Vessel NOLA

4.4
505 reviews
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Contemporary American
Eat, Drink, Congregate! VESSEL is an exciting restaurant housed in a 1914 historic church in Mid-City 10 minutes from the French Quarter. Chef Amandalynn Picolo sources fresh local ingredients for our new American cuisine maintaining many New Orleans traditions. We also have vegetarian and vegan options. Dine in or on our beautiful outdoor patio or at our word renowned bar. Parties of 5 or more may be seated at our community tables. ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST featured VESSEL as one of "8 Gorgeous Restaurants in Former Churches" worldwide"! Paranormal activity also lurks at VESSEL! The Travel Channel's hit show "THE DEAD FILES" filmed an episode featuring VESSEL airing late summer 2019. Join us for dinner nightly and brunch Saturday-Sunday. Happy Hour daily 4:00-6:00. Other articles featuring Vessel: Elle Décor: "7 Best Things To Do In New Orleans That Deviate From The Expected". VOGUE: "Beyond the French Quarter: Experiencing New Orleans Like a Local&
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New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Vessel. The staff makes sure that we get help at the door, and a table that's easily accessible for my partner who is in a wheelchair. This is a place that welcomes regulars and visitors like family. We always feel taken care of. Special thanks to the awesome Bar Alam.

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

Food a little salty.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for your insight, we are so sorry you did not enjoy your meal to the fullest. I will speak with the chef / sous chef that was on the evening of your visit and make sure that we are executing to spec. Please always feel free to tell your server or hostess if you ever do not like your meal and we can rush you a plate you might enjoy more. Thank you again - call me anytime, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA 516 265 2154

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to do a wedding reception test run and just couldn’t have been happier with everything! The food was sinful it was so good, the place itself is stunning and the service was awesome. The bartender even made me a special drink! Can’t wait to come back!

DA
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vessel is a must. The experience is like no other. From the history of the restaurant, to the great food, and service, and signature drinks.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much miss Denise for taking the time to add some words and share your Vessel experience with others! We love our regulars so we hope to see you back again very soon! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA 516 265 2154

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JF
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We went with a group and ordered the magnificent cheese board with a good variety of cheese and jams along with the pork belly for starters. We were not disappointed. The people I was with all ordered the chicken dish on the menu, which the chef had just revamped the dish, and I got the scallops served over risotto. They all devoured their chicken dish and I was told it was tender and flavorful. My scallops were cooked to perfection and the risotto was perfectly creamy. Our server was extremely knowledgable and made wonderful recommendations, which most of which, we went with. Cocktails were on point as well and the ambiance was perfect. Definitely will go back.

RC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The servers were very attentive and professional. Nice atmosphere. Great food.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much Rueben for taking the time to leave us a review and to give us some feedback on our staff! We love our locals and regulars and therefor great service is a MUST and we love nothing more than to hear that our staff is delivering. Thank you again, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA 516 265 2154

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OT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vessel is perfection! There is nothing like it in New Orleans which makes it truly an amazing experience. Their bar is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen and their drinks are stellar. Our server Brie was the best! I She made sure we were fully taken care of and gave us great suggestions on what to order. Everything we ordered was delicious. The appetizers we had were the roasted cauliflower and lemon truffle risotto. Both were great. The seared scallops and beef tournedos we had for our entrees were spectacular! The creme brulee we both had for dessert was also wonderful. If you are looking for a gorgeous place to enjoy a great drinks and food with perfect service, Vessel is the place. We really appreciate everyone at Vessel did to make it an amazing evening for us!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 11, 2019

Thank you so much for your amazing and detailed review! We are so so happy to have left such a great impression on you and we look forward to many more equally satisfying visits! Thank you again, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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F
New Orleans
108 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

I was disappointed with both the food and especially the service. The restaurant was almost empty and it still took much longer than it should have. I had the pear salad and it was a lot of greens and a tiny tiny slice of pear and 2 nuts. $12. The beef was good but having crappy service and 1/2 my guests had to wait 5 minutes to get their meal after mine was brought to me was not a good thing. Beautiful building and bar but they need to get better servers and rethink their menu. Sorry. Will not go back.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 7, 2019

I'm so sorry about your negative experience with us. 5 star service is required at Vessel 100% of the time. If I have a server that is not delivering this, I greatly appreciate the opportunity to correct their shortcomings. Please always let your server or myself know if your food is not up to par and they will immediately correct the issue for you - very rarely do we have a guest unhappy with our food. Please call me anytime, I'd love to discuss further Bar Amar General Manager 516 265 2154

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RE
New Orleans
26 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I've been there twice and both times were enjoyable. It kinda flies under the radar. But it's very good.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 7, 2019

Thank you for joining us a second time and thank you for taking the time to share your experience!! We look forward to your third visit! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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LJ
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful little neighborhood secret.
A colleague and I stopped here after a business gala for a quick drink and ended up sharing an entree and dessert. Dessert was some sort of puffed pastry with pastry cream and strawberries and was fantastic. For the entree we got the a beef medallions dish and those were fantastic as well. Very glad we came, I will certainly be back.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 4, 2019

Thank you so much Ms. Loretta. We are so glad you found us and we look forward to having you back again soon! We have happy hour 7 days a week from 4pm-6pm Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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HC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here - AWESOME date night. Great staff, great drinks, perfect dinner!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 3, 2019

Thanks Holly!! Love having you here! Come see us for Happy Hour 7 days a week 4pm-6pm! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA 516 265 2154

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VL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went in with a group of friends for my husband's birthday not knowing what to expect as none of us had been there previously. We were blown away! We shared every appetizer. The pork belly and mussels really stood out but everything I tasted was delicious. I had the scallops for my entree and I haven't been able to stop thinking about them. They were like sea butter nested on top of lemon risotto magic. I'll also say that I order creme brulee every time I see it on a menu and I wanted to hide from the rest of the table with this one. It was the best I've had!!! Service was perfect and we loved the space. Can't wait to go back!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 10, 2019

Thank you SO much Valerie for taking the time to share your review! Come see us for Happy Hour 4pm - 6pm every day! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA 516 265 2154

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AF
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in not knowing what to expect and let me tell you this place was amazing. The food was out of this world had the muscles and the pork belly which was absolutely to die for! The setting of the restaurant is just beautiful! Restored church with amazing lighting and rafters that will have you staring for most of your stay LOL. The staff was super amazing and all smiles so they definitely must love working there! Will definitely be back again and again!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 4, 2019

Thank you so much Alex. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and our architecture so much! We look forward to having you back again soon, and we guarantee our staff will continue to greet you with smiles and great service! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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JM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as always!

LT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with great ambiance, cocktails and appetisers were great, my only reasons for not giving them 5 stars is due to the fact that they had only 2 deserts on the menu; creme brulee and napoleon, which was a bit of a disappointment.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 1, 2019

Thank you for your review Lilach. We do apologize that your dessert selection tarnished your experience. We had 2 more options on the dessert menu but with summer being so slow I did not want quality compromised so we rotate our desserts and chose daily highlights. Please feel free to call ahead anytime. If you coordinate with us ahead, we can definitely make sure we have any desserts within reason ready for your group when you arrive. Thank you again, Bar Amar General Manager 516 265 2154

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I always make my way to Vessel for Sunday brunch. The blueberry waffles are fantastic!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on July 22, 2019

We are thrilled to hear this! Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review. We hope to continue to have you here with us for Sunday brunches and many other special occasions!. Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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J
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This old church-turned-restaurant is so unique and beautiful. Our server, Ren, was fabulous, attentive, and made great suggestions. Everything we ate and drank was delicious. We’ll definitely be back.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on July 25, 2019

Thank you so muchfor this wonderful review! We strive for perfect and memorable service, so I am SO happy to hear your server made such an impression on you! We hope to have you back here with us very soon! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish I could eat here everyday. I got the scallops and they were amazing

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 1, 2019

Thank you so much for your wonderful words! We would love to have you every day but we are grateful for the special occasions you chose to share with us! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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JM
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great visit to Vessel!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on July 25, 2019

Thank you sir!! We love our repeat visitors and we hope each and every visit to Vessel continues to meet and exceed your expectations! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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J
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. The server was amazing and the kitchen accommodated my special requests. Thank you!!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on July 11, 2019

We are so happy to hear miss Jodie, we love our regulars and want to give you Exactly what you are looking for every time! We hope to see you back again soon, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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c
New Orleans
26 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved 6 of the 8 things we ordered, and liked the other 2, friendly helpful service.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on July 14, 2019

Thank you so much for your review Chase, next time you come in we will make sure you love each and every one of the things you get! Thank you, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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CC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful, great food, great service. Such a cool place. Looks like it has a nice outdoor space too. Bar looks fun, drinks were delicious.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thank you ma'am, they are fun!! We hope you come back soon for our happy hour and find out! Thank you again for taking the time to share your love of Vessel with others!! We hope to see you again soon, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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AD
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance and generally delicious food. Two disappointments - waitress said they were out of iced tea - I had never heard that before in a New Orleans Restaurant. Also, the pear salad had amazingly few pears and those were thinly sliced.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on July 2, 2019

Thank you so much for your input and review! We truly appreciate you taking the time to do so. We will immediately take this into consideration and make sure there is a generous amount of pear on our salad. Next time please let your server or manager know and we can improve your dish right away! We are also terribly sorry about being out of iced tea and have taken steps to guarantee this will not happen again as long as we can control it! Thank you again, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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k
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and drinks! Highly recommend! Such a great place!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on July 11, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to let the neighborhood know more about Vessel! We look forward to having you back again soon, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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RR
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Really great cocktails! We’ve been to Vessel a half dozen times and have never been disappointed. Love just sitting at the bar too.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on July 3, 2019

How great to hear, we love our regulars!! Thank you so much for taking the time to come back and write a few words. We look forward to seeing you here again soon, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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NI
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! What a cool spot. What looks like an unassuming old church from the outside is a beautiful space on the inside that not only had deliciously crafted drinks, we had the lemon bar drink special, but also some pretty tasty food. With it being so hot out we went seafood all the way and tried their Softshell Crab that tasted like it was smoked some how and had this awesome crispy rosemary butter thing going for it. My date had the Scallop risotto which was also delicious with nice sized scallops and bright yet creamy risotto. Will come back! Can't wait.

OT
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of our first trips home sans kids and post Katrina. So excited to find the old Christian’s site reborn. Vessel did not disappoint. Always loved ambiance lives on fueled by an amazing menu and top notched service. The staff were having fun and honestly enjoying their jobs! Definitely a do-over when we return.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on June 28, 2019

Thank you so much for every word! We could not be more thrilled that we hit the mark on all 3 of our top priorities - Service, Product Quality, and Atmosphere. We hope that you return to see us soon, and let us know if there is ever anything special that we can do to accommodate you! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA 516 265 2154

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B
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was slow and waitress had issues
Bar and drinks were good.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on June 27, 2019

We are SO terribly sorry for the inadequate service you received during your visit. I am fully aware of this issue and this server is no longer with us. We take service issues extremely seriously here and I truly hope that you will give us one more chance to show you that your experience was far from our standard. My cell phone number is below, I would love it if you would give me a call so that I may follow up further on your experience. Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA 516 265 2154

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JA
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks were fantastic, service was quick. Beautiful little restaurant inside and out! Quite a neat little place, and certainly worth checking out. Decent vegetarian options as well (we're not vegetarian) but for those who are they have some nice choices.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on July 2, 2019

Thank you SO much for taking the time to leave a review and add details from your visit! We are so happy you enjoyed everything and we hope to see you again and again! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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F
New Orleans
48 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very unique place to eat. Menu is limited but the food was good. Got a little noisy later in the night.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on June 26, 2019

Thank you very much for your input Frank, If you are someone who frequents our establishment or you'd like to bring in a group of friends who would like something different from the usual, our chef and sous chef are here 7 days and nights a week and they are always happy to spruce up the menu to keep it exciting for our locals and regulars! Call me ahead anytime and I will be happy to help you work this into your reservation. Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA 516 265 2154

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OT
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Creative food, fun vibe. Best scallops I have ever had. Service was good.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on June 24, 2019

How fun! Thank you so so much, our chef strives for simple yet unique so it sounds like she hit her target! We hope to meet and exceed your expectations many more times!! Thank you again, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA 516 265 2154

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MM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Scallops were delicious! So was the mezcal paloma. I love the space. Service was a bit slow. One of the members of our party got neglected over 3 times - had to ask for his drink multiple times and his food came later than everyone else.

P
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

We were very disappointed in our experience. We told friends the NOLA Vessel was great place, however, the service was terrible. It took forever to get drinks and food. Our friends were disappointed and we were very embarrassed for recommending NOLA vessel.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on June 22, 2019

Hi, We are sorry about your experience and want to thank you for letting us know. Our manager was unaware of the situation and would have addressed this when you were there. Our goal is to give the best service possible. We have identified the problem you had the night you were there and addressed it with the staff. We hope you will give us another chance in the future. Please feel free to give me a call if you would like to discuss this further. Thank you, Alec Wilder (owner) 323 972 2216

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SC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The food was very much overpriced. The menu was very limited. My chicken was raw and when I showered the server she disregarded my concerns and came back to tell me, “the temperature was check with your chicken before being served and up to temperature. There was only red and pick because it was near the bone.” There was red and pink in the break of the chicken and I did not eat the rest of the meal. There were no apologies or compensation for this issue. I just wanted to leave. I don’t recommend this restaurant. Not a good dining experience. Not a good customer service experience.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on June 23, 2019

I'm so sorry for your negative experience Samuel. I am the general manager, the lady in the black and white who checked on your table several times that evening. I SO wish you had told me something was wrong so that I could have remedied it for you instead of only finding out now. I am so sorry, and hope that you come back and see us in the future, and let me know directly if you have any issues ever at all. Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Cheese board and smoked fish dip were awesome!

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, amazing venue, excellent service

Vessel NOLA
Responded on July 2, 2019

Thank you SO much for taking the time to leave a review and add details from your visit! We are so happy you enjoyed everything and we hope to see you again and again! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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A
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Unique setting. Plenty offerings in food and beverage. Food portions are good.

AE
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Vessel was an impromptu pick for a celebratory dinner, based on recommendation from friends. Our group loved it and it made a great end to our day. The food was excellent and the cocktails hit the spot. Can't wait to go back.

j
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are looking for higher end taste in food but an unusual NOLA flare..this is an extremely nice bar with excellent food in a casual setting inside an old CHURCH! there is a great southern classic NOLA atmosphere that feels like something you would see in a movie but drinks and food are creative, very balanced great flavors but fair priced and very fun. Was most pleasantly surprised as it was a great comfortable setting for a business dinner full of major foodies in industry.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on June 9, 2019

Thank you so much for your detailed review! Your description of our ambiance left me wanting to visit and I am right here! I am so so pleased that we impressed you and your table full of "foodies in industry" and I hope we have the opportunity to do this again and again! Thank you again for your kind words and patronship, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA 516 265 2154

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OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the ambience! A great find in Mid-City!!!

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