Baton Rouge Date Night: Juban’s Revamped!

Over the years, my husband and I have enjoyed going to Juban’s for date nights, especially for special occasions like anniversaries and birthdays. We loved the old-school feel and the classic cajun go-to’s: their gumbo is one of our favorites in town with a perfect dark roux! We also thought it was a great location for several business functions we attended for my husband’s work. Needless to say, I was really bummed when I saw Juban’s was closing last year then pleasantly surprised when it was because of renovations and a re-opening just a few weeks ago. When our friends from out of town were coming to visit, I knew we had to try out Juban’s for a double date, and I’m so glad we did!

Now, I have learned over the years that going to a restaurant in the first week it opens is not a good idea. It’s bound to be crowded and the kinks are still getting worked out. I’ll admit that getting settled into our evening at Juban’s was a bit bumpy. We had to wait quite a while for our table even though we’d made a reservation. This wasn’t too bad as our friends had gotten drinks from the bar and we were happy to chat and catch up with them while we waited. We had also requested a reservation in the new library room, but unfortunately, this note was not found with our reservation. And lastly, upon being seated we were informed that there was a water glass shortage and our water was served a little bit later in wine glasses, which honestly was not a big deal at all and just comical. Despite this bit of bumbling, I still give Juban’s four stars because it was a lovely experience after that.

First of all, they’ve done an excellent job on the renovations.

Everything looks classy and feels special without being gaudy or over the top. They’ve added a second beautiful bar in the dining room as well as a beautiful library room towards the back of the restaurant. The whole place feels fresh and revived without losing its old-school charm.

The service was impeccable!

I was skeptical after the few beginning missteps, but our waiters were attentive and helpful without being overbearing. They took our orders in a timely manner and didn’t rush us.

And now for the most important part: the food!

To sum it up, the food was delicious and we were all happy with our meals. They bring out hot French rolls with butter to start. I ordered a cocktail that I didn’t love, Mr. Blue Sky, but that was my mistake as I don’t enjoy sweet cocktails. My friend liked the margarita that she enjoyed. Later, the guys ordered a whiskey and the ladies had the Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa which were both great.

We ordered the Mango Tasso Shrimp for an appetizer which was really good, crispy shrimp and a decadent sauce. This was followed by the Cauliflower Crab & Brie soup which you absolutely must order! It was creamy, flavorful, and rich but not overly so. We all devoured it. The Sensation and Wedge salads were both great as those salads go, but not super memorable. Our entrees stole the show! My husband ordered the Filet and swapped out the potatoes for the Maque Choux Couscous, and y’all, I am not exaggerating when I tell you that was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. Wow! I had the Redfish Adrian with the Mushroom Risotto which was also absolutely divine.

I was happy to enjoy leftovers the next day. For dessert, we had the Cherries Jubilee which wasn’t my husband’s favorite, but I thought the brandy sauce on top of the vanilla ice cream was absolutely delicious.

Overall, I highly recommend trying out this revamped version of Juban’s. I want to go again for Brunch. Make a reservation, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!


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