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Mudbugs Cajun Cafe

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20 W Main St, Carmel, IN 46032
317.843.8380
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 67
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  • 42
    Very good
  • 0
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  • 5
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cajun fine dining :)

Disclaimer: My son has worked here in the past. He loves the owners, the employees and once he discovered their food ... he became a total convert. He used to be a total McD type of guy. Great food and wonderful people!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
Janine H
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Carmel, Indiana
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Carmel, Indiana
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Disclaimer: My son has worked here in the past. He loves the owners, the employees and once he discovered their food ... he became a total convert. He used to be a total McD type of guy. Great food and wonderful people!

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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Good Beignets are hard to make and harder to find. mudbugs serves excellent ones. They have a daily menus special as well as their standard one. Their Etoufee is exceptional. There are several Cajun/ New Orleans restaurants in and around the area. This is one of the good ones.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

To a "northerner" this is probably an average rating restaurant. It's clean, nice employees, and it's priced well. The dishes seem to be where I feel they fall short. The crawfish seems frozen and not great quality, (chewy, lacks flavor, and not enough of them in the dishes). What we have tried seems overloaded in corn & potatoes, and the... More 

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Mudbugs C, Owner at Mudbugs Cajun Cafe, responded to this review

Are you sure you are leaving a review for the correct restaurant? A couple of comments in your review leave me slightly baffled as to what you tried at Mudbugs. You mentioned crawfish dishes (plural) we offer only one crawfish dish - Miss Ann's Crawfish Casserole, Roy's mothers recipe, which won Best Casserole in Indianapolis Monthly. You also indicated that... More 

Carmel, Indiana
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Would have never picked this off the menu myself, but went with the worker's suggestion. He was right! I loved every bite of it!! I don't like shrimp so I was worried the crawfish would have the same textures, but they are so very different! Nice and smooth bites! Yummy cheesy rice goodness.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This is a very good, reasonable priced hangout in Carmel in the Arts District. Both inside and outside seating. The food is great with a Cajun twang. The Red Beans and Rice is a must get. You could make a meal on just the Hushpuppies. We will dine again at the Mudbug.

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Schererville, United States
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7 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Nice location, friendly staff. Food was nothing but white rice and sauce. Hardly any tiny shrimp or crawfish in Etouffee's , Not worth the money. So disappointing.

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Indianapolis
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

My husband and I love Cajun food and this place did not disappoint. The staff are very friendly and will let you sample several items. Everything that we had was amazing! From po boy sandwiches to dirty rice. You can even purchase sauce and seasoning blends. A fun restaurant in downtown Carmel.

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Lake Station, Indiana
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

A hidden gem in the art district of Carmel. Nice variety and good prices. You can eat outside and people watch. Really nice even if you dont care for spicy food. They have a nice sampler so you can try a variety.

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Beecher, Illinois
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We attended a baseball tournament at Grand Park, and were thrilled to realize that we were a quick drive from Mudbugs. It was such a nice change from the usual chain restaurants and concession stand hot dogs of a tournament. Four of the eight people in our group have lived in Louisiana, and we all agreed that the restaurant and... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This is a great little place on the main drag in Carmel. We've been here probably 20 times and the food is good and reasonably authentic. The service is friendly too. But watch their website for the Saturdays when the have crawdads. You have to order in advance and make a reservation, but it's worth it.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 20 W Main St, Carmel, IN 46032
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Hamilton County  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: 317.843.8380

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Indian, Cajun & Creole
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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