From restaurants and nightlife to family fun and outdoor adventures, Lake Charles and its surrounding towns are stacked with brand new eateries, experiences, and explorations, as well as renewed establishments that elevate the status quo. Within the past year, Southwest Louisiana enhanced its offerings to highlight the reasons we're deemed Louisiana's Playgrond. This includes significant renovations and recent additions that contribute to cultural fun and culinary flair that we offer to everyone year after year.

New Businesses

  • 100 Westlake Avenue
  • (337) 430-2300

Chef Gordon Ramsay's cuts of prime beef are aged to perfection under a program directed by the fiery, internationally renowned chef and his culinary team. The chic, swinging London atmosphere is the perfect backdrop to enjoy decadent bites of caviar and roasted Beef Wellington…

  • 4865 Highway 397
  • +1 337-429-8077

Simon's Bar and Grill in Lake Charles is a Cajun restaurant serving blue crabs, po'boys, beignets, shrimp, boiled crawfish and more. Featuring a full-service bar and grill, they serve plate lunches throughout the week and even have cornhole and washers in the back entertainment…

  • 190 Davis Road
  • (337) 775-5011

Ready to come enjoy some of the best dining on the Gulf Coast with spectacular views? This unique destination in beautiful Cameron, Louisiana, has authentic Louisiana cuisine in a family-friendly, relaxed atmosphere, a complete RV-Resort as well as a fully-stocked market, a…

  • 3622½ Ryan St.
  • (337) 477-1957

Are you ready to join the party? The new and improved restaurant and bar is a great spot for those looking to have an amazing time with friends. There's no need to bounce around from place to place to enjoy your night out. Or you can always come by for lunch to enjoy a nice quick…

  • 825 Bilbo Street
  • (337) 419-2222

Experience the heart of Lake Charles at The Royal! Nestled in the vibrant downtown area, our venue is just steps away from the best restaurants, bars, and live music the city has to offer. Perfect for guests looking to make a weekend out of your special event!

  • 4723 Common Street
  • (337) 267-8420

Orinoco is a top choice when you are craving Latin, Colombian, and Venezuelan food. We are passionate about our work and specialize in creating unique dishes that will tantalize your taste buds. We strive to ensure that each guest experiences the highest level of hospitality…

  • 623 Ryan St
  • (337) 781-5400

Explore curated shops and vendors at Muller's Vintage Market, where you'll find a unique blend of new and vintage clothing, home goods, furniture and more. Your one-stop destination for timeless treasures awaits in Downtown Lake Charles!

  • 321 Broad Street
  • (337) 532-8101

Mantra Yoga Center is the perfect place for individuals looking to grow their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being through yoga practice. Our studio provides various yoga classes and events throughout the year, led by our experienced and passionate instructors. We invite…

  • 1620 N. Simmons St.
  • (337) 602-1093

Biscuits N Jamz is a rising star for crave-worthy Southern comfort food in Southwest Louisiana. The cozy eatery specializes in breakfast and brunch, including cheesy fried grits topped with a salmon croquette with grilled shrimp in a chipotle sauce and bacon-stuffed shrimp toast…

  • 4740 Nelson Road, Suite 200
  • (337) 429-5023

The Crêpe Escape will help you vacation from the ordinary with sweet and savory crêpes! There are plenty of crepe options to satisfy both savory and sweet lovers, and they also offer Boba tea and coffee.

  • 5250 Lake Street Suite E
  • (337) 990-5257

Lil’ Art House is an interactive art studio providing Lake Charles with the perfect place for celebrating birthdays, date nights, bridal and baby showers, Sunday brunch, or girls' night out! We cater to all age ranges from children to adults, and accommodate all levels of…

  • 300 W 4th St
  • (337) 786-2823

The DeQuincy Veterans Memorial Park is located on West 4th Street, and improvements are being continually added. The centerpiece monument is 22 feet tall with over 20 tons of black lava rock used on top of the mound to represent Mt. Suribachi. On Feb. 23, 1945, U.S. Marines took…

  • 1776 W. Prien Lake Rd, Suite E
  • (337) 990-5139

Discover the authentic magic of Mexican cuisine at Nogal Mexican Cuisine Bar. Immerse yourself in intense and vibrant flavors that will transport you straight to Mexico. With traditional dishes prepared with passion and fresh ingredients, every bite is a true feast for the…

  • 1221 N. Martin Luther King Hwy
  • (337) 564-1878

At Asia BBQ, flavor takes flight! Established in December 2023, Asia BBQ is known for its crunchy fried mega wings and the delectable sweet chili noodle combo, boasting a tantalizing mix of chicken, beef, shrimp, veggies, and jalapenos. Guests can explore a diverse menu offering…

  • 706 Ryan Street
  • (337) 842-7007

The Emporium offers vintage vinyl records, music memorabilia, posters, instruments, band T-shirts, and more in Downtown Lake Charles.

  • 702 Enterprise Boulevard
  • (337) 491-1280

The Nellie Lutcher Memorial Park is located in the heart of the Nellie Lutcher Cultural District. This park has several unique design elements that are not currently available at any other city parks. It features a stage, outlined with piano keys to pay homage to Nellie Lutcher…

  • 1530 E. McNeese St. Suite 8
  • (337) 607-3027

Located near McNeese State University, The Buzz Coffee Shop and More is the perfect place to stop in for coffee on the go, fresh and delicious pastries, complimentary Wi-Fi for getting work done, and a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere. The menu also includes Lotus caffeine…

  • 1219 N Martin Luther King Hwy
  • (337) 324-4124

Wingz & Thingz offers you delicious, made to order wings in seven mouthwatering flavors, along with chicken sandwiches, sauced fries, and salads. They're locally owned and operated. “You don’t have to die to get your wings, our wings are to die for.”

  • 2500 Kirkman St
  • (337) 488-8464

Area 337 is an authentic, family-owned restaurant focused on delivering traditional Latino dishes and cocktails to the Lake Area. Their menu features a wide selection of authentic Cuban, Spanish, Venezuelan, and Dominican dishes for you to enjoy and their cozy atmosphere is the…

  • 5656 Nelson Rd. Suite B2
  • (337) 429-5481

Luna Bar & Grill South opened in 2023 as the second Luna Bar & Grill location in Lake Charles. Both the south and downtown locations feature a menu brimming with fresh seafood, juicy steaks, and creative sandwiches. Don't miss their signature Luna Tuna or delectable…

  • 629 W Prien Lake Rd
  • (337) 429-5093

It should come as no surprise that the Blue Iguana Taco Bar and Cantina features freshly made tacos and burritos stuffed specially for your enjoyment. Their vibrant and lively atmosphere along with their flavorful dishes make them the perfect destination for a memorable dining…

  • 1830 Ryan street suite A
  • (337) 499-3086

The creative corner is an open arts and craft studio for all ages. During Open Studio Hours, we have a variety of walk-in projects available to make! We don’t take reservations, you simply walk in, pick a project and we set you up with supplies! Our current Open Studio hours are…

  • 3365 E. Prien Lake Road
  • (337) 379-5005

Discover the unmatched aesthetic and awe-inspiring ambiance at The Chandelier Room in Lake Charles! This venue boasts an aesthetic unmatched in its beauty, designed to captivate your senses and create magical memories. Step into a world of wonder, where every detail is…

  • 329 Broad St
  • (337) 842-7007

Gold Band Diner & Bar is located inside Panorama Music Exchange. The venue features music memorabilia and a speakeasy-style bar that serves beer, wine, and cocktails. For pop-up jazz shows and intimate concerts, the new Gold Band Diner & Bar is the place to be. The venue is named…

  • 107 Sutherland Rd
  • (504) 754-5300

Explore the natural beauty of Sam Houston Jones State Park and the Calcasieu West Fork River at your leisure with the addition of self-serve paddle rental kiosks by Bayou Adventure, offering single and tandem kayak rentals. The rental kiosk is located by the boat launch and is…

  • 777 Avenue L'Auberge
  • 1-866-355-7111

Mexican restaurant Johnny Sánchez originated in New Orleans by Aarón Sánchez, chef/owner who is an award-winning chef, TV personality, cookbook author and philanthropist. Embodying the warmth of traditional Mexican cooking, this restaurant bridges traditional Mexican food with a…

  • 814 E. Prien Lake Rd.
  • (337) 347-9845

Elegance, serenity, relaxation, and rejuvenation - Alevan Salon Spa Sanctuary offers a variety of services, and it is also making its mark as one of the first multicultural hair salons in Lake Charles. Inspired by the non-stop schedules and high expectations of today's world…

  • 4051 Ryan Street
  • (337) 508-2180

Pedro's Tacos and Tequila restaurant provides authentic homemade Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine in a trendy and upscale environment.