Down here in South Louisiana, our seasons usually rotate around what food is in season. Dropping temperatures in Baton Rouge can only mean one thing – gumbo season. Gumbo is a rich and hearty stew that starts with a roux and is loaded with meat, seafood and vegetables. If you’re new to the city or just looking for the best place to indulge in a bowl, the locals of Baton Rouge are here to help you find the best gumbo in Louisiana’s Capital City.



Locals from all over the city vote for their favorite Baton Rouge businesses in the annual Best of 225 competition by 225 Magazine. Dempsey’s has won or placed for best gumbo for the past several years, reigning as the champion for 2022. Runner-ups include Parrain’s Seafood Restaurant, The Chimes and Louisiana Lagniappe.


The Chimes

“The Chimes is not only the best place to be on game days, it’s also one of the best places for some gumbo in Baton Rouge. The duck and sausage gumbo is really nice on a cold day or just to enjoy as a side.” – Margaret M.



Eliza Restaurant & Bar

“Eliza in Baton Rouge is one of my absolute favorites for seafood, especially the Gumbo Ya-Ya (a chicken and sausage gumbo). It’s the perfect mixture of rustic Cajun food that feels like nice dining. A+ for everything.” – Krista B.



Louisiana Lagniappe

“Louisiana Lagniappe does traditional seafood gumbo right! It has crabmeat, oysters and shrimp… yum. It’s a classic, and I think anyone who tries it will love it. Getting hungry just talking about it!” – David S.


Poor Boy Lloyd’s

“The service is outstanding with everyone and terrific real Louisiana food. From the gumbo to the main food, all is terrific. Expect a large turnout as it’s a local favorite. Next to the waterfront and capital area. I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone!” – Jack C.



Parrain’s Restaurant

“Every time my friends from out of town come to Baton Rouge, I bring them to Parrain’s. Their seafood gumbo always has great flavors and makes anyone who eats it happy.” – Grant A.


Rice & Roux

“I’ve taken friends and colleagues to Rice and Roux when introducing them to true Cajun food in Baton Rouge, and it never disappoints. They specialize in gumbo and put lots of attention into each batch. It’s always perfect! You also get large portions for a great price.” -Kevin M.


When you’re in one of the Top Foodie Cities in the South, you have to taste every food there is to try. From hearty stews to decadent jazz brunches, check out all of the incredible food Baton Rouge has to offer: