My GF and I just got back from our first trip to NO. In advanced made reservations to Bayona, Restuarant August, and Peristyle. For the last evening we decided to eat at Emeril's. All in all a great experience. We plan to visit again and try out the places that we missed on our first turn: Commander's Palace, etc...
Wasn't too impressed with Bayona. I had high expectations for this place however wasn't really excited about the food while reading or eating the food. Still a nice meal, the service was friendly, and the atmosphere was nice.
August was my favorite meal. We had the tasting menu which was excellent (only miss was dessert). Food was creative and tasty. Would definitely eat there again. Service was decent although they did forget about a specific request.
Peristyle: was fine. I didn't have too high hopes however still enjoyed the food.
Emeril's: Not bad, although I felt that the Maitre'D had a bit of an attitude. We were not greeted (which was greatly different from any other fine dinning establishment I have dinned in). In fact we had to wait till he finished chatting and laughing with his co-worker. We had a reservation yet we still ended up waiting 15 minutes even though the table we were eventually seated at was open since we arrived. Service on the other hand was terrific.
All in all a great experience. Will definitely visit again.