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2519 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20037-1661 (25th Ave NW)
+1 202-223-6941
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 22:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Atlanta, Georgia
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32 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wanted to try New Orleans style restaurant and based on the reviews gave it a try. Ordered the fried green tomato appetizer, $10 and got 2 very small, thin rather bland tomatoes. Very disappointed. My husband loves sea food and ordered the Jambalaya, he wasn't impressed. I had a salad. I usually can't finish my salads, but this was not... More 

Thank Missy R
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bar atmosphere, with rather loud music and friendly staff. Yet, the food is very good and the price reasonnable

Thank claudef180
Jordan Station, Ontario
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are staying near the Foggy Bottom area in DC and you are looking for a reasonably priced dinner with a taste of Louisiana, be sure to make a stop at Bayou.

Thank Bookieman68
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had dinner during a recent family trip in Washington. It was located right across our hotel. The food and service was very good. We received great service. The ambience and the decor of the place is nice. The drinks though was so-so. W

Thank Bibeks
Houston, Texas
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I just returned from the inauguration. We saw Bayou on a walk and thought to give it a try. Awesome staff, quiet little bar/restaurant and no wait. We both had the shrimp and grits. Without a doubt the best we ever had! For a bar, there is no draft beer only bottles which was a bit disappointing.... More 

Thank Sisnkaty
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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163 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Unpretentious New Orleans. My daughter had their Jambalaya – a hearty meal with big char-grilled shrimps and andouille sausages tossed into jambalaya rice, held together with a body of tomatoes, finished with chopped spring onions. It was simple, non-nonsense and good on your senses. I went for Shrimp & Grits – a generous serving with several large succulent shrimps, sautéed... More 

Thank Avijit R
New Rochelle, New York
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140 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

It's a bar/restaurant that is very dark. So dark, my wife almost missed the lipstick stain on her water glass. The food is very hard to review because I loved mine while my wife didn't care for hers at all. To be fair, my wife doesn't like southern food so she ordered items that are not traditionally cajun. Her spinach... More 

Thank Donny N
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81 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Very New Orleans type food is served here. It is a restaurant with a bar and has live music on certain days. Very rustic feel on the outside and inside. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The food is really good in fact we went back a second time.

Thank SherwinTelfer
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Had a awesome time with family last night in this great spot. If your looking for something off the beaten path of downtown, then jump in this spot for some music and a relaxed atmosphere. Food was very good.

Thank Vanessa K
Carmel, Indiana
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

This was across from our hotel, so we tried it based on TripAdvisor reviews - spot on! It's not highbrow, but friendly, casual, dark & relaxing after a busy day out touristing. Cocktails were inventive and generous. Really excellent jambalaya, the chicken was moist, crispy, but not greasy - with a little bit of tingle on the tongue. Excellent collard... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$29 - US$31
American, Bar, Cajun & Creole, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2519 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20037-1661
    (25th Ave NW)
  • Public Transportation: 2 blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro.
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-223-6941
For world class live music, New Orleans inspired cooking, and that laid back Big Easy vibe, there"s only one place in Washington DC to go. Located at 2519 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, just steps from the Foggy Bottom metro, Bayou brings together the award winning cuisine of executive chef Rusty Holman, hand crafted New Orleans cocktails, and a rotating line-up of both local and national recording artists. With two funky floors of dining and dancing, Bayou suits any occasion. Whether it's grabbing a quick po'boy at lunch, sitting down to a three course dinner, watching the game with a cold Abita, or grooving the night away in our intimate concert space, Bayou is DC's number one spot to laissez les bons temps rouler. Open for Lunch and Dinner Tuesday-Sunday Brunch served Saturdays and Sundays.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?