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Restaurant August

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Creole & Cajun Restaurants, American Restaurants, Caterers

301 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130


Today: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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The best night of my life

It is always a wonderful thing when you are met with people that are obviously passionate about what they are doing, having a good time..or at least caring enough to do a really good job of faking it!!!. The service at August is first rate.. The evening started,just like life,with a beautiful egg..only this one,filled with luscious Sabayon gets devoured .Crawford the sommelier - ya gotta love it when you learn something from someone who knows more than you do and doesn't make you feel stupid for not knowing- The food was amazing the pork belly was placed in front of me with a whispered ""here's the change your life pork belly""...and it was indeed write home all you can do not post it on your ""facebook"" right there at the table the fabulous taste explosion that you just were privileged to have eaten...The meat course was an amazing roulade of wagu beef and short rib topped with a quail egg..an amazing way to have steak and eggs to say the least...
the only disappointment was the dessert a frozen milk chocolate bar resembling a heath bar with a pile of peanuts and a ice cream quenelle..paired with a jammy wine in whimsy peanut butter and jelly sad...though I will say when our waiter read my disappointment on my face he brought me another egg to return back the ""happy beginning"". What a night!!!

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Extraordinary Meal with Excellent Service

As locals and first time visitors we had high expectations based off of both word of mouth comments and online reviews and Restaurant August exceeded our expectations.

Although difficult to get a reservation for two, we had wonderful seating off of the kitchen in a semi-private room that could accommodate around 20 people which was cozy and romantic. I tried the sampling menu with wine paring which is a MUST. I found this to be the best value in town!

Each dish was created with created with the customer in mind as you eat with your eye first. Every course was plated and presented beautifully and came with a brief description as well as information about of the wine that was selected.

At the end of the meal we were able to tour the rest of the restaurant and see the upstairs party room and private tasting room in the Chef's old office. The restaurant is a wonderful historic building that has been renovated and compliments New Orleans and Chef Besh.

A spectacular meal with outstanding service. I would highly recommend this restaurant to all locals and visitors alike.

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Better Service at Olive Garden

Absolutely terrible service. We recently held a group dinner at August and were aghast at the poor service. I would never return to this restaurant.

Put into context, we spent approximately $270 per person. Not an inexpensive meal. The food was spectacular, truly wonderful. However, I get better service at my local Olive Garden.

We had a prix fixe for the entire table, same menu. (1) The plating was horrific. For each of our dishes, it took on average 8 minutes between the first plate set down and the last plate sent down. Unacceptable. And, the food was clearly cold, had been sitting under a heat lamp. (2) The waiter was useless & unfriendly. Not once did he offer suggestions nor did he ever take the time to describe to us what we were eating. Lastly, his shirt looked like it came straight out of the laundry bin. (3) I ordered a Gin Fizz, a local New Orleans specialty, and after a 15 minute wait was told that they didn't have the ingredients to make my drink. Ridiculous. Furthermore, our waiter wasn't tactful enough to even recommend a suitable alternative. (4) When it came time for the bill, our waiter simply handed it to us with no ""thanks for coming"" and said that he couldn't take more than 6 credit cards. Hmm.. On a $4500 bill that seems a bit short-changed.

Stay away from this place.

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A wonderful experience

My fiance's family were in town and wanted the ""gourmet"" tour. So we went to August. We were not disappointed at all. The food was inventive and amazing, just amazing. My fiance just eats meat. I am working on that!!! But just about every part of his meal was smile driven. My appetizers and the other parties ware so unusual and great. My main course could have not been better and the service was fabulous. If you can I would suggest a trip to August for any ""foodie"" out there.

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Impressive, elegant

This was a beautiful dining experience in New Orleans. We dined here on a busy Saturday night. We had a reservation, and were seated immediately. The entire restaurant is gorgeous- it's worth a trip to the upstairs restrooms just to get look at more of the building. The wait staff was perfect. Timing was perfect: we didn't feel rushed, but also didn't feel like we had to wait for each course. We both had the 5 course tasting menu. The food was above average, but not amazing. The fish wrapped in ham was tasty, but the salty ham was a little over powering. Every item we had was like that.. there was always either something missing, or just a little (and I mean, a LITTLE off). We joked that it was like we were judging on Iron Chef- it was all great, but there were minor flaws.
Overall, if you're judging a restaurant on the total dining experience, this is a great place. What a great night out! If you're going to slam it because the food wasn't the absolute best you've ever had, choose another option in New Orleans.

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As a couple from New York, we have experienced many 5 star restaurants. Our expectations were high for Chef Besh's August and they were definitely not met. The best thing about August is the beautiful space. The atmosphere is perfect for a special dinner out and the room and bar are magnificently charming. The wait staff was pleasant and helpful, and we found the service to be prompt and efficient. The food however left us wishing we had chosen a different restaurant. In short, we were ""under-whelmed"". For a $200 meal, there is nothing that would bring us back to this restaurant. For a starter, I had the artichoke soup, which would have been good, had it not been cold. There is little excuse in a 5-star restaurant for cold soup. An easy thing to get right! The $22 foie gras was just ""ok"". For dinner, I had the chicken and dumplings which my husband could have made better at home. The dumplings were simply gnocchi and although they were tasty, there were only 3 of them. Worst of all, my chicken was overcooked. Again, in a 5- star restaurant, chicken should be moist and juicy. I should not need water to wash it down! My husband's ""trout served 3 ways"" was simply a small piece of trout, cut into 3 sections, all prepared the same way. A big let-down for a $37 meal. The dessert menu offered nothing of interest and surprisingly, nothing chocolate other than a strange mix of ""chocolate"" pieces. We decided it was not worth the money!

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Horrible Service

The food at Restaurant August was good - tasty courses with interesting ingredients. The service however was HORRIBLE. Our server practically ignored us all night. We had to ask for our glassed to be filled up from the bottle of wine we ordered, twice! Both times we were told it was finished, when it clearly was not. It seemed as if our server just did not want to be there at all.
In a city like New Orleans where there are tons of wonderful restaurants, this one is not up to par. You could go to many places that have food that is just as good if not better, cost less and have much better service. It seems liek a waste to have such good food paired with bad service. John Besh should look to get new help!

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Best Restaurant in New Orleans!!

Restaurant August is quite possibly the best fine dining experience in New Orleans. This is one of the few restaurants I have been to in recent years that lives up to its five-star reputation in service, food and ambiance. Requesting a table in the wine room will give you the best seat in the house, with a wonderful view of the beautiful second floor wine racks, and even with a packed restaurant, the acoustics are just right for a private dinner conversation. The wait staff is courteous and formal without being pretentious, and is eager to accommodate diners. The overall experience is that of a guest in someone?s impeccably decorated dining room, not of a paying customer. On our most recent visit, two of our party had dietary restrictions, and our waiter?s exact words were ?Describe to me what your dream meal would be, and I?m sure we can make it happen tonight.? And lo and behold, he did. They put you at ease, and even the pickiest of eaters is sure to have an excellent meal. This brings me to the absolute best part of Restaurant August?the food. We were a hard-to-please bunch, but Restaurant August succeeded and then some. In fact, they surpassed my expectations a bit this go around?during my previous dinner there, I was pleased with everything, but underwhelmed by my dessert in comparison. But not this time?The entire meal was a feast for the eyes, nose, and most importantly the mouth, from start (beet salad) to finish (?candy bar? dessert). And the highlight of the meal was still the sugar and spice duckling. If you love duck, this restaurant is a must. Actually, if you love food, this restaurant is a must. I?ve been to more than a few of the other ?fine-dining? restaurants of New Orleans: K-Pauls, Commanders, Ralph?s on the Park, Herbsaint, Arnaud?s, etc. all with their own unique offerings that make them wonderful. But on my list there is only one top spot, and it goes hands down to Restaurant August and Chef John Besh.

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Avoid this restaurant

We made reservations at August for Sat. 11/17 to celebrate our 11th annniversary. We made a reservation for 9:30pm. We arrived on time and were told our table was not ready. We sat at at the tiny bar and proceeded to wait for over 25 mintes for a drink. The bartender was obviously slammed but had a horrible attitude, asking another waitress if she could ""help these people."" It took another 15 minutes to pay the bill because everytime she started to process the bill, she started doing something else. We sat down and once again waited for someone to come over to us. We ordered a bottle of wine and waited another 20 minutes. I went to the ladies room and returned and we still hadn't received the bottle of wine. It was now 10:30 and we still hadn't even begun our meal. At that point we were starving and frustrated and walked out. It was quite possibly the worst service I have ever experienced in a restaurant that is supposed to be of a certain caliber. The food may have been great, but we'll never know since they made it impossible to enjoy our time there. I'm so surprised that John Besh would allow such horrendous service. He may want to spend a little more time training his staff in customer service than making tv appearances. We had gone to NOLA on thursday night and the service and food were impeccable. We had 3 attentive waiters who made you feel welcome. The filet and fried chicken are some of the best. Go there instead. We felt better walking out of August than we would have if we stayed. That should tell you something.

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My husband and I dined there this past Saturday night with a group of 10! The food was fabulous! The atmosphere was great! Everything came from the kitchen perfectly served. The staff was great! I got to go back to the kitchen and meet everyone - great treat for me!!! I can't wait to return on my next vacation!

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Restaurant August - Divine

Restaurant August for dinner. This was our first time to August and will definitely not be our last. Divine is the only word I can say about this place. Everything we tasted was speculator. They brought out a mushroom truffle risotto to start, amazing. We got the gnocchi, wonderful. I had John?s drum dish with champagne butter foam which is the dish he won with on the seafood challenge on the Food Network. His flavors are outstanding. The service was incredible and meeting John for the second time (we had met him on an earlier trip while we were eating at Riche) was quite enjoyable.

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Best Restaurant in New Orleans

This is my current #1 favorite restaurant in New Orleans. The food: Beyond incredible. You can't go wrong. The service is marvelous! The place itself is gorgeous, and feels fancy and lively at the same time. Beautiful interior without a trace of stuffiness. This is everything I want in a special night out. I'm madly in love with this place. Can't wait to go back.

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Great atmosphere for a special night out

I honestly couldn't get over how beautiful the interior of this place is - the exposed brick and the shimmering chandeliers lent it such an exquisite elegance. The staff was attentive and nice, the wine recommended was delicious, and the food was quite good. Though my husband got something that was good but not incredible (I can't even remember what it was, only that it didn't stand out in our minds, haha), I had a lobster over pork dish that was simply amazing and definitely goes down as one of the best meals I've ever had. It was really such a perfect combination of flavors. However, my dessert left something to be desired....the cake portion (I believe it was a banana rum cake with berries) tasted as if it had been frozen at some point....not good. That said, for a romantic evening this is a great place to go.

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""August"" Every Month of the Year

From table to table, from person to person, you keep hearing the same thing...I'll have the sugar and spice duckling with Anson Mills grits, roasted duck foie and local strwberries (Mississippi strwberries are in season-June). This dish is right-on. If you enjoy duck, this restaurant has to be on your ""must visit"" list.

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good. pricey

i had heard much about this place, from being the city's finest to being over-priced. recently i had the chance to find out first hand...

first, the amuse bouche - a sort of egg & truffle custard served in an eggshell. it was amazing tasting! the flavors were perfectly fused & balanced, and i just wanted it to last forever. a good sign. next, for appetizers we had foie gras three ways, and the jumbo lump crab w/ truffle gnocchi. foie gras was nicely plated, however none of the three ways were grilled, so it was basically the same texture three times. the gnocchi was *excellent* in flavor, just the right amount of truffle, cream, crab -- but it was 20 bucks. the online menu lists it at 12, but they say now its a higher grade of truffle. im opposed to $20 apps; i think i would prefer it at 12, as im not sure id be able to discern the difference. salad was nice, tho i dont remember what it was. for an entree i had the rabbit & lobster pasta roll (cant remember its name); at first glance it appeared small, but it was rich enough to sate my appetite, and i was glad it wasnt any larger. the desserts were definitely on the weak side, nothing really leapt out at us. we had one but it was unmemorable.

the wait staff were obviously highly trained -- our head waiter had just about the right level of aloofness, countered w/ attentive servers underneath him. no complaints.

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best in nola...

lived here for 4 years, been to most of the great restaurants here (so many!). this was quite possibly my best meal. we had 9 in our party, had fantastic service, and a truly great meal. you know how normally, even when all the food is good, someone's meal is invariably the best? not the case here. from duck to rabbit to lamb (my dish), everything was perfect. yup, it was pricey, but it was good. for about the equivalent money, better than commander's, brennan's, galatoire's, and certainly the emeril's restaurants.

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Top notch! The new IT place to eat for locals

Great appetizers, always something new from the chefs here. If you are a man, try the 34oz. Cowboy Steak if you can handle it.....The Seafood Tower is good, when in season. The wine list is among the best in the city and they don't up-charge like Commander's. Been here three times, perfect everytime.

Wait staff is friendly, very knowledgeable and prompt. Bread sticks and butter are great too!

Needs some work on the dessert menu, but that will come with time.

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Balance Off in Food

We had dinner at Restaurant August on Saturday night. We did have to wait 30 minutes for our 9:00 PM reservation, but that can be expected when eating so late. The building is beautiful and the staff very attentive. However, I was not very satisfied with the food. The balance was off in three of our dishes - the figs with ham, goat cheese, and honey was about 80% country ham wrapped around a tiny fig, no goat cheese that you can taste, and a drizzle of honey. It was all about country ham, which any good Southerner loves, but not enough to chew on with a glass of fantastic Rhone. There was nothing to cut all the salt. I had really envisioned a take on something we ate in Tuscany. The lamb dish was much the same - the chop and the pulled lamb were good, but the side of mushy eggplant in a tough pastry shell was plain awful. Once again, there was nothing to balance the fat flavor of the lamb. Finally, we ordered the upside down peach cake with blueberry sorbet. The cake was wonderful, but sorbet is the wrong flavor and texture for this southern comfort. Blueberry ice cream would have been dead on. So, while the meal had its hi-lights, I would not go back and not recommend to friends. I feel like this is a technical disagreement in the presentation of the flavors.

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Huge disappointment

It was late January 2005 when two house guests from out of town came in and wanted to dine at a ""special"" restaurant. We suggested August for the occasion, and made reservations for six of us. It was downhill from there. It should be noted that the restaurant was not crowded that evening. We ordered cocktails before dinner, which were slow in being delivered. For whatever reason, it appeared that the waiters were completely disinterested in this table. The entrees were rather small (nouvelle cuisine ?) and nothing special flavorwise. The price was certainly not commensurate with the quality. All in all, a very disappointing evening!

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Congrats John!

FINALLY! John Besh is now totally in charge! August is a triumph in all ways. The food, is sprctacular, and John is under rated. He is a star! His steakhouse at Harrah's Casino is also grand! This is our favorite restaurant in New Orleans, and we visit several times every year. The banquet areas are perfection for any occasion! Bon Chance! The Desserts and Gnocci are to die for! See y'all soon!
Dr. Taylor

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General Info
The cuisine at August is contemporary French with a focus on local ingredients, inspired by classical training here and in Europe, and by the depth of his own Southern Louisiana roots. August is located in a historic 19th-century French-Creole building in New Orleans' Central Business District. August was a semifinalist for the 2012 and 2013 James Beard Awards Outstanding Restaurant and has been selected by Gayot as a top 40 Restaurant in the United States.The cuisine at August is contemporary French with a focus on local ingredients, inspired by classical training here and in Europe, and by the depth of his own Southern Louisiana roots. August is located in a historic 19th-century French-Creole building in New Orleans' Central Business District. August was a semifinalist for the 2012 and 2013 James Beard Awards Outstanding Restaurant and has been selected by Gayot as a top 40 Restaurant in the United States.
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Phone: 504-299-1199

Fax: 504-299-1199

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Parking: Street, Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Dressy

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Southern, Caterers, Family Style, American, French, Take Out, European, Continental, Cajun & Creole

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

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