Where to Eat in Donaldsonville: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 15, 2018 Renato Branum

Donaldsonville (historically French: Lafourche-des-Chitimachas) is a small city in and the parish seat of Ascension Parish in south Louisiana, United States, located along the River Road of the west bank of the Mississippi River. The population was 7,436 at the 2010 census, a decrease of more than 150 from the 7,605 tabulation in 2000. Donaldsonville is part of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Things to do in Donaldsonville

1. Mike Anderson's Seafood - Gonzales

1500 Highway 30, Gonzales, LA 70737 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 225-743-6453
Excellent
61%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 411 reviews

Mike Anderson's Seafood - Gonzales

Mike Anderson's was established over 3 decades ago and is famous for serving fresh South Louisiana Seafood. While Mike Anderson's Gonzales is known for providing excellent service, it is the consistency of the delicious food that truly sets us apart. Whether you are local or visiting, our team will make your dining experience one to remember! The Food, The Service, and The Ambiance are...

Reviewed By happycat0965 - alabama

In town on business, colleagues stopped to eat supper. Wonderful bacon wrapped shrimp with just the right amount of jalapeno kick. One of my co-workers had the broiled seafood platter which was very good but a little "disconnected" according to him. My other colleague and I both had the Guitreau which was fabulous. No dessert. Too full! Very good!

2. Grapevine Cafe

211 Railroad Ave, Donaldsonville, LA 70346-2527 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 20 +1 225-473-8463
Excellent
73%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 205 reviews

Grapevine Cafe

Reviewed By LeadFoot2014 - Arkansas

We are visiting River Road plantations and wound up here and tried the Grapevine. The crab stuffed mushroom appetizer was good- the service was prompt and very pleasant. I had the crab stuffed redfish and really enjoyed it. My wife had the crab stuffed chicken breast and found it too salty. Still it was a pleasant visit.

3. Subway

10433 Highway 70, Saint James, LA 70086-7675 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 225-474-8509
Excellent
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5 based on 2 reviews

Reviewed By billdreis - Youngsville, Louisiana

the food was fresh and good for a quick meal if you do not want sit down in a restaurant.the staff was very friendly and worked very well with each other.

4. The Carriage House Restaurant at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens

40136 Highway 942, Located in the Gardens of Houmas House Plantation, Darrow, LA 70725-2302 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American Lunch, Dinner +1 225-473-9380
Excellent
79%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 140 reviews

The Carriage House Restaurant at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens

Reviewed By Silva B - Sydney, Australia

I am not one for tours, however this tour was awesome! The house is in such good shape, so much history. Our tour guide was even grander than the house its self, Susan Forman. Susan was incredibly entertaining, made the house come alive. I highly recommend seeing Houma's House and make sure you ask for Susan!

5. Cafe Lafourche

817 Veterans Blvd, Donaldsonville, LA 70346-3115 Seating, Waitstaff Soups, Steakhouse, Cajun & Creole, Seafood Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SGD 5 - SGD 35 +1 225-473-7451
Excellent
52%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
5%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Cafe Lafourche

Full service Cajun & Creole Restaurant open 6 days 10am - 2pm and 5pm - 9pm Monday thru Saturday available for private parties (rehearsal suppers ,small weddings,birthdays, baby showers, anniversaries, brunches,etc.Call for details.

Reviewed By Travel50S - Portland

Great regional food. Very friendly service. Great atmosphere. I wish we lived here so we could come often.

6. Latil's Landing

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, 40136 Highway 942, Darrow, LA 70725 Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards American, Steakhouse, Cajun & Creole, Seafood Dinner SGD 98 - SGD 170 +1 225-473-9380
Excellent
80%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 114 reviews

Latil's Landing

Latil's Landing Restaurant is located inside historic Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. Dine in the intimate 250 year old rooms of the Mansion. Elegant, Romantic and great cuisine. Named one of the Top 20 restaurants by Esquire Magazine, and One of the Top 100 Restaurants of the World. Open Wednesday through Saturday Evenings, we offer both a 7 course and 9 course Tasting Menu. Each course allows guests to choose from several options. A dining experience to remember for a lifetime. Very romantic and great for celebrations.

Reviewed By AnnNewOrleans_LA - New Orleans, LA

Yes, the food was good. But the portions were minuscule. The menu is described as "prix fixe" but it actually a "tasting" menu. Believe me, all you get is a "taste." $65 for three courses was a rip off. Let's break it down..... At $65 for three courses, that would equate roughly to $15 for starter, $40 for main course, $10 for dessert. Here we go: My first course, for $15, I got 1 (one) shrimp and a tablespoon of grits. The $40 main course was the 4 oz. filet (in fairness, the 4 oz. portion was disclosed), accompanied by five paper thin slices of potato, each about the size of a quarter. Also included was 1/2 (one half) of a tip of a single asparagus and 1/2 (one half) of a baby carrot. The $10 dessert was probably the best value - a half-dollar sized piece of chocolate cake with a teaspoon of ice cream.

We "splurged" on the wine pairings which were remarkably uninspired. We ordered very different items but were served the same wines with each course. No real attempt was made to pair the wine with your specific food choice.

Service was barely passable. The waitress was doing her best, but she was fully responsible for all five tables - from pouring the water to busing the tables, to everything else in between.

I just walked away feeling like the whole thing was skimpy. I used to love this place but I won't be going back and I won't recommend it. It has become a tourist trap.

7. DON'S Seafood

2405 W Cabela Pkwy, Gonzales, LA 70737-5157 Seating, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 225-644-4888
Excellent
52%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 256 reviews

DON'S Seafood

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.

Reviewed By jdssr2016 - Texas Gulf Coast, Texas

Don's was a nice place to eat. Lucky for us, we arrived about 5pm for dinner and was seated immediately. When we left, the place was packed and people waiting outside. We were seated in one of the few booths near the bar. Very comfortable and our waiter was attentive, but not a nuisance. The food was good, but typical of modern day eateries trying to capitalize on the Cajun flavor. I had the fried Shrimp and Catfish. The shrimp were small and the catfish was cut into strips instead of a filet to make the amount appear larger. The shrimp and fish stacked on a bed of french fries of the frozen variety also add to the illusion of portions larger than actual. The small cup of slaw was very good and two hush puppies were average. The beer was cold.

8. Chuck Lee's Chinese Kitchen

10560 Highway 70, Saint James, LA 70086-7680 Chinese Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 225-473-3050
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Reviewed By shar_tex - Houston, Texas

Fried rice was excellent. Didn't care for the fried chicken in our sweet/sour chicken, as it was dark meat. Moo Goo Gai Pan was delicious. My husbands family has been dining here for over 25 years.

9. The Cabin Restaurant and Events

5405 Highway 44, Corner of Hwy 44 and Hwy 22, Gonzales, LA 70737-8148 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 13 - SGD 42 +1 225-473-3007
Excellent
50%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 253 reviews

The Cabin Restaurant and Events

Through the efforts, ideas, faults, love, sweat & patience of friends, family, & agitators, you are able to enjoy some Southern history. Our goal is to preserve some of the local farming history, serve meals typical of the River Road tradition, & make your visit a relaxed & memorable one.

Reviewed By Elizabeth R - Mobile, Alabama

We ate here for Sunday brunch yesterday while touring nearby Houmas House. I got the red beans & rice with hot sausage and my husband got a fried chicken sandwich. We both really enjoyed our food! The corn muffins were delicious, as was the homemade remoulade salad dressing. Yum! Sometimes you get very bland red beans & rice in restaurants but the Cabin's was full of flavor. Very nice portions too. Our waitress was super sweet and very attentive even though she had several tables which included big parties. Definitely want to come back and try some more dishes here! Very interesting place to eat.

10. Cafe' Burnside

40136 Highway 942, Houma House Plantation and Gardens, Darrow, LA 70725-2302 Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cajun & Creole, French, Gluten Free Options Lunch SGD 13 - SGD 33 +1 225-473-9380
Excellent
66%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 101 reviews

Cafe' Burnside

Café Burnside is Houmas House Plantation and Gardens' casual restaurant. We offer a buffet, or a la carte dining. Pasta, Seafood, BBQ Chicken, Gumbo, Salad, Poor Boy Sandwiches. Great food reasonably priced. We offer a Sunday Brunch and Buffet. A special menu on Sundays that changes frequently

Reviewed By Bingitt - Washington

Exceptional food and service! We chose the Sunday brunch buffet. Had amazing food, favorite being the shrimp and grits, and a seafood bisque and out of this world bread pudding! Made our visit to the Houmas house even better. A magical afternoon to remember with top notch souther cuisine! Would very highly recommend!

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