McKinnon's Louisiane

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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
Since 1972, McKinnon's Louisiane has served marvelous Louisiana seafood dishes reflecting the delicate and refined cooking of New Orleans, as well as the pungent, highly seasoned dishes of the Cajun Bayou. McKinnon's Creole and Cajun specialties have made this restaurant a local favorite, earning it a national reputation. McKinnon's dining room is elegant, intimate, and warmly inviting; the Grill Room offers a more casual dining experience.
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JC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not what we expected, very unorganized, with a very long wait. The place was empty.The waitress tried to charge our party of 7 for two party fees one for $28 and one for $32, and there was no fee to be added. The manager corrected it and stated it was for a party of 8.The restaurant didn’t have anything listed about it. I can imagine how many people have been ripped off by a party fee. He then said to us for your troubles , I will send complimentary desserts. We were not pressed for any but he had a waiter bring out a plate with 3 small sized desserts for 7 people. I can tell you we didn’t get the food, service or the atmosphere we hoped for but we sure did get a great laugh.

G
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Low key fine dining, wonderful ambiance and the staff is very professional. Owner is great!

OT
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I have been dining at McKinnons for years! Atlanta is one of the best cities in America! So many choices that sometime we forget the “classics”. I’ve been in Atlanta 36 years, McKinnons is by far my favorite “old school” restaurants... the food stands the test of time... grouper is perfection... crab claws! Best gumbo outside NOLA... service is over the top great...

I
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu with plenty of options to choose from. The owner was quite friendly and charming. Definitely going to make this a regular

C
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

There are rooms for whatever atmosphere you prefer. The piano bar is unique and has the experience required for a range of talents. I would make it a point to come back and try more dishes. The Crab Soup is absolutely superb. The owner is engaged to ensure your every requirement.

JB
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been a favorite for years, host makes you fell like part of the family

CH
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm service. Great food

PT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is excellent!! Food, service, ambience....highly commendable...will definitely come back.👍😄

OT
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Southern French seafood. Very fresh. Best food that I had in Atlanta. Owner Aziz is very attentive.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food was marginal; very little flavor for a Cajun restaurant. Fried Green tomatoes were under cooked. Seafood was bland and over cooked

MW
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Loved Mckinnons. Great Cajun fair. Wonderful service. Dated ambience but it’s all good when the food and service is great.

RS
Atlanta
58 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and good entertainment in the bar. Everyone is so friendly.

G
Atlanta
43 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A little bit dated restaurant , but the food was authentic Cajun. Service was good and they have a full bar.

RS
Atlanta
59 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the music and friendship of our guest. As always, the food was wonderful.

KL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, excellent, excellent... The server and owner were great and it seemed like we picked the perfect day for perfect service. I would definitely recommend and I have already recommended this establishment already.

SH
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and atmosphere. We had a lovely evening with friends. They have live music and the owner makes sure your service is excellent. This is now the oldest restaurant in Atlanta since 1972! A great place for a lovely evening.

D
Atlanta
41 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

First off, this place is ALL ABOUT AZIZ, the owner! He is the most engaging & personable host you’ll ever meet! It was a slow, early Thursday evening. We had the place to ourselves. Aziz welcomed us, chatted us up & served us. I had the oysters Rockefeller. They were prepared un-traditionally in a very spicy breaded manner & I did not care for them, but my husband devoured them. My husband ordered a Caesar salad & we wound up swapping. I ordered the Snapper Oscar. Very tasty, just wish there had been a bit more “Oscar”. My husband ordered the bouillabaisse which was delicious. This is an old school style restaurant for a mature crowd. We will definitely go again to try other things on the menu because the experience was just so pleasant & it’s close by.

DA
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We could not have picked a better place to dine. Grouper was excellent. Crawfish appetizer was the best. Will be going back.

e
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dark and quiet, very romantic. Owner Aziz made us feel very welcome. Food was delicious, sensible portions. They did not have the wine we ordered, but offered us a better bottle at the same price. Will definitely return.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Food was cold. Tasted like it was leftovers that were reheated

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience2

Food was terrible. Seafood was way over cooked and rubbery. Seafood pasta/scallops were not edible. Jambalaya was decent and was the only dish that was eaten in its entirety. Ordered okra and hush puppies with the meal and they didn’t come out until everything was taken away from the table. Really surprising given the 4 star rating. Won’t be going back.

AV
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Loved the ambiance for a date night. But the food was mediocre. The Java Shrimp appetizer was too spicy as to not enjoy the flavor. The ginger crusted snapper was bland and was only served with 2 roasted potatoes pieces and a few carrots, not really side items but more garnish. My husband had the amberjack and salmon combo. He said the amberjack was delicious but the salmon not so much and the portion sizes were really small. The saving grace was the order of red beans and rice side item which was delicious and the homemade hushpuppies which were a good texture, crispy and satisfying. Probably won't be back. I hate that as I really like to support small local businesses. The owner did come out to greet us which is a nice touch, but doesn't compensate for the food not being superb for the prices we paid.

JB
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Host is amazing. Food very good. We can't understand why we don't eat here every week. Will be back soon

MC
Omaha
42 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent good and thoughtful service, great old school restaurant. A gem of a place!

OT
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The food was not good. I had Bouillabaisse and the oysters and shrimp were tough. The bread arrived as I was finishing the meal. My friend’s Signature dish was not at all what she remembered and lackluster in flavor. Cheesecake was good.
Service was poor. Had to keep waiting for service. Too bad, as I like to have quiet place to dine.

JC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience4

The ambiance and the service were wonderful, however the food was lacking. I had oysters Rockefeller and I am not even sure that there were oysters in the dish. If so, they were very small, mostly it was soggy spinach. I also had the Bayou salad, which was very mediocre. The crayfish were mostly breading and the salad had more stems than actual leaves. I was quite disappointed in the food. It was not as I had remembered it from years past.

JR
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun times singing with Fran and meeting new friends

F
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great evening! We will return soon for sure.

MM
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with great food! I brought a coworker there who is from Louisiana and he just kept raving about it!

BR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A restaurant with great food and excellent staff. A restaurant doesn't stay around in Atlanta for this long if it isn't doing something right and McKinnon's long run is a testament to the kind of place they are.

CH
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Appreciate the great food and attentive service. Imaginative menu that is also not too fancy.

SL
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

McKinnon’s is always a great experience. The food is delicious, the staff is very friendly and helpful and we always enjoy eating there. It is wonderful not to have to shout to have a conversation. And, the prices are reasonable.

SG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience1

This was an anniversary dinner for my wife and I. Kimball House in Decatur is where we normally celebrate special occasions. However, in an attempt to deviate from that and try one of the hundreds of other restaurant choices in the Atlanta metro area, I chose McKinnons. We were seated at a 4-top next to the kitchen despite me reiterating, this was our anniversary. I saw at least two other tables that would have been more suitable for this occasion. The decor is DATED! This place is in dire need of a makeover! I could’ve overlooked this if, the food would’ve lived up to the super-old school vibe they refuse to relinquish. The service was good although, there was only one other party in the entire place at the time we had dinner (5:30). We ordered mussels for an appetizer. When they arrived at our table, they had such a bad odor coming from them, we sent them back. My entrée was blackened amberjack with a crab cake on the side, broccoli and roasted potatoes. The veggies appeared reworked from a previous service, the crab cake was full of filler and the fish was super bland (cooked exceptionally well though). Amberjack is a firm, dense piece of flesh that should have been accompanied with a sauce, any sauce would’ve done the trick. My wife ordered a grilled catfish with crawfish hollandaise sauce. Her fish was also flanked with the same pathetic sides as I had. Out of curiosity, I ordered a red beans and rice. This was decent but not memorable. The flavor was Smokey (which I’d expect) but the beans were separating from their skins, which could be an indication over being over cooked or reheated too many times. Either scenario is a no-no. The presentation of each course was elementary and sloppy. The baguette was warm and fresh. We utilized two of them to help fill the holes in our stomachs. If you’re in Buckhead and have a taste for Cajun cuisine, this isn’t the place.

TM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I expected so much more from this restaurant considering it has a five star rating. To be honest the food that we ordered was pretty bland. Two people in our party actually sent their side dishes back. The ambiance was very nice and really reminded us of New Orleans. There were six people in our party and no one had anything positive to say about the food. Very disappointing.

L
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite!!!! Awesome ambience, awesome hosts, and awesome food. Will definitely return often!

ML
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful evening.

AB
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I love McKinnon's and have loved it for decades. The food is very good and the service is impeccable.

MM
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Love having Aziz hosting!

EA
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started our dinner with crab claws that were delicious. Our entree was prepared just perfect. It was a wonderful experience

F
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Menu is exceptional. Food follows it pretty closely. Appetizers are the stars with incredible flavorings. Entrees are good, not not the stars like the appetizers. But the star is Aziz the owner. He’s an amazing host who makes you feel like you arrived home for dinner after a long absence. Everyone will find something that may not be up to their standards. But no one will find anything but superlatives to describe Aziz. We will definitely be back every time we come to Atlanta.