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tomasart

04/18/12

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I love this place!

This is always a delightful restaurant to stop by. I love the Spicy Shrimp which is Available to Your likes. My Friend who eats there with me love the Crawfish Ettofee.
The Rice and Red beans are delish!
I always go here when ever the chance crops up!~

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smarsh1890

08/29/11

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Good but far from great!!!

I went to Cajun Queen with three other friends tonight (Monday) night. To start off with they ran out of bread before before out Gumbo and appetizers were brought out to us. When the Gumbo came out it was cold and so was the shrimp in the Gumbo. We sent it back. The Waitress told us that they were having a problem in the kitchen which is not a good sign. We were wondering what we were in for next. If this was any indication of what the main course was like, then I didn't plan on coming back. They brought the Gumbo back out from the kitchen and it actually had good flavor. Good use of spices. It was spicey but not too spicey. I ordered the Pan Sauteed Duck breast. It tasted very good. The meat was tender and cooked just right for me, medium rare. The sauce, potatos, and other veggies were excellent. I was very happy with the main course. The waitress offered desert. I had a chocolate cookie pie. I should have never ordered it. The desert was terrible. It was hard, dry, and had little flavor.

Overall, its hard to say if I would go back in the near future or recommend Cajun Queen. I am on the fence and so is the rating I am going to give CQ.

I did like the main course, the atmosphere was cool, the wait staff was okay. The fact that they did not have any bread, the appetizers were alright, and the desert was downright terrible made me a little upset.

I wish the kitchen staff could make a complete 3 course meal were every course was good-excellent given the prices of the dishes.

It is hard to say but maybe the food might have been better if we didn't go on a Monday evening.

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Ladyin704

02/16/11

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Not @ all what I expected!!!

My husband and I wanted something different, and good, so after doing a little bit of research we decided to try the Cajun Queen. Our experience there was horrible, we had reservations for 8:00pm, we were not seated until 9:10, ok this made us think the food must be awesome, oh NO, The food was not seasoned well to say the least, and the portions were extremely small. I ordered the platter (sounds like a lot) I had 3 shrimp, 3 oysters, and a small peice of fish, My red beans and rice were cold. we did not get one refill on our drinks, after continuously asking, our server kept forgetting. The only good thing was the music, which is not jazz, but they still sounded ok.

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Gemini29

02/06/11

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Not my cup o tea

Honey...I wouldnt waste my $ on this restaurant. They have very little variety and they only offer leg quarters (4 chic.) CAN I GET A BREAST! not sure what other meats they sell. Greens too spicy and not enough flavor. Wont go back!

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BrandeeG

01/03/11

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REALLY GREAT PLACE!

I was looking for a nice romantic place for me and my husband to have dinner on new years. The Cajun Queen was more than I expected. Nice atmosphere, great food, and wonderful location. Being creole myself,its hard to find great Cajun food so far from home. I do recommend Cajun Queen, and already have to my friends. Thank you for a great start to our new year! Look forward to going again!

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Lonngooch

12/29/10

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Nice place but the food is not authentic.

My wife and I visited this restaurant last year because it was voted the best Cajun Restaurant in the Charlotte area. We relocated to the Charlotte area from New Orleans a couple of years ago, and we want to try a restaurant with authentic Cajun food so I am not required to cook for hours in my own kitchen. I really enjoyed the ambiance and the service; however, if you are going there for authentic Cajun food, you would do better skip Cajun Queen and eat at Bojangles. The sauce on my meal was watered down and it had so much cayenne pepper in it that I had to drink two glasses of water to finish it. I told the server about it and we were given a free desert, but I don't suspect I will ever go back unless someone insists and is treating me.

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thebohemian

08/29/10

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if you like your food prepared this is it.

really good food. i would like the dessert menu to offer more of a variety. when i order to go, they place everything delicately, not as if they are placing it in garbage bag like many places.

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dpowersdoc

04/27/10

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My first trip to a Cajun restaurant

This was my first visit ever to a Cajun restaurant, so I can say nothing about authenticity. I will say that my chicken étouffée was delicious and reasonably priced. It was very spicy, as the menu indicated it would be. I would have preferred some side dish to have been included, not just rice. Dishes of other diners looked very good but similarly sparse, like the blackened catfish next to me which had two fillets on the plate and a decorative lemon, but nothing else. I'll go back.

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QCsmith

04/25/10

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love

been going here ever since they opened.
i love everything about the cajun queen.
whenever i have family in town i take them out here for a great time!

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InoFood

03/29/10

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I've loved this place for 20 years

My family and I have been going to the Cajun Queen since 1990. Tim has always gone the extra mile to make our dinner a great experience. The BBq shrimp are the best in the land and the fried oysters are to die for.
We sometimes sit with the music and other times on the beautiful patio. When I got laid off a few years back Tim even bought my dinner. This is a special place.
I would recommend this place to EVERYBODY!!

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jaci sturgies

03/03/10

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Poor customer relations!

My choir reserved a week ahead of time an area near the band upstairs. When the 10 of us arrived a few minutes early, we were told by the hostess that there was a little ""glich"". We were informed that another group was in our reserved area and they wouldn't be finished for awhile. We were asked to wait at the bar or to sit downstairs at a table by the fireplace instead. We said that wasn't satisfactory and asked for the manager. Tim arrogantly informed us that he was the manager and the owner and what would we want him to do? We said we should have the space we reserved or at least some concession while we waited such as complimentary bar drinks. We were then told that if the party in our places took over a half hour, he would consider it-but suggested again that we take the downstairs area. Since we chose this restaurant because of the music we then left and went to another restaurant where we were treated with respect. We saw a limosine waiting as we left and felt that either this group had lots of money or some other advantage over us. Our church family and friends will not patronage Cajun Queen from now on!

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PHold

02/16/10

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Good place on occasion

The Canjun Queen is set in an old house and the atmoshpere does take you to another place. The tables are somewhat close so you are eating with strangers right next to you and in your conversation. The server was not able to fit inbetween the tables to the left or right of ours and had to serve from behind me, so initamcy is not available. The food was freshly prepared, but the Chef does not need to be so cautious with using salt and pepper as everything did lean to the bland side. One real critique I feel would be the Gumbo. Gumbo should be rich and thick with depth, this Gumbo was very thin and tomato-boullion like. It was fresh tasting but not the deep, rich taste I know Gumbo should be. The Shrimp and Grits were good but Creole sauce was tastelss. Despite the food being less than what expected, my wife and I liked this place and will return.

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JennifereBlake1

12/30/09

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Great place for something different

This is a restaurant where you hang out after your meal is long over and enjoy the atmosphere and live music. Fabulous establishment with a friendly staff. Sunday brunch is my favorite!!!!!!!

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moe14

12/16/09

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Fried Green Tomato's were very tasty

Upstairs is buzzing and band adds flair. I plan to go sunday with the family for the sunday brunch.

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DowntownCharlotte24

09/14/09

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Great Food, Great Outdoor Patio

Had a great experience my fist time at the Queen of Cajun. I had the Bayou Platter and my girlfriend had the Etouffee. Both were excellent but I especially liked the blackened seasoning on the chicken and catfish mine came with. From what I heard the Etouffee is one of the most popular on the menu so you can't go wrong with either one.

Overall, I will def return and recommend.

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Kevin C

09/10/09

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One of the best in Charlotte

The band is great but can be overpowering if you are right in front of them. I have had numerous items on the menu and have never had one dish that did not exceed my expectations. The BBQ Shrimp app is a MUST. I dont even care if they put the shrimp in, the sauce and bread are the best. you will get a different atmosphere and food quality is as good if not better that locations like del frisco.

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Shel Brooke

10/28/08

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By Far- My favorite restaurant in Charlotte!

A mere 3 1/2 years ago, I was brought to Cajun Queen on a date. Since, this restaurant has been a favorite of mine. I love the atmosphere; always sitting upstairs! The jazz band provides fabulous live entertainment. However, I would advise sitting across the room is you are planning on having a quite conversation. Their is usually a wait and the bar upstairs provides great drinks to sip on while listening to jazz and waiting to be seated. The food is absolutely amazing. I have had many items off the menu, but usually order off the specials. If you haven't tried Cajun Queen- you are definitely missing out on one of Charlotte's best kept little secrets. Great dining with a group, on a date, or as a business dinner.

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jillery

06/19/08

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Best cajun around

This place is great! Staff are very pleasant. Food is out of site!!! I have been a regular since '97. I have tried everything or just about and it's all delicious. Blackened is wonderful. Toppings you can get are excellent. The Dixieland Band is an asset to the already great atmosphere. Everyone should go and try this out. Kudos to the Cajun Queen!!!!

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brym13

01/04/08

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Don't try the balckened food

My wife and I went there tonight for our anniversary -- we try a new restaurant every year. This was our first disappointing experience in 8 years. The crawfish scampi was good, and my wifes meal was pretty good as she had the fried oysters and fried shrimp. I love Cajun food. Gumbo is one of my favorites and a good blackened catfish and shrimp. Thus, that is what I ordered. The Gumbe was not like any Gumbe I ever had -- and I have had Gumbo at many Cajun restaurants. I wrote it off as some places are just diffeent -- I still had my blackened shrimp and catfish coming. When the plate came out I smelled ash -- I thought someone had stirred the fire we were sitting by. When I put a piece of shrimp in my mouth I realized the smell was from my plate. It tasted as if someone had dipped it in an ash tray. Not only the worst cajun food I had ever had -- but the worst food I had ever had. I did taste the fish, to ensure it was the consitent -- it had the same taste. I called the waitor over and told him to simply smell the plate -- he agreed something was wron (or at least wanted to get a tip). The manager then came out and asked me if I wanted something else, my taste buds were scarred a little but I wanted the blackened. He very politly indicated that I was probably tasting what I was smelling and since I was by the fire and said I would probably be better off with a fried platter. Polite way of saying this is how we make it and the problem is me. Personally, the food would have never left the kitchen if I ran the place -- a simple sniff test. Other food there looked fin, my fried food was OK but overall I was very very disappointed. I could have gotten friend shrimp for less elsewhere and it would have been as good.

Don't try the blackened food unless you like to eat from an ashtray. Staff did nothing to try to make amends either (no discount, desert for free, etc). They really didn't care -- just wanted my money. I'll never go back.

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exile4sushi

03/29/07

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Best Food In Town!

I've been going to the Cajun Queen for years, and I just love it. I used to go just for special occasions, but now that they've revamped, I'm there at least once a week. Their covered patio is the best room in the house, unless I'm in party mode--then I sit with the band upstairs. The wait on Saturdays can get pretty long, but as long as I have a spot at their new bar with a 7th Street Stumbler in my hand, I'm set. My husband likes it too--says his favorite thing about the new bar is their LCD HDTV. If I'm craving cajun and he wants to watch the game, we'll head over to the Queen and eat at the bar. It's a wonderful compromise.

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General Info
Cajun Queen is a restaurant that specializes in New Orleans-cuisine. Its appetizer menu features crawfish scampi, Cajun-fried oysters and fried green tomatoes. Cajun Queen also serves red beans and rice, garlic mashed potatoes and ouille sausage, Diane mushrooms and New Orleans barbecue. It offers washday blues, shrimp and grits, rib eye, New York strips, blackened chicken breast, catfish, s barbecue hrimp and scallops. Cajun Queen s children s menu feat blackened ures little gators, french fries and fried shrimp. It serves a variety of desserts, including Oreo cheesecake, bourbon pecan and key lime pie and bourbon bread pudding. Cajun Queen features private rooms for social gatherings and business meetings. It has a theater, rooftop terrace and bar. The restaurant provides takeout services and also offers catering services for wedding rehearsals and receptions. Cajun Queen organizes live jazz music nights and is located in Charlotte, N.C.
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Phone: 704-342-3786

Phone: 704-377-9018

Fax: 704-342-3786

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Regular Hours
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Categories
Creole & Cajun Restaurants, American Restaurants, Caterers, Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants
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Price Range
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Neighborhood
Elizabeth
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Other Information

Parking: Valet, Free

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Southern, Caterers, American, Take Out, Seafood, Cajun & Creole

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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