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I will be in New Orleans the weekend of Oct. 19. We have reservations at Bayona, but I've heard mixed reviews. Has anyone been there lately that can give a report?

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  1. It would be helpful to know where else you've eaten in New Orleans and where else you have reservations. It might impact my recommendation.

    1. We spent 4 nights in New Orleans at the end of August. Bayona was our second best meal during our stay. Wonderful food, great service. Our best meal was Stella!, followed by Bayona, then Lillette and lastly Commander's due to really poor service issues. Depending on how long your staying and where else you're eating, I'd recommend keeping the reservations.

      1. LAst time I went I was sorely disappointed....
        read on
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/436591

        1. I agree with David B... keep your reservation. My husband & I ate at Bayona twice in August, lunch & dinner. Both meals were delicious & service was attentive & knowledgeable. We are looking forward to our next visit next month.

          1. I would also keep a bayon reservation. I went at some point over the summer and it was delicious. I requested a veggie platter (I'm not a vegetarian, I was just feeling like vegetables) and I was presented with 4-5 very differently and all very good vegetables... there was a really great gingered sweet potato... some kind of pineapple salsa... green beans, corn...there was also an amazing tomato soup with bleu gnocchi when I went that was outstanding. My DC had fish I think and she also liked it very much. Just make *sure* you get the sweet potato brioche (they should just bring it, but if they don't, you want to request/demand/beg for it... it's heavenly)

            1. I was there with my wife and two other couples on Saturday night (10/06). Like you, I had some misgivings about this reservation prior to the trip, as I had also heard that Bayona was not as it once was.

              We were seated in the upstairs room (by the way, is this new?). The food was excellent. The service was very slow-paced, which is what we would have requested if we had been asked. The wine list had a number of very interesting items and, in general, was reasonably priced. Chef Spicer even came by and said hello.

              We had a GREAT time and some GREAT food...... keep your reservation.

              1. Thank you everyone for the recommendations. I decided to keep the reservation. We're going Friday night and, weather permitting, sitting outside.

                Blumie, we have eaten at Stella! (love, it was our first choice but this weekend they are closed on Friday evening for a staff wedding, I think), August, Cuvee, Pelican Club, Eleven 79 (a personal fave). I have always wanted to try Bayona but somehow never managed it - they were booked or my travel companions wanted to go elsewhere. I'm looking forward to finally giving it a go.

                We're going casual on Saturday - have some football to watch. And still trying to decide on Sunday brunch. Leaning toward either Ralph's on the Park or Cafe Marigny.

                1. I've been twice in the past 3 months and had 2 different experiences. The first time I went was the worst meal I've had at Bayona (in more than a handful of times). It's so long ago it's hard to elaborate, but it was less than memorable. Last Friday night I had an incredible meal at Bayona, probably one of the best I've had there. Started with the "Chef's Breakfast" - pain perdu with house made bacon, sunny side up quail eggs and foie gras melted over the top with a house made currant jam - absolutely divine! The standard crispy quail salad was the best I've ever had there (and I usually order it when available). For entree I had a crispy pan sauteed flounder with an asian shiitake & sesame noodle salad with chile butter - a little spicier than I was expecting, but delicious!

                  All in all I think my experience in May was a fluke, just an off night for one of my favorite restaurants (keep in mind the meal wasn't bad at all, just not up to Bayona's standards). One sad thing is that Zach the sommelier is leaving the restaurant for greener pastures in the Northwest somewhere. He was always one of the highlights of eating there.