We are a Latin style tapas restaurant located in the heart of the Arts District in Downtown New Orleans right across from The Saenger Theater. Bésame combines the fresh seafood from the Gulf of Mexico with Latin and Caribbean flavors from Mexico and South America.
Every plate achieves that elusive, cuisine-defining balance of sweet, salty, and sour – dessert. Our bar program explores unique wines and spirits from Latin America like, Pisco, Brandy, Mezcal and Rum
We accept a limited number of reservations up to one month in advance for parties of up to 8 guests.
Besame Menu - New Orleans Updated 6/23/23
Menu and prices subject to change
CHEF NANYO DOMINGUEZ: EXECUTIVE CHEF AND OWNER AT BÉSAME
Nanyo Dominguez, grew up in Puebla, Mexico, where he started cooking at age ten. He specializes in authentic Mexican cuisine from across the country as well as Latin American flavor influenced by his travels and 16 years living in New York where a wide variety of Latin cuisines are available.
Chef Dominguez has created a fun menu of the most recognized Latin dishes, adding his own twist at Bésame, right here en Nueva Orleans. His dishes are from all over Latin America, including Argentina, Peru, Honduras, Yucatan, Oaxaca and Mexico City.
From fresh salsas and ceviches, guacamole, jicama salad, empanadas, tacos and specialty dishes like paella, he uses the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients.
Dominguez also spent time cooking in California and New York before working for Chef Aarón Sánchez at Paloma in Connecticut. He then helped open “Johnny Sanchez” in New Orleans.
He was the Chef de Cuisine at the Peruvian restaurant “Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco” before joining Espíritu. Chef Nanyo was named as the “New Orleans Chef to Watch” in 2018 by The Times-Picayune.
SPECIAL EVENTS & PRIVATE PARTIES
Our Dining room can be divided for private parties or events with a minimum of 20 guests
THE PRIVATE ROOM
Seats up to 20
A blend of lounge and dinning room this intimate space is the perfect space for any occasion including business meeting with on-site projector
FULL RESTAURANT BUY OUT
Seats up to 40
Celebrate that special occasion for up to 40 guest, our restaurant can comfortably accommodate your guests. includes bar, lounge and dinning room areas. Available on closed nights
DESSERT MENU - Updated 6/23/2023
Subject to change
Fried sweet plantains, Dulce de Leche gelato, Mint Crema, Strawberries
Rum & milk soaked cake, citrus-mint crema, strawberries
PICCOLA GELATERIA GELATO
Chili Mango, Dulce de Leche, Roasted Plantain, Guava