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Bayona or Arnaud's?

I need some help deciding which reservation to keep. My husband and I are coming for Jazzfest next week and have made a reservation at both Bayona and Arnaud's but can only keep one. We're both huge foodies and can't wait to get back to N.O. (and jazzfest) for both the food and the music. We were leaning towards Bayona, but having a hard time making the commitment. If given the choice of those two and wanting something that would really make you feel like you're getting something you can't get in NY, which would you choose?

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  1. I really have never been a big fan of Arnaud's minus the history. I have not eaten there in several years so I am not one to judge the type or quality of food they serve. However Bayona is one of my all time favorite restaurants in the US. I love the courtyard dining and the creole cottage where the restaurant is housed. We now live out of town but come back home to NOLA 5-6 times a year and probably eat at Bayona at least half of those times. The food quality is consistently excellent and the service quite good as well. Some of my best dining experiences have been at Bayona during both lunch and dinner.

    1. Definitely Bayona...hands down.

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      1. re: nikinik

        Bklyneats: I just noticed a post on the board about Arnauds, and when I read it saw that roro1831 noted that it was a thread from 2003 so I am not sure how relevant it is to the current dining situation at Arnauds, but you may want to read it as well for further information

        1. re: ScarlettNola

          +1 Bayona...not even a contest!

      2. Bayona. If you want an old-line restaurant, go to Galatoire's.

        1. My wife and I have been visiting New Orleans twice a year, every year for the last ten years and we always make it a point to visit Arnaud's for dinner each time we are down there. You won't be disappointed if you visit Arnaud's for dinner.
          Stop in at the bar before dinner and have a drink with, depending on who is bartending, Chris or Tito. Tell them the couple from NJ sent you

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          1. re: zach623

            I am a huge fan of Arnaud's, it's really special, you won't regret it!

            1. re: bronwen

              Arnaud's is fabulous. Consistently great food, with a great New Orleans atmosphere.

              Bayona is good too, but they're more adventuresome and less traditional than Arnaud's. I also think they are not as good, but as you can see, there are a lot of people would disagree. Given the choice I would undoubtably choose Arnaud's, every time.

          2. Tough choice between the two. Can't go wrong either way. If it were me I would make plans to dine at both restaurants as they both are fantastic.

            1. Bayona had the most amazing quail salad, it is traditional menu item and bone sucking good. 5 of us dined at bayona on the 16th and all shared plates: rabbit ragout, lamb loin with goat cheese, med rare salmon steak, the garlic soup... not one thing was amiss. Desserts were even more fought over. not saying Arnauds isn't worth a trip but I certainly can vouch earnestly for bayona. fit for a foodie sitting outside in fab October weather eating lunch or dinner.

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              Bayona
              430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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              1. re: jking3702

                God, I love that quail salad.