Chef Donald Link's Herbsaint Bar and Restaurant on historic Saint Charles Avenue features an acclaimed menu with French and Italian-inspired, yet distinctive Southern dishes and a dynamic wine list in a modern bistro setting. Private dining with customized menu is available for up to 50 guests.
Contemporary American, French
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Bistro: Monday - Friday: 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
2 public lots close to restaurant
streetcar stop at St. Charles & Girod
Private Party Facilities:
Private dining seats up to 50.
Private Party Contact:
Colin O'Neill or Sean Perkins: 5045244114
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
Herbsaint Ratings and Reviews
The cuisine was top notch and exceeded o ...
The cuisine was top notch and exceeded our expectations. We were seated right on time and service was attentive without being bothersome. Atmosphere was nice but loud. I would go again the next time I get down to NOLA.
By far, on all counts, the best meal of ...
By far, on all counts, the best meal of our food-centered trip to New Orleans...every dish, including their home-made ciabatta, from small plates to desserts, was perfectly prepared & toe-curling delicious. It was just the two of us, good thing we always share since we had trouble deciding from the menu's temptations. Had two small plates for starters-- Louisiana Shrimp & Brabant Potatoes & House-made Spaghetti with Guanciale & Fried-Poached Farm Egg (a culinary wonder!), followed by entrees of Moscovy Duck Leg Confit( succulent meat, irresistibly crispy skin), Dirty Rice, & Citrus Gastrique and Teres Major(a not-so-easy- to-find cut of buttery-tender, full-flavored beef),served as requested a bit less done than medium-rare, with fries. For desserts, the silky texture and deep flavor of the flourless chocolate cake set a new standard,& was beautifully balanced with Vietnamese Coffee Ice cream & Hazelnut Brittle, the Banana Brown Butter Tart served with a Fleur de Sel Carmel Sauce was as satisfying as it was unique. Our serving team was terrific, and had a great part in making this such a memorable meal.
The quality of the food was good, and th ...
The quality of the food was good, and the ingredients tasted fresh. However, the entree selections seemed to lack a clear direction -- there was a bit of this and that. The restaurant appeared to be a local favorite as evident by the number of guests/patrons that seemed familiar with the staff and each other. I liked the restaurant, but I think there are better restaurants for out-of-towners.
The décor has been freshened since my l ...
The décor has been freshened since my last visit . The spare rib small plate was fantastic. I still believe that they have some of the best gumbo in town. That night it was chicken and Andouille, a favorite for me. I think that the new bar area would be fun for a drink and a small plate if you are not in the mood for a full meal.
I thought it was good. Though It's beco ...
I thought it was good. Though It's becoming more and more difficult for these high end gourmet restaurants to distinguish themselves. They all seem to be doing the same things: small plates, unusual parings of ingredients and food, etc., etc.
We had multiple wait staff (4-5) differe ...
We had multiple wait staff (4-5) different people. None were friendly or appeared to be enjoying their jobs. The hostess was friendly, the only person. It seemed as if we were a nuisance to all the wait staff. Very haughty, full of attitude. The food was very good, wait staff not so much.
Disappointing, Painful, and Underwhelming
I have been to other of the Link restaurants and had high expectations for Herbsaint but unfortunately, those expectations were not even close to being met. The meal started off very promising when we were seated; however, it was downhill from there (sorry). Our server seemed noticeably irritated when we asked for a recommendation from the menu and then for a suggested drink pairing.
The roux for the gumbo was burnt and left a bitter aftertaste. My wife had the shrimp and fish ceviche but was over spiced and left a red rash on her lips and corners of her mouth. When we brought it to the attention of the server, her only comment was, "It has pepitas in it."
I am not sure what disappoints me more, the food and service or that I paid $200 for such a poor and painful experience.
Not just another Thursday evening meal
Guests from out of town where depending on my wife and I as locals to help deliver a memorable dining experience. We booked Herbsaint and the wait staff and kitchen there did the rest...and boy did they serve up an incredible tasting experience!! From the tuna appetizer to the duck confit entire and evening special featuring local red snapper, the food and wine pairings were awesome. Oh, I almost forgot to mention the strawberry pot de creme which completed the festivities. The service was flawless. We have eaten here many times and always enjoyed our meals. But, this time lingering pleasant memories were created leaving us to plan our next meal here very, very soon.
This was not my first trip to Herbsaint nor will it be my last. The restaurant offers such good value. Excellent, delicious food at a price more reasonable than some fine-dining peers. The service was also very good, both attentive and casual without being stuffy. Oh, and if they still have it when you go there, get the lamb lasagna.
Creative, comfortable and excitingly delicious
This was our third visit to Herbsaint and all our experiences were outstanding. This time we were there for lunch. It was not crowded and so there was relative peace and quiet to better enjoy the creative offerings. I had an offering of catsfish that was at the same time familiar and comforting and novel and exciting. I think this is the combination of factors that makes Herbsaint outstanding. Service was attentive without being intrusive - this is seldom experienced elsewhere.
Don't Miss the Brown Butter Banana Tart
Vibrant but not obnoxious. This neighborhood gem has indoor and outdoor seating and I chose the former due to it being a tad on warm and humid side. I appreciated the casual atmosphere that rocks some of NOLA's best eats. The service was fine, not stellar, but did not distract from the overall experience. The small plate special, cobia (a meaty fish seared like tuna) was outstanding. The baked drum (a whitefish) was quite good and another new fish for me. The special side, summer squash, had a nice kick and would be good to share, as all this was too much for one, especially since I saved room for dessert. My meal was paired with a solidly decent glass of Arcadian chardonnay. But the crown jewel was the brown butter banana tart with fleur de sel caramel. Hands down....this is now on the short list of the best things Ive ever eaten.
The ceviche was divine! The gumbo is far ...
The ceviche was divine! The gumbo is far lighter than other sampling a while in NOLA, but it didn't drown out the rest of the meal.
The Drum Fish was light, clean, with no after taste with a complimenting sauce that doesn't over power. Refreshing in NOLA where most meals are very heavy.
The restaurant and staff are wonderful. Good service, helpful, know the menu, but don't hover.
Definitely worth all of the buzz and acc ...
Definitely worth all of the buzz and accolades. Had squash blossoms for the first time, and they were delicious. The place had a hip New York or San Francisco vibe to it, but I knew I was in New Orleans when I tasted that amazing chicken and andouille gumbo. The staff was really hip and on top of their game also. Herbsaint is definitely one of my new favorites, and I can't wait to return.
Big reputation, freezing room
The food was good but dinner felt rushed. It was so cold with air conditioning I needed to borrow an extra shawl. ( I had bought one already.). I had asked they turn it don,much they did but guess they turned it up later. Appetizers v good. Hubbie had Butter poached tuna and I had gulf shrimp w a very crispy potatoe cube in an aioli sauce. Both excellent. I had a small bowl of gumbo for my main as we'd been eating a lot. Hubbie had the steak frites so not a really exciting order. The dessert was great. Apple pie profiteroles with brown sugar ice cream and calvados caramel sauce. Generous portion.
Two of the three dishes I had at Herbsaint were outstanding.
Mr. Link is from a small town in the same parish of Louisiana in which I am from.
His gumbo was very similar to the one my grandparents made...smoky,dark and
just plain old delicious!
However, the banana/caramel desserts was one of the three most outstanding I've
ever had...and I've been fortunate to eat at some of the most famous restatsurants in
Europe and in the U.S. It was amazing!
I highly recommend this outstanding restaurant!
Will be back
despite some recent reviews of poor service, we had a decent service experience. We had about a 10 minute wait for our reservation which was okay. We sat in the back room near the wine storage and its a bit quieter than the front room, but still noisy. We could hear ourselves and have a conversation. I would not want to sit in the bar area, people would be on top of you. The food was all delicious and we brought a bottle of wine and bought a bottle from their list so the corkage fee was waved. Had the gnocchi and duck confit, recommend both
Amazing Food, So-So Service
Nearly everything we ordered was a standout. The grilled shrimp starter, drum main, and tuna sandwich were truly fabulous. The coconut custard pie and flourless chocolate cake were absolutely incredible. Really- this food speaks for itself. The curried chicken main was a complete miss, served on the bone- it was all skin and fat, nearly no actual chicken, and the chili couscous did nothing to help it. That said- everything else was amazing.
Service, however, was a real miss. We arrived to a hostess who never smiled, a waitress who seemed aloof and unfortunately stood very near our table talking to another server the whole time about how she was so ready to go home and didn't want to be there. The lovely guy who brought our desserts, however, was awesome, and as we looked around, the only person on staff who ever cracked a smile. The food sells itself, and I would absolutely return and recommend it to a friend- but the staff needs a definite shakeup. Definitely not up to New Orleans' standard of friendliness.
Herbsaint is consistently wonderful
Herbsaint is the most consistently great restaurants in New Orleans. The location is nice on the St Charles street car line and has nice front porch seating. When the weather is pleasant, you can't beat it. The gumbo is the best in town-rich and delicious. We also enjoyed the beef short rib, Louisiana shrimp and baked drum. Will definitely be back
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