Prejean's Restaurant

4.5
109 Reviews
$30 and under
Cajun
Prejean's Restaurant is a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Conveniently located on I49 North, just 2 miles north of I-10 in Lafayette, LA awaits Big Al, our 14-foot stuffed gator to welcome you to our warm, friendly, and casual atmosphere. Mouth watering Char-Grilled Oysters served up with a bowl of one of our Signature Gumbos or maybe a perfectly cooked juicy Steak are just some of our menu offerings that are sure to delight.

After 40 years of ownership under the Guilbeau Family, Prejean’s started a new chapter in November 2020! New owners Tim Metcalf, Greg Metcalf, & Ken Boudreaux bring a combined 75+ years of restaurant experience & a new attitude to the iconic Prejean’s Restaurant.

Our Mission is simple …
Buy the best food we can & cook it as Cajuns do.
Simply Cajun!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 109 people are saying
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Texaseean
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

food excellent except for the bread pudding that was bland.

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! You can be casually dressed and enjoy great quality amazing food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Celebration

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Emilou
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and amazing service. They went above and beyond when we celebrated a birthday there.

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KathiP
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent server, good food, live music.
The menu has great selections from local to favorite cuisine…

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ChristineS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. All staff was cordial and very accommodating. We love Prejean's!!!

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SusanM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. The ambiance is welcoming and even when they are packed the food is still spectacular. We had a great meal. And will enjoy the leftovers tonight!

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ClydeL
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Over all it was very good. I had the gumbo and I found it a little too thick for my taste but I know everyone's gumbo is different. I would have preferred a little more chicken and a less less andouille. I would also suggest a combination appetizer plate for a table to share. Maybe also offering bread or hush puppies before your meal would also be nice. We will visit again hopefully soon.

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LoganH
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was absolutely wonderful. We came to visit a family member and wanted authentic Cajun cuisine. Prejean’s did not disappoint. The gumbo was phenomenal as well as the shrimp and grits.

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CristiaH
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Appetizers were excellent! Had the chard broiled oysters supreme, and truly enjoyed them. My husband had the duck gumbo, and had the chicken gumbo. Entrees were just ok. Preferred the appetizers.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!! Much improved since the new owners took over.

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AjTheriot
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This is my Wife and I’s second time eating here in a few weeks, this time we brought some friends. The waiter remembered us and remembered the drinks my wife ordered, that was a plus. The service was fast, the food was hot, and very well cooked. Everyone enjoyed the drinks and food. This will not be our last time eating here. I can tell it’s under new ownership. Great place to eat and spend time in the Acadiana area with friends and family.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent meal!

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DanielleV
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservations but arrived a few minutes early and our waitress wasn’t there but they accommodated us. They sat us and got our drinks until our waitress arrived! Definitely recommended. The Eggplant Pirogue was absolutely amazing!! Everything was great.

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GumboYaYa
Baton Rouge
23 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our experience was a 3.5 star experience. I was really hoping that the reopened prejeans had improved the good, and maybe had taken the food quality back to days long gone.

We had a combination of chargrilled oysters, chicken cracklings and gumbo. The cracklings weren’t described properly on the menu. There’s no indication they’re breaded, yet they were. It only states they’re seasoned. So they’re like small pieces of KFC extra crispy. Not bad, but they aren’t the simple fried cracklings I longed for. On to the oysters. There are so many places to get charbroiled oysters nowadays, and some are outstanding. Prejeans we’re mediocre at best. They were also very salty and spicy, although they weren’t described that way. I suppose the best part of the meal was the duck and tasso gumbo. The roux was rich, the duck meat had been cooked down until it was falling apart - might be a plus or a minus depending. There was t quite enough broth, yet the ratio of meat was quite generous.

All in all, I doubt we’ll return. Too many wonderful places to eat in our area. There need to be tweaks here to bring it back to, or to surpass its’ glory days.

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Guillorys5
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went with another couple for dinner. We shared appetizers to try several things. We had the gator bites with the Thai Pepper Jelly, seafood stuffed mushrooms, Nacheauxs, Blackened Shrimp Flatbread and Fried Green tomatoes. All were very well seasoned. I think our favorite were the mushrooms. We also got the hush puppies and my husband got a cup of the duck gumbo. He said it was quite tasty and it looked like a really rich roux. They had a lady playing guitar and singing. It was a lively atmosphere. Would recommend

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PhillipW
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We got an order of raw oysters that looked like they had been shucked several hours before they were served. Should have sent them back. Food was ok but not worth the price. Hush puppies were burnt. Can't recommend the place.

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StephanieT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and food! Like menu variety. Pleasant staff.

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Betty
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was very upset with my bill because I was charged for an adult fried fish dinner when we ordered a childrens fish dinner for my 4 year old granddaughter at a difference of $13.00 that was not noticed until we got home and checked the bill.

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Hhmjr
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food again. The new Prejean’s is again a great restaurant.

Noise level was high, because the band was playing, making it a little hard to hold a conversation but overall a great dining experience

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places to eat,food and service is excellent

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GaryL
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very great service. Joseph was amazing! Good was excellent!

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ghcrlc
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

One of our guests food order was not prepared along with the other guest. Was not provided until everyone was finished eating. When it was brought to them it was not what they had ordered so it was refused and the guest was so upset that they refused to let them prepare the correct order knowing how long it would have taken to cook again. The guest stated that they were not hungry anymore but I think they were just being nice. This was our anniversary celebration with a party of nine which did not go well. Everyone else at the table felt bad for the guest and offered them some of everyone’s food but they declined. I found it odd that no one in ownership or management approached our table to offer any assistance nor explanation as to what happened but left it up to our waiter to handle the error as they just left him out to dry. He was embarrassed I’m sure but I don’t feel it was his fault as he does not work in the kitchen nor make sure each meal that is ordered is prepared. I learned a lesson tonight about Prejeans and I’m sure the others at our event did also.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
88 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great Cajun Place!

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Hali
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and a variety of delicious Cajun dishes!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Server needed some help when tables were pulling him. Kitchen took awhile to execute order. Food came out at separate times and missing items .

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Sumlaf
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was very friendly and awesome food. It is expensive but worth it!

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Hhmjr
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chargrilled oysters were very good.
Good service, good food. It’s great this landmark is under such good management.

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NathanC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We eat often, just a little high priced. Glad they added to the menu. Will go back

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DenaS
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was tasty and hot. The order came to the table fast. We will return.

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want so.e of Acadiana's finest food Prejeans is unbelievable

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GreyUnicorn
Baton Rouge
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

After a long absence, we decided to try it again since under new management and we were surprised at how good the food was. We will be back.

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DeanaS
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Service is top notch and the atmosphere is very pleasing.

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AntoinetteK
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed everything about it, did and service. It was really nice.

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vipJimmyT
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff

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BobbyH
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good, but a little pricey. Stuffed mushrooms app were excellent, but the fried pickels were not good at all- Had the eggplant dish was very good, but shrimp in dish not deveined!! ( yuck)
All in all was enjoyable but a little tweaking would go far.
Nice being able to reserve table and was ready when we
Got there.👍

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, great staff, great atmosphere.

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Dave
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for good cajun food and ambiance this is for you.
It’s located on I49 no need to search back roads and you don’t need to learn to speak Cajun.

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MarcC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I honestly think Préjean's is (1) the best restaurant I've ever been to in the Lafayette area and (2) the best Cajun restaurant anywhere. As the moonshiners of yore used to say, this is the "real corn"! I can't wait to go back and work my way through the entire menu: both gumbos I tried were amazing--and I'm grateful for the smaller portion option--but I can't believe I haven't tried their crawfish étoufée or shrimp and grits yet!!!

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AnnieC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Reserved a table for 8 last night to celebrate my mother’s 82nd birthday. My husband and I paid for all. $450 with tip! Good little waiter! Thank God for the good bread pudding at the end of the meal because the food was surely nothing to write home about! Only 2 of the people were actually satisfied. My husband ordered the ribeye ( pricey) with crawfish étouffée on top. He said steak was so fatty! Another thing was that the food came in separate intervals so half were almost finished eating when others were just starting. Also, we thought about it on the way home that my husband never received his second side. (Mac n cheese). I’m not just a complainer, as I am one to write when I’m satisfied as well, but really disappointed that that kind of money was spent on something so dissatisfying. Never mind the fact that it was so hard to visit as we had to scream over the loud music. I know some enjoy it, so not a big deal, but if we had known! Sorry, but will be our last visit.

FAQs

Prejean's Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (337) 896-3247.

Prejean's Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 109 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.