Palmettos on the Bayou

4.6
340 Reviews
$30 and under
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Palmettos on the Bayou offers a beautiful, rustic location for private event such as weddings, as well as a regular lunch, brunch and dinner service for the public. The beautiful natural scenery of cypress trees and oaks hung with Spanish moss are the perfect backdrop for the Palmettos on the Bayou's menu of fine Louisiana Contemporary cuisine.

Enjoy gumbo, seared duck breast or chargrilled oysters to start your meal at Palmettos on the Bayou. Entrees include steak, fresh fish, shrimp and more. Finish your meal with bread pudding featuring a whiskey caramel sauce or a dessert cocktail such as the basil cucumber lemonade. Guests of Palmettos are encouraged to arrive early for the limited seats in the dining space.
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HazelK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious! Service was great! Champagne was reslly good! We’ll go back!

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SShaw
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful, the atmosphere was great, we'll be back again for sure. However, the food was a little bit disappointing. We had higher expectations. We're both definitely trying other meals when we go for brunch again.

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OpenTable Diner
Mississippi
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and friendly service every time we dine!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful food in a beautiful setting.

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TracieM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jazz Brunch was wonderful. Beautiful atmosphere and two different bands played.

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CEDLy
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Shrimp & grits wife enjoyed but chicken and waffles wasn’t worth it. My food was bland and didn’t receive that much. The hostess acted like she never served a black person before didn’t bother saying hi. Needs to learn customer service skills. My waitress was ok.

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Townie
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food1service5ambience5

Something was off in the kitchen.
The shrimp dishes were terrible
I love Palmettos but the prices are out of line for poor quality food

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PaulM
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic hidden gem! Highly recommend for special occasions or just a respite from a long drive on I-10/I-12. Food was great! Very authentic. Location and ambiance was probably the most “Louisiana” and “Cajun” restaurant I’ve been to recently in my travels through the area. Again, highly recommend! Josh was an awesome server (along with the whole serving team, very attentive).

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Bbear
New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went during girls day out. Saturday brunch. Waiter was nice and attentive. Crab cake Benedict was outstanding. Gumbo was hardy and not overly spiced. Trout almondine was also good. Prices a tad high but overall ok. The restaurant is just lovely and the outside area is lovely. Music was good as well.

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RichardR
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been eating here for years and it has always been good but has had some ups and downs. Based on last night's meal, it is now very much on the upside. It was the best that it has been for years. The food was great (try the Trout Almondine or the Catch Ponchartrain) and the desserts were outstanding. The ambiance is the best in Slidell and they had a live harpist. The service was spot on. A wonderful night

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DamianB
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best crab cakes I have eaten in several years. The crawfish beignets were also outstanding. I will go back!

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StaceyP
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the atmosphere at the outdoor dining area for the jazz brunch The food was delicious. I had the new chicken and biscuit special and I tried bites of the Gouda Mac and cheese and shrimp and grits. All so good! We will be going back again.

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Gadfly
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Restaurant has a good ambience but the food is standard. Does not taste like anything that a chef would freshly prepare. Gumbo base is powdered; definitely not a home-made roux from scratch. Best item on the menu is the crab cake.

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BernardR
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great atmosphere!

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CherylW
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Took my daughter and 2 grandchildren (ages 8 & 6) to the Cajun Brunch while they were visiting. It was such a fun and memorable experience, helped immerse my grandchildren in my French/Cajun ancestor's music. The setting was perfect, service outstanding, with everyone being very accommodating. The Cajun band was excellent, and invited the children up to play the triangles, and even the stand up bass! We had the good fortune of being seated near the band, and were able to converse with the players and get to know them a little. We enjoyed our food selections as well. We do plan to go again, and definitely when we have visitors and want to provide a true local experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly delicious food and wonderful ambiance.

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vipSmarttoddy
New Orleans
121 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First: Fantastic, scenic location. Try to get a table under the big fan if you are sitting outside. Otherwise they have smaller fans throughout the outdoor area which work fine. Second: Service was first class! Lovely staff who are very attentive. Third: The grilled fish dish I had (first on menu) was really good, perfectly cooked and nicely plated.
Only thing missing is a decent wine list. So if you are a fine wine drinker they do have some very fun specialty cocktails you can have instead.

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cocomo
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Our reservation specified a cozy window table but seated at table against a wall near the bar. We were moved to a cozy window table which was very nice but it would have been nicer to have the table we reserved from the beginning.
Our waitress was great. The charbroiled oysters, duck and turtle cheesecake was very good. The rest of our food was only so-so. Gumbo-more tomato than sausage and chicken, crabcakes-more bread than crab, fish topped with stringy crab versus lump crab. Overall, a nice experience. We'd go back for the ambiance.

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TroyH
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Everything was great. I couldnt find anything to complain about.

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Jayg
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Take it easy on the lemon. I ordered the one fish that did not have lemon listed and sure enough it tasted of lemon. I don't care for lemon on my fish.

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DHarris
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here with some friends that came in town. The waitress Alex was great and attentive the ambience was and scenery were beautiful and food absolutely delicious! We had the “crawfish beignets” Saturday appetizer special and they were sooo good! We will be back.

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vipLaurienR
New Orleans
27 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Natalie is an amazing server!

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LindaF
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Advertised a live jazz band. No live anything!! It was so hot inside,almost intolerable. Sweat was dripping off of us. The food was not good-at the best one star. Just not a pleasant experience. We drove over an hour to get there, but won’t be back.

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AndrewB
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere, great food & service! Highly recommend.

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JamieM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delicious and wonderful meal here. We love this place

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JP311
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice get away for the wife and I. Food was very good.

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JakeT
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great food was excellent ambiance was great

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vipClaudia
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Waitress forgot our wine and tea but the food was excellent. We should have asked for a better table; it was too small and only one of us had the nice view of the bayou.

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JackelynnT
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Wasn't too impressed with the Father's Day Special menu. Overall still a good experience.

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AlyssaB
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience5

That was the worst waitress we have ever had! We went for fathers day and the fathers day meal they had was not only a bad selection but the food itself was horrible. This has been the worst experience. All 6 of us were so disappointed. Then, the waitress never introduced herself, we had to ask other servers to assist us because she never came to the table, had a bad attitude, got our orders wrong. Just ridiculous. One of us had a nut allergy, we told the waitress no nuts and sure enough here comes her plate with roasted almonds sprinkled all over her fish. Couldn’t tell the waitress because she never came around!! Overall just so upset with our food and waitress.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day and it was perfect! Food, music, service, ambiance, he loved it! We all did.

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MeganS
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was very nice. Our waitress Amy was really sweet and accommodating. We will definitely be back.

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CherylW
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I was disappointed with the entire experience. The service was super slow and the server was not attentive. The food was average, nothing to write home about. We had to wait exceptionally long, while others around us who came in after us, were served. It was my second time there; thank goodness the first time was better or I would not have returned a second time.

JT
vipJoannaT
New Orleans
25 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ambiance was nice. Had the chicken and waffles. Portions were very large. Good place for families.

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KarenC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved every bit of the Jazz brunch! The ambience and view was everything I was wanting.

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HaroldD
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fathers Day Brunch

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall1food4service4ambience1

We made the mistake of sitting outside. We ordered the food for our granddaughter first and when the food came the flies became unbearable. We couldn’t take the flies and there were no tables inside, so we left without eating. If you go, be sure to sit inside.

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JennB
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good. Beautiful scenery inside and out. Our waitress was attentive but didn’t bother us every five minutes, she knew when we needed something but otherwise left us alone, which I appreciate.

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AustinG
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was exceptional.... seasoned perfectly and very nice presentation. Our server was attentive, professional, courteous..., everything you could hope for in a great dining experience.

MJ
MicheleJ
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

My trout almondine was not fresh; it tasted fishy, and I was disappointed. The waitress was great! I thought there would be jazz music and a brunch menu, but there was not at 1:30; jazz brunch advertised to end at 2:00. Over all, I will not be coming back anytime soon.

FAQs

Palmettos on the Bayou offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (985) 643-0050.

Palmettos on the Bayou is rated 4.6 stars by 340 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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