Bywater American Bistro

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Nina and Larry’s second restaurant in the Bywater.
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MB
San Antonio
56 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were excellent. Their food is innovative and has wonderful flavor. The staff could not have been better. We can not wait to go back for another meal. It was a treat!

JB
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wine! Lovely dinner!

MM
Denver
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Imaginative dishes served professionally in a beautiful space. Seafood is always the way to go here. Great bar too!

KF
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Complete 5 stars! Everything from the service to the phone to the bill was great! Allison our server was AMAZING! She was beyond friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. I order a house white and she talked me into a better glass with her description of the wine. She guided me fully through the menu and help me picked my food. As I was not overly hungry, I got the little gem app and risotto. The little gem is a type of salad which was generous and refreshing, a bit salty but otherwise great! The risotto with mushroom was so good served hot and fresh! Great vibe in the spot on the river and close to my house. Was also great to hear the servers providing advice and suggestions to out-of-towners of things to do in the area. Special kudos to Allison for really giving top notch service, I'll be asking for her next time!

LL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well, the waitress was extremely knowledgeable and accommodating. The food was fantastic! Seriously interesting and complex. Definitely will be back! A+

DS
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food, fun wait staff, nice ambiance, will go again!

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Our server Allison was fantastic.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a very enjoyable brunch here. The food was excellent and the ambiance was great.

MC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff were friendly, helpful and very attentive. Our food was delicious and beautiful to look at and even the pickiest of eaters at the table had zero complaints.... and that frozen watermelon meringue...O..M...G! If only O could get that shipped to my house.

OT
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We had to send back half the cocktails because they were not good at all. The food was mediocre, definitely wouldn’t return. Our waiter was rude and inattentive.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This may actually be one of the best restos in Nola! I had no idea! So sophisticated and balanced. I was blown away. Best kept secret in town. What a treat

LB
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had a French Omelette before. I am now obsessed! Delicious! Rosti Potatoes. Perfectly cooked bacon. Delicious!

B
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the most satisfying dining experience my wife and I have had in a long time. We were very impressed by both the meal as well as the staff. Our server was quite attentive to my very pregnant wife's needs and restrictions without any of the awkwardness that we have come to expect from our recent dining experiences. We will absolutely be returning. Great work all around.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed the staff. Everyone was very helpful and friendly. The food was amazing! Beautifully prepared and rich with perfect pairing flavors! I got the pickled shrimp appetizer and the Red Snapper for my meal.

EV
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is amazing, service was wonderful, the decor is very nice, the only thing is that window treatments of some sort might be nice because looking at the warehouses wasn't beautiful but a minor quibble, had planned on walking over to Frenchman Street after dinner but called Uber instead as the neighborhood was definitely more industrial and emptier but it was very short ride over and back and well worth the trip. Will definitely be back if I ever have the good fortune to get to New Orleans again.

AP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the most delicious food in the city! Friendly service, great wine list with wait staff well educated about it, a place to return again and again.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Dinner was lovely, atmosphere was busy but not too loud for conversation. Food and drinks were excellent. Just an over all lovely experience.

LB
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Been several times. Hard to pick dinner choices since it is all delicious! Glad we live close so we can go when we we choose!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good not great

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was great and reasonably priced. Dessert (Nutella flan with lime) was inedible due to extremely bitter (maybe scorched?) sauce. They offered a replacement but we were so full from the other delicious food it was not a big deal.

LL
Boise
34 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing meal and place. Service was flawless by all

G
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant has an up beat vibe, casual and classy. Very knowledgeable, attentive waitstaff. The fish dish options were outstanding and so was the duck. It was a little easier ordering from this menu compared to Compère Lapin.

MJ
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 4, with 3 of us ordering the Restaurant Week Special, which made dining a good deal! The food was tasty (especially the hog head boudin), lovely presentation, and the wait staff very knowledgeable and helpful. Our waiter was especially knowledgeable about wine and beverage selections, which added to the enjoyment. I will definitely come here again, as well as recommend to my friends .

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visiting since we moved to New Orleans. Very nice space with a comfortable open ambiance. Service was great, as was the food. Can’t wait to come back and try some other dishes!

M
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and a fun place for brunch. Unlimited mimosas are always a plus and the avocado toast with deviled egg spread is delicious!

n
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was okay nothing fantastic, probably won't go back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I have ever had start to finish!

A
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly excellent. A league apart. Excellent food, cocktails, and service. It’s on my top restaurants list

R
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Looking forward to going back. The service was excellent and the food was delish; however, I thought the variety was a little flat. The Rabbit, Swordfish and Duck were all worthy of a second trip as are the oysters. What took away from this eating adventure was the wonky table and the terribly hard bistro chairs. They were very uncomfortable and really took away from the overall enjoyment of the meal.

Love Miss Nina, but those chairs got to go....

F
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service perfect! Everybody is very friendly. Definitely a must go!!!

BH
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience! Start to finish the meal was stellar. The drinks were great, the service was wonderful!

OT
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellence!

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M
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delightful. The gazpacho had a unique frozen creme dollop, brrrrr. The only disappointment was the presentation of the cheese platter on a silver plastic platter.

ML
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants to dine when I am in New Orleans. I have dined here several times previously and have never had a bad experience.
My last visit was the same, great food, friendly and awesome service, and beautiful surroundings.
I would highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

t
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was very good and I would go back to try more menu options, however the service was amateurish. Management should work to ensure that the service meets the quality of the food.

RB
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb menu. Friendly, knowledgeable service. Meals to die for.

AE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful restaurant, worth the trip to the Bywater, service spot on, extremely enjoyable evening!

LB
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BABS is awesome! The staff is like family. The food is ridiculous! I always want to lick the bowls!

m
New Orleans
19 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BAB is one of the most interesting restaurants in New Orleans
Unusual but wonderful flavor combinations, great wine list, incredible service make this one of our favorites in the city

KC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a great dining experience! The Coolinary menu which was offered there was perfect.

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