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Nauti Crab is one of the newest seafood restaurants on the scene serving Viet-Cajun crawfish.
Rebekah Flores

Where to Get Crawfish in Houston This Season

Sucking the heads, while recommended, is entirely optional.

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Nauti Crab is one of the newest seafood restaurants on the scene serving Viet-Cajun crawfish.
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Living in Houston, you come to know the three seasons: hot, hotter, and then crawfish season. Crawfish season usually begins in January (December if the weather is right) and lasts until early July, reaching its peak in the spring.

While the beginning of the winter months is a time for Houstonians to rejoice that crawfish is incoming, this year is slightly different. With lower yields than expected and increased prices, many area restaurants delayed their crawfish season start dates past the typical early January offering. Mudbug enthusiasts should know that this supply shortage will reflect in the prices by a few dollars per pound. Fret not, though: crawfish season is still alive and well. Expect restaurants on this list to start in February, with the peak season carrying into the spring months this year.

From traditional Cajun hotspots to the city’s Viet-Cajun hybrids, crawfish season is one that many Houstonians celebrate. Varying heat levels and signature sauces, along with trusty sides of corn, sausage, and potatoes, make crawfish the Mount Rushmore of Houston food experiences.

Here are 23 spots where diners can enjoy great crawfish this season.

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John E's Restaurant

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This Crosby joint with consistently good crawfish, a laidback vibe, and Louisiana-style dishes is worth the drive from the city. Prepare for the main event with crispy fried calamari, then choose your crawfish spice level, priced at $12.99 per pound. Opt for tasty compliments like boiled shrimp, mushrooms, and sausage, and end your meal with warm bread pudding served with praline sauce.

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HOT and BUTTERED

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During crawfish season, Hot and Buttered set up shop at Tikila’s in the Heights, and it couldn’t be a better pairing. The tropical-themed outdoor patio is the perfect setting for spicy, garlicky, hot and buttery crawfish as available (check its Instagram for weekly updates). It has rotating specials, as well as small, medium, and large party packs with crawfish, shrimp, snow crab, sausage, corn, and potatoes.

Crazy Cajun Seafood House - POST Market

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Post Houston’s food market indulges Houston’s crawfish craze with this Cajun seafood vendor. For the full experience, start with the fried oyster nachos and a cup of seafood gumbo — a food hall favorite loaded with crawfish, shrimp, and oysters. Then, dig into a bucket of the Mix, a combination of a pound of crawfish, a pound of mussels, 12 pieces of boiled shrimp, two ears of corn, and two potatoes — all flavored with the seasoning of your choice.

Josephine's

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A love letter to Gulf Coast cuisine, chef Lucas McKinney’s Midtown destination is not only a great spot to grab some crawfish but is overall one of the hottest seafood restaurants in town. The crawfish is served just like a good low-country boil, classic in nature with all the traditional sides of corn and potatoes, but don’t rest there. There are plenty of raw bar options from blue crab to shrimp cocktails, but the snapper collar marinated in a Jamaican jerk rub really steals the show. Grab some hot biscuits, BBQ Calabrian shrimp and make it a feast. Don’t sleep on the desserts either– the dark chocolate torte and sorghum creme brûlée are a cherry on top to any a meal here.  Be sure to check their socials for daily crawfish deals.

88 Boiling Crawfish & Seafood

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This Westchase seafood shack is a go-to for indulging in several pounds of crawfish without dropping too much loot. Go for the 88 Special, a medley of each of 88 Boiling Crawfish’s three seasoning blends tossed together in the same bag, and ask for it extra-spicy.

Nauti Crab

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This New Jersey import brings an East Coast flair to Viet-Cajun cuisine. Though crawfish is undoubtedly a focus, diners can indulge in buckets with the seafood of their choice, including boiled shrimp, Dungeness and Snow crab clusters, and whole lobster, with seasonings ranging from Nauti Cajun and garlic butter to lemon pepper and Old Bay. Still hungry? The menu boasts many other offerings, including seafood po’boys, fried rice, crab cake sandwiches, and lobster stir fry.

A large crawfish and two lobster tails slathered in seasoning in a paper-lined bucket.
Nauti Crab is offering an East Coast spin on Viet-Cajun.
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BB's Tex-Orleans

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BB’s Cafe is a reliable choice come crawfish season, serving thousands of pounds of crawfish across its multiple outposts every year. It’s such a must-stop that native Houstonian Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z have come by for a crawfish fix. The crawfish are soaked in a Cajun-style boil that offers an explosive punch of spicy flavor. Check its social profiles for an ETA on when crawfish will be available this year.

Patio at The Pit Room

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This beloved barbecue restaurant is known for its hearty plates of brisket and ribs. It doubles as a crawfish destination, when in season. Crawfish are served by the pound, so grab a few friends and order the feast, where diners can get three pounds of crawfish, one pound of shrimp, two jumbo snow crab clusters, and sides of corn, sausage, potatoes, and mushrooms. Crawfish are served from 1 p.m. until it sells out on Thursdays and Fridays, and noon until out on weekends.

Ragin' Cajun

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A staple for crawfish since the 1970s, Ragin’ Cajun gets particular about its seafood. The restaurant offers Acadian “rice field” pond-raised crawfish, which is boiled in their signature Cajun-style boil using a blend of cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt, garlic powder, and chili powder.

LA Crawfish

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With lines of customers out the door, it’s easy to see why LA Crawfish has quickly expanded to multiple Houston locations. In addition to its boiled crawfish, seasoned with garlic butter, hot-and-sour sauce, or Cajun-style flavors, find crawfish pho and mudbug empanadas.

South x Saigon

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At this Viet-Cajun spot in Westchase, chef Skip Nguyen is offering Vietnamese and Cajun comfort foods with a Southern twist. Get gumbo, wings, and hush puppies alongside Vietnamese egg rolls, frog legs, and coconut snails. Try a banh boy, a playful combination of a Vietnamese banh mi and a po boy, and check out its specials on crawfish, which pair perfectly with its Southside sauce, a combination of garlic butter with onions and green peppers.

Crawfish & Noodles

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This James Beard Award-nominated crawfish restaurant has garnered national attention, and for good reason. It may be pricier than other local spots, but the seasoning blend on this boil is perfectly balanced. Pair a few pounds of Viet-Cajun crawfish with an oxtail hotpot or a plate of noodles for a combination that could only exist in a city like Houston. You can also get your crawfish cravings satiated at the restaurant’s new second location at the Houston Farmer’s Market.

Crawfish Cafe

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At this Alief favorite, sauce up your mudbugs with a variety of interesting and layered blends of flavor ranging from Thai basil to "the Mix," a combo of garlic butter and lemon pepper. If the crawfish aren't enough to satisfy the hunger, go for a dozen Gulf oysters or a pound of littleneck clams drenched in Cajun seasoning.

Guidry's

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This boisterous Cajun restaurant is home to some of the most authentic Louisianan-inspired crawfish boils and cuisine in town. The crawfish is market-priced but upgrade your order with all the perfect conduits like corn, snow crab, shrimp, sausage, potatoes, and mushrooms. On weekends there’s live music and a full bar, and don’t be shy to check out the other options on the menu like Cajun classics like gumbo and stuffed pistolette.

Crawfish platter. Courtesy Photo.

Atchafalaya Crawfish

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This seasonal pop-up restaurant does one thing, and it does it well — Cajun-style crawfish. The bugs are delivered live every single day from Louisiana, then boiled to perfection and sold for takeout only. Alternatively, you can buy live crawfish for boiling at home. Check the weekly prices on Facebook, and call in to place your order.

Crawfish & Beignets

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What’s better than a savory crawfish meal ending with a pillowy sweet beignet? This Viet-Cajun crawfish joint marries the flavors of Louisiana and Houston’s Vietnamese cooking. The Krajun CNB Feast is the go-to here, complete with crawfish, king crab, jumbo shrimp, clams, mussels, snow crab, corn, potatoes, and sausages that are then wok-fried in its house marinade.

Boiling Dragon

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This Asian fusion restaurant in Pearland is serving up everything from Korean street tacos, to bao buns stuffed with soft shell crab or pork belly. Its daily off-the-menu specials include Cray Cray fries, garlic French fries smothered in creamy crawfish alfredo sauce, and General Tso’s shrimp fried rice. During crawfish season, catch the buy five pounds, get the sixth-pound special. Sauce sides include original Cajun, garlic butter, and Thai basil.

Crazy Alan's Swamp Shack

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Take a drive down to Kemah any time of year for Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack year-round crawfish. Dine in for its crawfish deals or bring a small crew for the special $120 boiled feast, which includes 3 pounds of crawfish, a pound of boiled shrimp, two clusters of snow crab, and one Maine lobster served with corn and potatoes. Try swamp snacks like smoked oysters or the mudbug burger — a beef patty topped with crawfish.

Cajun Kitchen

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Choose from the entire gamut of crawfish flavors at this perennially-busy Asiantown hotspot. Vietnamese, Cajun, and Viet-Cajun styles are on the menu when crawfish is in season, but the house specialty is the Viet-Cajun boil. Chow down on pounds of crawdads doused in a Thai basil sauce or opt for its specialty house sauce consisting of a bright mixture of lemon, orange, garlic, and green onion. Craving something else? The menu includes seafood options, fried rice dishes, noodles, wings, and po-boy sandwiches.

Phat Eatery

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Chef Alex Au-Yeung’s ever-popular Katy Malaysian destination serves one of the most inventive fusion crawfish dishes in town with a unique boil made out of coconut milk and curry sauce. Decadent and rich in umami, this Malaysian meets Viet-Cajun style crawfish special is only available for a limited time (historically around March) during peak crawfish season, so be sure to turn on notifications on the restaurant’s social media profiles; then, venture down to Katy Asiatown.

Orleans Seafood Kitchen

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With a name like Orleans Kitchen, you know the Cajun cooking is serious. Two locations of this restaurant serve up traditionally seasoned crawfish with all the classic sides of corn and potatoes. Louisiana classics like red beans and rice, gumbo, and oysters are worthy additions to any order, and there’s even a full bar.

Turkey Leg Hut

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If you know, you know. This Third Ward hot spot known for its cult-favorite turkey legs doesn’t advertise crawfish on its menu but follow them and social media during crawfish season to be alerted when they offer up these little morsels of goodness. The Hut boasts that it has some of the best crawfish per pound deals in town, and you can’t go wrong with free sides of corn and potatoes with any order. Be attentive, as its popular crawfish specials do sell out fast, but fret not, the menu is full of tried-and-true classics like its signature turkey legs,  fried fish, shrimp baskets, and boudin balls.

Willie's Grill & Icehouse

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Cold beer and crawdads are the name of the game at this local chain. With a menu spanning everything you’d want from an old-fashioned Texan icehouse from fish and chips, burgers, and a variety of seafood boil options like snow crab legs and Louisiana crawfish. The crawfish boil comes with a variety of different buttery sauces to choose from and the boudin balls pair brilliantly as a vehicle to mop up all the juices from these snackable morsels of goodness. Order a bucket of cold ones, dab on some Louisiana hot sauce, and get to munching.

John E's Restaurant

This Crosby joint with consistently good crawfish, a laidback vibe, and Louisiana-style dishes is worth the drive from the city. Prepare for the main event with crispy fried calamari, then choose your crawfish spice level, priced at $12.99 per pound. Opt for tasty compliments like boiled shrimp, mushrooms, and sausage, and end your meal with warm bread pudding served with praline sauce.

Image of a crawfish bowl with potatoes and corn. Facebook - John E’s Cajun Restaurant

HOT and BUTTERED

During crawfish season, Hot and Buttered set up shop at Tikila’s in the Heights, and it couldn’t be a better pairing. The tropical-themed outdoor patio is the perfect setting for spicy, garlicky, hot and buttery crawfish as available (check its Instagram for weekly updates). It has rotating specials, as well as small, medium, and large party packs with crawfish, shrimp, snow crab, sausage, corn, and potatoes.

Crazy Cajun Seafood House - POST Market

Post Houston’s food market indulges Houston’s crawfish craze with this Cajun seafood vendor. For the full experience, start with the fried oyster nachos and a cup of seafood gumbo — a food hall favorite loaded with crawfish, shrimp, and oysters. Then, dig into a bucket of the Mix, a combination of a pound of crawfish, a pound of mussels, 12 pieces of boiled shrimp, two ears of corn, and two potatoes — all flavored with the seasoning of your choice.

Josephine's

A love letter to Gulf Coast cuisine, chef Lucas McKinney’s Midtown destination is not only a great spot to grab some crawfish but is overall one of the hottest seafood restaurants in town. The crawfish is served just like a good low-country boil, classic in nature with all the traditional sides of corn and potatoes, but don’t rest there. There are plenty of raw bar options from blue crab to shrimp cocktails, but the snapper collar marinated in a Jamaican jerk rub really steals the show. Grab some hot biscuits, BBQ Calabrian shrimp and make it a feast. Don’t sleep on the desserts either– the dark chocolate torte and sorghum creme brûlée are a cherry on top to any a meal here.  Be sure to check their socials for daily crawfish deals.

88 Boiling Crawfish & Seafood

This Westchase seafood shack is a go-to for indulging in several pounds of crawfish without dropping too much loot. Go for the 88 Special, a medley of each of 88 Boiling Crawfish’s three seasoning blends tossed together in the same bag, and ask for it extra-spicy.

Nauti Crab

This New Jersey import brings an East Coast flair to Viet-Cajun cuisine. Though crawfish is undoubtedly a focus, diners can indulge in buckets with the seafood of their choice, including boiled shrimp, Dungeness and Snow crab clusters, and whole lobster, with seasonings ranging from Nauti Cajun and garlic butter to lemon pepper and Old Bay. Still hungry? The menu boasts many other offerings, including seafood po’boys, fried rice, crab cake sandwiches, and lobster stir fry.

A large crawfish and two lobster tails slathered in seasoning in a paper-lined bucket.
Nauti Crab is offering an East Coast spin on Viet-Cajun.
Rebekah Flores

BB's Tex-Orleans

BB’s Cafe is a reliable choice come crawfish season, serving thousands of pounds of crawfish across its multiple outposts every year. It’s such a must-stop that native Houstonian Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z have come by for a crawfish fix. The crawfish are soaked in a Cajun-style boil that offers an explosive punch of spicy flavor. Check its social profiles for an ETA on when crawfish will be available this year.

Patio at The Pit Room

This beloved barbecue restaurant is known for its hearty plates of brisket and ribs. It doubles as a crawfish destination, when in season. Crawfish are served by the pound, so grab a few friends and order the feast, where diners can get three pounds of crawfish, one pound of shrimp, two jumbo snow crab clusters, and sides of corn, sausage, potatoes, and mushrooms. Crawfish are served from 1 p.m. until it sells out on Thursdays and Fridays, and noon until out on weekends.

Ragin' Cajun

A staple for crawfish since the 1970s, Ragin’ Cajun gets particular about its seafood. The restaurant offers Acadian “rice field” pond-raised crawfish, which is boiled in their signature Cajun-style boil using a blend of cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt, garlic powder, and chili powder.

LA Crawfish

With lines of customers out the door, it’s easy to see why LA Crawfish has quickly expanded to multiple Houston locations. In addition to its boiled crawfish, seasoned with garlic butter, hot-and-sour sauce, or Cajun-style flavors, find crawfish pho and mudbug empanadas.

South x Saigon

At this Viet-Cajun spot in Westchase, chef Skip Nguyen is offering Vietnamese and Cajun comfort foods with a Southern twist. Get gumbo, wings, and hush puppies alongside Vietnamese egg rolls, frog legs, and coconut snails. Try a banh boy, a playful combination of a Vietnamese banh mi and a po boy, and check out its specials on crawfish, which pair perfectly with its Southside sauce, a combination of garlic butter with onions and green peppers.

Crawfish & Noodles

This James Beard Award-nominated crawfish restaurant has garnered national attention, and for good reason. It may be pricier than other local spots, but the seasoning blend on this boil is perfectly balanced. Pair a few pounds of Viet-Cajun crawfish with an oxtail hotpot or a plate of noodles for a combination that could only exist in a city like Houston. You can also get your crawfish cravings satiated at the restaurant’s new second location at the Houston Farmer’s Market.

Crawfish Cafe

At this Alief favorite, sauce up your mudbugs with a variety of interesting and layered blends of flavor ranging from Thai basil to "the Mix," a combo of garlic butter and lemon pepper. If the crawfish aren't enough to satisfy the hunger, go for a dozen Gulf oysters or a pound of littleneck clams drenched in Cajun seasoning.

Guidry's

This boisterous Cajun restaurant is home to some of the most authentic Louisianan-inspired crawfish boils and cuisine in town. The crawfish is market-priced but upgrade your order with all the perfect conduits like corn, snow crab, shrimp, sausage, potatoes, and mushrooms. On weekends there’s live music and a full bar, and don’t be shy to check out the other options on the menu like Cajun classics like gumbo and stuffed pistolette.

Crawfish platter. Courtesy Photo.

Atchafalaya Crawfish

This seasonal pop-up restaurant does one thing, and it does it well — Cajun-style crawfish. The bugs are delivered live every single day from Louisiana, then boiled to perfection and sold for takeout only. Alternatively, you can buy live crawfish for boiling at home. Check the weekly prices on Facebook, and call in to place your order.

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Crawfish & Beignets

What’s better than a savory crawfish meal ending with a pillowy sweet beignet? This Viet-Cajun crawfish joint marries the flavors of Louisiana and Houston’s Vietnamese cooking. The Krajun CNB Feast is the go-to here, complete with crawfish, king crab, jumbo shrimp, clams, mussels, snow crab, corn, potatoes, and sausages that are then wok-fried in its house marinade.

Boiling Dragon

This Asian fusion restaurant in Pearland is serving up everything from Korean street tacos, to bao buns stuffed with soft shell crab or pork belly. Its daily off-the-menu specials include Cray Cray fries, garlic French fries smothered in creamy crawfish alfredo sauce, and General Tso’s shrimp fried rice. During crawfish season, catch the buy five pounds, get the sixth-pound special. Sauce sides include original Cajun, garlic butter, and Thai basil.

Crazy Alan's Swamp Shack

Take a drive down to Kemah any time of year for Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack year-round crawfish. Dine in for its crawfish deals or bring a small crew for the special $120 boiled feast, which includes 3 pounds of crawfish, a pound of boiled shrimp, two clusters of snow crab, and one Maine lobster served with corn and potatoes. Try swamp snacks like smoked oysters or the mudbug burger — a beef patty topped with crawfish.

Cajun Kitchen

Choose from the entire gamut of crawfish flavors at this perennially-busy Asiantown hotspot. Vietnamese, Cajun, and Viet-Cajun styles are on the menu when crawfish is in season, but the house specialty is the Viet-Cajun boil. Chow down on pounds of crawdads doused in a Thai basil sauce or opt for its specialty house sauce consisting of a bright mixture of lemon, orange, garlic, and green onion. Craving something else? The menu includes seafood options, fried rice dishes, noodles, wings, and po-boy sandwiches.

Phat Eatery

Chef Alex Au-Yeung’s ever-popular Katy Malaysian destination serves one of the most inventive fusion crawfish dishes in town with a unique boil made out of coconut milk and curry sauce. Decadent and rich in umami, this Malaysian meets Viet-Cajun style crawfish special is only available for a limited time (historically around March) during peak crawfish season, so be sure to turn on notifications on the restaurant’s social media profiles; then, venture down to Katy Asiatown.

Orleans Seafood Kitchen

With a name like Orleans Kitchen, you know the Cajun cooking is serious. Two locations of this restaurant serve up traditionally seasoned crawfish with all the classic sides of corn and potatoes. Louisiana classics like red beans and rice, gumbo, and oysters are worthy additions to any order, and there’s even a full bar.

Turkey Leg Hut

If you know, you know. This Third Ward hot spot known for its cult-favorite turkey legs doesn’t advertise crawfish on its menu but follow them and social media during crawfish season to be alerted when they offer up these little morsels of goodness. The Hut boasts that it has some of the best crawfish per pound deals in town, and you can’t go wrong with free sides of corn and potatoes with any order. Be attentive, as its popular crawfish specials do sell out fast, but fret not, the menu is full of tried-and-true classics like its signature turkey legs,  fried fish, shrimp baskets, and boudin balls.

Willie's Grill & Icehouse

Cold beer and crawdads are the name of the game at this local chain. With a menu spanning everything you’d want from an old-fashioned Texan icehouse from fish and chips, burgers, and a variety of seafood boil options like snow crab legs and Louisiana crawfish. The crawfish boil comes with a variety of different buttery sauces to choose from and the boudin balls pair brilliantly as a vehicle to mop up all the juices from these snackable morsels of goodness. Order a bucket of cold ones, dab on some Louisiana hot sauce, and get to munching.

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