Acadiana

4.6
5792 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
Acadiana offers the flavors, culture and the warmth of the seductive southern region. They offer the perfect balance of the old and new...taking advantage of the rich bounty found in the Mississippi Delta, Bayous and the Gulf of Mexico.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Creole / Cajun / Southern, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm Sunday Brunch 11:00am-3:00pm and Sunday Supper 5:00pm-9:00pm.
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Phone number
(202) 408-8848
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jeff Tunks/Brant Tesky
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
k street
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Parking details
Valet parking begins at 5:30pm every evening of business as well as Sunday afternoon beginning at 11:00am, up until the close of the restaurant. Valet Price is $10 per car. Valet is located at the intersection of 9th & K Streets (due to one-way streets guests must approach from 9th Street heading south then turn right onto K Street)
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Public transit
Closest Metro is Gallery Place Chinatown on the Yellow, Green and Red Lines. Washington Circulator bus stops directly in front of restaurant on the New York Avenue Side.
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Special events & promotions
They offer one private room accommodating 100 or two rooms accommodating 60 and 40. They also have semi-private space for events up to 15 guests.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

For all your private entertaining, the light and elegant interior of Acadiana has a variety of flexible options. We have two private dining rooms that combined, can accommodate up to 175. Custom 3-4 course menus begin at $40/person. An array of passed hors d’oeuvres is also available.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The duck and crab cakes were delicious! The duck was so tender. The crab cakes were mostly crab where other places use filler. We also had the charbroiled oysters. They were perfectly buttery and cooked.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food and drinks! Our server was great and we got all of our orders very quickly!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Good experience. This was my 3rd visit. First in 5 years. Remember the food being better a few years ago. As a person from creole descent and hailing from Baton Rouge, La. I expected a more authentic experience. A friend had to send back multiple food choices, but the hosts were gracious enough to remove from the tab.

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RC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. We celebrated a anniversary and they gave us first class service from beginning to end! And the roasted duck was delicious!!!

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PH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Jazz Brunch hosted on Sunday was spot on with a terrific four-piece band tucked nicely to one side that was energetic but not overwhelming when you make it to the dining room. Perfect backdrop for a meal. If you could only have that in your home for a dinner party! The appetizers were unexpected if inspired. "Gas Station" boudin balls? This is gourmet cooking, so don't let the name fool you. The entrees including the blackened tilapia, corn pudding and collard greens (my dish) was authentic and just down right delicious. Desserts were on the weak side, too thick a caramel crust on the mocha crème brûlée making it a bit hard on the mouth; and the beignets … well, just pass on them. It is a bargain, extraordinary meal at a steal of a price - and then there's first class music on top of it all - GO.

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RD
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Get rid of the rats outside! Second time there.... second time seeing rats outside. It’s a turn off!’

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JP
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner with friends after enjoying the National Book Festival! We have traveled from North Carolina to the Book Festival for several years and have eaten at Acadiana many of those!

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Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, I had the Shrimp and Grits and my wife had the Crab Cakes both meals were wonderful. The service was exceptional, the food was wonderful and the price was reasonable.

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Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acadiana has been our go-to restaurant each year that we’ve attended the National Book Festival at the convention center. It’s a great way to relax, enjoy good food, and rehash the speakers and authors that we heard during the festival. Of course, the food is so good and the ambience is so charming that we make sure to visit for other occasions as well. Highly recommended!

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j
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good esp the artichoke ravioli with a whole artichoke heart at the bottom of the plate. The roasted oyster appetizer had six huge delicious broiled oysters. The three-day roasted duck, exceptional and I loved the mound of collards. We were offered several frees tastes (boudin balls and an assortment of praline and candies). Completely sated.

The only mystery was why we could not get a 7 pm reservation. We came early but found the restaurant two-thirds empty.

I would return.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was great except if you have shellfish allergies that are airborne, DO NOT GO. There was a point during iur meal where another table ordered something that caused the exposed kitchen to reveal a steong fishy odor. It was previously well contained odor considering they serve alot of shellfish. Yet as soon as the swordfish or whatever it was that started to cook, I felt like I was going to walk outside reeking of the ocean.

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EP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I looked at the menu online and discovered that they had an item I was interested in. They worked with me, because it was included as part of another menu item, but I wanted something else as a main. It was all good stuff. Then they had a particularly fine bourbon available at a horrific price, but it's rarity made it all worth it. That was my dessert, and I was effusive with my praise to my wait staff.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The oysters were the best!!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We celebrated our five year anniversary at Acadiana during Restaurant Week and loved every part of it. He greatly enjoyed the turtle soup, duck, and Chocolate Doberge Cake, and my trio of deviled eggs and shrimp and grits were both amazing. I wish I'd gotten the cake!

Our server helped with recommendations especially on wine, and the staff truly make it a team effort. Thank you for a wonderful evening! We'll be back. :)

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BR
Washington DC
131 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I love Acadiana's Sunday brunch and only wish they would also offer it on Saturdays. It's a three course meal, and I generally get the same dishes as I like them so much. I usually start with the smooth and flavorful crab-corn soup, although sometimes I do the pain perdu, their version of French toast. (I'd rather have it as dessert.) Their bisquits are delicious, and I enjoy the pepper jelly spread they serve with it. For my mail course, I always get the crawfish etouffee, having discovered the dish visiting New Orleans and currently unable to find it anywhere else in the metro area. Dessert choices change seasonally and, mostly, theirs don't excite me.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The jazz was very good but too too loud

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C
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the food and service were outstanding. My husband and I have dined there many times and the food, service and atmosphere are always outstanding.

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RF
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best deal for Restaurant Week DC.

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DC
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun happy hour specials in the bar, delicious food and friendly servers. Good location at the edge of Penn Quarter.

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KS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

I found the service to be frustrating. They did not have any citronella candles for the outdoor diners and as a result, I and the other people I was with were bit numerous times. Additionally, the waiters and hostess were blantanly degrading/barking orders at the bus staff to move faster and “hustle” in front of the patrons. I understand it is restaurant week and they are very busy, but that is not a way to treat staff in front of others or even behind closed doors. It was very disrespectful and unflattering. I will not be dining here again.

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L
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service! Give this place a try when you are missing Louisiana

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TV
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acadiana has survived so long in the competitive DC restaurant scene by consistently providing high quality food with excellent service in an inviting environment. We happened to make our reservations during Restaurant Week. Even at lunch, I had enough left over for a second meal, which I am looking forward to!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. Highly recommend the shrimp and grits and charbroiled oysters.

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KM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I went for restaurant week and sat outside with my partner and another couple. It was lovely! The appetizers and entrees were delicious, I highly recommend the shrimp and grits. We each had a cocktail and then shared a bottle of red wine. Service was fast and friendly, and they were very accommodating for my partner's gluten allergy. The outdoor dining area is nice and cozy. The only complaint I have is that the creme brulee was not bruleed much on top, so it was just melted sugar. But otherwise, top notch food!

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KG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent - deviled eggs, crab cakes, lemon pudding - all delicious. My only issue was relatively minor but something that bothers me when you end up getting seated immediately next to another couple when there are many open tables around a restaurant (that remained open the entirety of the meal, so not being held for another reservation)

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SH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This was my first time eating at this restaurant and I was extremely disappointed. We waited a long time for our server to take our food order. Because the wait was so long, we became aware there was no bread offered in the interim. It may not have mattered if our ordered was taken promptly. We felt our server was not very attentive.

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CK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was awesome. The food was delicious and there were so many mouth watering dishes to choose from. Our waiter was prompt with the drinks and the food.

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c
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

It was a good lunch. However, with so many outstanding restaurants in DC I would rate this as average, not bad but not great. The wait staff was really pleasant, very friendly and incredibly efficient. There was not a long wait and we liked out waitress and the other staff that assisted her.

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JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant host met us at the door, was very polite. The ambiance of the restaurant was wonderful. The waiter was very hospitable and informative. Overall experience was very nice. I will return. Thanks for a wonderful time.

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SF
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Oscar is an excellent server and the food was heaven.

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i
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Went for restaurant week. Starter gumbo poor as was devilled eggs. My wifes cocktail was over sweet and too much ice. We asked for bill and did not eat entire meal. Not a patch on Centreline or Kith/Kin.

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CL
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Acadiana was wonderful! The service was impeccable--our waiter was very knowledgeable and the staff was very efficient. We tried three courses for Restaurant Week and all of the food was absolutely delicious. The duck and the NOLA BBQ shrimp were especially incredible. The drink selection was also strong. It is now one of our favorite restaurants in the city. We will ABSOLUTELY be returning, and would HIGHLY recommend it to others.

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ET
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Acadiana was good as usual. But, I was disappointed that biscuits are now "rationed". Each person gets a free one to start, then they are a $1 each(?) When did that start?

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated Restaurant Week with fabulous lunches here. First we shared grilled oysters, which were decadently delicious. We then enjoyed crab and turtle soups, also delicious. My entree was fabulous crisp-skinned duck. Hers was the Po-Boy, also delicious. We were so full that we could only manage one bite each of wonderful creme brûlée for dessert. Our food was washed down with a specially priced too sweet rose (the only not perfect note to our lunch). As always, service was impeccable. Acadiana was almost great. We look forward to returning.

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St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

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EM
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food. Great waiter. Live jazz. Imaginative $5 cocktails. Fun brunch.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time as always. One of the best restaurants in DC for a reason. Had a great afternoon meal on patio with the wife and dog. Exceptional experience!

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JD
Philadelphia
184 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Authentic new Orleans style restaurant. Visit every time we are in DC. Love the roasted oysters and the blackened catfish.

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DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I've eaten at Acadiana before, so when at out-of-town friend and I met for dinner this was my first choice for location, ambiance and menu. She had one of the signature cocktails and purred after the first sip. We both had entrees with cheese grits. She loved her shrimp accompaniment; I thought my veal was a bit too spicy/salty, but good. I had a wonderful, fresh BLT-salad to start and a nice glass of wine. The waiter was warm and attentive; and the young lady at the front desk was nice to take a photo of us for our Facebook post. I'll be back again.

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SO
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Our first time in DC from Texas. We were looking for something with good flavor and and not with so much hustle and bustle. The specialty cocktails were nice and the Roasted Duck and Collard greens were beyond wonderful! Also 2 of the ladies couldn't get enough of the char-broiled oysters.

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