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The Best Cheap Eats in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge has fastened its way to becoming Louisiana’s foodie city of choice. Restaurants from Scotlandville to West River Oaks celebrate Cajun and Creole flavors, plus the mixed populace brings a healthy infusion of Greek, Italian and Mexican flair, too. But where can diners eat out on a budget? Welcome to our Tastemaker list. We’ve rounded up the best value restaurants in Baton Rouge, so diners can save a few bucks and still enjoy a great meal out. Great Louisiana cuisine doesn’t have to break the bank. Small plates shared amongst friends at town center joints provide a great way to indulge in southern flavor while keeping it cheap. Head out to Hidden Grove for BBQ joints where portions get so huge, two people can share easily- cutting the cost in half. Let us guide you through the best cheap eats Baton Rouge has to offer so you can book a table tonight- without worrying about the bank balance.

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20 Restaurants
Updated October 01, 2021
Restaurants:Zea Rotisserie & Bar - Baton Rouge, Adrian's Restaurant and Bar, City Pork Brasserie & Bar
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:American, Fusion / Eclectic
Neighborhoods:Baton Rouge
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Zea Rotisserie & Bar - Baton Rouge

$$$$
American
Baton Rouge
4.3
282 reviews
One of the most popular restaurants in Baton Rouge, Zea serves up tasty meats cooked in a French style open flame rotisserie. Crispy and caramelized offerings include half a chicken, twice-cooked duck, pork roast, or even a sampler of various different meats for those that can't make up their minds. Portion sizes mean the menu is always great value, but for those looking to save a little more, there’s a range of sandwiches plus a reduced rate lunch menu that all offers the same excellent quality for less.

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Adrian's Restaurant and Bar

$$$$
American
Baton Rouge
4.2
299 reviews
Part of the ever-popular Juban family of restaurants, South Baton Rouge’s Adrian’s is a chic, yet relaxed addition to the family dining scene. From the charming exterior which gains the illusion of seclusion from a huge oak tree, to the vibrant atmosphere of the bar, this is one of Baton Rouge’s most welcoming eateries. Brunch is a great way to explore local flavor here. There are great value options, including an American Breakfast which can come with bottomless Mimosas or Bellinis. A fun and relaxing way to start any weekend.

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City Pork Brasserie & Bar

$$$$
Fusion / Eclectic
Baton Rouge
4.6
496 reviews
Those searching for the soul of Louisiana cuisine should certainly include City Pork on their journey. Seasonally inspired and focused on local produce including duck, rabbit, and seafood, City Pork offers Louisianan food with modern flair. The interior is delightfully rustic, with plenty of natural wood and low lighting creating a relaxed ambiance. For a great value morning, check out the breakfast bowls. Veggies, scrambled eggs, grits, and creole sauce are just one amazing way to start the day without overspending.

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Cocha

$$$$
Global, International
Baton Rouge
4.9
621 reviews
Cocha was one of the first restaurants in Baton Rouge to combine the farm-to-table ethos with globally inspired New American cuisine. It has now gained quite a following, in part due to being relatively inexpensive for the quality of the dishes on offer. Season ingredients meet a menu that includes gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options making it very inclusive. Grab a Business Lunch, or sit down for well-priced small plates including tostones, pork belly corndogs, or house-made focaccia.

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BRQ Restaurant

$$$$
Barbecue
Baton Rouge
4.7
829 reviews
Although barbecue is, at its core, one of the simplest cooking techniques, getting it right time after time is a real skill. BRQ manages this and more every night, offering a range of Southern favorites, seafood, smoked meats, and a well-stocked bar. With close relationships with local farmers and producers, BRQ is an integral part of the community. Their daily bar specials include half-price wine midweek, and with weekend burger offers, BRQ serves some of the best cheap eats Baton Rouge has to offer.

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The Gregory at The Watermark

$$$$
American
Baton Rouge
4.0
474 reviews
The Gregory is next to the lobby of the luxurious Downtown hotel, the Watermark. It takes up the space of the old Bank of Louisiana building, however, there’s no need to take out a loan to eat here. There’s an extended happy hour during the week, including great deals on burgers and beer. Plus, there are plenty of small plates including classic like frog legs, alligator sausage, and crab cakes. The full flavor of Louisiana, for less.

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Beausoleil Coastal Cuisine

$$$$
Contemporary Southern
Baton Rouge
4.7
139 reviews
Baton Rouge has a burgeoning chef-driven dining scene, and Beausoleil is at the forefront of that dining revolution. The chef here combines their training as a master chef with Puerto Rican influences, plus as a Baton Rouge native there’s plenty of local flavor. This creates a diverse menu with plenty of small plates and bar food, as well as more indulgent dinner time options including Louisiana catfish and Creole glazed pork chop. Weekend brunch is a great value way to enjoy this slice of Baton Rouge life.

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Stab's Prime Steak & Seafood

$$$$
Steakhouse
Baton Rouge
4.6
633 reviews
“Steak and seafood” is a timeless combo, and in a city famous for the quality of its fish and shellfish, it’s no wonder there are so many restaurants doing it so well. Stab’s is taking it to a whole new level, with the freshest ingredients, USDA Prime beef, and a delightful upstairs seating area. Stab’s sits in the echelons of fine dining, meaning it’s a little more expensive than some on our list, but check out the lunch menu for some affordable sandwiches and mains. Booking recommended.

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Bistro Byronz Willow Grove

$$$$
Southern
Baton Rouge
4.4
476 reviews
A casual, bistro-style eatery that’s become a Willow Grove mainstay, Byronz has come a long way from a family-run sandwich shop to a restaurant serving some of the most popular cheap eats Baton Rouge has on offer. They do fixed-price menus and buffet style dining for big celebrations, and have an amazing range of French and Louisianan inspired entrees for less than $15. Book a table for a visit to Paris- with a southern accent.

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Rouj Creole

$$$$
Creole
Baton Rouge
4.6
446 reviews
A sibling restaurant to the popular City Pork and City Slice, Rouj Creole focuses on, no surprise, Creole cuisine, but with influences from all over the world. So, diners can enjoy fusion dishes like a seafood carbonara, a paella made with premium Louisianan seafood, or crispy pork shoulder with Caribbean black beans. For those looking to save a little money, check out their happy hours- plus there’s a dedicated kids’ menu. Rouj Creole manages to be upscale yet inclusive.

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Doe's Eat Place

$$$$
Steakhouse
Baton Rouge
4.7
956 reviews
Established in 1941, Doe’s has been a part of Greenville culture for decades. A steakhouse and so much more, Doe’s has a laid back, welcoming atmosphere, and serves up some of the most superior meat in town. Diners might think this would make it pricey, but surprisingly, Doe’s is very reasonable. Their lunch menu, in particular, offers crisp salads and huge po’ boys that let guests fill up cheaply. A “must-visit” when in Baton Rouge.

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Superior Grill - Highland

$$$$
Mexican
Baton Rouge
4.7
242 reviews
Described as being like walking into an episode of American Pickers, the quirky yet welcoming décor of Superior is just one of the things visitors love about it. Famous for fajitas and margaritas, the overall theme is Mexican meets Steakhouse. There’s a long and laid back happy hour, a kids’ menu with mini quesadillas, and weekend brunch offering an all American breakfast or huevos con chorizo, plus much more. Fun, flavor-filled, and great value.

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Kalurah Street Grill

$$$$
Contemporary American
Baton Rouge
4.8
611 reviews
The head chef at Kalurah Street Grill had free reign over the menu when it first opened, and that’s culminated in a menu brilliantly blending both local and international flavors. Small plates range from duck confit rolls to seafood ceviche, while lunch includes some stunning salads for a great price, many of which are customizable. Even brunch comes with a twist, with dishes including braised pork tacos with egg. Ask about happy hour.

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Sullivan's Steakhouse - Baton Rouge

$$$$
Steakhouse
Baton Rouge
4.6
1703 reviews
Sullivan’s is Mid City South’s swinging steakhouse, with a vibrant atmosphere beloved by locals. They put on regular gastronomic events such as steak tasting or whiskey trails, and there’s a fixed price menu for the savvy diners who don’t want any surprises on their check. For more budget friendly options, check out their lunch menu, which ranges from lump crab cakes to filet mignon. Top quality at a surprising price.

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Ruffino's

$$$$
Steak
Baton Rouge
4.6
1873 reviews
An Italian restaurant so confident in its food, it offers cooking classes, Ruffino’s is a well-established part of the Highland community and a popular dining destination. Traditional in style, both in service and food, there are no compromises made on ingredients or quality. Creole tomatoes get picked up in New Orleans from the same supplier that has been supplying the restaurant for decades, and transformed into dishes such as lasagna, meatballs, and cedar plank redfish. Beloved by LSU students and their families for the university themed décor. Worth every penny.

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Texas de Brazil - Baton Rouge

$$$$
Steakhouse
Baton Rouge
4.3
3292 reviews
The churrascaria revolution has made its way to Baton Rouge. Texas de Brazil is an endless steak and salad buffet experience, making enjoying the unique qualities of Brazilian steak all the more affordable. Lunch, in particular, works out very well priced. For around half the cost of dinner service, diners can enjoy up to eight different expertly grilled meats, plus palm hearts, tabbouleh, cheese, olives, pickles, and even a range of sushi. Something for everyone.

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Mansurs On the Boulevard

$$$$
Contemporary French
Baton Rouge
4.7
1287 reviews
There’s no need to pay for both dinner and a show; at Mansurs, you can get both. A live pianist regularly accompanies dinner, making for a sophisticated and elegant atmosphere. As well as mood music, the menu offers excitement too, with signature dishes like the cedar-roasted redfish bringing diners back time after time. Brunch tine offers crab cakes and Eggs Benedict, all with special touches like roasted tomato marmalade. Perfect for special occasions, and booking is highly recommended.

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The Little Village - Airline

$$$$
Italian
Baton Rouge
4.4
1309 reviews
The Little Village has a colorful and heartwarming history, and the current owners try and carry on the original tradition of good times and good food that started decades ago. Beautiful décor is the perfect backdrop for stunningly presented dishes, including clam linguini, chicken piccata, add even the comfort food luxury of lobster mac and cheese. With daily lunch specials, there’s always an affordable option here too.

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Social Southern Table and Bar

$$$$
Southern
Lafayette
4.8
629 reviews
Big, curved leather seats and long tables confirm the restaurant's name: this is a great place to get cozy with friends. Social Southern encourages the sharing of good food and drinks with friends and family, whether that’s a lazy brunch of smoke fried chicken and biscuits, or a light lunch of the Social wedge salad. With regular specials and offers, there’s plenty to offer the budget-savvy diner, too. Take home a pack of their frozen sweet potato biscuits- for around a dollar a biscuit.

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Christinas Restaurant

$$$$
American
Baton Rouge
0 reviews
When it comes to cheap eats Baton Rouge clearly ahs plenty to offer. Sometimes, all diners want is a quick bite for lunch, yet still satisfying, and that’s where Christina’s absolutely excels. Priding themselves on home-style cooking, the team at Christina’s serve up breakfast from 6 am most days, with everything from a single egg to chicken fried steak with milk gravy ad sausage bits. Lunch can be salads, fried pickles, chicken and sausage gumbo or one of a huge range of sandwiches. Satisfying, well priced and served with love.

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