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The Most Fun Restaurants in Baton Rouge

Home to contemporary Creole cuisine, Baton Rouge champions Southern hospitality and cooking, with a dining scene ready to rival that of New Orleans. Creative chefs and local produce draw diners from all across the state. Baton Rouge burgers get served in fried cheese. Corn fried oysters simmer in a range of enticing sauces. Carefully crafted cocktails and long lunches offer amazing views of Downtown. Live it up with fine dining, or keep it casual and combine dinner with local music. But which are the most fun restaurants in Baton Rouge? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We’ve found the most entertaining eateries from all across the “Red Stick,” to make dining out here even more memorable. Book now for a night to remember at one of these fun restaurants in Baton Rouge.

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The OpenTable Team
16 Restaurants
Updated November 25, 2019
Restaurants:Cocha, Rouj Creole, Mansurs On the Boulevard
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Global, International, Creole, Contemporary French
Neighborhoods:Baton Rouge
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Cocha

$$$$
Global, International
Baton Rouge
4.8
557 reviews

Downtown’s Cocha is combining the elegance of creative, modern cuisine with the informality of merry gatherings with friends and family. Huge, communal tables encourage conversation and sharing. The open kitchen keeps diners entertained, too. Lunch, dinner and even brunch all have local flavor running through the dishes. Dishes range from fried green plantain to braised beef short ribs with creamy polenta. Fun without being gimmicky, and always welcoming.


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Rouj Creole

$$$$
Creole
Baton Rouge
4.4
425 reviews

Rouj Creole is one of those restaurants that’s as much about the overall experience as it is about the food. And the food is amazing: hot frog legs with house buffalo sauce, perfect raw oysters with a touch of mignonette and the Louisianan gumbo with okra and crab give just an idea of the Creole roots in this menu. Watch chefs flambé food right at the table, order some apple pie nachos and enjoy having fun with food.


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Mansurs On the Boulevard

$$$$
Contemporary French
Baton Rouge
4.7
1294 reviews

Some of the best restaurants are those that have kept customers coming back over and over. Mansurs has been doing just that since 1989. The fun thing about Mansurs is that guests can choose whether to relax in the bar with one of the house martinis or take full service in the elegant dining room. Whether dinner is seafood stuffed mushrooms followed by a juicy steak, or Cajun arancini with a 10oz lobster, meals are nearly always accompanied by some of the best jazz pianists around. A luxury experience.


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City Pork Brasserie & Bar

$$$$
Fusion / Eclectic
Baton Rouge
4.8
486 reviews

Regularly rated amongst the top restaurants in Baton Rouge, City Pork isn’t (as the name suggests) all about the pig. In fact, the aim of the restaurant is to showcase the local ingredients Louisiana is famous for. These include duck, rabbit, and of course, the freshest seafood. Bare wooden beams and a relaxed and communal atmosphere create a fun and lively atmosphere. The food is as entertaining as it is satisfying, presented unpretentiously with platters literally arriving on massive wooden slabs. Be sure to bring an appetite!


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Texas de Brazil - Baton Rouge

$$$$
Steakhouse
Baton Rouge
4.2
3142 reviews

Anyone looking for fun restaurants in Baton Rouge can’t go wrong with an “all you can eat” option. Texas de Brasil is one of the best. The Brazilian steakhouse is a great concept for anyone with an appetite or for anyone who loves to try a dozen different things at every meal. Where else can diners try up to 15 cuts of meat, plus an astonishing range of cheeses, charcuterie, and salads? Even the fussiest eater will find something to enjoy here. Booking recommended.


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BRQ Restaurant

$$$$
Barbecue
Baton Rouge
4.6
805 reviews

BRQ has taken the spirit of the perfect barbeque and distilled it into a warm and relaxing restaurant. With a multitude of awards, and a host of loyal customers, BRQ takes the competition-style barbecue of the Carolinas and infuses it with all the spice and flavor of South Louisiana. Nightly specials, kids-eat-free-Mondays and even a Ladies’ Night make this eatery one of the most fun restaurants in Baton Rouge. Conversely, dishes like crispy pig ear, Catfish Acadian and Smokehouse Platters ensure that the food gets taken very seriously indeed.


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Stab's Prime Steak & Seafood

$$$$
Steakhouse
Baton Rouge
4.6
633 reviews

Stab’s Prime Steak and Seafood offers just that: some of the finest, freshest seafood and quality cuts of USDA prime beef. For those looking for an additional shot of excitement with their meal, book between 3 and 6 pm Tuesday to Saturday. This is “Prime Time”; a combination of music and mimosas showcasing pianists, singers and other instrumentalists. A full night out at one of the most elegant eateries on the edge of Palm Hills.


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The Little Village - Airline

$$$$
Italian
Baton Rouge
4.5
1335 reviews

It’s hard to say what’s more fun about the Little Village- the food or the fascinating history. Its origins lie in card games and gambling, but once locals got a taste for the family food, a culinary legacy began. The menu is just as intriguing, with Italian and Creole influences both clearly visible. With plenty of nightly specials, drinks offers and recipes handed down from the family’s “little black book”, this Airline Italian could well be one of the most fun restaurants in Baton Rouge.


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Bistro Byronz Willow Grove

$$$$
Southern
Baton Rouge
4.4
453 reviews

Stylish yet casual, this Willow Grove bistro aims to be a real neighborhood joint. This was the ethos of the original Byronz which was a mom-and-pop sandwich shop in the early eighties. Byronz is a favorite for celebrations thanks to the warm welcome, inviting space and lush combination of French and Louisiana flavors. Corn and shrimp soup shares a menu with chicken paillard, and it’s all served in hearty, filling portions. Book and bring the family- everyone is welcome here.


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Ruffino's

$$$$
Steak
Baton Rouge
4.6
1769 reviews

Ruffino’s is probably one of the most fun restaurants in Baton Rouge for anyone who happens to be an LSU alumnus. They've bedecked the entire restaurant in LSU paraphernalia, making it the ideal venue for graduation parties and sporting victory celebrations. As well as a hearty high five with university colleagues, Ruffino’s offers some classic Italian fare including a beloved house lasagna and amazing plank-cooked redfish.


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Beausoleil Coastal Cuisine

$$$$
Contemporary Southern
Baton Rouge
4.7
108 reviews

For those that have never been to a restaurant where the grits are as elegant as the foie gras, Beausoleil is the place to go. A chef-driven menu overseen by a master of French butchery skills combines with a range of flavor influences and an outdoorsy upbringing. The result is fun and interesting dishes like crawfish cheese fries, pork cheek sliders, and sautéed sweetbreads with champagne butter. Luxurious, lively, and possibly one of the most fun restaurants in Baton Rouge.


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Juban's Restaurant and Bar

$$$$
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Baton Rouge
4.4
404 reviews

Is there anything more satisfying than a real community eatery with a warm, Louisiana welcome? Juban’s offers all that and more. Billed as contemporary Creole cuisine, Juban’s has been rocking the Southern culinary world for over three decades and shows no signs of slowing down. The Halleluhah Crab is a softshell crab topped with three kinds of seafood. Diablo introduces Gulf shrimp and scallops to spicy Louisiana sauce. Louisiana Birds marries duck, quail and coffee popcorn. Exciting, always fresh and served with a real sense of fun.


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Sullivan's Steakhouse - Baton Rouge

$$$$
Steakhouse
Baton Rouge
4.5
1674 reviews

Sullivan’s is a Mid City South treat, offering up superb steak in upscale surroundings. Unlike most steakhouses though, Sullivan’s like to keep things fun with a range of events including whiskey trails, steak tasting, special wine pairing dinners, and a “swinging atmosphere.” For those who want to indulge in bar food whilst drinking up this atmosphere, there’s a popular happy hour five days a week. Booking recommended.


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Superior Grill - Highland

$$$$
Mexican
Baton Rouge
4.7
231 reviews

A festive atmosphere and some of the best Mexican food in town make Superior a regular haunt for those looking for fun restaurants in Baton Rouge. Regular events include live music nights and jazz brunch with a regular stream of accomplished musicians gracing the patio stage. Listen whilst tucking into crisp quesadillas, expertly marinated ceviche, huge shrimp enchiladas, or crispy puff tacos. Don’t forget to try one of the Superior Margaritas.


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Stroubes Seafood and Steak

$$$$
Seafood
Baton Rouge
4.0
1239 reviews

A fun night in Baton Rouge either starts or finishes Downtown. Stroubes makes sure that night is well fueled with both food and drink, all of which celebrates local ingredients and flavors. Slow braised pork cheeks with garlic potatoes, duck eggrolls, a range of steaks, and chargrilled Gulf fish all cheer on Louisianan cuisine. Food is stunning, drinks are exciting, and the service is second to none. Make the night even more fun by booking during happy hour, when there are often specials on both drinks and appetizers.


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The Little Village - Downtown

$$$$
Italian
Baton Rouge
4.5
1218 reviews

Like its Airline sibling, the Downtown location of Little Village is just as exciting both in its culinary offerings and its unique heritage. Seafood stuffed steaks sit alongside fluffy and flavorful mashed potatoes. There’s the choice of soup du jour or gumbo, highlighting just how intertwined the flavors of Italy and Louisiana have become at Little Village- and delightfully so. Always get the bread: Village Bread is widely regarded as the best bread in Baton Rouge. Booking highly recommended.


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