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Vessel NOLA

4.4
1159 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Vessel is open and now serving lunch 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 1159 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.7
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vipAgaion
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outdoor patio is a great venue.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Gross bathrooms.

Vessel NOLA
Responded a day ago

Hi, We addressed the bathroom issue immediately once alerted to it. We are sorry that it was you, the guest, that found it and not us but I assure you we did not leave the restroom that way on purpose and we cannot always control how other guest leave our bathrooms. That is a bit unfair. It is routinely checked while we are open and addressed at close every night. -Chef Amandalynn

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TeaganS
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Had a reservation for 8pm, restaurant closes at 9pm. We were there celebrating a birthday. When we put in our food order (~8:30pm), we requested that ketchup and other condiments be brought with our food order. When the food came out, none of the condiments were brought. When we reminded our waiter, she said that all of the condiments had already been thrown out for the night and there was nothing she could do. That was it, no other concessions made or attempts to make it right. I understand that we had a later reservation, however, our request was made early enough in the dining experience that some of the sauces should have been set to the side and saved. I don’t know if it was lack of communication between the front and back of house staff, or if it was an oversight. Either way, given the price point of this restaurant, the service and execution of food should match the prices being presented to the patrons. Drinks were solid, complimentary dessert was offered for the birthday girl. Just was not the greatest overall experience.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Alicia, You are absolutely correct that condiments should have been given to you for your meal, and we seat till 9pm. So a guest could seat at 9pm and order by 9:15 and should not have any interruption in service. I will use this information to share with my team in the front and the back of house on proper protocol for guest. I'm sorry this affected your overall experience, but I am please you still had a nice time. Regards, Chef Amandalynn

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AliciaP1974
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! The place is super cool and The staff was friendly.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your wonderful review, Alicia! We hope to see you again real soon. Cheers, Chef Amandalynn

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Treme
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Took my wife there for Mother's Day. This was our fourth time dining there is the past 3 years. It's one of our favorite restaurants. We usually will stop by after a late Saints game.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meals were delicious: cheese plate, pickle plate (yummm!), Mediterranean burger & steak. Excellent cocktail & wine list. Sat in outdoor dining. Wait staff were excellent. Recommend & will go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Vessel for their Mother’s Day brunch which was a prix fixe menu. This was our first time there and really enjoyed it. The interior is a very cool space, which we’d like to experience more as we sat on their patio. It was a great experience all around from the service to the food. We’ll definitely go back.

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AllisonG
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Did the mother's day brunch which was $55 per person not including beverages. The food for the most part was extremely LACKLUSTER for the price. Flavors was just okay, my crab cake benedict was disappointing...I've had better brunches at Ruby Slipper which is a fraction of the price. Do not waste your money coming here...the service was good but it's the food that truly matters and I was highly disappointed in the quality.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Mrs. Green, Thank you for your feedback. I am disappointed to learn you didn't enjoy your Mother's Day brunch with us. The Crab cake is made with Jumbo lump crab meat. I tried to make especially sure they were of a very nice size so that it had fair value considering the price of just a pound of jumbo lump crab is over $30. I personally tried all components of the menu and it was all made fresh in house to ensure quality. Hope you enjoyed the rest of the day. Regards, Chef Amandalynn

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RolandP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Fiancé and kids enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. The outside table was very nice and the food was very good.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Roland, We're glad we could wow you! Happy Mothers Day! Cheers, Amandalynn Picolo Executive Chef

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AmariL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my mom here for a Mother’s Day Brunch and I must say this is probably the best place we have eaten at. Not only was the food absolutely delicious; the service is amazing. There was almost no wait time and all the employees are so nice and welcoming.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for such a wonderful review! The kitchen staff was pretty proud of the Mother's Day menu too. Glad we could be a part of a great memory for you! Cheers! Chef Amandalynn

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SeclesiaJ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service, friendly staff and awesome DRINKS!!! Food delicious as well👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day ! Everything was amazing. Entree took awhile but the server was great !

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Russell
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Mother’s Day. Great food but a limited menu. And one of my daughters found a pull tab in her soft drink and at some point the kitchen ran short of desserts.

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Beachglass
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

I used to love this place. Food and service used to be better. Cool place to hang and get drinks I guess.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 5 days ago

We are sorry about the your experience but we, as all other small businesses struggle to find staff to work due to the government giving workers more money to stay home. This is nationwide issue which is widely reported on. It has created a state of emergency for small businesses. Many have closed due to this unfortunate situation elected officials have put us in. We value our customers and hope they will be understanding as we all try desperately to find workers. Sincerely, Alec Wilder Owner

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Michelle
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Table wasn’t ready when we arrived at our reservation time. Had to ask for silverware and napkins after our appetizers arrived. Entrees took a while to be ready. Wait staff was not very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was incredible as always! The only issue was we waited for an hour for our food to arrive, and our server was very gracious but it was disappointing.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 6 days ago

Hi! We're very sorry for the long wait on your entrees. One of our lead cooks couldn't come in due to a death in the family, and it made us a little overwhelmed at our busiest hour. I assure you that is not the norm, but I'm pleased as punch you thought the food was incredible. Cheers, Amandalynn Picolo Executive Chef

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RachelL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

We waited about an hour or so for our food. My shrimp and grits were not worth the $. Beautiful old church so it was a nice place to go but other than that we were not impressed!

Vessel NOLA
Responded 5 days ago

We are sorry about the your experience but we, as all other small businesses struggle to find staff to work due to the government giving workers more money to stay home. This is nationwide issue which is widely reported on. It has created a state of emergency for small businesses. Many have closed due to this unfortunate situation elected officials have put us in. We value our customers and hope they will be understanding as we all try desperately to find workers. Sincerely, Alec Wilder Owner

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vipElizabethB
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We ate here several times when it was Resurrection and loved it, so we thought we would give this a try, don’t need to go back. Ate outside, ambiance was very nice! We ordered the pork belly appetizer to share between the 3 of us, and it was about the size of a petit four, which for the price, we were expecting just a bit more to share. Service was slow, it took about 45 minutes to get our meal, which was by no means our waitresses fault. My grandson ordered the market fish which was raw on the inside, he insisted we not send it back. My husband and I both ordered the steak medallions with potatoes, It was good but a bit pricey for approx 2-3 oz of meat. My grandson couldn’t wait to order the creme brûlée for dessert only to be told they were out of it. Paid the check and left. One and done!

Vessel NOLA
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Elizabeth, Sorry for the issues with food timeliness on Saturday May 8. The kitchen did experience some difficulties. We were missing a key line cook due to a family member passing away that day. This caused a large amount of volume to flood the kitchen with out proper support to execute it at the level I expect of my team. I will get with my team on the size of the steaks to make sure they are cutting 6 ounce portions and share the other feedback with them too. Regards, Chef Amandalynn

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SMHV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The bartenders were great! The waitstaff needs training or a manager. The bathroom also needed cleaning. We enjoyed ourselves but I'm not really sold on coming back as it ended up being a lot of work.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 4 days ago

Hi, Thank you for your feedback. We are still working on our newly hired team and just put a new General Manager into place so we expect to start seeing improvements on the issues you have mentioned very soon. It's been difficult to locate quality hospitality staff lately due to the pandemic, but we are getting there and look forward to getting an new opportunity to wow you. Regards, Chef Amandalyn

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at Vessel was EXTREMELY pleasant and accommodating! We loved every moment of the experience and that is a credit to the people who work their! The food was good but the service made the food taste even better lol

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CynthiaB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience and really good food. Also nice to see a different part of the city from the French Quarter!

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mother and I decided to go after a day at the zoo. We just wanted something light to eat and to cool off. We got the cheese board which my mother said was the best she ever had! They were very attentive and kept our water full. We did not feel rushed at all and the service was excellent! We can’t wait to go back and try the rest of the menu!

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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TylerM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All items on the menu looked great! The sides are amazing

Vessel NOLA
Responded on May 7, 2021

Thank you, Tyler, glad you enjoyed your visit!

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vipMcLeanMom
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were visiting New Orleans for the weekend and decided to try out this restaurant. The food was very good, but they were understaffed and so we had to wait a while to be recognized and seated, etc. Everyone was very professional and nice, but not having enough staff on hand affected their ability to greet us promptly, seat us and serve us. We still enjoyed ourselves and hope that more people try the food - the setting is very nice and cozy; a fun way to "repurpose" a church. I would go back again, and hope that their service takes off.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on May 4, 2021

Thanks so much for your review. We are sorry about the service but we, as all other small businesses cannot find staff to work due to the government giving workers more money to stay home. This is nationwide issue and has created a state of emergency. Many have closed due to this unfortunate situation elected officials have put us in. We value our customers and hope they will be understanding as we try desperately to find workers. Sincerely, Alec Wilder Owner

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vipDebby
Detroit
61 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outside patio was very nice.....even with the rain, they had draping to keep the rain out....need to find a way to tie down the draping....

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vipDecoy
New Orleans
63 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

It took 20 min just to get water and even longer for. Drink. I had the shrimp street corn salad. It was just ok. My friend had the chop salad. It was the worse I’ve ever seen or eaten. It had a ton of sliced cherry tomatoes and avocados and there dressing was not great. She did get her salad taken off her bill. It was not over crowded and the service was VERY SLOW.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on May 7, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. We are working on upgrading our service standards, and I appreciate your comments. May I ask what time of day you visited us? Michael General Manager

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JessicaH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Lovely atmosphere. Great service. Will be returning ASAP!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on May 7, 2021

Can't wait to have you again, Jessica! Please ask for me next time you're in so I may introduce myself. Michael Joffrion General Manager

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matthewm
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was amazing! Everything was so good, and the only reason I gave a poor score for value is bc it was advertised that mimosa bottles were $20 (and we were told that over the phone) however they were $25. Food was exceptional. Will be back and have told so many people about it!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on May 7, 2021

Thanks for the feedback, Matthew, and I'm sorry about the mimosa pricing oversight. We changed it just recently and missed the website entry as well. I'll make that up to you on your next visit, just ask for me when you arrive. Michael Joffrion General Manager

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vipBrendaL
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great dining experience. Authentic local cuisine served with locally sourced foods. Superb!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on May 7, 2021

Thank you, Brenda, we are glad you enjoyed your visit! Michael Joffrion General Manager

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vipTheresaR
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Such a disappointment. They need to step up their game. No Christians

Vessel NOLA
Responded on May 5, 2021

Hi Theresa. I'd love to speak with you and have some more feedback on your visit. We have been working hard training a fantastic service and culinary staff and would like to know where we dropped the ball with you and your party. If you'd like to call me at 504-603-2775 I'd be happy to speak about your night. Thanks for your time. Michael Joffrion General Manager

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CarlA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service. Celebrated my girlfriend's birthday here and the staff were very accommodating for our large party. She had a great time

Vessel NOLA
Responded on May 7, 2021

Thanks for your review, Carl, and we are glad the lady enjoyed her special night! Michael Joffrion General Manager

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AdamW
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food ,atmosphere, and service was top-notch highly recommend you give this place a try!!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vessel was great start to finish ! The hostess staff was super friendly. The manger Mike was so intentional about taking care of all the tables and our server Sheree was so patient and kind! I highly recommend dining here.

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KART
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great service but overpriced.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Emma is a great server, she was the best! Great for appetizers and atmosphere but the food is just okay!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on May 2, 2021

Hello there, Thank you for the wonderful feedback regarding Emma. We will admit, she's one of our favorites too. I would like to learn more about your food. I'd be happy to learn where we went short and where we can improve. Would you be wiling to share that with me? Sincerely, Amandalynn Picolo Executive Chef

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vipBernardZ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and yummy food! Btw good coktails

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Rayne
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great find! Unique atmosphere and fantastic service.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Drinks were so good! I will say that the cauliflower appetizer is excellent. However, the shrimp linguini was not what I expected. Tasted too shrimpy, almost like they were frozen shrimp and not served on linguini pasta. It almost looked like cut up angel hair that was almost like glue. I should have mentioned it to my server but I was in a celebratory mood and hate sending things back. That was my only complaint. The location is beautiful and drinks were A+. The tequila old fashion is great.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 6 days ago

Hi! I'm so sorry to here you did not enjoy your linguini thoroughly! I wish we'd have been able to have an opportunity to correct your pasta! It is made from scratch, and can be a little temperamental in its boiling stage. We deal with all fresh seafood but sometimes, as it happens with seafood, one can look fine and taste off. We hope you join us again soon. Cheers, Amandalynn Picolo Executive Chef

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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 1159 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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