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“Outstanding example of true Crescent City Cuisine with a laid back vibe”
Review of ByWater Restaurant

ByWater Restaurant
Ranked #21 of 170 Restaurants in Los Gatos
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed January 6, 2017

Summary: Not super spicy (that’s for tourists and road kill!) made with care and understanding. Portions are moderate – which leaves room for those killer beignets. Fantastic cocktails. Relaxed atmosphere with great/knowledgeable service. It’s a little more expensive than other “cajun” restaurants – and the uptick in quality is evident in every sip and bite.

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Laid back atmosphere – NOT like Manressa or Cyrus (big screen TV with the game on over the well-stocked bar.) Wear jeans.

Oysters Rock-a –Fella: seriously the Best Ever!!! Velvet-y, flavorful, perfectly cooked magic in a shell!!!

The Fried Green Tomato Salad includes tangy diced green tomatoes fried with just a whisper of cornmeal crust and served with boiled eggs - which really work well with the dish. This is all served on a generous smear of a super-flavorful, fluffy/creamy sauce that defies flavor profiling. We scraped the plate.

The Red Beans and Rice were unbelievably flavorful, with a moderate portion house-made, house-smoked sausage. The beans are not overly spicy – that’s what the Crystal hot sauce on the table is for - and the dish is clearly designed so one can apply as much heat as they wish (that’s just good Nola hospitality!).

The Shrimp and Grits come with the head and skins on – the way they should. The shrimp are in some kind of wonderful brown sauce that includes Worcestershire and magic. The grits are super creamy and buttery. Sublime.

We were warned that the beignets are more buttery than Café du Monde. Nothing wrong with that! An order includes five puffy, powdered sugar-sprinkled beignets. So simple – and so good. And a great accompaniment to coffee or another Bourbon cocktail.

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Reviewed December 9, 2016

First visit so anticipation was reasonably high. We were seated right away without reservation on a Friday night. Wait service started out on the right foot, was very friendly and informative and gave us adequate time to sort out the menu. After we ordered, we noticed others around us seemed to be pondering a menu document we did not receive, so not sure what we missed. Anyway, the oysters were fantastic, Po-boy was quite good, and food generally was above average, though service was a bit on the slow side at times. Homemade ice cream sandwich, though creative, seemed like a mismatch of flavors, making me wish we'd gone with the touted beignets. One personal complaint was the wine list. It is made up entirely of high priced, unfamiliar (to most Californians) bottles, which appeared targeted at the expense-account diner. I believe wine is an essential part of any meal. but management obviously sees it as a chance for profit. I pity the diners in NOLA if this is typical of what they face when dining out. A big turn-off.

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Reviewed November 13, 2016

The sauce on the shrimp and grits was rich and delicious. The YaYa gumbo was very dense, good spicing. The blackened lettuce with green goddess dressing was over sauced, a limp dish. I wanted something crispy on it as contrast. The squash soup with oysters had a nice layered flavor profile. The fried green tomatoes had a roumalde sauce on it that over powered the dish and made the tomatoes soggy on the bottom and crisp on the top. The beignets were very good. The soup would have tasted better with some Manresa bread. The shrimp and grits were very rich and would have been nicely cut with some bread. There was no bread with the salad, not so much as a crouton. The yaya- same, no bread. This restaurant group is known all over the world for their fantastic bread and yet it was missing from most of our meal. Not offered, not served, just MIA.

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Thank TrixieBelle
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Reviewed October 25, 2016

Nice food and livel fun atmosphere and made a nice change from the usual steak, chicken fish you find on all the menus. When you're travelling either for leisure or business after a while choosing from menus gets a bit stale. This restaurant is a refreshing change with upscale variations on traditional New Orleans dishes (Po Boys, fried green tomatoes, blackened fish, jumbalaya etc). Menu is both pleasingly compact but retains enough variety for all. Wouldn't say it's cheap but then not high end either was $170 for 3 although we did indulge.

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Thank Rob P
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Reviewed October 19, 2016

The owner of Bywater is David Kinch and he also own the 3 star Manresa restaurant also located in Los Gatos. He wanted to open a more casual eatery that was an ode to his NOLA roots. We picked a Sunday and went during their Brunch period. There were four of us so we ordered several dishes and shared them.

We had the Beignets, red beans and egg, thick cut bacon, sausage and egg Po' boy, fried chicken with butter beans, and the shrimp and egg in a hole. All of it was delicious. I thought the red beans were bland but others liked them. The chicken was crispy and a bit spicy. I have never had butter beans and they were buttery good. The Po' boy , bacon and chicken were the biggest hits. The Beignets were warm, delicious and buried in powdered sugar. The total for our meal was just over $100 which I did not think was too much for what we ate. This is not a McDonalds after all

The restaurant itself is small so make reservations. The staff was very good and helpful. There is a full bar and open kitchen. We did not find the noise level to be bothersome Overall we loved the place and everyone of us will go back.

One word of caution if you go on a rainy day like we did. The floors are tiled and can be extremely slippery if your shoes are wet. I almost went flat on my back

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Thank Mark S
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