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“Disappointing - don't waste your money.”
Review of Steamboat Bill's

Steamboat Bill's
Ranked #1 of 266 Restaurants in Lake Charles
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner
Great Northwest
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Disappointing - don't waste your money.”
Reviewed December 1, 2012

Well, I see other reviewers loved it, but I found the food highly disappointing.

The etouffee was white and tasted like paste. The shrimp po-boy was soggy and had no flavor. We were treated like cattle, shuffled from one room to the other. The table was right next to the bathrooms - where the sinks were outside in the restaurant. It's a bit disturbing to be two feet from someone coming out of the bathroom and washing their hands behind your back.

  • Visited November 2012
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Orange Tx
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed November 26, 2012

If you're passing through Lake Charles La on the west side off I-10 is Steamboat Bill's. Stop by
you won't regret it. The food is good and so is the service. You're greeted by the hostess and given a menu to look at. After deciding what you want walk upbto the counter and place your order. The server will bring you your food to the table when it's ready. The fried shrimp are large. Not those so called popcorn shrimp. The gumbo makes you want to pick up the bowl and drink it down. I don't think you'll be disappointed here. The prices are not outrageous either. Give it a try if you're in the Lake Charles area.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank John Q
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Hollywood, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent service, great local food right off I-10”
Reviewed November 24, 2012

We just had a late lunch here. On our way back home to South Florida after Thanksgiving in Texas, I did a quick search on my TripAdvisor app and this place popped up in the search results. It's just east of the Lake Charles bridge (on Interstate 10), so it seemed like a good choice.
You order your food at the counter and the servers deliver it to your table. We ordered the chicken strips and popcorn shrimp kids meals, as well as the jumbo shrimp butterfly platter, and Captain's platter (oysters, crab, catfish, popcorn & medium shrimp). We ordered an appetizer-sized portion of the shrimp and crab gumbo, too. Everything was great! They even sell their creole seasoning there. Everything was fried but not greasy at all (they only use peanut oil which they say is cholesterol free), and the coleslaw was awesome. Unfortunately, there wasn't any crawfish (season doesn't start for a few more weeks)... My husband really wanted to try the famous boiled crawfish this restaurant is so famous for.
The service was top-notch: everyone was smiling and the servers checked on how we were doing a few times. The restaurant had a casual atmosphere but was clean and orderly. Also the bathrooms were impeccable! As a mother of 2 little ones, this was very much appreciated!
I would definitely recommend Steamboat Bill's: delicious food, cleanliness, and great service... All in a convenient location.

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Thank mpatroni
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Houston, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed November 22, 2012

I visit this restaurant every time I am in Lake Charles. The service is quick and polite, the prices are reasonable and the food is good.

Visited November 2012
Thank kendra6303
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Lake Charles, Louisiana
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Cajun Food!”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

This is one of the best authentic cajun food restaurants in the area. There is usually a long line at lunch and dinner times but it is worth it. If you have a peanut allergy, you may want to skip this one. They do use peanut products & peanut oil.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank CTX03
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