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The Best Bars for Foodies in Baton Rouge

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated February 26, 2020

One of the coolest American cities, the Cajun-style Louisiana capital of Baton Rouge is a hot spot for culture, cuisine, excitement, and fun. The best bars in Baton Rouge "laissez les bon temps rouler," delivering plenty of legendary good times for the people headed out for a few drinks and a few laughs. But where are the smartest, savviest people in Baton Rouge headed out to when they're looking for a great time out in Baton Rouge? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. Here, we've put together a list of the most rollicking bars in Baton Rouge. From neighborhood honky-tonks and piano bars to upscale cocktail spaces, the best bars in Baton Rouge have plenty of great times for everyone. Grab a table at one of these spots and enjoy some great times tonight!

A photo of Sullivan's Steakhouse - Baton Rouge restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1966)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Baton Rouge
About the restaurant
Live music, prime cocktails, and traditional steakhouse features make Sullivan's Steakhouse one of the best bars in Baton Rouge. Grab a seat at the bar and try one of Sullivan's famous martinis. The signature "Knockout" features Clementine vodka infused with fresh golden pineapple. A "Pear and Egg" mixes clover honey, lime, and egg with Grey Goose. For a twist on an old favorite, try the cinnamon-spiced old fashioned with Woodford Reserve bourbon and black walnut bitters. Pair those drinks with one of the bar bites, like tuna poke shooters made with English cucumbers, mango, and avocado.
Top review
Joan55
Dined 6 days ago
Too much food! Well cooked, wide selection. Great attentive service
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4.9
4.9 (285)
$30 and under
Mexican
Baton Rouge
About the restaurant
One of the best Mexican restaurants in the city is also one of the best bars in Baton Rouge. This exciting and colorful spot delivers a full list of "superior signature" cocktails. Try the "Monkey on a Stick," with strawberry jam, Regan orange bitters, and fresh lemon juice. The "A Night in Oaxaca" features Montelobos Mezcal, pineapple juice, and St. Germain. Stop in during the daily happy hour for specials on draft beers, mixed drinks, sangria, or house wine. For a meal, get the can't-miss fajitas with flour tortillas, pico de gallo, and guacamole.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
I really Appreciated the staff coming out to Sing happy birthday to my daughter.and the waitress was welcoming and caring. It was a great experience here and I definitely will come go back again. And the strawberry margarita was awesome!
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4.6
4.6 (605)
$30 and under
Bistro
Baton Rouge
About the restaurant
An upscale and elegant fine-dining spot off of Baton Rouge's Highland Road, this French-accented spot features one of the best wine menus in all of Louisiana. The cellar features over 250 bottles and 15+ wines by the glass, along with prime beers, cocktails, and spirits. Grab one of those excellent drinks to go alongside the superb Southern-Italian menu at the Bistro. Try the lettuce wedge with crumbled blue cheese dressing, or the choice-cut filet mignon with garlic mashed potatoes. The "steak house dinner" on a sizzling plate comes with Fleur-de-sel-butter and a blue cheese lettuce wedge.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Feb 13, 2023
We sat outside so that’s the reason for the lower marks on ambience. We didn’t have a reservation and it was on a Monday night so make a reservation if you want to enjoy the full effect.
A photo of Fleming's Steakhouse - Baton Rouge restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1072)
$31 to $50
Steak
Baton Rouge
About the restaurant
This Mid-South City location of the famous national chain features one of the best bars in Baton Rouge. Along with the prime steaks, chops, sides, and salads, Fleming's delivers a full list of wine and hand-crafted cocktails. Try a white wine from France or Sonoma County, or a red from Italy or California. Local-favorite cocktails feature hits like the California Jam Jar with ripe strawberry and citrus or a blueberry "lemon drop" with candied lemon and Tito's vodka. Go back in time with the "Spanish Heritage," featuring Bacardi Ocho rum, lime, bitters, and house-made poblano syrup.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
I had a wonderful time. Mitch was great! The food and drinks were great!
A photo of Mansurs On the Boulevard restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1279)
$31 to $50
Contemporary French
Baton Rouge
About the restaurant
A prime wine list at Mansurs makes this French favorite one of the best bars in Baton Rouge. Grab a seat at the bar or in the dining room to enjoy one of the restaurants' 350+ wine selections along with a creative local menu. Start with ice-cold oysters on the half shell or prime charbroiled oysters, or try the special crab cakes Covington with remoulade sauce. Be sure to go for the "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow" visiting fresh fish prepared two ways. Try the "A'la Cocodrie" with crabmeat, green onions, and mushrooms, or "A'la Orleans" with toasted almonds and Gulf shrimp. House-favorite duck Mansur is twice-roasted and comes with Chambord blackberry sauce.
Top review
locoengineer
Dined on Jan 3, 2021
Food, Service excellent. Only thing we missed piano being played while we dined.
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4.1
4.1 (616)
$50 and over
American
Baton Rouge
About the restaurant
Only a small stroll away from the waterfront and the LSU Museum of Art, the upscale Gregory restaurant is a prime spot for some of the best people-watching in Baton Rouge and some of the city's finest craft cocktails. It's the place to go with friends and family after a game or after sightseeing in the city. Peruse the "libations" menu for Gregory's top-notch selection of drinks and local beers. The craft beer menu features a wide range of choices from the best breweries in Louisiana. Diners to The Gregory can choose from favorites by Gnarly Barley, Tin Roof, Great Raft and Lazy Magnolia. Don't miss one of the restaurant's signature cocktails, like the "Best Ever" Amaretto Sour with egg white, Brulee lemon, and bourbon.
Top review
mgp1981vip
Dined 5 days ago
Our server was wonderful and we all ordered breakfast and everyone enjoyed their meal
A photo of Juban's Restaurant and Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1346)
$31 to $50
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Baton Rouge
About the restaurant
A historic spot in Baton Rouge, Juban's is one of the centers of the city's nightlife. Head out to the Juban's Courtyard bar to experience one of the best bars in New Orleans. This lively "contemporary Creole" restaurant is home to some of the finest beers in the state. Try the Gnarly Barely "Juicifer" citrus IPA, or the Parish Brewing "Canebrake" Wheat Ale. Try some of the restaurant's excellent, state-spanning cuisine with a Juban's Original craft cocktail. The Juban's Honey Bourbon is a sweet treat, and the restaurant also features a signature martini with Citron vodka and white cranberry juice.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Menu had great variety. Food was delicious. Specials were unique. Service was good.
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4.8
4.8 (977)
$30 and under
Barbecue
Baton Rouge
About the restaurant
Fine Southern barbecue alongside craft cocktails and beers makes BRQ one of the best bars in Baton Rouge. Start a night out with some of the restaurant's excellent appetizers, like smoked queso with Louisiana shrimp or crawfish. There's also pepper jack stuffed "Boudin balls" or a crispy pig's ear with pickled pepper and farm egg. Try one of the local beers, like an Urban South "Holy Roller" IPA or a NOLA "Hoppyright Infringement" IPA. Craft cocktails are potent and creative. Go for the "Slow Burn" with Sazerac rye and bitters, or a "Carrot Magic" with Ancho Reyes, carrot juice, and lime juice.
Top review
Susiequeaux
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
Great service. Delicious food!! Wonderful experience!
A photo of Stroubes Seafood and Steak restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1409)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Baton Rouge
About the restaurant
Seafood, steak, and a great cocktail menu make Stroubes one of the best bars in the city. It's also the place in Baton Rouge to get the Louisiana-favorite Abita beer, with a menu of Abita favorites from its "Purple Haze" to the "Andygator." For cocktail lovers, the classic Sazerac is on the menu here, as is a pineapple martini with triple sec. Don't miss one of the Stroubes whiskeys or bourbon, with selections from Angel's Envy, Bulleit, and Basil Hayden's. The Louisiana food favorites on the menu include crawfish beignets, made with cream cheese, sriracha aioli, and bacon jam.
Top review
Downtowndinervip
Dined 7 days ago
Meet 4 other guys for a business meeting. Everything was good perfect. We had the Cowboy Ribeye, Duck, Filet Wagu Strip and The Dry aged Pork Chop. All cooked at perfect temp.
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4.6
4.6 (2339)
$50 and over
Steak
Baton Rouge
About the restaurant
Wood-fired pizzas and plenty of excellent cocktails and beers make Ruffino's into one of the best bars in Baton Rouge. This celebrated pizza spot on Camellia Boulevard is a nightly hot spot for a diverse crowd seeking out Italian classics and a great time. Select from the Ruffino's excellent wine menu to go along with the wood-fired pies at Ruffino's. Go for the suprema pizza, with pepperoni, Italian sausage, and prosciutto. Start the meal with one of the Louisiana favorites, like seafood arancine with jumbo Gulf shrimp or wood-oven roasted oysters with tasso garlic butter and romano cheese. The menu also features classic pasta and specialty dishes like spaghetti and meatballs or chicken alfredo.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
It was the family’s first time dining at Ruffino’s. The overall experience was excellent. The atmosphere was great and the food was excellent! Will definitely be back.
A photo of The Little Village - Downtown restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1270)
$31 to $50
Italian
Baton Rouge
About the restaurant
The downtown location of this Louisiana Italian favorite is one of the top spots in Baton Rouge for an excellent glass of wine. Stop into this bright and welcoming spot for a meal and a glass of the sparkling Italian or French wines, or a sterling white from Napa Valley. The lush reds come from Monterey, Italy, Argentina, and the Napa Valley. Port Wines from Portugal provide a sweet dessert option. For dinner, be sure to try the Louisiana seafood arancine with roasted tomato cream or the seafood-stuffed mushrooms with local favorites and lemon butter.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
Amazing food, amazing atmosphere, amazing server! Love this establishment and always visit when here from Texas. Always so much food and can never finish!
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4.7
4.7 (226)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Southern
Baton Rouge
About the restaurant
This local-favorite Louisiana hot spot takes its place as one of the best bars in Baton Rouge. A fun and lively spot, Beausoleil features all the traditional Bayou decorations and menu fixtures. Be sure to go for one of the classic Louisiana cocktails, or stop in during happy hour for specials on drinks and domestic beers. Along with the spirits, be sure to try some of Beausoleil's excellent cuisine. Go for the sauteed sweetbreads with seasonal mushrooms and caper berries, or the crispy Brussels sprouts made with creole cane syrup and goat cheese.
Top review
JayJvip
Dined 6 days ago
A great dining experience. Great food and atmosphere! PJ our waiter was great!
A photo of Ruth's Chris Steak House - Baton Rouge restaurant
5.0
5 (2929)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Baton Rouge
About the restaurant
The Baton Rouge outpost of this nationally-renowned steak house is one of the best places for a meal and a drink in Baton Rouge. Grab a seat at the bar or in the dining room for sizzling steaks, fine wine, and excellent cocktails. Go for the original "Big Easy Hurricane" straight from the legendary recipe, or the colorful "Ruby Red Greyhound." There's also a fascinating twist on the cosmo with a raspberry rosemary version.
Top review
WilliamDvip
Dined 2 days ago
Always a wonderful experience and very thankful to the staff for making my two granddaughters first visit memorable for them. Attention to detail is excellent!
A photo of Stab's Prime Steak & Seafood restaurant
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Baton Rouge
About the restaurant
An elevated spot for steak and seafood in Baton Rouge, Stab's is a lively location and one of the best bars in town. Stab's features some of the best wine in town. Grab a glass of sparkling wine from Napa Valley or Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma. There are interesting whites from Oregon and full reds from the Russian River Valley on the extensive list. For dinner, try one of the prime porterhouse steaks or a jumbo barbecue "Shrimp and Grits" meal with toast points.
Top review
JavonJ
Dined on Feb 28, 2021
Everything was amazing. It was a great place to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. The food was amazing and the service was pleasant. We will definitely be returning.
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