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
Overall, the good was very good. However, there were at least three items on the menu that were either not the correct items being sold, or sold out. It also took a rather long time to get our food after placing our orders; especially dessert. It wasn't a horrible experience, but I had hoped for more.
This was some of the rudest service we have experienced dining out. Got there early for an 8:30 reservation, were told they were running behind and were very polite about it. We didn't even check on things until 8:45. When it got past 9:00, and we were getting restless the hostess told us, "what do you want me to do, tell people to finish dessert?" No, I want you to get us the table that we booked weeks in advance in a professional manner.
Once we finally did sit down, and we asked about a bread plate after 20 minutes, we were told "Yea that's not happening." Until we got sassy enough that they came back apologizing with fresh bread 2 minutes later. The food here is great. Why isn't the service?
In my 67 years, I have had 2 meals I would consider as close to perfect as one could get. One was at Fleming's Steakhouse in Memphis on New Year's Eve and the other was to my recent visit to Herbsaint. I took the plunge and ordered the Wagyu steak which had been raised on a farm in West Monroe, Louisiana. The steak's appearance was between a ribeye and a New York strip. I relished every bite. Each bite was like butter melting in my mouth. It was so incredibly delicious I did not want to finish it. Never have I eaten a steak this delicious!! My wife had the Turkey, Tasso and Andouille Gumbo. It was rich, dark and incredible. My wife ordered the fried oysters for her entrée and my son got the same dish as an appetizer. The oysters were to die for. They were cooked perfectly in lightly breaded flour and meal. The outside was perfectly crunchy with a soft center for the perfect taste. My son ordered the fish of the day which was swordfish. It was also impeccable with delicious vegetables and creative sauces. For dessert we ordered Coconut Custard Pie with Buttermilk Chantilly and Orange Caramel and Banana Brown Butter Tart with Fleur de Sel Caramel. Both were outrageously perfect. The crust for the Banana Brown Butter Tart was an experience all by itself. Needless to say the food was perfect but what made the night so perfect was the wait staff. Our waitress constantly checked on us with recommendations and helpful hints. Her assistants also had their eyes on us throughout the meal and were at the table for refills, removal of plates, and other assistance which elevated the experience. The chefs at this restaurant (executive and pastry) are two of the finest cooks we have ever had the privilege of enjoying their wares. It was a perfect night, with perfect food, with perfect people to support us through this one of a kind journey.
Loved Herbsaint! They should ne proud of their work and staff. Great service and delicious food! Gnocchi appetizer with pancetta and parmesan was wonderful. I'll take 3 more! Duck confit fell off the bone and came with lovely spiced peapods. Good wine and beer options. Malted chocolate cake was a perfect and delicious end to a great and solid meal at Herbsaint. Thank you!
Fantastic! The food and beverage menus are creative and delicious. Try the Gumbo. It was great. Fries were tasty, order 2 orders or more, they come in small portions. The best part of the dinner was our waitress who gently and comically guided us through the evening.
Only get there once a year when we go to NO but wouldn't miss it - food is delicious - we were there for lunch - wonderful cornmeal crusted fried oysters followed by deeply yummy beef short ribs with roti potatoes then the apple pie profiteroles! Wonderful wine and great wait person - Elizabeth!
This restaurant is on a couple different lists for best in America and it's not even close. From the screaming baby to the lackluster service (sat for 45 minutes before someone took our order) the food is average for this price point. My favorite dish was actually a side dish. I had high hopes but was severely disappointed- there are far too many superior restaurants that deserve the accolades that this one gets
Best gumbo I have eaten...duck,tasso,andouille. It was the darkest roux I've ever seen. I'm a big fish consumer and I tend to avoid swordfish as I find it normally a little too dry for my taste but they served a grilled swordfish wrapped in fig leaves that was moist and delicious. All the food was first class . I would highly recommend this restaurant ...
The food was quite mediocre, surprising given the restaurant's reputation. Many restaurants in NO have a better gumbo, the shrimp entree was unimaginative and the dessert, profiteroles, looked and tasted as if from Basking Robins. Overall a very disappointing evening and a bit of an embarrassment vis a vis our out of town guests.
My wife and I had a lovely meal at Herbsaint. The cocktails were inventive and deftly executed. I greatly enjoyed the fried oysters. The cornmeal breading had great texture and was fried to perfection. The oysters remained moist and flavorful. The beef short rib was tender and flavorful. It was wonderful to see goat on the menu and in this case the crisping provided a wonderful textural contrast. The fleur de sel caramel accented the banana wonderfully in our tart. Our service was excellent--attentive without being overbearing. We would highly recommend Herbsaint.
Food was great but the higher end California Cabernets that we ordered were out of stock after each first bottle. Some we had 3 or 4 one offs. There were also no large format opportunities. Service was very good but we had a party of 8 placed by the door at a round table that would have seated 6 more comfortably. It felt like we were in the middle of the traffic pattern. I mentioned to the individual that confirmed our reservation that we were in town for a special birthday and while the individual seemed to document the occasion it was never acknowledged at the restaurant. The experience felt more like a transaction than a celebration but I can assure you was spent celebration money. Overall ok but I was disappointed because I bragged about the Link association to Cochon in our hometown of Nashville.
We enjoyed the drinks at the bar, however, we had an 8:30 reservation, and were not seated for at least an hour. Good if you're drinking a lot, but we had two younger people with us, and they were tired from traveling.
It was a 3 people birthday celebration.
Three of us made a reservation here on Lundi Gras because they had a balcony. We decided to get a variety of dishes and share them. We shared the duck gumbo, beef short rib and housemade spaghetti and they were all amazing and for an entree we shared the Duck Leg Confit and this Banana dessert that was to.die.for! Probably my favorite meal while we were in NOLA!
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.
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