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Steamboat Bill's

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1004 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601
(337) 494-1070
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10:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner

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    Very good
  • 55
    Average
  • 17
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  • 11
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Our Lake Charles Tradition

We always stop at Steamboat Bill's while passing through Lake Charles to get our Cajun "fix". The gumbo and étouffée are very good. The fried platters are always a go to dish, especially the catfish. On the rare occasions when we've had the crawdads, we weren't disappointed. Service has always... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
billb1959
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Harlingen, Texas
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  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Harlingen, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We always stop at Steamboat Bill's while passing through Lake Charles to get our Cajun "fix". The gumbo and étouffée are very good. The fried platters are always a go to dish, especially the catfish. On the rare occasions when we've had the crawdads, we weren't disappointed. Service has always been adequate. RV parking is available on the west side... More 

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Lake Charles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Great place for Louisiana Seafood! All sorts of "Louisiana-centric" dishes. Crawfish in season, fried seafood always even boudin balls! Usually busy for lunch and dinner but worth the wait. Counter ordering with server delivery and follow up. Just off I-10.

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Texas City, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I have eaten here often as i go to the local casinos quite often and this is my first stop.My grandmother was a cook in a seafood restaraunt in Kemah texas for fifty years so i know a little bit about seafood.Every thing i tried was great except for shrimp gumbo all broth and rice no veggies or shrimp.

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

My family was a group of 9. I got the shrimp platter (large platter) it was amazeballs good. my sister in law got the catfish poboy. She said it was tasty. My father got the shrimp and oyster combination seafood platter. It was all cooked to the correct doneness. We got as appetizers the gator bites and some kind of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

When I first saw the place.I thought it was going to be a bad decision. However, once you try their food you will come back every time you can. The fisher plate is enough for two.

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Mississippi
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This restaurant is crazy busy. The ordering process is amazing and very organized. Even though there were a lot of people waiting to order, it was very fast and efficient. I had a shrimp poboy and my husband had the seafood platter. The food was not bad, but I just expected more from a Louisiana restaurant. Jack was our server... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

My sisters and I visited Lake Charles and asked the locals for a good restaurant and everyone recommended Steamboat Bills. The food was so delicious! Service was good and everyone was very friendly. The gator bites are a must and the catfish po boy was my favorite! It is now one of our favorite restaurant and am looking forward to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Our first visit here. Son had small platter plus crawfish etoufe and raved about it. Wife loved her catfish atchafalya. I had the large platter which was the biggest plate of seafood I have ever seen. All food was cooked perfectly and service was great and friendly. Bring your appetite.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Stopped here for dinner with the family on a road trip. The kids were given bead necklaces as we walked in. Ordering at the counter was quick and easy. Hubby had chicken and sausage gumbo and said it was good. Kids had chicken tenders, which were a little dry- maybe a little over cooked. I had shrimp étouffée and it... More 

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Pass Christian, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We stopped here for lunch on trip after reading the reviews. The food was prepared fresh, had lots of spices and was very good. It filled up with locals very quickly. Great location of you are traveling west on I10.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1004 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  Lake Charles
  • Phone Number: (337) 494-1070

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm

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