Bywater American Bistro

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Nina and Larry’s second restaurant in the Bywater.
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EM
London
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was our second time at BAB. The food was great and we had a good evening marred only by a very noisy table very close to ours. It was a 40th birthday party and whilst I appreciate that large groups will inevitably make a certain amount of noise I resent the attitude that nobody else really matters and that you can make as much noise as you like.

SP
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant. We were there on Friday the 13th 2020. The COVID-19 situation did not stop them from giving us a wonderfully experience. Our waitress Ashley was very personal and really knew the menu.

RH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

They do have some interesting menu items. We had rabbit curry and duck. They were good, but not special. We saw comments about the Bistro being a romantic place, but we got more of a trendy vibe.

CL
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The was the first restaurant I visited in New Orelans, and it started the trip on a high note because of it. It's an amazingly cute space with friendly and welcoming staff. The food was fantastic, even for classics there was an interesting twist and everything was fresh and toasted fantastic. I will be stopping by everytime I'm in the city.

NW
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We were there for an early lunch, place is nice, clean, interesting menu,nice service and the food is very good.
It’s a small place, maybe not good for a big group, mostly 4 tops. I had breakfast corn dogs, tasty, and a sandwich, all good. One of our group had french toast, and wasn’t hungry the rest of the day. I recommend you try it.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! We had a group of 5 of us, all from out of town. There were some picky eaters in the group, so I was a little worried. But chose Bywater because their menu looked very creative. The cocktails we started off with were spot on. We got bread service, the agnolotti, and an off menu pesto tagliatelle. All were very tasty, but the pesto tagliatelle was spectacular! We had a variety of entrees, my favorite being the duck breast. Everything we tasted was cooked well and seasoned perfectly. Finished off the meal with the warm apple rice pudding and Nutella hazelnut flan, and I can safely say it was the best flan I’ve ever had! Service was perfect as well! Thanks for the great meal.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Drinks were great! Food was ok. I had the swordfish and it was too salty. The salt drown out all of the other flavors. My partner had the duck. He said it was good and not over-salted. Desserts were ok - for me the flavor combinations didn’t work. I’d go back here for drinks, but not to eat.

k
New Orleans
27 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went for our 4th wedding anniversary and it was the PERFECT spot for that! The atmosphere was beautiful, the service was incredible from our waiter to the sommelier they had . They had a very unique wine list with wines from countries you don't typically see, and the sommelier came over to talk with us about her recommendations. We would never order a bottle of wine with dinner but given the unique choices they had, we went for it. It was such a cool experience to get to hear from a sommelier as well and made our dinner extra special. The dinner was delicious as was the dessert. Definitely would recommend this spot for celebratory dinners!

KK
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice open floorplan. Elevated Southern fare without being pretentious. Great service. lovely cocktail and wine list.

RI
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service including suggestions for other favorite locals spots. Visited again from Colorado after going here last year. Food and cocktails as yummy as ever. Top drawer!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat! I brought an out of town friend to celebrate his 30th birthday, and though he visits often, he doesn’t usually leave his tourist radius. To start, we had a last minute addition to our reservation that then cancelled on us as we arrived. The team at the door handled the changes quickly, and with no fuss. Our server, Ashley, was just fantastic, as was the delightful Rosie Jean. They were both very attentive and helpful with the couple of menu questions we had post-cocktails. The wine list and menu are both incredibly approachable, yet still refined and interesting. The food itself:superb, and everything to be expected from an all-star culinary team.

If you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere away from the tourist driven French Quarter, CBD, etc., this is your spot. Full of art and the ambiance I have come to expect in Bywater establishments, I hope to spend many more nights as a patron here.

DE
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I would recommend for the strokes of kitchen brilliance (silky house made pasta, beautiful cheese selection) and interesting wine list but not for the consistency in service maturity. Bar staff was very capable of discussing wine choices while our main server was out of his depth. Food service to the table was a separate role, and this time her manner switched between plucky and prickly. I’d think twice about a return visit.

J
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, we had the jerk chicken rice, pasta pomodoro, the potato and angnolotti pasta, the baby gem salad, rabbit curry and red snapper..each dish was delicious..can't wait to go back!

LL
Boise
35 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! On all levels

s
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Sunday Brunch!!

MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. The experience was fantastic. I had a small birthday dinner and it could not have been more perfect. I’m truly grateful for their attentiveness, recommendations, and general friendliness. I’d highly recommend this place.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Decent service, swordfish was good, duck terribly undercooked, ricotta agnolotti was a very small portion. Curry rabbit ok. Wine selection and sommelier were good. Overall over-priced for the experience.

AP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Go with the appetizers/small plates over the mains

SB
New Orleans
37 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All four courses of the Valentine's Day menu were delicious with the Beet Ravioli being brilliant. The wine pairing was a delightful adventure with selections rare and delicious.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Vacationing for valentines weekend and amazing NOLA dining. Stepped out of my comfort zone with this prix fix dinner and was blown away! Beet ravioli with black truffle! OMG...drooling. Can’t wait to go back

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trakal on the cocktail menu was 👌

RM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We read about Bywater Am Bistro in an airline magazine and liked the idea of eating in this up and coming neighborhood just outside of the French Quarter. I ordered the citrus salad with the smoked swordfish and was blown away by how light and refreshing the salad was but bursting with flavor from the smoked swordfish and citrus. My husband ordered the duck breast which had generous portions with an outstanding sauce. my non-alcoholic "shrub" drink was spot on and did a good job of making me not miss alcohol. My husband's cocktail (can't remember) was also good. Decor and ambiance were great, our waiter was okay but not the most engaging person. That said, our overall experience was great and we'd go back again if we're ever in NO again... This is a restaurant I hope to see last for a long while...

MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

TUNA TOAST. SPICED NUTELLA HAZELNUT FLAN. ALL DAY.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe. Great food. Modern take on Louisiana cuisine.

r
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and we'd go back in a minute. All of the food from the appetizers thru dessert was amazing. Drinks were great as well, and the sommelier was very helpful. Everyone was very friendly and the vibe was great. Highly recommended.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an overall wonderful experience as we loved the staff and what comes out of the kitchen makes the taste buds jump! Kinda nice that it is off the beaten path too!

PF
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent menu for both food and drink. Food was outstanding.

BS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Outstanding food. Great atmosphere. We loved it.

LL
New England
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant by Nina Compton of Top Chef fame. It’s in the Bywater District — artsy and away from tourist areas — in a converted warehouse building. Cool, industrial vibe with great cocktails and innovative cuisine. If this weren’t our first trip to New Orleans, we would eat here again this visit. Our waitress was great and made great recommendations of other up and coming places to eat in the city.

AS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous experience, from start to finish! Everything was superb, especially the jerk chicken, but we didn't have a mouthful of any food that we didn't love. The spices are so exotic, and the food so flavorful. The service was superb, and so was the ambiance. Would go back in a heartbeat!

KS
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very happy to get in when we did. The place filled up quit fast, as we like to eat early. I had friends from Ga, Pa, Tn, and Ms. it was our annual pre cruise dinner. We were all very pleased with our meal selection, service and where we were seated. We all had a different starter, entrée and dessert. It made our dinner experience very interesting. I love the freshness of your food selections.
We will be back again very soon. I have a house in the Bywater.
Karen S

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was wonderful!! The apps were amazing and so flavorful. All the food was great!!

MD
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time going and instantly fell in love with this neighborhood gem. The food, cocktails, and service all hit the mark. We'll be back soon

AS
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Somewhat underwhelmed by the food and service. Some in our party loved their dish, others just ok. Fish was so undercooked it was raw inside and sent it back. Wait staff was ambivalent although manager did come over and comp the fish dish after we complained.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great wine pairing recommendations! Friendly staff and the food, as always, is fantastic.

OT
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group’s favorite dining experience this trip to New Orleans!

The food was flavorful and uniquely presented. It was a delight to the pallet with innovative food combinations.

Our service was exceptional. Our server was Alex, he demonstrated great attention to detail from paying great detail to and recalling our allergies for food preparation to his delightful personality and recommendations.

I would most certainly return on all future trips to New Orleans and bring friends. Before leaving the city we already recommended to four friends.

The BABs mimosas were delicious with the passion fruit accent.

EL
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a delicious, creative meal with very attentive waitstaff. Parking was super easy, with a large parking lot. We'd be glad to return.

K
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BAB is an absolute gem. I’ve been for both brunch and dinner, and the food for both meals was incredibly delicious. The chef brings in local New Orleans cuisine without the heaviness while maintaining the flavor. The staff is knowledgeable and warm. The space is great for groups as well as dates. It’s on my list of places to visit every time I’m back.

OT
New Orleans
30 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Craft cocktails were excellent - menu was a bit limited, however, especially the second course/pasta-type dishes....... but overall good and a fun experience.

MG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Nina's second restaurant (first being Compere Lapin) is a gastronomic joy. My wife and I have eaten here three times and each time the meal was memorable. I had the Rabbit Curry which was outstanding. We shared a lovely cheese plate as an appetizer. The drinks are great and the wine selection has an excellent range, I had a wonderful Hungarian red with my meal. This restaurant should be on your list when visiting New Orleans.