If you’re lucky enough to visit New Orleans in the springtime, you absolutely must indulge in a local’s favorite: crawfish.

Crawfish season coincides with festival season and ranges from late December to early summer, depending on the year. The peak of crawfish season usually comes in March and April, and there’s no better way to enjoy spring weather than to pinch and peel boiled crawfish outdoors.

Read on to learn where to get boiled crawfish in the French Quarter. (Photo courtesy Karl Baron on Flickr)

Read on to learn where to get boiled crawfish in the French Quarter. (Photo courtesy Karl Baron on Flickr)

To get the ultimate crawfish experience while visiting the Crescent City, you’ll want to start your day off with a crawfish tail omelet at Criollo. Better yet, if you’re here on a Saturday, indulge in our Daily “Benedict” Special, the Creole Benedict, which features Creole Risotto & Crawfish Cake, Poached Egg and Citrus Hollandaise.

While you’re spending your day exploring the French Quarter, stop at one of these locations to check “eat boiled crawfish in New Orleans” off your bucket list!

Where to get boiled crawfish in the French Quarter:

Deanie’s Seafood – 841 Iberville St.

This French Quarter location of the classic local’s favorite serves up boiled crawfish, shrimp and crabs in season. You can also find plenty of other Gulf Coast favorites like oysters on the half shell, stuffed flounder, barbeque shrimp pasta, and seafood platters.

Original French Market Restaurant – 1001 Decatur St.

This restaurant has been serving fresh Gulf Seafood for more than 200 years. Here you can find a variety of boiled seafood, including boiled crawfish by the pound, as well as boiled jumbo shrimp, blue crabs and snow crabs.

J’s Seafood Dock – 1100 N Peters St., Stall # 25

For something casual, J’s Seafood Dock in the French Market offers a no-frills experience with boiled crawfish, raw oysters and other seafood options.

Three Legged Dog – 400 Burgundy St.

The best way to experience a boiled crawfish like the locals do is at a dive bar like this one. Three Legged Dog offers late night crawfish boils a few times a week, usually on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Call ahead of time (504-412-8335) to make sure crawfish are available.

More delicious crawfish dishes:

Our very own Criollo Restaurant offers plenty of other crawfish dishes to try, once you’ve had your fill of peeling and shucking boiled crawfish:

Seafood Gumbo with Gulf Shrimp and Crawfish at Criollo Restaurant, inside Hotel Monteleone in the New Orleans French Quarter

Our Seafood Gumbo, with Gulf shrimp, crawfish and fried okra croutons, and our Crawfish Bisque are always popular with locals and tourists alike. Crawfish Vol Au Vent is also a delicious way to start your meal.

Need just a quick bite? The savory Blue Crab & Crawfish Beignets on our Bar Bites menu pair perfectly with a Fleur De Lis cocktail from the Carousel Bar.

No matter which way you prefer to get your crawfish fix, Hotel Monteleone offers the perfect starting point for exploring all of the delectable delights the French Quarter has to offer. Book your next stay today!