Houston has some excellent seafood, so if you want to eat out tonight, you can use our guide to the best crawfish in Houston to help you find your next favorite restaurant.
From busy, bustling seafood cafes to fusion food to family-friendly restaurants, there are many places to check out in Houston!
Top Places to Have Crawfish in Houston, TX
We’ve highlighted our top picks in Houston for crawfish, including our food recommendations, as well as an overview of the atmosphere, what kind of food you can expect, and the drinks available.
We’ve made a note on whether each spot is vegetarian-friendly. Although you might want to grab some crawfish, others in your group might have different eating specifications, and some seafood restaurants have some veggie options for them.
Finally, a note on pricing: the pricing of seafood restaurants tends to change based on market prices. It’s worth keeping an eye on this as the price of fresh seafood can fluctuate throughout the year.
Now, let’s take a look at our top 7 picks for crawfish in Houston!
1. Crawfish Cafe
|Address:||1026 N Shepherd Dr Houston, TX 77008|
|Food:||Seafood platters, chicken wings|
|Our Recommendation:||Seafood Bowl|
Crawfish Cafe is the place to go for good seafood. It’s pretty busy and makes a great spot for a family outing or a catch-up with friends. You can also grab takeout and delivery here too.
We’d recommend trying a Seafood Bowl. You can choose from crawfish, shrimp, whole lobster, mussels, and crab legs, and then you can pick a flavor. For example, you could go for the lemon pepper or the ‘coco loco’ (coconut, garlic, and citrus).
You could also try the fried seafood platters, which are delicious, or you could grab some chicken wings if you don’t feel like having fish.
The pricing is pretty standard for a seafood restaurant. The seafood platters range from just under $10 to around $20, and a plate of wings will cost you $9.99.
There aren’t any veggie or vegan options available here, only vegetarian sides, like fries and veggies or rice.
There’s a full bar here, offering wine, beer, and soft drinks.
2. Hot and Buttered
|Address:||2702 N Shepherd Dr Houston, TX 77008|
|Food:||Crawfish, shrimp, mussels, scallops, snow crab|
Hot and Buttered offers a simple menu with a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. With a full bar and a TV, it’s a good place to catch up with friends and watch a game over a drink or two. They offer takeout if you’d rather eat at home.
The menu is very simple. Pick from crawfish, shrimp, mussels, scallops, or snow crab. Choose an add-on (potato, corn, sausage, or quail egg) and pick your extras (butter, mayo, seasoning, ketchup, or their famous Hot and Buttered sauce). You can pick from spicy or mild, and that’s it! Simple, unfussy, and delicious.
As you can imagine, the food gets pretty spicy, although you can pick mild if you’re not too sure! If you normally love visiting taco restaurants or similar, you may like it here.
The pricing varies depending on market prices, so you may not be able to tell in advance how much it will cost. The sides are pretty reasonable (potato for $0.50, corn for $1), and the extras are either $0.50 or $1 for the Hot and Buttered sauce.
There is a total lack of veggie options here, so bear that in mind if you’re planning a meal out with a vegetarian friend.
They have a full bar here, so it’s a good place to go for drinks.
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3. BB’s Tex-Orleans
|Address:||2701 White Oak Dr Houston, TX 77007|
|Food:||Sharing plates, seafood trays, gumbo, meat|
|Our Recommendation:||The Boil Seafood Tray|
BB’s Tex-Orleans is a busy, welcoming, friendly spot to visit. Ideal for families with young kids (thanks to the kids’ menu) as well as groups of friends, there’s something for everyone here. They also offer takeout and delivery.
There’s a lot of choices here. The sharing plates are delicious (for example, the Loaded Pollo Bullets, chicken stuffed with cream cheese and jalapenos wrapped in bacon and served with a side of Cajun Cream Sauce).
You could go for The Boil Seafood Tray. Pick your spice level, choose from crawfish, crab, or shrimp, and add extras, like the Loaded Pollo Bullets we mentioned before or veggies. Served with dipping butter, this is simple but very tasty.
There’s also a kids’ menu offering mac and cheese, chicken tenders, and other classic kid food.
The pricing is fairly standard. The seafood varies depending on market pricing, but you can pick up a bowl of gumbo for $15-20, and the sharing plates come in at around $15-20 too.
There are some veggie options here, for example, the Mad Hatter salad.
They have a full bar, the Voodoo Bar, offering a series of cocktails, seltzers, wine, beer, and soft drinks.
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4. Crawfish Shack
|Address:||5822 Fm 2100 Rd Crosby, TX 77532
|Food:||Crawfish, crab, shrimp|
|Our Recommendation:||Louisiana Crawfish Etouffee|
The Crawfish Shack is a friendly place for families to visit. It’s busy and loud, so you’ll have to get there early to get a spot in line. They offer takeout, but not delivery.
If you want crawfish, you can pick your spice level, and add a side (corn, potatoes, mushrooms, or sausage links). You could go for a combo, like the Shack Combo (2 lbs boiled crawfish, 1 lb boiled shrimp, corn and potatoes) or you could go for something like the Louisiana Crawfish Etouffee, which is delicious.
They have a kids’ menu, offering cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, corn dogs, or mac and cheese, all served with fries and a drink.
The pricing varies, but the Shack Combo comes in at $29.95. The Chicken and Gumbo comes in at $7.95 for a bowl, so you can grab something for under $10 if you don’t want to splash out. The kids’ meals come in at just under $5.
There are no vegetarian options here.
It’s also a BYOB restaurant. If you want drinks, you are welcome to bring them yourself.
5. Crawfish & Noodles
|Address:||11360 Bellaire Blvd Ste 990 Houston, TX 77072|
|Food:||Noodles, seafood, wings|
|Our Recommendation:||Vietcajun Crawfish|
Crawfish & Noodles is a unique fusion restaurant, offering Vietnamese classics and Cajun seafood. It’s a busy, bustling restaurant, good for groups of friends and family, and it could be a great place to go on a date. It offers takeout and delivery.
If you want to stick with seafood, we’d recommend the Vietcajun Crawfish (you can choose your spice level). You could grab some chicken wings (the wings in Asian honey garlic are particularly delicious). Or you could go for Vietnamese food, like the Mi Quang (spicy yellow noodles with soup, pork, shrimp, and peanuts).
The pricing is higher than average, with the price of crawfish varying depending on market prices.
There aren’t any vegetarian options here, so you’ll have to bear that in mind if you’re looking for somewhere to eat with a vegetarian friend.
They have a bar offering beer, wine, and soft drinks.
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6. Crafty Crab
|Address:||11328 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77077|
|Food:||Crabs, fish, crawfish, shrimp, mussels|
|Our Recommendation:||Boiled seafood bowls|
Crafty Crab is a fun, lively, trendy place to be. Offering takeout and delivery, it has a full bar, and it’s great for big groups of friends having a get-together.
The star of the show is the boiled seafood bowls. Choose from crawfish, crabs, lobster, shrimp, clams, and mussels. You can add some seasoning (Cajun, buttery garlic, lemon pepper, or a combination of all of them) and then choose your spice level.
You could also go for fried chicken tenders, catfish, cheese sticks, or wings. They also offer sides and salads.
The pricing is about average, with the seafood is based on market prices.
There aren’t many veggie options available, other than a salad and some sides.
They have a full bar, offering both alcohol and soft drinks.
|Address:||606 E 11th St Houston, TX 77008|
|Food:||Crawfish, shrimp, platters|
|Our Recommendation:||5lb Seafood Platter|
Boilhouse is temporarily closed but will be reopening again in January 2022. It’s usually a busy, lively place, good for groups of friends or family outings. They offer takeout, but not delivery.
We’d recommend the seafood platters. The 5lb Platter includes seafood of your choice, plus a serving of corn and 2 servings of potatoes. The menu is pretty basic (seafood + sides + sauce), but the quality is delicious.
The pricing is based on market prices but is slightly higher than average for sides ($0.75 for potatoes, $4.50 for sausage links or mushrooms).
There aren’t any veggie options here, so if you’ve got a veggie friend or family member, you may want to go to another restaurant.
They have a bar offering daiquiris, beers, water, or soda. You can take the alcoholic drinks to go or have them on the premises.
Which place will you go to for crawfish? With so much choice, it’s worth trying them all, especially if you can go when the market prices are good.
We hope that has helped you to figure out the best crawfish spots in Houston. There are many great restaurants in Houston, so keep checking back with us for more guides on the best places to eat in the city!