Bayou on Penn
2519 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20005Neighborhood:
Creole / Cajun / SouthernPrice: $30 and under
Bayou on Penn
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.bayouonpenn.com/
- Phone: 2022236941
- 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.
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.Continued
Open for Lunch and Dinner Tuesday-Sunday
Brunch served Saturdays and Sundays.
Open for Lunch and Dinner Tuesday-Sunday
Brunch served Saturdays and Sundays.
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Bayou on Penn reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since June 26, 2014
- Ambiance3.9Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (29)fit for foodies (20)good for groups (16)great for lunch (15)great for outdoor dining (13)vibrant bar scene (12)hot spot (11)late-night find (8)great for brunch (7)romantic (6)special occasion (6)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (1)scenic view (1)Show More
- Family visiting from AustraliaOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/21/2014Wanted to try some American/Creole food and was thoroughly impressed by the standard of the food and service at Bayou. From the opening complimentary sweet biscuits (which we had three baskets of), through the jambalaya, grits, savoury cheesecake, tuna and more, both adults and kids were delighted. The service was fantastic. Good also that I had booked on OpenTable as when we arrived there were no tables left! A very enjoyable evening.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- SnowflakeVIPDined on 10/21/2014We went there for lunch on a pretty fall day and ate outside. Super! I ordered the Frenchman, an oyster po'boy, which was probably the best I'd ever had. The French bread it was served on was crunchy, but easy to bite into unlike most French bread, and the oysters were cooked to perfection. We peeked into the bar, which was cozy and inviting-- Looks like a great spot for drinks. Big TVs for sports fans.Special Features:
- Delicious food!OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 10/15/2014Chef Rusty serves tasty Cajun inspired dishes. Shrimp and Oyster PO' Boy sandwich was cooked to perfection, collard greens were seasoned well, and beet salad served with a pleasant citrus dressing. Beer and root beer brewed in Louisiana. Awesome bread pudding for dessert. Our party had 10 people, everyone talked about how much they enjoyed their meal! Would highly recommend restaurant to others.Special Features:
- Tasty CajunJohnVIPDined on 10/3/2014Very down to earth Cajun and creole dishes - good jambalaya and a nice seafood and andouille sausage gumbo. Good wine list as well. There is outdoor seating but it was a little chilly. Rock band upstairs after 10 PM.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- excellent foodOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/26/2014Food was great, service was good, place was OK. Had blackened salmon - taste was very good.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- great spotluvjazzDined on 9/12/2014Looking for a great restaurant/lounge w great music, relaxing atmosphere, and romantic, this was the spot for me. Loved it!! Even the food was cooked just the way I ordered it. Bayou Grenade was very delicious. Everyone was friendly. All my expectations were met! I will bring my friends there next time ;-)Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amazing Food Made up for ServiceGeorgeHaneyDined on 9/12/2014The food was fantastic, I mean totally authentic New Orleans jambalaya… which was so good, I had it for breakfast and lunch the next day too (lots there!). My friends loved their choices as well. I don't know if it is because we sat outside, or we were there when they opened; but the service was not on par with what I expected. It took a long time to get drinks; it took even longer to get food. We had planned on 6, but then had 5. There were two tables with 2 and 3 people at them... they both were served prior to us. I’ll try again, sitting inside next time, to see if the service issue was a one-time event. Yes, the food is that good.Special Features:
- Bravo for BayouJerryDined on 8/29/2014Food, music, vibe all add up to a worthwhile evening. Have one of the recommended beers with dinner because the cocktails fall just a wee bit short of expectations. But the desserts (any & all) are to die for!Special Features:
- Soup was AmazingSLARADined on 8/23/2014I brought my husband here for his Birthday. I was disappointed that there was no recognition (cupcake) but the food made up for it - My husband said the soup he had was so good he'll never order gumbo again. He can't remember the name but he said the flavors were layered - sour cream, jalapeno etc. We will come again even though the server didn't acknowledge the tip and considering how long it took for our dinner, we were generous because the meal was excellent. To be fair, the restaurant was short-handed and the wait staff was hustling.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Oustanding Food and DirinkstooteeldDined on 8/22/2014The food at this restaurant is fantastic and I had the best Hurricane ever! Bayou's food and drinks are a very close match to my dining experiences in New Orleans. I also liked the décor and I had no problem finding parking.Special Features:
- Loved it!!!BrightEyesDined on 8/16/2014Had a very nice time. We went for dinner prior to going to a performance at the Kennedy Center. It is not far from the Center at all. The service was superb. Would love to go again!!Special Features:
- New Orleans in DCOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 8/9/2014Bayou brings the flavors of New Orleans to Washington! From the gumbo to the po-boys to the jumbalaya to the mussels, everything was excellent. Impressive selection of cocktails, wine, and beer. Waitress was very helpful about highlighting her favorite items on the menu. Restaurant was accommodating when a few members of our party needed to join us late.Special Features:
- Pre-Kennedy Center mealJobroDined on 8/9/2014Great restaurant to visit before a show at the Kennedy Center. I had the boudin balls as my appetizer and Jambalaya as the main course. The food was delicious. Afterwards we walked the 3-4 blocks to the Foggy Bottom Metro station and took a shuttle to the Kennedy Center to see Jerry Seinfeld. It was a perfect evening.Special Features:
- Wonderful Cajun Cuisine!DeeDeeDined on 8/9/2014We had a party of six meet there prior to an evening performance of The Lion King. The food was awesome! Everyone enjoyed their meal except for my husband who ordered the catfish. The portion was not the same size as another member of our party. We all laughed when he lifted up his tiny piece of fish and found one little leaf of a collard green. Two ordered the Salmon, which they said was excellent. One ordered the NY Strip and he said one of the best he's ever had. I had the Fried Chicken Breast, which was the bomb! Crispy and well seasoned on the outside, yet moist juicy on the inside. I look forward to going back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Creole foodFoodieDined on 8/7/2014I had a chance to taste real creole food and I liked it! I was with company who lived in the Bayou and said this is a great find in the District.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- bayouGreatVIPDined on 7/31/2014Good food and customer service. I want to go back for band night.Special Features:
- Fantastic and Fun PlacePrefer2forageVIPDined on 7/29/2014The three of us loved our meals, excellent quality, and great service. Shrimp gumbo was supurb. We sat at the bar first and had good laughs with the bartender and excellent drinks. All employees had wonderful personalities and were very accommodating in every way. Casual and inviting atmosphere. Will return for sure.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Cajun and creole eatsOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 7/26/2014Since my first visit to Bayou on Penn, is has become key place in my monthly restaurant rotation. Food and drink are outstanding. I visit the New Orleans often and the food at Bayou on Penn represents very well.Special Features:
- ajh425VIPDined on 7/12/2014New Orleans style restaurant had delicious food and an eccentric atmosphere. The server was friendly and attentive. Drinks on the menu were creative and even included a different take on the famous Hurricane drink from NOLA.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Louisiana NativeblueboybobDined on 7/12/2014As a Louisiana native I am always on the lookout for good home food. After going to Bayou I am still looking. The Poboy was great, though Poboys are mostly bread and they don't make there own bread. The seafood was not plentiful like back home. For $20 I kind of expected a lot more shrimp. The Boudin balls had too much liver and no spice. I imagine these are bought frozen and just cooked in-house. The red beans were way too soupy. The "cajun" fries, wtf is "cajun" the seasoning sucked. Though I will go back just because of the poboy bread, but I wont get anything else.Special Features:
- Food was Good, Service was TerribleAllisonLDined on 7/11/2014The food was very good but did seem very overpriced. The service was terrible. The server would disappear for long periods of time and we had to wait almost 45 minutes to get our check after we were finished eating. In addition, I saved half of my meal to bring home and when the server took the plate to the kitchen to box it up, they lost it and I lost half of my meal with no apology or other offer to resolve the situation. For the price we paid, we expected much higher quality service.
- BayouritzytravelerVIPDined on 7/9/2014I am from Louisiana and it was great. Poboy especially great. Gumbo not great. Red beans average. But poboy awesome. Cocktails a nice taste of home.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Dumbed Down CajunpandapaVIPDined on 7/6/2014Backhouse Cajun food. If you thought Senator Long had lasted beyond his prime avoid this place. It feels like it was there when Foggy Bottom was a swamp. Just missing the gators. Not much spice. Not much layering of taste. Food was fresh. Beer was not cold enough. Several choices of Abita.
- Great findOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 7/5/2014The food was great and the atmosphere was casual and fun. The staff was very knowledgeable about all the dishes and were very friendlySpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 6/27/2014The food was delicious with a nice southern flair . Nice comfortable atmosphere .Special Features:
- The following 429 reviews are from the Bayou on Penn reviews archive.
- great Cajun cookingfoodieVIPDined on 6/25/2014At lunch the other day, my oyster po' boy was as it should be: large, juicy oysters under a crunchy crust, just the right amount of dressing, lettuce etc. My friend, a vegetarian, was very pleased with her fried green tomato po' boy. And we both loved the kale salad - in a creamy sesame dressing, chock full of peanuts. Service was warm and welcoming. I will return with pleasure.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I Love This Place!!!!!FoodieVIPDined on 6/21/2014I live in CA. Eating at Bayou is a MUST whenever I am in DC (which is often)! Everything is deliciuos, but the fried green tomatoes are a must!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Bayou on PennflobowcavsVIPDined on 6/15/2014Nice casual vibe with good food are the earmarks of Bayou. With one exception (the fried chicken which was over-cooked) all items were well cooked and seasoned. Waiter Chelsea was excellent. Despite the chicken will come back and give them another chance.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Superb Cajun in west endfoodmanDined on 6/12/2014A great little place for Cajun/creole/fusion! Reasonable prices, great service, and creative cocktails.Special Features:
- Excellent food and ambiencean14jeDined on 6/12/2014The service was very good and the food was excellent. We had a cup of gumbo which was tasty, spicy and thick. For dinner, 1 of us had the salmon, top quality and 3 had jambalaya, which was a tasty plate of a great mix of flavors and seafood. Plenty to eat.Special Features:
- Great Gumbo!chitowntaraDined on 6/10/2014Loved the gumbo and kale salad. The rest of th table got po-boys and jambalaya which they all loved too. Cocktails were fun and they have ABITA and not just turbodog.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Love this placeButterfly42Dined on 6/6/2014Being from Louisiana I really appreciate the authenticity of the food. I have been for lunch and dinner and have never been disappointed.Special Features:
- Yummy FoodBlueGirlDined on 6/4/2014I was feeling a little nostalgic for New Orleans so we decided to hit this restaurant (first time) with a friend who was in town on business. The food was fantastic (the biscuits with whatever that butter was is to die for!,) as well as the service. It's a hopping place so this is definitely not a venue to go to if you want to talk quietly but it was a fun NOLA atmosphere with beads hanging from the ceiling. We will definitely be back when I have a craving for authentic Jambalaya or a Po Boy. Also, the cucumber tomato salad was awesome. I recommend!Special Features:
- WrightoneDined on 5/31/2014If you love Cajun, then this is the spot...drinks are pricey but overall, a great place to eat!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Awesome food!Supersupper13Dined on 5/29/2014The terrific menu makes up for the waiting! I had the gumbo, jalapeño guts and jambalaya. Everything was great, and the hot sauces were tasty.Special Features:
- Great for lunchOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 5/29/2014Very welcoming atmosphere. Creole and jambalaya were very flavorful. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Real Naw'Leans Food!NiceFoodieVIPDined on 5/24/2014If you are looking for southern cuisine with that new orleans twist- try Bayou. I was really impressed with the food. I ordered shrimp and grits and the shrimp were huge and plentiful. My boyfriend ordered blackened catfish with collard greens that was extremely tasty. The place is small and quaint but has a nice flare to it. They also have live jazz on the weekends. I went over the holiday so I wasn't able to experience the music but I will be back again. Their brunch menu looked appealing too.Special Features:
- Great food, slow serviceMDchickVIPDined on 5/15/2014A group of co-workers and myself work in the surrounding area and ventured to Bayou on Penn last week. The food was very tasty - well seasoned, good portion size and overall just good New Orleans style food. However, the service left a lot to be desired. It took roughly 30min to get our food (this was during the lunch hour, but the restaurant was nowhere near busy). Although the food was indeed good, it just took entirely too long to receive it. Additionally, the appetizer ended up coming with the food...too late.Special Features:
- PedestrianWillGoAgainDined on 5/11/2014The food was good, not great. I oredered the cajun fried chicken breast with collard greens and red beans & rice. The chicken was the best part of that meal. The greens were almost cold, the red beans & rice were underwhelming. My wife and I ordered the boudin balls, they were pretty good. We also ordered the tuna tartar - not worth a mention. My wife ordered the shrimp and grits and she enjoyed it. All in all, I wouldn't recommend this place for a special event, or even for the food selcetion, but I would recommend to someone who wants an average meal.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good South Louisiana foodLaughlinDined on 5/11/2014The Sazerac was the perfect beginning to a lovely family lunch. My jambalaya was delicious, correctly spiced despite its tomato base. Salmon and Ahi dishes were very well preparedand the Eggs Benedict worthy of praise.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.