Sometimes, the urge to have Cajun food strikes, and nothing satisfies until you get it. When that happens, count on 10Best to point you in the direction of Houston's best Cajun restaurants. We understand the desire to have a great meal, and we work hard to bring you the top places to eat in Houston. We vet restaurants carefully for quality, and when we recommend popular eateries like BB's Cafe or tell you that Ragin Cajun gets good reader feedback, you can believe it. From Downtown to Galleria/uptown, we'll make sure you get - and eat - what's best.


Houstonians with a hankering for Cajun cuisine can get their fix at Ragin Cajun, where diners have indulged in delectable dishes with New Orleans flair since 1974. Among the menu masterpieces are crave-worthy catfish po-boys, savory gumbo, boudin, red beans and rice and blissful bread pudding. There are nightly meal specials Monday through Friday, and during happy hour you can enjoy drink specials and oysters on the half shells.

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Spectacular seafood meets zesty Cajun spices at The Boiling Crab, home to the most luscious (crab) legs in Houston. The menu features some of the freshest seafood around, including decadent king crab, enormous oysters, shrimp and crawfish. Top any of these with your favorite seasoning like the original Rajun Cajun or heavenly garlic butter. Other options include Cajun hot wings, sausages, fried catfish and gumbo. Wash it all down with your favorite ice-cold beer.

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Authentic New Orleans style po-boys and other Cajun specialties bursting with bold flavor make Calliope's Poboy a top choice for fans of Louisiana fare. The po-boys start with fresh baked French bread and come with anything from drippy roast beef to flavorful seafood options like plump shrimp and fried crawfish. The restaurant also sells a variety of sensational seafood platters as well as traditional Cajun favorites, including spicy gumbo and red beans and rice.

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Locals adore this elegant Cajun eatery for its wonderful Creole fare tinged with Texas touches. With an upscale and romantic atmosphere, Brennan's of Houston features a creative menu full of options like pecan-crusted gulf fish, BBQ Louisiana crawfish shortcakes, redfish and shrimp courbouillon and creole lamb rack. With advance notice, guests can dine at the chef's table, which offers views of all the culinary goings-on in the kitchen, along with a specially planned meal.

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