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Bayou - CLOSED

2519 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20037-1661
+1 202-223-6941
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good49%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“jambalaya” (31 reviews)
“boudin balls” (7 reviews)
Restaurant Hours Closed
American, Cajun & Creole
$$ - $$$
2519 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20037-1661
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Reviewed 18 June 2017

We called Bayou tonight to see if they were open. No answer on the phone after ten rings. We also walked over there to see if they were just too busy to answer the phone, but other than the sign above the sidewalk patio, there...More

3  Thank psfern
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We had dinner here before going to the Kennedy Center. We had reservations and arrived early and were promptly seated. Our server was pleasant and efficient. The three adult beverages we had were Huckleberry Lemonade, Manhattan and Walker Percy, good enough to have two each....More

Thank Jeffrey B
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

One of the best meals we had whilst in the US. Lovely atmosphere and excellent service. I went for Jambalaya which was amazing and the Abita beer which I washed it down with was great as well. Wife had strip steak which she thought was...More

Thank Chapwee
Reviewed 29 March 2017

Atmosphere is nothing like what was described. We went at prime time on Saturday evening and it was totally dead in there. Food lacks any real hint of being cajun food. We both had gumbo (worst we have had anywhere, anytime), I had blackened catfish...More

Thank Dre4golf
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Hubby and I went for a Sunday afternoon dinner. The restaurant was ok, not very eye appealing, dark inside and dirty picnic tables on the outside. But a decent neighborhood gem with decent food. Hubby is from LA, so he is VERY persnickety about his...More

Thank Charmaine J
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Heard there was a Mardi Gras celebration there while we were in town so we just had to check it out. There was a $25 cover charge but you had access to a full buffet and great music. We were in DC over Mardi Gras...More

Thank Kjunpm
Reviewed 2 March 2017

I ate here twice on my recent trip. Once it was busy and once slow. The service and the food were casual and comfortable, the menu offering small bites and full meals at a price appropriate to its target. It had an energy without being...More

Thank Ben324
Reviewed 27 February 2017

6 of us enjoyed dinner here recently. The Due South burger is to die for!! The wedge salad and the tuna were delicious as well. Highly recommend this neighborhood gem! Great service too.

Thank Kim W
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Wanted to try New Orleans style restaurant and based on the reviews gave it a try. Ordered the fried green tomato appetizer, $10 and got 2 very small, thin rather bland tomatoes. Very disappointed. My husband loves sea food and ordered the Jambalaya, he wasn't...More

Thank Missy R
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Bar atmosphere, with rather loud music and friendly staff. Yet, the food is very good and the price reasonnable

Thank claudef180
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
USD 29 - USD 31
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2519 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20037-1661
    (25th Ave NW)
  • Public Transportation: 2 blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro.
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-223-6941
  • E-mail
For world class live music, New Orleans inspired cooking, and that laid back Big Easy vibe, there"s only one place in Washington DC to go. Located at 2519 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, just steps from the Foggy Bottom metro, Bayou brings together the award winning cuisine of executive chef Rusty Holman, hand crafted New Orleans cocktails, and a rotating line-up of both local and national recording artists. With two funky floors of dining and dancing, Bayou suits any occasion. Whether it's grabbing a quick po'boy at lunch, sitting down to a three course dinner, watching the game with a cold Abita, or grooving the night away in our intimate concert space, Bayou is DC's number one spot to laissez les bons temps rouler. Open for Lunch and Dinner Tuesday-Sunday Brunch served Saturdays and Sundays.
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