Desi Vega's

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Steakhouse
Voted Best New Restaurants "Class of 13" by New Orleans Magazine. Desi Vega is the restaurateur of Desi Vega's Steakhouse and Mr. John's Steakhouse. Both restaurants are consistently outstanding and locals' favorite place to "see and be seen". Desi grew up in the restaurant business and was groomed by Ella Brennan at Commander's Palace, Ruth Fertel of Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and Emeril Lagasse. His attention to detail and commitment to excellence makes for a truly memorable dining experience. Our USDA Prime steaks are carefully selected, hand-cut and aged for tenderness, then seared to perfection and served on a sizzling plate. The Who Dat Shrimp appetizer and Andouille-crawfish Mac & Cheese are favorite dishes of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans players. We hope you'll visit to see for yourself!
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OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

N
New Orleans
65 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Desi Vega’s . The food is terrific and the service is wonderful and the servers really know the menu.
The location on St Charles is very convenient and the valet parking makes dining there with friends so easy.

n
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!!

LG
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent

G
New Orleans
61 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good thoughtful and excellent service

OT
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

As a local I have always recommended Desi Vega’s to people out of town looking for a good steak and service. After tonight’s visit, I will no longer be recommending this restaurant.

1. Food - order the filet. Asked for medium rare - came out closer to medium well. Garlic Mashed Potatoes - luke warm at best and lumpy. Good thing the plate for the steak was so hot I used it to heat up the potatoes. Steamed Broccoli - hard and cold.

2. Service - the women who got us waters and our initial drink order was very pleasant. After that it went downhill. The two gentleman waiting on us could have cared less about being there. Just going through the motions. Never checked to see how food was.

Will not be going back. Too many other restaurants in NOLA.

MM
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. The food was superb. The food was cooked to perfection.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Te restaurant is noisy, the service is great but the food does live up to its rating on open table.

JJ
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in the CBD! Delicious steak and great wine list. Our servers, Kevin and Trevor, were attentive, but not intrusive. We never felt rushed. Will definitely return!

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

35th Wedding Anniversary

SB
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Dinner with old friends...most enjoyable!

RP
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I enjoy fine dining so this Review is comparing Desi Vega's to other fine dining experiences.

For a unexpected please, we were we ACH presented with a small plate with a small meatball. But that little meatball sample was phenomenal.

Desi, Please include this on your menu, at least as an appetizer.

Our waiter (his service was impeccable) brought us not one but two orders of garlic bread...tender yet crusty with a wonderful amount of what seemed to be fresh garlic. Yum!!!

My French onion soup was not the best I've had but ok. My wife's salad with lump crab meat was beautifully presented and delicious!

She also ordered the surf (lobster tail) and turf (filet). Lobster tail was one of the best she's had. I ordered the ribeye and thought I'd died and gone to heaven! Perfectly cooked to my request and do succulent and flavorful. I'm a ribeye snob and this was probably the finest ribeye I've ever enjoyed. Every bite was had me swooning. Hats off to Desi' chef.

Finally, my wife and I shared a side of Lyonaise pots. So glad we chose this side rather than the garlic mashed potatoes. The Lyonaise potatoes were delicate but had a delicate crust. The potato dish was also prepared with carmelized onions. This was perhaps the best side we've ever enjoyed.

We could not order dessert add we were so full of the most incredible meal we've ever had!

I'd give 10 stars if possible!

If we come to New Orleans again, I'd think about eating there every night!!!

ID
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Food was delicious. Service was excellent. I would recommend this restaurant.

BE
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very good - turtle soup, French onion soup, filet, and red velvet brownie dessert! And the wine list was very good. Dennis was a very good server.

LW
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! We go every time we go to New Orleans. Service and food are top notch!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is The Best Around! Who doesn’t love a great staff!

P
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great:
From the Ambiance, to the Service, to the Food.

The only negative I can say:
For the price paid, the portions were very small.
The Crab Cake size was almost a joke..

I would dine again in the future...

i
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, food, and cocktails. Wine list is awesome . Can’t wait to go back

D
New Orleans
30 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Service too quick while meal only took 1 hr from sitting down. Not the relaxed high end expensive dining experience one would have hoped for. My filet steak tasted too gamey and plate was so sizzling hot I could not eat steak for 10 minutes

DH
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service & fabulous food. . Bar was loud until 7pm. One woman at a nearby table kept laughing VERY loudly. I know you can’t control that but it was VERY disturbing!!!!

EN
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Thank you for making my husbands birthday celebration so wonderful. We will definitely be back!

TJ
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Desi Vega’s. I highly recommend this restaurant. We even met the chef and he was very cordial.

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food.

HL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Their partner restaurant Mr. John’s was so much better. Ribeye was very tuff, waiter never scraped any crumbs away, also dropped a plate in my lap when giving me my napkin. Seemed like a hangout of large parties vs romantic scene for a nice anniversary dinner. Won’t return

b
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant every thing was EXCELLENT. The food and staff was amazing. My fiancé made an excellent choice for my birthday.

LM
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my son’s birthday- great dinner.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Good vibes. Great wine list selection. Steaks were amazing

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food with top notch service. We will definitely be recommending Desi Vega’s and going back ourselves.

RK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From service to food 5 stars!

RR
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and service at Desi Vega's are outstanding. No complaints there. The steaks (the main draw, in my opinion) do not come with any sides. Many upscale steakhouses have adopted this approach, and provide "family style" sides that are meant to be shared. Desi Vega's sides tend to be a bit small (although the prices are not) for sharing. That is my main complaint.

N
New Orleans
66 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such good food and the manager and staff always try to make sure you have a terrific experience when you dine there.
We really have such a good time at Desi’s each time we go.

C
Jackson Hole
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

loved it great service!

R
New Orleans
25 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is special. I've been there many times, and the food, service, and and atmosphere are always first class. Check it out.

CT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome steaks, great staff, fun atmosphere

m
Aberdeen
14 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Birthday dinner was very good and our waiter was excellent!

SF
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here to celebrate 3 years of dating. We were promptly tended to. Throughout our visit several different people stopped to ask how things were and if we needed anything. It was such tremendous service. We started with the WhoDat shrimp. I would definitely recommend them to anyone. We both had the ribeye. They were both cooked to order and very tender, juicy, and favorable. I would not hesitate to come back to this restaurant!

RB
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We enjoyed the place, its very beautiful. The steaks are good. However the side dishes are small and carry a expensive price, they are out of line with the quality. This would keep us from going back. The noise level on Saturday night was terrible.

MP
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here but Great food and great service JDwas phenomenal thank you

CJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and outstanding service in New Orleans! Thank you to the whole team.

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