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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: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 250
    Excellent
  • 162
    Very good
  • 48
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Crawfish Lunch

Stopped for lunch, Crawfish was hot and spicy, in other words great. Earlier the better as they get a large lunch and dinner crowd. My wife loved the pistolets,

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
cph13
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Beaumont, Texas
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
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Beaumont, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Stopped for lunch, Crawfish was hot and spicy, in other words great. Earlier the better as they get a large lunch and dinner crowd. My wife loved the pistolets,

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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Traveling through from Texas, we wanted a good first seafood meal in LA. We looked at reviews & the menu online. When we arrived, learned that pricing had changed. We had to order while in line and were unfamiliar with the menu. We tried the catfish & oyster po' boy sandwiches & shrimp gumbo. Very flavorful, but mostly bread. Did... More 

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White House, Jamaica
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Seafood buffs this is a MUST!!! Service excellent, atmosphere warm and homey. Food always hot and fresh. Dined here numerous times since 1995. Never had cold food, never sent an order back. Can't say enough "AWESOME"

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Edmonds, Washington
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Have some friends who have family down in this area of Louisiana. Asked them what we shouldn't miss. Every one of them said we had to go to Steamboat Bill's. They also mentioned that we had to try the Boudin Balls and Pistolettes. First of all, we are passing through in a 40' motor home towing a jeep. I called... More 

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Minnesota
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

The hotel told me to try Steamboat Bills' It was a great meal. lot of happy people. There was more food than I needed. The small platter was a great variet of Catfish, Shrimp and Crab. Next time I need to try another dish. they have a big variety.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

really good food, and location, stayed at days inn hotel and this was walking distance, so we walked and enjoyed our self.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Food- Shrimp salad-it's boiled shrimp on top iceberg Boudin-my first, I don't have comparative Shrimp Gumbo-really brothy Red beans & rice- good This is a Bubba Gump wannabe joint appealing to magazine & travel websites. Clean bathroom.

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Houston, Texas, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

If you have food allergies or prefer vegetarian, your choices are extremely limited. Nothing grilled on the menu. When I substituted extra coleslaw for French fries, I still got a puny portion of slaw -- and even that was mostly mayonnaise! Butterfly shrimp (8) were tasty and served hot. Had to ask for cocktail sauce. Catfish Po boy was good... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The place came highly recommended by friends, so the expectations were also high. Sadly I can’t say that Steamboat Bill’s lived up to them. Of course it could be that we are not used to this particular style of American dining... You order your food and pay for it at the counter, and then someone shows you to your table.... More 

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New Braunfels, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

While I love their fried butterfly shrimp, it doesn't love me! The steamed shrimp is a great alternative. And who can resist the fried bread?

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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: Families with children, Large groups, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?