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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TC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious food. Great service, indoor and outdoor space, just a tiny bit pricey. Great place to have perfectly cooked food in the quarter, but not touristy at all.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sylvain was great, food was amazing and service was super friendly, cool vibe and trendy crowd, love it, I’ll be back, I’ll love to try everything on the menu it was so good.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely phenomenal dinner! Beef cheeks were to die for. Highly recommend the French fry and champagne app!

v
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Small menu, not a lot of options. Delicious, but unjustafiably overpriced.

Ambience is great, though. Dined out in the courtyard.

R
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving Meal and would definitely recommend. Super friendly service and perfect atmosphere for a quiet Holiday dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving

P
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Wife and I were in New Orleans to celebrate our Anniversary and Thanksgiving. Sylvain did not disappoint. From the beginning to the end everything was great; service, food and drinks.

JE
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Entrees were delicious, but our server was absent and unhelpful. Asked for coffee at the end of the meal and the milk that was brought out curdled in the coffee. We asked for fresh milk and were ignored by our server, had to ask someone else. Second time around the milk curdled again. We were met with eye rolls. Not a great experience overall.

RS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience4

Sylvain used to be one of our favorites since we live in the neighborhood. Now, with the new chef, the food is awful. Our favorites have been taken off the menu, even the burger can’t be executed properly. A complete disaster. Still love the wait staff!!

K
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to Sylvain and akin to the first, it was amazing! Chicken Liver Pate and Bread Service as apps, followed up with Braised Beef Cheeks and Pan-Fried Pork Shoulder, and finished with the Fried Apple Pie and the Chocolate Pot de Creme. The pinot noir "Planet Oregon" was also delicious. Service was amazing throughout dinner and pre-dinner had a cozy waiting area until our table was ready with the ability to order drinks from the Host. This place is on our list for regular visits and recommendations to friends and family!

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice experience

c
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a classic New Orleans ambience- down a dark alley, a small patio, and a rough walled room with a lot of noise and good food. Great place to taste the small plates, have some good cocktails and have southern inspired food. Very good and knowledgeable service.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience... Gracious hostess and servers. Impressive wine list with plenty of unique and natural wines. Ambience so nice on the terrasse. Everything Delicious especially chicken sandwich, ratatouille and charcuterie plate.. very accommodating and kind with our young daughter (was able to have noodles & butter).
Amazing first night in New Orleans.

PH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was amazing. Extensive and creative drink menu. The food was spectacular!

JS
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and the courtyard was beautiful!

EB
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent, and the outdoor seating area was lovely and atmospheric, perfect noise level for conversation. The soup special and cornbread were delicious starters, and the bolognese and ratatouille were incredible entrees. The stars of the evening, though, were the fried apple pie and the chocolate pot de crème - the latter was one of the best desserts I’ve ever eaten!

CB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for brunch - really inventive menu with cool twists on some classic dishes. Loved the patio. Also loved the spotify playlist of new wave/90s songs. Would definitely go back!

OT
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alley entrance into restaurant like a cool underground bar definitely set the tone. Very unique atmosphere, dimly lit with a great 80’s & 90’s alternative track list playing prominently. We sat inside where there is a cozy, small dining room-will try the courtyard when it’s warmer outside. Waiter was fantastic. Wine list was well chosen. Began with pate, sweetbreads, and cornbread. All very good with a unique twist. Pork shoulder for entree was to die for. One of the best dishes in the city of Nola, no joke. Fork tender, falling apart shoulder with delicious grits and braised greens. The piece de resistance was the Apple Pie. If you grew up in Nola, you miss Hubigs Pies. This was a very grown up, gourmet version of Hubigs that was incredible-and I’m not a big sweets person.

Moody, evocative, meticulous restaurant that chooses all things well. Not a big space and not a big dinner, cocktail, or wine menu but all perfectly chosen. Everything accents the other in food, drink, lighting, tone. This restaurant is definitely for the grown-ups that listened to Echo & the Bunnymen, The Cure, or Depeche Mode in their youth, but will definitely appeal to everyone with a good palate.

One of the best, most surprising dining experiences I’ve had in Nola.

TG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really beautiful restaurant with a creative menu. I loved the brussels sprouts salad.

JH
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love this place

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just my favorite place in the Quarter. The courtyard is so pretty and the food is always amazing.

LO
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Very cool location and ambiance, great drinks but food was sub-par

ND
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot! Food was delicious!

OT
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! The Patel was amazing

CH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We scoped out numerous restaurants in the French Quarter and came across Sylvain by chance. The ambiance, food, cocktails, and staff absolutely knock it out of the park. It was by far the best meal I had while in New Orleans and would absolutely recommend everyone stop by here for an amazing time.

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks

c
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nice restaurant w a cool outside garden area. Somewhat loud inside and cold... limited menu but u have to get the pork shoulder w grits. Out of this world!!! Had a hurricane and it was very strong! 👍. Fantastic waitress very attentive!!

AZ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Came here twice in 3 days. Service was outstanding - bartenders suggested all my beverages perfectly pairing them to each course. Safe for celiacs - brussel sprout salad was life changing. Treat yourself - get the pot de creme, twice.

AJ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I always enjoy Sylvain when I’m in town. Pork belly Benedict for brunch was outstanding. Couldn’t stop eating the grits. Fries were also excellent. I probably dine at Sylvain once a month, or once every two months, and I can only recall one so-so meal. For New Orleans, that’s incredibly consistent, and I appreciate it so very much. They also offer various vegan options, which I’ve also enjoyed when in the mood for lighter fare. Cocktails are top notch and the wine list is good. Great location, vibe, atmosphere...service is usually very good...has an old New Orleans feel. Romantic date spot for dinner as well; dark & intimate. Really love this place.

S
New Orleans
31 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Usually good but this time pulled pork was burnt and poached eggs overcooked.

e
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

delicious food, amazing music, LED ZEPPELIN BABYYYYYY - pappardelle bolognese is deeelish

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for an anniversary dinner. The place has a pretty cool vibe with low lighting and a great playlist. Our server Paul delivered impeccable service. He even treated us to some complementary champagne to start our meal. The food was excellent. I had the roasted half chicken which was wonderful. The charred lemon glaze made it probably the best roast chicken I’ve ever had. We will definitely be back!

B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great, innovative food and a wonderful waiter. But we could have done without the overly loud music that pumped out of speakers in both the courtyard and the restaurant itself.

RN
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing. had the southern antipasti and bread service - hands down the best corn bread I have ever eaten (and I am from the South!). lovely restaurant I cannot wait to return.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. Steak frites was perfect. Cornbread was a knockout!! Must order.

s
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was a fabulous meal other than the shrimp appetizer being undercooked. I would definitely go back and highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

40thbirthday

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paul was great with service and further recommendations for our visit. Food was fantastic and atmosphere was super cool inside and outside.

GO
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food and service were good. However the restaurant is quite expensive, as it was my birthday that was grand, wine is definitely expensive and you can't see what your eating as it's so dark. I had the beef cheeks with mash which were excellent, my hubby has the pork shoulder which surprisingly was minced!

OT
Cleveland
24 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and outstanding, friendly service. Drinks were imaginative and excellent. Burger and fries and chicken/fried rice were both extremely good.

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