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.
New Orleans, LA 70130
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
We ordered three small plates--fried oysters, gnocchi, and beef with anchovies and capers, one entree, the jumbo shrimp callalloo, and a dessert of apple pie profiteroles. Of these dishes, the dessert was by far the most successful and I would go back for just desert and after dinner drinks any time.
While the rest of the dishes were good, they were not up to the standards set for modern creole dining by places like August, and the service was spotty at best. Our server's familiarity with the menu seemed tenuous--she had to read from notes about the special of the day--and appeared to split her time between bar duties and table service. Three of the dishes--the gnocchi, beef, and shrimp--arrived after having clearly spent a fair amount of time waiting to be served based on their temperature.
I should note that I have friends I trust who swear by Herbsaint so it is possible that we just caught them on a bad night, but restaurants of this caliber shouldn't have nights this bad.
Herbsaint is a new classic for NOLA! The gnocchi with Parmesan and pancetta is amazing. The duck confit is simply the finest duck I have ever had. The brown butter tart for dessert is a taste pleasing treasure! We have been going to NOLA for years to some of the world's finest restaurants. Herbsaint is now a must.
Nice place, food was very good...
They advertised a daily special of roasted octopus, but the waiter stated they ran out & only had 5 servings. We found that rather strange...
The tables were too close together, the server serving the table next to us constantly had her backside in our space...
Just off a St. Charles street car stop and a pleasant 10 minute walk from Canal Street, this culinary gem in the historical and rejuvenating Warehouse district will introduce you to the creative cajun and New Orleans cuisine of Donald Link. Tucked away from the crowds and under some old trees, the cocktails, meals and wine flights soar to culinary heights. Even amidst all the extraordinary places to eat in New Orleans, this is a must.
Not sure what is up with Herbsant, but what a difference 1 1/2 years make.
1) Beet appetizer were lacklustre and a little bit bitter.
2) Fried oysters were fine quality and totally ordinary--nothing original or memorable about them. Could have gone to Deannie's for straightforward, good quality, fried oysters and spent way less money.
3) Housemade Tagliatelle with bacon and Trumpet mushrooms was very good. Tastes worked well.
4) Beef Short Rib with Rosti potatoes was very good.
Nothing was great, per our usual and historical experience of Herbsaint.
We had dessert, totally unmemorable, because we can't even remember what we had. I suggest you bring back your dazzling, caramel corn dessert, from three years ago, even if you have to rehire your former pastry chef. Even a well-executed, key lime pie will do, preferably topped with soft meringue instead of whipped cream.
The service was excellent but I was not amazed by the food. We started out with Sazarac cocktails, which were too bitter and also too sweet (if that makes sense), slightly disappointing. We had two small plates, a beef with capers and anchovies, which was excellent, and the gnocchi with panchetta, which was good, but underseasoned. We split the duck confit for dinner and again I was underwhelmed. The skin was amazingly crisp, but it was so salty it overwhelmed the taste the meat. For $30 it was not the flavor experience I was hoping for. There are lots of food experiences in New Orleans, next time for that price I would go somewhere else.
I never get chicken, but I did at this place. The reduction included crawfish and yummy flavors. My dirty martini was delicious. I recommend the spaghetti appetizer that includes a battered, deep fried poached egg that somehow has a perfect yolk. My husband loved his swordfish. The James Beard awards hanging on the wall are a great reminder of why everything is so delicious here. Our service was top-notch, the waiter's description of all of the food was dead on. He explained how the dishes were prepared and cooked to help us understand why specific selections should be at the top of our list. It was like talking to the chef. The ambiance is warm and peaceful, perfect for a date night.
How much are you willing to suffer through for great food? Small table with a communal bench and a chair, in the far back? Overburdened waitstaff, two of whom wait on you, and one of whom keeps hoping the other one will take care of you because he doesn't have time? Food that takes over 30 minutes to arrive, when you were warned not to order the chicken because it takes 20-30 minutes (and you didn't order it)? An overcrowded room, a noise level so great that you cannot talk to one another without raising your voice to an uncomfortable level (so you don't), and music piped in on top of it all? If none of this matters to you, then the food is great. Go.
Everything was fantastic!!!! Staff, food, seating. Everything!! We started with the gnocchi which was everything as great as people said it would be. The duck was crispy and flavorful. The swordfish was cooked absolutely perfectly. The banana tart dessert was heaven on our tongues. Will definitely go back when we return to New Orleans.
What a great spot. Casual, fun environment well designed to provide a room with great "restaurant energy." The food was terrific, some of the best we have had in the week we have been in New Orleans. the beet salad was wonderful and the cornmeal battered oysters were perfection, I had to stop myself from ordering a second round. Every dish we had was delicious and the service was fun, friendly, knowledgeable and professional.
my wife wasn't feeling great but despite that still enjoyed healthy salad for her and i think the tuna sandwich was best tuna dish i have had and i have had many. cocktails kentucky 5- was tasty and strong. desert menu strong and enjoyed the coconut cream pie. nice service and friendly. nice walk from french quarter
I was excited to try Herbsaint after reading about all their accolades, but it was surprisingly our least favorite dining experience in NOLA. Proof that service can make or break your experience, our service was just off (and slow) - we had one new server and one experienced server tag-team. The new server should have been shadowing instead, but I can't say for sure that the experienced server was any better. Both seemed overwhelmed by how busy the restaurant was. Our dinner selections from the regular menu were good, but the special was underwhelming. We had high hopes, but Herbsaint didn't deliver.
Unfortunately, my entree (fish, the special of the day) was really bad. Lukewarm, slimy, with an uninspired side. My husband's small plate, short ribs, was greasy. We had so been looking forward to this restaurant, and it was a massive disappointment. Tables were smashed together (my husband got to look into a back corner, never appealing) and service was crazy slow.
The restaurant comped us for my inedible fish, but we still spent a lot for a memorably bad experience. Maybe it was an off night, maybe we ordered the wrong dishes, but....
We sat outside on the patio to enjoy the beautiful weather. The trolley goes by every so often, as do people using the sidewalk in between the two rows of tables. We ordered the champagne cocktail and a beer to go with three rounds of shared small plates. Tip: We should have probably included a salad to balance out all of the richness or the five dishes and desserts that we suffered for later on. The warm bread and sweet butter that was brought out was perfection. Crusty and nicely chewy. If you can take heat, the Sicilian Beef was a favorite. The gnocchi was surprisingly our least favorite, but still good. Loved the desserts. Could have had one of each it was so hard to choose.
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