Louisiana Kitchen and Bayou Bar
Louisiana Kitchen and Bayou Bar
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Louisiana Kitchen and Bayou Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.louisianabethesda.com/
  • Phone: 3016526945
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 11:00am; Brunch: Saturday: 7:30am - 2:30pm, Sunday: 9:00am - 2:30m; Monday - Thursday: 7:30am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 7:30am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 9:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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  • Parking: Public Lot
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Louisiana Kitchen and Bayou Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
  • The food is authentic, but
    CRAMD
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    The food is authentic, but a bit too spicy. Also, it's a bit of a "dive" (cheap paper napkins and oilcloth tablecloths). It's a novelty. Bring your friends here for a taste of Louisiana. Don't come here for a romantic dinner for two or on a first date.
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  • Nothing Like Louisiana/the Bayou
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/18/2013
    A group of friends and I made reservations for brunch on President's Day (2/18/13), which was the 1 year anniversary of our trip to NOLA for Mardi Gras. Several of us called in advance to confirm that the brunch menu would be offered. We were assured it would; however, when the 1 lone waiter came to finally take our order we were told that only lunch was being served. Worst still, the food was bland, the drinks were weak, and the service was ridiculously slow (even for 1 waiter) and openly indifferent to our discontent. The waiter could not figure out how to process our check so one of us had to actually help at the register. When we requested a manager we were indifferently told that one was not present. This restaurant is a must miss!
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  • The gumbo was great and so
    anonymous
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    The gumbo was great and so was the catfish. The atmosphere doesn't quite seem right
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  • Not worth the effort!
    shopsalot
    Dined on 2/11/2013
    The food was bad and came out of the kitchen way too quickly. I ordered the roasted chicken and it was not cooked all the way through. Even the salad was bad! How do you make salad bad?! I'll never return, nor recommend this restaurant to anyone.
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  • Good Cajun/Creole food. The
    merrymuncher
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    Good Cajun/Creole food. The gumbo and etouffee were good and authentic, but not outstanding. The music was cheery. The service was not particularly attentive, but not rude either. Prices were reasonable.
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  • I am a frequent visitor to
    SteveDS
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    I am a frequent visitor to New Orleans and I love cajun and creole cooking. My expectations for the Louisiana Kitchen were not set as high as if I was eating at the Acme Oyster Bar or Felix's in New Orleans, but still I felt underwhelmed by the cooking. The gumbo was okay but the etouffee sauce had no taste and my wife's jumbalaya was also just OK. I might try it again for lunch and see if they do better with Po Boys but my first experience was very disappointing.
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  • This was our first time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    This was our first time at Louisiana Kitchen and Bayou Bar. We were looking for a non-chain breakfast place to meet some out-of-town friends and their two young boys. The LKBB was perfect for that. It's quiet and has an interesting menu, with enough stand-bys that the boys had good choices. The food is tasty and well-prepared, and even usually-mundane offerings, like French Toast, were delicious. We will definitely return, not just for breakfast but also for other New Orleans-style meals.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hard to find such Southern
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/9/2012
    Hard to find such Southern hospitality in this area...but we did at Luisiana Kichen. Sooo much food and we loved every bit of it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We go here periodically. As
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    We go here periodically. As always, the food was good Louisiana fare. Service was excellent. We'll be back.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Overall it was a good experience,st
    Chris
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    Overall it was a good experience,staff was very nice and friendly. Food was good, the restaurant could use alittle improvement over all with the look but it was good.
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    great for brunch, great for lunch
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  • Alas despite confirming my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2012
    Alas despite confirming my reservation the restaurant was not open. Annoying especially as I had a party of 10.
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  • The cajun spices hit you as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    The cajun spices hit you as you walk in the door and then you are welcomed with open arms to join in the fun. Best cajun restaurant in Washington DC - not fancy - just awesome food and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • It's a nice place. We ordered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/5/2012
    It's a nice place. We ordered food too much as the quantity of each "large" dish was much more than we expected. So you may want to share some dishes in a group.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Trust the Reviews
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/2/2012
    Not what we expected. The food was "ok". The restaurant was just as advertised...a neighborhood cafe kinda place. Overall experience was not bad....but I have had much better.
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  • There seemed no need for reservatio
    BethesdaresidentVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    There seemed no need for reservations at this middling diner-like restaurant. If you expect upscale Louisiana fare, a John Besh or Emeril Lagasse sort of Cajun/Creole menu, you will be disappointed. The food is basically what you would expect from a roadside diner in rural Louisiana. It's genuine and reasonably good, but nothing better than what you can make at home. The service was fairly slow, with several mistakes made on our order. The decor is also diner-like, glaringly bright and no charm whatsoever.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Very quiet, actually pretty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/24/2012
    Very quiet, actually pretty empty for 6pm on a Friday evening. Food tasted very good. Not very fancy.
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  • Food was good and reasonable.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/11/2012
    Food was good and reasonable. Variety of choices. Couldn't decide on what to get but everything was good. Good service and not too crowded. Will go again.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Some members of our group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/27/2012
    Some members of our group enjoyed their food, lobster bisque. The shrimp po' boy that I had wasn't good. Bread was tough and dry and the shrimp were way over fried. The servers didn't ask if we wanted drink refills. But if we asked we got them. The server only checked back once to see if everything was okay and we had a large party.. The restaurant wasn't full so that couldn't be the excuse. Beignets and strawberries were excellent..
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  • Good food-limited parking in Bethes
    SabaBob
    Dined on 7/19/2012
    The only problem with eating dinner in Bethesda is to find a place to park. Between the shortage of available parking spaces and their insane 2 hour limit on most meters coupled with meter enforcement to 10 PM I hardly ever go to Bethesda for dinner unless I take my motorcycle so I can park on the sidewalk. Louisiana Kitchen had good food and very good service but we spent 20 minutes trying to find a place to park and the parking problems will probably limit our visits to this and other restaurants. Bethesda needs to build more garages (they have torn up a great parking lot so they can build more residences) and they need to get rid of all the 2-hour meters. How are you supposed to eat dinner and catch a movie in 2-hours? Impossible.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall a good experience.
    Jill
    Dined on 7/14/2012
    Overall a good experience. One potential problem - I made a reservation through OpenTable, received an e-mail confirmation, but when my party arrived the restaurant could not find the reservation in their computer system. Luckily there were tables available.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • A comfortable and friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/19/2012
    A comfortable and friendly place for an informal meal. We liked the atmosphere and simplicity of the setting. I had the crawfish etouffe, which was good, not great but good enough. My wife's crab cake sandwich was likewise generally good, but not outstanding. Poboys seems to be the preferred dish of repeat patrons. Service was very good. Waiter was friendly, efficient and attentive. The key lime pie was excellent.
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  • My family had an early dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/19/2012
    My family had an early dinner and it was great. The servers were very attentive and perceptive. Everyone enjoyed their selections.
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    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • PO boys are choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 5/16/2012
    The food was very good but not quiet authentic to new Orleans style. Go for the PO boys with a serving of louisiana style coffee.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • This restaurant has very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    This restaurant has very good food but does not offer a variety of side dishes. I would have love to see some vegetable options for example, collard greens or sweet potatoes as well as mac and cheese as southern treats. Good hearty sandwiches and great beignets.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • The food was not good. my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    The food was not good. my family is from new orleans and i grew up eating the food . I was not impressed.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Great authentic Louisiana food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    Great food all around. Portions unreal. "The works" gumbo wsa to die for. Can wait for our next visit.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Food was great, but service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    Food was great, but service was TERRIBLE. There weren't even that many people there - we were a table of 3 people and there were only about 4 other tables occupied in the place. We ordered an app that was NEVER delivered, our drinks weren't refilled until the end of the meal, and there was no follow-up to see if our food was okay. Fortunately, the food was excellent and we weren't in a hurry to leave. Great brunch spot on a Saturday, too!
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    great for brunch, great for lunch
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  • The food came out quickly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/28/2012
    The food came out quickly and portions were large. Glasses were always kept filled and the service was excellent. Meals were on the heavy side so they're probably not best for days when you want a light snack. The Beignets with Strawberries were amazing!
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Solid Cajun Food For DC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/12/2012
    Food was good. Not great but good. Best was the andouille sausage egg rolls. Alligator beignets were ok. Red beans and rice could've used more seasoning. Seafood jambalaya could've used less. Shrimp po'boy was good but needs more sauce. Bread pudding was excellent but hot as lava when served. Waiter didn't write anything down but couldn't remember our order when he tried to repeat it, and had to come back a few minutes later for a reminder. Dude, write it down! We got the right food, though. Ambience was nice. Felt a bit rushed at the end - waiter brought us our check the moment we finished the last bite of dessert but it was only 9:30. Their web site says they're open until 11pm and the restaurant wasn't even half full.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • The food was quite delicious,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/30/2012
    The food was quite delicious, and I am very happy to have found a Cajun restaurant so close to where I work. I would happily go there again, and one of my friends has already told her boyfriend that they will be eating there together. My only complaint was our waitress, who was very slow on refilling drinks, checking on us, and bringing the bill.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Very, very good food. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/10/2012
    Very, very good food. The fried oysters were amazing, as was the gumbo. The jambalaya was a bit underseasoned for my tastes, but the biscuits it came with were great. The dry-rubbed chicken was also very, very good. I went with a friend and we ordered a myriad of items and shared them. Service was also great, and it wasn't crowded even on a saturday evening around 9. I'd definitely go back.
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    late-night find
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  • Can Louisiana really meet Bethesda?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/9/2012
    It was probably not a good idea to go to Louisiana Kitchen after just returning from New Orleans. The freshness of the food in NO would be impossible to beat. However, despite working from frozen shrimp and crawfish tails, Louisiana Kitchen did have great flavor in their dishes. However given the price, I would have honestly preferred cloth tablecloths and glass waterglasses over the plastic tableware used, but I can see how that might seem more "Louisiana meets Bethesda."
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    good for groups, kid-friendly
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