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Mudbugs Cajun Cafe

20 W Main St, Carmel, IN 46032-1764
+1 317-843-8380
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good33%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“hush puppies” (48 reviews)
“beignets” (43 reviews)
“jambalaya” (31 reviews)
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Cajun & Creole
20 W Main St, Carmel, IN 46032-1764
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place for lunch or dinner! Great food and great service! I always stop in for the "All You Can Eat" specials they run on most weekdays. The Shrimp or Chicken Eutoffe' is outstanding and the Po'boys are deeeelish! A must is the Beignet's with...More

Thank kimindyusa
Mudbugs C, Owner at Mudbugs Cajun Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for dining at Mudbugs and I really appreciate you taking the time to post such a nice review. Thanks for your patronage and please spread the word with your friends. Thanks again, Roy @ Mudbugs

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you like authentic Cajun food you'll love Mudbugs!!! We've been patrons for years and there's nothing else that comes close to the food we had in New Orleans. The hush puppies, gator po boys, crawfish casserole, and dirty rice are our family favorites. The...More

Thank Alison B
Mudbugs C, Owner at Mudbugs Cajun Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Glad you enjoy dining at Mudbugs Cajun Cafe', really appreciate your patronage, and thank you for posting such a nice review. It's always nice to hear from our loyal customers. We look forward to serving you again soon ! Roy @ Mudbugs

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An excellent place to grab a pretty quick meal that ISN'T fast food. Very nice little cafe in the heart of downtown Carmel and you won't be disappointed in what they offer. Really tasty dishes that are prepared in their own kitchen and it won't...More

Thank Fred Y
Mudbugs C, Owner at Mudbugs Cajun Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much for dining at our restaurant, and I'm glad you enjoyed the slow cooked homemade recipes we use in our dishes. Thanks as well for taking the time to post such a nice review, and we hope to see you again soon. Sincerely,...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We may have unusually high standards for Cajun food. We lived 20 mins outside New Orleans for a couple years and loved loved loved the food. Not to impressed with the food here but it wasn’t aweful. It’s a convenient location and it’s nice to...More

Thank Christine S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When you are tired of the same ol' same ol' stop by here and delight your taste buds! And just because it is cajun does not mean it is all hot.

Thank wendyvivirito
Reviewed May 28, 2018 via mobile

The Shrimp Po Boys are fantastic. My husband gets the pick two with crawfish etouffee and Reb beans and rice. Great selection of Cajun food. Finished the meal with beignets.

Thank Lisa B
Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

We were in town for a job interview, and decided to check out Mudbugs for lunch. Having been to New Orleans, I was very impressed with the atmosphere and the authenticity of the regalia and decor. We even sat near Bourbon street! We had a...More

Thank Morgie418
Mudbugs C, Owner at Mudbugs Cajun Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded May 16, 2018

Thanks for dining at our restaurant and I'm glad you enjoyed the food. We try really hard to serve authentic Cajun food in a fast casual setting and it looks like we hit the mark for you guys. I think I remember meeting you guys...More

Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

OK I admit it, I'm a Cajun food snob. I've been to New Orleans countless times, I have multiple well-used Cajun cookbooks at home, and I was ready to turn my nose up at this restaurant. My wife and I went in and tried it,...More

Thank GeistGuy
Mudbugs C, Owner at Mudbugs Cajun Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2018

Hey GeistGuy, Glad to hear you enjoyed the food at Mudbugs Cajun Cafe'. I try really hard to serve only time tested authentic Cajun food at the restaurant, and I'm always happy to hear true Cajun food lovers know when it's the real thing. Thanks...More

Reviewed March 18, 2018 via mobile

Great place for real Cajun food! You can actually ask to sample before you make a decision. Or try the plate where you can mix two or three choices.More

Thank sbexireland
Mudbugs C, Owner at Mudbugs Cajun Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2018

Thanks so much for dining at Mudbugs Cajun Cafe' and we're glad you enjoyed it. Please come back soon so you can try something else on the menu. We are featuring " Seafood Baskets " on the menu until the end of this month. Thanks...More

Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

I always feel like I have wandered in to a home in Cajun country when I eat at Mudbugs. It may have been ages since my last visit but Roy, the owner, always treats me like a long lost friend..... and he does that with...More

Thank Stymiedog
Mudbugs C, Owner at Mudbugs Cajun Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2018

Wow ! That's a nice thing to hear, and it's what I strive for with the food and hospitality at Mudbugs. Hope to see you again real soon, and by the way I'm trying to find some crawfish worthy of putting on a poboy. See...More

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September 29, 2017|
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Response from Go_IU_13 | Reviewed this property |
Yes! Everything is very flavorful, not spicy, and you can kick it up a notch if you choose, with the seasoning/sauce on the table. The red beans and rice is just plain delicious. Not spicy-hot. The pork Po’boy is wonderful.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$8 - $15
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20 W Main St, Carmel, IN 46032-1764
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Hamilton County  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: +1 317-843-8380
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