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Acadiana

Acadiana

Cajun / Creole Restaurant, Bar, and Southern / Soul Food Restaurant$$$$
Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown, Washington
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  • Sid E.
    "BBQ shrimp at this southern Louisiana style spot."(5 Tips)
    Marcell R.
    "Seafood platter and charboiled oysters were really good!"(18 Tips)
    Vincent W.
    "The gumbo is delicious!"(7 Tips)
    Jan A.
    "Very tasty fried green tomatoes"(6 Tips)
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  • Rustem F.
    "what's your passion" is one of the best non alcoholic beverages I've tried.
    Upvoted May 30
  • Stephanie
    StephanieFebruary 1
    Love the duck. Gumbo is good. Biscuits with the jelly are good. Actually, everything I've tried is good.
  • Deidre O.
    Deidre OlsonOctober 25, 2016
    Shrimp and grits may have been one of the best things I have ever eaten.
  • Vincent W.
    Vincent WongAugust 27, 2016
    The gumbo is delicious! All quality ingredients!
  • Vincent W.
    Vincent WongAugust 27, 2016
    Wow. This place hands down has the BEST OYSTERS and the shucking skills are spectacular. Best oysters I had all week and I been going to seafood restaurants non stop!
  • Marcell R.
    Marcell RodriguezJuly 17, 2016
    Seafood platter and charboiled oysters were really good!
  • Alev K.
    Alev KaratayJune 29, 2016
    Charbroiled Oysters are fantastic. Corn and crab soup is amazing. If you're in Washington DC, you must visit this restaurant.
  • JL
    JLMarch 26, 2016
    We sat outside on a weeknight and the service was rather mediocre, at best; however, the BLT salad and duck were pretty good, and I was told the same of everyone else's entree.
  • Ricky B.
    Ricky BlanchardMarch 3, 2016
    I Went for lunch on a weekday, and it was phenomenal. I really enjoyed my grilled oyster appetizer which I highly recommend. Additionally our service was great.
  • Yong K.
    Yong KwonFebruary 10, 2016
    Charbroiled oysters + sazerac = happy life. What else can one need in life?
  • Larry F.
    Larry Fulton-WoodsNovember 7, 2015
    Excellent food, decor and service
  • Misha
    MishaSeptember 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I live on the other side of the country, when I'm in DC I always come here at least once! Quality, creativity, flavors, presentation to portion size I give this place 5 stars!
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillAugust 1, 2015
    Good for lunch or dinner with a nice menu of the Louisiana classics. The gumbo & jambalaya are good. Plenty of nice seafood option. Sunday Brunch is a must try too.
  • Richard D.
    Richard DagherJuly 28, 2015
    Great southern cuisine that never failed me
  • Bill K.
    Bill KohlJune 3, 2015
    Pam crisped duck
  • Wes M.
    Wes McDougaldMarch 27, 2015
    The oysters are great, shrimp & grits is a must have, don't forget the biscuits. For the drinkers... the Category 5!
  • Michelle
    MichelleFebruary 25, 2015
    Great atmosphere and fine dining for dinner time.
  • Brooklynmoo
    BrooklynmooFebruary 8, 2015
    What's good here? Sadly, not the gumbo that they're supposed to be known for. Lacking in flavor, lacking in heat (spice). The jalapeño cheese grits were tasty, however.
  • David B.
    David BJanuary 27, 2015
    The free biscuits with pepper-jelly butter, BBQ Shrimp, Turtle Soup, and Chargrilled Oysters. Po'boys are the best in DC, but are only available on weekdays at lunch.
  • Sonja S.
    Sonja StrongarmJanuary 25, 2015
    Duck perfectly prepared. Incredibly smooth coffee cognac creme brulee.
  • Catherine
    CatherineJanuary 6, 2015
    Charbroiled oysters would be a great option for an appetizer.
  • Meredith M.
    Meredith McCaskillNovember 28, 2014
    Save yourself time and just order everything.
  • Dana W.
    Dana WilliamsNovember 20, 2014
    Had the southern fried catfish. It is basically have some breading with your catfish. Had no idea you could get catfish so thin!! Yech!
  • Jenny P.
    Jenny PangNovember 11, 2014
    Awesome brunch!!
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostSeptember 23, 2014
    The Southern-themed restaurant offers $5 cocktails and $4 beers during its weekday happy hour, along with half-price appetizers, such as biscuits and gravy, pork sliders and bread-and-butter pickles. Read more
  • Kimian D.
    Kimian DewarSeptember 21, 2014
    Everything is great here!
  • Greg H.
    Greg HogueAugust 12, 2014
    Extremely comfortable "table for 1" section above the bar area that's got great chairs and relatively quiet compared to the rest of the restaurant.
  • Stephanie H.
    Stephanie H.August 9, 2014
    Great new Orleans bbq shrimp. Fabulous cocktails
  • Caroline P.
    Caroline PApril 29, 2014
    Shrimp & grits to die for. You will not be disappointed!
  • Marcia C.
    Marcia ChatelainMarch 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy hour is everything. Dark and stormy is sublime. And the $15 red plate is great during sports game c
  • Paul F.
    Paul Fulton-WoodsOctober 23, 2013
    Lunch with my Team from NMAC.
  • Brett M.
    Brett M.October 17, 2013
    The duck was delicious.
  • D L.
    D LimAugust 23, 2013
    The service and foods were very good, the place was nice but a little noisy.
  • Lisa A.
    Lisa AmoreAugust 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The best dish on the menu is by far the CHAR-BROILED OYSTERS- smothered in butter and Parmesan, grilled on the half shell and served with a baguette!!! OMG! Orgasmic!!!
  • Brian G.
    Brian GrayJuly 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Their happy hour cannot be beat. Three signature cocktails for $5 each and bar bites at $5 make this a great after work/early evening option. Sit on the patio if the weather is nice!
  • Brandy G.
    Brandy GallienJuly 16, 2013
    The crab cakes were delightful. I was very pleased with my duck entree. Other items to try are the beignets and pecan tart. The grillades and grits with veal are also good.
  • Patrick G.
    Patrick GavinJuly 3, 2013
    Unresponsive service.
  • JFigs
    JFigsJune 16, 2013
    Don't get the fried green tomatoes.
  • Joe B.
    Joe BananasJune 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The bourbon/whiskey selection coupled with the Louisiana food is heavenly
  • Sveen Þorskur 바이트 aus Schwelm
    Foursquare tips never lie. Charbroiled oysters are indeed delicious!
  • Jan A.
    Jan AguMay 26, 2013
    Try the Fried Green Tomatoes - Very tasty fried green tomatoes topped with shrimp. At the top of the pic is cream cheese & pepper jelly, which is perfect on a homemade biscuit!
  • Greg W.
    Greg WilderMay 21, 2013
    Gumbo and Red Beans and Rice taste straight out of Nawlins.
  • paisley
    paisleyMay 12, 2013
    Charbroiled oysters are phenomenal. Eggs acadiana crab cakes are a good choice- generous with potatoes- maybe too much. Seafood crepes are a good appetizer
  • Tina H.
    Tina HahnMarch 18, 2013
    fried green tomatoes and roasted oysters-yummmmm!!!!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MihalskyFebruary 13, 2013
    Great place to celebrate Mardi Gras in style!
  • Ben B.
    Ben ButlerJanuary 12, 2013
    Try the Shrimp with Jalapeno Grits on the side
  • Josh N.
    Josh NadasDecember 6, 2012
    Two words: chicken biscuits
  • Sharlander H.
    Sharlander HazelNovember 3, 2012
    Creole cuisine....Louisana
  • 4SqR Expert M B.
    4SqR Expert M BoudreauOctober 25, 2012
    Crabcakes with creamed corn maque choux, Benton’s bacon and remoulade
  • Chris P.
    Chris PolloneOctober 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Charbroiled Oysters - Decadent and delicious.
  • Kurt K.
    Kurt Kragh SørensenOctober 17, 2012
    Great restaurant. Great food and wine.
  • Bill K.
    Bill KennedyOctober 16, 2012
    Try the Sazerac - Old Overholt, Lucid absinthe, orange and Peychaud's bitters
  • Jess Z.
    Jess ZimbabweAugust 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    This place has a great kid's menu, offers crayons and sculpty wax sticks to kids, and won't freak out about decent kid behavior. The adult food and drinks are top-notch.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PolloneJuly 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Eggs Acadiana - Crawfish crab cakes? Are you kidding me?
  • Kumar J.
    Kumar JJune 5, 2012
    The food will make an ex-pat from New Orleans weep with joy.
  • Dan F.
    Dan FosterMay 22, 2012
    Char broiled oysters!. Won't regret it.
  • Shirley B.
    Shirley BowersMay 13, 2012
    Charbroiled oysters...do it!
  • Kari R.
    Kari RippetoeApril 3, 2012
    Good Pimm's Cocktails!
  • Krista S.
    Krista SimcoxMarch 11, 2012
    Live jazz during brunch
  • Chris D.
    Chris Du4February 24, 2012
    Partial bourbon list
  • Cara
    CaraFebruary 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy hour ends before some get off from work. Applies to appetizers only, but the drinks are well worth the full price.
  • Brunch and the City
    Brunch and the CityJanuary 22, 2012
    So many things to love about this brunch -- very cheap drinks, taaaasty biscuits, delicious food...wear loose-fitting clothing because you will leave several pounds heavier. Read more
  • Kirt F.
    Kirt FloydNovember 9, 2011
    I ONLY COME HERE FOR BRUNCH..PERIOD....
  • Que G.
    Que GonzalesOctober 15, 2011
    See Garrick at the bar. Best bartender in DC - creative drinks
  • Gigi
    GigiOctober 9, 2011
    Sunday brunch $29 3 courses excellent food
  • Nikeya G.
    Nikeya GreenSeptember 25, 2011
    My little sister says that the lemonade is awesome!
  • Ebony H.
    Ebony HouseSeptember 20, 2011
    The oysters are heavenly
  • AJ J.
    AJ JonesSeptember 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the deviled eggs.
  • Samantha W.
    Samantha WorshamSeptember 4, 2011
    The Bloody Mary is to-die-for
  • Donny D.
    Donny DiMarcoAugust 18, 2011
    I'm actually from Acadiana and the gumbo is legit if not in need of a little kick.
  • Keebs
    KeebsAugust 16, 2011
    Don\'t have Tim serve you. He\'s a disrespectful and pretentious pile of bullocks. Derek is great though! The BLT salad, fried catfish were great, avoid the shrimp and grits.
  • Geo B.
    Geo BoguslawskiJuly 11, 2011
    Wonderful place. Management needs to offer the bucket of Abitas for every happy hour on the patio. Saves the staff from running for drafts. Read more
  • Erick M.
    Erick MullenJune 25, 2011
    The chopped seafood salad is perfect on a hot day. If you even think you like charbroiled oysters, theirs is the best I've ever had. The manger, Boo Kim, is a real gentleman.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 10, 2011
    It might make for a heavy lunch, but take a midday break here with a plate of sauteed gulf shrimp and tasso ham atop a cheddar cheese grit cake.
  • Rose R.
    Rose RiggsMarch 27, 2011
    Get the blackened redfish, delicious!
  • Beverly C.
    Beverly CornellMarch 11, 2011
    Try the BBQ shrimp po'boy!
  • Hannah W.
    Hannah WebsterFebruary 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Mardi Gras Brunch
  • Denitria L.
    Denitria LewisFebruary 19, 2011
    there is almost nothing here that isn't delicious. I recco the catfish, meat pies & beet salad.
  • Sandrine E.
    Sandrine Eat N DrinkJanuary 28, 2011
    Trio of pies are just empanadas. Boudin balls are deep fried as well. Overall so-so. But they have Absinthe.
  • Mary K.
    Mary KingJanuary 21, 2011
    the duck is enough for dinner and lunch.the next day! and its delicious :)
  • Aliesha
    AlieshaJanuary 17, 2011
    Get the BBQ Shrimp Po'Boy. It comes with Zapp's VooDoo Potato Chips. Very tasty unique flavor!
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BellJanuary 10, 2011
    excellent food! recommend the fried green tomatoes, the crawfish etouffee, and nummy warm bread pudding! sunday brunch offers $1 mimosas and canjun marys!
  • TBD
    TBDDecember 28, 2010
    If you're bringing a four-legged friend, dogs are welcome here - they even have their own menu. Read more
  • AJ J.
    AJ JonesOctober 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Watch the Saints/Steelers game tomorow while enjoying their turtle soup.
  • Terez B.
    Terez BaskinOctober 15, 2010
    The crabcakes have shell in them! So you know it's real crab huh?
  • Blair
    BlairSeptember 1, 2010
    Get a Basial Belle cocktail, so refreshing!
  • Ernesto G.
    Ernesto GluecksmannJuly 24, 2010
    Get the NYC strip steak... and the smokey rice and beans. Like for real.
  • Joanna C.
    Joanna ChampagneJuly 22, 2010
    Best Bloody Mary's and Bread pudding in D.C. but not at the same time.
  • Josh S.
    Josh SilberbergJuly 21, 2010
    Excellent bourbon selection
  • Rachelle C.
    Rachelle CJune 22, 2010
    Gumbo heaven!
  • Victoria W.
    Victoria WhiteJune 17, 2010
    If they have their special fried alligator tail sandwich available, do not hestitate to order it!
  • J H.
    J HusseinJune 16, 2010
    Charbroiled oysters, pie trio & basil belle cocktail!! Happy hour is awesome!
  • Sid E.
    Sid EspinosaJune 4, 2010
    Can't go wrong with the BBQ shrimp at this southern Louisiana style spot.
  • David P.
    David P.April 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Happy Hour by far. Incredible half-priced food and cheap drinks. Try the catfish or boudin balls. Amazing.
  • Jordan R.
    Jordan RoseApril 23, 2010
    Try the excellent Strawberry Ale. The biscuits are also incredible.
  • AskMen
    AskMenApril 22, 2010
    Now hosting weekly crawfish boils with mudbugs flown in live from the Pelican State. Acadiana hosts boils each Friday on the patio from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. for $13 a pound. Read more
  • Kylee C.
    Kylee CoffmanMarch 28, 2010
    Sunday brunch has live jazz, raw bar, 25cent bloody marys and mimosas...yum! Great service too!
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HFebruary 4, 2010
    Great Pimm's Cup!
  • AskMen
    AskMenFebruary 4, 2010
    For $29, you can chow down on unlimited Gulf oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp, meat pies, beignets, and more. Bonus, you can watch sports there.
  • Traci A.
    Traci AdairJanuary 14, 2010
    The Louisiana Purchase cocktail is fabulous.
  • Susana N.
    Susana NietoMarch 30, 2014
    La comida es buenisima ♥
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