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“Don's has been around for decades but just isn't like it was in the past.”

Don's Seafood and Steakhouse
Ranked #73 of 568 Restaurants in Lafayette
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Level 6 Contributor
172 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Don's has been around for decades but just isn't like it was in the past.”
Reviewed November 29, 2013

I have known Don's since I was a young boy in Lafayette. Whenever we visit my mom in Lafayette we normally have a meal at Don's.
However, the food and service is not what it was in the past. The gumbo was just barely warm, but tasty. The fried shrimp were good. The fried crawfish were a bit oily. We ordered hush puppies as soon as we sat down, repeated the requests twice and they finally showed up half way through the meal! The waitress (Grissom) was not terribly efficient and she was trying to train a young new waiter but they were not attentive to our needs and requests in a timely manner.
They need to return to the old days both in food and service.
Don's is a good restaurant but not like it was in the past.

  • Visited November 2013
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Northumberland
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Not overly impressed”
Reviewed November 21, 2013

Big place, overly lit, frequented by locals, and very 60s in style. Seven types of shrimp was okay but several varieties are deep fried. And some shrimps were definitely luke warm not hot. As was the gumbo. Service was fine. But certainly far from the best meal we had travelling through 6 southern states.

  • Visited November 2013
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Average experience at Don's Seafood and Steakhouse”
Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

I had a gumbo as a starter which was good. For my main I had a sampler plate with crawfish étouffée. It unfortunately was Luke warm. Prices were not cheap, I would look to try somewhere else before going back. Service was fine, no complaints there.

  • Visited April 2013
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Louisiana, United States
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Awesome”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

They food and the wait staff is always on top of there game at this restaurant. I definitely recommend this place to eat.

Visited July 2013
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LAFAYETTE
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Poor service, food subpar”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Took a visiting relative in. Waiter delivered poor service. Relative let me try his leftovers. Full of crab and tons of shells...not just a few. Called next morning and left message for manager and left specific complaint about the shells so as they would not serve others that. I was nice. Never got a call back. There are too many good restaurants in Lafayette to tolerate that.

Visited July 2013
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