Cecelia Creole Bistro

4.9
257 Reviews
$31 to $50
Creole
The only place to get true Creole food is in Louisiana, or at least in someone from Louisiana’s kitchen. Come reste un peu (stay awhile) to downtown Baton Rouge and visit Chef Mark Reilly's Creole kitchen.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 257 people are saying
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Repeatfrogger
Western NC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We felt a little rushed by the waitress but the food and atmosphere was great. We will be back.

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shirleyo
Baton Rouge
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again, my only complaint is the music level. Cannot have a conversation with the loud music. Would be nice if it was turned down just a little

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StevenH
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time at Cecelia’s. Food was great and our server was pleasant and attentive. We’ll be sure to go back

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shirleyo
Baton Rouge
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My only complaint is that the music was too loud to converse well with others at our table of 3. Food and service was excellent as always

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Carnivore
Baton Rouge
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered a lot. Not one thing was even the slightest bit disappointing. Delicious, absolutely delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Jerk chicken is very spicy but delicious

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JillRN1995
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious as always. I will definitely order the blackened redfish Cecelia again.

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TroyM
Tulsa
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is modern, but not overly formal. The andouille egg rolls were delicious, expertly prepared. The fish special was cooked perfectly, with just the right amount of sauce, and the shrimp accompanying it were excellent. The service was prompt, but not rushed. Overall, an excellent experience in a smaller setting.

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Roxie
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice ambiance with good food and drinks. Came with the hubby for a dinner date, would come back and try other dishes.

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shirleyo
Baton Rouge
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Parisian Gnocci appetizer was delicious. The Corn Macque Choux was the best ever. The shrimp and grits were sinfully wonderful, (BBQ shrimp sauce was differently rich and luscious) . The Cajun Grouper was firm and juicy , and well seasoned (served on a bed of Corn Maque Choux) topped with light crawfish sauce, absolutely excellent. Kudos to the chef for these fantastic creations. Service was great as well. What a gem we found here! We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Service is great. Food is very consistent. Always delicious. My husband and I like to try several dishes, so we split everything we order. This restaurant is very accommodating. Everything was excellent. But the chocolate mousse. Oh my goodness. Decadent. Perfect. Looking forward to our next visit there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Mississippi
11 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Baton Rouge. It’s small and cozy and the service is always top notch. You cannot go wrong with Redfish Cecelia, the best greens anywhere in Baton Rouge. This time I decided to switch it up and get the grouper special.... fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last minute reservations and treated us like we were returning guests…everything was exceptional

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, drinks and service. Gnocchi and spicy gator appetizers were fantastic and highly recommended. Seafood pasta and ribeye steak were cooked to perfection. The bread pudding was one of the best bread puddings I have ever had. We will definitely eat here Again in the future! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. One of the best hidden gems in the city!

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BelindaA
Baton Rouge
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

2 for dinner. Waitstaff seemed disinterested. Our waitress did'nt even introduce herself. Ordered turtle soup, shrimp and grits, half cornbread, side wedge, Grouper with crawfish and side of braised collard greens.

Ordered cornbread as app. The cornbread was dry and over cooked. Even with copious amounts of cinnamon butter and syrup. Then the waitress brought the salad and soup with our entrees and side. And looked at me like I was crazy when I commented that we were getting all of it at once. The turtle soup was extremely thick and salty. It was the consistency of something left on heat way too long. Shrimp and grits were just ok. Side wedge was good. Grouper was 3-1/2 out of 5 stars. Collard greens were bitter.

I truly do not understand why this place gets 3-5 star reviews. Its pedestrian at best. This was our second visit, we came away with the same experience the first time but thought we would give it another try to be fair. Our mistake! There won't be a third visit.

Long story short, we wasted $100 on mediocrity. Plus $10 to park on a friday evening. No wonder people don't come to downtown Baton Rouge. Why would you? You will be better served at Louisiana Lagniappe or Parrain's.

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Penn4482
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here on a recommendation from a friend. The food and drinks were delicious. We highly recommend the skillet cornbread appetizer, fig old-fashioned, shrimp and grits, redfish Cecilia and creme brûlée for dessert. Everything was excellent. I think the menu is perfect everything sounds delicious there is enough variety without being overwhelming. I look forward to returning here again.

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ChariF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love this place. It's great for brunch or a date night. Service and food is amazing!

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NicoleO
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit to Cecilia's Bistro. I really enjoyed my Jerk chicken and red beans meal with braised collards and cornbread. It was delicious. My server was efficient with refills and checking in with the table guests. Nestled downtown on 3rd Street. Very relaxing atmosphere.

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vipPJ708
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Food is superb; drinks are delicious; and service is exceptional. Fine dining at its finest.

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vipFred
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mother and I agreed it felt like a restaurant that had been remodeled in one of those restaurant revamp shows, except this one survived and thrived! Everything was so perfect and delish one would think it may have been all set up, but no, it was very real and very tasty!

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Smash
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was comfortable and stylish. We had the jerk spice pork shank to start and it was a spectacular combination of sweet and spicy. The special was blackened grouper topped with shrimp, and brussel sprouts with a tasso cream sauce. The portion was huge and very delicious. The filet with whipped potatoes was amazing and the green beans were the very best I've ever had. We will be back!!

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Caroline
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good experience. Food was good. Excellent service and ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time, dinner with husband. Our server and service was excellent and so was the food. We’ll definitely be back. LSU was playing a home game so it wasn’t very crowded, loved that so take advantage if you’re not at the game 😊

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vipmgp1981
New Orleans
332 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was so lovely. I like the eclectic drink menu as well as the classics. Everything was so tasty but my favorite was the eggrolls.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the service and the ambiance were excellent.

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vipnewshoundbrown
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an incredible experience. It always is. Tonight was a special occasion and the staff made us feel welcome and celebrated. We can’t thank them enough!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb Cajun fare. The pan corn bread appetizer is worth the trip alone, but the rest of the meal does not disappoint!

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Great
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!
Cornbread and redfish divine!!

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vipDrew
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Anniversary trip. Great flavors and portions on several apps. Dessert on the house. Second great meal here during a pandemic!

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FrankM
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was good, atmosphere was good, service was great, things are a bit pricy.

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ThomasS
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Very nice place for a date night.

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere, very personal touches in the decor. Food was delicious and service was excellent!

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TSNoble
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We didn't know what to expect heading into a date night at Cecelia. Of course, they don't control the weather, but it was a perfect evening to be downtown. We booked a reservation on OpenTable, which made it super easy to make plans. The hostess was training as a server that evening, so our server attended to us from start to finish and was excellent. She was knowledgeable about the menu and offered careful opinions when we asked questions. My wife had the redfish, and I have the jerk chicken. Of course, we started with the cornbread. All bites were a win that night. The vibe definitely one that most would enjoy. The end.

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SueD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time here while doing LSU move-in.
Great menu, food delicious! Service was fabulous, explained the items in menu plus specials. Nice wine selection, perfectly chilled.
At bar there are TVs, we were there when they had two different sports channels on.
Good seating, tables spaced far enough apart for social distancing.
Will come back!

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food/service. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a nice meal.

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our (my wife and I) first visit to Cecelias but we will certainly be back if we are ever in the downtown Baton Rouge area again. Great food, great service, nice quiet atmosphere. The jerk chicken and shrimp and grits were our choices and they were terrific.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent experience. Great service and ambiance. Seafood pasta, filet, scallops over grits with crispy brussel sprouts, corn bread, and greens were all A plus.

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vipCompereLapin
New Orleans
24 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met friends for dinner tonight. Everything was wonderful. The sweet cornbread appetizer is a must get! My red fish was perfect. Server was a nice and attentive and very knowledgeable. Ambience is terrific in an old building! This place is now one of my staples. Can’t wait to come back.

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RachelleT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious! We will definitely be back.

FAQs

Cecelia Creole Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (225) 615-7833.

Cecelia Creole Bistro is rated 4.9 stars by 257 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.