A TIMELESS Restaurant in one of the world’s most culturally significant cities.
On May 22, 1776, Jean-Francois-Marmontel and Andre Getry's one-act comic opera Sylvain was performed in New Orleans. Residents hungry for something culturally rich, inventive and unpredictable were captivated by the performance. That same year, construction was completed on a three-story carriage house at what is now 625 Chartres Street by local landmark developer Don Andres Almonaster y Roxas. Over two centuries later in the fall of 2010, the restaurant Sylvain was introduced to one of the world's most celebrated neighborhoods at the very site of Mr. Almonaster's Chartres Street carriage house. A celebration of both new and old in its design aesthetic as well as menu offerings, Sylvain is an oasis of style and unmatched quality in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
martha wiggins, executive chef
“I think my food is heartfelt. It’s not manicured. It’s hearty. I want people to be full. I want people to taste bold, tangy, salty and spicy. But who knows what it will be two months from now…”
Martha is a native of Washington, D.C., and a member of the opening team of Sylvain. In 2015, after starting as a line cook and quickly moving to sous chef, Martha took the reins as executive chef of the restaurant. In her time at the helm of the kitchen, Martha has taken the menu to new heights and been lauded as a 2015 Chef to Watch and one of Zagat’s 2016 30 Under 30 in New Orleans, among other accolades.
darrin ylisto, bar director
Darrin hails from Upstate New York, and spent years living abroad in both Europe and South America before moving to New Orleans in 2003. After completing a law degree in 2007 he continued working in restaurants & bars, honing his appreciation for wine and spirits as well as his love of creating experiences for people. Darrin is a certified sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers. In his spare time he examines frozen margaritas.