Influenced by a multitude of unique cultures, Louisiana’s seafood scene is unmatched. Whether you’re looking for barbecue shrimp or crawfish prepared in a variety of ways, you’ll find it at the great seafood eateries of Louisiana. Here are our favorites.
You’ll feel like a king or queen when you eat at the Seafood Palace in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Simple and superb are the words used to describe this little eatery. Appetizer choices include Boudin Balls, crab and crawfish patties, gator and crawfish boulettes, and duck tenders. There’s also a nice selection of gumbos and po’boy sandwiches, and you can wash it all down with a cold beer or glass of your favorite wine.
Mouthwatering is the perfect way to describe this local seafood place. In business since 2001, Parrain’s Seafood Restaurant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, prides itself on offering the best and freshest seafood around. Open most days from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m., just a few of their amazing specialties are andouille encrusted fish, crawfish étouffée, and just about any kind of po’boy you can imagine including shrimp, oyster, catfish, and gator. You’ll love the casual ship-like interior with the wooden and nautical décor.
Charbroiled oysters are the house specialty at Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, but if grilled oysters in a garlic and herbed butter sauce don’t excite you, they have plenty that will. From New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp to fried squid for starters to a mixed grill combo featuring Maine lobster, petit filet, and blackened shrimp in a Cajun cream sauce, the problem you’ll have is deciding what to eat first. Find locations in Lafayette, Metairie, and New Orleans.
Considered one of the best seafood restaurants around and with something for everyone, SHUCKS! in Abbeville, Louisiana, will not disappoint. Using recipes that have been tried for years and staying true to the concept of creating authentic Cajun food, you can choose a sampler featuring oysters any way you like ‘em. SHUCKS! also has tasty appetizers like gator bites and shrimp remoulade, and delicious gumbos, chowders, and stews like smoked duck & andouille gumbo, crawfish étoufée, and corn & crab chowder. The most popular entrée is the fried oysters, but you can also get shrimp, catfish, crawfish, crab cakes, and tilapia.
Once you see the exterior of this place, you’ll know there’s something different here. Peche Seafood Grill in New Orleans, Louisiana, features the ambience of rustic comfort and the food is delicious. Local fishermen and farmers supply the restaurant with the ingredients to make some of the most delicious seafood dishes in the area. Using a combination of South American, Spanish, and Creole flavors and cooking techniques, many of the popular entrees are made over an open grill. This technique has earned James Beard awards like the “Best Chef” and “Best New Restaurant.” Some of the contemporary cuisine includes catfish with pickled greens, smoked duck and kumquat pappardelle, and spicy ground shrimp and noodles. You won’t go wrong with the salted caramel cake for dessert, made with rich caramel buttercream and Angel’s Envy bourbon.
The French Quarter in New Orleans has been home to the Acme Oyster House since 1910. Closed only for a brief time because of a fire, this local iconic establishment draws people from all over the world who have a taste for all things oyster. But oysters aren’t the only great food there. They have awesome jambalaya, red beans & rice, po’boys, and a seafood étoufée that would make your Cajun grandma happy. You can stop by several locations all over the state every day of the week. Find additional locations in Baton Rouge, Covington, and Metairie.
Voted “Best Seafood in New Orleans” and “Best Place for Crawfish” by Tops of the Town, a local magazine, Deanie’s Seafood has been serving perfect fresh Louisiana-style seafood for over 50 years. This is good eating at its best with crabmeat nachos, barbecue shrimp, and crawfish tails to start, followed by a soup, gumbo, or bisque of choice, salad, and one of their house specials like blackened redfish topped with crawfish étoufée or a giant platter of shrimp, oysters, catfish, soft shell crabs, crawfish, and French fries. It’s food like this that brings people together.
Located in the historic downtown area, Warehouse No. 1 sits on the banks of the Ouachita River, considered one of the 10 most beautiful rivers in the country by National Geographic Magazine. With lunch and dinner specials daily, it’s highly advised to make a reservation because of the popularity. This place is mind-blowingly good.
Great seafood at reasonable prices and a relaxed atmosphere is what you’ll find at Mandez’s Seafood Bar & Grill in Lafayette, Louisiana. Seeing is believing and tasting is a guarantee that you’ll be back for more once you try this local hometown eatery. No matter what battered seafood you chose, it’s the batter that makes all the difference. Not heavy and clumpy, it’s a tried and true recipe that’s been a favorite for many years. Popular favorites include the grilled fish or shrimp tacos and grilled redfish.
Whether you sit outside on the beautiful deck facing Lake Pontchartrain or go inside to enjoy a cozy and relaxed atmosphere, Frenier Landing Restaurant and Oyster Bar in LaPlace, Louisiana, is a foodie’s delight. Dedicated to a healthy respect for food and giving time to enjoy and appreciate it, Frenier Landing is a unique intersection of traditional and modern. Examples are the alligator sausage with creole mustard, Oysters Frenier, which is fried oysters topped with melted brie and served over creamed spinach, and Eggplant Napoleon made with eggplant topped with shrimp and crabmeat in a crawfish cream sauce over linguini.