Restaurant Patois

4.8
1496 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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French inspired cuisine with heavy influence on local fresh ingredients.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm;
Dinner:
Wednesday & Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(504) 895-9441
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Aaron Burgau
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Catering
Decided at the restaurant's discretion
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Webster St.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.7
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M
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Repas du soir - Restaurant froid - Défraîchis - Aucune ambiance- Serveur froid : aucun sourire - aucun entregent- souper froid - aucune belle présentation dans l assiette et.... tout baigne dans le gras!

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CR
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Turn off your open table availability if you're going to be closed for Mardi Gras weekend. OR take the time to contact the customers who've made reservations so they don't show up while your doors are locked.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in New Orleans. Hands down!!!!

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JW
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was not on point, especially for a 5:30 reservation when we were virtually the only table there for almost an hour. Waiter didn’t know specials, didn’t know ingredients of long-term menu items; bartender poured the wrong wine by the glass twice. The food was wonderful and the ambience is great, and I live in the neighborhood so I’m really pulling for these guys. Need a bit of work on the service though.

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KS
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Patois is very charming, feels almost like a European restaurant. Menu has really good variety.

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NO
New Orleans
46 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food and good service. The ambiance was a bit loud and crowded given the small size of the restaurant. It seems the word-of-mouth of the restaurant has somewhat outpaced the capacity of the restaurant to handle the crowds. Once seated though, its a good experience from the food to the service.

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OT
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The great: Our server Peter was attentive, engaging, and funny. The crab gnocchi was rich and deeply flavorful. The gumbo of the day was made with a impressive smooth, dark, rich roux. The pork chop was thick yet tender; reminiscent of ham. The Ocello cocktail was fresh with a perfect tart/sweet balance. The Snickers Bar dessert was creative, fun, and delicious! Very good coffee.

The not-so-great: we were offered not given any bread and butter. The seafood gumbo had ZERO seafood in it. It was described as having shrimp, crab, and oyster liquor. The flavor was on point, but overall disappointing and not at all worth the double-digit price.

We ordered dessert and coffee. The dessert was brought out first (which included a chocolate sorbet). The coffee took another 15-20 minutes to come out, at which point we had eaten the whole treat. No apology given for the delay.

We were seated right next to a window/door with no insulation in the “upstairs” room. It was a very cold night, and I kept my coat on the whole time just to stay comfortable.

I had also noted that it was my husband’s birthday, and no wishes were given or even a candle for the dessert.

I had dined here many years ago and was completely delighted, so we were a bit disappointed with our return here. I would give this place another chance during warmer weather and confirm that the dishes do in fact have the ingredients that they are purported to have.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful! Great menu. Great food!

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JH
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I like a restaurant where I feel special so I make it a point to eat here whenever I go to New Orleans. The food is excellent and the wine recommendation was perfect .

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P
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved it! Fabulous wait staff. Great neighborhood spot. Charming atmosphere.
The sauce on the mussels was all that and then some. Delightful evening and will be back often!

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NB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I am a long time fan of this neighborhood restaurant. The food is creative and consistently excellent . The wine list is outstanding as well. The service is always superb. In particular both Ryan and Peter are professional, courteous and efficient. Patois accommodates both locals and tourists but is dominated by local diners. Its location, off the local tourist beaten path requires the savvy tourist to figure out that it is worth the trip.

Having said all of this I must add that some sort of dress code would improve my dining experience. It is a fine dining restaurant and I would be grateful if the tourist clientele were offered attire guidelines.

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JR
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unpretentious but truly outstanding.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great neighborhood restaurant. Excellent gumbo,lamb ribs, redfish and steak. Caitlin, the hostess, always makes you feel special. Patois is one of our favorites

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New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service could have been better. Food was great! We celebrated my friend's brithday; it was so noisy, we couldn't even hear ourselves speaking.

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CW
Little Rock
238 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The shrimp Louis is highly recommended and the quality is now consistent, I’m happy to report. I ordered the pasta with lobster— very rich and tasty and would also stand up well with shrimp or crab. The book choy looked delicious ( I always like to have a balanced meal that includes vegetables) but was sooooooo salty I couldn’t eat it. I can ALWAYS add salt but can’t take it out.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming restaurant. The happy hour is a great deal also. Everything we ate was delicious.

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Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time to dine at Patois and it did not disappoint! Loved the intimate setting, happy hour and our server Will. Food was delicious! We will be back!

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a marvelous time at Patois last weekend! We ordered way too much food but it was all delicious, from the shrimp appetizer to the special apple salad to the scallops as an entree. We will be going back again for certain!

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and experience!

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KE
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. Loved the professionalism of our waiter.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server made the experience wonderful. We celebrated belated birthday and christmas

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LM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was wonderful as always. Service was really lacking. We had two waiters that continued to say and ask the same thing however rarely followed through. Had bragged to friends and was disappointed in service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything here is locally sourced or made in house. Grilled shrimp were outstanding. They have an on-site smoker. Friday and Sunday brunch is awesome. Mimosas with fresh squeezed juice, unique egg dishes and oh M G the frites with aioli. Fried rabbit on buttermilk biscuits.

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AR
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A nice welcome from the staff to an old New Orleans home/neighborhood restaurant. My husband had two New Orleans favorites ,turtle soup and Gulf Fish Almondine and finished every bite. I had the eggplant with spaghetti squash-with a fancy red sauce and basil pure. The wait staff never made you feel rushed and the atmosphere downstairs by the picture windows is lovely.

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is adorable. A cute house located in a residential neighborhood. The staff were friendly and accommodating, the atmosphere absolutely cool and cozy. The food choices were interesting and varied. We ordered the lamb ribs and gnocchi for appetizers. Both were good though my favorite gnocchi is at August. My husband ordered the veal which he enjoyed. I ordered the scallops and the dish was too salty and buttery but still enjoyable. I would go back.

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TF
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was fantastic. Steak entree and eggplant parmigiana were special.

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B
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a teat to dine at Patois. Charming ambiance and great use of fresh local ingredients. Friendly service . Appreciate the willingness to adapt menu items for vegetarians plus they usually have one menu choice that works. This visit we particularly enjoyed the vegan winter squash soup and the olive oil cake with satsuma sherbet and raspberry sauce.

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M
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Exquisite happy hour food menu, interesting appetizer selection suited to both carnivores & vegans & pescators! Excellent bread but dessert ice- cream appealed to my companion whereas the sorbet was good for me. Bar had one bottle of Beck non alcoholic beer. What a shame! People who have food allergies are far more easily accommodated than recovering alcoholics. Please prep bar inventory with non alcoholic beverages. Clientele would be so relieved to not discuss details with servers. Alex Boutwell was a wonderful professional server. Have every hope that we will see him next March at Patois. Despite the heavy holiday crowd. He helped us in every way even to the taxi. He made the Patois experience one we will repeat.

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B
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was spectacular! Busy but it was Christmas Eve. Seated right away. So very special!

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OB
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely spot, food and service both great. A special nod to the gnocchi dish, it was sublime! If I lived in Nola, ot would be my go to special occasion or brunch spot.

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l
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious and wonderful date night with husband. Romantic, friendly small space with amazing cuisine.

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OT
16 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

We were seated near the bar at 6 pm when it was quiet. I asked if we could sit on the upper level, but were assured that it did not get noisy until much later. But by 6:30 pm it was so noisy we could not hear ourselves talk. This was a terrible way to treat a guest. The food (octupus, chicken) was just OK, without interesting flavors. Go somewhere else.

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LD
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful meal! Great neighborhood vibe. The food was exceptional. The service was fine.

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OT
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, love this place!

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New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time dining at Patois. And I thought to myself that I need to become a regular diner here. The food is simply outstanding and the staff warm and accommodating. I had the eggplant parmigiana with spaghetti squash and it was absolutely to die for. Everyone at my table thoroughly enjoyed their meal!!

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l
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Patois is one of the feel good restaurants of uptown new Orleans. Great ambience, food and service. A locals favorite!

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n
New Orleans
421 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Brunch at Patio's is usually very good. This time it was ok. We never received any bread. The gumbo was good. The trout was a little dry, with no sauce and about 3-4 slices of fried potato. The dessert ice cream had no taste. They usually do much better with creative food. We had an excellent dinner here last month. We will try dinner again.

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CW
Little Rock
238 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The crabmeat salad is delicious. Since I questioned the amount of sauce or mayo mixed in, Caitlan suggested I have it deconstructed. Perfect solution ! This young woman is a gem.
For main course I ordered pasta with lobster — wonderful but very rich. Chef Jonathon came out and chatted with ; me he’s a definite asset.
The only area that needs improvement in my estimation is service — but this is only sometimes. They try.

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SC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good food and atmosphere. My only issue was that we were not offered the happy hour menu while we were at the bar.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific drinks, meal, service and overall experience. Amazing menu; loads of options and flavors. Will definitely be back.

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