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Bayou St. John in Seal Beach (Report)

Jan Luk | Dec 15, 200306:23 PM

Our three couples became four couples by the time we made it to this little place in Seal Beach. Its located at 320 Main St. about 1/2 block south of PCH.

The restaurant is medium sized, about 20 tables, and we needn't bothered with reservations as there were plenty of empty tables at 7:15pm on Friday (usually not a good sign). I shouldn't have worried as the food was wonderful and the service superb. The menu has numerous choices of chicken, sausage, seafood, even prime rib and pork chops prepared in various ways cajun. Prices for entres are in the range of $12 - $22. My shrimp etoufe(sp?) was wonderful, accompanied by creamy garlic mashed potatos and steamed veggies. Others in the party ordered red beans and rice, fried catfish, and Jambalaya, among others. Everyone agreed that their meals were very good (as evidenced by the unusually clean plates at the end of the meal). Despite the generous portions several of us opted for desert. My wife and I split a sizable, but average, bread pudding. Others also ordered bread pudding and also ordered fried bananas with ice-cream which were very popular when samples were passed around the table. My chicory coffee was good and VERY strong. (stayed up till 1:30am from the caffeine). Coupons are available in the local paper (Seal Beach Sun) for up to $13 off a second entre with the purchase of one entre and 2 beverages. Our party split two bottles of wine and we were able to count several glasses towards the coupon beverages. The staff was very attentive. Always there when you need something without being intrusive or hovering. On a warmer evening I would recommend a stroll to the end of the pier and back to walk off some of the food.

All in all a very nice dining experience. We will definitely come back and try some of the other items on the menu. Below is the link to my original post.

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