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Vessel NOLA

4.4
1210 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Vessel is open and now serving lunch Tues-Fri and Dinner daily and Sat-Sun brunch! Happy Hour is weekdays 4-6pm (except holidays). Dine inside or outdoors on our gorgeous covered patio! Reservations are advised but we do welcome Walk-In's! Our Chef Amandalynn Picolo sources fresh local ingredients for our new American cuisine maintaining many of New Orleans traditions. We also have vegetarian & vegan options. ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST featured VESSEL as one of "8 of the Most 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 which aired summer 2019. Remember, Eat, Drink, Congregate! at Vessel. New Orleans most exciting restaurant/bar housed in a 1914 historic church in Mid-City, 10 minutes from the French Quarter just off the Canal Street Streetcar. We look forward to seeing everyone!

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
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1210 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CeeCee
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Great service, drinks, and ambience. The food leaves something to be desired for the price point.

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vipPETERC
New Orleans
40 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I got the grilled shrimp & Mexican streetcorn as an app. Delicious, but a little removed from the Med. Got the Mediterranean burger, a mix of lamb '& beef, nice juicy burger with goat cheese. Very nice meal.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 6 hours ago

Peter, thanks so much for joining us we are glad you enjoyed it all! Michael Joffrion General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience, and service! Chicken and shrimp and grits were awesome 👌

Vessel NOLA
Responded 6 hours ago

Thanks for visiting us, we hope to see you again soon! Michael Joffrion General Manager

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vipPabloL
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Food was okay, the crawfish croquettes didn’t taste good at all, felt frozen.
The steak wasn’t seasoned properly and the potatoes taste like frozen breakfast potatoes.
There were many flies over our food .
Dessert was great.

Vessel NOLA
Responded a day ago

We are sorry you did no like your food. Everything is made from scratch, never frozen with the finest ingredients locally sourced. If the manager had been made aware of this, she would have fixed the issues, We are sorry there was a fly but sometimes they come in when the exterior door is opened. Alec Wilder Owner

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The staff was excellent and the atmosphere complimented the experience! However, the short ribs were grisly so we sent it back. Then once again, it was grisly. My scallops were mediocre. Be that as it may, it was ok because the staff was that good that the experience was ok.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you for acknowledging the quality of our staff, but I'm sorry the food didn't match. Michael Joffrion General Manager

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SR27
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for brunch. The outside area is covered, so we stayed dry even as thunderstorms rolled through. Food was excellent.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 4 days ago

Glad you enjoyed your experience with us despite the stormy skies! Hope to see you again soon. Michael Joffrion General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Novel setting. Recommended by friends.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for joining us! Michael Joffrion General Manager

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MatthewT
London
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was incredible. The food was stellar an the cocktails were fantastic. It's beautiful and feels great on the inside. The service was perfect. Love it!

Vessel NOLA
Responded 4 days ago

Matthew, thank you so much for your kind words we are thrilled you had such a great time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

The service was acceptable, the food was bland and over cooked, extremely overpriced for what was served.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 4 days ago

Hi there. Chef and I would like some more information on your experience. I'm sorry our food didn't meet your needs, we would love to have bene able to rectify it during your meal. Please email me at mjoffrion@vesselnola.c o m to help us improve. Michael Joffrion General Manager

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CynthiaT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere and the beautiful light coming through cathedral windows. Nice bar vibe and great food. Waitress was friendly and attentive.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for joining us, and thank you again for the recommendation! Michael Joffrion General Manager

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VelinaD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was great!

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vipanonymous
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience as always. The food was A plus and the drinks spot on. I know how difficult it has been for restaurants and want to thank everyone at Vessel for making our evening so enjoyable. We cannot wait to come back!

Vessel NOLA
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for noticing the hard work this staff has put in lately, it is DEFINITELY appreciated. We are all thrilled you had such a wonderful time and hope to see you again soon. Thank you for joining us! Michael Joffrion General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great cocktails, great service, amazing atmosphere. Cannot compliment the pork belly appetizer enough. Streetcar stop- going toward bourbon- right up the street. Such a good experience.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 4 days ago

You summed up everything we strive for in your first sentence alone! We really appreciate your great review and hope to see you again soon. Thank you for joining us! Michael Joffrion General Manager

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AmandaR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I’ve eaten here before and had much better food but this time everything was off. Fish dip was runny, cauliflower and carrots were undercooked, shrimp was too salty and corn was swimming in sauce. It’s a lovely space but the food was not good.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on June 5, 2021

Hi Amanda, I'm very sorry for the issues with your food. I assure you if I were on shift I would have corrected these before they hit your table. We have just recently staff up fully and I am working out the kinks with all my new cooks. I assure you we will be just as fantastic as you remember the next time you visit us. Thanks for your feed back. Cheers, Chef Amandalynn

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Barbie
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere! Enjoyed the staff as well as the food and drinks. Definitely my new favorite spot.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the place to ourselves from 11:15 to almost 1; it was great! The food was delicious and the service, as expected, was top notch.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for joining us! Come see us for happy hour or dinner on your next night out for a change of pace with the atmosphere... Your words are very much appreciated. Michael Joffrion General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! The harvest salad was great, as was the pork belly appetizer. The ambiance is insanely beautiful, and I’d say this is a wonderful choice for a date night!

Vessel NOLA
Responded 4 days ago

I would agree with each point in your review (despite my slight bias), and we are all thrilled you had such a great time! Thank you for joining us! Michael Joffrion General Manager

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CraigC
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service were both great. We sat outside. They were out of some entrees because it was a busy holiday weekend. We really enjoyed everything that we ordered.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for understanding the supply issues, Craig. We anticipated a busy weekend and ordered accordingly, but STILL ran out of a lot of our favorites. We are glad you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again soon. Thank you for joining us! Michael Joffrion General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my new favorites in New Orleans!!!! The short rib was to die for!!

Vessel NOLA
Responded 4 days ago

Looking forward to seeing you again on your next visit to town! Thank you for joining us. Michael Joffrion General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience5

I was very excited to come here from out of town. We made reservations, got sat down right away. The inside was pretty empty. It took over an hour to get our main courses, though 3 of the 4 of us ordered the same dish. Scallops that were gritty and risotto that was made in advance. Server came by once or twice, we were afraid to order dessert and I had to seek out the Manager for our bill. The place is beautiful but the service was terrible.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on June 1, 2021

Hi, I am sorry you didn't enjoy your meal with us on Sunday night. I'd have been happy to correct issues had a manager been alerted. I assure you we make our risotto to order every time, but people do make mistakes. ​We've been particularly busy lately and we've worked hard to hire on and train staff accordingly. It is widely publicized that staffing is an industry wide problem now. Please be patient with your hospitality humans as we navigate our industry post pandemic. -Chef Amandalynn

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!!! Wonderful food!!

Vessel NOLA
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you! - Chef Amandalynn

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vipMeghanK
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience3

I normally come to Vessel for business luncheons and never had an issue, but brunch is a disappointing experience. I understand restaurants are short-staffed but we waited over an hour to receive food and never did meet our waiter. When she finally came near the end she literally told us she never came to our table because she didn’t have time. 🤷🏻‍♀️ The food was okay...I always find, though, when it’s overcrowded the food/drinks lacks/rushed and doesn’t live up to its potential.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch !!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was fantastic, food was very tasteful, well presented and within a timely manner. Definitely recommend their merlot choice as a red wine option. Outdoor ambience was my favorite part. Very quiet and private. Would definitely go again if I lived closer!!

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DerekM
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The service was very slow. Food was good. They need to do something about all the bugs. It distracts from the ambience.

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JenniferC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Portions were very small for the price. Food was ok. Service was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

My first time at Vessel Nola. Came for dinner and it was so lovely! I cant wait to come back

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Ljgq
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vibrant, attractive, interesting crowd. Great service and food.

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Houstonvistor
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We sat on the patio for 7:00 dinner. There were no other patrons which was nice. You can smell the trash dumpster while on the patio. The wait staff doesn’t come out frequently enough to check on you (when you are the only table).

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The landscaping outside has not been touched, one of the doors must have been broken because there was wood covering one side of the door. The food was okay but for $92 a person I would have liked it to be better. The potatoes with the steak tasted old or had been sitting out, the steak was a little over cooked for what we asked for and not much flavor, the fettuccini pasta was slightly undercooked, the crawfish croquettes had one piece of crawfish in them. Overall, not super impressed. The drinks were okay too. The service was good and everyone was nice.

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CourtneyB
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambiance so much. Can be a bit pricey but happy hour is great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was excellent. The overall experience was great

Vessel NOLA
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for joining us! We've been working hard to improve our service team and they're hard to beat. We hope to see you again soon. Michael Joffrion General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything here was delicious and the food was delicious. The créme Brulee was amazing.

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RandyF
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent use of the church space. The outdoor area was well appointed and cozy. The service was great. We enjoyed the food. We will definitely be heading back there.

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BigSexyFoodie504
New Orleans
39 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a 12:30 reservation, Host was able to move things around after a cancellation and sat down at 11:30. Loved the fact that she looked out for me. My guests showed up 15 minutes later when I called them told them of the time change. Everyone's food came out perfect. Drinks were O.K. I'll get the Mimosa drink package next time. Better value.
For all that it's worth, Great place for brunch. Be mindful of the busy weekends with events happening and all of the local things going on.. If your gonna go, be sure to make reservations early.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It was just ok

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this spot! Great food, great service. Both inside and outside are lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Terrible. Smelled bad, ugly decor, super loud, bad cocktails, bad food.. never going back.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on May 23, 2021

Vessel is recognized locally, nationally and internationally for its beauty, popularity and amazing food with 5 star reviews. We were featured in Architectural Digest twice in 1 year. One article entitled "8 OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL RESTAURANTS IN FORMER CHURCES IN THE WORLD." We have been featured on NCIS NEW ORLEANS, REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA AND POTOMAC, SOUTHERN CHARM, SELLING THE BIG EASY, ETC. It is so sad you hide behind computer screens and try to hurt others. Very sad. Alec Wilder Owner

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Beautiful location!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff was prompt and knowledgeable. Ate outside in the garden, gorgeous! The food was delicious, generous and innovative. A great celebratory graduation lunch.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on May 22, 2021

Thank you so much for joining us to celebrate your special day! We hope to see you again soon. Michael Joffrion General Manager

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Vessel NOLA does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Vessel NOLA also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 603-2775.

Vessel NOLA is rated 4.4 stars by 1210 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.

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