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The Bower, New Orleans, LA

The Bower

4.7
4.7
436 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
The Bower is a full service restaurant and bar proudly highlighting locally sourced American cuisine. Louisiana Farmers and farmers markets are our jam and inspiration. Our menus are ingredient driven determined by seasons, product availability and the additional health benefits they provide.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 26 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (504) 582-9738

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Marcus Woodham

  • Neighbourhood

    Lower Garden District

  • Cross Street

    Thalia Street

  • Parking Details

    Premium Parking has a public lot available directly across the street.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 436 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Orleans / Louisiana

    Healthy

  • New Orleans

    Healthy

  • New Orleans

    Outdoor Eating

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Conference team meal
  2. KD

    KellyD

    New York Area

    52 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    This is a beautiful restaurant but I have to say the food was disappointing on this visit. Our server Shae was very nice, and worked hard. We ended up leaving without ordering a main course. The cauliflower which I have enjoyed with gusto before was terribly oversalted, and the two other items that we ordered did not have onions listed but they were heavily adjusted with scallions and shallots. My husband has an onion allergy it would’ve been nice to know that that was part of the offering. Also in a fairly empty restaurant we were sat next to a group of six noisy women. That just doesn’t make sense we were clearly there on a date.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Shreveport

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time as always
  4. SB

    StevieB

    Seattle

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Bower is a very nice place, with excellent food. I ate outdoors in a very nice covered space. We had a fusion-y cherry tomato burrata that was to die for. All the food was of very high quality. I'm totally going back.
  5. S

    Sunshine88

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ate at the bar and was a nice experience! Food was delicious!!
  6. LP

    LisaP

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food was mediocre. Waiter was helpful and very accommodating. Lots of flies outside.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very special! Food was amazing!! The crispy cauliflower is a MUST
  8. LO

    LynnO

    New Orleans

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First visit and I cannot find anything wrong so it's a 5/5 until proven otherwise. Unobtrusive and genteel service. Beautiful setting, big windows, plenty greenery throughout, comfortable seating that could accommodate a decent size group. Just the right volume ambient music. Pasta made in house. Pappardelle with bolognese sauce was huge and meaty and just enough spice to notice the heat. 10/10 recommend. Whipped feta came with thick sweet pickles and crunchy baguette rounds. Like a cheesy humus consistency. Many wines. Specialty cocktails. Hand pie dessert was bursting with fruity goodness.
  9. A

    Austin

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner to finish out the month for Coolinary. The three course meal was diverse and new with combinations we hadn’t had before. The wine pairing was excellent and definitely pushing us to come back.
  10. KK

    KnittyKitty

    New York Area

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular cuisine, service and vibe. My fave dining destination in NOLA!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Service was slow considering it was earlier in the evening. Water service wasn't even offered to me but my dog did receive a bowl of water. If not for convenience to my home, I probably wouldn't go back. Nothing was memorable enough to repeat again. Too much competition for me to consider this again
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great apps and cocktails last night! Can’t wait to go back again!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shea was fantastic! She made my birthday celebration memorable.
  14. C

    Cocobean

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone absolutely loved the menu, the flavors, the atmosphere, and the staff. Can’t wait to return again! #handpieforthewin

    The BowerResponded on September 13, 2022Thank you for coming in! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us and hope to see you again soon!

  15. DB

    DavidB

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Good food and drinks. Loud music and the plants hanging above our table dripped on me throughout dinner (the leaves were perspiring?).
  16. H

    Hungry

    New York Area

    94 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was very good. Ribs delicious, chicken fell off the bone, shrimp very good but very very spicy, mussels excellent. Ordered bread to soak up the delicious sauce. Mussels always come w/bread?? The bread was over-salted unfortunately. Portions and value very good. The waitress was sweet but failed to give us utensils and had to request and wait when hot apps served and only cleared one dinner plate away before dessert was served and had to request the other plates be cleared. We were seated in back room. Lacks atmosphere compared to friendly front but a pretty restaurant regardless.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Shreveport

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it as usual
  18. K

    Kmatt95

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a delightful restaurant with a fresh, creative menu and amazing cocktails. Highly recommend!!!
  19. SF

    ShannonF

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The Coolinary menu is GREAT! The whipped feta is a game changer. I loved every bite of every dish!
  20. TM

    TexM

    Houston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Service was excellent. Food was underwhelming. The cauliflower flavor was great but it had too much lemon peel that was difficult to chew and embarrassing to remove. The chicken skin was dry and shriveled but surprisingly moist inside. I had a dining room reservation but we were seated in the back room which was loud with blaring 80s music - I won’t go back if I had to sit again in the back and wish you could choose the seating area on open table.
  21. HE

    Happy2Eat

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Enjoyed absolutely everything except the panned pork that was worked too thin and the fried in too much batter. Very dry. No taste. Mentioned it to waitress and it was taken off our bill. Had had it before and it was delicious.
  22. SL

    ShannaL

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Very loud. Food fresh and well prepared. Outdoor seating available- might have been quieter.
  23. K

    Kelly

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Very attentive and personable. COOLinary menu was fantastic and the cocktails are always amazing!
  24. s

    steve

    New Orleans

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    first time there!!! OMG!!! food was fabulous!!! server was incredible!! she was very informative and just a great person. will definitely be going back soon!! easy access as there is a parking lot just across the street!!

    The BowerResponded on September 13, 2022Thank you for coming in! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us and hope to see you again soon!

  25. HE

    HECTORC

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always pleasantly surprised by the wonderful options, some new seasonal dishes and some constant favorites. The great experience started with the cocktails, ramped up with the delicious small plates, and finished nicely with the wonderful mussels entree. Will return.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Coolinary menu! (We got all 3 options for two people. Wanted to try everything!) Fun and knowledgeable staff! We had a great time!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mississippi

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! We ordered every single small plate on the menu and was phenomenal! Service was excellent! We will definitely be back!
  28. PS

    PatrickS

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an incredible experience. Melissa took such good care of us with her food recommendations and attentive and friendly service. The rest of the staff was wonderful to experience as well. You can tell this is a true team environment. Everything was on point from the moment we sat down to the moment we left. Thank you to all. Cheers,
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chefs choices for the charcuterie board were superb. The drinks were amazing.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Our server Melissa was so lovely! The food was delicious, drinks as well. It’s also a beautiful restaurant! I enjoyed every minute of my birthday dinner.
  32. T

    Tkjacobson

    New Orleans

    102 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super attentive wait staff. Everything was delicious
  33. E

    Eatsalot

    New Orleans

    126 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Told the waitress upon seating that my guest could not tolerate any red/tomato sauced dishes. She promptly recommended one (mussels) that shows up bathed in tomato....uhg! Cauliflower pretending to be something other than cauliflower? Not really sure what the chefs intent was here but it was not an enjoyable experiment. Far too many different ingredients to list, all aparently trying to hide the fact it was cauliflower. Some of us actually LIKE cauliflower. Mixing it with too many other things was not improvement. On half of a buratta ball also topped with a multitude of ingredients ruined what would have been better served as a simple burrata ball, the whole buratta ball!! There was more delicious bread than actual cheese in this dish Scallops that were expertly prepared saved the day for me. Again a lot of ingredients in this dish but this cocaphony actually worked. Over all an ok meal in a wonderful room. Just wished the food matched the minimalist design more.
  34. M

    Moose

    Chicago

    77 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Rather abbreviated menu, but the small plates are excellent. The shrimp and the cauliflower were both excellent.
  35. RM

    RhondaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved my dinner, everything was delicious, our server Melissa was awesome. Overall a very nice experience. Can't wait to return
  36. HE

    HECTORC

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. Shared several small plates and then had the mussels. Will be returning.
  37. ED

    ErikaD

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!!
  38. H

    Heather

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The ambiance and the service were great! The food and drinks, not so much. We got 3 different appetizers: Whipped Feta: the feta was good, the bread served with it was burnt so it was very hard to bite into. Tuna: the sauce that is put on this dish ruins it. It tasted like they poured a whole glass of blueberry juice on top of the tuna. I understand restaurants trying to jazz things up to be different than the rest. But sometimes it’s okay to just stick to the basics and not put sauce on the tuna. Cauliflower: This dish had great flavor, but I think we had a total of 4 cauliflower florets on the entire plate. The rest was cabbage and whatever the brown seasoning is. Drinks: meh. I wouldn’t come back to sit at the bar just to have a drink. I asked what the most popular drink was and got that. I forced myself to drink half and then couldn’t do anymore. Instead of a fresh fruit flavor, it had an artificial taste to it, almost like cough syrup. My friends drink tasted the same way. In all, the place and the service were great, I’d suggest for a fun girls night if you just want to drink wine or champagne. Just don’t get your hopes up with the food because it will disappoint you.
  39. BS

    BrettS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible spot! Food and cocktails were supreme. Service was fantastic. Ambience was perfect. Love the vibe, the plants, the lights, the everything. Will be back...maybe even tonight.
  40. N

    Nolafoodie79

    New Orleans

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    The food is amazing. But the service is sooo slow. Almost non existent at times. Also for $35, the charcuterie board should be more amazing

FAQs

The Bower is rated 4.7 stars by 436 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 26 times today
Google Map for The Bower

1320 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Thalia Street

  • Neighbourhood

    Lower Garden District

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Premium Parking has a public lot available directly across the street.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Marcus Woodham

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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