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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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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

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  • 75
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  • 52
    Very good
  • 2
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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
Great Cajun Food!

Mudbugs is in downtown Carmel and has a nice varied menu with a nice assortment of Cajun food. I ordered the shrimp Po'Boy and it was delicious. There was just enough spice and heat and the bun was soft. The slaw was really good as well, and overall I really enjoyed my dining experience. Prices... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Nancy B
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Valley City, United States
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

As a native to Nola who lives in OH, I get my Cajun fix wherever I can. Pricing was very reasonable and the Abita IPA was great. Gumbo and Shrimp PO-boy were good. The etouffee was ok...not many shrimp in it and the flavor did not resemble Louisiana flavor. Overall a cool place with a nice Cajun ambiance.

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Thank Jared G
Indianapolis, Indiana
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78 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mudbugs is in downtown Carmel and has a nice varied menu with a nice assortment of Cajun food. I ordered the shrimp Po'Boy and it was delicious. There was just enough spice and heat and the bun was soft. The slaw was really good as well, and overall I really enjoyed my dining experience. Prices were very reasonable and they... More 

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Thank Nancy B
Dayton, Ohio
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After reading lots of reviews, when planning a trip to Carmel to see a concert at the Palladium, we decided to try Mudbugs. We we're worried about time, but it worked out perfectly. We ordered at the counter and our meals arrived quickly. I got crawfish casserole, my husband ordered a pick 3 combo and got chicken & sausage jambalaya,... More 

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Thank Paula F
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been to this location multiple times. very casual. Good flavors, convenient setting, easy going style. Very friendly staff who are great at answering questions. I like the food. You'll get different opinions on how authentic it is, but I've had a variety of cajun food in Louisiana and I've seen great variation down there, so it should be expected... More 

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Thank Shawn B
Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

The place is very inviting and they are extremely accommodating of special requests Everything was very tasty and really good. The food was served quickly and correctly. Definitely worth a try and in support of local business as opposed to chain food.

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2 Thank Ross S
Centerville, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

Tis a grand late November day in Carmel. Given advice from the Carmel Renaissance, we sought lunch at Mudbugs Cajun Cafe. Crayfish are a true treat for Yankees. And as we studied the menu we were hoping for a Crayfish Etoufee. No such luck. Obviously the crawfish are frozen, and there is the Crawfish Casserole. However, we suspected that the... More 

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2 Thank SavantIII_11
Carmel, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Carmel's idea of Cajun fare where traditional red beans and rice and other dishes reminiscent of New Orleans may be found at reasonable rates.

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2 Thank NophoneyPhil
Carmel
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

This little restaurant has a unique menu featuring Cajun style food. Their hushpuppies are almost as good as my mom's. We have been there multiple times and enjoy the variety. Crawfish are served there often.

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Thank Ronald O
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

Our son suggested we try a Restaurant they enjoy during our last visit - Mudbugs. Always eager to try new places and this one is a gem in Carmel. Nicely decorated, small setting - but they have several tables that will accommodate parties of 6-8. We were there on a Saturday night and no problem finding immediate seating. Wide selection... More 

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Thank Michael W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015 via mobile

It's about as close to New Orleans as you're going to get outside of the Crescent City. My husband and I are both from Louisiana and have been wanting a Po' Boy for a long time. So we decided to try theirs. It's... Okay. I mean, it was really expensive for the amount of food you get. In Louisiana, you'd... More 

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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: Cajun & Creole

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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