504) 524-4114
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Donald Link
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Cross street
Girod Street
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Parking details
2 public lots close to restaurant
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Public transit
streetcar stop at St. Charles & Girod
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5  based on all time ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on September 19, 2017

We ate outside and he streetcars were LOUD.
Service was excellent.

4.0  Dined on September 18, 2017

We shared 6 of the small plates with friends. Then, shared 4 deserts. It was fun and the food was excellent. A little noisy.

vipOpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
4.0  Dined on September 14, 2017

Herbsaint never disappoints! The food is always fresh, flavorful & well prepared.

vipJames (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on September 1, 2017

This was a pleasant surprise! One of the best meals I've had in New Orleans! The pasta with poached then fried egg was off the charts! The drink menu could use some work and explanations, but the wine list is extensive.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

We've loved Cochon over the years but always considered Herbsaint an "old" Donald Link restaurant so it wasn't on our list of must visit places when in NOLA. We were wrong to have missed it. A friend made the recommendation after a visit earlier this year and we're glad she did. The experience was great, if a bit noisy. The food was inventive and delicious and the Sazerac the best I've had. We had lots of fun and I'd certainly recommend a visit if you haven't been or it's been awhile since your last visit.

vipregular (Naples)
5.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

An eclectic menu of drinks and food but don’t hesitate - everything is great. Started with their version of a Rye Old Fashion (you are in New Orleans!) and they do it right. If Whiskey is not your drink perhaps the Pretty Please is the way to go. Either one is a great way to start the evening.

Next the Chicken, Tasso and Andouille Gumbo – even on a hot summer evening this was great. On a rainy, cold day I can imagine just ordering 3 or 4 of these. Maybe the best gumbo in NOLA! But then again the Cornmeal Fried Oysters were heaven. If you are looking for a quick bite just get these two and you are set!!

For the main course the Muscovy Duck Leg Confit was heaven. Crispy skin on the outside and perfectly cooked leg on the inside – juicy and tender. This was incredible. Fish of Day was a whole Cobia which is a nice white meat fish they prepared wonderfully. Again juicy and tasty not overcooked a bit. The Jumbo Shrimp Callalloo with crispy rice was another winner – cooked just right. Yes the over riding theme is that the kitchen knows how to cook seafood (all the food) without turning it into some version of jerky. This is not as easy as you think, especially with seafood.

To sum up – Herbsaint should be on your list of places to visit in NOLA. Not a fancy interior and some outside seating along the street and a bar with seating. Crowded and noisy but that good noisy that tells you everyone is having a great time. Service is wonderful and matches the food.

Mlovesm (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

Had a great dinner here on our last night in New Orleans. Food and service was excellent.

OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

One of the highest-quality meals I've ever had. Had two excellent whiskey cocktails, gnocchi, beef tongue, lamb lasagna, and coconut pie - also tasted all of my family's dishes, and everything was incredible! This might be my new favorite restaurant in New Orleans.

Lucylee (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

Food was very good. Loved the small plates and OMG the watermelon gazpacho was incredible. Ceviche was also delicious. Service was great. We all really enjoyed our visit.

OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on August 12, 2017

Excellent meal, ever better service. Our waiter was very knowledgeable on the menu and his recommendations were delicious.

vipJipatro (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on August 12, 2017

I loved Herbsaint! I ordered the home made pasta with guanciale, and a watermelon gazpacho that was incredibly tasty. The ice cream of the day was brown sugar. Very creative menu.

Lindsey60 (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on August 7, 2017

I highly recommend Herbsaint. I have eaten at two other of Link's restaurant and I think this is the best one (loved the other two also but this one was above the grade). Menu items were wonderful and the staff so friendly and helpful. Can not speak highly enough of this restaurant.

AA0728 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 5, 2017

We liked Herbsaint but the menu can be challenging. I was hoping for some better seafood options (we had dined at Peche the night before and loved the seafood). The fish of the day was not highly recommended by the waiter so I got the shrimp small plate which I did not like at all. I do not like cucumbers with fish.
The rest of the diners in our party were happy but some felt as if they had to struggle to find something on the menu that wasn't so eclectic.
Desserts were wonderful Great wine selection, great ambiance and professional wait staff.
I just wish I could get a grilled piece of fish or shrimp!

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on August 5, 2017

We had the most delicious meal ever. Best wine and food in New Orleans. They forgot to acknowledge the birthday we had repeatedly said we were celebrating. Otherwise it was a great meal.

vipgary (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on August 4, 2017

This is the only restaurant where I always get the gumbo since it is so good, dark and smoky. The grilled cobia was perfection. Salads are always tremendous. A great restaurant.