1713 Lake Ave, Metairie, LA 70005
Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Southern, Caterers, Family Style, American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
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my first instinct was to write this review while I was still in the restaurant, sick to my stomach. but I waited until today to calm down and think a bit. But, after being sick all night...here goes. This is not the Deanie's from days gone by, or even the Deanie's from a year or two ago. The food was bland, overcooked, and no taste whatsoever. The biggest disappointment was the onion rings, they used to come out in MOUND, to be observed while the waitress carried the platter through the dining room. Now, it was 6 pitiful rings on a decorative skillet. The grease used to fry the catfish, shrimp ect was so old and overused, all you tasted was GREASE, and continued to taste it well after you left. The worst part was the "crawfish po'boy"...this was the nastiest thing I've ever tasted. The crawfish were from the freezer and tasted rotten...after you chewed them for a while a stale fish taste came over your mouth and caused you to gag. We did send that back and it was taken off the bill, but still...for a restaurant to serve that in the first place was unacceptable. The BBQ shrimp, overcooked and placed in a dish of hot worcestershire sauce...pitiful. I am highly disappointed in Deanie's, this used to be THE GO-TO place for seafood...now, it's the place you go to if you're suffering severe constipation and want to pay $200 for relief. Never again, there are way too many other seafood places that won't get you sick.
We recently had dinner at Deannie's.None of the enormous amount of fried seafood we received had a bit of flavor. No salt, pepper, or even lemon. NO TASTE. our bill was well over 300.00 PLUS Tip. Our waitress was nonchalant to every request and question. For the record, everyone does not like coleslaw. Salad should be an option. Everyone carried their food home to "dr up" with ketchup, hot sauce etc. We were so dissapointed. Please do better. Although I can say our party of 18 will not be returning.
Ate at deanies resturant when I was in town paid with cash and waitress charged my ticket to the credit card of one of the other people at the table. Charge showed up immediately on the mobile banking called the manager held the money until Thursday which caused overdrafts for that individual. Manager said it was a mistake how do you mistakenly charge $ 104. 00 when you have the cash in your hands. I think it was on purpose. I am totally disappointed and won't eat there again.
07/25/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I came from out of town expecting some good seafood at a reasonable price. My wife ordered the Shrimp Po Boy and nearly jumped out of her seat when she began spitting said it felt like her mouth caught on fire. She nearly threw up at the table. We discovered a ball of thick undisolved red Cayenne Pepper. It burned her tougue so badly, it grew extremely red with a tiny cut. She later had a rash in her mouth.
The wait person did bring milk which helped her some. I asked for the manager on duty and after a while a lady whose name I cannot remember showed up and said that sometimes this happens because the batter is not thoroughly mixed and it sometimes has Cayenne balls. Her tone was matter of fact and uncaring. When I reminded her that a restaurant's reputation is important, she agreed to take $3.00 off the bill and marched off.
Any quality restaurent would have comped the sandwich, if not the meal, expressed real concern and apologized. Instead we all felt like we had done something wrong in complaining.
My first and last time there was a very bad experience.
12/23/2010Provided by Citysearch -
My girlfriend,Debra, and I were in town for a wedding.I was told if I wanted seafood that Deanies was the place.We went downtown first,big mistake,but we finally found the one in Metairie.There was a line but we were glad.Meant there was something people wanted.WE were seated in about 20 to 30 minutes but that was good for the ammount of people waiting.We got to order,I had the 1/2 seafood plate and Debra had a schrimp po-boy.We were both surprized to the ammount of food on our plates.Debra had ordered a cup of gumbo and I didn't.After she got her's I couldnt take the aroma any more,I had to have a taste and it was the best gumbo I ever had.I ordered me a bowl but wish I could have ate it from the pot it was in.I know that Deanies is high on our list of restaurants and we would make a trip from Mobile just to eat seafood there.I have been there only once and know of nothing bad to say about the place.I do know if your looking for good food give Deanie's a try.Glad we did.We will be going back many more times.Glad Debra has relatives all over that area.Thank you for a wonderful meal...Al and Debra
05/06/2010Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I have been eating at Deanies since they opened the restaurant side...they also have fabulous fresh seafood in the market next door. We get the seafood platter and end up taking food home...I don't think any three lumberjacks could consume that much food in one sitting, especially when it is accompanied by the delicously cold draft beer! The service is comfortable and neighborly, the prices are extremely reasonable, the ambience is DEFINITELY N'Awlins, and the waiting lines move quickly! Best place for introducing friends to REAL Louisiana hospitality and food.
04/01/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I ordered pinot grigio, got chardonnay... server just tried to pass it off as what I had ordered. Raw oysters were not freshly shucked, they were dried out, warm, and had a green color to them. Boiled crawfish were overcooked and seemed as if they were sitting in dirty luke warm water for hours. BBQ shrimp were undercooked and the server forgot to put our order in... again, no apology or explanation. The server was extremely rude and would start walking away as you were speaking (several times). Everyone in my party has worked in the service industry for many years. We were shocked and disappointed. I live in NOLA and will not be returning. I actually feel sick this morning just thinking of this meal and experience. Really wish I would have just got something fried, but, being that they own a seafood market next door to the restaurant, you would assume the seafood would be fresh. However, we all know what happens when we assume...
It was disturbing to see how Chandra (owner) handled a customer today at lunch time. It was unprofessional and inconsiderate to other patrons who were trying to enjoy thier meal. She argued word for word with the woman and continued the argument through- out the resturant to the entrance area. I am very dissapointed and displeased.
02/27/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Got there at 5:00; wait was 10 minutes. SERVER: Herb - the best! Ask for him when you go; you won't be sorry! APPETIZERS: Fried Artichoke Hearts -- with shaved parmesan and homemade ranch dressing for dipping - dressing so fresh and different, went to their market next door and they went to the kitchen, got a pint of it for me - THAT almost NEVER HAPPENS! All PERFECT! Fried Calamari - best we've ever had; seasoned and fried to perfection - even if you don't like calamari, you gotta have it! Husband had the 1/2 seafood platter - a flyer at the store showed a picture of the 1/2 seafood platter labeled ""The Highest Point in Louisiana"" and that's an understatement! ENORMOUS and INCREDIBLE! I had the stuffed flounder - stuffed with crab dressing - perfectly sweet and spicy - FLAWLESS! Even the house salad and baked potato were more than a cut above in freshness and flavor! We've lived in New Orleans all of our lives, eaten seafood at more places that we can count and DEANIE'S is by far the best seafood (fried or boiled) we've ever experienced. Ate until we couldn't breathe anymore and walked out with THREE (3) packed to go containers! Left at 6:30 and the lobby was jam packed; I guess they knew about the incredible food there too! Convinced yet? I thought so! BTW, I'm not responsible for making you crave what I just described; trust me, you can't get there fast enough!
04/09/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Don't know what I was doing getting a hamburger at Deanie's anyway, however, it came out ice cold. Ordered a salad instead, by the time I finished the salad, the server returned with a new burger (which I DID NOT ask for.) She said the manager wouldn't take the burger off the ticket. I had only taken 2 bites of the ice cold burger before requesting something in lieu of it, and the manager insisted on trying to get me to pay for it. After biting into an ice cold piece of beef, the last thing I wanted was more beef. Service was fine...manager was a complete douche...I guess I was the wrong color to gets me a refunds. I told the manager he could eat the second burger.
03/09/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I was visiting my old home town New Orleans from Los Angeles and of course you have to have New Orleans seafood. I have been to Deanies a few times and it was wonderful, delicious. But this time it was just horrible. We had a table of 3 and it must of taken us 3 hours to eat. They must of been understaffed or something. I ordered the crabmeat remoulade which is normally delicious with a nice amount of crabmeat but this time the amound of crabmeat was so puny. I mean really ""wheres the meat""? I also ordered the bbq shrimp which is normally so damn delicious but this time something was seriously lacking. It had a burnt left on stove too long taste. Disappointing.
My oysters were about 1.5 hours late and the waitress also told me that they left them in the refrigerator for me to keep them cooled because she forgot to retrieve them. Oh how lovely dried up raw oysters.
The worst of the experience was the waiting, It took forever for the food. I mean we must of sat for like 45minutes waiting for our food after our appetizers. By the time our food arrived we were not hungry anymore and just got to go boxes.
Than the $120 bill came.
07/09/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My friends and I have eaten at Deanie''s on Lake Ave. for years, and several times this year. Seafood is always plentiful and very good! Love the spicy new potatoes served as an appetizer.
Sometimes when the restaurant is packed it becomes a little noisy and the service can be a little slow ...... just sit back, enjoy, joke with your server and be patient....good food in coming!
When driving in for a visit Deanie's is always our first stop....can't wait to get back!! See ya there ......
06/22/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I believe in giving second chances, but I really wish we did not, as this second chance was so not worth $130.00 !!! The first time we visited this restaurant, the food was so greasy that I had an upset tummy before we even left the place! This time I ordered something different from what the others in our party were eating (they ordered one of the platters), and still I was very disappointed! The stuffed shrimp (supposedly stuffed with crabmeat) was horrible! Not only was I forced to order the more expensive dinner portion (we missed ""lunch time"" by half hour or so and I eat very little), but the taste was overwhelmed by the spices (and I do use hot sauce regularly), I could taste nothing but the spice! My kids hated the taste of the food on the platter, as it tasted just like my stuffed shrimp! We all like spicy food, but this was way too much! Also, the potatoes brought out are awful, the patrons should be given a choice of rolls instead! I would not be so upset if we did not spend do much, but if I am paying over $100.00, I expect better food and service! This place will NOT get a third time out of us! I should have taken my cue from the woman who left while we were waiting, she said that was the worst food and sevice she had, next time I hear someone leaving a place saying something like that, I WILL listen!
05/17/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Deanie's is the perfect place to go with a large group looking to stuff themselves with delicious seafood. Their food is well priced and the portions are enormous. It's hard to choose which is better out of their boiled seafood, but I think their crawfish is to die for. Also, try their stuffed shrimp.