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We were underwhelmed by Restaurant August’s food and service. Not quite up to what we expected from New Orleans' "best restaurant." Amuse bouche - outstanding. Fennel soup and pork belly 1st courses - very good. Rest of meal - ho hum. Husband ordered 4 course tasting menu with wine pairings. Wine for 2nd course didn't arrive until he was almost finished. Wine listed on menu for 3rd course was replaced by another without our knowledge or consent. Waiter said "they ran out." What??!! Very noisy. Would probably not go back. On the other hand, NOLA was fantastic.

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Restaurant August
301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. Agree. Completely. We did that same wine pairing/dinner thing and I barely remember anything about it. It was good, the room is beautiful, but no more special than any swanky place in any large American city. I can, however, recall almost every single meal I have had at Liuzza's or Coop's or Frankie & Johnnys!!!! I guess I am glad we went and experienced it, but I would certainly never tell anyone it had to be on their list.
    I've never been to Stella but I feel like it would be similar; it looks SO stuffy in there and it's just not what I want out of a New Orleans restaurant.

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    Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar
    3636 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

    1. Wow, my tasting course experience was the polar opposite. My girlfriend and I did the 7 course degustation with wine and every glass of wine came on time and was as good as advertised. As for the food, well, I consider it the best meal I've ever had. Different strokes I suppose? Or maybe an unlucky night for you? Either way, sorry to hear you weren't impressed.

      1. This is the second or third negative [or at least ambivalent] review I've seen of August on here lately. Until recently, everyone seemed thrilled. Wonder if I should start recommending other places to out-of-town friends looking for a splurge night.

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        1. re: midcity

          I think it all depends on the type of experience one seeks and the individual's palate. Not every place is for everyone.

        2. I'm not glad that you didn't have a perfect experience, but I'm glad we are not the only ones that this happened to - my husband and I were down after Christmas for a night and chose August for our one dinner. While the food was superb overall, our service was spotty as well, with the wine coming later and later as the night went on, and our final glass of wine did not appear until our dessert had completely melted. It really diminished our experience.

          1. Wow, I can't believe y'all are talking about the same restaurant that I've been to. I honestly can't recall a time when the food wasn't exciting and delicious. I always know the food will surpass all my expectations in taste and presentation. The service has always been impeccable but yet the staff also makes me feel very much welcome and at home. I would never hesitate in sending anyone there for lunch or dinner.

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            Restaurant August
            301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130