New Orleans 10Best spots for slurplin' crawfish

With Mardi Gras in the rear view mirror and the season of Lent underway, another season is also on most New Orleanians' radar - crawfish season.  The distinctive aroma of a crawfish boil tends to linger over New Orleans for the period between March-June, when corner stores, bars and restaurants all over town dish up their rendition of a crawfish boil.

Many joints use the famed Zatarain's seasoning to flavor a boil, but others concoct their own special blend of spices in order to stand out from the crowd. Next is the matter of what else to throw in the pot - corn and potatoes are the staples. Other chefs have been known to toss in shrimp, lemons, garlic and even locally caught rabbit.

When the season dies down, it doesn't mean crawfish stops showing up on menus throughout the Big Easy. The harvested tails of the freshwater crustaceans make their way into many famed dishes like gumbo and etouffee year round. 

The list below contains a mix of joints that serve up in-season boils, and others that incorporate the craw in their meals perpetually. Click through the list and check out websites/menus in order to identify which venue suits your needs. If you find yourself in New Orleans during March-June, don't leave town without slurpin' a mud bug. 

Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar
Photo courtesy of Superior Seafood


Superior Seafood, located on the important corner of Napoleon and St. Charles is the preeminent seafood restaurant of Uptown New Orleans. The enchanting exterior and decor of the inside make you feel like you are entering a steamboat filled to...  Read More

Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar
Photo courtesy of Cooter Brown's


Cooter Brown's is without a doubt the place to go for sports in Uptown New Orleans, and could be the number one spot for those who like to get a little rowdy when watching their team play. This venue has a front and back bar, a handful of large...  Read More

French Quarter


The Gazebo Cafe is an open air restaurant right in the middle of the French Market of New Orleans. This is a great place to grab some shade while still being able to soak up the sounds and smells of the vibrant New Orleans marketplace. Live jazz...  Read More

Grand Isle Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Denny Culbert


Grand Isle is the strip of land off mainland Louisiana known for its amazing fishing. Grand Isle Restaurant, with its menu of fresh local seafood and vintage photos channeling the same gulf goodness as its namesake. Situated on busy Fulton...  Read More

Bon Ton Cafe


Crawfish is a staple in The Big Easy's culinary traditions, from crawfish etouffee to jambalaya, and no place has mastered traditions like Bon Ton Cafe. Housed in a charming 1840s building, Bon Ton exudes an old-city ambiance that perfectly...  Read More



Ernst Cafe has existed in the Warehouse District of New Orleans for over a century, nestled in a Pre-Civl War structure. The atmosphere is a friendly, family type of setting where talking, chattering and having a good time are all allowed. Ernst...  Read More



The Mid-City Yacht Club is the ultimate neighborhood bar and come Fridays starting at 4pm during the season, around 320 mudbugs go into the boil. Order a heaping plate of crawfish for $6 with plenty of fixings on the side. There is a wide...  Read More



Deanie's Seafood is a New Orleans powerhouse when it comes to from-the-Gulf seafood offerings. Most famous for their seafood platters, Deanie's has made a name for themselves by being the best at boiling, broiling and frying various ocean...  Read More

French Quarter


Crawfish is truly the star of the menu at this casual French Quarter cafe. Unique and delicious crawfish cakes, rich crawfish pasta, fried crawfish tails and, of course, perfectly-executed etouffee make this spot popular with tourists and locals...  Read More



Rivershack Tavern is a neighborhood watering hole and eatery located adjacent to the Mississippi River (on River Road). The big "Dixie Beer" sign out front invites passersby to come in for a pitcher of local beer and boiled seafood. The...  Read More


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