Sylvain

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Taking its name from the first Opera performed in
New Orleans in 1796 just blocks away from our address, Sylvain occupies a truly unique space at 625 Chartres Street adjacent to Jackson Square. This majestic building and location presents a feeling of history and palpable excitement to the city’s nightlife scene while celebrating that for which New Orleans has always been revered.
Our menu is purposefully designed to offer a mix of bistro classics elevated to the style of refined cuisine. From hand-rolled pastas to slow-braised, pork and game, to burgers ground daily by hand with the choicest cuts of meat, Sylvain’s menu, like the decor, feels at once familiar and brand new. Most importantly to us, though, is that guests will experience many of our Chef’s and Sous Chef’s fondest life experiences with food in the menu items and the daily features created for the guests’ enjoyment.
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BK
Miami
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice atmosphere, attentive staff, and good food. The bartenders are worth the walk.

s
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was a bit disappointing. My roule (sp?) was not as spicy as I would have like. My companions steak was well aged. Too well aged to the point it affected the flavor.
Atmosphere was great. Staff was attentive and excellent.

FH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were at Sylvain on Sunday night, and the food was outstanding! I enjoyed the fried pork shoulder and my wife had the beef. The taste of both was flavorful and they both melted in your mouth, they were so tender. You really did not need a knife; your fork was the only implement needed. The potatoes, grits and vegetables served with our meals were also delicious. While we were in town this time, we enjoyed dinner at two other long-time, well known restaurants. The quality, taste and tenderness of the food at Sylvain was the best out of all three establishments.

DB
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Over an hour for hamburgers- arrived at 1:20 and two menu items were already sold out. The main reason we went was for the braised beef cheeks that are only offered in certain days of the week. Unfortunate for those visiting. Our first visit was fabulous. This visit- disappointing.

Sylvain
Responded 4 days ago

Deborah, I'm so sorry to hear that we failed in your dining experience yesterday. The wait that you a describing is completely against everything we stand for and strive for so I apologize deeply. I am a bit confused about what happened with the beef cheeks? Were you possibly in for brunch? The beef cheeks are available 7 days a week (for dinner only). I am going to private message you about this further. Hoping we can connect! Best, Denise General Manager

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OT
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is great and well thought out. Everything was great. The only thing that was difficult to deal with was the HVAC units in the courtyard where we were seated. Perhaps they could build a fence or wall around them.

V
Denver
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

It is a nice place to hang out. Food is ok, nothing to write home about but service is really nice

MT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Didn’t love the food

Sylvain
Responded 4 days ago

Sorry to hear you didn't love what you ordered. Would love to follow up with you privately to connect and get a little more information on your experience so we can course correct and maybe invite you back soon. Best, Denise (General Manager)

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OT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was outstanding. Soup of the day was French onion and was some of the best we have ever had. Pork shoulder was also excellent.

Sylvain
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for the kind words! Glad you enjoyed yourself! If you love the pork shoulder, you ought to join us back for brunch and have the pork shoulder Benedict! To die for! Best, Denise General Manager

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S
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fabulous dining experience. Our server Dawn is one of the very best servers we’ve ever had and always on point from beginning to end. The menu is varied and will serve the pickiest of eaters. Cocktails are amazing the ambiance is bar none. This is a must visit if you enjoy delicious food & drinks, great service and a beautiful atmosphere.

Sylvain
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for the wonderful and kind words! Glad to hear you had a wonderful experience. No surprise that Dawn was a part of it! She's a true gem and integral part of our team! See you soon! Denise General Manager

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TG
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

While the service was excellent, the food and drinks were just meh. We started with cocktails and both were just ok. Then a plate of uninspired pate and really so-so entrees, with frankly bad wine. The wine list by the glass was very limited and I actually didn’t even bother finishing mine, or my entree for that matter . The server did notice

GT
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was a lovely surprise—quiet and more intimate than many NOLA restaurants and the food was excellent. We chose this place because we wanted a break from the seafood and Cajun heavy menus, and it did not disappoint. I highly recommend the braised beef cheeks which were meltingly tender. Service was gracious and unobtrusive.

Sylvain
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks so much for your kind words and for joining us! Your note on service truly warms my heart and means the team is getting the vibe we are going for! Hope to welcome you back soon. Cheers! Denise (General Manager)

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e
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu. Every thing tasted wonderful. Best meal I had in New Orleans

Sylvain
Responded 4 days ago

Glad you enjoyed everything! Hope to have you back soon! Cheers! Denise (General Manager)

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f
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most enjoyable — Sazeracs to a Brussels sprouts salad to fried pork shoulder & fried chicken entrees. Super tasty.

MW
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were spectacular. Prices are a little high, but it's the French Quarter. The cocktails are delicious, but small. The ambience was lovely, but the music was just a little too loud. Definitely worth it overall!

C
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Great food, great ambiance, reasonably priced
By far one of the best restaurants in NOLA

JK
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites in New Orleans all around. Well crafted menu with interesting dishes influenced by southern traditions while not just rehashing the expected. Cocktails are equally impressive. Lots of intriguing options that are varied, balanced, and executed perfectly.

j
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the apps we had, the mains and the music/atmosphere. It was a great meal, well worth the short wait.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

La comida y el servicio espectaculares! El sitio es mas casual de lo que aparenta en su página oficial de internet. El nivel de la música era alto. No me hubiera molestado si la calidad del audio fuera buena, pero sonaba mas a ruido que a música.

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d
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful dinner on the patio. Gorgeous food. Awesome.

Sylvain
Responded on September 28, 2019

Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed your evening with us! Come back soon. Best, Denise General Manager

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SM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sylvain was BEYOND our expectations! My husband and I sounded like food critics gushing about the flavors and textures! Ha! The atmosphere is great, service was wonderful, the food is definitely Instagram worthy. ;) Def a go to on all our visits from here on.

Sylvain
Responded on September 28, 2019

Stephanie, Thanks so much for the super sweet words! Loved having y'all! Please make sure to tag us in any of your instagrams *wink wink* and we'll look forward to seeing you next time you're in town. Cheers, Denise General Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place but little over priced for what you get

SD
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this place. The atmosphere was fantastic, the service was great, the wine was wonderful and the food was amazing. We will come back on our next visit to NOLA.

Sylvain
Responded on September 28, 2019

Sara, Thanks so much for your kind words. Please come back and see us soon! Best, Denise General Manager

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W
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff, great recommendations. Food was awesome!

Sylvain
Responded on September 23, 2019

Thanks Walrus! Hope to see you back soon! Cheers, Denise General Manager

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S
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was okay, the pasta dish is quite small and needed a little more seasoning. The marinated crab appetizer was not as flavoured as one would expect but still nice. The drinks selection is very good and the vibe of the place is very cool and calm, a nice break away from the chaos of the French quarter. The staff were very polite and helpful!

MV
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it, they catered to our every want. they had a bottle of champagne ready for us when we arrived as requested. the servers were amazing. it was a wonderful anniversary dinner.

Sylvain
Responded on September 23, 2019

Michael, We were so happy to celebrate your anniversary with you! Hope you both enjoyed the rest of your visit to New Orleans and we hope to see you next time you're in town. Happy Anniversary! Best wishes, Denise General Manager

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G
Louisville
31 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice food, service and vibe! Beth introduced herself to us at our table, super nice ! I will be back!

Sylvain
Responded on September 15, 2019

Hey Georgie! Thanks so much for joining us! Beth is such a gem! We hope to see you back at Sylvain soon. Best, Denise General Manager

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JC
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic. Our server, Paul, was AMAZING! The whole night was so perfect!

Sylvain
Responded on September 15, 2019

Jessye, Thanks so much for joining us. We're thrilled Paul was able to help create such a wonderful evening for you! We hope to see you again soon. Best, Denise General Manager

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service!

KH
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ordered the braised beef cheeks and my girlfriend ordered the fried chicken sandwich. Both were phenomenal. The setting is charming and intimate and the staff are exceptional.

Sylvain
Responded on September 12, 2019

Kirk, Thank you so much for joining us! Thrilled you enjoyed everything. Please come back and see us again soon. Cheers, Denise General Manager

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AW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Beth, the manager that night was wonderful. Truly service oriented and kind

Sylvain
Responded on September 12, 2019

Anne, Thats awesome! We have a great team and great leaders! Thanks so much for joining us, hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Denise General Manager

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AM
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our initial choices of wines were not available and resulted in a trade up that impacted on the overall cost of the meal. The people, the place and the food were excellent.

Sylvain
Responded on September 12, 2019

Andrew, I'm sorry to hear we had run out of your first choice of wines, unfortunately we do the best we can to maintain stock in limited French Quarter storage space. We hope to see you again soon and check out what wonderful items we're featuring on our wine list next visit. Cheers, Denise General Manager

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JB
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carl was a fantastic server. The food and drink was fantastic and Carl’s recommendations were spot on.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

In the vast sea of options for dining in New Orleans, this recommendation from Valet Magazine was an excellent landing spot.

Sylvain
Responded on September 15, 2019

Thanks for joining us! Please come back soon.

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t
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Nice! The waitress, bartender, and staff top notch :)

Sylvain
Responded on September 16, 2019

Cheer Ted! Hope to welcome you back to Sylvain soon. Best, Denise General Manager

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NB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second visit to Silvain.
Silvain has so much character and soul. We were greeted by the friendliest people, and we were seated at a super-comfortable table inside.
Every dish we ordered was delectable! To be honest, we had the chicken liver pate as a starter, and I almost ordered another one for the dessert course. Sooo buttery.
I can’t wait for our next visit! Every single person at Silvain made it a great experience. If I could add more stars, I would.

Sylvain
Responded on September 12, 2019

Nancy, Thank you so much for joining us! I think the chicken liver makes the greatest dessert so hopefully next time you come visit you'll have the chance to try it that way as well too! Hope to see you soon. Best, Denise General Manager

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S
New Orleans
30 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing light lunch on a very hot day. I hope the gazpacho is still on the menu when I return. It sounded strange but tasted wonderful.

Sylvain
Responded on September 15, 2019

Sally, Thanks so much for joining us. So happy to hear you enjoyed the gazpacho! It's an absolute necessity in this New Orleans heat. Hope to have you back soon for more or something equally as tasty. Best, Denise General Manager

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G
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Locale carino ma con servizio scarso

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OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Small portions. Food not well heated. Indifferent service.

E
Tallahassee
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Demure from the street but a haven of ambiance and energy. We happened to walk by and was curious. You feel like you’re walking down a private entrance when you enter Sylvain, and you’re treated as a VIP the whole time.

The food is amazing. Of all the times I have eaten here, I never once been disappointed. Dawn makes sure I’m taken care of with my Celiacs and understands the menu and what can be changed.

Always a wonderful experience.

Sylvain
Responded on September 9, 2019

Edward, Thank you so much for joining us again! We so appreciate your kind words and patronage! Looking forward to hosting you again soon. Denise General Manager

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DA
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Was ok but not great. One of us got the chicken and it was very very lemony - way too much for dish. The vegetarian with us was happy to see the Ratatouille on the menu and ordered it but it also was just ok also, not the tastiest. The cornbread appetizer was really good and the service was great.

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