I love the focus on keeping things local! Fantastic food, and the service was amazing. Will be back!
Our first brunch at this ‘National Historic Place’ restored mansion. The every changing brunch menu featured traditional coastal brunch offerings with our first experience of ‘fresh from the farm free range eggs’ which are remarkably more delicate and tasteful than their grocery store chicken factory cousins. We started our meal with one of mixologist/ bar manager Justin’s brunch punch and proceeded to a flight of the most amazing deviled eggs. I can never get past the Gulf Oyster’s Three Ways. My guest choose the Gumbo ‘Z’ herbes which was an amazing interpretation of the Lenten classic. Our fresh gulf shrimp & fresh milled grits were perfect followed by fresh Louisiana strawberry crisp and fresh baked cookies. If you live or are traveling to the Mississippi Gulf Coast you shouldn’t miss Chef Austin Sumrall and lovely wife Tresse’s culinary theater.
Made reservation well in advance for birthday dinner. Upon arrival we were seated in the loud parlor area, not in the general dining area. When I asked if we could move to the inside dining room, I was told it was a very busy night and if our party went down drastically in size "we'll see what we can do". It was so loud and muffled, we could not hear each other speak. We were literally screaming at each other to converse. We were then told we could not bring in outside food(petite fours) to the restaurant. Two weeks prior, at another birthday dinner, we brought in two cakes with no issue. The hostess told us "well, let me go check and see if it's ok just this one time." Guess it was our lucky day, as we were told "it'll be fine for tonight."
First course came, birthday girl's gumbo was literally ice cold. They brought her a new one about 20 mins later. Then, brought another one and came back and took it away. Wrong table. Took the same gumbo to other table. Ordered boudin balls. They were delicious. I shared mine with the birthday girl because we were starving. Waited 1 hour and 45 minutes for our flatbread and poor chop. Flatbread was undercooked, pork chop was raw. Manager never came to table, simply removed a few flatbreads from our check instead. After requesting to speak with her numerous times, she finally visited (with hesitation) to tell us they were very busy and she's sorry.
Bottom line, we felt like an inconvenience and that they were doing US some sort of favor by accommodating our party. If you dine here with a large party, make sure to ask them NOT to seat you in the bar area AND ask in advance if there is an issue bringing birthday cakes/cupcakes/petite fours/cookies. Apparently it depends.
The atmosphere in general is great, the facility is beautiful. It's just entirely too much money to spend to be treated like an inconvenience AND have the food subpar, to say the least. Most likely won't be back with a group of more than 4. Good luck!
The hand crafted beverages are absolutely amazing and the food is beautifully prepared, very tasteful, and we have not found anything on the menu we do not like. Happy hour is a must for a lite appetizer and a fresh cocktail. Looking for to trying the new Sunday brunch very soon.
Took important clients to WP for dinner. What a great experience. Chef Sumrall prepared great dishes, service was outstanding and our clients loved it! Nothing on the Coast compares.
Food was not delivered right from the kitchen!! Was only luke warm
Artwork was less than attractive!! Patty Bannister is certainly not a timely subject for this 1905 original resturant!!
Original building was set up for valet parking!! They should consider doing this especially in rainy weather
Fantastic brunch, will definitely be back. Food and service were excellent. Atmosphere is lovely and unique. Don't miss the duck fat fries! Crawfish toast is an avocado toast with crawfish. It was not what we expected but we loved it. We came for dinner just after they opened and service was rocky, which is not unexpected with a new place. They nailed it today!
Totally enjoyed Sunday Brunch!! Was given a tour of the entire building and was very impressed with the owners knowledge and the time she spent with us. I would highly recommend this to others!
The crab/avocado on toast and the pork belly were delicious appetizers! I had the cold seafood tower for my entree and it was excellent! Others at the table had the duck and the snapper special. Both received raves! The hand ground grits were also very very good. The cocktails were really good and reasonably priced. I recommend the “cable car.” Granddaughters had red velvet cake and chocolate mousse cake—both mouth watering ! Service was excellent and the wait staff friendly! The restaurant is beautiful and the prices are in line with other fine dining venues on the MS Coast.
Can’t say anyone of my group of 4 liked it. The only thing we really enjoyed was the oyster combo. The wedge salad, in no way was a wedge. The entrees were just weird and not flavorful. The pork chop had no taste. The chicken dish was just gross, and the swordfish was marginal at best. No way I would waste my money by going back here again. Too many good places in Biloxi these days!!!
Fabulous food...great service! So glad White Pillars is back open for business! Fine dining at its best!
White Pillars has returned even more glorious than before. Chef Austin Sumrall has outdone himself with wonderfully prepared, locally sourced dishes. The staff were both knowledgeable and hospitable from the front door, to the bar, to the dining room. We were celebrating by sister's birthday and I wanted to take her somewhere special (one of those milestone birthdays). We started with the Avocado Toast with Lump Crab. My sister chose the red snapper with crawfish coconut curry and sticky black rice. I had grilled swordfish and my sister's friend ordered the duck. Everyone's meal was cooked to perfection. We also ordered two shareable sides, the crispy Brussel Sprouts & Butternut Squash and the Fingerling Potatoes with paprika aioli, both excellent. I told our waitress that my mouth was doing a "happy dance." The flavors were perfectly balanced. For dessert my sister and her friend ordered carrot cake and vanilla bean cheesecake. These also were out of this world. To top off an already outstanding evening our waitress, who earlier had told us we could have a tour of the restaurant after dinner, surprised us by telling us that Chef Austin would be giving us the tour. He not only is a great chef but a wonderful "tour guide" as well. He shared the history of the building, calling our attention to unique attributes of the facility, as well as the process of renovating and decorating the restaurant. The attention to detail is very evident everywhere, from the bar, the tables and chairs, the selection of dishes, the selection of wait staff, and most of all the food. If I could give more than five stars I would. This was an absolutely memorable night and most fitting for my sister's special birthday. Thank you Chef Austin Sumrall and your wonderful team. Melissa
This restaurant has re-opened recently after being closed for a long time. It is excellent! The chef present food that tastes like food! It is not hidden behind fancy sauces or glazes. I had the seafood pasta dish and really got the flavor of the fresh fish and shrimp and housemade pasta to boot! I highly recommend this dining experience if you are on the coast.
Highly recommend that you make time for dinner at this new Gulf Coast dining hot spot featuring local farm to table specialties and a vintage menu that rotates dishes from the famous legacy White Pillars restaurant of days past. Housed in the historic Gunston Hall the facility is an architectural gem with delightful interior design that creates a perfect setting for fine dining in the front room, family dining in the main room and cozy romantic dining in the lounge. White Pillars is one of the growing number of restaurants on the Coast using the Open Table app for reservations which is a must have app for savvy foodies who travel. Get the app and treat yourself with a reservation at White Pillars.
Our server JC was great and all the food was excellent. We loved the atmosphere.
Absolutely perfect dining experience again!
Chef Austin continues to amaze us with his rotating selections made with the Farm to Table philosophy!
Don't forget to ask for dessert to be served on the Veranda!
Awesome. Would highly recommend it
This restaurant is even better than it was 30 years ago! Awesome experience and will definitely go back
The service was excellent. My fillet was cooked to perfection. The chef/owner visited our table to introduce himself and make sure all was well with our meal. After dinner our server gave us a tour with the history of the building and some of the pieces in it. Will return again.
White Pillars is hands down the best dining experience on the Coast. The staff is courteous and knowledgeable of the menus as well as the drink pairings for the entrees. The food is exquisite.
The classic cocktails were on point and the service by Heather was great. Her recommendations made it easier for us to decide what to order.
The food was prepared very well. Severs were attentive and knowledgeable. The only drawback was the kitchen seemed to be quite behind for a thursday night.
Only concert was one person’s meat was almost raw in part.
Food was perfectly prepared. Service top notch, knowledgeable. Perfect Valentine’s date night! Will definitely return. Thanks Austin for bringing White Pillars back to life!!
Delicious food and great service
Romantic setting with true fine dining. A highly recommended place for Valentines, special occasions, and first dates.
Does not disappoint. A new favorite on the level of Thirty-Two, White House, and Ruth Chris.
A bit overrated. Better upscale restaurants to choose from on the gulf coast that provide a better dining experience (food and service) for equal or less cost.
Very nice music was way to loud it was good but so that you could not talk or hear my husband wears hearing aids and he was miresable. It was fun brought back old memories would recommend and go back wish them success menu could have more seafood dishes but what we had was delious .
White Pillars is a terrific local destination for special occasions and distinctive meals.
Located on an old Biloxi mansion, it is convenient for visitors and well known to locals.
The service is outstanding.
My only complaint would be that they put too many tables into each room, which gives it more of bead and breakfast feel as opposed to having an intimate dining experience.
We had the Pork Chop and the Sword Fish, Mac and Cheese, Gumbo. The Pork Chop and the Sword Fish were both dry and hard to eat. The Mac and Cheese had no seasoning either of us could tell. The Gumbo was much too salty and tasted bitter with the collard greens in it. No, we did not have a good time nor will we be back. I would not recommend this place to anyone. Need a new chef!!!!
An old favorite brought back to life. They need more practice and pay more attention to other reviews. The place is beautiful but very noisy, due to all tile floors. Some dishes were very good, others could be if delivered hot (especially soup). We will try again later.
food very good, service fair, atmosphere way to loud (could hear drinks being mixed at bar), was like we were sitting and eating at a sports bar, difficult to speak with others at table, not romantic at all, almost hospital like sterile. Will give it another try in a few months and hopefully things changed. Otherwise
While looking for a great place to celebrate Valentine's Day, I thought about the re-opened "White Pillars" in Biloxi. It had always been a favorite "special dining place" of ours before it closed for repairs several years ago. We love historic buildings and this has to be the most beautifully restored historic building in Biloxi. We chose to celebrate Valentine's Day a day early because I couldn't get any reservations at any of my other preferred "special restaurants" on Valentine's Day. When we arrived for our 6:30 pm reservation, I mentioned to the hostess that we preferred a quiet location and we were taken to a dining room that, as it turned out, we were the ONLY customers in this beautiful dining room. We enjoyed a truly quiet dinner. The room is elegantly furnished with nice furniture and Pati Bannister art work on the walls. Our server, Brie, was appropriately attentive and made several recommendations that we ordered and enjoyed. The entire meal takes about two hours so, it's not for a "quick dinner" but, in the old Southern tradition, it's a relaxing, elegant dinner that takes time to produce. Is it expensive? Our meal, including three glasses of wine, was $128, which given the quality of the meal, service and ambiance, is entirely appropriate. Was the portion size proper? Yes, we enjoyed an appetizer, the main course and couldn't finish our dessert and needed a "take home box". Most importantly, would we do it again? Absolutely!! We have anniversaries and birthdays to celebrate coming up and the "White Pillars" is back on our list of favorite places to celebrate!
Very great wait staff and Management the chef eve came out to each table asking about the experience. The food was awesome and ambiance was fabulous.
The food was delightful. We loved the atmosphere and the service. Looking forward to going back soon.
Great food! Loved the Red Velvet cake. And the cocktails....love love the French 95, I’m a whiskey/bourbon girl so I’m happy to see something other than vodka on the drink menu. We will be back to celebrate day to day life!
An absolute delightful dinner experience. The food was fresh and excellent. I loved watching the kitchen
Our third dinner experience at this amazingly restored ‘National Historic’ landmark property. Chef Austin Sumrall and his culinary team featured an all in house fresh pork Charcuterie which featured an array of fresh sausages, terrines, and pates and accompaniments of in house made mustards, and spicey pickled fresh celery. Our dinner entrees of wood grilled red snapper and pan seared duck with confit duck leg were equally amazing. Our server was extremely professional and knowledgeable and had total confidence in recommending each course. This is an exceptional culinary and historical resturant which should not be missed.
A hidden gem in Biloxi. Chef Austin’s food was amazing. I am here from out of state on business and would love to bring my wife here sometime. Would be a great place for a Valentine’s dinner with that special someone.
Noisy. Limited menu. Southern Pho was lackluster and the pork chop and the grits just OK. For the most part service was outstanding until it came time to take care of the check. Took wait staff quite awhile to pass the credit card. However, best collards I've ever had, not a trace of bitterness. Not sure I will return.