Mr. B's Bistro
201 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
OK Food - Poor Service
by HurricaneDunc on 2/11/13
The food was good, but overpriced for what we were served. We started off with the fried oysters which has a bacon hollandaise - they were great. We each has a salad - I had the bistro salad which I thought was good for what it was. The entrees were very underwhelming. One of us got the BBQ shrimp and said that it was delicious. Another order the seared tuna which came out overcooked. I order the filet which was OK but really on par with a filet from any hotel or basic restaurant. Overall, the meal was fine but just very underwhelming. With all the other great restaurants in the quarter, I wouldn't go back.
Service wise - the waiters were simply order takes. No one spoke to use about the menu or really even interacted with the us. It was a "what to do you want to drink?" - wait 10 minutes - "what do you want to eat?". No one walked us through a wine list although we did order a bottle. No one walked us through a menu or what the specials were. They were attentive, but it was similar service to eating at the Chime's or a Chili's. I'm sure the time of year had an impact on the level of service we received (Friday before Mardi Gras although the restaurant wasn't full), but I was still disappointed.
Overall, it was a very underwhelming experience. There are so many other great restaurants in the quarter that I probably would not go back.
by tigerpop on 2/10/13
We always eat at Mr. B's when in town. We we're in town for a conference and carried our group there for lunch. We all tried the BBQ shrimp. It was wonderful. Possibly the best I've ever had. Definitely will stay on my list of go to places.
One of best options in French Quarter
by TutHillTiger on 2/5/13
This is a great no reservation place with a great location and great service and food. The BBQ shrimp is the best in New Orleans and I think I have tried them all. Get extra bread to dip into the sauce, the MR B's coffee with three shots of liqueur and whiskey is unreal and like any great restaurant the appetizers and deserts are incredible. One of my favorite places in New Orleans as it is always consistently great. Many times we try some place new spend $200.00 or more and then walk out to say, "You know I dont think it is as good as Mr. B's" My favorite Brennen family place. Have to eat there at least once in your life. Put it on your bucket list
Great food, outstanding service
by LSUGUMBO on 3/5/12
We walked in at 7:30 on Sunday night and were told it was about 30 minute wait. Upon being seated, our waiter greeted us (Darren, I think- outstanding waiter) us told us about the specials, and got our drink orders. My wife asked what Reisling she should order and he was VERY knowledgable about the wine list. He gave her the perfect recommendation. Our table ordered the shrimp and grits (grits were rich and creamy, shrimp was perfectly cooked), the rabbit (first time I had ever has rabbit- amazing) and seafood gumbo. Everything was amazing. Dessert was The molten chocolate cake, bread pudding and creme de caramel. I also got a Mr. B's coffee which was outstanding. Definitely top notch in New Orleans.
Gumbo Ya Ya, Barbecued Shrimp, Bread Pudding, and Mr B's Coffee
by LSU0358 on 1/4/11
My girlfriend and I dined at Mr. B's on January the 2nd and the place was packed since it was the day of a Saints game with the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday. We waited ~20 mins with no reservations (people that came in 10 minutes after us w/o a reservation were told 60 to 90 minutes).
I had the Gumbo Ya Ya and my gf had the Seafood gumbo. The flavor in the roux was excellent in the Ya Ya and there was a large amount of chicken in the dish, but could have used more andouille sausage.
My main dish was the BBQ'd shrimp. The shrimp really aren't barbecued, they are baked while covered with one of the best tasting sauces I've ever had in my life. The shrimp (heads and shell still on) are served in said sauce which is butter based with several seasonings and peppers. Also with the meal is some french bread that is great for soaking up the sauce. The waiter gave me a bib, and it is definetly a necessity, so don't let pride get in the way.
For desert, I had bread pudding which was excellent, but could have been a little hotter. I also had Mr. B's coffee and it's a perfect finisher for a cold New Orleans night. The coffee had amaretto with whip cream and an orange flavored liqueur.
The service was excellent though one of our waiters had a pretty dry personality. Our other waiter more than made up for it though.
Overall, one of my new French Quarter favorites and will be worth many repeat visits.
by Jumas on 11/30/10
I wish I could tell you more about the place, but in 20 years of dining, I have had only one dish... BBQ Shrimp!!! Simply the best there is.
by LSU on 7/11/10
Get the gumbo ya-ya. Best gumbo I've ever had in New Orleans!
It is back better than ever!!
by charlied on 3/20/10
Was there as recently as this past Sat for lunch and it was excellent!! Seafood gumbo, duck spring rolls,free form crawfish and asparagus lasagna and the aisan seared tuna with cheese grits all excellent!!
by Mr. Geaux on 1/29/10
For lunch, we started with the Seafood Gumbo which was good, but I prefer their Gumbo Ya Ya. For the main course we tried the Sesame Crusted Tuna which was cooked rare and served with rice and wasabi cream. This tuna dish was excellent. We also had the wood grilled fish of the day which was also excellent. The profiteroles dessert was a good conclusion to a fine lunch. Service was good.
Mr. B's is a great place for fine casual dining.