2560 S Lincoln Blvd, Marina del Rey, CA | Directions 9029133.990865 -118.448157
Neighborhoods: West LA, Venice
Good People and Good Food – I go to Uncle Darrows twice a year and I am never disappointed by either the very good people who work there or the very good food they cook. I am always surprised by the friendliness of the staff. I highly recommend giving them a try - even if you have never eaten Cajun chow. The Zeke Po'Boy is odd, but their jambalaya and gumbo are great stuff.
Best authentic Louisiana cajun-creole home cooking you will find in LA - hands down! – I was turned on to Uncle Darrows years ago when they were basically a take-out located in an old taco stand in mid-LA on Venice. A few years ago they opened a new location in the Marina area. The very first time I went to Uncle Darrows I was blown away by everything I ate, and I sampled many many items. Now years later I continue to enjoy every bite of everything I order. The gumbo is superb, the shrimp poor boy sandwich is perfect, and the catfish is to die for. The beignets are divine. The cajun suppers are the way to go. If you are a first timer, you will be offered samples of many items. The staff is helpful, friendly and aims to please. The family atmosphere extends to each and every guest they have, and their philosophy is we are all part of the human family. I cannot tell you what a wonderful experience it is to go to Uncle Darrow's time and again. If you like real Louisiana home cooking, head to Uncle Darrow's, you will not be disappointed.
The Best Cajun in LA – The food at this place ROCKS!! Looks a little like a take-out place at first (you can, but why?), but the food and the service is fantastic. Takes a little time for some stuff because they cook a lot to order, but its worth the wait. The gumbo is only on weekends (Friday-Sunday) but its all good. Po Boys to are great, as is all the rest. They give samples to help you decide, and Norwood, one of the owners, treats you like family. DON'T MISS THIS PLACE!! PS-BYOB
Not bad – I haven't had "real" cajun food in LA, but this is just as good as all the others. Everything seems to have a slight twist to it; not in a bad way, just different. It is the absolute best service I've had at any restaurant in the city (employees are just a friendly as those in the south).
Amazing service and even more amazing food! – Interesting that the review before mine was so negative. I'm not from New Orleans but my family's from there and I used to spend every summer there growing up. Having said that, I can say that it's not exactly what one would get in New Orleans, but in a way, I prefer this. The gumbo is to die for--turkey sausage rather than pork...an improvement in my opinion. The po-boys are great and they even have beignets (though they tend to overcook them a bit). I've been going here ever since they opened a few years ago at this location and I have to say, I love it. The gumbo and crawfish etouffee are only offered Fri-Sun. The place has a very casual feel and is more of a lunch place or quick dinner place.
IS NOT AUTHENTIC CAJUN & CREOLE FOOD – I am originally from New orleans, and was craving some creole cooking. Yesterday, I decided to try Uncle Darrow's in the marina to see what all the hype was about this place. I was dining with a friend, so we ordered the voo doo supper: fried catfish, shrimp, oysters, chicken wings with a choice of side orders jumbalaya, green salad and french bread. My friend decided to try a side order of gumbo. I was very disappointed with the food. The catfish, shrimp and oysters were too salty, hard and full of cornmeal - and the chicken wasn't crispy. We finally decided to sample the file gumbo and jumbalaya... yeah right! Listen, this is not the place for authentic cajun and creole food. I will not return!!!
A+++ Service! – While I was a little concerned when I walked in (looked like a take-out joint and I was in the mood for sit-down service), my fears were quickly put to rest. This was quite possibly the best service I have received in any restaurant in LA. If it's your first time there, Uncle Darrow gives you samples of everything with an explanation of what it is. Their gumbo was excellent! The crawfish etouffe on special that night totally hit the spot! Definitely my new secret spot!
Pricey, but good – Another Creole/soul restaurant that's overpriced. (It's hard to justify $12 for a catfish dinner when it's regularly found fresh at the market for less than $5.) You can eat there, but it's set us as more of a take-out-style place without a formal dining room. We may return when we want to splurge for take-out.
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