Cajun Queen
Cajun Queen

Cajun Queen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cajunqueen.com/
  • Phone: 704-377-9017 x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Cajun
  • Executive Chef: William Wssling
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Dixieland Band Every night.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lamar
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cajun Queen
Enjoy the friendly, laid-back atmosphere of 'Nawlins without having to leave your back yard. Experiencing the sensation of true New Orleans cuisine has never been easier. We have a number of entree and drink specialties, including Dixie Beer - the beer that
made New Orleans famous!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Cajun Queen reviews from OpenTable diners
480 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (293)special occasion (242)fit for foodies (209)romantic (146)good for groups (128)great for brunch (78)hot spot (65)great for outdoor dining (62)great for lunch (52)kid-friendly (43)late-night find (36)vibrant bar scene (31)notable wine list (28)scenic view (15)Show More
  • Did not want to valet
    Cynth
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    While I appreciate the valet service in the case of inclement weather, or if I was elderly or handicapped and needed assistance, it can be frustrating if you want to park your own car and the valet people have reserved all of the close places for their use! This week when I went to the restaurant on a Monday night, so not a high volume evening, it appeared that the valet people had reserved (with cones) all of the close spaces therefore one has to park far away if you don't choose to use the valet service. Frustrating. I often order the fried oysters and they were not as good as usual. Tiny! Crawfish Diane was very good. The bread (a tasteless roll) could be improved.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Good service with helpful waiter. Food and drink were excellent. Valet parking very convenient. Monday night was a great time to go since tables are close and noise can be a problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food can't be beat!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Great Food!! Our server Alex was on point. Wish I would have ordered another entree to warm up the next day. I'll be visiting again very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GreatExperience
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Second visit and will be returning soon. Food was very good and tasty. Everyone was courteous from valet parking, hostess to waitress and her assistants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome brunch
    Sbw1
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We go to Cajun Queen every month or so for dinner, and we always live it, but we finally had the chance to try the brunch. It was fantastic! The beignets were great and my crab cakes Benedict were the best crab cakes I have had since I moved to NC! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cajun queen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    excellent food, poor service. not a good place to go if you want a relaxing, quiet evening for two. we felt as if we were being rushed. the ambiance was good, but noice level too high
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for Charlotte
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Cajun Queen has a great atmosphere and was very comfortable. The tables were fairly close together without feeling crowded. Our reservations were honored and we had no wait to be seated. Our waiter was clearly busy and overworked, and the service was efficient but impersonal. The food was well seasoned. The Popcorn crawfish was well cooked and the sauce tangy and tasty but a bit too heavy for an appetizer. The blackened catfish entree was fantastic and I will recommend to everyone that they have it with the crawfish/sun-dried tomato topping. The gumbo was soupy and bland. The food is good if you have no plans on heading to New Orleans. But truth be told, it was just OK compared to authentic cajun cuisine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, as usual.
    Paukenwirbel
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great food and very efficient, if not overly warm, service. I can always rely on this place to have top-quality, tasty fare that pleases whomever I bring.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GoodFood
    Goodfood
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was good but we were in and out in 35 minutes. A little too fast for a relaxing dinner. Waitress did apologize for the food coming out before the soup was half eaten.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful date night setting
    Foodfan
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have been wanting to check out Cajun Queen for quite some time and decided to try it on date night. So many times we are disappointed when eating out because the food ends up being something we could have cooked at home as good if not better! We first tried an appetizer and got the BBQ Shrimp. It was delicious. So then we moved on the entrees. I got the Chicken Diane and from the first bite, was pleasantly surprised! It was excellent! The portion also was good sized - I did not want to stop eating it but finally had to and now get to enjoy it again for lunch! I would definitely recommend this restaurant, not only for the food, but the service was excellent as well as the ambience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Consistently great.
    cmshum
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The Cajun Queen has become one of our favorites restaurants for many reasons. We never have to wait a terrible amount of time, the staff is always friendly, the food is fantastic and the prices are reasonable. We are never disappointed and will be sure to visit again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was fantastic!.
    Repeatpatron
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This is not my first visit to the Cajun Queen. Our visit was on a very busy Friday evening. As usual the food was outstanding. Our server was prompt, but not friendly. We ate on the first floor which is noisy from the various conversations going on around your table. If there is live music upstairs it will be even more difficult to carry on a conversation. I think the price is good for the amount of food you recieve. I will definitely return again, maybe on a night that isn't as busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, and can be spicy
    chrisVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My wife ordered hers a little too spicy, but it tasted great. Mine was not spicy, but well seasoned and flavor filled, and it was great. I should have gotten a bowl of the gumbo, instead of a cup. Next time, we will bring friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    Byron
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our birthdays at Cajun Queen on Friday night, as always, food was delicious and prepared exactly as requested. Food is always consistent, which is unusual these days, please keep up the good work..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great first experience
    Lisa
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food was just as described and delicious. Large portions provided leftovers. We were a few minutes late for our reservation but were seated as soon as we arrived. Complimentary valet parking is convenient because parking in that neighborhood is difficult. We will go again and recommend it to friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Spot!
    OldSoulTaste
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    A piece of New Orleans in Charlotte. Great food and a great unique atmosphere. I'm glad to have this kind of place in Charlotte. Ask for Stephanie, cause she was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doug
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Always a place that you can depend on being good and the service excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • try again maybe
    tryagainmaybe
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The food was acceptable. My son was disappointed with the fried shrimp dinner he ordered, stating the shrimp was tough. This was his first visit, so I was hoping he would have been more impressed. Most likely, I won't be visiting again for quite awhile in the futures.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Our visit was terrific as usual! My sister and her husband were first time customers. They loved it! Food was wonderful. The staff was attentive, helpful, and friendly. Our visit was in celebration of three birthdays(my husband, our son, and my brother-in-law). We all agreed that Cajun Queen is a great place for a family celebration! We can't wait till next time!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Declining
    MizzDaisy
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This was my favorite place for so long; however, my last 3 visits have been quite disappointing for the food quality and service. I also gifted a few coupons to family and friends and they were disappointed with the food. I may consider giving it another chance when I am back in town and talk to management if there has not been any improvements.
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  • Etoufee! !!
    lem2
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The Etoufee was outstanding! My friend had the Diane and left not a morsel on his plate. The waiter was very responsive and knowledgeAble about questions concerning our food choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Queen is dead!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I was so excited and talked my family into joining me remembering Cajun Queen of the good ole days....far cry from it!! We have family from New Orleans; definitely not authentic Cajun. Gumbo was actually disgusting it was so watery and tasted more like salsa than gumbo ($4/cup) & my etouffe was scorched! The only good thing is we used a Groupon otherwise my husband would have been outraged. Sad, but true. The other saving grace was our server...he made the meal bearable and we tipped him as such! Our daughter was home for a visit, so we just didn't want to complain ruining our lovely Sunday afternoon, so paid bill & left.
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  • Cajun Queen is KING
    CarolinaCajun
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our experience was wonderful. Great Food. I love cajun food and this is the best outside of Louisiana. The crawfish etouffee was the best. We also had bbq shrimp appetizer and seafood gumbo appetizer. The hostesses and waiters were great and the valet parking people even went down the street to my parked car and returned an item I had forgotten to bring to the restaurant. That is service above and beyond. These folks are great. I would go back there in a minute.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Won't be going back here
    eat4fun
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Although we had a 9pm reservation, we were not seated until 9:20. The waitress never even introduced herself to use by name and she seemed uninterested in her job. We ordered two appetizers and only one came out. Had to remind her we were waiting for the second one, then she brought it out. The drinks were good. I the food was so-so. Nothing fabulous. Not as spicy as I had expected for a Cajun place. I've had better shrimp and grits. I won't rush to get back to this place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Loved Cajun Queen, as always. Couldn't hear the band, though, as we were seated downstairs. Wish they would install a sound system so the entire restaurant could hear the live music.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cajun experience is slipping
    SamSun
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We've dined here many times in the past and our last experience left us with a "been there done that" feeling. The food was ok but not great; service was fine; very noisy as always. This used to offer a very good pseudo-New Orleans substitute, but now it it's tired. We probably won't return unless they offer something new.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Orleans in Charlotte!!!
    EatNCLT
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great find! If you like New Orleans & New Orleans food... This IS the place for you! Outstanding Cajun food! This restaurant is more on the high end with high end prices, but well worth it! The waiter gave my girlfriend a complimentary piece of pie for her birthday. Highly recommend hands down, you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love That Cajun Fish ….
    ZenFoodie
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We eat at Cajun Queen often and ALWAYS leave happy and satisfied. Someone new came along, so maybe we messed up the mojo. With a reservation several days in advance, we were surprised that our party of 3 was seated at a table clearly designed for 2 and situated directly at the corner of a fireplace mantle. The hostess brushed off our inquiry -- so we reconfigured the table to avoid the concussion my husband would otherwise have inevitably sustained. Ok. The various dishes we ordered -- fish special, étouffée, gumbo -- were fabulous, AS ALWAYS. The wine recommended was just right and reasonably priced. The bread (usually delicious) was stale. Our server, Alex, was truly a delight -- fun, helpful and knowledgable. We'll be back!
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  • Wasn't impressed....
    cltfoodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I had never been to Cajun Queen and had been told for years I needed to. To begin, there is no parking but there is free valet. The busser was more cheerful and accommodating than the server who seemed to be in the weeds all night. We weren't given a beer or wine list and the rushed server rattled a couple off her head and we settled for the first one that sounded good. Then the food - BIG disappointment. HUGELY overpriced for what you get. I lived in NOLA and the food here is not anything close to NOLA food. I've had better cajun in my kitchen or down the way at Boudreaux's. Next, coffee and dessert...I had to request cream and sugar. The bread pudding: HUGE disappointment as it was overly compacted and tasted like a mix. Won't go back.
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  • Great Meal
    Lauriegirl
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We decided on Cajun Queen for our son's Birthday. We had 2 groupons so that helped too and CQ let us use both of them. We were upstairs this time and were a little concerned because we had heard that the band can get really loud but that was not the case. It was very enjoyable. First we started with the Fried Green Tomato appetizer-awesome, then 3 of our group got the Cajun Pasta Special, 1 Chicken Diane, 1 Creole with Crayfish. All were excellent. The latter 2 could have been a little hotter but we didn't want to wait, otherwise the food was excellent. Also, 3 got Ceasar salads-no complaints there. Too stuffed for the dessert. Service was good too. We really like this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cajun Queen
    Kferment
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This restaurant is a family favorite for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for Cajun
    QueenCityTransplant
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very generous servings. Shared crawfish tails for an appetizer. Ordered chicken Diane as an entree. Ended up taking 1/2 home. No way I could order dessert, though I really wanted to. Food was cooked well with just the right amount of spice heat. Nice to find authentic Cajun food here in Charlotte. Service was good, just enough attention without being annoying. We had an early seating (5:30) in the upstairs dining room so it wasn't crowded, but the tables are tight. It's not a place to have an intimate conversation. Musicians started about halfway into our meal but weren't as loud as I expected. Still, I can imagine the noise level increases as the evening goes on. Major points for the complimentary valet! Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Birthday at Cajun Queen
    Jessica
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My first experience at Cajun Queen was on my birthday and the ambiance was loud it was a small building and no parking lot. There is no waiting area downstairs in front for me and my kids to wait on the reservation. It was loud and tight space for seating hard to navigate due to tight areas. The servers were in a rush and all over the place like a zoo. I wanted to be seated near the Jazz and thought the Jazz music was for everyone in the entire restaurant. Not a kid friendly environment. I ordered the Diana which was rubbery, greasy and buttery. For the little bit if food given was overpriced. The meal itself I feel like I could of made at home. The bread was too hard. The bread pudding was tasteless and old
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  • YumYumYum100
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food and dessert was outstanding. Loved looking at everyone's order.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • steak
    BigBoy
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I ordered the blackened filet mignon, and it was remarkable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Discount Dining
    Donald
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We enjoyed the food here as usual, however the discounted coupon from Groupon made the meal really inexpensive. The service was Great!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of our favorite places
    Mimi
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We go to Cajun Queen for the fried oysters appetizer and the great cajun foods. Always need a "to go" box for leftovers (get SO much food). We probably eat here at least once a month! Highly recommended. Wish they were open for lunch!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    adsamuels612
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I really enjoy the food at the Cajun Queen. It may be a little tight in some places but the service is great. The desserts could be a little bigger .
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    consistently good food, attentive service valet parking is necessary and appreciated1
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find
    LexiMommy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I love this restaurant. The food is always delicious, and the portions are generous. Great for a Girl's Night Out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.