Cru by Chef Marlon Alexander

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119 reviews
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Cru by Chef Marlon Alexander serves up delicious seafood and meat dishes, craft cocktails, unique wines, and private dining in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans. Occupying the original Marigny plantation property, this iconic restaurant has an amazing courtyard; two main dining rooms; a cozy courtyard bar; and two private dining spaces for special events or large parties. Raw LA and cultivated oysters are also available from our treehouse shucking station.

Monday Nights: Prime Rib Special - 10 oz cut with a baked potato for $25
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: Karaoke with Vanessa Carr Kennedy in the treehouse from 8-10pm
Thursday: Late Night Bar and Snacks
Friday: Yoga from 4-5PM, Late Night Bar and Snacks
Saturday: Drag Brunch + dinner service
Sunday: Drag Brunch
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OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great dining experience!

MS
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great time. We started in the bar; our bartender was warm and friendly. We moved to the restaurant; the room was uncomfortable: very warm. The food was tasty especially the crab cake. We will come back.

SH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I attended the Sunday morning drag brunch. The service was impeccable. My guest had the classic eggs Benedict while I had the braised short ribs hash - both were perfection. Chef Marlon was present and overseeing all aspects of the dining experience. And the drag queens made sure that everybody had a wonderful time. If I had to come up with anything to frown over, it was the fact that they did not have decaf coffee available. I will definitely be back.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. It was a wonderful experience.

T
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Used to go there when it was called "Feelings" for the courtyard. Now, it's Cru and the food is the draw. The bartender recommended the grilled grouper and it IS amazing. The only reason I can't give a 5-star review was because of the flys buzzing us while we ate - in the dining room! Yes, I know they are to be expected in the summer, but not in a classy restaurant. If you can ignore them, GO! The food is worth it!

H
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So fun! Loved the drag brunch!

k
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing experience at Cru. Highly recommend Drag Brunch.

MM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

The food/brunch was wonderful. The noise level was an 8.I thought that there was going to be 2 shows.We only saw 1 performer.A little disappointing.

LM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Drag Brunch. The food was incredible, the service was superior, loved the layout and we had a blast during the show. Will absolutely be back again.

JM
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had reservations for our 5 year anniversary made last minute and we were BLOWN, AWAY. At intersecting roads, Cru is Co-located in Feelings Cafe and the owner/Head Chef Marlon "Manny" was outstandingly interactive. he approached us at our table and offered us a bottle of Champagne on the house! His wait staff were standing by the entire meal pouring drinks and cleaning as we go like clockwork. We had the Tomahawk Steak and Calimari, with Popcorn shrimp and then Donut Pudding Cake for dessert, INCREDIBLE, we had to take snaps of the meals as they came the presentation was 5 star! A tiny Gem, a little hole in the wall, so very glad we experienced it. If fancy is what you want it's what you'll get!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Enjoyed the food. Bar stock left me wanting. Service was a bit off. Will return

l
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing. Elevated dining. Drag Brunch was perfect. Great food great people.

t
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The service slow and dishes came out at different times. They were out of a bunch of menu items. I ordered $15 oyster small plate, which were only 4 over fried oysters on spoons. I had to eat again afterwards.

RN
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Chef Marlon came to our table and his food was as good as his reputation, fantastic! We recommend try Donut bread pudding.

SD
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came to Cru for our anniversary dinner last night. Food was superb. Muscles were fresh in a really nice sauce accompanied with andouille sausage. Maine course we both had filet mignon. Both were cooked exactly as ordered and covered with a amazing peppery mushroom sauce. Our waitress Kiki provided exception service, friendly and attentive. Great addition to the neighborhood.

SG
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

We were unable to eat at Cru since our reservation for a table on the inside was not respected and we got seated outside in the sun and had to leave due to the hot weather.

JC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food - eggs Benedict was a bit on the smaller side but very filling and good flavor! Great place to also see a show whole at brunch.

KK
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I went for a Sunday Drag Brunch. The queens were amazing. We enjoyed the performances and the way they interacted with the audience (it felt more like hanging out with friends rather than sitting at a show). The food was awesome (probably the best shrimp and grits I had in my life) and the service was outstanding. Will definitely go again when I am back in New Orleans.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Food was good to very good. Waitstaff friendly but overworked, too few. Conversation was impossible because music was too loud due to a drag show in the dining room, which I did not know was scheduled. Asked staff to turn down music, but was told it would not be turned down due to drag show. Staff and customers had to communicate by yelling over the music. Temperature in dining room was very high and windows were opened to no effect (June in New Orleans). I thought that the air conditioning was broken and it was just bad luck. However, at the end of the meal I was told the air conditioning was working, just ineffective. After watching customers and staff sweating throughout the evening, I wondered why anyone would treat their employees and cutomers this way. So even though the food was good, I will not be going back. There are many other places to dine in the city.

BB
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been twice with a group of 8 and everyone was thrilled. We sat in the courtyard once and up in the birds nest the other time. The food and service were excellent. Would highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar staff was amazing and Chef Marlon was charming and engaging. Food was very good, loved the fried calamari, light and delish! Looking forward to our next meal there.

MM
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a ball at the Drag Show! Food was delicious and performances were incredible!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

If it weren’t for the amazing drag performance and our other waitstaff, our server with purple hair could have completely ruined our experience. To say that she was inattentive and rude would be the understatement of the century. One of our party did not receive her breakfast for at least 10 or 15 minutes after the rest of the party. Our server did not notice and we had to tell her at which point she acted inconvenienced. Additionally, every single thing that we asked her for seemed to be completely out of her way and a huge issue for her. Thankfully, once the food came it was good, except for the New York Bagel, which was the only option for our friend who didn’t like Eggs Benedict and everything else on the menu was not available. Our saving grace was Vanessa - her performance was amazing and she was a needed distraction.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

food took forever and came out wrong and one at a time. worst dining experience in a long time. hugely disappointing

BD
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in after finding out they had progressed from the Pythian Market and has high hopes the creativity and quality would be the same as there. We were not disappointed! Chef Marlon greeted myself, Myron and Brian upon our arrival. Food was phenomenal. We did order shrimp cocktail but it was not served due to Chef feeling shrimp were not up to his standards. Not many places have this kind of integrity! He did substitute it with a wonderful ceviche! We ordered several small plates and appetizers and all were beyond any expectations! Service was slower than normal but they were short staffed and more than made up for any delay with the great care and attention we received! So glad to see him in a full restaurant now! Will continue to make this a must do with every trip to the Big Easy!

MP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

We had 8pm reservations, first it took then 26 mins to get drinks. Based on that we ordered appetizers and main course at the same time. Appetizers took another 30 mins and the main course arrived at 9:45pm. When we asked about the delays the manager came by and told us they 2 more tickets ahead of ours which meant more delay.

I would not recommend this place to anyone based on the customer service because folks who came after us got their orders before us so basically I concluded they do not know what they are doing.

KW
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely a restaurant that should be on anyone's list to try. Marlon and Aaron's energy is electrifying. The food is DELICIOUS, I even ventured from favorite dish and tried something new and was not disappointed.

I would truly recommend this restaurant.

L
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was fantastic!!!! Food was delicious! Had a blast and the service was amazing! Going back soon!

m
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

What a disaster. After reading the reviews and looking at the menu on OpenTable, we were excited to eat here as they had a "treehouse" menu with lots of vegan options. Even though there was a sign at the entrance talking about this, our waiter had no idea what I was talking about. Ordered three specials and were told after waiting 30 minutes that they only had one order left. Then two entrées came out while we waited for the rest. Then the waiter announced that the $15 Beyond Burger (without bun) was dropped on the floor while bringing it out so we had to wait to cook another one. So disappointed. Seemed there was no one managing the restaurant. Would not recommend this place at all.

JW
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Super food, great waitstaff and a perfect atmosphere to carry-on a conversation with a group.

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Burlesque Brunch. How am I ever going to brunch back home again? It will be so boring. Remember to bring your appetite and your dollar bills.

e
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

burlesque brunch and food are awesome. marlon is a rock star in the kitchen!

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bond was such an incredible bartender I forgot about where I lived (down the street.) I even forgot about where I went (Cru by Chef Marlon Alexander.) I forgot about all of this because of the quality of the service, the transcendent nature of the cocktails and cuisine, and the luminous and effervescent vibe of this bywater gem.

OT
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sid’s Birthday!

What a good time!

Thank you, Lauren, Bond, Aaron, and Chef Marlon for making this such a special night for everyone.

And the homemade cream cheese king cake... Amazing!

p
New England
24 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-Mothers Day meal. I splurged on a caviar appetizer which was delicious and artfully served. Had the veal chop which was melt in your mouth scrumptious. Chef sent us complimentary champagne to celebrate! Wonderful food and great service!

FS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the staff including Chef Alexander was extremely nice and made us feel very comfortable. I would recommend this restaurant without a doubt.

TC
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As an early Mother's Day, my two daughters and I went to brunch on Saturday morning. When we got there, we found out it was a Burlesque Brunch! THE BEST BRUNCH WITH MY GIRLS, EVER!!! We had an amazing time. The food was incredibly delicious. I had the Short Rib Hash with Fingerling Potatoes & a poached egg. OMG! Amazingly delicious. Add to that bottomless Bellinis and a burlesque show, and, well, there is no way to describe it. You have to experience it for yourself. Can't wait to go back. So much fun!

RK
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The 4 of us could not stop raving about the food! Especially the mussels! This will be in our restaurant rotation for sure!

B
New Orleans
19 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic time at their Saturday burlesque brunch! The staff was wonderful and the show was so fun! The food was delicious and very reasonably priced. All that combined with the $15 bottomless brunch will make us return customers for sure!

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