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Bywater American Bistro

4.7
4.7
765 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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, Caribbean, Creole / Cajun / Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (504) 605-3827

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Nina Compton

  • Neighborhood

    Bywater

  • Parking details

    Biggest restaurant parking lot in town

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 765 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. U

    Unique

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Absolutely amazing food. We ate at a lot of places while in NOLA, and Bywater had the most interesting and unique flavors. An enjoyable experience - we were dancing in our seats as we ate.
  2. RR

    RitaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place for coffee and a treat! Beautiful corner, helpful staff, comfortable cafe and a great addition to the neighborhood!
  3. BG

    BillGrantAtl

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 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!
  4. KC

    KatieC

    New Orleans

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 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.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 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.
  6. S

    Sasha

    1 review

    4.0

    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.
  7. KC

    KatieC

    New Orleans

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 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.
  8. T

    Treiner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 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.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 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.
  10. SM

    SonnyM

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. Nice ambiance. Always a winner.
  11. CC

    ChloeChoo

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  12. GR

    GeorgiaR

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We enjoyed our supper very much. Thank you, Bywater American Bistro
  13. KC

    KatieC

    New Orleans

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The spaghetti is comfort food! The service is friendly, the octopus is the best we’ve found.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious and always a perfect night out
  15. HM

    HilaryM

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is amazing with wonderful staff and very handicap accessible. 5⭐️
  16. KO

    KevinO

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great meal here. Food was delicious and the sommelier recommended an outstanding wine.
  17. KC

    KatieC

    New Orleans

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 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.
  18. CB

    ChristopherB

    New Orleans

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 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.
  19. TR

    TRACEYR

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    EXCELLENT FOOD. WONDERFUL SERVICE. ROASTED OCTOPUS MELTED IN MY MOUTH.
  20. s

    scottw

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2020

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Gastronpub food at fine dining prices. Very expensive for what you get. Disappointed
  21. AD

    AdamD

    New Orleans

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Constant Excellence!!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    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!
  24. AB

    ABee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food in a casual and comfortable setting.
  25. E

    Erin

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 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.
  26. D

    Dafego

    New Orleans

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 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.
  27. SP

    StephenP

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    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!
  28. KA

    KathyA

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 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.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 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!
  31. AB

    AnnB

    New Orleans

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from the service to the food/drinks was amazing!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fayetteville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding- we regularly try new spots but this one will stay on top our list!!!!
  33. LS

    LizStelz

    New Orleans

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    BAB does not disappoint! Excellenr food and service.
  34. L

    Local

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 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!
  35. HT

    HappyTummy

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    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!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 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.
  37. S

    Scooter1056

    New Orleans

    138 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    138 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 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.
  38. JM

    JenniferM

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    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.
  39. BU

    BUBE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding. I highly recommend it. The food was very tasty, and beautifully plated.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and experience. Staff is very knowledgeable and helpful on all fronts. Highly recommended

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

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

Bywater American Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 765 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Bywater

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, Caribbean, Creole / Cajun / Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Biggest restaurant parking lot in town

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Nina Compton

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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