About Us

Located in the heart of the historic district in downtown Natchitoches, Merci Beaucoup has been a local hot spot for lunch since opening in 1991. Johnny Wayne & Rose Cox started the restaurant in the early 90's on Front Street, and after a few years relocated to our present location, 127 Church Street, next to the old Nakatosh Hotel.  Johnny Cox Jr. & Johnny Sr. now own and operate Merci Beaucoup Restaurant with Rose Cox next door at Merci Beaucoup Gift Shop in the renovated Nakatosh Hotel.

Open 7 days a week for lunch, Merci Beaucoup's menu offers of a variety of Cajun and American food to choose from, along with many dessert choices and our great tasting lemonade-flavored tea. We are known for our prompt service, friendly wait staff and one-of-a-kind delicious family recipes. Merci Beaucoup is the place to "see and be seen" at lunch in historic downtown Natchitoches every day of the week. Customers from around the world have savored our homemade Gumbo, the signature Cajun Potato, and homemade Orange Dressing. For dessert, you must try our famous Bread Pudding. If you get a chance to talk to Johnny Sr., while dining, be sure to tell him where you are from. We guarantee he will make a connection with someone from your hometown, or maybe even know some of your long-long relatives! Your visit will be quite a treat!

Merci Beaucoup offers extended hours in the evenings starting the weekend before Thanksgiving thru December 30th (except Sunday nights), allowing tourists and locals another chance to enjoy their lunch favorites for dinner during the holiday season in the City of Lights. Merci Beaucoup makes entertaining easy year-round. The restaurant is a hot spot for private functions, including tour groups, reunions, wedding parties and club functions. The private banquet room accommodates up to 100 guests for casual or formal events. The Courtyard and local favorite, "table behind the wall," creates just the right mood for your special event or private meeting. 


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Phone: 318-352-6634
Fax: 318-352-6639

Monday thru Saturday 10:30 a.m. until 3p.m.
10:30 a.m. until 2p.m.

Open Nights for groups or private parties!