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Palmettos on the Bayou, Slidell, LA

Palmettos on the Bayou

4.8
4.8
719 Reviews
$30 and under
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Open since 2002 Palmettos on the Bayou is a charming and elegant Acadian style restaurant serving classic Creole dishes highlighting fresh Louisiana ingredients.

Set on the tranquil Bayou Bonfouca near Old Town Slidell, our waterfront restaurant/event venue is known for its southern charm. Palmettos famous Brunch features live music on Fri, Sat, and Sun. The 5,000sqf covered deck provides a dramatic outdoor setting at night for romantic dinners and a comfortable relaxed atmosphere during the day.

Executive Chef Ross Dover, formerly of Restaurant August, focuses on locally sourced ingredients with everything made from scratch. In addition to our regular menu we also feature a Seasonal Tasting menu. Enjoy gumbo, chargrilled oysters or Louisiana crab cakes to start your meal. Entrees include steak, fresh fish, shrimp and more. Finish your meal with one of our homemade desserts.

We're located at 1901 Bayou Lane, next to Heritage Park, Slidell.

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2 people

9:30 p.m.


Booked 28 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Creole / Cajun / Southern, Regional American (Contemporary Southern)

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Fri, Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (985) 643-0050

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Ross Dover

  • Private party facilities

    Palmetto’s offers private party packages for groups of 30 to 500 with custom menus to fit any budget. Indoor and/or outdoor facilities include waterfront decks, Tiki/oyster bar and plush art-filled dining rooms.

  • Private party contact

    Brittany Mott: (985) 718-8718

  • Neighbourhood

    Northshore

  • Cross Street

    Fremaux/Front

  • Parking Details

    Private lot of 100 spots with public parking lot adjacent to restaurant.

  • Public Transit

    The Slidell Amtrak train station is two blocks from Palmetto’s, serving New Orleans and points up the East Coast. There is no public transportation in Slidell, though there are sidewalks from nearby Heritage Park to Palmetto’s.

  • Entertainment

    Live jazz during Sunday Brunch

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 719 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Orleans / Louisiana

    Best Ambience

  • New Orleans / Louisiana

    Outdoor Eating

  • New Orleans / Louisiana

    Scenic View

  • New Orleans / Louisiana

    Creole / Cajun / Southern

  • Northshore

    Most Booked

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  1. S

    Seeboo70

    Mississippi

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first visit here, but it won’t be our last! The food was outstanding. The pimento cheese appetizer was off-the-chain delicious! I’m sure we’ll be revisiting very soon.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful, inviting, delicious!
  3. PD

    PippaD

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice patio
  4. JM

    JMCx

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food and service were awesome. New chef since the last time we were there and he/she has done a good job updating the menu.
  5. AS

    AlbertS

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Our waitress disappeared during our meal. But the waitress next to us picked up the slack.
  6. BS

    BetiS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a beautiful restaurant with outstanding food and excellent service. We brought mom for her birthday and it was everything we'd hoped it would be for her. Wonderful, attentive staff, amazing food. They put a birthday candle in her dessert (at our request) but also brought out a separate piece of cake with a candle with "Happy Birthday" beautifully written in chocolate on the plate. Wonderful all the way around. Prices are a little on the high side, but you get what you pay for, and it was worth every cent.
  7. BS

    BrianS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dining experiences i have had in some time.
  8. S

    Serenitydayspaandgifts

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a celebration, we love the musicians and sitting outside. Food was delicious and our waitress was the best. Jennifer are just started a couple of weeks ago and she did a fabulous job she was very accommodating to us 5 ladies. Definitely will take the drive from Metairie again.
  9. RM

    RebeccaM

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Prices a little high, but the food and service was excellent. Would return for a special occasion.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We drove from Metairie to try out this place as it was our first time. It was my wife Birthday and the waitress got us a nice treat for my wife’s special day at the end. The only thing that was frustrating for my wife was to order 2 drinks on the menu and having the waitress come back twice to say each drink she ordered wasn’t available. You would think the staff would know what is available or not. Everything else was nice.
  11. d

    dac3

    New Orleans

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was a great time and our server was awesome
  12. PT

    PhyllisT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed Sunday Brunch at Palmetto's. It is such a lovely setting and food was delicious. It was such a pretty day, I wish we had sat outside, but we did walk around outside. We will definitely be back.
  13. JL

    JeannineL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. We we really close to the band so it was a little loud. Still a wonderful brunch.
  14. T

    Tonyc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was seated at the erserved time. Service was very good. They treated you like they cared about you and checked on your table frequently. First time there and the food we selected was very good. Small, quaint place to eat. The only thing that I wish would have been nicer was if the menu wasnt so limited. The choices were acceptable.
  15. B

    Binx

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a wonderful birthday experience with my family! Definitely recommend Palmettos to anyone looking for a classy and romantic birthday, anniversary, or date night experience.
  16. SE

    StacieE

    Tahoe

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful experience! Beautiful location and peaceful atmosphere. Food was amazing and service was extraordinary.
  17. JT

    JessicaT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Wait for the food was ridiculous. People who sat down after us had food before us. Forgot to bring appetizers. Food was good when we did get it.
  18. S

    Sherie

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, drinks & atmosphere!!
  19. MC

    MarilynC

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for Sunday brunch for my friends birthday. There was jazz music and the food and service was excellent.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great. Will be back
  21. S

    Squidz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great experience for me and my girlfriend! The food was awesome! We had the oysters before the meal and they were wonderful. My girlfriend had the 12 oz. sirloin and I had the cheese burger. 9/10 meal and the environment was great.
  22. l

    linettea

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Noise level was great… there was a instrumental duo that were great. Service was great and we all enjoyed our meals. We will be back!
  23. NF

    NinaF

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Our server while very polite, had a large nearby party made up of three tables. It seemed to be her main focus and we got pushed to the side and forgotten. Her manager should have stepped in and noticed. She did have a helper with her on the large party. We had to ask a manager for our bill!!! They comped us one domestic beer! We didn't ask for anything, it would have been best for them just to apologize and not comp anything. We will go back, it was our first time, the place is a gem.
  24. YB

    YolandaB

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this restaurant was great!! We even loved that after brunch we were able to walk by the Bayou and take photos!!
  25. LN

    LaurenN

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch was awesome! There was a jazz band playing and the outdoor area was so beautiful. Our server Garrett was amazing and went above and beyond for us. Everyone here is so friendly and helpful. We will be back and highly recommend! Ask for Garrett!
  26. FS

    FScroggs

    New Orleans

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Since the new chef has been on board, with the new menu, it is now one of the best fine dining options in Slidell. When the weather is good, the outdoor dining is great. The service is excellent! Shout out to our waiter, Francisco, for his great knowledge of the menu and making great recommendations Our last 2 visits have been during brunch and the brunch menu is excellent as well. The jazz trio was an added plus. Really had a great NOLA vibe, without going across the lake!! If you haven't tried Palmetto's in the past year or so, it's worth a visit to see how things have change. Reservations are recommended during peak hours for outdoor seating in good weather.
  27. LG

    LynnG

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for birthday celebration and it was above our expectations. Amazing good and service
  28. LN

    LaurenN

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came to New Orleans for our honeymoon and planned our entire trip around going to Palmetto’s. We LOVED it and going back for brunch before we head back to East Texas. Our waiter Garrett was awesome! They gave us a special desert for our honeymoon. The scenery is amazing and I can’t wait to see it during the day. I highly recommend! Ask for Garrett!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating October birthdays with my granddaughters
  30. PF

    PaigeF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful! I've been following them on social media and the experience was everything and more than what is on social media. I'll definitely be back and hope to plan a larger group event in the future.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it so much that we went two consecutive days.
  32. TN

    ToddN

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Natalie is the best server ever and Palmettos is such a beautiful space with wonderful food.
  33. RR

    RichardR

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food continues to improve. I am really impressed. The prices have gone up but that seems to be true of most things. Still has the best ambiance on the Northshore.
  34. RH

    RickH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    We've enjoyed Palmettos many times over the years. Unfortunately, our visit on Sunday October 9 was not so pleasant. We ordered 3 seafood items: Crab/Artichoke dip, Crabcake Benedict, and the children's fried shrimp. All three items were DRENCHED with lemon juice. Our grandson (who loves fried shrimp) couldn't eat it. We tried his shrimp, and what a fowl aftertaste! And we were disappointed at the over-lemony taste of the appetizer and entree. We've never had a bad experience at Palmettos before yesterday, and we've been there quite a bit. Hopefully this message will get to the right person
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    It was our first time trying the restaurant…we drove from Mandeville. We got there and we’re told we couldn’t go outside because there was a wedding group outside. They sat us at a table inside, curtains closed, with a band from the outside blaring in one ear and a band on the inside blaring in the other ear. It was not stated to us when making the reservation this was the circumstance….so we left the restaurant and went to eat at Gallagher’s. They told us that we were the 4th group that left Palmetto’s and went to Gallagher’s for the same reason.

    Palmettos on the BayouResponded on October 25, 2022Thank you for taking time to let us know about your visit! We're sincerely sorry about what happened and hope you will give us another try! We do occasionally have private events. We always try to let people know ahead of time when they make a reservation because we know it can be disappointing not to be able to sit outside. We also addressed the noise issue with our staff and hope to be able to mitigate that in the future. Thank you again for letting us know and once again we apologize!

  36. J

    Jamess44

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was our first time attending the restaurant. Our waitress Natalie she was Outstanding the best we ever had honestly and we go out to eat often!! When go back will 100% ask for her again....

    Palmettos on the BayouResponded on October 25, 2022Thank you for visiting us and for taking time to leave us a review James! We are so delighted you enjoyed everything and appreciate your compliments regarding Natalie! We look forward to seeing you again!

  37. KB

    KathyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The quality of the food was outstanding. Our server was engaging and quite responsive to all requests. The atmosphere was delightful- not too hot, not too cold. We will definitely be returning for another Palmetto's experience.

    Palmettos on the BayouResponded on October 25, 2022Thank you for taking time to leave us a review Kathy! We sincerely appreciate your feedback and look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful scenery and food and service was great!

    Palmettos on the BayouResponded on October 25, 2022Thank you for taking time to leave us a 5 star review! We are so happy you enjoyed everything and hope you will come see us again!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful staff, great menu choices, was a lovely dining experience.

    Palmettos on the BayouResponded on October 25, 2022Thank you for the 5 stars and for your feedback! We sincerely appreciate it and are delighted you enjoyed everything!

  40. TH

    TrevaH

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for our anniversary to the jazz brunch….it was wonderful. Temperatures were perfect and so was the band. The food was delicious and we sampled 4 different mimosas (the Hibiscus and Tiki were favorites). Would definitely recommend for any occasion. Marie was a wonderful server!!

    Palmettos on the BayouResponded on October 25, 2022Thank you for taking time to leave us a review Treva! We're honored to be a part of your anniversary celebration and sincerely appreciate your recommendation!

FAQs

Palmettos on the Bayou offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (985) 643-0050.

Palmettos on the Bayou is rated 4.8 stars by 719 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 p.m.


Booked 28 times today
Google Map for Palmettos on the Bayou

1901 Bayou Lane, Slidell, LA 70458

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Fremaux/Front

  • Neighbourhood

    Northshore

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Fri, Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Creole / Cajun / Southern, Regional American (Contemporary Southern)

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Private lot of 100 spots with public parking lot adjacent to restaurant.

  • Public Transit

    The Slidell Amtrak train station is two blocks from Palmetto’s, serving New Orleans and points up the East Coast. There is no public transportation in Slidell, though there are sidewalks from nearby Heritage Park to Palmetto’s.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Ross Dover

  • Entertainment

    Live jazz during Sunday Brunch

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (985) 643-0050

  • Private party facilities

    Palmetto’s offers private party packages for groups of 30 to 500 with custom menus to fit any budget. Indoor and/or outdoor facilities include waterfront decks, Tiki/oyster bar and plush art-filled dining rooms.

  • Private party contact

    Brittany Mott: (985) 718-8718

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