Visit Grand Isle

Information on the Visit Grand Isle page includes a calendar with festival dates, local restaurants, fresh local seafood, and things to do like fishing.

 

2021 Calendar

Event Date More Info
Lamar Dixon LA Sportsman Show March 18-21, 2021 Lamar Dixon Expo
Easter Sunrise Service April 4, 2021 Artie’s – Beach Side Deck
     
Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration  April 16-18, 2021  Grand Isle High School
Paddlepalooza XVII Tournament April 17, 2021  
ABC Rodeo May 20-22, 2021 Sand Dollar Marina
Grand Isle Speckled Trout Rodeo May 29-30, 2021 Bridge Side Marina
Cruisin’ the Beach “Grand Isle Style” Car & Bike Show May 29-30, 2021 Tarpon Rodeo Pavilion
Island Wide Garage Sale May 30-31, 2021 Community Center
     
Swollfest Fishing Rodeo  June 9-12, 2021 Sand Dollar Marina
LA Pipeliners Association Fishing Rodeo June 24-26, 2021 Sand Dollar Marina
Creole Classic Fishing Tournament June 24-26, 2021  Bridge Side Marina
     
Annual Fireworks and Band July 4, 2021 Bridge Side Marina
Murder Among the Mateys…a Murder mystery dinner  July 9, 2021 Bridge Side Marina
Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor Class July 6, 2021 Grand Isle Multiplex
Water Ways Exhibition Grand Opening July 10, 2021 Grand Isle Community Center
Blue Boot Rodeo July 9, 2021 Grand Isle Marina
Louisiana Dental Association (LDA) Fishing Rodeo July 15-17, 2021  Sand Dollar Marina
Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo July 22, 2021 Tarpon Rodeo Drive
Salty Kids Rodeo July 30th  Sand Dollar Marina
Ride the Bull Kayak Tournament August 27, 2021 Bridge Side Marina
The Refuge at Lighthouse 5K August 28, 2021 Oak Ridge Park Golden Meadow
Bloody Decks Rodeo Sept 2-5, 2021 Bridge Side Marina
Grand Isle 60th Annual Redfish Rodeo Sept 3, 2021 Bridge Side Marina
Louisiana – Down Da Bayou – Walk Like MADD  Sept 18, 2021 Oak Ridge Park Golden Meadow
Caminada Redfish Rodeo Sept 24-26,2021 Sand Dollar Marina
Ladies Fishing Rodeo Oct 8-10, 2021 Bridge Side Marina
Fall N Tide Hobie World Qualifying Event Oct 14-16, 2021 Bridge Side Marina
 Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration Nov 6-7, 2021 GI High School
Starts 20th Annual Christmas Programs Dec 1, 2021 Grand Isle Community Center

 Restaurants

Yum’s
3059 Hwy 1, Grand Isle
Open Mon – Sat 7:00 a.m. – approx 8:00 p.m. and Sun 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

I recommend the service at this cozy, casual family restaurant. The family who owns and runs Yum’s really cares about their customers in their own special way. The restaurant serves daily plate lunch specials, fresh local seafood, quesadillas, sandwiches, wraps, soups, and salads.


Jo Bob’s Gas and Grill
3365 Hwy 1, Grand Isle
Open 7 days 5:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

This little grill restaurant is located inside the Conoco gas station. They have great hamburgers, poboys, chicken tenders, pizza, famous Natchitoches meat pies (very tasty experience of Louisiana food), jambalaya, and gumbo. Jo Bob’s Gas and Grill has a little dining area inside and outside under the building, but we usually like to take our food to-go and eat at some of the more picturesque spots on the Island or even at the Inn or Cottages.


 

Starfish Restaurant 
3027 Hwy 1, Grand Isle
Open 7 days a week, from 7:00 a.m. to 8 or 9:00 p.m.

Locally owned, Starfish is a cozy, casual food spot. They serve fried seafood as well as dinner plates and sandwiches. I recommend their fresh, never frozen flame broiled and grilled hamburgers, daily lunch specials, and fresh & hot beignets and funnel sticks!


 

Lighthouse Restaurant 
3039 Hwy 1, Grand Isle
Open Wed, Thurs & Sun 5 pm – 9 pm, Fri & Sat 5 pm – 10 pm Closed Mon & Tues

A relaxing restaurant that serves seafood platters, prime steaks, pasta dishes, and has a full bar.


Moran’s Restaurant 
27900 Hwy 1, Port Fourchon
Open Tues, Wed, Thurs 10am-9pm, Fri & Sat 5pm-9pm Closed Sun & Mon

One of the best dining spots in the area. Everything on the menu is honestly good! Moran’s is known for their seafood crepes and prime steaks. The ambiance is pure Louisiana with lots of Louisiana Cypress and a true Louisiana feeling in their decor and service.


Hurriance Hole 
1851 Hwy 1, Grand Isle
Open Tues-Thurs 5 pm – 9pm, Fri & Sat 5 pm – 10pm, Sunday 5 pm – 9 pm. Closed Monday.

They offer a stylish, intimate setting, and serve seafood dishes made only from the freshest ingredients. Their dishes, such as blackened shrimp guacamole and Asian grilled tuna, are sure to please!

 

Fresh Local Seafood

Camardelle’s Seafood 1018 Hwy 1 Grand Isle 985-787-3222. Hours vary. Call ahead of time when you’re on the way to the island so they have what you would like; they will save it for you if you call but if not they may run out, its fresh after all!

The Cheniere, a little stop on the highway just before you get to Grand Isle bridge on the right, offers fresh boiled crawfish (gotta love ’em!), as well as live crawfish and crabs that you can boil at Blue Dolphin Inn & Cottages! We provide gas burners and pots for your boiling experience. FYI, you should plan on heading to Sureway Supermarket on the Island to pick up your cooking needs including shrimp and crab boil, lemons, garlic, corn, and new potatoes.


Dean Blanchard Seafood  195 Cypress Lane, Grand Isle 985-787-3464 Open Mon-Sat 8am-6pm. Closed Sunday.

This terrific slice of life is where you can buy fresh shrimp that were caught in the last few hours and pay amazingly low prices for them. Experienced people bring their coolers and take these lovely shrimp back home to cook or freeze. We just show up when we want to cook them for dinner! Super friendly people and definitely an experience in true cajun life….

 

Catch Your Own

Fish from one of the piers (see Fishing Page), from the beach, your boat or even one of our kayaks. We have fish cleaning and cooking facilities for use free of charge for our guests.

Things to Do

Relax at The Inn and Cottages with views of the beach, play at the beach, go fishing, go to the Butterfly Dome, visit the Grand Isle State Park, tour Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge, go kayaking in the gulf, take a boat ride, or drive 107 miles northeast to New Orleans and experience the historical city of jazz music.