The Best Restaurants in Baton Rouge, According to our Tastemakers

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.

The OpenTable Team
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, Saint Francisville
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Baton Rouge

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Baton Rouge
1,729 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Romantic

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 experience every time. It se...

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Best Overall in Baton Rouge / Lafayette
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St Francisville Inn & Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Saint Francisville
481 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

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 all kinds of American...

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Best Overall in Baton Rouge / Lafayette
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Tio Javi's Fresh-Mex Bar & Grill

$$$$·Mexican·
Baton Rouge
109 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating

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 amazing Mexican food and...

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Best Service in Baton Rouge / Lafayette

Cocha

$$$$·Global, International·
Baton Rouge
449 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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 tasting and community even...

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Best Overall in Baton Rouge / Lafayette
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Latil's Landing Restaurant

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Baton Rouge
167 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries

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 a lovely space in th...

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Mansurs On the Boulevard

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Baton Rouge
1,304 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 a full-service loung...

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Best Overall in Baton Rouge / Lafayette
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Fleming's Steakhouse - Baton Rouge

$$$$·Steak·
Baton Rouge
878 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for Birthdays

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 Bocage Village Shopping C...

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Steak in Baton Rouge / Lafayette

French Market Bistro

$$$$·Bistro·
Baton Rouge
610 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

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 enough for a classy dat...

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BRQ Restaurant

$$$$·Barbecue·
Baton Rouge
747 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for Groups

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 kitchen with a commitme...

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Great for Brunch in Baton Rouge / Lafayette

Stab's Prime Steak & Seafood

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Baton Rouge
633 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 steak in the Baton Rouge...

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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 and ultra-friendly serv...

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The Carriage House

$$$$·Creole·
Baton Rouge
560 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Brunch

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 and gorgeous setting m...

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Best Ambiance in Baton Rouge / Lafayette

Superior Grill - Highland

$$$$·Mexican·
Baton Rouge
205 reviews
  • Kid-friendly
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 outpost on Highland ...

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Best Overall in Baton Rouge / Lafayette
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Cecelia Creole Bistro

$$$$·Creole·
Baton Rouge
239 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion

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 to create a globally-...

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Fit for Foodies in Baton Rouge / Lafayette

Ruffino's

$$$$·Steak·
Baton Rouge
1,596 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

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 talent. Opened by a forme...

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Steak 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 designs including wooden b...

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City Pork Brasserie & Bar

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Baton Rouge
458 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual

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 cheese bar where guests c...

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Fit for Foodies in Baton Rouge / Lafayette
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Doe's Eat Place

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Baton Rouge
825 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups

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 originally a honky tonk i...

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Kid Friendly in Baton Rouge / Lafayette

Bistro Byronz Mid City

$$$$·Southern·
Baton Rouge
210 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch

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 and night to share good...

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Kalurah Street Grill

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Baton Rouge
517 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch

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. The chefs here have a...

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Great for Brunch in Baton Rouge / Lafayette
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