About Restaurant August
Opened in October 2001 with native John Besh at the helm, Restaurant August is the only restaurant to be awarded a perfect "5 Bean" score from The Times-Picayune in the past two years. Food & Wine bestowed Besh with the honor of "Best New Chef" in 1998. Gourmet magazine's Guide to America's Best Restaurants listed August in its top five picks in New Orleans.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Friday Only, 11:00am - 2:00pm. Dinner: Monday - Sunday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
$50 and over
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August has a parking lot across from the restaurant available for dinner only! There is also available street parking for free after 6 pm and on Sundays.
Todd Pulsinelli, co-owner John Besh
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room
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At Restaurant August, our Upstairs Private Dining Room can seat 100 or 120 for a reception style event. The Chef's Tasting Room can seat 12 and features a customized Chef's Tasting Menu. Wines can be paired by our sommelier for a more unique experience. Buyouts are also available for up to 300.
Restaurant August Ratings and Reviews
This was one of the best dining experien ...
This was one of the best dining experiences we have had! As vegetarians, it can be hard to find veg dishes that are thoughtfully prepared as such and not just as sides to other mains. We did the vegetarian prix fixe and each of the 5 courses was flawless. Their wine list is an excellent compilation and we were able to easily find the perfect bottle for our meal. We did not see other vegetarian dishes on the a la carte menu, but I feel like they would be very accommodating. Great ambiance and service. Priced appropriately.
August does not disappoint expectations. ...
August does not disappoint expectations. I booked dinner to celebrate a birthday and everyone in the party enjoyed the feel of the place which was relaxed but sophisticated. The food's presentation was exquisite, exceeded only by the taste. Everything ordered was completely consumed and we were pleasantly surprised by the extra appetizer sent to the birthday guest, in addition to the "special" dessert. All in all an excellent choice for the birthday celebration.
This restaurant is one of the finest in ...
This restaurant is one of the finest in a city full of great restaurants! The food is superb, the staff are all very knowledgeable on all aspects of the menu. Both the tasting menu and a la carte offer delicious selections. This is our favorite place to take folks in New Orleans and our spot for special occasions.
We came here on a recommendation of a fr ...
We came here on a recommendation of a friend during our trip to New Orleans, and I can honestly say this was the best food my husband and I have had in years. We had gnoki for appetizer which were heavenly- strongly recommend!
Celebrating our anniversary with a long ...
Celebrating our anniversary with a long weekend in New Orleans. I booked Restaurant August based on OT reviews and it was fabulous. Beautiful restaurant with great food and service. My husband and I both had the chef's tasting menu with wine pairings which was wonderful. The chef easily adjusted one of the courses because I'm allergic to shrimp. Our servers Nick and Lucy described each course and wine pairing as they were served. We are making this a favorite for our next visit.
Very nice front dining area, however, we ...
Very nice front dining area, however, we were ushered to the back area that was not well thought out. It felt like an overflow area. The food was great however my wife thought the spices were too strong. Maybe a little more explanation of the spice in each dish is warranted.
Restaurant August continues to be one of ...
Restaurant August continues to be one of the finest dining experiences in New Orleans.
I never knew vegetables could be so flav ...
I never knew vegetables could be so flavorful. I had the vegetable degustation menu. I'll never look at carrots the same way again. Sublime use of flavored and textures.
Awesome experience! Probably one of the ...
Awesome experience! Probably one of the best dining I've ever had.
The food and service are incomparable. ...
The food and service are incomparable. Truly wonderful meal.
August is great. Lived up to the hype an ...
August is great. Lived up to the hype and reputation. Great food, great service, we will be back next time in NOLA.
Restaurant August did not disappoint. I ...
Restaurant August did not disappoint. I did the tasting menu and my mom got one of the entrees. Everything was delicious, service as pleasant, and location is convenient to downtown. Overall the price while expensive was reasonable. I would not hesitate to return on a future trip to New Orleans.
Outstanding restaurant! One of the best ...
Outstanding restaurant! One of the best meals I've ever had. Service was excellent.
I suprised my boyfriend with dinner here ...
I suprised my boyfriend with dinner here for his 30th birthday and we were both beyond impressed with the atmosphere and the quality of food. When we return to New Orleans, we will definitely return.
What a great restaurant! Their cuisine w ...
What a great restaurant! Their cuisine was superb and can accommodate any food restriction. They have a spectacular wine selection with a sommelier (Erin), who can make very knowledgeable recommendations. The service was very attentive. The dessert menu and after dinner wines, cordials and spirits were wonderful. Clearly, this restaurant is a top tiered establishment and doing it right!
Perhaps the best dining experience in Ne ...
Perhaps the best dining experience in New Orleans. Tight but excellent menu, attentive but informal service. I felt less like a guest than a member of the family - which is why I go every time I'm in New Orleans.
The food and service were excellent! Tho ...
The food and service were excellent! Thoroughly enjoyed all our selections and the little surprises along the way.
Truly the perfect dining experience. A ...
Truly the perfect dining experience. Always the best.
Everything was perfect.... Food, service ...
Everything was perfect.... Food, service, ambiance! We celebrated our 33 wedding anniversary and the staff at August made it a very special and memorable experience.
Delicious, original dishes. A beautiful ...
Delicious, original dishes. A beautiful place, too.
If there were 7 or 8 stars I would give ...
If there were 7 or 8 stars I would give the restaurant that high a rating. The dinner was one of the best I have ever had. Chris our waiter was incredible. The entire staff was attentive thorough, and unobtrusive. They could not have been better or more in touch with our needs. The food was great, pacing perfect, and the choices offered broad and tasty. Restaurant August will be on my MUST dine list every time I am in New Orleans, and I will recommend it to everyone I know. Kudos to the staff, the kitchen and John Besh.
Truly one of the best restaurants in New ...
Truly one of the best restaurants in New Orleans!!!
What can one say about this restaurant o ...
What can one say about this restaurant other than exceptional. We came with high expectations and were not disappointed.
Outstanding food, great service, Must ...
Outstanding food, great service, Must try, peach salad, roasted grouper and passion fruit desert
We were traveling between our Birmingham ...
We were traveling between our Birmingham and Houston offices and decided to break the trip up with a stay in New Orleans. This is the second visit to August and I think it was even better the second time than the first. We started with a chop salad and gnocchi and decided we couldn't pass up the beet salad. Everything was incredible. The beet salad was perfection For our entrees, we have the beef and, off of the tasting menu, the tagliatelle and snapper courses. It was the perfect amount of food and I could have eaten 5 more of the tagliatelle.
Lovely restaurant. Food was very good. ...
Lovely restaurant. Food was very good. Portions a little small. Dishes varied from fabulous to nothing special.
August has always been my favorite fine ...
August has always been my favorite fine dining restaurant, and it still is.
We don't think we've ever experienced a ...
We don't think we've ever experienced a vegetarian degustation this artful and flavorful. Better than certain European restaurants with Michelin stars.
Wonderful dining experience in beautiful ...
Wonderful dining experience in beautiful old NO house convenient to downtown hotels. Great list of cocktails. Enjoyed beet salad with crab. Their interpretation of Asian shrimp wontons with etoufee sauce highly memorable. Fantastic desserts with Southern flare. You cannot go wrong with any of the choices here.
Service was very good. Restaurant is ver ...
Service was very good. Restaurant is very loud, difficult to carry on conversation at table. Was expecting more from word I had received about the food. Oyster appetizer was the only really good thing I had . Pompano was not very tasty. Also tried grouper which was ok but not anything special. Crawfish tartlet was not good at all.Iwhave never gotten less for the amount we spent.
Great food and service. You can tell tho ...
Great food and service. You can tell thought and care went into each of our dishes. Exactly what you would expect from one of the nicest restaurants in the city.
An overall wonderful experience
We went here for dinner not sure what to expect but we were blown away by the beautiful dining rooms and atmosphere. The service was amazing and the food was delicious, unusual and tasty. We were not rushed which was a pleasant change in our New Orleans dining experiences. Would go back in a heartbeat, will never forget it!
Great food and service. Everything I tr ...
Great food and service. Everything I tried was of high quality, but the fish entrees really shine here.
New Entry in My Top 5!
I'm going to have to decide which restaurant to kick out of my top 5 favorites now that August has joined that group. May I just say every morsel was perfection, delivered by an appropriately attentive and knowledgeable staff. I'll be back to NOLA just for August!
The service was both professional and we ...
The service was both professional and welcoming. The food was incredible; probably one of the top three meals in my life.
Elegant restaurant, wonderful, thoughtful food
Everything we ate at August was delightful, as was our server. The atmosphere in the front room is wonderful, with big windows. We were tucked into a back room that was still charming, but not as nice. The portions are on the small size, as is to be expected with a restaurant of this caliber (worth noting since us Americans are so used to huge portions!) We ended up able to eat salads, an appetizer and two entrees with a side. It was wonderful, the highlight of our trip to New Orleans.
Wanted to go since Chef John Besch gives ...
Wanted to go since Chef John Besch gives back to NOLA . It was a great dinner. Our friend is a food fanatic & thought his hangar steak dish beat all he's had in a long while.
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