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Bayou on First

1523 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)
(206) 624-2598
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Ranked #1,435 of 3,429 restaurants in Seattle
Price range: $1 - $25
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Neighborhood: Downtown
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11 reviews from our community

72% Recommend
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Malden, Missouri
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101 reviews 101 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Issaquah, Washington, USA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We went as a family together friend's family. We ordered a combination of jambalaya and gumbo dishes - dishes were also served with corn bread. The food was quite good although the corn bread was not as fresh I would liked them. That said, I thought the deco was a little disappointing - no feeling of being in the bayou... More

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Belleville, Michigan
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

My spouse and I had a late breakfast on Monday, Sept 9 at Bayou on 1st. Basically, we had been wandering around in Pike Place Market for the morning and wanted a break for a light (not heavy) breakfast/lunch. As vegetarians, it sometimes gets a bit hard (we generally pass by those restaurants that only offer us salads). We ordered... More

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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

I do not understand some of these reviews. Its located near the Pike Place Market, and there are a ton of good places to eat at or near the Market. This IS NOT one of them!! I'm amazed at the other reviews, unless there has been a change in ownership. We live about 3 blocks from this place, and liking... More

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Montreal, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

We don’t get many opportunities to eat Cajun food, so when my wife spotted the sign, she insisted we eat here. I am not an expert on Cajun food, but have eaten in many great restaurants in New Orleans. I don’t know about the rest of the food at Bayou on 1st, but can tell you the chicken gumbo was... More

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Hitchin, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012 via mobile

My fiancée and I stumbled upon Bayou on First during our day trip to Seattle yesterday and were so impressed we thought we must write a review! The food was delicious - she had a blackened chicken Po'boy and I had deep fried shrimp, both delicious. And the cup of shrimp gumbo on the side was sensational! The owner was... More

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Vancouver, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

My wife and I visit Seattle often, and have gone 'back to the Bayou' for good, spicy breakfasts and lunches. We have made friends with the waiter/owner(??), who is a great, friendly guy, who will go the extra mile to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. We will be back.

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San Diego, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

I'm from New Orleans and can be a tough critic. The food was good; it just needed the proper amount of New Orleans' seasoning.

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Victoria BC
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2009

My husband and I were in Seattle recently for a get away. We could not find the Asian restaurant that the concierge had recommended and came across the Bayou on First. We were checking out the menu on the window when a local came up to us and said it was good. On that recommendation we went in and were... More

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