If you’re in Baton Rouge and feeling a craving for seafood, you’re in luck. The city is packed to the gills with a rafter of excellent seafood restaurants, some specializing in fine dining and internationally inspired cuisine, others making the most of regional flavors and traditional recipes. Thanks to the likes of OpenTable and Trip Advisor, it’s never been easier to get a sneak peek into what you can expect of a restaurant before you visit. If sorting through the reviews seems too much hard work, take things easy on yourself with our roundup of the 10 very best seafood restaurants in Baton Rouge in 2020.
10. Stab's Prime Steak & Seafood
Where: 7666 Jefferson Hwy Baton Rouge, LA 70809
As its name suggests, Stab's Prime Steak & Seafood specializes in a combo of steak and seafood. Not just any old steak and seafood, mind you: the steaks are tender, flavorsome and unapologetically meaty, while the seafood is as fresh, local, and moreish as you could want. With each dish complemented by a selection of herbs from the restaurant’s own kitchen garden, there’s a vibrancy and liveliness to each dish that’s a pure pleasure.
9. Fleming's Steakhouse - Baton Rouge
Where: 7321 Corporate Blvd. Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Yes, Fleming’s Steakhouse does steaks, and yes, it does them very well. Where it really shines, however, is in the seafood: fresh, locally caught, and full of flavor, it’s unquestionably the star of the show. If you want to push the boat out, try the Chilled Seafood Tower: piled with Alaskan king crab, ahi tuna poke, shrimp cocktail, and north Atlantic lobster tails, it’ll sate even the biggest seafood craving. If you can’t quite stretch to the $60 a tower will cost you, try the indulgent Truffle-Poached Lobster with béarnaise sauce & caviar- a bargain at just $17.
8. Ruth's Chris Steak House - Baton Rouge
Where: 4836 Constitution Avenue Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Operating under the premise that “your last bite is just as good as your first”, the menu at Ruth’s Chris Steak House has a lot to live up too- something it manages and then some. Although the huge selection of prime cut steaks is tempting enough, the seafood menu is where the restaurant truly delivers- try the Barbecued Shrimp Entrée or Sizzling Blue Crab Cakes for a taste of the very best of Louisiana flavors.
7. Stinky's Fish Camp - Baton Rouge
Where: 5500 Hilton Suite G Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Stinky’s Fish Camp may not have the most appetizing of names, but it might well have one of the most appetizing menus in Baton Rouge. The Fresh-Shucked Gulf Oysters are a dream, while Stinky's Signature Oyster Log will satisfy even the biggest appetite. Whatever you choose from the food menu, don’t miss washing it down with one of the house’s homemade Bloody Mary’s: by all accounts, they’re worth the trip alone.
6. The Little Village - Airline
Where: 14241 Airline HWY Suite 101 Baton Rouge, LA 70817
If you’re in the mood for seafood with a Mediterranean flavor, you’ll not be disappointed with The Little Village. Specializing in fresh Gulf seafood served with an Italian twist, it scores top marks in all the main criteria: friendly service, reasonable prices, a warm ambiance, and the kind of food that’ll have you booking your next reservation before you’re through your first course.
5. Red Lobster - Baton Rouge
Where: 6051 Bluebonnet Blvd Baton Rouge, LA 70836-6000
Red Lobster might be a chain, but leave any pre-conceived ideas about bland, mass-produced food, impersonal service, and dye-cut style at the door. The service at the Baton Rouge branch is never short of personal, while the food itself is a joy of big flavors, locally sourced ingredients, and expert preparation. The All You Can Eat Shrimp, meanwhile, is what elastic waistbands and long lunch hours were made for.
4. Stroubes Seafood and Steak
Where: 107 Third Street Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Outstanding service, top-notch food, and a prime location: when it comes to the kind of qualities that go into making a great restaurant, Stroubes Seafood and Steak ticks all the boxes. Expertly balancing the tightrope of upscale fine diner and welcoming local eatery, its air of casual elegance is perfectly complemented by a menu of refined international classics and good old-fashioned southern favorites. For a light lunch, try the delicate seafood salad with its refreshing combination of chopped shrimp, crabmeat, heart of palm, heirloom tomato, and leaf lettuce. Those with heartier appetites, meanwhile, won’t be disappointed with the Barbecue Shrimp Po’boy, a gut-busting dish of fried shrimp, house-made barbecue butter, provolone cheese, toasted po-boy bun, and house-cut fries.
3. Juban's Creole Restaurant and Caterer
Where: 3739 Perkins Rd Baton Rouge, LA 70808
If you want to taste Creole cooking at its finest, head to Juban’s Creole Restaurant and Caterer. By combining the traditional flavors of the region with cutting edge techniques, it’s created one of the most exciting menus in Baton Rouge. The Shrimp Cocktail is the perfect balance of smooth creaminess and piquant flavors, while the Oyster Po’boy is elevated to almost godly status by the addition of a spicy jalapeno tartar sauce. Prices are, considering the quality, more than reasonable, while the service is never short of superb.
2. Parrain's Seafood Restaurant
Where: 3225 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70808-2256
If you’ve got a special occasion coming up, you could do a whole lot worse than spending it as Parrain’s Seafood Restaurant. Yes, it’s on the pricey side, but considering the fabulous service, inviting interior, and divine food, you’re unlikely to regret shelling out. For a full smack of authentic Louisiana flavor, try the Catfish Chenier, a gorgeous combo of catfish filets and tomato basil rise finished off with a spicy creole shrimp cream sauce.
1. Louisiana Lagniappe Restaurant
Where: 9990 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70810-1525
For the very best seafood Baton Rouge has to offer, make your way to Louisiana Lagniappe Restaurant. In terms of food, service, value, and atmosphere, it’s hard to pick a fault. With its byline of fine dining, New Orleans style, it’s warm, inviting, and as perfect for special occasions as it is for cozy mid-week “dinner and drinks” with friends. The seafood gumbo is almost legendary, while the fried crab fingers appetizer is so moreish, you’ll be tempted to forgo a main course for more of the same. Throw in a sublime level of service and incredibly reasonable prices, and it’s easy to understand why Louisiana Lagniappe is such a local favorite.
Written by Dana Hanson
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