There's never a shortage of options for a delicious crawfish boil.
As soon as crawfish season starts in New Orleans, questions about the best places to buy start crawling on social media.
Honestly, narrowing down a list of places for boiled crawfish in New Orleans is nearly impossible — even harder than king cake. However, here’s the good news: So many local seafood spots are excellent. There’s never a shortage of options for a delicious crawfish boil.
So, hit that crawfish app, and prepare for a good crawfish boil and a cold beer.
Wondering where to buy those mudbugs? We gathered a helping of popular boiled seafood spots around the New Orleans area.
Get your crawfish fix at this beloved Bucktown seafood spot near the Lake. Schaefer’s Seafood even keeps customers up to date on inventory status and prices on their Facebook page. Fans credit the seafood shop for delivering good quality, having the right amount of flavor and offering pretty good prices. Make sure you bring cash. If you pay in cash, they usually drop the price by 10 cents per pound. Closed on Mondays.
Local crawfish expert Jason Seither spent more than a decade perfecting his process. Seither owns one of the best known seafood restaurants in Harahan, Seither’s Seafood, where he’s turned his technique of boiling crawfish into an art form. The Harahan spot supplies fresh, flavorful boiled crawfish daily while in season (closed on Sundays and Mondays). They cater, too. Call ahead for prices as market value applies. Seither’s also a local pioneer of cool add-ins, so you’ll find all the yummy goodies in the boil.
Clesi’s Restaurant & Catering
Cure your crawfish cravings with the “renegade master boiler.” Since Clesi’s grew in popularity with its crawfish boils, the family recently opened a restaurant in Mid-City. Pick up some crawfish to go or stop by and grab a table.
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Since the original South Broad location opened more than 20 years ago, Cajun Seafood has attracted locals to what they call the “best smelling corner in the city.” The Nguyen family boils such spicy, flavorful crawfish that you’ll often find a line extending out the door of the popular seafood market. But it’s well worth the wait. There are also locations in Treme, Downtown and New Orleans East.
Bevi Seafood Co.
You know you’ve made it when you get a shout out from “The Simpsons.” Bevi Seafood Co. in Mid-City keeps boiling strong each season, and you can’t go wrong. People also like sourcing this neighborhood seafood market in for their live sacks, too.
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Zimmer’s Seafood in Gentilly has one of the best reputations for delicious boiled crawfish, really any seafood, anywhere. The neighborhood institution has served customers for nearly 40 years. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Is Castnet Seafood the king of New Orleans East? So many people credit them for some of the city’s best crawfish — both boiled and live. The crawfish perfectly crawls down that middle ground: Not too spicy and not too bland.
Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant
The original Deanie’s Restaurant and Seafood Market has Bucktown staple for more than 50 years. Fans love the seafood goodness so much, that the restaurant is now on its third location. If you don’t want to take all the mess home, the restaurants have ample seating.
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Big Fisherman Seafood
Big Fisherman Seafood boils for take-out only, but the Magazine Street seafood market is next to a supermarket and bars. Grab a few pounds and head to the Fly at Audubon park for a crawfish picnic.
Bayou Beer Garden/Bayou Wine Garden
Enjoy perfectly seasoned crawfish and drinks with friends at the same time. Crawfish in the Gardens, we’re here for it. You can get your fill of crawfish with all the fixings every Thursday through Sunday at this popular Mid-City spot. The boil starts at 3 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
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Today’s Ketch Seafood
Get seafood fresh off the dock at this mainstay in Chalmette. Today’s Ketch Seafood has been locally owned and operated for more than 30 years. If you wan’t flavorful seafood that’s not too spicy, here’s your pick. Plus, you can get your hands on lots of cooked items and other accompaniments like boiled mushrooms, smoked sausage and garlic.
Big EZ Seafood
Since the Viet-Cajun craze surfaced in New Orleans, this West Bank seafood spot has gotten a lot of attention. At Big EZ Seafood, you’ll find the Cali-style crawfish tossed in garlic buttery flavors.
Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar
When crawfish are in season, Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar on Magazine Street in the Irish Channel hosts a boil on the weekends. Select Crawfish Company comes though with crawfish for the win. boils with good flavor on the weekends. Call ahead to make sure the boil is still on before you arrive.
Local Rouses Markets throughout the city typically do a great job of offering tasty crawfish at or below market prices. Customers can grab a bag hot and juicy from the pot, and they’re a pretty nice size, too. You’ll usually find a long line on Sundays to get them hot and fresh at the Gentilly location on Franklin Avenue. We’re not kidding.
BOIL Seafood House
This newcomer clawed its way onto Magazine Street in 2018, hoping to give Vietnamese-style boiled crawfish its most prominent platform. Owner of Boil Seafood House Hieu Doan says his approach is integrating the New Orleans style with the Houston Viet-Cajun style to meet the local demand for the dish. Customers can select from four sauces: Cajun, garlic butter, Caribbean citrus or Asian. Guests can also customize how spicy they want their sauce. In addition to crawfish, Boil Seafood House also offers other tossed options including several varieties of crab, shrimp, clams, mussels and lobster.
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