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“Perfect little bar”

Hermes Bar at Antoine's
Ranked #326 of 2,023 Restaurants in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighbourhood: French Quarter
Description: The Hermes Bar was once one of the famous Antoine's dining rooms and in recent years, was converted into a bar, which serves up some classic New Orleans cocktails along with great wine and beer.
Reviewed 30 May 2014

Popped in for drinks & nibbles-I think we've found our new favorite French Quarter bar. We were able to get a seat by a window so also had the luxury of being able to people watch, always a fun New Orleans activity. Very friendly staff (shout out to Jessica who took care of us), pretty bar, wonderful selection of food & drinks. Nice to have the Antoine's menu and still be able to be dressed casually. My husband & I had the appetizer selection for 2 which was fantastic. Hoping to go back for some of the live music which is Friday & Saturdays. It's going to be our first stop in New Orleans in the future!

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Thank Bethany B
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

We only stopped here for drinks. It is a lovely bar with extremely friendly staff. It was near our hotel so we were in a few times during our 4 day stay in NO. If possible we always sit at the bar as you can meet others and have a chat. After the noise in Bourbon street it is nice to go into a bar where you can talk - we must be getting old!!!

Would agree that the AC is a bit chilly but if really warm outside could be most welcome - other than that would highly recommend.

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Thank Arlsy
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

Stopped in for lunch, and decided to try something new. The gumbo and alligator soups were very enjoyable and the winners of the meal, the specialty drinks, also. The Oysters Rockefeller, at their place of invention, we did not find pleasing, the topping applied with an over-generous hand and having a heavy, pasty texture and an overall indefinite flavour that did not seem to enhance the oysters. But maybe that was due to our inexperience with the dish. The Oyster Foch PoBoy had a surfeit of the Colbert sauce and the pate was overwhelmed by it, but an improvement over the other oyster dish. The place was nice and having a drink here in future would not go amiss, or even the soups, but perhaps not the oysters.

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Thank magill1986
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

I spent a great afternoon in the Hermes Bar in New Orleans. We stumbled in when the rain picked up and were very happy we did. The bartenders were very nice and we snagged a seat by the window. We tried a few different cocktails (all a bit too sweet but overall good). The two best parts of our visit here was that we ended up talking to a local who told us to try to the Pommes Frites Souffle and waved over an older gentleman to tell us the story of said souffle! Needless to say, you need to a) hear the story and b) try these strange and delicious fries!

Thank Vanessa T
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

Come as you are, no reservations, informal, enjoy the same menu items from Antoine's kitchen next door.
Pricey, limited wine selection by the glass falls down on desserts, room kept too cold.
Order the appetizer sampler for a reasonably priced tour of what the kitchen can do.

Perhaps one of the biggest secrets of the French Quarter is Hermes Bar at Antoine's. The restaurant Antoine's is one of the oldest and grandest of New Orleans restaurants. It was also one of the snootiest. Legend has it that Antoine's seated tourists in one dining room and regular clients in another room that was accessed by a separate entrance. Regular clients also had their own waiters.

Times seem to have changed now because Antoine's converted one of their dining rooms into a bar where anyone can walk in off the street without worrying about proper attire or reservations. The bar offers the same menu as Antoine's restaurant next door--at the same lofty prices, but in a more relaxed atmosphere.

We tried the appetizer sampler, soft-shell crab po-boy, Guerra Pinot Grigio, 1664 Kronenberg beer, merlot, bread pudding and Gateau Chocolat D'Yvonne. Our overall rating for Hermes is 4.5 stars. Here are the details.

Ambiance, relaxed and friendly; five stars. Room temperature, way too cold, two stars. Volume of music, way too loud but the staff did turn it down at our request. Service, five stars.

Oysters Foch, fried oysters on toasted French bread with pate, lettuce, and a rich Colbert sauce; excellent, five stars. Fried eggplant sticks, lightly fried eggplant with Hollandaise dipping sauce; very good, four stars. Shrimp remoulade, boiled Louisiana shrimp served cold in Antoine’s unique remoulade dressing; excellent, five stars. Crabmeat ravigotte, lump crabmeat served cold in a delightfully seasoned dressing; excellent, five stars. Fried soft-shell crab po-boy, one fried soft shell crab on toasted french bread with Regua sauce, lettuce, tomato, and pickles; very good, four and a half points. We drank Guerra pinot grigio; five stars.

The excellent food falls down on desserts. We had bread pudding with whiskey sauce; it was good but not excellent, four stars. For us, Drago's (in Metairie) and Tujage's in the Quarter make better versions. The chocolate gateau d'Yvonne, was sadly unremarkable and too salty--yes, too salty! Three stars here. We drank and unremarkable merlot with dessert, three stars.

This is an excellent place to pop in off the street, have a great meal in a relaxed atmosphere, and then walk to Legends Park on Bourbon street for traditional jazz music. Later for dessert, head over to Tujage's near Jackson Square.

Overall rating 4.5 stars!

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Thank exaramco
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