Café Sbisa

4.8
903 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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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The atmosphere was terrific. Everything about this place was positive

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. The food was great! Can’t wait to go back!

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AftertheFest
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Krewe of Boo

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MarcG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great restaurant. The food is delicious. We had the Trout Eugene and the CourtBoullion - absolutely scrumptious. I highly recommend Cafe SBisa!

See you there!

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Gregory
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very good at practicing safety protocol and attentive to our needs. Nice menu variety in both choice and price. Highly recommend.

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vipBobbieT
Charleston
43 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch spot! Best shrimp remoulade (with fried green tomatoes) I have ever eaten. I’d say it was one of the top 5 dishes I’ve ever eaten. The Jazz trio that performed was energetic and talented. Easy to find and it’s location is walkable but wouldn’t recommend walking at night due to NOLA quarter crime elements

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vipBryanF
New Orleans
38 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere,,, the food was great and the service was perfect! Plus they had live music!

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Barb
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t deny yourself this experience. It was awesome on all counts from service to food. We went on Sunday 11:30 for brunch. The jazz band was a wonderful treat for the ears. I have oils not hesitate to recommend this place to anyone

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adrianS
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and music, will visit again. I had a wonderful dinner experience.

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JustinM
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent! Our waiter was very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Sbisa does not disappoint. From beginning to end, the food, service, and ambiance were all fabulous. My husband and I will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thomas was an awesome person

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing. Food was delicious, service impeccable, and location is perfect

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alaind
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place, service and food was great. Will definitely go back when I return to NOLA.

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MichaelD
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, and the Mimosas stayed full. We ordered the Oysters Sbisia & Crawfish Étouffée Omelette.

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EricL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We picked this place due to its high ranking as we were looking for someplace new. Overall we were impressed with cafe sbisa, both with regard to the service (Thomas was excellent) and the ambiance. The food also was outstanding. However there was one dish that was very offputting. The jambalaya pasta, which sounds unique and interesting, was literally a plate of penne with barely any sauce. It tasted vaguely like jambalaya, but had very little character. Maybe we got a bad batch, but it fell far short of anything else we had at cafe sbisa. Ad it’s what held back my fifth star for this rating.

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MargaretH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first meal in New Orleans and we were not disappointed. The traditional New Orleans cuisine was fabulous - we ordered specials and off the menu as well. What really put it over the top was the service. The waitstaff was phenomenal! Super attentive and always at the ready for whatever we needed. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. The jazz band was amazing and the food was delicious! Five stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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MarissaW86
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great! From the moment we walked in was seated, to the end when we finished our food. The bottomless mimosas are highly recommended and we loved everything but defiantly try the crab cakes!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were celebrating our anniversary. Everything was wonderful from the service to the food!!

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Jessica
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a lovely meal with great service is a comfy place. Live music for Sunday brunch was great without being too loud for visiting and enjoying conversation. The food was great—I enjoyed a chefs feature. The comfy atmosphere here feels very exclusive. I hope we can get reservations again soon!

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ChristyS
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The jazz brunch was a great atmosphere. The bottomless mimosas were plentiful and the food was really good. The building and decor was showstopping and just fun to admire. The value was excellent for being in the Quarter.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience1

Historic restaurant but if you’re like me, 24 and visiting the city with your significant other, don’t come here. It’s not the right vibe. The food was decent but the ambiance was totally off for people our age.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I tried Cafe Sbisa for date night. I had been wanting to try them and they did not disappoint in any area. The service, food, ambiance, and background music were all top tier. Standout dishes were the oyster and crawfish beignet appetizers, the court boullion entree, and the creme brûlée for dessert. The court bouillon describes south LA in one dish and was a true experience. My drink- French 75- was also very well made. In all, we tried the fried pickles, crabcakes, oysters, and crawfish beignet apps; Caesar salad; court bouillon and double cut pork chop entrees; bread pudding and creme brûlée. This restaurant really offers a great fine dining experience from beginning to end. The staff is 100% on it and present, without hovering. They are also very warm and friendly. We cannot wait to return.

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GaryK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food from appetizer to dessert. Friendly service. Highlights were the oyster Sbisa and the Worcestershire chicken. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the staff at Cafe Sbisa delivers a top notch experience. Why we keep coming back and our friends who joined us were so impressed they will be back as well.

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BarryF
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in the French Quarter . Best food . Best service . Best waiters .

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IKMC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great dinner experience there! Food was good,service was amazing. Highly Recommended.

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vipMikeA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time and the restaurant’s first night open after Ida. From the greeting we received at the door to the impeccable service Thomas provided to the best meal we’ve had since moving to Nola in June…5 Stars all around!

We’ll be back often.

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vipfoodie1908
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing, and the staff are super attentive. We went for brunch but will definitely be going back for dinner!

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vipVieuxCarre
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Time and time again Cafe Sbisa proves what a treasure they are to the city. The food is incredible, the service wonderful, and the ambience is quintessencial French Quarter New Orleans. What more needs to be said? We have been eating here for years, and each and every visit we are impressed by the consistency of our experience. Alfred Singleton (Chef and co-owner) runs a tight ship. Restaurants this good have someone terrific at the helm, and he is IT. As an aside, we always bring out of town visitors here - they take it all in and love it as much as we do - going home hoping to return here again. Finally, Sbisa is doing a tremendous job during this Covid time and are taking any and all precautions. I applaud them for that. They are following guidelines, doing what needs to be done and keeping everyone safe. Thank you for another great time!

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JimeseV
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the time we walked thru the doors and met the staff until the time we left after dining in everything was AMAZING & EXCEPTIONAL. My sisters and I will definitely be back soon.

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vipJoeC
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a large group dinner at Cafe Sbisa and it was excellent! The food was tasty from starters through dessert and the service was on point. Will definitely go back again and highly recommend it.

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Nikk
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacation dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful experience, like always! The food was delicious and the staff was great!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! The service was outstanding from beginning to end. The food was amazing and the band was great. Normally don’t venture to the FQ but was worth the trip!

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vipNolalover
New Orleans
67 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time that I’ve been for brunch this summer and it was fabulous again! The food is very good, well prepared, and comes out hot! The service is incredible. Everyone is very welcoming and attentive. And as a bonus, there was a jazz trio performing and they were terrific. Highly recommend!

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DanielleW
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends were in town so I took them to my favorite restaurant. Service and drinks were excellent as always. Many thanks to the team for the 5 star service and creating an amazing experience for your guests.

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SarahD
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

It was crowded with large parties. The service staff was less than normal because of illness—our waiter was handling nearly all tables. The food was actually not good at all.
I had looked forward to this dinner as I have lived Sbisa in the past. I was extremely disappointed.

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JRK1
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences I can recall. The service was impeccable. We had at least three very fine people attending to our every need. Spot on service. And the food was simply amazing. Live this. The Court Bouillon- to die for!

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Café Sbisa is rated 4.8 stars by 903 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.