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

  • 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.

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
69 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (37)fit for foodies (25)great for lunch (21)great for outdoor dining (17)good for groups (16)hot spot (11)great for brunch (11)vibrant bar scene (9)romantic (9)special occasion (8)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (6)scenic view (2)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • great spot
    luvjazz
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Looking 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:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food Made up for Service
    GeorgeHaney
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The 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:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bravo for Bayou
    Jerry
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food, 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Soup was Amazing
    SLARA
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I 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:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oustanding Food and Dirinks
    tooteeld
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The 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:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it!!!
    BrightEyes
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Had 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New Orleans in DC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Bayou 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:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-Kennedy Center meal
    Jobro
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great 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:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Cajun Cuisine!
    DeeDee
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We 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:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Creole food
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I 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:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bayou
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Good food and customer service. I want to go back for band night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic and Fun Place
    Prefer2forageVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Cajun and creole eats
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Since 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:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ajh425VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    New 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:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Louisiana Native
    blueboybob
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    As 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:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was Good, Service was Terrible
    AllisonL
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The 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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bayou
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I 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:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dumbed Down Cajun
    pandapaVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Backhouse 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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was great and the atmosphere was casual and fun. The staff was very knowledgeable about all the dishes and were very friendly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food was delicious with a nice southern flair . Nice comfortable atmosphere .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great Cajun cooking
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    At 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:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I Love This Place!!!!!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I 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:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bayou on Penn
    flobowcavsVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Nice 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:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Cajun in west end
    foodman
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    A great little place for Cajun/creole/fusion! Reasonable prices, great service, and creative cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and ambience
    an14je
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Gumbo!
    chitowntara
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Loved 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:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Butterfly42
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Being from Louisiana I really appreciate the authenticity of the food. I have been for lunch and dinner and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy Food
    BlueGirl
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I 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:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wrightone
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    If you love Cajun, then this is the spot...drinks are pricey but overall, a great place to eat!
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food!
    Supersupper13
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Very welcoming atmosphere. Creole and jambalaya were very flavorful. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 417 reviews are from the Bayou on Penn reviews archive.
  • Real Naw'Leans Food!
    NiceFoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    If 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, slow service
    MDchick
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    A 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:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pedestrian
    WillGoAgain
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The 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:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good South Louisiana food
    Laughlin
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The 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:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and excellent service
    Bobo
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The service is excellent! Food is good, delicious. The only thing that is really annoying is the noise. People enjoying happy hour in the bar, they are super loud. So it you want to have quite time, don't come here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK, just OK
    Scottaeat
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    More of a bar feel than a restaurant. Food was ok, the creole was for the most part good, slight over cooking on the muscles but the biscuits on the side were pretty tasty. We had 2 little kids with us, no kids menu but they were kind enough to knock some stuff up which was appreciated. Staff friendlyish. I would come rushing back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Before or After The Kennedy Center
    Ilv2trvl
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Service was great, but food was just average. Found it to be a step above typical pub food. Fairly good Creole selection. Had ribs and they were tender but only mildly flavorful. Sauce was added after the fact. Sides were really good.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fried green tomatoes.
    3sum
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    I found this spot on yelp and am very glad I chose to go. I go on a date night each Sunday with my loves and this place fit the bill. We walked in to a VERY GRACIOUS host. We were seated in a romantic booth that was roomy for the three of us. Everything we ordered was delectable. Our waitress was the absolute BEST! Her smile was infectious, she was knowledgeable about the food and drinks and most of she was very attentive. We were her last customers of the.night, yet she made us feel like her first. I can't wait to go back again. The overall experience was GREAT!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    DessertAnoGo
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic