Recommended Area Restaurants and Bars

Downtown Baton Rouge is a walkable and has more than 40 restaurants and clubs. We’ve been to almost all of them, and recommend the establishments listed here among the favorites of staff of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and The Water Institute of the Gulf. Distances below are from conference hotels.


Cecilia Creole Bistro
Distance: four-minute walk
421 Third Street
Open: 11am-10pm
Cuisine: Creole, Cajun

Only public restaurant serving Cajun and Creole food in downtown. Creole is French Louisiana food from New Orleans, Cajun is rustic French from the Lafayette area. Cecilia is, known for gumbos (soups with a roux base), crab cakes and etouffes. 


Distance: 10-minute walk
445 N. Sixth Street, corner of Sixth and Main
Open: 11am - 9pm
Cuisine: South and North American

Wonderful atmosphere in dining room. Eat at the large bar. An eclectic menu that include empanadas, lobster salad, black garlic fettuccini, tikka masala. 


The Gregory
Distance: two minutes or less
150 Third St., inside the Watermark Hotel
Open: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Cuisine: modern gastronomy

Art Deco-style restaurant set inside the lobby of the Watermark, the most luxurious hotel in Baton Rouge. Beef marrow, oysters, redfish and duck are on the menu, as are Louisiana crawfish pie and turtle sauce piquant.


Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar
Open: lunch and dinner
Distance: two-minute walk
315 North Blvd. (on the Town Square)
Cuisine: oysters and toppings

Louisiana oysters from Jolie’s own reserved beds in the Gulf of Mexico, and oysters from around the country. Raw are excellent, but chargrilled are also recommended. Oysters are topped with garlic, butter and parmesan cheese and grilled. French bread for dipping in the sauce is served on the side.


Magpie Café
Distance: four-minute walk
333 Laurel Street, corner of Third and Laurel
Open: 7am to 6pm
Cuisine: American

Perhaps the best coffee in the city and among the best sandwiches on any menu. Try the club with guacamole and lime crema. Homemade desserts. Hipster atmosphere. Best place to work and drink coffee.


Tsunami Sushi
Distance: two-minute walk
100 Lafayette Street, top of the Shaw Center for the Arts
Open: 11am-10pm
Cuisine: Japanese

Best view of the river from a restaurant in Baton Rouge. Sushi is their specialty but you can order steaks and chicken as well. Try the shishito peppers in ponzu sauce.


Stroube’s Steaks and Seafood
Distance: three-minute walk
107 Third Street
Open: 11am-10pm
Cuisine: steaks and modern Louisiana food

On the Town Square, the space is as sumptuous as its food. The lamb lollipops are among our favorites. The bread is a guilty indulgence. Try the shrimp and grits or the duck Louisiane. The special of the day is an excellent default.


Distance: five-minute walk
304 North Street
Open: 5-11 pm
Wine, cheese and small bites

The best wine selection in downtown Baton Rouge. We recommend the charcuterie board as an accompaniment. Restive environment. Flatbreads and sandwiches are on the menu. Good place for a conversation.


River Room
Distance: four-minute walk
222 Laurel Street
Open: 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
Modern whiskey lounge

More than four dozen whiskeys and 30 different types of scotch. Comfortable couches and easygoing bar staff make this a place to sit near the river and do nothing more than move glass to lip, sip, repeat.