Bayou on Penn
Bayou on Penn

Bayou on Penn

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.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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Bayou on Penn reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (24)fit for foodies (18)good for groups (16)great for lunch (13)hot spot (11)vibrant bar scene (10)late-night find (9)great for outdoor dining (8)special occasion (6)great for brunch (5)romantic (5)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Better as a place for after-work
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/1/2011
    Better as a place for after-work drinks, with two bars and an energetic happy hour crowd. Food is good, though hard to enjoy because the early crowd is so loud.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent New Orleans fod
    Ace58VIP
    Dined on 2/27/2011
    Excellent New Orleans fod at reasonable prices! Attentive service. I did find it ard to have a conversation because of the canned music. But I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Looking for somewhere to go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/26/2011
    Looking for somewhere to go for Mardi Gras in DC? This might be the place you are looking for. Great Atmosphere, great food, great music.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A bit pricey, but overall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/26/2011
    A bit pricey, but overall still a great value. You better like seafood, though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful Gem in Foggy Bottom
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/26/2011
    I really enjoyed this resturant. At the last min prior to a concert I made a reservation and it was one of the best meals that I had in a while. I ordered the Rockfish while my friend ordered the Blackened Catfish. Outstanding! We shared everything from the appetizer (loved the Boudin (sp)) to the main course. i would highly recommend this resturant. We had to run, but the band was just getting ready to set up. Don't miss this GEM if you are in Foggy Bottom!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ehh..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/24/2011
    Waiter wasn't too keen on helping us.. Food was "ok" but nothing special.. and it took awhile for the whole experience to be over. Also, felt weird to be the only people in the restaurant.. perhaps because it's new? Or maybe because people aren't too impressed? I couldn't tell.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the fried green tomatoes are
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/23/2011
    the fried green tomatoes are a must. gator chili also pretty good. Wine list so-so.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • we ate downstairs near the
    food4thought
    Dined on 2/20/2011
    we ate downstairs near the bar, the staff was friendly, the mood lively , and the food delicious!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Captures the feel of NOLA.
    FreshIsBestVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2011
    Captures the feel of NOLA. Great music to compliment excellent renditions of familiar New Orleans fare.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food is remarkably good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/19/2011
    The food is remarkably good and the service was excellent. The shrimp & grits rocks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice atmosphere, but wont
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/18/2011
    nice atmosphere, but wont seat groups until the full party is there, making this an inconvenient place to meet up with friends.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/16/2011
    Great food, great service nothing more i could ask for, i will be going back again to try more items off the menu defiantly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • passed the Nawlins test!
    Crusher
    Dined on 2/16/2011
    I liked the Bayou and my friends from Nawlins LOVED it! Nice place. Looking for a reason to take my wife, or a business colleague.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Who doesn't love $2 po'boy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2011
    Who doesn't love $2 po'boy sliders? Cheap PBRs don't hurt either. Great vegetarian meatloaf. I did have the shrimp and grits without tasso, but I think it included a stick of butter which was a little much. Love sitting outside in the summer, good spot overall.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bayou is awesome! I am from
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/15/2011
    Bayou is awesome! I am from New Orleans (born and raised) and can tell you that the food and drinks that I tried were very true to authentic New Orleans cuisine. I was very impressed with the po'boys - the bread even comes from New Orleans! - and the red beans and rice. I will definitely go back soon to try out some other dishes and plan to bring friends and family there as well. The service was excellent and the music perfectly set the tone for a good New Orleans lunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had dinner there on Valentine's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2011
    Had dinner there on Valentine's Day. Fixed menu, but everything was good. Will go back to try some of the other cajun goodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went on a Wednesday night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/9/2011
    We went on a Wednesday night and had a reservation for 4. One person was late, and they still wouldn't seat us until everyone was there, despite the fact that there were several empty tables. Our waitress was the slowest that I've had in ages. For whatever reason she seemed much more attentive to everyone else around us. For example, we needed to ask twice for silverware once our food arrived. The food itself was good, but when we wanted to leave, it took at least another 20 minutes to get the check and pay and leave. It was unbelievably terrible, and I'll never go back.
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