In addition to all the great things that there are to do in Natchez Mississippi as well as nice places to stay…there was also no shortage of good food! Here is a list of what we found to be the best restaurants in Natchez MS and the surrounding areas.
Best Restaurants in Natchez MS
From the number of recommendations we got from locals about this place I would say that the Magnolia Grill is one of the favorite restaurants in Natchez! It is located in the Natchez Under the Hill area.
We really enjoyed our food here and the service was great as well. I had the red fish with lump crab meat and creole meuniere because I had heard that it was a restaurant speciality. It was delicious.
Go at sunset for an amazing views of the river! We did have quite a long wait for a table so you might want to make a reservation.
The Camp is another Natchez restaurant located Under the Hill. This is a casual and lively place that is known, with GOOD reason, for their hamburgers! I
t has stunning views of the Mississippi River, a fun atmosphere, and really good food. Besides burgers they have tacos, quesadillas, sandwiches…a variety of easy food to please any number of people.
Tip: Try the fried pickles!
This was definitely my husbands favorite restaurant in Natchez!
Roux 61 Seafood and Grill is not right in the downtown area, but is totally worth the short drive. I’ll warn you – it doesn’t look like it would be as good as it is. The place is huge and has taxidermy animals scattered around. But don’t let the appearance fool you. We loved our meal here!
Absolutely, positively get some oysters. We had a half dozen of the Oysters Diablo and were wishing for more. The portions are huge so you might be able to share if you are a light eater.
Cotton Alley Cafe
Cotton Alley Cafe is a great little restaurant in Natchez right in the middle of downtown. We thought it was a really good lunch spot. The decor is eclectic and it is a nice mix of locals and tourists. Service was super pleasant and quick.
They have salads, sandwiches, soups, as well as some pasta dishes. Be sure and ask about the daily specials!
I had the grilled salmon salad which was excellent and my husband tried the pasta jambalaya. Cotton Alley Cafe serves dinner as well as lunch.
Restaurant 1818 is located in the Historic Monmouth Inn. The Monmouth Inn was constructed in the early 1800s. It is a mansion designated as a National Historic Landmark and set on 26 acres of manicured gardens.
Dinner at Restaurant 1818 is an experience. You will be seated in what was originally the men’s and ladies’ parlors of this grand home. This is white table cloth dining and although men are not required to wear a coat you will want to dress a little more nicely than you might for all the other restaurants in Natchez.
The menu is small but excellent and there is a very nice wine list.
The Donut Shop
The Donut Shop was recommended to us by locals a couple of times. We decided to go there one afternoon for a little pick me up. We were worried that the donuts might be gone because we were stopping by later in the day.
Fortunately a fresh batch of glazed donuts were just coming out. These were excellent and the apple fritters? Perfection! The lines can get long, but they move fast.
The Donut Shop also serves tamales and some other savory items. There is no indoor dining. I noticed most locals take their food to go, but there are a couple of picnic tables outside as well.
Mammy’s Cupboard is a bit outside of town and is a combination roadside attraction and Natchez restaurant. You may feel like you need to check your political correctness at the parking lot.
Mammy was built in 1939 to capitalize on the then popular movie Gone with the Wind. She is about 28 feet tall and the restaurant is located in her huge hoop skirt. Mammy has been a variety of colors over the years from white to black and is now sort of a pale mocha color.
The food? It’ll surprise you. This is not just a road side attraction. Mammy’s Cupboard has southern home cooking at its best! Try the blueberry lemonade and definitely save room for a piece of pie. They are only open for lunch and do not take credit cards!
Regina’s Kitchen is the newest restaurant of Regina Charbonneau a local cookbook author. Her previous restaurant King’s Tavern is permanently closed.
Regina is known for her biscuit making prowess and you can even take a biscuit making class with her while you are in town. The specialty of the restaurant that we were told that we must try was the chicken pot pie with bacon biscuit crust. I think it may have been the best chicken pot pie I have ever had.
Regina’s also has a variety of small plates that looked excellent and there are daily dinner specials as well.
The Malt Shop
The Malt Shop is the place to go eat in Natchez if you want a trip down memory lane.
This restaurant was only a block away from our bed and breakfast and was always busy with locals when we would drive by so we knew that we had to give it a try. It has been a Natchez staple since the 50’s.
The burgers taste like a burger should taste. Nothing fancy, just good and hot and a little greasy in the best of ways. But you are really there for the shakes…banana malt. Just sayin’.
Cash only and no indoor dining.
The Pilot House
We went to this restaurant the first night that we were in town. It is located in The Vue hotel and sits on the highest point in Natchez with amazing views of the bridge and the river so we thought it might be a nice place to try.
Unfortunately I can NOT recommend this restaurant. We did not have a good experience here with either the service or the food. It is a shame that this restaurant is not better because they have a great location.