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About Sylvain

Sylvain opened its doors in late 2010 in one of the world’s most celebrated and vibrant neighborhoods. The restaurant & bar's design embraces the city's storied past while serving up elegant gastropub fare, ultimately providing an oasis of unmatched quality and style. Whether dining off Executive Chef Martha Wiggins' contemporary American menus or enjoying a wine program and cocktail menu inspired by the classics with a nod to the resurgence of cocktail culture, guests will savor the restaurant's unspoiled rawness and modern luxury.

Our restaurant is located within a historic 18th-century carriage house and our patio and courtyard only add to the timeless feel of the space, creating a truly unique & authentic New Orleans experience. By restoring the historic doors, ceilings, and balconies to their original glory and adding elegant seating, lighting and artwork, Sylvain feels at once historic and thoroughly modern — all done with a nod to the comedic opera that bears its name.

625 Chartres St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Southern

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-11:00pm, Friday & Saturday 5:30pm-12:00am, Sunday 5:30pm-10:00pm
Brunch: Friday-Sunday 10:30am - 2:30pm

Cross Street:
Between Toulouse and St. Peter

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(504) 265-8123

Website:
http://www.sylvainnola.com/

Executive Chef:
Martha Wiggins

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Sylvain Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (46)
Fit for Foodies (39)
Handcrafted Cocktails (38)
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Creative Cuisine (34)
Cozy (28)
Casual (27)
Special Occasion (27)
Romantic (26)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Bar Seating (24)
Great for Outdoor Dining (24)
Comfort Food (23)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Fun (18)
Hot Spot (16)
Local Ingredients (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Authentic (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Great for Lunch (10)
Late-night Find (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Business Meals (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Seasonal (5)
Great Beer (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Healthy (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 7 days ago

Our second visit here. This place is an absolute gem. Had the Southern Antipasti board, beet and tomato salad and the fish fritters to start. Followed by the Chick “Syl-Vain” sandwich and the Louisiana shrimp and clams with Limas, Brussels and couscous. If my only complaint was that the fries were too salty, I’d say they knocked it right out of the park, again. Cocktails were excellent. Bourbon milk punch ice cream sandwich was delicious but pretty tough and slightly awkward to eat. We will be back again soon!

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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Great food, great service, just right priced menu. Good drinks, too!

Tags: Healthy, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Sylvain was the perfect Sunday lunch when we were visiting NOLA. The Bloody Mary was incredible and all of the menu items we selected were all exquisite.

Tags: Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Cozy
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Fantastic from start to finish

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very cute place. Very authentic New Orleans vibe and good food. Very loud! (Good music, but loud volume!) Make sure you’re ok with that!

Tags: Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

What a treat! The industrial chic decor was just special enough, not overly swanky. A perfect ambience is created with low lighting and dark hues. My champagne cocktail was expertly crafted with hints of lavender and lemon aromatics. Lamb stew appetizer was hearty and savory. The braised skirt steak dinner was amazing with hints of Mediterranean flair. Sylvain provides complete satisfaction!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Cute place. The food was great. I ate the parpadelle Bolognese. The pasta was fresh and delicious and the meat was very soft and tasty. We also had the artisan cheese plate which was equally appetizing. My kids had the burger and the chicken sandwich. Both were excellent. And my husband liked the pork shoulder, although he did say it was a little bit dry.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Good food and great service, but noisy and quite dimly lit. Cocktails were very good. Well-priced food.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Awesome as usual ! A Grande Merci to Chef Martha & Dawn

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always incredible!

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 (Mississippi)·Dined on November 4, 2017

As a local, one of my favorite Quarter spots. But recently very slow service. Disappointed at last visit.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Waited 25 minutes after showing on time for a reservation. Food wasn’t my thing but I guess I’m spoiled. Guess I just expected more based on what I’d heard. Music was very loud and obnoxious. Based on reviews I thought it would be much better. Ordered a beer and received the wrong one. Correct on my receipt which really didn’t make sense. Should have gone to Doris across the street.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Went here on a Friday night with my wife. Loved it. Dark and very New Orleans, both are good for me. Bourbon Milk Punch Ice Cream Sandwich for dessert was awesome. Service was very good. My only complaint is background music did not need to be quite so loud.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Food was ok. They were out of 2 appetizers, 1 main, and at least 1 beer. Atmosphere is great! Service was ok. On the louder side.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Food was amazing! Pork shoulder was done completely different and absolutely delicious! Pork shoulder crab cake style! Beef cheeks were delicious as well!

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 (Naples)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We had a lovely meal and great service. The menu was limited and we were disappointed to learn that the scallops were taken off the menu. Nice restaurant for a romantic evening.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on October 30, 2017

We loved the restaurant for quality and creativity of cuisine and for the dimly lit ambiance but the level of music and type of music was not conducive to conversation or a relaxed meal. So, I have mixed feelings. I recommend it but wouldn’t return because of the noise. The setting is so romantic, it is a shame that it wasn’t jazz.

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Amazing experience at this place. It was a bit busy after the Saints game so when there is an event in town ita best to make reservations. The wait staff was very helpful with menu suggestions, and very knowledgeable about the extensive wine list. The food was absolutely delicious, and the cocktails were superb.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The service was great. Dawn our server was very attentive and knowledgeable.
The food was excellkent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food and drinks here are phenominal! I highly reccomend anyone who loves craft cocktails give the drink menu a try. The food was delicious; prefectly prepared.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was exceptional! Very dark lighting which I though was very romantic. Service was great and the drinks were wonderful too! I will be recommending this place to friends and family and would love to go back next time I visit New Orleans!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

When we are in New Orleans we always go here. From the crudo appetizer to the Brussels sprout and special salad and any of the main courses but the pulled pork is so New Orleans.
We love the cozy ness here.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food and drinks were great.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Sylvain is one of my favorite restaurants in New Orleans. The atmosphere is romantic enough for dates (low lights and those old school Quarter vibes) and yet vibrant enough for meeting up with friends. The staff is super accommodating and knowledgable about the menu, and the gastropub food is consistently fabulous. Really nice combination of ingredients. ORDER THE BEEF CHEEKS. You can also dine or hang out the that sweet courtyard in the back. I would even dine there alone but there's always someone around who'd like to eat at Sylvain's too. Don't forget to ORDER THE BEEF CHEEKS.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

My wife and I had a really nice meal and the server was attentive and very pleasant.

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Food was great but the desserts were the standout!

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The music was do loud we could barely hear our dinner companions. But the food and service were excellent.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Sylvain is a New Orleans classic that continues to be one of my favorites. I had the short rib hash on this visit and it was a great savory dish after a fun New Orleans evening.

I really like the ambiance of Sylvain with it’s old New Orleans feel tucked away on Charters Street.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food, unique menu. The chef and service were fantastic. Would definitely like to go back and try the brunch. Thank you for the great experience!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Good drinks, great food, with fun and helpful servers. Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We loved everything about Sylvain! The hostess and waitstaff were friendly, knowledgable, and quick. We got great recommendations about both beer/cocktail selections and the food. The vibe was very cool. Loved the decor. Felt warm but stylish, and even the playlist they had on in the background was great. Location was easy to get to. We had a reservation for 12:30 brunch and were sat at a great table almost immediately. All this doesn't compare to the food itself, which was fantastic. Fresh, well seasoned, great presentation, interesting flavor combos, correct temperatures (hot food hot, cold food cold), and just overall delicious. We had shaved Brussels sprouts appetizer, fish of the day special, and Chick Sylvain sandwich. We were in NOLA for a long weekend and this was my favorite restaurant of the trip. We'll be back.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Wherever I went in New Orleans, the locals would quiz me on where we’re having our meals. As first timers to the city, I leaned heavily on what I found online. Yes, my wife and I dined at some of the other establishment places that always seem to come up when one talks about restaurants in New Orleans, and the locals would let me know exactly what they thought about my choices....which were not always complimentary. However, whenever I mentioned Sylvain, the locals would nod their heads and say that’s a good one.
With that as a backdrop, my expectations were very high for our dinner tonight. Happily, with just a few quibbles, I can also second what the locals have said, that was a good one.
Those quibbles? The biggest was the lighting...or lack of any meaningful light. Two small candles were the main means of lighting for our table. There were dishes that I literally had to use my phone as illumination in order for me to tell what I was putting in my mouth. We were joined by two other friends, and there was some miscommunication between the waitress and the runners when they brought out the dishes. What the waitress said was monkfish became swordfish when the fish arrived...only to be announced as monkfish again.
Seated out on the patio, the noise level was quite low.
The food....fantastic! We ordered everything from the daily special salad, carrot/pumpkin soup with coconut milk, monkfish over polenta, shrimp/clams over couscous, antipasti, fish fritters and crudo. Not a dud in the bunch!
The restaurant was just a short entertaining walk from our hotel on Canal. I wish I can go back before we leave, but this place is popular! Next time Sylvain. Next time.

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 (London)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Sylvian was recommended to us by a colleague who knows NOLA well and they weren’t wrong.
The food was delicious and not too huge for us Brits.
It was just the ambiance we were looking for as a respite from the stuffier looking restaurants and Bourbon Street noise.
I would definitely recommend Sylvain to anyone visiting the city.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The food was exceptional, as was the service. A Terrfic explanation of food and recommend beverages was spot on. I highly recommend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Amazing food and unique cocktails! This is why I came to NOLA!!! I had the LA shrimp and clams with chick peas couscous and greens. So fresh, full of savory spice-exactly what you want from Southern, New Orleans fare. Great gastropub vibe definitely can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Fun, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Visiting kids at Tulane

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We visited Sylvain on a recommendation of a friend that had recently been to NOLA. Its a quirky little place with a cool vibe. Service was awesome and food was top notch - everyone in our party cleaned their plates. I had the shrimp and clams and requested all shrimp/no clams and they accommodated me perfectly - the dish was fantastic. I'd definitely recommend!

Tags: People Watching
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The food was awesome (except the vaunted chicken sandwich which was somewhat dry). The service was exceptional and friendly. Some of the best cocktails we had in NOLA. I'd like to go back for lunch. One caveat: the place is super noisy (not a bad thing, its all happy people!) but then they play the house music way loud to the point of distraction.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on October 12, 2017

As quirky as the space is, as wonderful and good vibe it gives. The staff were super friendly. If the weather is nice, try to sit in the back courtyard they have, otherwise their dining area is wonderful. We sat by the window looking at the people traffic on the sidewalk.
The food was amazing, we had a selection of plates and appetizers and everything was exceptional and creative.
You can taste the freshness and the seasoning.
French with NOLA flavors.
Loved the place! Thanks

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Our first time in New Orleans and we knew nothing about where to get good food. We found Sylvain's and what a find we made.

The rustic but nice look of the restaurant fits well in Quarter. Cara was our server and she was terrific. She was very open and honest with her answers to our questions and made great recommendations.

My wife had beef cheeks and I had braised pork shoulder. Both were so tender and flavorful it was delicious.

Stay away from chains and give a small local place like this a chance. You will not be disappointed.

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