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Bayou on First

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1523 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 624-2598
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8:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thu - Sun 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch

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  • 3
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  • 9
    Very good
  • 1
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  • 0
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  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Good Cajun

Walking around the Pike Market for a good meal. Came across this little place and gave it a try. We are from the South so we were not sure about Cajun food in the Great NorthWest. But, this was good cooking, we had the red beans and rice, the chicken and sausage gumbo (the sausage really had a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
Garry S
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Yamhill, Oregon
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I just saw another review titled NOT CAJUN, they are correct. Don't fall for that they actually have tables open unlike other restaurants around them, THERE IS A REASON. The locals know DON'T EAT HERE. Dirty atmosphere and limited menu that isn't Cajun or French like the sign says. Lady cooking was so disorganized and slow I had to stop... More 

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Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

If you've ever eaten and love New Orleans food, don't waste your time here. Sausage in jambayala, not andouille. Have no idea what it was. Poor roux. Wife had frozen fish patty for fish and chips. Save the calories and keep walking.

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Anchorage, Alaska
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Great service, good people watching and delicious food :-) the serving sizes were not too large. It is very clean and really laid back atmosphere.

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53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Walking around the Pike Market for a good meal. Came across this little place and gave it a try. We are from the South so we were not sure about Cajun food in the Great NorthWest. But, this was good cooking, we had the red beans and rice, the chicken and sausage gumbo (the sausage really had a kick) were... More 

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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This isn't Cajun food at all. My friend ordered a "Cajun Burger" and all she got was a burnt patty with old lettuce, tomato, and onion and stale bread. There penne Marina was just tomato sauce and cooked noodles. The place is over priced for the bad quality of food that they serve.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We stopped by here the last time we were in Seattle (about 3 years ago) and should have written a review then. Well you should really stop here. It is walking from Pike's market. It is super reasonable and very good. Now I gave it 5 stars based on a diner type place. It is not fancy. We got Gumbo,... More 

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Fairfield, Ohio
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106 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This was a nice break from shopping near Pike's Place Market. I ordered the Combo #1 - red beans & rice and a salad. This came with a corn muffin which calmed down the spicy beans. The bowl of beans was a good size and I will stop here again if I make it back to Seattle. The owner was... More 

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Like another reviewer I struggle to see how this place has got some of the reviews posted here. I was very disappointed in the quality of the food on a recent visit. All three of us left with the same opinion and we all had different meals. We will not be going back.

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Malden, Missouri
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155 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My husband and I were walking around in the Pike area of Seattle and stumbled on this place. After browsing the menu we decided to give it a try. We sat at an outside table because it was a very nice day. I had a vegetarian jambalaya and he had jambalaya with sausage, etc. We had a side of fried... More 

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Ford, Washington
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35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

I first discovered this place while killing time at Pike Place Market. We'd delivered members of Whitworth Universities Choir who were in town for their annual Christmas performances at the First Presbyterian Church. I drove one of three tour buses and on the final day of our visit we dropped the group off for a brief visit to Seattle's famous... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1523 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (206) 624-2598

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25
  • Cuisine: Cajun & Creole
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 6:30 pm

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