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Bayona--yea or nay?

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Been reading some of the recent threads on where to eat, and haven't seen Bayona mentioned a whole lot.

I've been to NOLA a few times (though not for pleasure since before the storm), and my husband has never been. We're heading to NOLA for Memorial Day weekend--planning to do two upscale dinners, one low-key dinner, and then have 3 lunches to consider also. We're staying in the Quarter, but happy to hop in a cab or a streetcar. Right now we have reservations at August and at Bayona. Is there somewhere we should go other than Bayona??

I'm reading the threads to get ideas for our lunches and lowkey dinner, but would love some advice on that second fancy dinner....

Thanks!

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Bayona
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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  1. I don't think you can ever go wrong with Bayona. The food and service are always good, and the garden patio is lovely. You should know, however, that Ms. Spicer is in the process of opening a new restaurant in Lakeview in the very near future. I don't know if that might prove a distraction, but you might want to be aware of it.

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    Bayona
    430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

    1. Going back two trips, we had a wonderful evening meal there. It was not the ultimate of the trip, but well worth both the time and the $. I would add them to our itinerary for the next trips.

      Hunt

      1. Bayona is excellent.....but do request a table on the patio. I find the dining room a tad dated.

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        Bayona
        430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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        1. re: BayouTeche

          Had a wonderful lunch there last wednesday!

          1. re: BayouTeche

            +1 on the dining room -- it feels like my dear old Aunty's... but the best sweetbreads in town make it bearable.

          2. Bayona saved a rather trying day lost in New Orlans from being a total right-off and elevated it to a "Wow did we just eat there?" moment. The food, the service all was wonderful. Try and get a table NOT next to the two couples of aging Southern Gentry we sat next to and the experience will be a real winner!

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            Bayona
            430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

            1. I would do Bayona for lunch. The courtyard is lovely and you'll get the most out of it by dining during the day. While not bad, the food to me has always sounded better on paper than it has tasted, so I wouldn't want to use up one of my dinners here.

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              Bayona
              430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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              1. re: latasche

                I would say no and go to one of these places instead: coquette, patois, dantes kitchen, dick and Jennys, liliette, or brightsens. I like all of these place better than bayona.