Located in the heart of French Louisiana, Prejean's Restaurant captures the hearts of all who visit. A delight to all "six" senses, Prejean's Restaurant satisfies diners with some of the best cuisine available in the south. In a culture famous for delicious flavors, Prejean's leads the way. The staff serves up, not only the fine hospitality expected in the south, but also serves up the succulent seafood dishes which have made Prejean's so famous. Juicy steaks, wild game dishes and world famous gumbos twist from the ordinary into memorable. Traditional music fills the air with the sounds of live Cajun bands entertaining nightly. Prejean 's showcases the rich culture of our Cajun French heritage. Antique relics grace the walls and rafters. "Big Al," the fourteen foot alligator once a native of the Louisiana's Grand Chenier swamp, sits in the middle of the dining room guarding the culinary medals, earned by Prejean's chefs in various culinary competitions held locally, nationally and internationally.
In the Beginning
In 1980, Robert Guilbeau ("Bob" to some, "Biker-Bob" to others) and his friends built Prejean's Restaurant on farmland passed down to him from his grandparents, Walter and Inez Prejean. The idea for what would become the world's first Cajun-themed restaurant began back when Bob was working in the steam fields of California. A much younger Bob Guilbeau visited several Mexican Restaurants where more than just Mexican food was served. These establishments had captured the wonders of their culture with a magical combination of food, traditional live music and dancing, and, of course, lots of laughter.
With a dream in his heart and a longing for the traditions of his own homeland, Guilbeau returned to Lafayette with a vision for a way to combine the joie de vivre of south Louisiana with the comforts of his grandparents' kitchen. Long before "Cajun" would become a household word, Prejean's was serving those delicious boiled shellfish, gumbos, etouffee and sauce piquante's the world would come to know and love.
hide3480 N.E. Evangeline Thrwy. (I-49) • Lafayette, LA 70507