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Café Sbisa

4.6
4.6
1135 Reviews
$30 and under
Cajun
Café Sbisa, established in 1899 and the third oldest fine-dining establishment in the French Quarter, is proud to re-open under the direction of a new team to once again offer the highest quality French-Creole cuisine in a welcoming, historical setting that both locals and tourists will appreciate. Spearheading the new Café Sbisa are Mr. Craig Napoli, who successfully ran the notable restaurant from 1992 - 2005 when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, and Chef Alfred Singleton, who met Craig when he started working for him at the former Café Sbisa as a prep cook.

Now, the unique venue will once again open its doors to serve classic local fare like Turtle Soup, Louisiana Blue Crab Cakes and BBQ Shrimp using the freshest, locally-sourced seafood and produce. While many restaurants tout “fresh and local”, Sbisa means it, as the Napoli family owns their own seafood dock and distribution business in Hopedale, Louisiana.


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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Cajun, Southern, Creole / Cajun / Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Thu–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (504) 522-5565

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Alfred Singleton Jr

  • Private party contact

    contact@cafesbisanola.com: (504) 522-5565

  • Neighborhood

    French Quarter

  • Cross street

    St. Phillip St.

  • Parking details

    Street parking

  • Entertainment

    We feature live jazz on Friday and Saturday evenings in addition to a weekend jazz brunch.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 1,135 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the most AMAZING time at Cafe Sbisa. From the moment we walked in the service was impeccable, ambiance was to die for, and the live music was so romantic. All of the employees were very attentive and friendly. The food…was SPECTACULAR! Cooked to perfection and plated perfectly. We followed dinner with white chocolate bread pudding for dessert and that really completed our evening. The bread pudding was the best I’ve ever had. So glad we chose this place and we will definitely be going there again
  2. ML

    MicheleL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food & service was excellent. Loved the crab cakes. Had Shrimp & Grits & Pasta Jambalaya- both delicious.
  3. CC

    CandyC

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly a wonderful meal. Staff was amazing. They helped us make choices and they were perfect.
  4. MN

    MissNola

    New Orleans

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    The live music was TOO LOUD.
  5. BG

    BeckyG

    New York Area

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I took our grandson to Sunday brunch today at 11. He is a medical school student in New Orleans. The food was absolutely incredible as were the bloody Marys!!! I had their crab cake egg dish - a version of "Benedict", and my husband had the crawfish etoufee omelet. Our grandson had their pasta jambalaya which I thought was good but more a lunch item than brunch! Oh, we also had their oyster appetizer which was to die for!!! Can't wait to go back! And they had a 3 piece band playing for Sunday brunch!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing meal and the BEST service.
  7. JF

    JulieF

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Highly recommend Sunday Jazz Brunch. MUST order Bananas Foster Pain Perdu (too exceptional to call it French Toast) - one of the best dishes ever! Also wonderful was the Oysters Sbisa. Nice live music, and we were well taken care of by Kevin.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was great. I had the BBQ shrimp and the oysters.
  9. k

    kaygold

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience. Superior service. Food was seasoned well. Noise level was loud, probably because we were close to the band. Highly recommended for a date night or night out with friends.
  10. CT

    CarolT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Ambiance good. Food fine but no standouts. Waitress seemed bored and annoyed. Not welcoming. Never asked if we wanted a second round of drinks and didn’t offer coffee or dessert. Just put the check down after main meal.
  11. C

    Chris

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    Service was terrible, waitress was indifferent to the quality of our experience. She took our drink order, then returned for our dinner order then disappeared. Our food came out before our drinks got to the table for some perspective on timing and how long we were waiting. Ordered a 2016 Bordeaux from the wine list and waitress showed up with a 2019 (huge pet peeve of mine) and when I asked if they had the '16 you could just see the irritation in her face that she had to check. They didnt have the '16 and so I accepted the '19 at the '16 price just to end the pain and move on because any hope of a reasonable evening would have been lost if we had to go through that exercise again with another wine on the list - never mind the wait. Food was better than good but nothing to write home about. Looks like theyve emphasized turning tables over and service is really low on the priority list. Also all tables are mandatory included 20% gratuity so you cant even express your dissatisfaction through the tip and all the incentive for good service is gone. To boot, this was all for a 40th birthday so very disappointing to fall so far short with a restaurant with so much potential that others have really enjoyed.
  12. MH

    MichelleH

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our last dinner for a 3 night stay and will plan to return the next time we come to NOLA. We sat next to a regular diner who told us he eats there every Thursday through Sunday so we took his advice for our order. We started w/drinks and the Oysters Sbisa, delicious and not at all what we expected, very tender & flavorful. My husband had the Courtboullion & i had the Trout Eugene, the best. Excellent service you’d expect to receive at a private club but in a relaxed atmosphere. We wish we could fly back tonight for another exceptional dinner
  13. DD

    DDPAC

    Austin

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful dinner with friends. Wedge salad and gumbo were very good. Trout Eugene was light and cooked to perfection. Bread pudding was delicious but unfortunately they ran out of Chocolate Sin Cake before we ordered desert. Ask your waiter for the chocolate cake when you first get there. It is the best.
  14. c

    christinas

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have dinner one evening at this cozy restaurant when we visit The Quarter. This is our 7 visit. Food & service is always consistently great. Order any entree, they’re all delicious. Don’t miss the bread pudding!
  15. JW

    JudiW

    New England

    162 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    162 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was my husband's and my first time at this restaurant and we were very pleased. We both had the pasta jambalaya and really enjoyed it. The portions were huge so we didn't have an appetizer or dessert. Kevin was our server and he was fantastic. He was friendly and attentive without being obtrusive. There were two tables with 8 or more people at each and we never felt we were being ignored. We sat upstairs and I would recommend this on the nights they have entertainment. The restaurant isn't large and the music can be loud. Sitting upstairs allows you to hear the music and still have a table conversation. We will definitely return to Cafe Sbisa on our next trip to NOLA.
  16. YG

    YGMICU

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Overall good place to go. Great location and prices are reasonable.
  17. SA

    SteveAdams55

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Appetizers were excellent. Would have liked a greater selection of fish.
  18. AL

    AndreaL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Overall, great restaurant. My margarita wasn’t the greatest and the grits were a bit too thick, but the roux and shrimp were flavorful! I would go back and try other menu items
  19. RC

    RebeccaC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was one of the best we've ever had, friendly, knowledgeable and very efficient. Never had to ask for anything
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food... great experience
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Shreveport

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience!!! We had a 7:45pm rez, but arrived early. We expected to have to wait & get a drink at the bar, but the hostess said we could be seated immediately if we'd like. Waiter had cocktail & wine menus waiting. I had an Old Fashioned & my wife had a Moscato. Crab cakes for app.. too good for words to describe. We then had Shrimp & Grits and Jambalaya Pasta. Portions are large, and 2 people could easily split one & be satisfied! Highly recommend to anyone & we'll definitely be back!!!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been numerous times and each time is better than the previous. The good and service is amazing.
  23. SC

    ScottC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My second time dining here and it’s a second home run. Food/service was top notch! My only quibble would be that I did miss the jazz band that played during dinner on my first visit. A little jazz music to accompany your meal is always a pleasure! I definitely recommend!
  24. MB

    MarkB

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    They automatically add a 20% tip to your bill.
  25. D

    Dollfacetyi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The patio, food and drinks were absolutely AMAZING!!!!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The location is on the edge of the French Quarter and not as busy like in Bourbon Street. Nice quaint spot with very flavorful food. The value was also excellent with the serving.
  27. RW

    RoxanneW

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    We were seated so close to the band we could not get out of our chairs, nor could we talk to each other. We sat for 30 minutes without water or drinks. Food also extremely slow. Our server seemed irritated to be waiting on us and was mostly at the bar visiting with other staff. Perhaps they should have let us know they did not really want us to dine with them?
  28. WS

    WendellS

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Went for our anniversary dinner. Enjoyed a seat on the balcony for both a romantic atmosphere and fun people watching. Excellent shrimp.
  29. TS

    TheSmiths9504

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating a birthday.
  30. RB

    RandyB

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Do not pass up the courtbouillon. Best anywhere.
  31. CS

    ChelsiS95

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was awesome and food was spectacular. We will definitely be back!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience, would highly recommend and the food was absolutely fantastic!
  33. DD

    DougD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good experience. We had a reservation and were seated right away. Our server Cici was great. Knowledgeable and checked in with just the right amount. Food was excellent, not too loud, overall a great time.
  34. KP

    KathyP

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Came in for the fried oysters and they were supposed to be served on creamed spinach and they weren’t and the oysters tasted doughy
  35. TN

    TheNichols

    Mississippi

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice old elegant NOLA restaurant. Charming and staff very friendly. Food is amazing. I had turtle soup as an app and was to die for. Husband ordered shrimp and grits and have to say the best I have ever eaten anywhere in the quarter. I ordered veal emily good but very rich. If your into rich food this would be the ticket it was delicious. Definitely would recommend and we will go back on another visit.
  36. n

    none

    New England

    85 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A fun evening - cheerful service and good food.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great music, great food and impeccable service
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    Great ambiance however I did not enjoy the food(I got the jambalaya pasta).
  39. JW

    JoanW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Went to this place because of YouTube review about lambchops & corn pudding. Neither option was available. Had veal instead. Meal was good. Pasta jambalaya with pasta was awful. Too much penne pasta. Fried oysters were just ok. Video looked much better than actual place. Won’t be back
  40. NH

    NancyH

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Not a big menu, and the $13 salad I had was good, but very small. Six bites to be exact. Drinks were very good.

FAQs

Café Sbisa is rated 4.6 stars by 1135 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for Café Sbisa

1011 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116

Additional information

  • Cross street

    St. Phillip St.

  • Neighborhood

    French Quarter

  • Hours of operation

    Thu–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Cajun, Southern, Creole / Cajun / Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alfred Singleton Jr

  • Entertainment

    We feature live jazz on Friday and Saturday evenings in addition to a weekend jazz brunch.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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