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Arnaud's Bistro, New Orleans, LA

Arnaud's Bistro

4.5
4.5
885 Reviews
$50 and over
Creole
Arnaud's Bistro is the relaxed dining option of the venerable Arnaud's Restaurant.

Located next door to Arnaud's Main Dining Room, guests enjoy classic Creole cuisine, nightly, in this lively setting overlooking Bourbon Street.

Our award winning Creole menu includes both classic and inventive dishes.

Named a top New Orleans restaurant by Southern Living magazine, Arnaud’s offers the quintessential New Orleans dining experience.

Sunday Jazz and Brunch is served weekly in Arnaud's Main Dining Room. Reservations are required in Arnaud's Main Dining Room.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Creole

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (504) 523-5433

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Tommy Digiovanni

  • Private party facilities

    Arnaud's is a perfect setting for an intimate dinner or a rollicking party. Each of our 13 private dining rooms is exquisitely appointed. The rooms and two private balconies, can accommodate events for 12 to 220 guests and can be reserved individually or together.

  • Private party contact

    Jennifer Drury: (504) 523-0611

  • Neighborhood

    French Quarter

  • Cross street

    Bourbon Street

  • Parking details

    We recommend parking at Premium Parking Lot (corner of Iberville Street and Dauphine Street)

  • Entertainment

    The Gumbo Trio plays nightly from 6:30 p.m-10:30 p.m. $4.00 per person music charge.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

What 885 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Very nicely served but overpriced dinner.
  2. GH

    GeraldH

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our spot for celebrating for many years. Always great service and great food.
  3. AL

    AmberL

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our favorite meal out of our 4 days in New Orleans! The food, service and atmosphere was amazing.
  4. LA

    LouAnnB

    Norfolk

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal!
  5. EM

    ErinnM

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the service food and music And museum upstairs too!
  6. D

    Dan46

    Memphis/West TN

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed two different redfish entrees. Soufflé potatoes as a side are a must experience. And don't miss the bananas foster prepared tableside
  7. KD

    KellyD

    New York Area

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our wait staff were amazing
  8. d

    deborahw

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The service was good and the musicians wonderful. Unfortunately the food was less than impressive. My snapper dish was awful. The fish tasted off-like it was not fresh. While the management graciously took the charge off the bill it was disappointing. I had looked forward to our dessert of bananas foster. Problem was that the bananas were so underripe that they were hard and tasted raw. I understand you need to use a banana that won’t fall about but this was a bit much. If it wasn’t for the lovely service and music I would have given less stars.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Arnaud’s 50 years ago on our honeymoon. Been there many times in between. Always an impeccable experience. Thank you Arnaud’s for another perfect evening!
  10. LH

    LisaHK

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Classic dining room feel with attentive service and excellent food. Jazz musicians roamed around to play fo the different tables. Good location in French Quarters.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jazz musicians, food and service were a perfect trio to make an experience much more fabulous than I even expected, and I expected the food and service to be top notch. The music amped it up it all the best way! Not so loud as to impede conversation, but personal, speciali, varied and a pleasant sound level. This was our first time and will definitely be a repeat place on our list of NOLA favs!
  12. A

    Awful

    New York Area

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall4food1service3ambience3
    Music was great while it lasted, then they went to another room. Food was terrible.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Waited on Appetizers for at least 45 min, then when they figured it out the manager came and advised us we wouldn’t be paying for it... which was fine. Trout was over cooked ... Music good, wait staff wonderful, disappointed in the food.
  14. CS

    CathyS

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very nice experience—the room was cozy and the music was great, top notch 3 piece jazz band playing requests table side. Excellent service, very friendly staff who treated customers well! Prices are high (tiniest $40 steak I’ve ever seen) but it’s all about the experience at Arnaud’s.
  15. F

    Foodie

    Louisville

    17 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Terrible service. Waited 10 minutes to be greeted by server after being seated. That only occurred because we flagged a server. We left after our Oyster Bienville appetizer was served because it looked like something out of Gordon Ramseys kitchen nightmare show. We’ve never bolted between courses but we too afraid of what might be served next. Don’t eat here.
  16. EA

    EmmaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience with excellent service and authentic New Orleans food.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful time celebrating a birthday and Mardi Gras!
  18. m

    may515

    Richmond

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Have been here for dinner but not brunch. Sadly the food just does not match up. Eggs Hussarde were so far below the standard set by Brennan's. Ambiance is great with music and the room is bright and sunny—just the food was below par.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The food was good but this was no 5 star place. I’d give this 4 stars for a 3 star restaurant.
  20. FJ

    FaithJ

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely a fabulous experience. Lovely dinner, music was beautiful, atmosphere was wonderful. I would recommend this place highly.
  21. T

    Toots

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had an amazing time. The live jazz was great. Service was phenomenal. Atmosphere was just right. I highly recommend this place. Food was scrumptious. Specially the potatoes and the drinks were beyond. Can’t wait to come back!
  22. CS

    ColleenS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the food and the music. Great atmosphere!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    An excellent dining experience. Food was excellent!
  24. BD

    BobD

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    50th wedding anniversary for a couple who honeymooned in New Orleans. Couldn’t have been more memorable. Felt like home. - Bob Dotson, former NBC News Today Show National Correspondent
  25. CS

    CristinaS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    It is a classic restaurant . The service is ok and the food is ok too. The restaurant is beautiful and the music is amazing. The location is good. I don’t agree that you paid for the music in your table because is part of the restaurant service.
  26. GT

    GailT

    West Palm Beach

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good jazz and good company. What more could you ask for?
  27. e

    ewwiot

    London

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    nice place for dinner or date. we went there for the jazz... the jazz band went around to various tables but did not come close to us unfortunately. the food is a bit pricey
  28. AH

    AlisonH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Great for ambiance and music, but the service isn’t what you typically get at a restaurant at the price point. Food was average.
  29. AK

    AKtravelguru

    Anchorage

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    The atmosphere was nice and the food tasty but our dining experience was ruined by the poor service from our waiter. First, he ignored us and I suspect his other customers since he never checked on how our food was and when we needed him several times we had to ask someone to get him because he was nowhere to be seen. My daughter was given the wrong gumbo and when we were able to get him to the table he gruffly responded "We'll just change it." That was an empty non-apologetic response. By the time she received it I was completely finished with my meal. We waited a long time after the appetizer for the rest of our meal and more than 10 minutes for a dessert menu after main dishes were cleared. When we received the bill there was an added dish we did not order. I asked it to be removed and the waiter snatched the bill from my hand again with no apology. Frankly with service like this the price of the food was not worth it. A professional waiter should be much better than he in an establishment such as Arnaud's. We went and were fine with prices for the complete dining experience but he ruined that experience and we will never return. Too many other great restaurants in New Orleans. He was the worst waiter we had during our entire stay which included all types of restaurants.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Food was just ok. Drinks were great!
  31. KM

    KateM

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service, good food (we ate light) and great music. We went late (9pm) so missed most of the music, as they ended @10pm. We enjoyed it while it lasted!
  32. SR

    SherriR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Had high expectations for this infamous bistro. Service was very slow but friendly. Food was good but definitely not worth the cost. I will not return.
  33. LD

    LD11

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. One of our servers,Cali, was exceptional. He went above and beyond to make our dinner experience great. He was professionally friendly and enlightened us with the history of the restaurant.
  34. D

    David

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great. Food, service and the jazz trio was perfect for setting a New Orleans vibe.
  35. CB

    ChingaderoBorracho

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    We had multiple waiters...some were good, some were pushy on ordering food and some had no idea what they were doing. The quality of the food was just OK and way overpriced IMO. There are much better places to eat in NOLA. We had street performers right outside our window playing drums on 5 gallon buckets that was so loud we couldn't hear the band. When leaving one of the band members pointed towards his tip bucket...needless to say he got no tip. They have been around forever and are living on a reputation of the past. Today's standards have passed them by...
  36. OS

    OrSha

    Miami

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, delicious food, the most yummy bread. The live Jazz music was an added bonus.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great music, great service! A must stop in NOLA
  38. JB

    JBhouston

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lots of character and ambiance, very good food, and the jazz trio was on point.
  39. MB

    MB85

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was very good. Fun experience with the jazz trio. The service was very good. Nice job pacing the meal and providing recommendations. I would recommend.
  40. AW

    AnneW

    Atlantic City

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to start off our New Orleans adventure! Food and service were amazing!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Arnaud's Bistro is rated 4.5 stars by 885 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Arnaud's Bistro

813 Bienville Street New Orleans, LA 70112

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bourbon Street

  • Neighborhood

    French Quarter

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Creole

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    We recommend parking at Premium Parking Lot (corner of Iberville Street and Dauphine Street)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tommy Digiovanni

  • Entertainment

    The Gumbo Trio plays nightly from 6:30 p.m-10:30 p.m. $4.00 per person music charge.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

  • Phone number

    (504) 523-5433

  • Private party facilities

    Arnaud's is a perfect setting for an intimate dinner or a rollicking party. Each of our 13 private dining rooms is exquisitely appointed. The rooms and two private balconies, can accommodate events for 12 to 220 guests and can be reserved individually or together.

  • Private party contact

    Jennifer Drury: (504) 523-0611

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