Permanently Closed - Balise

4.3
524 Reviews
$31 to $50
French

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Balise is a tavern restaurant located in the Central Business District of New Orleans. This is the second restaurant from husband and wife team Justin and Mia Devillier, co-owners of the renowned Uptown restaurant La Petite Grocery. Balise evokes the bygone era with a recognizable Old-World, New Orleans feel. Set in a 19th century Creole townhouse, Balise features a Louisiana-focused menu created by Chef Justin Devillier (James Beard winner for Best Chef: South in 2016) and a world-class beverage program created by Bar Director, Jesse Carr & Wine Sommelier, Jonathan Sanders. The name Balise is derived from one of the first settlements at the mouth of the Mississippi River’s Birdfoot Delta, which controlled commerce coming from the Gulf of Mexico to New France. Battered by the river and sea throughout its existence, Balise pays tribute to the resiliency and determination of this settlement – qualities that are still seen across the Gulf Coast region today.
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vipChuck
New Orleans
53 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Balise is now closed for good. We ate there at the last dinner

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great finale dinner, so sad they’re now closed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place!

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vipGoodasever
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Excellent crab gratin and delicious gumbo. Fried oyster BLT also great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

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.

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Reneed
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience2

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-

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ScottS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was amazing on all fronts. Our favorite break if the whole trip.

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CarleyM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Michelle
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

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

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JeremyC
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good ambience. Good service. Great food! Would certainly recommend and go back myself.

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vipTeri
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ordered the crab cake and a glass of Sparkling Rose' Enjoyed it. My friend had the mussels, and she enjoyed them. Very nice staff

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PatriciaN
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

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.

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alanG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

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!

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Jannapnap
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!

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vipFoodnwinegirl
London
31 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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!

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jojo
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

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.

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vipWILLIAMD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

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.

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EliseD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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...

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DennisM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food! Friendly and wonderful service in a quiet, outdoor setting - and, during Jazz Fest, no less! Loved it.

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TexasT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxed, and quiet atmosphere with knowledgeable and attentive service made for a great night talking with old friends.

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vipGregg
Dallas
305 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

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.

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NOLA11
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

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.

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Neighborhoodexplorer
New Orleans
24 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience1

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.

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PatriciaN
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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tallguy
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

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.

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KristenL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Incredible appetizers, average entrees. Get the chicken liver pate and smoke fish dip at the bar!

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theresaf
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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.

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Rick
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

food was mediocre at best. Service was earnest but fell short of working well. Basically, a lot of nice people accomplishing little.

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MaryB
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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.
Mary B.
Boston

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CTFoodie
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a delicious dinner. The service was excellent. Will go back. Try the shrimp and Brussels sprouts. Delicious.

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GeneF
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was great. Rigatoni, Pan Roasted Shrimp & Fish and chips all excellent. Cocktails were perfect.

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vipMichelleS
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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Alexandre
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Super restaurant very good food and nice atmosphere

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FrequentDiner
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice upscale pub with good food.

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Skbulder
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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vipAndrea214
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends visiting from out of town

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Local21
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and experience. The chicken confit and fish special was outstanding! We will definitely be back.

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