New Orleans, LA 70130
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: (504) 524-4114
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Herbsaint Ratings and Reviews
I just hate to write a negative review but our experience was unfortunate. The service we had made us feel like we were a second thought and almost in the way of the staff. We ordered the gumbo, fried oysters & redfish. The gumbo was burnt and was a poor reflection of what one expects when traveling and staying in New Orleans. The oysters were good but, not fresh, not plump. The slaw was pre-made, sour and most likely from a bag. The redfish was amazing. My hope is that this review doesn't hurt but will fill in the weak spots in this restaurant.
We made reservations at Herbsaint for Valentine's Day based on reviews and living in New Orleans. The service was very good but the food was very disappointing. We ordered several small plates as that is how their menu is construed. If you enjoy spaghetti with a fried egg, gnocchi with bacon strips, or a tiny piece of a short rib with a gourmet hash brown at approximately $ 15.00 per plate, this is your place. Even the crab bisque was thin and tasted like fish stock. Expect to leave hungry.
During one week in NOLA for a conference, I ate here 3 times, not only because it was good, but it was conveniently near my conference site. I went with friends one evening for small plates and wine and by myself, twice for lunch. The Friday lunch hour was very busy and a bit noisy inside. The food was outstanding each time. Note, wine by the glass was excellent and affordable.
My wife and I split the Baked Asiago, Shrimp Ceviche, and Gnocci. Along with it I had a White Wine and she had the Mexican Fireball cocktail. Everything was perfect. We dined outside along St Charles Street; and while there was traffic and the street car service was running at full strength, it did not detract from a wonderful happy hour dinner with our server "Em".
We'd go back again.
We have eaten at Herbsaint several times over the years when visiting New Orleans. On this visit we sat outside as it was a pleasant evening. The service was okay, but not special. The vegetarian choices for my wife were okay but not special. It was not quite what I remembered it to be. We ate 3 dinners in New Orleans on this trip and this one ranked third.
My boyfriend and I went on a recent trip to New Orleans. We had a wonderful meal with a vast wine selection. We ordered the spaghetti with the poached egg, which was amazing! Also, the short ribs were perfectly prepared. Only complaint is the table we were sat at was in the corner of the bar and my boyfriend didn't have enough room to maneuver in and out of the table, even though we had reservation made over a week in advance. It is probably the table they save for walk ins. The restaurant is beautiful and the service was on point. I will definitely go there again.
9 of us dined here for my daughter's 30th birthday. We sat at a wonderful round table in the back dining area which was quiet (the front room very noisy as we left). The food was exceptional. I had the lamb and mushroom lasagna which was unique and amazing! A good size portion as well. Service was also very friendly and attentive.
Amazing! Just when I thought that I have eaten at every great restaurant in New Orleans, I find Herbsaint. In keeping with sister restaurants Cochon and Peche, the food is incredible and the service is off the hook. The best duck Gumbo ever was just the start of a fabulous meal that I will not soon forget!
Fantastic dinner! We would've been very happy to just've had the appetizers for dinner but the steak was fantastic. The apple pie profiteroles were to die for. Excellent service. The only drawback was the noise level which is typical for even the nicest restaurants.
Exquisite food with excellent service. Beautiful little spot that seems to be filled with locals. The blood orange salad was incredible, a really unique dish. "Small plates" are a decent size, so an app/salad + small plate is a good sized meal. Their desserts are definitely not to be missed, some seasonal touches (like local satsuma on the pot de creme) were very good. Try the flourless chocolate cake or malted milk chocolate mousse.
Herbsaint is a reliable restaurant when you're looking for a nice culinary experience. The ingredients are always fresh and the dishes are always creative and delicious. Good spot when taking folks from out of town when they would like a high end dining experience that is true to New Orleans.
Starters, Small plates and entrees....all very very good. Desserts (especially Banana Brown Butter Tart) superb!...Decor...very hip and tasteful. The bar is stellar too!....but by far, the best aspect of Herbsaint is the staff...from the greeter, to bar staff & waitstaff...could not have been any more professional, helpful and friendly. Courses were perfectly timed and presented....great food experience and vibe!
While the restaurant is very noisy and the servers at times seemed aloof the food is spectacular.
It was as described on the menu but especially as described by the server when asked. Our server was first class.
The wine list is extensive, expensive and overwhelming. I am in touch with very good lower priced west coast wines and there were few if any to be had.
This was my second time visiting and I went back because of the food. And I will go back because of the food.
Finally, it's so good to find a restaurant whose food actually matches or even exceeds the often vividly appetizing descriptions on the menu. Sadly, that's getting harder and harder to find these days.
Overall a great experience. The one thing I feel though, the server/bartender seemed a bit slighted by the fact that we were not drinking or ordering entrees (disappointed that it would not be a large bill?). We had just come from a cocktail tour, and had a big night out the previous night, so alcohol was the last thing on our mind. Also, whenever we visit New Orleans, we try to have many different cuisines and dining experiences. For that, we thought their small plates menu was perfect. We did not think we would be judged for ordering exclusively off that menu ("That's ALL you're ordering?")
Besides what we may have only interpreted as a snooty comment, there were many pluses. We got held up on a parade route, so we approximately 15 minutes before reservation time to inform the hostess we were running 10 minutes behind schedule. She kindly held our table. Water and bread was refilled promptly and with a smile from someone other than our server. The food. Oh my the food. We had the curried goat soup, spaghetti small plate, gnocchi small plate, and dirty rice. The rice was a bit dry, but flavorful. Everything else was amazing. We do plan to return for another visit and be able to enjoy the extensive wine list and craft cocktails.
WOW.. In a 4 night stay in the city, all dinners were great, this was exceptional. Food, service, ambiance were so good this visit fell into my spouses (chef) Top 5 dining outings in recent memory as we travel and dine out frequently. Gnocchi and Spaghetti appetizers were just outstanding, main entrée was a Japanese steak special, also fabulous and desert, the Meyer Lemon doughnuts were over the top. Brought our own wine, corkage allowed in New Orleans even though the wine list is strong. Will absolutely return next time in town.
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