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Experience the Best Restaurants in Lafayette, Louisiana

There’s nothing quite like the taste of genuine Cajun cooking as it intertwines both Southern and French influences. A trip to Cajun country is an experience not to be missed, especially for any lover of good food. To help you navigate the distinct cuisine landscape of Louisiana, we offer a handy guide to our hungry guests at Maison D’Memoire. Read on for an essential list of Lafayette restaurants with delicious dishes to tantalize the taste buds and please the palate.

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Chef Roy’s Frog City Café

Chef Roy’s, a cultural landmark, is well known for serving up a fantastic mix of French and Cajun cuisine in an intimate and relaxed setting. Presided over by French native Benoit Morel, an award-winning chef with over 25 years of cooking experience, mouthwatering dishes are prepared with an extensive French background and attention to detail. They offer both lunch and dinner menus in addition to an excellent wine list! This is the perfect place to go for a romantic evening out and is only a 2-minute drive away from the inn! Make sure to set reservations in advance as seating is limited. You don’t want to miss out on some of the best food in town!

oysters in half-shells with lemon slices

Fezzo’s Restaurant

Fezzo’s, known as the surf-and-turf paradise, has won many awards for its signature blend of excellent quality beef and fresh-caught seafood. With other local favorites available like Gumbo and Po’ Boys, there’s no better place to satisfy a craving for authentic Cajun cuisine. There are two locations within 15 minutes of the Inn so you’re never too far from a delicious and hearty meal during your Louisiana vacation.

a plate of Fettuccine Alfredo

iMonelli Restaurant

Mood-setting music, welcoming decor, and delicious Italian food can all be found at iMonelli‘s. Home to some of the best cuisine in Lafayette, this romantic eatery is a fantastic date night destination. Serving up classic favorites like fettuccine and spaghetti, as well as unique seafood-inspired dishes, such as their signature Louisiana jumbo lump cakes and their stuffed rainbow trout. It’s a great spot for delicious Italian food and is only 30-minutes away from the Inn! The wine selection is also excellent, ensuring you have a good accompaniment to whatever you decide to order.

a pizza cut into slices on a wood table with ingredients around it

Antoni’s Italian Café

If you’re looking for a more relaxed and casual setting, Antoni’s Italian Café specializes in Italian comfort food. Designed to be both cozy and classy, they emphasize simple but bold flavors and time-honored recipes. Antoni’s isn’t concerned with reinventing the wheel, but it doesn’t have to be with food this delicious! Traditional cuisine cooked with high-quality ingredients is only 30-minutes away, so head on down for some tasty home-style Italian cooking.

a crawfish boil with lemon slices

Hawk’s Crawfish Restaurant

Hawks Crawfish Restaurant located in countryside between Rayne and Crowley, open ONLY in crawfish season, is a must! Specializing in traditional crawfish boils, there’s no better way to taste this southern classic. Set in a fun and relaxed atmosphere and only a short 10-minute drive from the Inn, you and your loved ones can visit and celebrate one of the great mainstays of Cajun cooking. As an insider tip, like most Cajun crawfish eateries, they are closed in the off-season from June to early fall. If you’re craving something unique to the area during the off-season, talk to our staff for some delicious alternative options.

a bowl of gumbo with bread and herbs

Prejean’s Restaurant

For a night filled with fun in an old-fashioned and relaxed setting, we recommend Prejean’s! Serving a wide variety of traditional Cajun cuisine, this dining experience is elevated by the quaint surroundings and nightly live music. The restaurant’s main goal is to “delight all ‘six’ senses” and provide a dining experience so you can leave your worries behind. It’s inviting and warm, and only 30-minutes down the road.

bathtub with two glasses of champagne

There are a lot more amazing restaurants in the Lafayette area that have not been mentioned for the sake of brevity, so you have to stop with these! Feel free to explore and try something new. With all this amazing food you’re certainly going to need a comfy place to stay, so let Maison D’Memoire be your home base for all your culinary adventures in the area. With luxurious amenities and a distinct Cajun flair, there’s no better place to crash after a long day out on the town. Book one of our amazing cottages and taste what you’ve been missing!

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