Middendorf's Seafood
Seafood shack featuring fried catfish
Seafood · $$
The Zagat Review
4.6
Food
4.0
Decor
4.3
Service
 
This "laid-back" seafood "institution" on Akers' "beautiful Lake Maurepas" has been "wowing locals and tourists alike" for decades with its "legendary" "thin-cut" fried catfish ( "greaseless, golden wafers of weightless wonder" ) and fresh gulf offerings; a "friendly" staff perks things up in the no-frills interior, but insiders advise "eat out on the deck with the cool lake breeze and water view."
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hours Open Today · 10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Chevron
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
location 30160 U.S. 51, Akers, LA 70421, United States phone +1 985-386-6666 website www.middendorfsrestaurant.com directions Get Directions
What To Order
Fried thin catfish
Barbecued oysters
Broiled flounder
Insider Tip
Only open Wednesday to Sunday (for lunch and dinner), so don’t strike out on the long drive on other days.
Known For
Kids
Outdoor seating
Zagat Mentions of Middendorf's Seafood
Google Reviews
4.4
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I am a local and have been eating at Middendorf’s my whole life and always loved the thin fried catfish. Relatives would insist on going whenever they came into town. I have eaten there at least 5 times in the past 2 months and it has been consistently terrible. The thin fried fish isn’t crispy, fries are below average, hush puppies are dry and flavorless. Last time I went, I thought I may have better luck if I switched it up, so I got thick catfish and gumbo. The catfish was so thick that the center was mushy and gross. The gumbo was inedible because it had way too much salt. I have never had any major problems with the service, but aside from the bartender and a few select servers, they are very unfriendly. They have a snobby attitude, don’t smile, and don’t engage in any polite conversation. The hostesses have never even told me “bye” or “thank you” when I leave. All in all, they are riding on their reputation. The food isn’t good anymore and the staff is rude. From now on, I’ll be eating at “Fat Boys” right down the road.
NOLA Girl · December 28, 2017
Awesome Restaurant! My family comes here every year around Christmas and the food here is great Louisiana seafood! Would recommend to anyone looking for awesome Louisiana seafood.
Tim Hadley · January 12, 2018
When you pay $17.00 for fried shrimp and$16.75 for catfish you expect hot fresh french fries not double dipped reheats! Veggies also should not be shriveled up and overcooked. Poorest experience ever. Did not complain since manager served our food. Must have been acceptable? Poor standards for sure.
Bob Sarafinis · December 28, 2017