Cajun Experience - Leesburg
Cajun Experience - Leesburg

Cajun Experience - Leesburg

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cajunexperience.biz/
  • Phone: (703) 777-6580
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Thursday 11:30am -4:00pm, Friday - Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday 4:00pm - 8:00pm, Friday, Saturday 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 4:00pm - 8:00pm.
    Brunch: Sunday 11:00am - 8:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, Cajun, Creole
  • Executive Chef: Bryan Crosswhite
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
  • Entertainment: Live Music on Saturday Nights at 7pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Church St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Cajun Experience - Leesburg
The Cajun Experience Leesburg is an Authentic Cajun Owned Restaurant serving the northern VA area.
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Cajun Experience - Leesburg reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.9
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.1
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (8)neighborhood gem (8)fit for foodies (6)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (3)good for groups (2)great for brunch (2)late-night find (1)romantic (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • Great place to spend a Sunday morning!
    RichG
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Great southern/French quarter cooking. Staff extremely friendly and could not beat the bottomless mimps as. Great place for Sunday Brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    Chloesmom
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    My younger sister was craving Cajun for her birthday and wanted food that most resembled her time in Louisiana. This place definitely hit the spot. The food was fabulous and the service was wonderful. We are going to make this one of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food!
    LoCoK
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The food was absolutely delicious and very reasonably priced. The staff was friendly and professional. The restaurant is in one of the oldest houses in Leesburg and that adds to its charm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fair at best
    DeeandGee
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We are from Louisiana, and the food was a let down. Laura, our waitress was attentive, and did a great job. We think the food was okay for those who are NOT from Louisiana. Dont think we will be back. But we are glad we tried it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food Good Music! I'll be back
    LuvLeesburgVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    On a recent Friday evening my husband and very selective younger daughter went for dinner. We had an wonderful evening. The food (as always) was wonderful, with very friendly service. The music was great -- good mix of covers of Elvis to U2 that set a great scene for a great kickoff to the weekend. Even the picky one was happy. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okay Experience
    Traveler
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    It was a perfect evening to sit outside but it was a bad decision as the live music was so loud that you could only have conversation without yelling with the person sitting next to you. The atmosphere inside isn't so great so we decided to remain outdoors despite the volume. The server was friendly and knowledgeable about the food and could give advice about the different dishes (spicy, not so spicy, etc.). I am not too familiar with Cajun cuisine but thought my dish was just so-so. For our party of six our dishes came out at different times. First dish arrived, then maybe 5 minutes later another couple of dishes, and so on; they really need to work on their timing. I don't plan to return unless for drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too Much Rice
    BusterVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    There's way too much rice on the plate, and not enough of the entree. The étouffée plate was 80% rice and maybe 20% étouffée. Same for the jambalaya. They tasted great, but easy on the rice. Given the rice to entree ratio, not sure if we'll dine there again, don't see value.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 14 reviews are from the Cajun Experience - Leesburg reviews archive.
  • Cajun experience
    Youngfoodie95
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I went to Cajun for a friends birthday and had a lovely time! We sat outside and the singer was wonderful. The food was delicious and during the first half of the meal the service was excellent, But as it got later on we never saw our waitress. It took over an hour after we ate to get out checks and even longer to settle them. Our server was very nice and apologetic though. She even gave us a free dessert. Looking around I saw her at 6 different tables, behind the bar, and running inside so I don't blame her for the wait. Gratuity was already included and while I was fine with the 20% gratuity some of the people I was with we're not and didn't think that it was deserved. Overall I had a great time and would love to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Friday
    DCVol
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Great food, great music, great service - we always enjoy the "Experience"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy night, poor service
    LisaN0509
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    It was a very busy night when we went. We had 5 adults and two young children, so not a huge party. The service was not good. Drinks were brought quickly for the beer drinkers, but a glass of wine or a mixed drink was not timely. I needed to remind the waiter/bartender of the drink order and it still took some time to get the drink. Food was great, but it was almost an hour and a half in getting to us. Having worked in food service early in my career, I understand that mistakes happen, but we will not go there again on a busy night. I just don't think their wait staff and cooks were able to handle the work load.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat in the attic
    Vikesfan86
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Always a great time here! For an adventurous group of 8-10, ask for the room in the attic. Private, great ambiance, and very unique. As always the food is excellent. Make sure you try the catfish and gator bites.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Cajun Experience
    ValetinesVisit
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I was born and raised in Cajun Country and once managed and cooked for a Cajun restaurant in the French Quarter in New Orleans. This place services real Cajun not creole gumbo which was a pleasant item - (creole gumbo has tomato regular Cajun gumbo doesn't). They also had good Abita beer from LA. Instead of buying an entree I purchased a number of side items to get a flavor for their cooking - the red beans and rice, fried crawfish, gumbo, and fried catfish were all great and reminded me of home. Honest people work here - my wife forgot her purse and we did not realize it until got home. I went back to restaurant about an hour and a half after we left - purse was behind bar and all the money, ID, and cash was in it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No makers mark
    TdckyVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Outside atmosphere was great but live music stered much later than 6pm. They mention bourbon on the menu but didn't have makers.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could use a facelift
    Grandma
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Food is advertized as authentic Cajun and is not bad. But the decor is horrible--not in keeping with upscale neighborhood of downtown Leesburg. A little investment here could go a long way.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cajun experience
    CandE
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Spicy, authentic, gator, seafood and gumbo classics made my evening out perfect! There was 4 of us. We sat outside, listened to their band play, they have a daily special that comes with desert! Service was amazing. Food takes a bit of extra time to come out but that is because they make it fresh! Perfect night out with friends.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice little spot
    DTLG
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I really liked this place. The service was excellent. Very friendly and courteous. The food was really good, as close as you'll get to authentic New Orleans food in Virginia. The place is small, but they have an upstairs and outdoor dining with live music...can't get much better than that. I'll definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Those Desperate for Cajun, Go Here
    JenSteve9411
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I know there must be some News Orleans aficionados in NoVa who'll do anything to find a bonafide Cajun experience back home. Only the truly desperate should try the Cajun Experience. From the grilled oysters and various fried appetizers (we tried gator and okra) to the mushy jambalaya, nothing seemed worthy of the accolades we'd read in the local newspapers. Our waitress seemed up to par until she forgot about us after the main course. We had to summon her for coffee and the check. Atmosphere? Probably better outside in the back, but it was cold enough to necessitate sitting in the front "dining" room that tried to summon up some Jackson Square attitude by placing empty Cafe du Monde coffee cans on the window sill.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service is slow but they
    cajunman
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The service is slow but they are nice. The waitress spent more time rolling silverware into paper napkins than waiting on the tables. The alligator bites are not fresh they are frozen. The other food contained more rice than the main ingredient. Folks who have been to and lived in LA will be very disappointed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I really enjoy the food here and recommend Cajun Experience to everyone. They do need to work on the level of service and the overall ambience of the establishment though. They'll get that fixed I'm sure but in the meantime, go enjoy the really good Cajun food!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GETTING IN TO
    PeteVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Went to CE specifically to hear Fast Swimming Fish, WV blues band. Made reservation in good faith. No advice or warnings given by CE. Arrived to find the band was in the front room with only three tables. We were seated on the second floor in the back (bed) room. This is a converted frame house. Out of earshot. When we protested we were told: WE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN. And so we left. Well, hopefully now the Open Table faithful know. Be sure to ask about something you probably didn't know you didn't know. All ended well with the discovery of Chimone, a Honduran restaurant across the street from Wine Kitchen. You should try this place. Great fish tacos.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food with a Kick and Music too!
    JillVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    This is one busy place on a Friday night. My party and I came for the music, but enjoyed the entire Cajun Experience this Leesburg hotspot provides. The food was fairly good. Salad could use a little work, but my friends who ordered the sampler were extremely happy. We were lucky enough to sit at the bar and watch the amazing female bartender (sorry, I forgot her name)! It was such a busy night and she handled her nonstop workload with poise and charm. A big draw is the local music the restaurant features on Friday and Saturday nights. Staff were kind enough to accommodate my party so we could watch the band. We'll definitely be back next time Hard Swimming Fish band comes to town!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.