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Cajun Queen
Cajun Queen

Cajun Queen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cajunqueen.com
  • Email: timfreer@cajunqueen.net
  • Phone: (704) 377-9017
  • 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: Cajun, American
  • 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 (corkage fee applies), Private Room, 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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Diner Reviews
  • "This is my favorite place to eat. Very consistent. Service is good and food is top notch. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We went to the Cajun Queen for Easter Bruch because they offered Breakfast or lunch - at a reasonable price. Everything was perfect and food was excellent. i will go back fro dinner."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Had first rsvp for brunch. prompt service. friendly enough but not over the top. food selection was good. before noon so could not order adult drinks. the room filled quickly and so the noise rose accordingly. will come back."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "My mother specifically asked for Cajun Queen for her birthday, and they did not disappoint! She wanted her grandchildren (4 and 6 yo) to attend, so we made a very early reservation as to not disturb the other diners. Everyone had a great meal and I think she thoroughly enjoyed her birthday celebration! Thank you!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I'd been to the Cajun Queen a few times previous, but wanted to check it out again. It was an excellent dining experience; we ate upstairs at the bar (most of the time, I prefer that) and we also heard live jazz, which was a plus. Two must have appetizers: the BBQ shrimp and fried oysters -- both came out right away and totally delicious. Same with the Shrimp Diane, which we split. Service and food both excellent, I highly recommend this place, it hits the spot!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "had another excellent time there. food was good and the service was excellent. trip is worth it for the bbq shrimp alone"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We are hoping this was an off night in the kitchen and the cook was alittle too heavy handed with the essence of ashtray or whatever the spice is that they use for their blackened dishes. Everything we ordered except the fried tomatoes, BBQ shrimp and shrimp étouffée was covered in the stuff. The gumbo, chicken in the Cajun pasta and the shrimp in the shrimp and grits was so smoky & soot tasting that it was moved to the side not to be eaten. Everyone loves the Cajun queen and it is a must try restaurant. We will come back again in hopes that our meal was an out of the ordinary experience. We ended with the bread pudding. Yum!Service was outstanding!! Wish we could remember her name. She was knowledgable about the menu and simply charming. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We recently dined at Cajun Queen. The last time we were in Charlotte and had dinner at CQ was in 2004. The food was still outstanding and just the way we remembered from 2004. and previous visits before that. We had the Eutoffee and one of the nightly fish specials. Both were delicious, appropriately seasoned and very fresh. The Sazerac cocktail was the only disappointment. However had we read the drink description closer we would have opted for different drinks altogether."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "They have way too many tables crammed together. Waiter could hardly get between them to wait on customers. Noise level was so loud I couldn't hear anything being said at my own table. My husbands steak had to be sent back because it was cooked wrong. But the food was excellent. Everything we order tasted great. The service was outstanding. Loved the fact that I could valet park. Would go back but probably only for special occasions. Not someplace I would want to go to every week."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "When we arrived to the restaurant we were seated promptly. A server came over with our silverware, did not greet or smile at us, poured our water as well. My boyfriend looks at me and states no personality, I agreed and hoped he wasn't our server. Good thing he wasn't but it turned out we hadan eexcellent server. Other than that hiccup we had a great dinner and it was my boyfriends first time there and he loved the birthday dinner."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I have eaten at Cajun Queen many times. The food and service has always been excellant."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "If your looking for a nice spot to eat that's not franchised but tastes great you are looking for Cajun Queen! It located next to a beautiful park so after dinner or before you can take a stroll! The service is great, the drinks are good, the food is delicious and it gives you that whole New Orleans vibe with the decor and music! You won't be disappointed...give it a try!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Always dependable quality and service Bob is a fabulous waiter and makes great recommendations."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We frequent Cajun Queen and always enjoy it and love the food. Great service."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The service was terrible! My husband and I did not feel welcomed! We were never greeted by our waiter! He was very rude and it seemed like he hated being at work that night! He tossed our bread and check on the table. The resturant was very nice but a little noisey."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This restaurant is reliable and is an opportunity to sample Cajun food without traveling to New Orleans. The service is good even when the restaurant is crowded, which is most often the case on weekends. The manager/owner is always visible, the portions are large, and the experience is always good. It is difficult for diners to remember they are not the only person(s) in the restaurant and patience is required. It is highly irritating to me as a Charlottean to have some viewers always put down Charlotte's restaurants, referring to them (restaurants) as second class to restaurants in their previous hometown. A review should be a review of the restaurant reviewed, not a comparison of the restaurant to one in NYC or San Francisco, etc."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Come here quite often and it never disappoints. We usually sit near the jazz which is always a nice touch to go along with excellent cajun food and a glass of wine."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Depending on what time you are eating, you may have a quiet and relaxing dinner or an energetic evening while the live jazz band plays! Both are GREAT experiences. If you want to watch the band while you eat, ask to sit upstairs. All of the food is delicious but if you like Cajun spice you MUST order the BBQ shrimp appetizer! The wait staff is very attentive---filling your water glass, bringing you more fresh made rolls, etc. ---you will want for nothing. This is my favorite restaurant in Charlotte! Did I say that you MUST have the BBQ shrimp?"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "My toughest decision is what to get..because it's also tasty. Love the gumbo, shrimp and grits, Diane, husband loves the creole and jambalaya It's not ideal for kids as it's a smaller old house, but very unique..kids seem to not be controlled and it takes away from the intention of being a great rest. And yes, I have 2 kids, but they know how to sit and keep their voices down. So don't bash me ;) Parking has become easier with the complimentary valet"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "On this visit the high spot was the server as she was very good, attentive but not intrusive; food was good as it usually is,I tried a different menu item and while good was below my expectations; were seated in the main dining room which I would not recommend as the noise level is "energetic" to the point of making it difficult to carry on a conversation. My wife commented on the way there that it would be nice to go out for a quiet dinner, but it was anything but quiet...believe that we will take a break from CQ for a while."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I was very disappointed in the food, portions and price. I will not be visiting this establishment again"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I have been to Cajun Queen 5 times and Sunday was the 6th time. I made ordered the Creolcwith Chicken and I am in love I want that for dinner every night! Perfect meal!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I have been to Cajun Queen a handful of times over the past 20 years and their food is fabulous. The thing that stood out was the jump in prices, as the menu selections have increased an average of $5-$7 per meal. That is a pretty steep jump, and you're not getting any more food for the buck. If I am going to eat spicy food, may I recommend the waitstaff bring a carafe of water. My spouse and I ran out of water many times throughout the night and the waitstaff did not frequent our table nearly enough. What used to be a night out that ran $40 for a couple now exceeds $70 with tip at the Cajun Queen....and that was with only one alcoholic beverage each. The "courtesy" valet parking is a nice touch, but still costs another $5."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We were down on the first floor, and we could not hear the music that you are famous for."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I have lived in this area pretty much my entire life and never eaten at Cajun Queen. It was SOOOOO delicious! We went for my mom's birthday dinner with extended family-so there was 11 of us. We made reservations and we were seated immediately! Everything was good from the jazz band down to the last bite. The plates were huge so there was plenty left over for lunch the next day. We will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Manager, serving staff, guys in the band (Thursday/Saturday) are all welcoming. I love "showing off" CQ to new friends, partially due to great food - favorite is Crawfish Etoufee , but the fish dishes look great, too. Grits, grilled andouille and fried oysters are great sides. I always have at least one Dixie beer for "old times sake" - authentic New Orleans favorite, but Copper on draft is really better. CQ is also a good value. It seems that there are CQ "groupies" - regular clients, and I've been seated near some of the same folks...brief conversations take place about how much we love CQ. Son raved about recent brunch - "Best Brunch Ever!" Wish guy clients would tuck in their shirt tails...this isn't New Jersey, thank God!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food was great! Very noisy - hard to carry on conversation. Waiter was pretty much "heads down", not real engaging."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Kept hearing great things about this place... The food was fine but nothing special, yet it was pretty expensive. Fried oysters were great but I was disappointed by the entrees. Not bad but not worth the crowds/wait/hassle. Service staff was very nice though."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The best Cajun food you will find anywhere...! You will not be disappointed!!!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Appetizers were wonderful; popcorn crawfish and fried green tomatoes! I had creole shrimp and my husband had blackened catfish with broccoli and mashed potatoes with a great spicy Cajun sauce. We shared a nice piece of bourbon pecan pie. I recommended Cajun Queen for our group's monthly get-together. There were eight of us and everyone had nice things to say about the delicious food, wonderful service, and lively atmosphere. The band upstairs was an authentic New Orleans touch! Been here many times, never disappointed."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I've eaten here twice, and both times the food was terrific. I love the crawfish étouffée, the BBQ shrimp appetizer is out of this world, and the bourbon bread pudding is delicious! The restaurant does get noisy when it's busy, but that's kind of part of its quirky charm. One night we caught the live jazz and really enjoyed the band."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Good food with fair portions. The Cajun Popcorn was awesome. The entrees were presented well and tasted as good as they looked. We were on an impromptu date and this did the trick. My only complaint would be how close the tables are to each other. You can hear everyone's conversations quite clearly."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "If you are looking for some really great Cajun food this is the place to go, it's been in Charlotte for years and the food is is always great. Don't forget to order the Bread Pudding for dessert! If you are planning to speak to speak to your dinner companion then DON'T eat upstairs, although the music is great it's very loud and you can't hear your friends."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The food here is awesome. If you like spicy Cajun food, get the étouffée. It's expensive, but worth it. It's a converted old house, so it's not real roomy inside. Don't plan an intimate conversation; you are likely to be overheard. They have some great cocktails and a decent wine list, but the real star is the food!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Everything was as expected but the hours could be extended."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "CQ is never a disapointment. Food is great and service even better."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Love this place. The food is excellent and service is always great."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Interesting enjoyable drinks We miss the Cajun Queen alligator on the bench outside. It seemed like it was a landmark even though we are relatively new to the area. It is a fun place to take out of town guests. We enjoy the New Orleans music, but difficult to talk in upstairs dining room."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The food is absolutely amazing. I always get the Diane with crawfish and shrimp and it never disappoints. You must try to get a reservation upstairs as the jazz music along with your meal creates a wonderful ambiance. I highly recommend this place, it is definitely one of my favorites!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I have been here twice and looking forward to going trying other items on the menu."
    Dined on 3/29/2014