The Best Restaurants in Baton Rouge, According to our Tastemakers

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s capital city, has grown into one of the state's main attractions. The central location makes it a perfect place to explore the culture of this eclectic southern state - plus it sits just an hour from both New Orleans and Lafayette. Baton Rouge has over 300 years of history with plenty of cultural and historical attractions, whether you'd like to tour Plantation Country, visit the capitol buildings or check out the Shaw Center for the arts. The city’s history adds depth to local flavors. Known as one of the best foodie cities in the country, the cuisine here includes everything from Cajun and Creole to German and French cooking with a Southern flair. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. If you’re looking for the top places to grab a great meal in the Red Stick, as locals call it, check out our Tastemaker list of the best restaurants in Baton Rouge.

Restaurants:Ruth's Chris Steak House - Baton Rouge, St Francisville Inn & Restaurant, Tio Javi's Fresh-Mex Bar & Grill
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Steakhouse, American, Mexican
Neighborhoods:Baton Rouge

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Baton Rouge

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Baton Rouge
1,428 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
Ruth’s Chris Steak House, conveniently located right on Constitution Avenue in Baton Rouge, is a nationally-renowned steakhouse that delivers a consistently amazing dining experienRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Baton Rouge / Lafayette

St Francisville Inn & Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Baton Rouge
178 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
The St. Francisville Inn, located on Commerce Street, is a neighborhood favorite in the Francisville area of town. They have an extensive selection of culinary offerings spanning aRead more
100% recommended
Best Overall in Baton Rouge / Lafayette
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Tio Javi's Fresh-Mex Bar & Grill

$$$$·Mexican·
Baton Rouge
46 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Fun
Tio Javi’s is what many locals consider one of the best restaurants in Baton Rouge. Located just off I-10 on Constitution Avenue, it is a lively and fun cantina known for it’s amazRead more
100% recommended

Cocha

$$$$·Global, International·
Baton Rouge
327 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
  • Creative Cuisine
Cocha is always topping lists as one of the best restaurants in Baton Rouge. Located right in the heart of downtown, it is a gathering place for harvest inspired meals, wine tastinRead more
93% recommended
Best Overall in Baton Rouge / Lafayette
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Latil's Landing Restaurant

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Baton Rouge
166 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Latil’s Landing Restaurant is a great place to try if you want to sample a full range of Louisiana flavors. Located in Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, the restaurant occupies Read more
93% recommended
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Mansurs On the Boulevard

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Baton Rouge
1,135 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Mansurs on the Boulevard is one of the mainstays on the dining scene in Baton Rouge. The menu focuses on Contemporary French, Cajun and traditional Louisiana style fare. They have Read more
98% recommended
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Fleming's Steakhouse - Baton Rouge

$$$$·Steak·
Baton Rouge
803 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
Fleming’s Steakhouse, found in Mid South City on Corporate Boulevard, is one of Baton Rouge’s most popular restaurants. It is close to Interstate 10, the Towne Center and the BocagRead more
85% recommended
Best Service in Baton Rouge / Lafayette

French Market Bistro

$$$$·Bistro·
Baton Rouge
607 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
French Market Bistro is an excellent place to indulge in a fine dining meal in Baton Rouge. The warm, intimate environment is casual enough for a family night and sophisticated enoRead more
92% recommended
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BRQ Restaurant

$$$$·Barbecue·
Baton Rouge
684 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
Set in a prime location near Jefferson and Airline Highway, BRQ is one of the best restaurants in Baton Rouge for mouth-watering barbecue. Chef/Partner Justin Ferguson runs the kitRead more
100% recommended
Best Overall in Baton Rouge / Lafayette

Stab's Prime Steak & Seafood

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Baton Rouge
628 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
If you’re looking for high-quality steaks and seafood with a local flair, head to Stab’s on Jefferson Highway. They pride themselves on having some of the best cuts of quality steaRead more
93% recommended
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J. Alexander's - Baton Rouge

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Baton Rouge
287 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
J. Alexander’s, located on Bluebonnet Road in Baton Rouge, is a popular place to go for contemporary American dining. It’s a casual yet elegant atmosphere with a laid-back vibe andRead more
96% recommended
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The Carriage House

$$$$·Creole·
Baton Rouge
305 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
The Carriage House Restaurant offers an eclectic combo of Creole, French American and Contemporary Southern cuisine that locals adore. The amazing food, casual dining experience anRead more
100% recommended
Best Overall in Baton Rouge / Lafayette

Superior Grill - Highland

$$$$·Mexican·
Baton Rouge
178 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Kid-friendly
Superior Grilled opened its doors in Shreveport in 1983 and has since spread out to a number of different locations in Louisiana. Head to the Highland neighborhood to dine at this Read more
95% recommended
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Cecelia Creole Bistro

$$$$·Creole·
Baton Rouge
153 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Creative Cuisine
Cecilia Creole Bistro serves old-school Louisiana cuisine is a chic, modern space that is a hit with locals and visitors alike. The Creole food blends the cultures of New Orleans tRead more
92% recommended
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Ruffino's

$$$$·Steak·
Baton Rouge
1,291 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Ruffino’s in Baton Rouge is all about local and seasonal ingredients. The kitchen has a passion for perfecting every dish and pleasing customers with their unique recipes and talenRead more
95% recommended
Best Ambiance in Baton Rouge / Lafayette

Blend - Baton Rouge

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Baton Rouge
57 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Blend is a casual dining Contemporary Southern restaurant located on Laurel Street, right in the heart of Baton Rouge. It has a gorgeous setting, with eclectic architectural designRead more
86% recommended
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City Pork Brasserie & Bar

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Baton Rouge
411 reviews
  • Casual
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
City Pork, located in Mid City South, is a casual eatery with a warm, welcoming vibe. The dining area features an interactive open kitchen as well as a unique charcuterie and cheesRead more
95% recommended
Best Food in Baton Rouge / Lafayette

Doe's Eat Place

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Baton Rouge
693 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Doe’s is one of the best casual steakhouses in Baton Rouge and locals love it for the down-home atmosphere and delicious aged cuts of meat. Opened in 1941, the restaurant was origiRead more
94% recommended
Best Food in Baton Rouge / Lafayette

Bistro Byronz Mid City

$$$$·Southern·
Baton Rouge
198 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
This Willow Grove restaurant is a neighborhood favorite and features a true bistro setting. Inside, you’ll find a casual, unpretentious vibe where friends and family gather day andRead more
94% recommended
Great for Brunch in Baton Rouge / Lafayette

Kalurah Street Grill

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Baton Rouge
446 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
Located in a cozy spot under the Perkins Road overpass in Baton Rouge, Kalurah Street Grill offers an exceptional dining experience with a focus on Contemporary American cuisine. TRead more
94% recommended
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