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Vessel NOLA

4.3
1363 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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Dec 31, 2021

Come Celebrate New Years Eve with us at Vessel Nola. We are offering exclusively a fixe prix 5 course menu with a glass of sparkling wine for $95.00. Dine inside or outside on our covered patio. We will also be offering a special wine pairing for each course for $45.00 to complement your dinner.

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vip77dinechicago
New Orleans
70 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

First visit here. Nice atmosphere. We sat outside. Our server was very nice. Slow getting food out. Do not order the lamb burger. We both ordered it. Could not get passed the first bite. Please just put a regular burger on the menu. Menu is limited to brunch type foods. So wanted to like this restaurant.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 11 hours ago

Hi, Sorry for the delay on getting food out to you. The storm created some opportunities and we have been having issues with enough staffing in our kitchen. We've made some great hires this week and look forward to improving as we move further away from the effects of Hurricane Ida. We will also see more selections on both our brunch and dinner soon as our purveyors and team members get rebuilt and back up to speed. Thanks for understanding, Chef Amandalynn

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience5

We always love to go there for a date night, but it was disappointed last night. We were sitting there for one hour to wait for the appetizer. We asked for some bread and butter while we were waiting.The waiter told me that they don’t have butter. I was shocked at that point. Finally we got the wine bottle, he gave us the glasses for white wine, and I asked him if we can have the red wine glasses. Turns out he got me two different shaped glasses for us. I understand that they might have a long day, but it doesn’t mean you have to lower your service standards. The food were alright, a little bit cold. I’m really disappointed.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 2 days ago

Hi, I apologize for the issues with your service last night. We absolutely do have butter, so I am shocked as well. We have been struggling post hurricane with building back up staff and some have just opted to move away. I have made some hires this week that I think are gonna be knock outs, so I anticipate these issues being corrected by your next visit. Thank you for your feedback and I'm very sorry again. Sincerely, Chef Amandalynn

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Rubylee
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Great cocktails and atmosphere. Good for appetizers, entrees we’re lacking flavor

Vessel NOLA
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Ruby, Thank you for your feedback. I am working on normalizing our kitchen team post storm and hope to be back where I want to be very soon. I appreciate you still recommending us and hope we wow you in the future! Cheers, Chef Amandalynn

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Burrhead
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Hurricane Ida-related struggles we experienced on Sept 19:
(1) Outdoor seating temporarily closed due to trash not being picked up. Looks like a beautiful patio setting. (2) Two of approximately 6 entrees unavailable, as restaurant struggles with kitchen staff not yet returning. (3) Only negative experience with otherwise delicious food was that mashed potatoes with steak entree were not very hot.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for being so perceptive to the issues we are currently experiencing. I will address the issue with the temperature of the mashed potatoes. I hope to have you back very soon as we continue to address the issues the storm presented us and improving our business. Cheers, Amandalynn Picolo Executive Chef and General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch experience!!

Vessel NOLA
Responded 7 days ago

I'm so happy you enjoyed yourself for brunch with us! We've had a rough past 18 months, and reviews and comments like this make it feel like it's worth it. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Cheers, Amandalynn Picolo Executive Chef and General Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I was really excited to try this place. While the atmosphere was super cool, everything else fell flat. The service was honestly pretty bad, and it was a slow night. We were seated for 30 min before anyone greeted us.. the specialty cocktails we ordered weren’t the best, but might’ve tasted better had they come out in less than 40 min with 3 bartenders working. The food was very ok for the price ($26 for a burger/$42 for the steak), but I did like the wine selection. I would maybe return for a glass of wine with co-workers, but definitely not for another $150 meal.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 18, 2021

Hi, I am sorry about service issues last night. We only had 1 trained bartender as it was the other bartenders first day and the assistant manager was helping them with glassware only. We have lost half of our staff due to the effects of hurricane Ida in our area. Many of those staff cant come back yet because their home was destroyed from wind and water damage. Please forgive us as we try to rebuild our team. Amandalynn Picolo Executive Chef and General Manager

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stephenb
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vessel was our first post Ida night out and Vessel was the right spot. The cheese plate and crawfish croquettes were a great start. We also had the fish, burger, and steak and each was perfect. The service from Madeline was outstanding. Looking forward to dining at Vessel again - soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recently enjoyed brunch with my mother for her birthday at Vessel shortly after Hurricane Ida. While I’m sure Hurricane Ida impacted this restaurant and it’s staff, as customers we didn’t feel it. The food and the service was aces. All staff we encountered were friendly and high spirited. Even though the restaurant was full we were immediately seated at our table, and our drinks, appetizers, and entrees were all served promptly. We also delighted in the unique and elegant decor.

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vipSlab
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Perfect brunch even with limited menu post Hurricane Ida. Just what we needed. Shrimp and grits excellent and the burger was phenomenal

Vessel NOLA
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much! Your positive feedback means the world to the team and I as we work very hard to rebuild our business. See you on the other side of the table soon! Cheers, Amandalynn Picolo Executive Chef and General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends from New York came to visit New Orleans and we had plans to grab brunch but Hurricane Ida decided to throw a wrench in our plans. Everything was closed in the city except this beautiful gem. Vessel staff were so accommodating! We had the entire place to ourselves. The waitress checked in on us frequently and she was so bubbly. Great ambiance for sure. Can’t wait to go back.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 9, 2021

We're so pleased you enjoyed your brunch with us! Glad we could be a right spot in a dark weekend. Cheers, Chef Amandalynn

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Anonymous
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed an early dinner here. Our favorites were the scallops, obviously fresh pasta in the shrimp fettuccini we ordered.
They have this really tasty drink called glance my way. I’m a tequila girl, and it was so crisp and refreshing. I will be back.

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CarlaB
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful venue to feel the soul of NOLA. The staff was great and very friendly. Would go back!

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vipChris
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They check for proof of vacianations which I appreciated. Brunch was outstanding and they have fans over the outside area to help with the heat

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AshtonW
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Vessel had quite an incredible atmosphere however the food was very subpar and overpriced. I would not recommend this place to friend.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 23, 2021

Hi Ashton, I apologize again for the issues you experienced with your dinner. I addressed those issues in your Google review you left as well. Our pricing has been affected by supply lines caused by the pandemic, and as noted in our google response we are experiencing staff shortages. We are working on correcting our opportunities. This was a very off night for us. Had I known of issues with your experience I'd have been happy to fix it. Amandalynn Picolo General Manager & Executive Chef

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GretchenB
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The meal was fine. Unfortunately the appetizers weren’t all brought out at the same time and after waiting a bit the entrees arrived when we began eating appetizers.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 22, 2021

Hi Gretchen, I apologize for the issues with your appetizers. We experienced a short in one of our kitchen printers yesterday that made out peak time today more difficult missing one of our printers in the kitchen as well as some staffing issues going into today. I'm glad you still enjoyed your meal however. -Chef Amandalynn

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LaurynS
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner! We had a six top and everyone has a fantastic time. The food and drinks were delicious. Very attentive servers. The building is also obviously stunning.

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vipCanjunman12345678901234
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Lamb burger gamey.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Anchorage
11 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vessel is one of our favorites and last night’s dining was wonderful as usual.
Service, food and drink was GREAT!
We will be back again soon!
Laurie L.

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RachaelG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shrimp & grits were on point, great serving size, nice selection of cocktails and wine. Loved the old church vibe. Service was good too.

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Camrin
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! The food is amazing as always! The atmosphere will take your breathe away! I would recommend this place to everyone! I dream about the fries and lamb burger!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Server was great. Drinks were great. Food came out quickly but was over salted and underwhelming. We ordered the pork belly to share. It was a pretty small plate and the pork was somewhat tough. We got the scallops with risotto and short ribs with mashed potatoes. Again everything was over salted. The risotto was better than the scallops. Mashed potatoes were very…lemony. Overpriced for what we were served.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 18, 2021

Hi, I'm sorry to hear about the issues with your food. I will bring this to my Culinary team as their clearly are some opportunities we need to address. Thank you for your feedback so that we can continue to grow and develop ourselves. We hope we wow you on your next visit. Cheers, Amandalynn Picolo Executive Chef and General Manager

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Hannah
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Awful service. Took over 2 hours for food and half the dishes we ordered never came. Don’t recommend until they get their act together

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 18, 2021

Hannah, After reviewing the footage from the evening I found you sat 30 minutes late for your 6:15 reservation. The order was placed at 7:23pm after previous attempts to collect it. Kitchen received the order by 7:25. Appetizers sent out by 7:55pm. Entrees sent out by 8:15pm. I did note a member of your party walking around unmasked, talking to our staff. A 2 hour wait for food is false. We are short staffed due to Covid, testing, and vaccine mandates. Regards, Amandalynn General Manager

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JuanM
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

too expensive for the food quality was expecting better food experience, crawfish croquettes overcook, turmeric chicken dry, and the steak did not to much of a taste

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 18, 2021

Hi Juan, I do apologize for the experience with your food. We are working appropriately staff while also battling the rising delta variant. We are usually more than happy to address any issues with your food while you are here to ensure the best possible experience. I will instead share this feedback with my kitchen team so they are aware of where we need work. Thanks, Chef Amandalynn Executive Chef and General Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Nola from out of town and came to this unique place! Cool interior, awesome drinks and fabulous food! The cheese board was my favorite!

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CharlesA
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good brunch service is excellent this is a place you can go early Sunday morning & relax !

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 15, 2021

Thank you so much Charles! We love our early morning vibes in the dining room too. It is pretty serene and definitely relaxing when it's paired with the right cocktails and delicious food! Cheers, Amandalynn Picolo Chef Amandalynn

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EmilyT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vessel was a great dining experience, enjoyed the food, great cocktails, overall 10/10! I would highly recommend coming here everything was amazing, will be coming back !

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vipDJayAy
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was really excited to try this place. The space is really beautiful but the food and overall presentation was not great. Maybe we were just there on an off day, but it was not my favorite.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 16, 2021

Hello, I am sorry you didn't love us. We are running short staffed in the kitchen area due to the rising delta variant in our area. I am working on selecting an additional leader to aid in the issues like presentation and ensuring that everything is flavored appropriately. It does sound like we had an off day. We hope on your next visit you see improvements and we wow you. Regards, Amandalynn Picolo General Manager & Executive Chef

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LarryC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great service was awesome I'll be returning I had a waitress name Atomic she was great .

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 15, 2021

Thank you so much, Sir! We're pretty fond of Atomic too Cheers, Chef Amandalynn

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JanetP
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lightening struck during our lunch so music and internet were down. Single waitress was swamped, but she kept great attitude and just kept going with the 6-8 tables. Hats off to her , bartender & cook!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 13, 2021

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it despite the issues we were having it was a weird Thursday for sure! It was a pleasure to cook for you. - Chef Amandalynn

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice. Great food, great service. Will dine there again.

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vipAmberB
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Unique aesthetic and quiet atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It was a great experience overall, it was our first time and we thoroughly enjoy the food and experience.

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Destiny
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

I was so excited to come here but after the experience I had I will not go back. The food was subpar and I ordered the Mussels and received my food 20 min after my friends received their dinners. I was assured they “were coming right out” at least 3 times before they came and all I was offered was a free tiramisu.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 8, 2021

Hi Destiny, I would like to apologize for the delay in getting your food out to you in a timely manner. We have experienced severe shortages across our brand with the rising cases of Delta variant in our area. It appears we tried to offer some form of compensation for the delay. We are working on correcting our staffing issues and training our employees to execute at a higher level. Please forgive us, we are trying our best. -Chef Amandalynn

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vipNicoleC
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg! Food was so delicious!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 8, 2021

Hi Nicole, Thanks so much! We think it's pretty tasty too! Cheers, Chef Amandalynn

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Shelby
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The restaurant was a nice space and our food was ok, nothing spectacular. Service had a lot to be desired, but was nice enough. Cool building and space.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 9, 2021

Hi Shelby, We are pleased you enjoyed the space. I apologize that your service was not better. I have recently assumed the role of General Manager here and service is one of my top priorities to address so that a better experience is had while within our walls. Our staffing level across the brand has been affected by the Delta variant in our level lately, but we are trying our best to stay on top of it and continue to improve Cheers, Chef Amandalynn

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great bar! Food was ok. The risotto with the scallops was bland and uninspiring. The cheese plate was delicious. The cocktails were on point.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 7, 2021

Hello, Thank you for your feedback regarding the Scallop entrée. I will share that the entrée was bland with the rest of my culinary team. We do plan on changing up our menu in the fall so please come visit us again. Cheers, Chef Amandalynn

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
13 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience5

My family, who I made the reservation for, was very pleased with the ambiance and the drink selection. They did mention that the food was a bit mediocre, but overall they did enjoy themselves.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 7, 2021

Hi, We're pleased you enjoyed the drinks and ambiance. I wills ay I'm disappointed to learn that your family felt that the meal was mediocre. Would you mind providing additional detail on what it is they ordered so we can identify problem dishes, and create more value and intriguing dishes for future Guest to enjoy? We'd really appreciate the feedback, Chef Amandalynn

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Tucker
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was great, service was impeccable, an OUTSTANDING bar that actually makes an Old Fashioned the way they SHOULD be made, with the big ball of ice and not cubes. Actually ran into actor Timothy Olyphant in there and bought him a woodward reserve old fashioned as that's what he was drinking. The experience was great even though it was a first time internet date and we were definitely NOT A MATCH. Despite that I thoroughly enjoyed the cheese plate, scallops, pims cup and old fashioneds. First time I've been there but i'll POSITIVELY go back, even if alone, and eat at that fantastic bar. Just a great overall vibe and you can't really create that; a place either has it or it doesn't and Vessel NOLA HAS IT.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 8, 2021

Hi Tucker, We're thrilled you love us! See you next time. -Chef Amandalynn

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Amazing service! Beautiful space! We will definitely be back!!!!! Def recommend! Also def try the bird of paradise cocktail!!! Soooo good!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the turtle cheesecake!!

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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 4.3 stars by 1363 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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