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Restaurant August

301 Tchoupitoulas St. (Gravier St.) Send to Phone
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Restaurant August is a downtown fine dining gem from chef John Besh. • Buy John Besh's cookbook Besh Big Easy: 101 Home-Cooked New Orleans Recipes
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Lunch Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sun.

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  • 4.5 star rating
4.5 rating over 7 reviews
Dining room at Restaurant August, New Orleans, LA

Restaurant August Restaurant Review

: Chef John Besh’s flagship fine dining establishment is located in the heart of the Central Business District. Refinement rules, from the dark-wood walls and soft lighting of the bar to the main dining room with its four big chandeliers and damask-covered walls. At dinner, guests may order à la carte, opt for the Dégustation menu ($97, $147 with sommelier wine pairings) or choose A Tasting of Farmers Market Vegetables ($72, $122 with sommelier wine pairings). Firm yet tender gnocchi serve as tasty foils for blue crab and black truffle in what has become a mainstay offering on an otherwise frequently changing menu. While foie gras seems to be disappearing from some restaurant kitchens, here it's prepared three ways. Besh’s dedication to all things Louisiana is most evident in his seafood entrées, such as the roast pompano, Louisiana blue crab and Covey Rise cabbage. Guests could also encounter a Wagyu hanger steak complemented by kimchi, sesame and cured egg. For dessert, consider the chocolate buttermilk cake or a grapefruit crémeux with rosemary ice cream. The somewhat unconventional wine list stands out because of its dedication to European boutique wineries that might not be featured in comparable local venues; an extensive array of California wines is available, too. The three-course fixed-price Friday lunch ($20.15) is a steal; such dishes as Guinea hen, pappardelle and ricotta show all the polish of August’s evening feasts.

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Beautiful Restaurant
by spudly on Thu Jul 24, 2008 12:59 pm
Still the most beautiful restaurant in the city, it is not the wheel horse it once was...why?...well it was Chef John Besh's first restaurant and when it was his only restaurant it was truly world class.

After several years, plus Hurricane Katrina and more restaurants (Besh's Steakhouse, Luke, La Provence not to mention his stint on The Next Iron Chef) Restaurant August has suffered.

Is it still one of the best in New Orleans? Yes.
Can you get a sub-standard meal there? Yes.

I would still recommend it highly if you have never been and it does still have a certain type of "cache" for some people but those of us who remember it's heydey it's just not the same.
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