The Bower

4.6
206 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
The Bower is a full service restaurant and bar proudly highlighting locally sourced American cuisine. Louisiana Farmers and farmers markets are our jam and inspiration. Our menus are ingredient driven determined by seasons, product availability and the additional health benefits they provide.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 206 people are saying
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jakmd
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at The Bower. The food was outstanding, especially the Burrata for a first course and the Scallops for dinner. Elizabeth who was our server was great! It was my wife's birthday and we loved the desert which was brought to us as a surprise. Thank you!!

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LoriT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a perfect night. Great Food, service, ambiance and cocktails

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Smaller portions than last visit, and happy hour pricing is higher. Also music blaring outside where it was much quieter before

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vipNelley
New Orleans
42 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This restaurant has a great outdoor venue. Food was very good as was service.

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vipAngelique
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The inside was beautiful and our table of 7 got to sit in one of the front corner booths with privacy curtains, which was just delightful. All of our meals were delicious, with the panéed pork being a notable standout. I took one star off for two reasons: the music being way too loud at times which led to yelling across our table, and also for the house salad being $15. The salad was delicious but $15 for a salad with no protein is exorbitant. I will say, though, that it's a fair size and my husband and I ended up splitting it which was just enough.
So all in all 4 stars. We were very impressed and I will definitely be back.

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AnthonyY
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks. Excellent service. I highly recommend the Bower.

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BBruno
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEST dinning experience. Food, Drinks, service, an overall 100!

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vipDinespine
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic find - loved the food and our server.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is always friendly and professional... cool without pretense. As far as food goes, everything I've tasted has been fresh and flavorful. My favorites are the whipped feta, burrata, gulf fish and salted caramel budino. Oh... and ALWAYS try the frozen cocktail of the day.

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ErinK
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was incredible! The service was not great, but we knew they were understaffed, like most restaurants right now, so we didn’t mind. Our waitress was really trying her best too! We will definitely be back!

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vipMdunn504
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday experience! Highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the whipped feta to start and bolognese as an entree. Both were great! Strongly recommend.

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JacobV
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy Hour is worth your time.

The Bower
Responded 5 days ago

Jacob, thank you for visiting!

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Great
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good food, nice variety

The Bower
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for coming in!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so good!

The Bower
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for dining at The Bower!

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AveryF
Savannah
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful dinner with sweet helpful servers. Pretty loud but we thought we found a treasure!

The Bower
Responded on August 25, 2021

Avery, thank you for coming in!

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vipDjSan2
New Orleans
57 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great place for happy hour! Delicious drinks and appetizers.

The Bower
Responded on August 25, 2021

Thank you for coming in!

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vipWaynO
New Orleans
37 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good vibes, good food, good wine

The Bower
Responded on August 20, 2021

Thank you for dining at The Bower!

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vipLeslieC
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Restaurant seemed a bit understaffed. We waited a very long time to be approached for a drink order. Our server was very nice and courteous when she finally approached so it was probably a matter of staffing. Food was very good - music was way too loud and not really conducive to dining— more of a nightclub feel.

The Bower
Responded on August 20, 2021

Leslie, thank you for coming in! We appreciate your feedback!!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go to The Bower! Everything is wonderful! The space, the atmosphere, the service, the cocktail menu and the FOOD! OMG THE FOOD! All locally sourced, so fresh and beautiful! I went last night and I'm already planning to make a reservation with the next two weeks! If you like scallops, get that dish for sure!

The Bower
Responded on August 20, 2021

Thank you for coming in! We are so glad you enjoyed everything!!

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vipLGDgirl
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outdoors during happy hour and ended up staying for three hours. The food and service were great. We ordered a couple of cocktails that our friends didn't like so they didn't get charged for them. The whipped feta and charcuterie plate were delicious. The cauliflower was out of this world and my husband ordered the bolognese, one of the best I've tasted. The pasta was perfectly cooked and the sauce was complex and rich without being heavy. We will be back!

The Bower
Responded on August 20, 2021

Thank you for coming in! We are so glad you enjoyed everything!!

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vipGusV
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Bower is an intimate place with a carefully considered menu. It’s food preparation was nicely done and our meals were quite savory. We shared the octopus and the charcuterie as appetizers and both were great. Our main dishes were diverse across pasta, seafood and meat dishes. All of them were excellent. The craft cocktails were a little limited but that could be because I prefer more bourbon drinks. We would definitely return here.

The Bower
Responded on August 20, 2021

Gus, thank you for coming in!

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IngridR
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The music, style, flavors, lighting, and service created an incredible
dining atmosphere.

The Bower
Responded on August 20, 2021

Ingrid, thank you for coming in!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Very loud restaurant. So loud our server had to turn down the volume so she could take our order.
Five of the seven in our party chose the Coolinary menu. Very uneven delivery. The octopus was over cooked. Whipped feta was perfectly executed. Wonderful dish. Delicious. The risotto was flavored well, but would have been better served hot and not so crunchy. Redfish was well prepared, fresh and delicious, but the accompanying rice was warm at best with a very watery bland sauce. The Pannee pork chop suffered from temperature deprivation and was pedestrian. The veg topping was so hot with pepper that my daughter could not eat the dish. Very unbalanced. Was forced to swap plates with her. The high point of the night was dessert. The Salted Caramel Budino was a work of art. Very well made. Some ordered the Flourless Chocolate Torte which turned out to be two very thin and dense brownies stacked one on top of the other. So overcooked it took a knife to cut it. Not a good thing.
Those ordering from the regular dinner menu ran the bill up considerably. Would not call this a good value.
Wine list was well chosen and varied. Nicely done.
Guess when the bill is in the $500.00 range for 7 diners I expected more.

The Bower
Responded on August 20, 2021

Thank you for coming in. We do sincerely appreciate all of your feedback. It sounds like you all definitely suffered from some mishaps in the kitchen. We do apologize for that! This information is being shared with our team in order to make improvements. We definitely hope that you will give us another chance in the future to prove that we can do much better!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I have been following The Bower on social media and I was very excited to finally get to try it. The tuna tartare and the board were great! Drinks were awesome! We ordered our entrees. My husband went with the NY strip (med rare) and I chose the gulf fish which I was told was trout. Fine. The steak was over cooked but they fixed that problem. Did a re-fire and it came back perfect. As for the fish…it was a very small piece like the filet was cut in half. It was over cooked. It looked like frozen Swai. I ate it because I was hungry but it was not pleasing. That was the only disappointment of the night.

The Bower
Responded on August 19, 2021

We are glad you enjoyed the starters and drinks. We are so sorry to hear about the fish! That's definitely something that needs to be corrected, especially since we pride ourselves on generous portions.

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bower never disappoints. The food and service is amazing.

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vipDakotaBrown1
Miami
35 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Unfortunately this was not what we expected. The space was very nice and waitstaff was good, but the food wasn’t very good. The bread was stale and many of the dishes involved bread or wholemade saltine crackers all of which were stale. The whipped feta was a bit off. The pimento cheese dish was hard and not tasty. The cauliflower was okay, but a bit overly dressed. The wine served by the glass tasted as if it had been sitting open for awhile.

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JKNewOlreans
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We went for Coolinary, and we were quite pleased. They offered several options for each course. The food leaned Mediterranean with some unexpected twists. The desserts (flourless chocolate torte and salted caramel budino) were heavenly. Great for a date night, for sure.

The Bower
Responded on August 3, 2021

Thank you for coming in! We are so glad you enjoyed our COOLinary menu!!

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AnnA
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive and knowledgeable wait staff;
Excellent food;
Good ambiance

The Bower
Responded on August 3, 2021

Thank you for visiting!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We went there through a recommendation from a friend. All the food we had was just average.. I think the cauliflower was their best dish.

The Bower
Responded on August 3, 2021

We apologize that all of the dishes were not up to par. Would you mind sharing which items you did not enjoy? We'd certainly be interested in feedback in order to make improvements.

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vipTheMrsJames99
Mississippi
12 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Amazing food and drinks. Service was a little slow.

The Bower
Responded on August 3, 2021

Thank you for coming in!

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AlexandraG
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine selection, great charcuterie and cheese selections....awesome cocktails.......and Elizabeth was fantastic!! If you get to sit in your section you will receive fabulous service. It was a refreshing experience. :)

The Bower
Responded on August 3, 2021

Thank you for coming in! We are so glad you enjoyed everything. Elizabeth is the best!!

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vipNolaboy535
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Our experience was fine, but I feel like the chef is trying to load up too many things in his dishes. They have so much going on in the small plates that everything tastes the same. Anything involving bread was punctuated in a negative way by slightly stale baguette. The food looks really nice when it comes out, but I feel like dishes could be better if they were simplified a bit.

The Bower
Responded on August 3, 2021

Thank you for your feedback! I did want to mention that the baguette is lightly grilled before it is served, but it is definitely not stale. We receive a fresh delivery of bread daily.

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vipLouLou
Boise
48 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great evening

The Bower
Responded on August 3, 2021

Thank you for visiting!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Antonio
13 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bower was recommended by several coworkers. It did not disappoint! Cute little modern spot with great food, craft cocktails and phenomenal staff! Allie was very nice and went above and beyond for us! 10/10 recommend, we will be back!

The Bower
Responded on August 3, 2021

Thank you for coming in! We look forward to seeing you again in the future.

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Unbelivable02
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Cocktails not good. The waitstaff could use some improvement. The octopus was not good at all, gulf fish very bland. Small plates mostly very good. Scallops delightful!

The Bower
Responded on August 3, 2021

We apologize that some of these dishes were not up to par! Was there something in particular service-wise that could be addressed? We are always looking to make improvements so any feedback is extremely helpful!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we have been to the Bower the food is delicious.

The Bower
Responded on August 3, 2021

Thank you for coming in!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Better than I had expected. I had heard from friends the food was delicious but it actually was amazing! Good size portions, beautiful presentation and the combination of flavors left me speechless. A must try!!

The Bower
Responded on July 19, 2021

Thank you for coming! We are so glad to hear that we exceed expectations.

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Chloe
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was pretty good service was Very good drinks were pretty good.

The Bower
Responded on July 19, 2021

Chloe, thank you for coming in!

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vipAlex
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent time! Very good drink recommendations from Tony as well

The Bower
Responded on July 19, 2021

Alex, thank you for coming in! We are so glad you enjoyed dining at The Bower!

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The Bower is rated 4.6 stars by 206 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.