The 10 Best Restaurants In And Around Garden District, Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Restaurant | © Don Gunn/Flickr
Baton Rouge Restaurant | © Don Gunn/Flickr
Photo of Shay Lee
9 February 2017

Baton Rouge is Louisiana’s capital. Restaurants in Baton Rouge are loaded with culture and offer some impressive beverage selections and delicious cuisines. Here are the 10 best restaurants in Baton Rouge’s Garden District.

Coffee and sandwitch | © Geoff Peters/flickr

Yvette Marie’s Café

Cafe, American, Coffee, Tea , Fast Food
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Yvette Marie’s Café is a welcoming cafe which serves delicious soups, sandwiches, salads, hot lunch specials, and signature desserts. The cafe has a recipe for success which involves exquisite entrees, experienced staff, and affordable prices. Yvette Marie’s Café is more than a simple place to eat. The cafe is a place for events such as weddings, holiday parties, bridal/baby showers, and corporate parties. Up to 500 guests can be accommodated, however, if there are more people, Yvette Marie’s Café is willing to be lenient. Since the company wants to make events unforgettable, the staff is willing to adjust to customers’ needs.

Chelsea’s Café

Cafe, Restaurant, American
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Chelsea’s Café serves lunch and dinner. Guests here can savor great food, dance to groovy music, and hang out with old and new friends. The food is delicious, but many patrons stay for the music. Chelsea’s Café plays a good variety of funk, brass, indie rock, hip-hop, and jazz. Live bands come from all over Louisiana and the cafe is happy to showcase aspiring bands. The restaurant’s motto is ‘Good food. Good music. Good beer.’ The staff gladly ensures the motto stays true.

Parrain’s Seafood Restaurant

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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Parrain’s Seafood Restaurant has been serving quality food since September 2001. The chef is committed to providing guests with some of the freshest and highest quality seafood in Baton Rouge. The daily specials will leave customers wanting more. Each Sunday, Parrain’s offers brunch specials and the restaurant has a lively atmosphere ideal for a Sunday brunch. The best part about the food is that each item is cooked to order. The friendly staff ensures the dining environment is ideal for all guests.

Acme Oyster House

Acme Oyster House has been open since 1910 and doesn’t plan to stop serving food any time soon. Make sure you order some delicious ice-cold oysters. Customers rave about the tenderness and taste of the oysters. The Louisiana oysters are fresh and hand-shucked. They can be served cold in a half shell, chargrilled, or golden fried. For customers who don’t feel like eating oysters, Acme Oyster House serves New Orleans classics such as red beans and rice, seafood gumbo, and jambalaya. The chef ensures each meal is seasoned to perfection.

3535 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge, LA, USA +1 225 906 2372


Bar, Restaurant, Sushi, Japanese, Seafood, $$$
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Before opening in January 2000, Tsunami underwent a design and development phase for two years. Sisters Leah Simon and Michele Ezell positioned the restaurant as a premier fine dining establishment for international cuisine. The menu includes dishes with Japanese and American influences. The chefs are constantly researching trends and ingredients to create innovative dishes. Visitors can sample sushi rolls, nigari, sashimi, grilled fish, and steaks. For guests who wish to learn how to prepare sushi, Tsunami teaches various sushi classes throughout the year.

Stroubes Seafood and Steaks

Executive chefs Brad Andries and Mark Reilly bring upscale Southern dining to Baton Rouge with Stroubes Seafood and Steaks. The seafood and steak menu is the model of culinary perfection. Their delectable variety of crab claws, mussels, oysters, escargots, baby back ribs, green tomatoes, lamb, and tuna can satisfy any taste. Local ingredients are incorporated into each dish and into their cocktails. Stroubes Seafood and Steaks is proud to cater for weddings, banquets and graduations.

107 3rd St, Baton Rouge, LA, USA +1 225 448 2830

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant

Bar, Restaurant, American
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Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant brings Southern and Californian culture offering happy hour, daily specials, themed parties and sponsored festivities. Guests can come, relax, and get their groove on at this hot spot. The staff invites Baton Rouge guests to witness the vibes of Baja and Southern California culture. This friendly establishment always has a party on. It features warm lighting, great music, and a highly motivated staff. Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant invites dog owners to bring their furry friends. This restaurant is the ideal location for lively private parties and events.

The Little Village

The Little Village is famous for its bread – customers rave about the bread and its freshness. The Italian sesame loaf is baked fresh to order. Once it is removed from the oven, it is placed on a platter, brushed with olive oil, and coated with Romano cheese. The bread is served with a side of olive tapannade. 225 Magazine named their bread the ‘Best Bread in Baton Rouge’. Other than this, The Little Village serves prime steaks and Louisiana seafood favorites. Visitors can enjoy amazing food in the restaurant’s intimate atmosphere.

447 3rd St, Baton Rouge, LA, USA +1 225 218 6685

Restaurant IPO

Restaurant, American
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Restaurant IPO introduces tapas with a Southern flair. The menu includes various tapas dishes, salads, soups, and full meals. Customers can sample the cuisines of different countries made mostly from Louisiana grown products. Some of the cuisines which inspire the menu are those from America, France, Italy, and Mexico. Restaurant IPO has a way of combining worldwide cuisine and Southern elements. Owners Eric Maciek and Brandt Broussard are proud to offer a wonderful beverage and food selection in a restaurant where guests receive quality hospitality.

Pastime Restaurant

Pizzeria, Restaurant, American, Pub Grub, Fast Food, Vegetarian, $$$
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Before becoming a famous restaurant, Pastime Restaurant was a grocery store. In 1945, the grocery store turned into a restaurant due to its surroundings: rice mill, brickyard, lumberyard, and furrier. Since the restaurant is located one mile from Louisiana State University (LSU), students frequent the place. It is also a popular hangout for graduation parties and student gatherings. In October 2007, Pastime Restaurant became a historical landmark because of its cultural contribution to the area.

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