Café Sbisa

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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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I took a special trip to New Orleans, just the two of us. I wanted to have a special dinner night with her and Cafe Sbisa was a perfect choice. The wait staff was attentive and the food was amazing!!

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vipWazman
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing quality food in a classic, old-school New Orleans setting. Service was of the highest quality--in a fashion you unfortunately do not receive generally anywhere anymore. We loved our dinner there and each dish was memorable!

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QuinnC
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 recommend!! This place is outstanding! Let's start with the food, we ordered the steak frites, veal and crab, and the trout Eugene. Every single plate was wiped clean, the food is delicious, all properly cooked to our liking, and came out in a timely manor. The vibe of the restaurant is very classy and perfectly lit not too dark or bright and the real candles were great. Perhaps the best part though was the service. As soon as we walked in we were treated so well and our server was to die for. He was hilarious and so friendly and also did a tremendous job doing his job. Water cups were always filled, food recommendations, drink recommendations, and promptness was on the spot. If you're looking to be treated well at a fine dining restaurant this is your place! Thank you Cafe Sbisa for a great time!

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LeeS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent with large portion sizes. We were there for jazz brunch and enjoyed the music, the musicians, and the ambiance as well as the food.

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NickM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Had the best experience with our waitress (our biggest regret not remembering her name!). We choose Cafe Sbisa for our anniversary brunch and it was one of the best decisions we made in nola. Jazz band dedicated a song for us, waitress adjusted the air conditioning (it was slightly too cold), bottomless mimosa never showed an empty glass. Food was average, nothing spectacular but the southern hospitality was at prime at this restaurant.

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IraB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great jazz brunch. Highly recommend

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cherier
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with my daughter celebrating her senior year coming to an end. We had such an amazing time the staff was friendly and we especially enjoyed talking to Shaun about some of the haunted stories. The food was amazing and it was so much that I enjoyed it for dinner the next night.

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Terrence
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful music and establish. Food was at a great value and delicious. My wife was extremely happy for her birthday

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Recondo
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food from a friendly staff. The shrimp remoulade with crab salad over friend green tomatoes was excellent. There were plenty of seafood items on the menu but I was in the mood for steak frites, which included a good cut of New York strip with plenty of flavor and good sauce.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The live music was amazing. The service was incredible. The Duck and Trout Eugene were phenomenal and had so much flavor. Big portions too! One of the best dining experiences I have ever had.

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vipFQGirl
New Orleans
71 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant! We live in the neighborhood and this is our go to for company in from out of town or when we just want to go out without a hassle. We love the food, the service and all of the people who work there! They always make us feel valued and it's such a treat when the live music is playing. We will be back very soon, because we can................Thank you, Cafe Sbisa!

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Rich
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Introducing some folks to traditional New Orleans cuisine. Terrific place. Wonderful service, excellent food.

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vipFMPinSD
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cafe Sbisa is a really nice place, right in the French Quarter. Tasteful live music, a varied Creole menu, and very attentive service. Everything we had tasted good. Our only complaint was the entrees came out before we finished our first course.

Tip: Ask for a table upstairs. Nice view, and the music volume is just right up there.

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AnthonyT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Great food amazing experience

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far one of the best dinner experiences we had in NOLA. All of the staff were extremely courteous & attentive. The food was exceptional!!! The chef came to our table at the main course presentation to ensure accuracy. My husband’s filet was on point!! Scott, the general manager, took the time to talk with us, not just about our experience, but just general chit chat. We made sure to let him know how much we enjoyed our meal & experience & also how well his staff performed. It’s a must & we will definitely come back!

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Paula
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was great, loved the live music. We’ll be back!

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LorettaH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time here but not our last. Food was outstanding. Drinks were delicious - best Sazerac we've had in NOLA. Atmosphere is intimate without being crowded or rushed. Waitstaff are professional AND friendly.

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heatherw
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
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.

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Lence247
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls night out

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robbiedarling
London
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

Awesome in all aspects. Will look forward to returning.

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Phillip1224
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!

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st329
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

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

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

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vipWonderful
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!

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trufflecat
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!

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ClaireR
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superior service. Delicious food. So glad we went.

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OpenTable Diner
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

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BrianS
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.

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TerenceM
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.

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famniteout
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.

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DavidG
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.

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

Wonderful!!

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VickiZ
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

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LeeB
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.

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RedsWorldWideTravels
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.

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CafeSbisa
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.

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

Eat here!! The Jazz Brunch on Sunday’