Café Sbisa

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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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h
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is dark and dreamy with a stunning triptych above the bar that sets the tone for decadence and authenticity. Our waiter told us stories and was kind and funny while other staff quietly brought food and took dishes away before we even noticed. The food was actually outstanding. Seriously. This is a total special occasion restaurant. Can't wait to go back.

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls night out

r
London
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food great, music great
Really super brunch
Crab cakes and eggs

RW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome in all aspects. Will look forward to returning.

P
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want historic French Quarter atmosphere, live music, great food, and a real local feel to the ambience, this place is for you!

s
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about this place. Warm welcome, strong drinks, stellar service ( thank you Owen) lovely room, fun band and excellent food. It’s our new favorite spot. Can’t wait to go back and take friends and family with us

PT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine at numerous restaurants in Nola and this is one of the best

W
Dallas
32 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience3

We came to New Orleans for my husbands birthday (which is on Valentines Day) and chose Cafe Sbisa for his birthday dinner. It was a huge disappointment from beginning to end. I had made reservations at 6:45 and a gentleman from Cafe Sbisa called me to see if we could come earlier so they could accommodate other guests. Actually, this has never happened to me before, but I agreed since I’m sure this is one of the busiest nights of the year. When we arrived, it was almost empty and when we left it was less than half full, so I’m not sure why it was necessary for us to have our reservation moved. But that was just the beginning of a downhill slide... I ordered the Tomato Mozzarella Salad - the tomatoes were not ripe and the mozzarella was cold so it was almost inedible - the saving grace, sadly, was the reduced balsamic vinegar... my husband had the Caesar Salad and he liked it,. Our server suggested the Trout Eugene, which I ordered - it was a thick, dry, fishy tasting piece of fish with no visible champagne sauce. The only thing I ate on the plate were the crab fingers and some asparagus tops. My husband ordered the Gulf Fish Du Jour which was redfish and it was definitely better than my trout. Since it was a birthday celebration, we ordered Creme Brûlée which appeared to have been taken out of the refrigerator and served straight to our table, missing that wonderful crunch of burnt sugar which is the signature part of this dessert. The evening was a big disappointment...I would have given it less stars, but my husband said that his dinner was fine... not a rousing endorsement but worth a couple of stars I suppose...We will NOT be back!

t
New England
21 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience here. I had the veal and crab which was fabulous. My companions had the court bouillon, which they raved about. Service was excellent. Pretty much perfect!

CR
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superior service. Delicious food. So glad we went.

OT
Spain
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service impeccable and the food divine a lovely ambience with a real New Orleans feel would recommend to everybody best meal
We have had on vacation so far and we are from the UK

BS
Shreveport
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kevin provided excellent service. Food was one of the best meals we had all weekend. Definitely will return on our next trip to New Orleans.

TM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and awesome food. Had the banana foster chicken and waffles and creole eggs Benedict. Both delicious.

f
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice traditional restaurant in the French Quarter. The jazz raised the noise level but is what to be expected for the experience. Service was excellent. A nice place to go for a traditional type of meal such as the Fried Oyster Salad and Courtbouillon. Wine list was also very good.
If I wanted to go as a tourist and get a flavor of traditional New Orleans, it is an excellent place to visit and would highly recommend. However, not a place that I personally would want to be a regular.

DG
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with my wife was wonderful - Service and food both outstanding. Will surely return next time in the French Quarter.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!!

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VZ
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the oldest restaurants in New Orleans boasting a wickedly cool mural. The oyster appetizer was especially delicious. Overall a fine dining experience

LB
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Best veal dish I have ever had. Prices as expected for New Orleans. Thomas was a gem. Corking fee was a little high but expected.

RW
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After reading many, many reviews of the top-rated jazz brunches in New Orleans, I settled on Cafe Sbisa. But make no mistake - this food was far from settling! The 3rd oldest restaurant showed us stellar customer service, delicious, handcrafted cocktails, a spirited live jazz trio and the best flavors we had our entire trip. The savory biscuits were perfectly hot and fresh and the Shrimp Beignets were tasty, but it was the Crawfish Etouffee Omlette and Andouille Hash and Eggs that stole the show!!! Their Sazerac and Mint Julep (with hand crushed ice) were the perfect accents to my meal as well. Of all the places we ate on this trip, Cafe Sbisa is the only restaurant we will be coming back to when we visit NOLA again... except for Cafe Du Monde - but that is a one-trick pony *wink* Check out that review and my other recommendations before you go to make the most of your time in this iconic city.

CS
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would definitely recommend Cafe Sbisa. I had the Petite Filet and it was outstanding. I have heard people refer to a steak as being as tender as butter, well, mine was. Plus, it was absolutely delicious. Accompanied by a brown gravy, smooth mashed potatoes and tender asparagus, if it had not been for pure shame, I would have licked the plate to get the last drops. It was an 8-ounce filet, and I finished the entire thing; something I rarely do. My friend had one of the biggest broiled pork chops that either of us has ever seen, easily 12 ounces. So large in fact that she could not finish it. She also mentioned that the sweet potatoes were very good and not too sweet. I also had the turtle soup, which I had not had in years since working in downtown Philadelphia. I had it at a place called Kelly's on Ludlow. This was a wonderful reminder because you don't find turtle soup on many menus. Our waiters were two very attentive young men whose names I do not recall, but they were right on point. There was also live music which was entertaining and provided a nice addition to the evening. I will definitely return.

OT
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eat here!! The Jazz Brunch on Sunday’s is amazing- great atmosphere, perfect, authentic jazz music and food. The music was old school and exactly what’s missing from Bourbon st. Every dish was amazing, the server was great at keeping our bottomless mimosas filled, and the manager was the best! (Despite us changing up our reservation etc) I cannot recommend this place enough!!

LI
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we took our daughter here for her birthday - she loved it!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our quiet dinner - delicious food and wine choices. Soft live music. Great old building with elegant interior. Highly recommend.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service. Great food. Nice music.

OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner last night. The service was beyond amazing. We had a team of three answering our every question. Our water glasses must have been filled 5 times over the meal. We never felt rushed. The music was really good and added to the ambience of the evening. By far the best dining experience we had in Nola. Our food was so delicious. Portions were generous. Everything was seasoned perfectly. My husband had the chef’s fish du jour which was blackened Red Snapper with asparagus. The fish was flaky with a luscious butter sauce. The plate presentation was outstanding even the lemon which was served in mesh bundle with a bow. I had the prime double cut pork ribeye cooked to perfection. The pork was moist and tender. The portion was substantial. Much larger than you normally are served when eating out. It came with sweet potatoes, sautéed spinach, and spicy onion straws. A bite with all of the components was like a flavor fiesta in your mouth. It was truly outstanding. We asked to sample two wines and ended up having a bottle of Three Thieves Pinot Noir. The impeccable service included our wine glasses being constantly filled. The experience dining here made you feel special, relaxed and very happy. It was a dining experience I won’t forget and would highly suggest trying. Thank you to our team of servers and to the manager for an amazing dinner.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was outstanding. Servers worked hard but it was NYE and they were a bit understaffed.

OT
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was an excellent choice for our New Year’s Eve meal. Food was really good and the service matched this. Would recommend this place to anyone who asks for a recommendation. After 4 days eating in NOLA this tops the bill.

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food5service4ambience5

Made reservations here for new years eve. Our waiter, Thomas, was an absolute delight. The food was amazing. Where we were sat fell very short, we were seated next to the restrooms in an area that felt more like a hallway than a seating area. I understand that it was busy due to New Years. However, the space was cold, we couldn’t hear the live jazz at all and we were constantly bothered by the foot traffic of people coming in and out from the bathroom. For the price of the food and drinks, I definitely expected better. We came to listen to jazz not, sit in a separate room that felt more like the kids table.

OT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, great craft cocktails in an old world atmosphere. Loved the Pork ribeye!!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We will return! The ambience and food was simply to die for. The food, especially the corn and crab soup was the best I’ve had.

Kevin our server was outstanding and attentive.

Thank you for making our 30th anniversary brunch the continuation of something special!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant that gives you an amazing New Orleans feel. The food is fantastic, and very well priced for the area. Sbisa is now on my list of go to spots in NOLA.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate here tonight for our anniversary. From the moment we walked in everything was superb. The food was fantastic. The crab cakes and gumbo rival any in the city. My husband had the pork chops and couldn’t stop raving about them. Huge portions!! I had the filet and it was fantastic. We are locals and by far the best meal we have ever had in the quarter. The wait staff was so attentive and Thomas G, our server, was simply charming. There was a jazz band that played which added to the ambiance. Highly highly recommend. Can’t wait to go back! 5+ Stars!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Team 1 upstairs, especially Kevin were the bomb! The food was excellent. Props to the chef on the pork chops. Best I’ve ever had!!

LM
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food and great service. We’ve been going here for years and we are never disappointed.

J
Dallas
96 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best cajun/creole food we had in New Orleans. Lovely old restaurant. Polished staff. Highly recommended.

j
Tahoe
22 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very pleased with our dinner at Cafe Sbisa. We were pleasantly surprised to find live music (modern jazz sounds) in the restaurant as we entered. We were seated on the second floor and could enjoy the music but still hear our own conversations clearly. We enjoyed three appetizers and the veal with crabmeat over pasta which was rich and delicious. I would recommend Cafe Sbisa!

D
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and amazing service. A hidden gem next to the French Market in the Quarter.

DT
New Orleans
13 reviews