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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CK
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Weirdly empty, Food was delicious

Vessel NOLA
Responded a day ago

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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New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 a day ago

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 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Vessel NOLA
Responded a day ago

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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

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

Vessel NOLA
Responded 4 days ago

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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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 4 days ago

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

This place was unique and delicious! Highly recommend!

Vessel NOLA
Responded 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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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
1 review
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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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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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
2 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
7 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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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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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

A bit noisy, but energized for some.
Food was incredibly tasty! Good sized portions.
Wine portions were small for the price (high) and quality (ok, not great).

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 22, 2019

Thank you so much for your input and review. I'd like to understand more about why you had such an underwhelming experience with us this Saturday. 5 star service and product quality is our strict standard, and I'd greatly appreciate the opportunity to speak with you and understand why we came so far from our goal. Thank you for your time, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA 516 265 2154

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z
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
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.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 18, 2019

Thank you so much guys!! People like you are the reason I love what I do. We love our locals, we love our regulars, and we love our wonderful friends who visit us every week and take care of our staff! Thank you again. Let us know whenever there is anything special we can do to make your night perfect, See you soon! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA 516 265 2154

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Miami
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food a little salty.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 16, 2019

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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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
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 on August 11, 2019
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 on August 14, 2019

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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Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved brunch at Vessel and will be back soon! The food is delicious and the atmosphere is great.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 22, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to add some words about your experience at Vessel. We look forward to having you back soon and hope to exceed your expectations every time! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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B
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I had been to Vessel NOLA for drinks before, which I thought were so much fun. Once I actually ordered food here though I was blown away. The risotto was amazing and I got a cheese plate as well with all of these berries and jams. Even this tomato and cucumber salad was delicious. I would highly recommend.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 22, 2019

Thank you so much Bella for your kind words! We are so happy you decided to come back and join us for dinner. Let us know if there's ever anything special we can do to accommodate you, and don't forget we have happy hour 7 days a week from 4pm-6pm! 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 on August 14, 2019

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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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
110 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
28 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
New Orleans
4 reviews
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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