Permanently Closed - Balise
Balise is now closed for good. We ate there at the last dinner
Great finale dinner, so sad they’re now closed.
Great food. Excellent crab gratin and delicious gumbo. Fried oyster BLT also great.
So odd. We left as soon as we sat down. Our server was nice, bless her heart, and earned us that the owner was experimenting with music at the main bar and that it would be loud. We kept hearing random loud blasts of music from the front room. The restaurant was empty on a Saturday night, which is a big warning sign in a town like New Orleans. Needless to say, we left. Too many amazing restaurants around here to waste time on an odd place like this.
The reviews here were generally good so we were shocked at the overall experience. The oysters were tasty but just 3 and the gin fizz cocktail was spot on. Salads and fish and chips were extremely forgettable. Apparently the owner likes to get drunk and mess with the sound system. The whole back dining room of guests were upset about this. Apparently it had been going on for an hour before we got there. We tipped our server 20% because it wasn’t her fault and we could not get out of there soon enough!! 🤯 locals and never to return-
The meal was amazing on all fronts. Our favorite break if the whole trip.
I went to Balise for dinner this past Sunday and was extremely impressed! I’ve heard amazing things about it and have eaten at Balise’s sister restaurant Justine (also amazing) and I’m just sad I didn’t come sooner! The Shrimp Pan Roast is a MUST!!!! It’s quite possibly the best dish I’ve had since moving to New Orleans 5 months ago. We also had the Crab Gratin which was also incredible. The service and drinks were also amazing! Could not recommend this restaurant more!
We are not used to having burnt chips served with fish&chips, it might have been helpful to know there was also no salad or vegetables with the main courses, we would have ordered the salads at the same time. Very kind of the staff to split one salad into two seperate small serves, thank you
Good ambience. Good service. Great food! Would certainly recommend and go back myself.
Ordered the crab cake and a glass of Sparkling Rose' Enjoyed it. My friend had the mussels, and she enjoyed them. Very nice staff
We love Balise and like to take out of town friends there for a nice dinner. THe food is always good. The service is hit and miss. This time it was more of a miss. We had to do a lot of waiting for drinks and then appetizers and did not feel well taken care of by our waitress.
Slow service, food took too long to come out and our waitress was MIA for most of the meal. Also, tried changing reservation from
5 to 6 people but was told they had no availability. When we got there, there were quite a few empty tables so 6 shouldn’t have been a problem.
We usually sit at the bar and have had good experiences in the past, but this was not the case on this visit. It was Jazz Fest weekend and they were extremely understaffed. Our server was filling waters, taking orders, bussing tables and bringing out food. We didn’t blame him as he was doing the best he could. Management needs to better prepare for busy nights and ensure there is ample staffing. We brought a couple with us that had never been to Balise before. Needless to say they were less than impressed. Other diners were deserting their tables because it was taking so long to get drink orders. We live in the neighborhood and it may be a while (if ever) before we come back. There are too many great dining options in the area to risk a poor experience. Time to step it up!
Exceptional!!! Thrilled to have been afforded a table for a culinary experience such as this. Every course was as strong as the last and the execution was perfection. As a gourmand who has traveled the earth in search of unique and solid interpretations of local recipes this was masterful!! 20 on a scale of 1-10!!!
Good food but overpriced. My small onion soup-sized crock of macaroni and cheese was $12. It was tasty, but seriously? A two year-old could've eaten more! Service was slow...slothlike... absolutely terrible. No attention to us or anyone around us. The staff cared more about their phones and their own conversation than their patrons, it seemed. The "1/4 pound crab cake " was more like 1/16 of a pound, which again, would not satisfy a 2 year old much less a 6'4", 250lb man. Tasty, expensive, overpriced food, horrible service. So disappointed.
Beginning with the service, our group couldn’t have been more disappointed. We waited an incredibly long time 1.5 hours to be exact before our entrees arrived. When asked about the delay, our waitress snarkily replied ‘its Jazz Fest; we’re busy. However, the restaurant was not busy after 10pm and folks seated after us, received their meals before us. When our entrees finally arrived, they were incredibly underwhelming. We won’t be going back!
Good was good but service was abominable. It took over 30 minutes once seated to get drinks and despite the place being empty it took almost an hour for our meal to show up.
Had a fantastic dinner with friends last night. I love Justin’s La Petit Grocery and have wanted to try Balise for some time now. It did not disappoint. We let our adorable server Jeffrey take care of us and followed his recommendations and thoroughly enjoyed it all! Blue Crab Gratin and the Spicy shrimp were excellent. The chocolate creme brûlée was the perfect dessert. I will definitely return!! Looking forward to Sunday brunch at Justine...
Superb food! Friendly and wonderful service in a quiet, outdoor setting - and, during Jazz Fest, no less! Loved it.
Relaxed, and quiet atmosphere with knowledgeable and attentive service made for a great night talking with old friends.
Absolutely a horrible experience. We come to the Nola often and decided on this trip to try new restaurants. What a mistake. From the host at the front door being rude and extremely uncooperative to the table where we were seated being uncomfortable plus in a poor location to the bland food without any plate appearance we needless to say will never return nor should anyone else as New Orleans has too many tremendous restaurants. Only positive comments were the wine we selected and our server Stacy who was a pleasure.
Great food. Poor service. Servers were more interested in their own conversations and congregating around the point of sale to gossip, than be concerned with the guests. The dishes were very good, but the lack of professionalism and courtesy from the servers make this place a big NO for me. This is the first time I have ever written a negative review on open table. Hopefully, the management can fix the server issue and be the establishment that they tout of being.
The only reason I give this place a rating of 3 is because of the food, which was very good. We are locals and have wanted to try Balise for a while. We did make a reservation and ended up being seated in the bar rather than a dining room which we thought was odd. The bar was VERY LOUD with blaring music and loud bar patrons. We had to shout across the table to hear each other. At first the server was very attentive but when the restaurant got busier he disappeared, it looked like they were understaffed the way the staff was rushing around. By the time he reappeared and asked about desert we had had enough of the bar and the noise and asked for the check. It was a very disappointing experience.
We love Balise. We were admittedly disappointed to hear we could not order the eggs Benedict because they were out of biscuits on this Easter Sunday. We still enjoyed our food and time together. We will be back.
I would make a qualified recommendation. This was my third visit and the quality seems to have fallen off a bit. I ordered the spicy shrimp dish which was almost too hot to eat. When I mentioned this to my waitress, she replied that there was a new line cook who had a heavy hand with spices. No apology. No offer to do anything to make amends.
The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. The wine and drinks list were both very unique and the staff was happy to help pick something out. The food was great and the prices very reasonable. We would definitely go again.
Incredible appetizers, average entrees. Get the chicken liver pate and smoke fish dip at the bar!
It was the best meal we had in New Orleans! Delicious cocktails and food. I think our waitress forgot to fire our entrees so we had to rush through dinner in order to be to an event on time, but I think it was an honest mistake. Otherwise service was good. Would definitely return here and recommend to others.
food was mediocre at best. Service was earnest but fell short of working well. Basically, a lot of nice people accomplishing little.
We were excited to try this tavern, Rigatoni was great and served hot but has to ask for spoon to share this starter . Chicken Confit and fish and chips were at best average and french fries were cold.
Service was unattentive on a slow Tuesday night.
We were excited to try this restaurant but left very disappointed.
We had a delicious dinner. The service was excellent. Will go back. Try the shrimp and Brussels sprouts. Delicious.
The service was great. Rigatoni, Pan Roasted Shrimp & Fish and chips all excellent. Cocktails were perfect.
Great service from the very start! Jeffry F. was outstanding, suggesting excellent wines & food. The pork belly appetizer was amazing! The food was about the best we have ever had in NOLA and will certainly go back again.
Super restaurant very good food and nice atmosphere
The service, the room, the greeting at the front door perfect. The only complaint I had was my main course. I ordered a hangar steak, medium rare with a chimichurri sauce. The steak was impossibly tough, with only a tiny amount of chimichurri. I would go back, but order something else. My dining companion ordered a Cobb salad with added crab which looked exceptional. The blistered green beans with fresh grated horseradish were sublime.
Nice upscale pub with good food.
The food is very well prepared and the ambiance is as advertised. Exposed brick walls make this feel like old Bew Orleans. The waiter was a little new so he lacked knowledge but overall the experience was enjoyable.
Friends visiting from out of town
Wonderful food and experience. The chicken confit and fish special was outstanding! We will definitely be back.