Bywater American Bistro

4.8
761 Reviews
$30 and under
Bistro
Nina and Larry’s restaurant in Bywater. As we welcome guests back, we ask that you please wear a mask entering the restaurant and whenever you are not at your table.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 761 people are saying
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RitaR
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place for coffee and a treat! Beautiful corner, helpful staff, comfortable cafe and a great addition to the neighborhood!

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vipBillGrantAtl
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing experience! Our food was amazing and lived up to the hype. The cabbage salad is life-changing. Our waitress, the one from Wisconsin, was awesome, personable and real. The space and ambience are both comfortably sophisticated. Easily my new favorite restaurant in NOLA and easy to see why the chef received the James Beard Award!

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vipKatieC
New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We needed to increase the size of our party at the last minute and move indoors due to a shift in the weather and the restaurant was gracious and accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was spectacular! Such interesting food options we loved our meal here. The service also was outstanding. Our server offered suggestions and was very helpful.

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Sasha
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great experience and food!
I have been to BAB three times now but this is my first time writing a review. The food is absolutely outstanding and there is great seating for small or large groups as well as couples. Hands down favorite place to dine out in New Orleans right now.

KC
vipKatieC
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so appreciative to be accommodated at the last minute on a Friday night. The cornbread was out of this world. Not sure how long they will have this seasonal offering so do yourself a favor and get in there to experience it before it is gone.

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Treiner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

(The noise level rating I gave was meant to indicate a low noise level. Hope that is how it is interpreted.) The ambiance was comfortable with the right amount of lighting, a warm welcome atmosphere. The staff were professional and made us feel at home.
We had appetizers and entries and all our choices were delivered in non-rushed time, but not overly long. The entries arrived a few minutes after the first dishes were cleared. A perfect pause for us to sip our drinks and comment on the first tastes. Dinner arrived and the flavors were some of the best I've experienced in years. All the component of the dishwere complementary to each other, while able to stand on their own (my wife had the rabbit and I the pork belly). Each bite was a discover of great tastes lingered over, but wanting the next bite. The serving sizes were perfect, you knew you had had a good amount. We were glad we had room for desert. The offerings were a simple and tasty end to the journey, not a grand finally that tries to outshine the other courses, but a simple gentle ending. The pace, of our dining experience was as delightful as the food. We had a very relaxed dinner from start to finish. The staff left us alone for the most part, never filling half empty glasses and otherwise hovering over us. They were there when we needed something, which is how it should be. First class and a must visit.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Went for the Sunday Roast. It was fantastic! We had the octopus appetizer, which was delicious and extremely fresh. Sunday roast consisted of grilled ribeye, potato purée, caramelized turnips, cabbage salad, and yorkshire pudding. $62 for 2 people, and we brought food home.

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SonnyM
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Nice ambiance. Always a winner.

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ChloeChoo
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for a rare night out for a birthday dinner (yay for outside seating!) Loved the Octopus small plate and the curried rabbit.

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GeorgiaR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed our supper very much.
Thank you, Bywater American Bistro

KC
vipKatieC
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The spaghetti is comfort food! The service is friendly, the octopus is the best we’ve found.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and always a perfect night out

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vipHilaryM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing with wonderful staff and very handicap accessible. 5⭐️

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vipKevinO
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal here. Food was delicious and the sommelier recommended an outstanding wine.

KC
vipKatieC
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a 5-star experience at BAB. Our favorite dishes are comforting and consistent, and the outdoor seating was perfect for such a beautiful fall night.

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vipChristopherB
40 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Second or third visit, and the place for me is consistent even with the pandemic issues. Had a nice curried rabbit, had delectable octopus, and an excellent tuna salad. Nice cocktails, reasonable wine lose.

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TRACEYR
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

EXCELLENT FOOD. WONDERFUL SERVICE. ROASTED OCTOPUS MELTED IN MY MOUTH.

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scottw
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Gastronpub food at fine dining prices. Very expensive for what you get. Disappointed

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vipAdamD
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Constant Excellence!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Visited NOLA on 9/20/2020 and chose to stay at The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery because of her restaurant located in the hotel (Compère Lapin), but upon arrival was told it was closed due to COVID. Concierge recommended Bywater and we went for dinner! Food was great!

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ABee
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food in a casual and comfortable setting.

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Erin
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Most of the food we ordered was delicious. The jerk chicken may have been overspiced that evening. I read other reviews that raved about it, but it was almost too spicy to eat and I usually enjoy spicy foods.

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vipDafego
New Orleans
19 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience at BABS! Even during Pandemic times this is a must dine. Food was amazing. Snapper was perfectly cooked and flaky. The vegan entree was tasty as well and the coconut sorbet was to die for. Chef Nina and her team have done it again! Will be back.

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StephenP
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bywater American Bistro is such a fun and creative experience! The starters are tapas sized and perfect for sharing, especially when paired with some interesting wines from some less well known regions (Slovenia and Hungary). Mains were equally amazing (rabbit and gulf shrimp), with okra side. We will definitely be back for more!

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KathyA
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is creative and amazing! We especially loved the octopus appetizer. The service was great. I will definitely be returning to this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bywater american bistro was one of the best meals that both do us have had in years. I wish that we had gone sooner and we’ll definitely be back. Thank you for being open and for the lovely evening.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A girlfriend and I got a table outside last minute and we were so excited. The waitstaff was amazing, the drinks (the tequila hibiscus one is omg) were great, and the food was so flavorful. I expected the portions to be smaller honestly! Everything was delicious. My friend is vegetarian so we ordered all of the veggie dishes and pasta and I don’t know how I’ll ever decide if I go back. The cabbage salad is an actual flavor explosion!!

10/10 for me!

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vipAnnB
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the service to the food/drinks was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding- we regularly try new spots but this one will stay on top our list!!!!

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vipLizStelz
New Orleans
67 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BAB does not disappoint! Excellenr food and service.

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vipHeatherD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our dinner was simply outstanding! We are Napa Valley residents- so spoiled with great food. Rarely are we this surprised by a great meal. Items that sounded “simple” like spaghetti with red sauce and jerk chicken were off the charts good. That chicken may be the best I’ve ever had- right up there with Thomas Keller’s Fried Chicken. Highly recommend!

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HappyTummy
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not only was the food great, but I was very grateful for the COVID procedures and reminder flyers!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t say enough positives about BABs. Wonderful food, people, service, environment. Excellent COVID-19 protocols that are rigorously followed. Impossible to go wrong here.

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vipScooter1056
New Orleans
120 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Everything was great except the service was a little inattentive. In particular, we asked for a dessert menu and were given one, but the waiter waited so long to come back that we just decided to skip it. It was towards closing time and I guess he wanted us to clear out. Otherwise, we were very pleased and that is minor in the big scheme of things. We didn't need the calories anyway. The food was excellent and we will go back many times in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I had really high hopes, but the food was just mediocre. Something was off with the flavors. I enjoyed the steak tartare, but the taro chips were extremely salty. The cold coconut/corn soup was a bit strange as well. And the pork belly was okay, but extremely charred to the point that I felt like I was eating soot. There was also a weird flavor happening that I didn’t really like (and I am a huge pork belly fan). Lastly, the dessert (watermelon/strawberry guy) seemed like it had bacon or cracklins in it, when it wasn’t mentioned on the menu, which I also found strange. Overall, I was pretty disappointed. I will go back and give it another try, as I like the ambience and the service was great.

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BUBE
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. I highly recommend it. The food was very tasty, and beautifully plated.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Antonio
13 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and experience. Staff is very knowledgeable and helpful on all fronts. Highly recommended

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Qtpi52
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great drinks, food, and atmosphere. Quite a trip from River Ridge however!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Will be back.

FAQs

Bywater American Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 605-3827.

Bywater American Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 761 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.