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“a HUGE disappointment”
Review of DON'S Seafood

DON'S Seafood
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Ranked #7 of 568 Restaurants in Lafayette
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Description: DON'S SEAFOOD More Than Eighty Years of Exceptional Seafood South Louisiana locals and visitors have been drawn to DON'S authentic Cajun cuisine for more than 80 years. Menu selections including traditional Landry family recipes, and more recent original creations like Zydeco Shrimp, are well worth repeat visits. Many stop in daily for oysters on the half shell or boiled crawfish in season. DON'S bartenders serve Signature Old Fashioned cocktails alongside the newest specialty drinks, many made with Louisiana products. DON'S SEAFOOD began in 1934, when Don Landry opened his first restaurant and bar in downtown Lafayette with $400 borrowed from his uncle. Prohibition had just been lifted and at only 24 years old, he envisioned serving drinks and offering a simple menu featuring fresh local seafood. Four generations later, the Landry family has expanded that humble beginning into what would eventually become the DON'S SEAFOOD of today. Continuing the tradition, the Landry family still owns and operates each location. An extensive menu of original South Louisiana Cajun family recipes, the freshest Gulf seafood and sizzling steaks is offered. Each location boasts a unique Acadiana-inspired décor, all have a full-service bar and grill, perfect for casual diners or sports enthusiasts. Every DON'S SEAFOOD grill features an open charbroiler where diners can watch exclusive dishes being prepared like DON'S Original Jacked Up Oysters loaded with bacon, jalapenos and pepper jack cheese. Whether you're just passing through South Louisiana or live right around the corner, you'll find a DON'S SEAFOOD location near you in Lafayette, Denham Springs, Gonzales, Hammond, Covington and Metairie.
Lafayette, LA
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“a HUGE disappointment”
Reviewed November 18, 2012

We went as a small group, 6 of us following a memorial ceremony for my mother. It has been a while since we were last at this restaurant and now we all recall why.

First, the Spinach & Artichoke dip was watery, it tasted as if it is made from canned spinach and artichokes. It was a new item on the menu and Im sure it will not last.

Second, three of us had the Seafood Gumbo and two of us had the Crawfish Bisque. Both were only lukewarm and the only difference we could discern was the presence of the stuffed crawfish heads in the bisque. A m ajor disappointment.

Lastly they charged $8.50 for a mixed drink. Nobody expects them to not make a profit, but in this town that is highway robbery. Needless to say, none of the three couples will ever be returning to this restaurant. There are too many others in this city that do not disappoint in the least.

  • Visited November 2012
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South Louisiana
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58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great Food... Nice Atmosphere”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

There are many seafood places in the Lafayette area. Although I would not say this is my absolute favorite ..It is well worth the dining experience. Food is fresh and they offer a lot of options!

Visited January 2012
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Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
1 review
“avoid dons seafood!!!”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

the waitress took forever to come to table, food slow comining, and every thing .... salad, gumbo, oysters and shrimp was horrible! AND expensive. never go there again.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Sharon C
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Woodstock, Vermont
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651 reviews
462 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 260 helpful votes
“Wow, Crawfish and Oysters to die for”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

During brief visit to Lafayette, LA wanted a good seafood lunch and found it at Don's. Would have rated them excellent if I could have had a locally brewed draft beer but due to renovations going on the taps were out of commission. Settled for a bottled beer from next door (Texas) which was terrific. Shiner Bock. Very good. Ordered a cup of the crawfish bisque and 1/2 oyster po boy. Wow. The cup of bisque was crowded with crawfish (so many that I took a photo) and included was a bright red crawfish shell stuffed with the best tasting stuffing I have had in a long time. The po boy was equally terrific with nearly a dozen oysters crowed on a great grilled sub roll. Came with fries. Spiced to perfection, everything tasted so good I didn't want the meal to end. Great bar tender. Very memorable lunch.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Travelcrow
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Level 6 Contributor
115 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Nice atmosphere, great food”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

The atmosphere here is a little more upscale than the other Don's restaurants (Baton Rouge, Lafayette. Dark wood, white table clothes, Big interesting "old days" photos on the wall. Prices were reasonable and the food was good; they were very cooperative about things like splitting checks and people sharing portions. Service was efficient and unobtrusive.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Walter E
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