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Bayou on Penn
Bayou on Penn
  • Address:
    2519 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20005
    Neighborhood:
    Foggy Bottom
  • Cuisine:
    Creole / Cajun / Southern
    Price: $30 and under

Bayou on Penn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bayouonpenn.com
  • Email: info@bayouonpenn.com
  • Phone: (202) 223-6941
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern
  • Executive Chef: Rusty Holman
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Entertainment: Friday and Saturday nights the music starts at 10:30 with concerts featuring a rotating line-up of local and national acts.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 25th Ave NW
  • Public Transit: 2 blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bayou on Penn
For world class live music, New Orleans inspired cooking, and that laid back Big Easy vibe, there"s only one place in Washington DC to go. Located at 2519 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, just steps from the Foggy Bottom metro, Bayou brings together the award winning cuisine of executive chef Rusty Holman, hand crafted New Orleans cocktails, and a rotating line-up of both local and national recording artists. With two funky floors of dining and dancing, Bayou suits any occasion. Whether it's grabbing a quick po'boy at lunch, sitting down to a three course dinner, watching the game with a cold Abita, or grooving the night away in our intimate concert space, Bayou is DC's number one spot to laissez les bons temps rouler.

Open for Lunch and Dinner Tuesday-Sunday
Brunch served Saturdays and Sundays.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Food was really good an authentic. If you go late it's best to have reservations because you are then able to sit upstairs and away from the in and outs of the front door activity. The band at 1030 was decent - a little too honky tonk for my liking but a good sound nonetheless."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The menu was great and they had the best crawfish cheesecake that we only could find in New Orleans. The salads are enjoy for two . Lots of choices"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Had reservations for 6 people. Everyone enjoyed the food. Place was a bit noisy. There were holding a private party upstairs, so we had to eat near the bar. Will certainly be back!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This place brings me right back to New Orleans where I could find Abita everywhere. Great food, even better service. Will be back again and again."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "A great place to grab a bite to eat before a game! We were in and out with plenty of time to get to the Verizon Center downtown. Great food and service!! Everyone in our party of four left satisfied with the meal and service. The biscuits and the sweet butter are delicious!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "It’s often difficult to have an authentic New Orleans dining experience outside of New Orleans. Based on the reviews I was hopefully optimistic the Bayou would be different. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case. While the shrimp and grits and fried green tomatoes were very good the other menu selections were just ok. The po boy was very disappointing as the shrimp and oysters were overcooked and under seasoned. The service was very friendly and timely. The attention to detail on the art/décor and the music did provide a taste of New Orleans that the food lacked to some degree."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Had some great drinks and seafood. When visiting again I will be sure to visit again soon"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I ate hear on nice late Sat afternoon @530 for dinner and we sat outside. It was warm enough, but they never rolled up the plastic flaps so that it was truly outdoor dining. At that time, a reservation is probably not required, but the outside did fill up fairly quickly around 6. Hostess and waitress were attentive. We both ordered the Po' Boys which were good--the cajun fries were ok, the collards were a bit sour and the red beans and rice were bland. Having New Orleans own "Abita" beers on the menu is a nice touch; some jambalaya and etouffé options would be a nice addition. Would recommend for casual dining, but the menu needs some work."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My partner and I had eggs benedicts. We both enjoyed it. I had surf & turf version - there were 2 big oysters, but it tasted real good. We were there early so the noise was a little quiet, but later it got a little busy when we left."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I ate here with my wife and two teenagers, and everyone was happy with their food. The shrimp po-boy was excellent; reminded me of those I've had in New Orleans. The bread was fantastic and it was generously stuffed with excellent shrimp. My son got the jambalaya, something he orders frequently at restaurants, and he said it was as good or better than any he has ever had (including New Orleans). Great service, fun relaxed atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I'm from new Orleans and this was the best louisiana food I have had in this region."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The food was very good. I look forward to going back to try their other dishes. They REALLY need to add beignets to the menu though. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I've been wanting to try Bayou for awhile and I'm glad I finally did. The food and service were excellent and I hope to return when I'm back in DC! Reservations recommended."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Great food! The only place I've found so far in the DMV area that actually knows New Orleans style food. Having grown up in the area, I know New Orleans so bravo BAYOU!!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "fantastic food and service. all 3 courses were perfect and arrived at the table piping hot. I highly recommend the fried green tomatoes and crab dip."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My friend and I had the Po Boy, tuna and fried green tomatoes. All were delicious. Our server made a great drink recommendation to my friend, who thoroughly enjoyed the selection. In all, a little pricey, but you mos def get what you pay for!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "After the great reviews, including from Tom Sietsema, we were underwhelmed. My husband's family is from New Orleans, so we were looking for a place that could showcase NOLA cuisine. This isn't it. The oysters in the poboys were overbreaded. The collards were tasty, though,. The N.O. style shrimp was pretty good but not outstanding. Portions were big and filling. We were there on a night without live music, and it was fine for conversation. The happy hour is definitely college-oriented; the only beer selections were PBR and Bud in a can. Really? We'll continue our search. Maybe in New Orleans."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "We ate here on a Valentine's Day. I had the jambalaya and my wife had blackened catfish. Both were very good. The catfish was served with a crust of spices and a moist and tender interior. As many blackened offerings taste like they have been sitting too long or cooked too long, this was an unexpected pleasure. The jambalaya was good, offering four shrimps, but the serving size - well presented - was a modest offering. Overall, a delicious evening."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a great Valentine night. Good music, great food. I have to say, not a very diverse crowd. I did get some slack, but a few great guests and staff more than made up for that. I guess I'll just have to tell a lot of my ethnic types to help me diversify and build tolerance at now what is one of my fav places in DC to dine."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Nice neighborhood restaurant located a short walk from Foggy Bottom Metro. I had the Jambalaya. It was delicious. My friends had the fried chicken and the Bourbon Po Boy. They raved about the food. The portions were large and we would have taken some home but we were heading to Kennedy Center. I would definitely go again."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We were fortunate to get a pre-concert Valentine's Day table for 5 at Bayou, convenient to the Foggy Bottom metro and GW campus. We were seated quickly--even as the hostess fielded callers looking for last-minute reservations. Food was delicious, service cordial. Would definitely return!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Bayou on Penn was great. Got there somewhat early so it wasn't yet crowded. Louisiana food done right. They serve a great recipe of shrimp & grits. I had seared Tuna (not a NOLA specialty) but impressively good. We'll be going back many times to come."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We met 5 years ago in New Orleans volunteering fixing up damaged houses from Katrina. We wanted to find a place to commemorate that occasion and The Bayou was perfect! Cajun food, beads and setting much like the small places in NOLA. Great appetizers, terrific blackened catfish with greens, yummy bread pudding. Our waiter was extremely nice. We are most definitely going back."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Excellent service and scrumptious food! Only downside is the upstairs dining area is super loud, which makes it almost impossible to have a conversation with the people at your table. Bar patrons seem to talk louder as the music got louder."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Came here for my first anniversary and what a treat! I have been back several times since then. There is not one bad item on the menu. Attentive service and the hostess' know your namem"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Excellent food, ambience was basic, service was slow and not very freindly even though there were not many people in the restaurant. Would go back for the food, maybe new staff would be there."
    Dined on 5/10/2013
  • "All I can say is this place is amazing and the food is also amazing. Be prepared to make multiple trips back to this place just to try out all the menu choices. You won't be sorry."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Cold Turbo Dog, great Po Boy, and lunches were quiet and quick. Price for a sandwich were right in line with a food truck! It is hard to get a Po Boy with good bread, Bayou was right on."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Excellent Creole and Cajun cuisine. Outstanding service by Shaka. Will definitely come again."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Met friends at Bayou for midday lunch/brunch. Food was excellent. Among the four of us we had lobster bisque, gumbo, fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, blackened catfish, fried oysters, quiche ... everyone raved."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Having once lived in New Orleans, II was eager to experience this Nawlins-themed place. A friend and I had lunch there at an off time, so I can't speak to it when the place is packed and the ambience livelier. The po-boys, gumbo, and red beans were delicious and reasonably priced. Our server was cheerful and attentive, and not overly so. My friend and I shared an outstanding and affordable ($30) pinot, the first on the wine list. Disappointments were small but worth noting: The music was way too loud for what was then a practically empty restaurant, though the folks gladly lowered it. And the tunes weren't quite as authentic-New Orleans as I had hoped to hear. Overall, the Bayou is a convivial, inexpensive, tasty place to dine."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "I have never had a better brunch in my life. I ate an eggs benedict with fried oysters, fried tomatoes, ham and hollandays sauce. My girlfriend of nine years practically rolled me home. The bar area was pretty loud, so I would say do NOT bring your kids here, other than that, can't beat it."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Louisiana needs to start sending thare chefs to Washington DC to learn how to cook REAL Louisiana food!!! WOW- The Shrimps and grits! Incredible-the boudin balls!!! To dye for- THE PO BOYS!!!!!!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Shrimp and grits was great! My friend seemed to enjoy the jumbalaya. Fried green tomatoes were delicious (the toppings on them made the dish!) but they were way overpriced ($10) for two tiny slices of tomato on the platter! I was seriously thinking, "You have got to be kidding me?!" regarding this extremely meager portion size! Apple crisp was also delicious! Dined early (before the 10pm party) on NYE; good service. Look forward to returning."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Sunday dinner during a saints game so it had a noisy but fun crowd enjoing the game. Seems more like a sports bar with that going on but the food is terrific. We had various po boy sandwiches which were tasty and generous esp with 2 sides. Half off on wine bottles is a nice sunday benefit as well."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "The staff from hostess to bartender to service were all very attentive and gracious. We have returned several times for the appetizers especially the Fried Green Tomatoes which can be a meal in itself. We are sorry we don't live closer so we can go to Brunch on a more regular basis."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "We needed a place that would seat 8 of us at 6pm and Bayou delivered. The restaurant was pretty quiet but I got the feeling that it would get busier as the night went on. The food and drinks were excellent. I had a Purple Haze (thank you!), the tuna tartare and the steak. They worked with my special requests and everything was very good. We made it to our show on time."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "I thought the good was basic. The service was good"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "This is a rare place. For the first time outside of NOLA, I felt like I was eating in NOLA instead of a Disneyfied version of NOLA. It's not JUST the food - spot on gumbo, jambalaya, fried chicken, shrimp & grits, po-boys. It's not JUST the perfect sazeracs, hurricanes or dark & stormies. It 's not JUST the soundtrack playing back the history of NOLA music. It's not JUST the warm and knowledgeable service. It's how these elements come together to create the kind of ambiance that's missing from most restaurants in DC. It's how dim lights combine with the perfect buzz & a full belly to make a world so pleasantly out of synch with the one you left out on Pennsylvania Avenue. You might wish it could be your world forever."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "A good neighborhood spot for casual dining, New Orleans themes with a bit of sports bar mixed in. They make a mean Sazerac cocktail too! Shrimp and Grits is a favorite. Weeknights are preferred; less crowded."
    Dined on 11/12/2013