Vessel NOLA

4.5
858 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Vessel is open and now serving lunch daily along with dinner and weekend brunch! Happy Hour daily 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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Featured specials

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Nov 26, 2020

Come celebrate Thanksgiving at Vessel, one of New Orleans' most iconic restaurants. We are offering a four course fixe prix menu all day from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm. For your main dish, you have a choice of the traditional turkey dinner or grilled pork tenderloin.

What 858 people are saying
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vipMeghanK
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and service. Preferred spot for business meetings.

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SarahB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! The scallops were fantastic. The atmosphere is unique and very pretty. The service was great!!

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JHarris
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The environment was beautiful, but the food was a bit overpriced for it to be so salty

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InTheClouds
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Unfortunately, our experience was not the best. We made reservations and were on time to be seated in a very dark corner; we asked to be moved but due to other reservations they were not able to do so. I understand that due to COIVD the tables have to be spread out but a table really shouldn't be in that corner unless lighting is added (let me also state that we are young and have good vision - it was actually dark enough that I wasn't even sure what was what on my plate). The drink list had a full page of beers listed, maybe 10+ beers on the list; once we decided on drinks and ordered then we were told only 4 beers were available. We decided on an app and when we ordered then we were told they were out of that. I waited tables for 10+ years, although it can suck to drop the list of 86'd items as soon as someone sits down I can promise you it is better than someone mulling over a menu and finally deciding on an item only to be told they're out. Entrees were good but didn't stand out. The building is amazing and my cocktail was delicious - maybe just check out their happy hour, skip the dinner.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on November 17, 2020

Hi, We are sorry you felt we were not up to your standards. Unfortunately we are in a pandemic so things are not what we would like them to be which is out of our control with strict restrictions. Some products are not available as before and we and other restaurants run out of items. We have amazing food and I am sure you can find something on the menu which you would like. Restaurants have been hard hit and I urge everyone to be understanding. We hope you will try us again. Alec Wilder Owner

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Andrew
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The dinner experience did not meet our expectations we had going into it, but we still had a good time. The appetizers and drinks were terrific, but the shrimp and grits were average, while the scallops were outstanding. The setting is gorgeous, both inside and outside, and the brunch menu looks terrific. Overall, had a good time.

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saravin
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outside area. Gorgeous inside. Delicious food, great service. Thoroughly enjoyable!!

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LovebrunchinNOLA
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good. Server was delightful! Food was delicious. Relaxing and safe airy outdoor seating.

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StanleyS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We visited Vessel because we saw it on a TV show. I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to eat here. Food was average, overpriced & service was lacking.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Small group Happy hour / early dinner on lively patio. Great HH cocktail deals, lively patio & excellent service. Appetizers ranged from good to great but prices a bit on high side.
Highly recommend for happy hour and outdoor dining.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Slightly disappointed by the pork belly, but our mains were good (steak and burger). Actually the burger was the best! It was a bit overpriced for what we got also. Service and atmosphere was great and the drinks were delicious.

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anonymous
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just fantastic!! We know how difficult it is for restaurant during these times trying to survive with very limited capacity restrictions. We want to thank Vessel for doing its very best. We started with the cheese plate and pickle plate and then had the scallops and pork tenderloin special. The cocktails were spot on and the service impeccable. You can really tell they have the quality food. We are planning to return soon.

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Sophia
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best craft cocktails and scallop risotto around! Vessel is perfect hot spot for date night or special occasion. Our server Joshua was fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall1food2service5ambience2

The service was extremely slow and they forgot part of the order. First, when you arrive, they tell you that you only have an hour and a half even though they were so slow in getting to you. For instance, I ordered a cocktail and never received it. I received my meal after waiting about 45 minutes for it and reminded the server that my cocktail never came. It appeared he had way too many tables. Also, going to the restroom is dangerous! It was so slippery that you slide when you enter and you can’t stand in one place without moving. I informed them and overheard several people inform them the same. They said they know but it’s like that from the humidity. There was no sign up to warn you.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on November 10, 2020

Hi, We are sorry your experience was not up to your standards. During the pandemic, it has been difficult to find staff due to the enhanced unemployment which has resulted sometimes in being short-staffed.. Restaurants have capacity limits which are difficult for not only the restaurants but also the employees financially. That is why there are time limits when we are busy. Certain items on the menu do take longer because they are made to order. Best, Alec Wilder Owner

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Seated outside on the patio which was nice. Started raining- storming and we closed the weather curtains ourselves. With forecast for heavy rains, probably should have already been closed. The service was very slow, not at all attentive enough to justify the prices. May have been a new server, virtually no bussing of table even after a drink was spilled. Appeared to be understaffed. Disappointed in size and offering of “cheese board”, scallop entree was good. The inside of the restaurant is pretty and unique, however the service, menu offerings and food do not justify their prices. Would not return

Vessel NOLA
Responded on November 10, 2020

Hi, We are sorry your experience was not up to your standards. During the pandemic, it has been difficult for restaurants to find staff due to the enhanced unemployment which has resulted sometimes in being short-staffed. We as other restaurants have been hit hard in this difficult time and are trying our best but unfortunately sometimes things do happen. We do hope you do give us another try in the future. Alec Wilder Owner

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Julie
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The service at Vessel was excellent; however, the food was mediocre, especially for the price. For example, on the pork belly appetizer, the pork belly was good, but then it also included room temp (what seemed to be) canned black beans with no spices. And the smoked salmon sandwich was very dry and didn't seem well thought out. We expected elevated dining and it was unremarkable.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cool space! We enjoyed the ambiance and the service. Everyone enjoyed their food and cocktails. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic! I took my mom there for the first time and she loved it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Good food, horrible service. Didnt take our drink order for 30 minutes and the drinks came at the same time as the food. Appetizers and main courses came out at the same time. Also, stairs to outside dining are slippery and hazardous (as seen by my bruises)

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ArezuB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I have wanted to try this place for a longtime. Well worth the wait! Our waiter was witty and attentive and steered us in the right direction when we were torn between which drink/ food to choose. The ambience was lovely for a date, where you could actually hear each other, it was clean (incl. following appropriate guidelines for COVID-19) and overall a great experience! Will be going again, for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazingly cool spot. Old church turned into a restaurant. Courtyard is awesome, has heaters and fans so no matter the weather they have you covered. Food was good, service exceptional.

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vipAllieM
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Vessel is always my go to when we have friends or family in town.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

My date and I loved the venue, as for the food not so much. The cheese tray was wonderful and we both got the chimichurri steak, not impressed. All the staff was so nice and great drinks. We went as the sun was setting so the venue was pretty romantic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joshua gave us excellent service.

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AlexK
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful room, the food was delicious, the service was excellent and very unpretentious. We had a very relaxing good time.

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CarynJ
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time. Food was superb - shrimp & grits were great. Cheeseboard to die for!!!

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vipPete
New Orleans
47 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was disappointed that they limited the menu to brunch. The website said the other menu was all day.
But the food and service were very good.

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LWilson
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t ask for a perfect weather to eat outside for brunch .
I’ll come again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Anniversary dinner, planned 2 months in advance. Seated at a deuce up against the end of the bar. Bartender reaches over bar, down to table, and takes our drink order, then our apps. Cheese plate and croquettes are pretty good.....and then we wait. ...we finish everything, and we wait. We stack the plates on the table....no one touches the table. ....we lift them onto the bar.....nothing. We had chosen entrees, and the order was never taken....finally, a server takes the plates ...doesn't ask if we need anything until she comes back ...and drops our check. The first time someone talked to us after dropping our apps was asking if we needed anything with our bill in her hand. Wow. To feel truly invisible.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on November 2, 2020

Hi, We are sorry about your experience. It has been very hard to find staff due to the enhanced unemployment benefits. The night you were in we were short staffed and the bartenders were helping out. Had the manager known about this, we would have taken care of it for you. Our industry has been hard hit by Covid which has been difficult. I hope you do not judge us because an employees was not doing their job. We hope you give us another chance to prove how great we are. Thanks, Alec Wilder Owner

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LocalBoy
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Casual dining. Awesome atmosphere. Reasonable price. Cool neighborhood.

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Zachary
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The building was very neat and the food was amazing! Caprese sandwich and Mediterranean burger were both delicious. Will definitely go back.

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DarrinM
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks excellent, beautiful bar, wonderful dining experience

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Brittany
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Great brunch atmosphere and drink specials. Nothing special about the food. Not bad, not great. Brussel sprouts were good and the service was very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ate was absolutely amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seared scallops with lemon risotto was amazing!!

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LizG
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

My friend and I had dinner on the patio. Our salads were good as was the roasted cauliflower with mahumarra.
The mixed drinks were the weak point.

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Anthony
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, the service was outstanding, the atmosphere was warm and inviting and the choice of music was perfect

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved the dining ambiance. Our server was knowledgeable and curated the best experience! I highly recommend the pork belly app and the seared scallops. We recently moved to NOLA and look forward to bringing guests here for a taste of the city!

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AlexW
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great service and a lovely aesthetic. Scallops are delicious and i will come back for the Mexican street corn and Shrimp...a brilliant take on one of my favorites.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A positively perfect experience from beginning to end. A wonderful way to start a Sunday! We will definitely be back

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DrGG
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The ambience was great, The drinks and the bartender there that night were amazing. The food was good, didn't leave craving the food, but I will definitely go back for drinks

FAQs

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 4.5 stars by 858 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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