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Lunch at August?

Will only be in New Orleans for 3 dinners (Labor day weekend), and am trying to narrow my choices down. August comes so highly recommended on this board, but it is the only one on my list that is also open for lunch. Am I missing out by experiencing August for lunch instead of dinner? (The others on the top of my list are Cuvee, Stella, K-Paul's and Arnaud's.)

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  1. Restaurant August is open on Fridays for lunch. I have found that the food is just as fantastic at lunch. the only theing that you may miss out on is the ambiance that is set at Dinner.

    1. Not at all. In fact, I would rather go to August at lunch than dinner. It is significantly cheaper and it is always crowded. Dinner can be a bit business touristy with large tables of conventioneers. Lunch is relaxed and very good. You will adore Cuvee and Stella. The food at both places I think is outstanding.

      1. August is ranked #22 of top 50 rest. (Epicurious) in US;only other in N.O. is #49-Herbsaint.

        Also check Frommers , Fordors & Tripadvisor.

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        1. re: tlg

          My husband goes to August (for dinner) every time he goes to New Orleans, and raves about the roast chicken. He always has to twist someone's arm to share it with him - but succeeds. He has told me a number of times that he's been very disappointed by Stella - a prior favorite - this year - didn't go on his trip last week.

          1. re: MMRuth

            Adding the link:

            Restaurant August
            301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

            1. re: MMRuth

              Thank God! I was beginning to think I was nuts -- everyone always seems to rave about it, but I had an absolutely HORRID experience at Stella!

              1. re: zin1953

                Agree zin. Stella! IMO is like "the emperor's new clothes". Love August and Cuvee. Brigtsen's needs to shake up their menu and replace the standard plate fillers of mashed potatoes and veggies that accompany nearly every entree.

                1. re: zin1953

                  Same here. Our first experience at Stella was bad. Service was screwed up and the food was forgettable. Decided to give it another shot a few weeks ago - over a year since the first experience. The service was fine, but again, the food was forgettable. Long story short, I've given Stella enough opportunities. There's too many restaurants that I've enjoyed every time (August, Cuvee, Brigtsen's, etc.) to mess around with places that repeatedly miss the mark.

            2. FWIW, I was in New Orleans this week & went to August, Stella, and Brigtsen's. Brigtsen's was the best of the bunch, August next, Stella last (in terms of food--August last for service).

              1. Just booked a trip down there for Halloween and we're doing lunch that Friday at August. Can't wait!

                1. Cuvee would be an excellent choice for lunch as well, but I don't think that you will be "missing out" by choosing lunch over dinner at August. If you ask for the gnocchi with crabmeat (which is only on the dinner menu), they will probably still cook it for you at lunch. Or at least they have done that for me once in the past. My guess is that this would likely apply to most of the other first course offerings on the dinner menu.

                  A recent August lunch review can be found here:

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                  1. re: Bocuse NOLA

                    We've had the gnocchi at lunch. Their lunch menu changes so often that we no longer go with expectatons of having the same wonderful "something" we had on our last visit. In fact, we dined there 2 consecutive Fri. and the menu had several changes.

                    1. re: JazzyB

                      Good God we thought August Sucked. Extremely over price for weird food. My wife ordered a caviar dish. When she received it there was a frothing foam coming out of the top of a fluted shot glass with black beads in the bottom. It looked like a science project. When we reconfirmed if this was actually caviar, the server stated that it was not! It was just a play on words on the menu and that in fact they were some type of wheat balls. Looked wierd, tasted wierd, and what followed was not much better. Cannot pretend to be into trendy crap like that.