Vessel NOLA

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Contemporary American
Vessel is open and now serving lunch daily along with dinner and weekend brunch! Happy Hour daily 4-6pm (except holidays). 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. Dine in or on our gorgeous patio. 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!
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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was awesome. Crawfish croquettes are light and delicious. The shrimp and Mexican corn appetizer is spicy and mouthwatering. My husband had the Grilled Mediterranean Burger which he loved and the rosemary brown butter fries were so crispy and yummy. We also has the Breakfast Tartine; the grilled focaccia it is served on was awesome. My son had the Vegetable Frittata on my recommendation since I had it last weekend. It was short on the vegetables. I think they fort them 🤪. We all shred the Blueberry waffles and like last weekend they out did themselves. VESSELS NOLA is an awesome experience with outdoor covered dining and amazing food

Vessel NOLA
Responded 13 minutes ago

Thank you so much for such lovely feedback about your visit. I'll be sure to check the quantity of vegetables going into the fritatta over the next few brunches! We are thrilled to be back and serving you. We look forward to having you back! Stay safe and Healthy. Cheers, Chef Amandalynn

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DVeee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Market fish was snapper, cooked perfectly in beurre blanc. Fries great as always. Got the Hemingway daiquiri. Our friends had a great time as well. Service was great and our British (or Australian) server had a great positive attitude and took care of us even though it was tough for him to move glasses with the municipally required gloves on. 5 stars!

Vessel NOLA
Responded 12 minutes ago

Thank you so much for such lovely feedback about your visit. We are tickled to get reviews like this and it just makes our job that much more enjoyable to know you loved it. We look forward to having you back! Stay safe and Healthy. Cheers, Chef Amandalynn

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vipJJNOLA
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined right after Covid 19 reopening. On,y table seated inside. Good service with a very friendly waitress. Food was enjoyable. Menu still a bit limited which is totally to be expected. Overall, look forward to going back.

Vessel NOLA
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for such lovely feedback about your visit. We hope to add more choices to the menu soon so please visit us again! We are thrilled to be back and serving you. We look forward to having you back! Stay safe and Healthy. Cheers, Chef Amandalynn

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Awesome date night.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on May 18, 2020

Thank you so much for such lovely feedback about your visit. We are thrilled to be back and serving you. We look forward to having you back! Stay safe and Healthy. Cheers, Chef Amandalynn

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michaelb
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful setting for brunch. I would definitely recommend.

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vipRobertW
New Orleans
27 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Under the new virus reopening guidelines the restaurant and staff went beyond, serving a great brunch in very safe conditions!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on May 18, 2020

Thank you so much for such lovely feedback about your visit. We are thrilled to be back and serving you. We look forward to having you back! Stay safe and Healthy. Cheers, Chef Amandalynn

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Rozey
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at Vessel the moment restaurants were allowed to open. The physical distancing and safety mechanisms did not take away from the ambiance of a wonderful dining experience.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on May 18, 2020

Thank you so much for such lovely feedback about your visit. We are thrilled to be back and serving you. We look forward to having you back! Stay safe and Healthy. Cheers, Chef Amandalynn

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was good. Came here because the ambiance looked unique with a decent menu. Unfortunately our server seemed to not be having a great night and seemed to give off an attitude. We were one of three tables in the restaurant. It disappointed us and will not return. The ambiance and the food did not make up for the experience.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on March 16, 2020

Hi, I am sorry your server was not acting in an appropriate manner. Our goal is to provide the best experience possible and when an employee does not act properly, this will not be tolerated. This not only hurts the business but all the other employees. I would really appreciate it if you could let me know what time you were in and what name the reservation was under so I can find out who served you? I hope you will give us another try in the future. Thank you, Alec Wilder Owner

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NorthshoreFoodie
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food. Excellent service. Good cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful food and service. We went for weekend brunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fantastic setting in a former church. The food was excellent, and not usual. Cocktails were really fun. Service was excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant.
It is very pretty and clean.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great dinner with friends. We shared several small plates. The waiter was full of smiles and gave us a great history on the building.
Our only dislike was sitting at the bar. We all thought the bar was so beautiful in pictures and couldn’t wait to toast. The female bartenders were less than pleasant so we picked up our drinks and went to our table. Kinda disappointing since it’s so beautiful.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on March 8, 2020

Hi, Thanks so much for your review. I would really appreciate it if you could let me know when you came in so I can review tapes to see who served you at the bar. We train our staff extensively and do not tolerate employees who do not treat our customers with the respect they deserve. Thanks again for bringing this to our attention. We truly value your business. Sincerely, Alec Wilder Owner

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time!

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vipNOLAdiner
New Orleans
53 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent small plates. Each time I’ve visited I’ve tried each, and never disappointed. Service was very attentive, and the happy hour cocktails are creative and a bargain! One of my favorite New Orleans places.

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LiveToEat
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good service. Nice ambiance. Food is good but quality of the food does not justify the price charged.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on March 5, 2020

Hi, Thanks so much for your review. All of our dishes are made from scratch from the finest and highest quality fresh ingredients available to us which we source from the top purveyors in New Orleans. Many items are seasonal so things can vary so it would be very helpful to know what items you had ordered? We truly value your business and hope to see you in the near future. Thanks Again, Alec Wilder Owner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Memphis
22 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Yummy, as always. The only hiccup was the tables were not cleaned before we were seated and we ended with lots of pollen on our clothes and utensils.

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vipjazzyfoodie
Tahoe
24 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our servers were attentive and helpful and We had a delicious meal! The atmosphere is open, inviting and a bit festive. (We visited during the Mardi Gras season.)
Great for small groups of friends!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on March 1, 2020

Thank you so much for your fantastic and review! We are so glad you were able to make it through the parades to come see us here at Vessel during the Carnival season and we look forward to having you back in with us. Try us for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-2pm! Thank you again, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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KatieB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Cocktails were amazing! I rarely can find a balanced craft cocktail. We tried 4 different kinds and were not disappointed. Staff was overly attentive asking us how everything was, which was a bit annoying, but it was a slow night. Very cool ambiance - the restaurant is in an old church. I can see it getting super loud if the place is busy due to the high ceilings. The pickle plate is to die for if you like pickled things. We were looking for some lighter food than the traditional NOLA cuisine and this worked for that.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on February 20, 2020

Hi Katie! Thank you so much for your positive review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed yourself and our cocktails so much and we are very grateful that you took the time to share your experience with others. We hope to have you back in again very soon! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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CodyS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful. Delicious. Fun. 10/10 would go back. Word.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on February 20, 2020

Thank you so much Cody for your delightful review! We are thrilled you enjoyed your visit with us and very grateful that you took the time to share your take on us with the world. Thank you again, we look forward to having you back soon. Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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HudsonC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The cheese board needs more exotic cheese, or more variation if it remains to cost 17$.
Steak was great but the two pieces were cooked to 2 different types between rare and medium, with small portions so it did not appear to be worth 32$.
Drinks were fantastic along with the service.
Crawfish were amazing.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on February 20, 2020

Thank you so much Hudson for your positive and insightful review! We will definitely look into proper temping protocol with the staff to make sure each item is cooked just how our guests want them to be. Please when you dine with us again, never hesitate to let your server know if you have any issues as all so that we may get you Exactly what you ordered and make sure you are satisfied every time. Thank you again for your insight, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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vipPattyC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting food in a sacred setting. We were there on a sunny day which streamed in through the stain glass windows. It added to the meal. The wait staff were very attentive without being intrusive. The food abundant and quite yummy. The Bloody Mary had a nice kick and lots of vegetables! Wish we lived in New Orleans. We’d go back frequently.

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PaulC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Love Vessel, the food is always excellant and the service is super, only problem I had is they need to do some serious ambience work with their outdoor area in the back where i was seated with my daughter for Valentines, it was cold, bland, and very institutional.... especially compared to their exquisite interior part of the restaurant. The pricing was also heavy for the evening, $250 including tip with just 2 glasses of wine on a fixed menu at $75 a head was steep.... i walked past empty tables inside that i had booked one of on the way to being ushered outside, we felt a little discouraged that we were put outside because I had my 14 year old daughter with me.... so that'll do....
All 'n' all, I will definitely go back to vessel, just wasn't that impressed this time around on a special night.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on February 20, 2020

Hi Paul, Thank you so much for your positive review despite your disappointment in parts of the evening. Please never hesitate to let your host or server know if you do not like your table or any part of your experience with us so that we may remedy it for you on the spot. It is generally never a problem to move you inside. We look forward to your return and hope that you will give us a call if there is anything we can do to better accommodate you in the future. Thank you again, Bar Amar GM

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AnneM
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, lovely setting and great service

Vessel NOLA
Responded on February 13, 2020

Thank you so much Anne for you delightful review! We are so grateful that you made it in to see us and thrilled that you enjoyed your experience so much. We look forward to having you back in again very soon, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA 516 265 2154

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Fred
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Had a great time ... Food was Great, atmosphere was energetic, service was awesome, Drink was ok, Building was unique... a lil pricey but very Romantic without it being a Suit and tie type of night... Me and my wife will definitely return and tell our friends about the Vessel

Vessel NOLA
Responded on February 13, 2020

Hi Fred, thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are thrilled you enjoyed yourself and so grateful for your recommendation to others. We are terribly sorry that you did not enjoy your "drink", this is extremely rare for our bar. Please always feel free to tell your server or bartender if you are not pleased with something so that we can get you a product that you will truly enjoy right away. Thank you again for your feedback and we look forward to your return! Bar Amar General Manager

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TJMann
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great venue with ample street parking plus a small parking lot by the restaurant. Our reservation specified indoor seating but by my error or theirs they attempted to seat us outside. When we said we preferred an indoor table they seated us at the bar for about 5 minutes while they prepared a table for us. Service was very good and the food was great. Definitely will go again.

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vipLakeviewdiners
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The food was good but was overpriced. The service was great. Waiter was terrific. The venue itself is very cool. We probably won’t be back though even though we live very close since it’s so expensive.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on February 11, 2020

Hi, Thanks so much for taking the time to write your review. We serve the highest quality food made from scratch and each dish is prepared to order using the finest ingredients available. We feel we are priced very competitively to other restaurants of similar caliber serving similar quality food. Best, Alec Wilder Owner

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vipJenP
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An exceptional dining experience with wonderful food and cocktails and the best service. Highly recommend!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on February 8, 2020

Thank you so much Jen for your fantastic review and kind words! We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us and we look forward to your next visit. Thank you again, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything at Vessel was amazing from the service to the cocktails to the food. Two of us ordered pork chops and one had the risotto. The food was perfectly prepared. Appetizers were amazing too. The cheese plate is a great value and was more than we could eat. We can’t wait to come again the next time we’re in NOLA.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on February 6, 2020

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are thrilled you enjoyed your experience and your meal so thoroughly. Try us between 4pm-6pm for Happy Hour in our comfortable lounge and share some small plates with friends! Thank you again, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch! Food was absolutely delicious and service was excellent. Kelly was a wonderful server. Thank you for a great experience. We will definitely be back!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on February 1, 2020

Thank you so much for your terrific review! We so appreciate you taking the time to leave us feedback and we truly appreciate you remembering your servers name so that we can tell her what a fantastic job she is doing. Thank you again and we look forward to your return! Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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autumnfern
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A group of four of us went here for dinner and we all loved it. We ordered several appetizers and we loved all of them (the pickled plate being my least favorite but I think that is just a matter of taste preference). We ordered scallops, steak and the fish of the day. Everyone was very happy with their meal and at the end, not of us felt overly full or loaded down because of heavy sauces. Being inside a huge church was also a fun change of scenery. The wine list offered a lot of good choices and the bottle we chose was perfect with dinner. Will go back again.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on February 6, 2020

Thank you so much Autumn for your wonderful and detailed review! We are so happy you enjoyed yourself and I loved your comment about not feeling weighed down by heavy sauces as I feel our chef shares this same sentiment about lightly dressing and lightly seasoning our menu so that each dish can truly stand out on it's own unique flavors. We very much look forward to having you back in soon. Try us for happy hour for discounts on our wine list and classic cocktails! Bar Amar General Manager

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AlexFol
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upscale casual, super relaxed, great quality service and food - we always leave happy

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vipemchance001
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing, and they have several gluten free offerings. Or server, Mikayla, was very attentive & knowledgeable. She asked the kitchen to alter a dish to make it gf.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on January 31, 2020

Thank you so much for adding a few words about your experience and for remembering your servers name so that we can thank her for all her hard work! We are so glad you came to visit us and so grateful for you taking the time to leave us a review! Thank you again, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Drink service was slow. Ratio of portion sizes for price point of food was on the low side. Taste and texture of food was excellent, though. Highly recommend the pork chop, mussels, and scallops.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on January 30, 2020

Hello, We're so pleased to know that you enjoyed the food selections from our menu! I will take your portion sizes comment into consideration and evaluate where we could be doing better. We look forward to having you back! Sincerely, Amandalynn Picolo Executive Chef

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Houstonlover
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The old church is a beautiful place with all the stained glass windows. Service was a bit slow and they weren’t busy. The food was a big disappointment as the description and menu looked great. The vegetable frittata was so over cooked you really couldn’t tell that it was eggs. Too many places in Nola to eat. We won’t be back.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on January 30, 2020

Hello, I am so sorry to hear about your fritatta. We always aim to please and one of our Managers would have been happy to take care of this for you and have us recook it for you or make you something else that that you would have enjoyed. I will be using your feed back to be sure to go over the cooking techniques of the fritatta in the coming weeks to correct this issue. Hope to see you again so we can wow you. Sincerely, Amandalynn Picolo Executive Chef

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micmicmou
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

How wonderful to have a cocktail with cachaca--not common in the U.S. and very nicely done.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on January 30, 2020

Thank you so much for coming to see us and for your feedback. I am so happy you enjoyed our creative cocktail list, but I am so sorry to see that your experience may have fallen below our standard in a couple other aspects. I'd love it if you could share with me some details about your visit so that we can understand what we might do better next time to provide you with the 5 star experience that you deserve and we strive towards. Thank you Bar Amar Cell: 516 265 2154 General Manager Vessel NOLA

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Our table wasn’t ready when we arrived for our reservation which was no big deal so we sat at the bar and it was ready shortly after. We were seated outside when we put in a request to not sit outside so moved inside and sat at the bar. Staff was friendly, food was good. Bartender gave us complimentary sparkling wine for the wait on our food so that was a nice touch.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on January 26, 2020

Thank you so much for your insight and review The guests next to you were wonderful but they were a bit loud so I completely understand why you wanted to leave the first two tables we sat you in I understand why you also preferred not to sit at our community tables inside, as I know sometimes we just want a private meal for two. I'm sorry we did not have a fourth table to offer you as it was a busy Friday night but I do hope we have a chance to better serve you in the future during quieter hours

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BrookeK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I enjoyed the original church atmosphere.....our server wasn’t very attentive. Also, I am not a fan of two top tables being so close that in order to get out you end up bothering the tables next to you

Vessel NOLA
Responded on January 30, 2020

Hi Brooke Thank you so much for your insight I do understand that sometimes you just want an intimate dinner farther away from other guests and on weekends we are very full. Try us earlier in the week or early evening before rush, you can even catch happy hour if you make your reservation for 5pm! I also apologize that you do not feel you got the attention you deserved from us. I have addressed this issue with your server and will certainly keep a close eye as this is far from our standard.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food was delicious, ambience was perfect.
Two top tables were a little too close for comfort, so we moved outside which was perfect! Place is beautiful. We will be back!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on January 26, 2020

Thank you so much for your fantastic review! We are thrilled you enjoyed yourself and very grateful you took the time to share your experience with other diners. We are small unfortunately and can't expand without compromising the structure of our beautiful and historic building so it can be a bit tight but I'm so glad you let us know you'd be more comfortable moving so that we could get give you the most enjoyable experience possible. Thank you again, we look forward to having you back in!

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LeeR
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed our meal. The menu maybe was not as extensive as I would have liked, but the scallops were excellent. As was the cream brûlée.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you so much Lee for your delightful review. I am sorry our menu was a bit shorter than what you'd hoped but if there is ever something different you have in mind please let us know and we'd be happy to change up something on the menu for you to better suit your pallet. Try us for holidays for our off menu prix fixe dinners or call ahead with groups of 9 or more and we can arrange a special menu for you and your party. There are always fun ways to spice it up! Thank you again, Bar Amar

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food, ambiance.... everything was on point! Would def it rly go back and recommend this place.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on January 30, 2020

Hi! Thank you so much for your fantastic review! We are so glad you had a chance to come and visit us and so grateful that you took the time to share your experience with others. We love our regulars and we greatly look forward to your return! Thank you again for your recommendation, Bar Amar General Manager Vessel NOLA

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