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About Restaurant August

Opened in October 2001 with native John Besh at the helm, Restaurant August is the only restaurant to be awarded a perfect "5 Bean" score from The Times-Picayune in the past two years. Food & Wine bestowed Besh with the honor of "Best New Chef" in 1998. Gourmet magazine's Guide to America's Best Restaurants listed August in its top five picks in New Orleans.

301 Tchoupitoulas Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary French

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Friday Only, 11:00am - 2:00pm. Dinner: Monday - Sunday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm.

Cross Street:
Gravier

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(504) 299-9777

Website:
http://www.restaurantaugust.com/

Parking Details:
August has a parking lot across from the restaurant available for dinner only. There is also available street parking for free after 7 pm and on Sundays.

Executive Chef:
Todd Pulsinelli, co-owner John Besh

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine

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Private Dining

At Restaurant August, our Upstairs Private Dining Room can seat 100 or 120 for a reception style event. The Chef's Tasting Room can seat 12 and features a customized Chef's Tasting Menu. Wines can be paired by our sommelier for a more unique experience. Buyouts are also available for up to 300.

Restaurant August Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (95)
Fit for Foodies (82)
Good for a Date (76)
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Good for Anniversaries (68)
Romantic (65)
Creative Cuisine (56)
Notable Wine List (46)
Good for Birthdays (44)
Quiet Conversation (39)
Local Ingredients (36)
Tasting Menu (33)
Business Meals (29)
Worth the Drive (28)
Authentic (24)
Cozy (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Great for Lunch (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Seasonal (9)
Fun (7)
People Watching (7)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Great Beer (3)
Healthy (3)
Organic (3)
Scenic View (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vegan (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Casual (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Naples)·Dined 4 days ago

My wife and I celebrated Valentine's Day at August and one word describes the experience - OUTSTANDING !! Every item on the menu was tempting. However, my duck breast was the best I've ever had. And although the portion seems to be average sized when served - I was stuffed upon finishing it. My wife had the diver scallops (3) and again was stuffed upon finishing it and the sides. The best thing about the restaurant is the service. CLASSIC NEW ORLEANS ! A wine or water glass was kept filled at always the appropriate time. Anything you needed seemed to be anticipated by the staff. Plus, everyone was very knowledgeable. The sommelier was great. We had a flight of Madeira and were not disappointed since it was from a special Portuguese producer from which this vintage is no longer available. A large amount of it was purchased by Restaurant August and won't last forever. Although it was an expensive dinner, it was well worth it. Don't hesitate to celebrate special occasions here. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED !!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Local Ingredients, People Watching
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 6 days ago

Always a treat to dine at August. Their take on New Orleans dishes like the shrimp “etouffe” that was done with Asian type dumplings is always wonderful. Service is impeccable and the food quality and presentation is top notch.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

A very classy joint! Happened to be on a Mardi Gras parade route which was good for people watching.

Impeccable service and creative cuisine, though serving sizes were small

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 6 days ago

August was by far one of the best meals my fiancé and I have had. The meal, the wine, the ambiance, the staff... it was truly an incredible experience. They went to great lengths to ensure that each portion of the meal was executed perfectly. We had the degustation menu with sommelier pairings and it could not have been better. We will be coming back again.

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 (Manitoba)·Dined on February 12, 2018

We had a terrific meal at August. The food, service and ambience were top notch.
The Shrimp Tagliolini and the Red Shrimp Ravigote starters were exceptional . Delicate flavors
and presentation. The entrees , Almondine Scallops and the Wagyu Ribeye exceeded our expectations. And, our Pear and Riesling Sorbet was a perfect ending. Great service by Lawson and Lisa! We wholeheartedly recommend this wonderful restaurant.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great service and food excelled.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 11, 2018

One of the few restaurants I'd booked through Open Table that I was able to keep during the busy Mardi Gras season-so glad I did. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Food was top notch along with impeccable service- friendly without being stuffy. The building is gorgeous New Orleans. We began our our meal with cocktails-a beet cocktail for me, an old-fashion for him, followed by Foie Gras Three ways. I had the flounder with crab topped with a smooth, velvet Bearnaise sauce and my husband had the Duck.....it was to die for! We shared a bottle of delightful Proseco to top of our anniversary occasion. I would enjoy anything here. August is worth the time and money to celebrate an anniversary OR just to meet with friends in New Orleans. Hope to enjoy again soon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Fun, Quiet Conversation
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 10, 2018

During Mardi Gras it is a great location. Just feel it is over priced and menu too eclectic. Feel it should have their take on some items most can eat.

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This is my first time ever leaving a negative response on Open Table. Our experience with the woman sommelier, who was so very incredibly rude to us, made the whole evening miserable. I would like to note that all of the other wait staff especially our waitress was attentive and the service was wonderful for our table.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food and service were outstanding. Beautiful setting. The gave my wife a special treat for her birthday. We would get back.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Probably a bad time year to go for noise, Thursday before Mardi Gras and while the food was good was good and the service excellent the menu was just appealing as on other visits.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The host Joby was absolutely pleasant and really set the mood for our dining experience. From when we first walked into the establishment to ordering our dinner, everything was impeccable.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 9, 2018

August had been our favorite restaurant in NOLA for the last few years. We were sadly disappointed in our meal on Thursday. The Maitre' D informed us multiple times we were under a time constraint of and that he needed the table by a certain time. 3 of our 4 appetizers were very nice the chopped salad and the fried oysters, my wife had the Fois Gras 3 ways was sent it back. 3 of the 4 Entrees were poor. One steak we sent back for over cooking and the next steak was under cooked. My duck was no good, poor flavor and bland. The pork dish was good. My wife ate about 1/3 of hers as it was over cooked as well. Wine list is good, and Erin the Somm is wonderful. However we will now look for a new favorite.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Outstanding New Orleans experience. Food and wine parings were perfect.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Attentive staff. I was by myself, they were gracious and attentive.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

We traveled to New Orleans for our 36th wedding anniversary. When we made the reservation they asked if we were celebrating anything, we told them we were. No special arrangements were made because of that so why ask?? I ordered the steak, which happened to be one of their most expensive menu options. Therefore I was expecting over the top delicious! I ordered it cooked medium well, just added not red but pink in the center. It came out mostly red in the center. I just decided not to comment on that. Once I cut and had my first bite, it was so tough I was afraid to swallow. I got my husband to try to make sure it wasn’t just me. He agreed to tough to eat! We told our server, he suggested other menu options. I informed him, if it’s one of your most poplar choices let’s try again! He said it was cooked too long, I would need to go with medium. I said ok. My husband in the mean time was enjoying his fish dish. He had completely finished his entree when they brought mine out. No apologies were made. Never once did Anyone In management come over to offer apologies or any thing else. The second steak was cooked rare!! I ate as much as I could. It was better than the first. They had the audacity to bring out a dessert menu , never offering a complimentary dessert. By this point I was so frustrated that we said no thank you. They brought our bill. No deductions or adjustments were offered or made. My husband and I basically ate our meals individually instead of enjoying it together. That’s what you want on your anniversary. We will not go back!! Too many wonderful options in the city. I’m disappointed in trip advisor with the high ratings that this restaurant was given.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Delicious food, wonderful setting, terrific service, yummy deserts, truly a 10 out of 10!!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Mobile)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Second time dining at August, very nice cuisine and staff. We will return any time we are in New Orleans.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on February 5, 2018

August was indeed a treat! The food was fabulous and the service was outstanding. Fine dining at its best!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 5, 2018

We have eaten here before and it was much better. Overall our food was good. Appetizers were very good...we had the Gnocchi and the Shrimp Eoutefee. Disappointed there were no specials the night we were there. Wife had the Flounder Ponchatrain and said it was pretty good. I had the grouper. The grouper was way over cooked and very dry which pretty much killed the dish for me. Service was a bit slow and somewhat inattentive. Our wine glasses sat empty for very long periods of time. Understandable if they were very busy but that was not the case at all. This was our 2nd time here...one great and one not so great. We may give it one more try next year when we are back in town and hopefully it will be a better outcome.

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Outstanding! Must try the shrimp “étouffée” as an appetizer, flounder entree, and strawberry dessert. Service was incredible, best ambiance in New Orleans, and food is worth the splurge.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Third time I have been to August. Always excellent. Highly recommend the tasting menu with wine pairings.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Attended during Mardi Gras and had a front toe seat at the terminus of the parade route. Wonderful pairings. Everything spot on.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Wonderful, can't wait to go back, service great, food great, all in all great

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Outstanding! Delicious and creative food! Attentive service! Beautiful surroundings!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 2, 2018

August is a beautiful, elegant restaurant - no doubt..... old world charm; service perfection - but the food does not always hit the mark, unfortunately. The wine and the shrimp and crab salad we ordered first was delicious - so fresh and absolutely delectable.... but the rest of our meal was sadly mediocre. For example, my husband ordered the shrimp étouffée appetizer.... it was wrapped up in some kind of won tons.... what??? That was not described to us nor expected, and it was not very good. The delicate flounder dish we both ordered as entrees was rather overpowered and mismatched with a strong mushroom topping - not a pleasant pairing in our opinion. The dessert was just okay. Overall - Restaurant August was not worth the tab nor the hype. There are too many restaurants in this town with food that will blow your socks off.... this is not one of them.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

So so so so so delicious. Beautiful atmosphere. Top notch service. Sommelier was amazing. Food was incredible.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Celebrated my 60th birthday and it was excellent. The food was wonderful and the presentation was amazing. Very relaxing we did not feel rushed, the service was superb.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 2, 2018

This is the best fine dining experience I have found in New Orleans.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Still great. Was a little worried after the upheaval but i think it is the same as it formerly was.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Fantastic!

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·Dined on January 27, 2018

It was a great experience but for price level have had better food both quality and quantity. Top level service and wine recommendations.

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·Dined on January 27, 2018

As always restaurant August never disappoints. The service was impeccable the food was delicious. It was a great ending to a weekend of celebrating my birthday.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Restaurant was very loud, two large groups near our table yelling between them and another table cursing making rude remarks towards each other so loud even people in front dinning room could hear them. My wife found a long hair in her entrée and just stopped eating most of her meal uneaten waitress did not even ask if something was wrong with her food. We dine out a lot and cant say this is a place I would have to go back to.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We chose August to celebrate our 22nd anniversary. It did not disappoint. The service was impeccable. We were welcome with a complimentary toast of champagne and amuse bouche. For dinner we chose the degustation sampler menu. Food was delicious! Dessert was not only plated beautifully but tasted just as great. Ended the evening with a cup of Cafe au lait. It was the best au lait I’ve ever had and I am New Orleans born & raised. A definite must for a fabulous dining experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Wonderful food, service was superior. Drinks were top quality. Fine dining.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Best food in town, great service

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I had been looking forward to this dinner for weeks, what a disappointment. The hostess was rude, the waiter was condescending and rude. However, the sommelier was pleasant.
Our food was just average, nothing special, portions were very small and I considered it expensive. The restaurant is very pretty but not comfortable. We had a terrible table and I booked the reservation over a month ago.
Not going back.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Friday Lunch is fantastic

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 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The food was absolutely fantastic and the menu was versatile. We shared two appetizers, a split entree, and dessert. Unique and exquisite flavors.

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