Vessel NOLA

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$30 and under
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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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AF
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great night at Vessel. This has become my go to spot for business dinners and date night.
The staff is always very kind and attentive, the food is great, and a manager has checked on my table on each visit.

Vessel NOLA
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much Alex, that is wonderful to hear! Service is a huge focus for us and I am very happy to see that our staff is delivering. Thank you again for your time and your wonderful review, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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SM
Mississippi
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tables Very close together along banquette seating. Service great and food yummy

WV
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place. Don’t miss the cocktails! Nice to get away from the more touristy areas.

OT
Mississippi
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and loved the history of the church. Overall a wonderful dining experience!

Vessel NOLA
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed yourself and we look forward to having you back again soon! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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MF
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in to have a quick cocktail and bite to eat and was blown away by the building, the service, and the delightful food. We ended up dining on the patio, since this cold front hit. You must try this place. Our server Jess was fantastic and Bar the General Manager even stopped by to check on us. We had fish dip, market fish and scallops. Everything was fresh and tasty.

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

The overall experience was great. Jordan was attentive and well versed in knowledge of not only the cocktails but the menu as well. We will be returning.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! Thank you for noting your servers name so that we can tell her what a terrific job she is doing also! We are so happy you enjoyed yourself and look forward to your next visit! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was super good, drinks were awesome, staff very accommodating.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for your delightful review! We hope to have you back again very soon and to continue to exceed your expectations! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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MZ
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is great (very tasty brunch options), the drinks are creative and tasty, and the setting is incredibly fun and certainly unique. It does get LOUD though as it fills in with people and they crank UP the music and people talk louder to be heard over the music.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for your wonderful review and input! It does get quite lively with the old church acoustics, but we will definitely try to pay even closer attention to the balance between the voices and the audio. Thank you again and we look forward to having you back soon! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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ED
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great night at Vessel. I’ve been several times and the experience is always great. It was very crowded yet the staff was attentive. I see where they recently covered the patio so I’ll try dining there next time. As always, the food and drinks were perfect!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on October 2, 2019

It was wonderful to have you back in! Thank you as always, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was lacking. Food was mediocre.
We waited an HOUR for our main course after ordering and eating several appetizers.
They were understaffed. When the main course finally came, the manager offered us complimentary dessert- we passed. And we will pass on ever going back to Vessel.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 29, 2019

I am so sorry about your negative experience. It was very exciting having a full wedding party in that night, but I apologize that your order fell behind theirs causing such a delay and leaving you so unhappy. Since we make every dish from scratch to order, a 35 top wedding party sitting just before you will unfortunately effect things a bit. I am truly sorry that it ruined your experience and that the extra attention from myself and my server was not enough to compensate for your late food.

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S
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent. Great server, hostess also was very nice. The food was fine. It just took forever to come. Almost an hour to get the entree after we had completed our appetizers. Seems like this place could be great if they could fix that issue.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 23, 2019

Good afternoon, I am sorry to hear about this. I have looked into this issue and corrected the procedures leading to this delay. I sincerely apologize and I appreciate your input and assure you we will do better for you on your next visit! Thank you again, Feel free to call me anytime, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA 516 265 2154

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

Very cool atmosphere, but it was not an intimate setting. I would definitely go back, but I would go with a group.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 27, 2019

Thank you so much for going back and adding a few words about your experience with us!! Try us on a weeknight and you may find a more intimate experience with us, however we are excited to have you back with a group! Try our happy hour 7 days a week 4pm-6pm! Thank you so much again for your review, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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A
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaraunt now. Food and drinks were great.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 23, 2019

Thank you so much Miss Ashley! We are thrilled to have won you over and we promise to do everything we can to continue to deliver excellent service and exceed your expectations! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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JM
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I’m in town, I make Vessel a priority.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 23, 2019

It was wonderful to have you back in! Thank you as always, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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M
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully prepared quality dinners presented nicely with service beyond expectations.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 21, 2019

Thank you so very much for your wonderful review! We look forward to having you back very soon and we will always do everything we can to deliver service beyond expectations!! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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CK
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Weirdly empty, Food was delicious

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 17, 2019

Hi Cadence, Thank you so much for your insight. I am so glad you enjoyed your meal and I'm sorry your server was not more excitable or memorable, as they usually are. I sincerely apologize that we were slow that evening though of course if that were in our control we would be full every day :) Thank you again, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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OT
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Stopped in for “The Last Supper” of a bachelorette weekend. Wanted something amazing and the ambiance did not disappoint.

We had the pork belly, shrimp and grits, Mexican corn, 2 salads, the pork chop, and the cheese board. Way too much 🤪 but worth it.

The Mexican corn cumin goat cheese was simply cumin flavored. But the shrimp was perfectly cooked with a tiny char. I’m not a pick chop fan - but it was so good I’ll never shy away from pork at a restaurant again!

Was super dead — was a bit disappointed — but the bartender/manager made sure to tend to us very well and was laid back and very friendly.

Great dining experience - hopefully Sunday night was a fluke on the crowd.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 17, 2019

Thank you so much for your wonderful review!! We are so happy you made it down to see us! Sorry it was so empty, Sunday was a Saints game and we are usually quiet during the games seeing as how we are less of a sports bar. However we will be starting Saints specials on the patio so Come On Down! Happy hour is 7 days a week including the games! Thank you again, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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LJ
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceptional. Friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive staff. Great food and unique drinks.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 17, 2019

Thank you so much Loretta, we are so happy you made it back to see us! We look forward to having you again and again! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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HS
New Orleans
41 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Everything was good! Not a lot of food for over well over $100. 2 Salads, 2appetizers, a burger and one dessert! did find a decent wine for $40. Had chop salad which was meh! Pear salad was pretty good! Lamb burger was good but expensive! Also had lemon truffle risotto was good but small, crawfish croquettes were very good and decent portion size shared all with 4 peeps! Had creme Brule which was a wee bit too sweet! Ok we’ll we liked it enough to return! H

TT
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Very loud, tables where being bumped and drinks spilled by drunk guest. Rude bartender

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 14, 2019

I am so sorry to see that you did not enjoy your visit with us last night. We did have quite a lively group in. I would greatly appreciate it if you could take a moment to speak with me about where we fell short. Our service and food quality are held to the Highest standard so if our bartender made you feel unwelcome, and your food unsatisfied, this is unacceptable and I would definitely like to hear more about this. I truly hope to hear from you soon, Bar Amar General Manager 516 265 2154

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the ambiance was beautiful. The sun coming through the church windows was really cool. It was a fun yummy night.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 14, 2019

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are delighted that you enjoyed yourself. We look forward to having you back very soon! Try us for happy hour 7 days a week! It's quite an experience to watch the sunset through the church windows. Thank you again Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was unique and delicious! Highly recommend!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 14, 2019

Thank you so much for your fantastic review! We truly appreciate your recommendation and we look forward to having you back again very soon! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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f
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have a great selection of both small plates and mains. Extensive cocktail and wine lists. Very friendly staff. Great place to meet up with friends, especially if you want to talk.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 14, 2019

Thank you so much for your wonderful review - brief yet delightfully detailed! We truly appreciate you taking the time out of your day to share your experience with others, and we look forward to having you back again very soon! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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

Don’t miss it. Awesome atmosphere, food and service,.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thank you so much! We are so so happy you enjoyed yourself and we hope you come back and see us again very soon! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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MW
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is outstanding - everything is so delicious! The space is stunning, and the drinks come with this classy perfect sphere ice cube. Staff was friendly, offering a great wine recommendation. Definitely one of my favorites to go to regularly and for special occasions.

z
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been in the neighborhood since April, and have found Vessel to be a beautiful oasis reliable for its excellent food and service. The martinis and smoked fish dip with foccacia bread made for the most delicious and relaxing moment of the day. You can find your bliss here! Bar - the beautiful redheaded manager - will make sure you leave happy.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 8, 2019

Mimi, you are both so wonderful and we are lucky to have you!! Thank you so much for your loyalty and your wonderful review, we truly appreciate you so much! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA 516 265 2154

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AF
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in Monday for happy hour and had such an awesome time with the bartenders that we decided to make dinner reservations to come back last night. Jessy my bartender from monday was extremely friendly and accomodating. My server from last night (not sure of her name, I believe also started with a J) was also very attentive from start to finish. The drinks are all impressive and very strong and for $6 during happy hour really can't beat. Had the crawfish croquettes, the chicken, and the burger last night and they were all even better than expected. Will definitely be back!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thank you so much Alex for taking the time to leave a review and recognize your wait staff! We look forward to having you back for many more happy hours! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Everything was ok. We ate brunch at the restaurant and I was severed burnt bacon. Isn’t that a crime? It should be. There are too many other great restaurant options for me to revisit Vessel.

SS
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was only after we ate here that we were told by friends that the restaurant is supposedly haunted! 👻💀 The restaurant was featured on the “Dead Files” show. Regardless, I thought the food was excellent and the portions were extremely generous! And actually it wasn’t as expensive as many comparable nice restaurants around town. My wife thought it was just okay, but she’s a little harder to please than I. I had the scallops... so delicious! And the cocktails were beautiful.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you so much Scott for taking the time to leave us some feedback and share your experience with others! We hope to have you back soon and that we can win your wife over as well! Try us for happy hour 7 days a week! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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PC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I’m not a fan of community seating, but we went early so we didn’t have to share. Our waitress was fabulous - very attentive, without being intrusive. She made good suggestions. My husband asked for bread with his mussels -no problem! Four slices of grilled ciabatta coming up! When asked about my fish dish, I said I didn’t like the lentils. She offered mashed potatoes. Superb service. People at the next table were very loud, but I think they had been enjoying happy hour. We will return.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 2, 2019

Thank you very much for your review Miss Patrice! We so appreciate anyone who takes to the time out of their day to recognize staff who deliver. We appreciate your patronship and look forward to your return. Thank you again for your insight and kind words! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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CH
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vessel Nola is my new favorite spot. I've been several times and it never disappoints. I love recent history we found out about Vessel on The Travel Channels The Dead Files show. The cauliflower, fresh cut fries (best in New Orleans) , and market fish are always on point. Can't wait to go back!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 31, 2019

Thank you so much Christina for your wonderful review! We are so happy you enjoyed our food and hope that you will come back and try some of our specialty and classic cocktails as well! ...Many of which are on happy hour 7 days a week 4pm-6pm! Thank you again, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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OT
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Service really poor. Service trying to take pkates off table before we were done. Wasn't asked if we wanted another beverage. Brought check without asking if we wanted dessert, coffee or after dinner drink. Felt rushed out-and they weren't even busy. Food ok-nothing to go back for. Risotto lemon flavor over powering all other flavors. Been wanting to go here-definitely not going to return-because of the service

E
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Atmosphere is very unique and beautiful. Slightly over priced for what you actually get. Was not impressed in the overall food quality -it did not seem to be seasoned very well. One of my pet peeve‘s is when entrées come out several minutes (10 minutes) apart from each other - Leaves very awkward moments of food sitting on the table waiting for the last person‘s entrée to come out (hamburger???)

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 28, 2019

Thank you so much for letting us know where we fell short this past Sunday. We are so sorry about the misunderstanding with your food. We have addressed the matter with your server and we are extremely apologetic. She was under the impression that you were fine with the children's food coming out first, and so she sent it out before the lamb burger which was taking a bit longer. again, we are terribly sorry and this is truly not our standard. Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA 516 265 2154

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n
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I had a great time for a girl's brunch date. We split two entrées because we wanted to try the same dishes. The waitress was kind enough to split the order for sharing.

The breakfast tartine and crab cake benedict were scrumptious.

Everyone was so pleasant!

Make your way to Vessel...

JM
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as always!

JF
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing menu, friendly service, beautiful atmosphere, delicious food. We were lucky enough to meet Chef AmandaLynn, and she was delightful. The drinks were good and all the food we had was superbly prepared, fresh and well-presented. We tried the carrot ginger bisque and cauliflower for appetizers, then the scallops and shrimp and grits for entrees. Highly recommend!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 24, 2019

Thank you so much Justin for your delightful review! We are so happy you got a chance to visit us here at Vessel and we hope to see you back again soon & often! Thanks again, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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ND
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun establishment, cozy atmosphere, great food in a lovely atmosphere!!!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 28, 2019

Thank you so much for your wonderful review Mrs. Desiree! We look forward to having you back many more times! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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LJ
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this venue. I have been here once before on a business dinner and it was fantastic. This past visit I went with some girlfriends and it was even better. I ordered the soup, the burger, and a frothy gin drink with almond syrup (forgot the name but it was one of the best I've had in a while). My friends got the brussels - which were all of our favorites - and several entrees to share. Everything was perfect and the service was attentive and exceptional from the hostesses and servers down to the bartender who came over to the table to help us with our cocktail selection.
Will definitely be back for happy hour!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 2, 2019

Thank you so much miss Loretta for your wonderful review! We loved having you! Don't forget to come check out our happy hour 7 days a week 4pm-6pm! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable. We arrived with a larger group than we had expected and we were well taken care of. Drinks were amazing, and the food was awesome! Would definitely go back...

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 22, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your Vessel experience with the world! We love our regulars, so we look forward to having you back soon! Don't forget we have happy hour 7 days a week from 4pm-6pm Thank you again for visiting and reviewing! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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VM
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Perhaps things are better in the evening, but for brunch the service was unacceptable.
Food was good
Don’t need to go back

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 22, 2019

Thank you very much for speaking to us about your unpleasant experience last Sunday. Forgetting beverage napkins, side plates, and other key steps of service is very much not like us, and I am so sorry that your server fell short that day. We have dealt with the matter and hope for another opportunity in the future to give you the service and experience that you deserve! Thank you again for your input, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA 516 265 2154

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