Bar Frances

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Bar Frances is a new American restaurant featuring a European inspired wine list, classic cocktails and craft beer. The menu features small and large plates created by Executive Chef Marcus Woodham

Dinner is served every night starting at 5pm with a menu of small plates, cheese and charcuterie, entrees and desserts.

Brunch is served both Friday through Sunday, offering a wide assortment of brunch classics along with creative new favorites.

Happy Hour is every day from 4pm-7pm with wine, beer and cocktail specials available along with small plates, cheese and charcuterie.

Our covered patio is always open and is a perfect place for a glass of wine, small plates or a relaxing dinner.
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New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has become one of neighborhood favorites. The food is better than it has ever been. It also has a very fun and thoughtful wine/cocktail list.

Bar Frances
Responded 4 days ago

Robert, thank you for coming in! We are so glad to be one of your favorites!!

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DE
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal! The grilled watermelon is fantastic!

Bar Frances
Responded 6 days ago

Debra, thank you for coming in! We are so glad you enjoyed the watermelon.

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M
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Bar Frances is an excellent restaurant. I am a well-seasoned traveler and culinary savant, and I frequent restaurants of the sort often. The food is good. The presentation is excellent. The service is pure perfection. The food is not the best that I've had, and it left no stratospheric impression, but the items were very tasty and I left with pleasant feelings.

Bar Frances
Responded 7 days ago

Marco, thank you for coming in! We are glad that you enjoyed your experience at Bar Frances.

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F
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Expensive for so-so food

Bar Frances
Responded 7 days ago

We apologize that your experience at Bar Frances was anything less than 5 stars. Should you have any further feedback that you wish to provide, it would be greatly appreciated. Please feel free to contact our Sales & Marketing Coordinator, Nancy Weinstock, directly at 504-525-8676. We hope that in the future we may have the chance to prove that we can do much better!

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JF
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

Good was excellent. But acoustics are horrible! There was a large table of screaming individuals who made the entire experience painful. For this reason alone I will never go there again. The staff made no effort to suggest to the patrons that they were disturbing everyone else in the restaurant. While the fault lies mostly with the guests, the staff could have done something to ameliorate the situation.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved my entire meal! Worth every penny!

Bar Frances
Responded on August 26, 2019

We are so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for coming in!!

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CJ
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Service was lacking. The food was all shades of wrong. It appears that the chef is not a real chef, but likes pretending to be one. I really wanted to like the food, but the flavor profiles were all wrong. The roasted watermelon was awful the flavor of the cheese and spice on the watermelon destroyed what little flavor the watermelon provided. The shaved summer squash with the short rib had no seasoning and was served cold. The short rib was cooked properly, but under seasoned and required salt. The banana /Nutella creme brulee was NOT a creme brulee. It was weird weird weird.

Bar Frances
Responded on August 26, 2019

Christy, we are so sorry that your experience at Bar Frances was not an enjoyable one. Cold food and lacking service are definitely not what we wish to show our patrons, so we apologize that you endured these things. We hope that in the future you may provide us with the chance to prove that we can certainly do better than this!

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IG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Very convenient location.

Bar Frances
Responded on August 20, 2019

Ivan, thank you for dining with us!

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PC
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal. service was excellent. drinks were delicious, food was delightful.

Bar Frances
Responded on August 20, 2019

Patrick, thank you for coming in! We are so glad you enjoyed it!!

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Went for Coolinary - not a good value. The same order got obviously different amounts of food. One app huge, the other small. One ribeye regular size, the other looked half sized. Very expensive, poor value.

Bar Frances
Responded on August 20, 2019

We apologize that your dining experience was anything less than 5 stars. We also apologize for any inconsistencies in portions among guests. That is something we will definitely share with our chef. We hope that in the future we may have the chance to prove that we can do better!

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AH
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only problem was that it was quite loud but I suppose that’s to be expected other than that the food was outstanding !

Bar Frances
Responded on August 20, 2019

Angela, thank you for dining with us. We apologize about the noise level and we are glad you enjoyed everything else!

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p
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was fine. Drinks were fine. Service was fine. Nothing wrong here - but nothing exceptional.

Bar Frances
Responded on August 14, 2019

Thank you for coming in. We apologize that your experience was anything less than 5 stars, but we certainly appreciate you providing us with honest feedback. If there is anything else you would like to share, please feel free to reach our Sales & Marketing Coordinator directly at 504-525-8676. We hope that in the future we may have the chance to prove that we can do better!

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OT
New Orleans
78 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything about this place was five stars except that we were seated at a table where the air condition blew on us non stop and at high fan speed. Very uncomfortable! Everything else was perfect, especially the flank steak and grilled artichoke! Incredible flavors and cooked to perfection! Great restaurant!

Bar Frances
Responded on August 20, 2019

Thank you for coming in! We are so glad you enjoyed it!! We apologize about the air conditioning, but we are glad you enjoyed everything else!

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B
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The grilled avocado was divine. The crème Brulee was wonderful. Great service too

Bar Frances
Responded on August 14, 2019

Thank you for coming in! We are so glad you enjoyed it!

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SS
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Saw piece about restaurant and decided to try it out - nice little local eatery/bar. Great meal and drinks

Bar Frances
Responded on August 12, 2019

Scott, thank you for coming in! We are glad you enjoyed it.

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NH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food, drinks and service all very lovely. Scallops were incredible!
My parents had a hard time hearing the soft spoken server. Minor issue, great evening at Bar Francis as always.

Bar Frances
Responded on August 7, 2019

Nancy, thank you for coming in! We appreciate your feedback as well!!

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J
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Frances never disappoints! The environment is perfect for groups or couples and has such a great staff. The food is so good and the fresh mimosas are even better. I highly recommend and will be back soon!

Bar Frances
Responded on July 22, 2019

Jourdan, thank you for being a continued patron. We greatly appreciate you returning to Bar Frances. We hope to see you again soon!

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p
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The waitress forgot to place an order of Buratta for the table. However, she made up for it byu completely comping the Buratta. Great Service and acknowledgement of mistake made. Food was incredible as well as everything else!

Bar Frances
Responded on July 22, 2019

Priscilla, thank you for coming in! We appreciate your willingness to forgive a mistake, and allow our team to make up for it. We hope to see you again soon!!

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AE
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

Food was delicious, service was horrendous. Waited an hour for our entrees with little attention from our waitress. After being seated for over 3 hours, mostly waiting, had to flag our waitress down to get our bill.

Bar Frances
Responded on July 22, 2019

We are so sorry that your experience was a disappointing one! We strive for everyone to have a 5 star experience at Bar Frances, and we sincerely apologize that your time with us did not measure up. We will certainly share this information with our team in order to continue to make improvements. We hope that in the future we may have the chance to prove that we can do better!

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DE
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner. Everyone in the party raved about their food.

Bar Frances
Responded on July 22, 2019

Debra, thank you for coming in! We are so glad your whole party enjoyed it!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to take your girlfriend on a Friday night. Ate outside, and it was very nice. Service was great, and you can tell they care about their food.

Bar Frances
Responded on July 15, 2019

Thank you for coming in! We are so glad that you all had such a nice experience!!

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TS
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was not consistent. Hot chicken sandwich was terrible. Would have been better if gone to Popeyes. A lot better. Mussels were okay but the chips terrible. Food was terrible clearly something changes.

Bar Frances
Responded on July 8, 2019

Trish, we are so sorry that you did not enjoy your experience with Bar Frances. Would you mind sharing more information specifically regarding the food? Was there something off about the sandwich perhaps? We'd like sincerely appreciate any feedback that you have so we can share this information with our chef and kitchen team. Additionally, if anything was not up to par with service please let us know. Thank you, and again we sincerely apologize that you did not have an enjoyable experience!

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TL
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This was my 2nd time here. We were really let down. The server didn’t know much about anything. My steak was incredibly salty and everything else was just, ok. Not enough to return in a city of great restaurants.

Bar Frances
Responded on June 24, 2019

Todd, we are so sorry that you did not enjoy your experience at Bar Frances. We strive for everyone to have a 5 star experience with us, and we apologize that your experience did not measure up. If you wish to speak with someone further regarding your dining experience, please feel free to reach our Sales & Marketing Coordinator, Nancy Weinstock, directly at 504-525-8676. We appreciate your feedback!

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n
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fresh drinks and perfect service!

Bar Frances
Responded on June 18, 2019

Thank you for dining with us! We are so glad you enjoyed it!!

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JP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was a little slow but otherwise loved it! One of my favorite places to eat and they never disappoint!

Bar Frances
Responded on May 29, 2019

Jilian, thank you for coming in! We are glad you enjoyed it!!

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MC
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place to grab a bite. It was s nice find!! Food was delicious & had excellent service. We sat at a table, but the bar looked really nice too! There was also patio seating. We will return!!

Bar Frances
Responded on May 29, 2019

Misty, thank you for coming in! We are so glad you enjoyed it!!

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JG
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great specials. Always good.

Bar Frances
Responded on May 22, 2019

Jay, thank you for coming in!

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MV
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love everything about brunch & dinner at Bar Frances! Perfect little spot for a night out.

Bar Frances
Responded on May 15, 2019

Thank you for coming in!!

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s
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic restaurant - great food, atmosphere and staff.

Bar Frances
Responded on May 13, 2019

Skipper, thank you so much for coming in! We are so glad you enjoyed it!!

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A
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are new to the neighborhood and haven’t done a lot of exploring in the Freret area. We wanted to walk to dinner so we friend Bar Frances.
We were so pleasantly surprised at the food quality. We know we’ll be going back to explore the menu.

Bar Frances
Responded on May 6, 2019

Thank you for coming in! We are so glad you enjoyed it.

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CO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 1st time and everything was great. Highly recommend it.

Bar Frances
Responded on May 6, 2019

Thank you for coming in!

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n
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this place! Palomas are the best I've ever had. Only had a salad on this visit, but it was very good.

Bar Frances
Responded on April 30, 2019

Thank you for dining with us! We are so glad you enjoyed our Paloma!!

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RH
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend Bar Frances. The menu is unique and delicious. Get the octopus! You won't believe the taste and texture. Marcus has perfected his technique. The serving staff was friendly and fast, and not bothersome, like so many restaurants. Get away from the crowd and go uptown to Bar Frances. You won't regret it.

Bar Frances
Responded on May 8, 2019

Ross, thank you so much for coming in! Thank you for the high compliments!!

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JE
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I keep telling myself that I LOVE Bar Frances but it may be time to decide what love is. It’s always fairly hit or miss. Cocktails are always exceptional and the crowd at the bar attests to that. The happy hour offerings and deals are phenomenal. Maybe I should stick to the drinks?

The food is another story. The menu changes seasonally and frequently, and sometimes I think less than vetted dishes make the cut. The champions that always remain are the warm olives and the fries. Their fries are beyond perfect. The meat temps vary widely (sometimes your medium burger is mid-rare, sometimes it’s well). There’s currently an orange duck dish on the menu that reads beautifully but is bland and brothy, really an oniony duck soup with edamame in it. I ate very little of it, and the waitress happily took the full plate away without asking is there were any issues. (Granted, I didn’t volunteer but I’m always surprised when a restaurant doesn’t follow up and ask questions.) on the other hand, there’s a crawfish pasta dish in the menu that is fairly divine - the pasta is a little over but the sauce is REALLY GOOD. I kept stealing bites.

So yeah. It’s not a consistent winner but the small plates and cocktails are as close to perfect as you can get. If I worked on Freret St I’d be there everyday for happy hour. There are so many other good food options in this area though that I’d recommend to keep driving if you’re looking for a great dinner.

Bar Frances
Responded on April 30, 2019

Jessie, thank you for coming in! We sincerely appreciate your honest and open feedback. We will take all of this into consideration and share it with our team. We hope to have you in again soon to prove that we can offer a 5 star dining experience.

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JC
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dining experience. The food was excellent. We loved the sauces with the lamb meatballs and the rigatoni. The place is really beautiful inside. The staff was attentive and everything came out promptly.

Bar Frances
Responded on April 30, 2019

Jenny, thank you for dining with us! We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience including dishes such as the lamb meatballs and rigatoni.

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MM
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Nice place to enjoy brunch outside. Small menu but interesting options, all well-prepared. Attentive service. Good for vegetarians.

Try the banana bread starter and the tasty grilled cheese sandwich with side salad.

Bar Frances
Responded on April 30, 2019

Mark, thank you for coming in. We are glad you enjoyed brunch with us!

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CH
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

I was disappointed in the quality of the food. We used to go to this restaurant frequently for brunch or lunch and the food was delicious. I ordered "lump crabmeat" and pasta the other night. It was full of shells and clawmeat, not lump. The waitress was very inattentive. There was a good crowd there and I'm so happy for the owners' success, but they need to keep up the standards they had when they opened.

Bar Frances
Responded on April 1, 2019

Claire, we are so sorry that your most recent experience was not the standard that it should've been. We will definitely share this feedback with our entire team. We appreciate your honesty and hope that in the future we may have a chance to prove that we can do better!

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TM
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a wonderful staff. Comfortable, contemporary atmosphere. Inside and outdoor dining.

Bar Frances
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you for coming in! We are so glad you enjoyed it!!

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SB
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

Bar Frances
Responded on March 26, 2019

Thank you for dining with us!

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c
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot for Sunday brunch with friends. The weather was beautiful and we sat on the patio.

Bar Frances
Responded on March 25, 2019

Thank you for coming in for brunch! We are so glad you enjoyed it.

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