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Café Sbisa

4.5
4.5
1157 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

7:30 PM


Booked 23 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 1,157 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New Orleans / Louisiana

    Hot spot

  • New Orleans

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Texas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a nice Sunday brunch. Our waiter, Savannah, was very nice and attentive. The live music was fun to listen to. We will return there for a meal when we again visit New Orleans.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Food was just ok. So much to choose from in New Orleans.. wasn’t all that impressive. Gumbo was too salty and had to send it back, crab cakes were so tiny like 3 inches in diameter and best thing was probably the free cheddar biscuits they offered.
  3. A

    Anne

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the only restaurant that I have been to where the service and food are always great. We regularly dine at Cafe Sbisa because of the amazing customer service. The staff is always very friendly.
  4. J

    Jenn

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In for the weekend, looking at LSU and Tulane with our daughter, our first visit to NOLA and Cafe Sbise was the highlight of our trip! The Sunday Brunch was delicious especially the Catfish! The live jazz music was fabulous not too loud at all! All the staff was kind, fun and welcoming !!!! We are so thankful that Dafany from the Renaissance Hotel recommended this bruch! We absolutely loved our time!!!!
  5. LB

    LindsayB

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Brightly lit for 8:30pm dinner, restaurant was loud, table not ready on arrival and food quality has deteriorated over the past year. This used to be one of my favorites :( Good but not great any longer.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Girlfriend birthday dinner! Amazing ambience, romantic and intimate. Service was top notch and waitress ensured we had fantastic bday dinner. Food was delicious, light, and flavorful. 10/10 would come again
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Awful service. A bad experience.
  8. MA

    MichelleA

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Servers were terrific. Greeted at the door super friendly. I would have given this more stars if not for a few things. I made this reservation with a long lead time but I’m seated upstairs near the door so servers constantly coming and going was very disruptive. I felt like I was at the kids table. And yes to answer there were empty tables and people seemingly changing their seats I could be wrong but whatever I couldn’t wait to finish and leave. Great servers so not on them just a bad table. I ordered a tomato and mozzarella salad and got 3 slices of tomato and 2 slices of mozzarella it was just cheap or lack of attention not sure. Food was ok I guess certainly good to experience creole dishes. there’s so many fantastic venues to eat at so you have options.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tulsa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    New years Eve! Great atmosphere and food. Very large portions! Couldn’t eat even half of entrees. Our server was excellent. Band seemed to be on break most of the time- very short sessions and long breaks!!
  10. i

    irvinglt

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very nice restaurant in the French Quarter. Live music was great. Food was very good and the staff was excellent
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious food. Fun experience.
  12. G

    Grace

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our experience for lunch at Café Sbisa was surprisingly nice. The restaurant was full and there was live entertainment, but the volumn in the restaurant was perfectly acceptable. The servers were polite and efficient, even though they were very busy.
  13. K

    Kenny

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall a great dining experience. There was live music which added to everything. Portions were great. Shrimp n grits was flavorful, crab cakes were juicy, sauce was perfect. Bottomless mimosas was on point. Definitely check this out because I will.
  14. m

    monikab

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience2
    Service was very slow. We got seated without menus and waited 15mins before anyone even came to the table to offer water or bread and a menu…food was really good though so made up for the slow service
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    When we first got there, we were seated in the corner and it was very DARK. We would barely see anything and being tucked away in the corner did not make it any better. Eventually we weee moved after they tried to fix the light. Food was not as hot as it normally is. I come here all the time so I was a little disappointed this time. But I normally come for dinner. Maybe Brunch is not as good
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Amarillo

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Ambiance itself is great, but the fillet and mashed potatoes very salty our drinks took forever to make it to our table in our server spilled drinks on the table wasn’t attentive and overall didn’t provide us with the level of service we were expecting.
  17. BJ

    BillJ

    New Mexico

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding and food was good. Timing was very good.
  18. GG

    GigiG

    New Orleans

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Our waiter was very nice. The server wore a black hoodie and would not take the hood off. At a white table cloth restaurant, I felt that was inappropriate. Our table for 2 was upstairs with 3 tables of 10 or more. The noise was a bit overwhelming. If you go …..ask for a table downstairs…. Much nicer ambiance
  19. J

    Jukim

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful simple menu but great prepared savory foods. Only small thing was the crème brûlée I personally prefer red a warm rather than cold plate. Service was helpful and friendly!
  20. SR

    ScottR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievable food and ambiance. The turtle soup will blow your wig back, eggs sbisa made my afternoon. Needed a lengthy nap after the delicious meal I had here. Unlike anything I’ve ever eaten before
  21. AA

    AnnetteA

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always absolutely amazing! Honored our reservation notes and took such great care of us! A must visit for sure!
  22. CA

    CASeats

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've come to Sbisa every time I come to NOLA. When I lived there I didn't go enough! Our waiter's name was Owen and he was outstanding. Very attentive, knowledgeable and friendly, but not obtrusive. The cocktails were generous pours. The wine list is light but adequate. The oysters were excellent but the veal was the star of the show. Their only drawback is the location of the lavatories (upstairs). A minor inconvenience for the healthy but could be an issue for some who have difficulty walking. Other than that, it's a fantastic experience. I will be back!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    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
  24. ML

    MicheleL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

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

    CandyC

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

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

    MissNola

    New Orleans

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    The live music was TOO LOUD.
  27. BG

    BeckyG

    New York Area

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 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!
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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
  35. 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.
  36. 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!
  37. 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.
  38. YG

    YGMICU

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Overall good place to go. Great location and prices are reasonable.
  39. 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.
  40. 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

FAQs

Café Sbisa is rated 4.5 stars by 1157 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 23 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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