Sac-a-Lait

4.5
462 reviews
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$30 and under
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Cajun
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Set in an old cotton mill in the middle of the Warehouse District, Sac-a-lait showcases refined southern Louisiana dishes. Chef's Cody and Samantha Carroll present a bold cuisine set in an atmosphere that's inspired by the fishing, farming, and hunting culture they grew up in. Please contact the restaurant for large parties and additional bar and cocktail seating.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Cajun, Creole / Cajun / Southern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Friday 11:00am-2 pm, Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(504) 324-3658
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Full Bar
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New Mexico
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best restaurant in New Orleans. Even my 11 year old daughter loved it, especially the veal brains. If you go hope to be served by Chris, he is awesome.

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best undiscovered weekday joint. Superb service. Great deviation from same ol same ol when in NOLA for a long stay.

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JG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really impressive food and service--creative and delicious! Thank you!

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A
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We were disappointed in the Hen of the Woods dish, which used to be fantastic. It didn’t have enough sauce and the mushrooms were a bit undercooked. The rest of our food was very good. It was extremely loud in the restaurant, made worse by a large party at the bar talking (shouting) very loudly. I hope we have a better experience next time, because we usually like Sac A Lait.

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HC
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal that we had on our weekend trip. My husband and I are adventurous eaters and the menu had a great mix of uncommon foods. Everything was delicious and seasoned perfectly. The waitstaff was very knowledgable about explaining portion sizes, spice, etc. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to try something different with some traditional Louisiana flavors!

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1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our experience here! Tapas-style plates of traditional Southern ingredients prepared in thoughtful and unique ways. Many different local beers on tap and delicious desert. And excellent service on top of all that!

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S
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful. The food was amazing. Run, don’t walk to experience this restaurant.

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RB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Menu is very limited but what we had was high quality.
We had a teenager with us and the menu is a bit adventurous so we asked if there was anything off menu we could get (pasta, rice, etc.) and the waiter was really snobbish in letting us know that was not possible. We settled on bread and some potatoes...food for the grown ups was fine (a bit pricy for the portion sizes but it's touted as a 'large portion' tapas place so no big deal there) but honestly the server really turned us off up front with his vibe and it was hard for the meal to recover.
The interior is very nice, custom cocktails were excellent but I am thinking there's a reason besides tucked away location that this place is 75% empty anytime I walk past there.
Would go back for drinks and appetizers in a pinch but too many great places in this area to go again for dinner.

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L
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Well thought out and presented. Staff very knowledgeable too! I can’t say enough good things about this place! Looking forward to visiting them next time we are in New Orleans.

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BC
Central Texas
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Need better food choices. Too much pepper used. Music was too loud. Only 3 tables occupied at 6:30 on a Friday. If the menu is not upgraded this restaurant will close due to no repeat customers. Pricey for what you get.

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D
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as usual! Cool place. Great staff!

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TA
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great local craft beer selection and creative craft cocktails to go with some of the usuals. Charbroiled oysters were excellent, as was the venison backstrap, which was seasoned perfectly and cooked to rare.

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k
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Even for small plates the portions were very small. I love spicy but two were so spicy I couldn’t finish. Service was great ambience is nice. I wish they had a larger menu

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SL
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In one word: AMAZING!!!
In more words: this underrated restaurants is both a heaven for adventurous foodies and a wonderful place for great conversation. The service is exceptional, our bartender was especially sweet. The music is good but not too loud (thank god for that! Music is supposed to add to the atmosphere, almost unnoticable, not make you scream at each other because it is so intrusive. Sac-a-lait gets it right, bravo!
Also: the place is free of annoying hipsters!
We had the raw and charbroiled oysters, the rabbit wrapped in collards with a tasty dijon sauce and the hen of the woods mushrooms. Cocktails are great to. Can‘t wait to come back!

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and attentive service. The food was incredibly delicious and creative, without being pretentious. Ambience was quiet, earthy, and industrial but still had an air of romance. Excellent place to celebrate a special occasion!

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LG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was inventive and tasty, not your typical Cajun fare. Excellent!

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MW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was really really good very creative great wait staff definitely will go again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chargrilled oysters are some of the best in New Orleans and the crawfish pie with Tabasco honey was fantastic!

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Austin
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Hot tamale plate, and desserts were the best. Did not enjoy the other plates.

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MT
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Grilled oysters were superb! We sat in the bar area at a cocktail table, and the service was a bit slow. Overall a good experience though!

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BT
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sam and Cody ha e captured the true essence of Cajun food. I haven’t had that taste since I was a kid. Amazing job guys.

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JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu was very adventurous and well thought out. The combinations of flavers and ingredients we excellent. The chef is doing a great job. Our server was on top of the menu and had easy answers to all our questions. Both food and service was top shelf.

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RD
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Doubt I’ll be back. Had the venison with cane with potatoes, small portion.. No veggie. No salad and no bread. $26.00. Service was great. But did feel pressure to purchase additional plates. We ate our entrees which was very good and went for pizza down the block.

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B
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The room smells like a wet basement, so we sat at the bar. The food was unique and the service was great.

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LG
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I saw this restaurant on the food network and wrote the name down so I wouldn't forget. Wow!! The food was adventurous, like nothing I've ever seen on a menu and so tastey. The fact that it is farm to table makes this place one of a kind. The first course that came out was delivered by one of the owners themeselves. I was almost star struck being such a foodie. She was so cool and then brought her husband by to meet us after we said we saw them on TV. The waitress, bartenders, owners and especially the grub are all awesome!!!! I'll be back and I've already told several they need to go.

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New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time here. My first experience was so good, I was concerned that my expectations were too high for this visit. I’m glad to say I was wrong. The food was top notch, as one would expect for New Orleans. The husband/wife owners and chefs are from Pointe Coupee Parish (think south central Louisiana west of Baton Rouge) and their hunting/farm menu reflects their roots. If you want great food without the long lines of tourists, try Sac-a-lait before they discover it. Take it from this local. You can’t go wrong here.

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WF
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Almost everything was quite spicy.After a week in NOLA, I wanted something that wasn't! The chargrilled oysters were excellent. My friend ordered a beet pie, was specifically told it was not spicy, but it was. Desserts were tasty, except for the filé ice cream (yuk).

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JH
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing freshness in all our dishes, such an enjoyable meal

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal we had in New Orleans! Very creative plates served at an easy pace. Try the beet pie, mushrooms, broiled oysters, and crawfish pie!

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IM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

We had a terrible experience with the service. From the moment we walked in the hostess refused to make eye contact and spoke to me in a very condescending manner. We were here for a wedding and everybody was well dressed and had just come directly from a church service. The hostess was not happy to see so many people want to give the restaurant business and did everything she could to dissuade is from staying. She told us that we could crash the bar “if you really wanted to stay”.

Once we were at the bar, the service never got better. We waited for an hour and a half while asking three times to get some water. It took them 40 minutes to take our food order despite us trying to ask nicely. We felt ignored and marginalized even when we were paying a high value for a good experience.

The food and drinks were fine. The menu seemed creative but nothing blew us away. It would have been fine if the service wasn’t so awful but we were all left with a sour taste in our mouths. Unfortunately i would not recommend this restaurant.

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Denver
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and the wait staff was attentive, knowledgeable and super nice.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an exceptional meal. Two thumbs up on the service, the tastes, the ambiance, and the presentation. Loved everything about it! Our new favorite restaurant in Nola.

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BG
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I had two evenings to eat out in New Orleans and wanted to try both a traditional and a modern take on creole cooking -- modern won! Sac-a-Lait is in a handsome space with attentive service, creative cocktails, and a pretty good (not really great) wine list. The dishes were all interesting and some of them were worth coming back for. I particularly liked the deviled crab; my husband loved his wagyu beef and cornbread appetizer. But I was underwhelmed by the undercooked venison (they told me it would be seared; perhaps I should have known that meant it would be raw inside) and the molasses spoonbread we chose for dessert was, well, OK. Neither one of us could quite talk ourselves into ordering anything with alligator in in. Maybe next time.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great - the service was excellent, the food was delicious and cooked perfectly, and the restaurant has a great vibe. Would definitely go back

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B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding and creative. The venison and the rabbit were fabulous. The beet empanada was surprising and filled with flavor, and the octopus poboy (on a black squid ink baguette)was one of the best octopus dishes I have had —and I have had many. The service was excellent. The cocktails! We’re delicious. The dinner was a hit in every respect. We will definitely go back the next time we’re in NOLA.

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New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small portions. VERY small portions!

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

After seeing Samantha and Cody on the Food Network I was really looking forward to trying their food. Sac a Lait takes rustic Cajun cuisine and successfully elevates it to a very high level. Their contemporary take on tartar sauce was so good that my wife actually ate and enjoyed veal brains! The venison backstrap was so tender and flavorful. I knew from watching the show that this couple would not serve anything that they had not repeatedly tested. To see Samantha work the hostess stand, wait tables while Cody actually cooked showed the personal level of commitment to their restaurant. She is as down to earth as she appears to be on the show. One last thing: our server Corey was knowledgeable, personable and attentive. He helped make our dining experience a great one.

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CM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and drink were creative, attractive and tasty! Particularly liked the tartar...so yummy! The only negative was that heat was used on several of the dishes and while we like heat, we would have appreciated more varied tastes.

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SC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and the service was great. A great twist on Cajun cuisine. A bit spicy and full of flavor. Tasty cocktails and great local beer.

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time trying out Sac-a-lait, and we were not disappointed one bit. We were a party of 5 adventurous eaters who were not afraid to try some of the more unique items on the menu.

Our fare
Chargrilled oysters - wonderful flavor, not overwhelmed with butter and cheese. Deliciously briny.

Tuna Tartare - served with fried venison sweetbreads, this was amazing! The tuna was perfect and the sweetbreads were creamy and delicious.

Blackened Redfish - beautiful flavor, wonderful presentation. Cooked perfectly.

Octopus poboy - served on a black bread with a creamy sauce. Octopus was firm but not chewy, great flavor.

Alligator and Mirliton - fried perfectly, not chewy at all. Great remoulade pairing to go along with the dish.

Duck hearts - wow! Served with a brown gravy and grits, this was a winner! Delicious flavor, not at all what I was expecting.

Veal brains - yes, I said brains. Fried up and served in small bites that were remarkably creamy, rich and delicious.

Backstrap - cooked rare, served with a chimichurri and potatoes cooked in duck fat. Tender and delicious!

Frog croquettes - delicious little morsels, but probably the least interesting item we sampled. Good, but not over the top like the others.

Hen of the woods - beautiful array of mushrooms with a tasty sauce, great pairing with the other items.

Great cocktails as well, and a delicious dessert to wrap up the evening. I will definitely be returning for another adventure.

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