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Crescent City Brewhouse

Crescent City BrewhouseCrescent City Brewhouse

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 10
Beer Ratings: 158
Beer Avg: 3.41

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
82
good

57 Ratings
Ratings: 57
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.86%
$$$ - a bit pricey


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

527 Decatur St
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130-1027
United States
phone: (888) 819-9330

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mjryan

Minnesota

3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$

Pretty nice looking place, old brewhouse behind the bar, both times we visited they were brewing so that was pretty neat. Five beers on tap, all German styles; pils, weiss, Vienna, schwartz and maibock. Tried all of them, very good quality. Pilsner was my favourite, light but with a nice hop character. Didn't really eat, just had some oyster. We litteraly stayed right next door, so this was a no brainer for us to visit. If you happen upon this place check it out.

05-20-2013 18:39:31 | More by mjryan
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | $$

Stumbled upon this beer joint on our first night in New Orleans, walking towards dba. Decided to stop in after hearing some cool jazz from the street.

Only five beers on tap: Pilsner, Weiss, Black Forest, Red Stallion, Special Brew (Dunkelweiss).

I tried the dunkelweiss and the Stallion and went for a Jack&Coke. The wife chose the stallion and got a big huge pint. Not a bad beer, but far from great. Metallic taste. I wouldn't want to drink it!

The place offers two floors and is spacious; we sat at the second floor bar and enjoyed a chill time listening to the jazz band downstairs.

Service was good but I'm not sure our bartender cared much for beer... or people, for that matter. Anyways, we had a good time and I would consider returning even though I found the beer to be below average.

01-03-2013 05:46:03 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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TheDeuce

New York

3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$

This was our first stop in NOLA. Nice setup with multiple floors, old school decor, a patio and a takeout window.

They had six beers when I was there, including a seasonal Oktoberfest. A menu showcase gave some small notes and the waitress seemed to know a little. Sitting outside on a busy section of the French Quarter was fun as well.

The beer was ok, for the bad the lager was offensively light (going after your BMC apparently) and the Black Forest jumbled. That said the Weiss was unfiltered with nice sweetness and the Oktoberfest was true to flavor. The Amber was forgettable. Honestly, the Weiss is the only beer I would recommend.

Food was ok, I had a Pork Po'Boy. The flavors were really good but it wasn't quite cooked enough. Great fries though. My wife had a gumbo that seemed really good and true to the local flavors.

No complaints on service, our waitress was really nice. I though the prices were reasonable, you are in a touristy area. Come for happy hour.

Overall, I think if you have time this is worth a stop. It's a nice location and everything is passable, I love to support any local brewpub if I can. That said, it is by no means a must-do and you can find great beer (Abita, NOLA, etc.) in just about any bar as this city is good about promoting locals. Your call.

10-24-2012 15:41:44 | More by TheDeuce
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cspompey

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$

I would have to agree with previous reviews that at best this place in just kinda average. The building and setup is what you would expect for NOLA, complete with an outside take out window. I ordered a sample flight and they only information the server was able to offer was which of the five was their best seller. Not over helpful but I figured out as the flight I received was at best average in flavor and appearance for a BrewPub.

Food was great, large portions and defiantly highlighted some of the local flavors. The most surprising part came with the bill. Two people, a flight and two beers, and dinner was well over one hundred dollars. A little steep even for the area its located in. However if I was back and NOLA I would probably stop back just to try their seasonal.

08-18-2012 19:40:24 | More by cspompey
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$

What to say about Crescent City Brewhouse... ? It's as you might expect. It has the look and feel of a chain restaurant, and yet it's not a chain. It's nicely done, but it's clearly well worn (opened in '91). The service is good, the food is good, and the beer is good - but none of it is REALLY good. It kind of just is. It serves the masses. You know the kind of place. There's a lot of seafood (which is nice, and expected in NOLA), but there are also the required burgers, chicken sandwiches, and steaks. You get a taste of the city, but somehow it's not quite as authentic as what's right outside of those doors you just came in. And the vibe is the same.

Moving forward, what we're really interested in here is the beer. Good. Very good. Maybe even better when we're talking about the seasonals and brewer's selections. I immensely enjoyed an IPA although the bartender couldn't tell me a word about it... "It's just an IPA, we do them all the time". 4 regulars including a Pils, a Vienna, a Dark Munich and a Weiss.

Overall, I'd say if you're in the city you kind of have to go. It's not like visiting "Cheers" in Boston... it's authentic, and far more interesting than just another Gordon Biersch.

04-30-2012 15:24:38 | More by NeroFiddled
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$

After 3 days viewing the must see sights in NOLA, i was in search for a little splash of the local brew pub culture. Atmosphere is fairly nice, old, worn interior with plenty of space for drinkers and diners. Dark stained wood is the predominant feature of much of the place, including the bar. Nice open front building letting in a wonderful breeze off the Mississippi the day we were there. I little Jazz trio warming up in the front corner. Brewing equipment exposed behind the bar on multiple levels. A little raw bar at the front corner of the bar where you can watch them schuck oysters all night.

6 beers available at the time. Nothing stand out, but nothing executed horribly. Light bodied, lightly hopped beers seem popular down here, i guess its refreshing in the horrible humidity and heat in the summer.

Service was friendly, slightly inattentive even during a slow late afternoon/early evening. Prices were decent.

Not much else going on down this way in terms of brew pubs, except the corporate feeling Gordon Biersch, would gladly come back for a few drinks and some grub.

03-13-2012 21:27:27 | More by rfgetz
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$

There are so many fantastic places to eat and drink in New Orleans that I have to review this place keeping in mind what I have as far as selection back home in Mississippi.

The restaurant is fun and relaxed with interesting artwork for sale along the walls and art glass hanging from the ceiling. Copper brewery equipment is visible behind the bar.

Our server was extremely pleasant and knowledgeable about their beer. I had the Black Forest which was fair. All beer is served in large pilsner glasses. Food was very good. Menu had some interesting adaptations of standard pub food. Good lunch or snack place but better options in N.O. for dinner. Beer is o.k. and really one of the only beer joints in the Quarter.

02-10-2012 22:52:25 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$$

Stopped in here with the wife while in town for a friends wedding. I know it's a party town, but the lack of good beer establishments is scary! Moving on....we arrived here for a late lunch early dinner. The place wasn't very crowded at all and we were seated immediately. Nice, comfy, rustic feel here. Lots of local artists works cover the walls and is available for purchase. Our server was quick, friendly, and attentive. We both ordered the chicken rigatoni. The food came super fast and was delicious! The beer (only 5 were on-tap during this visit) was average. Nothing stood out, but what I had wasn't horrible. You're in a touristy area, so expect those prices. Overall, not a bad place. I just wish they had more than basic offerings on their beer menu.

07-25-2011 17:49:26 | More by Imstillthegman
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tigg924

Massachusetts

1.95/5  rDev -44.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | $$$$

Crescent City to me is a one and done place. No I did not eat there, so the food may be good. The place is spacious and Cajun rustic. It is not the appearance of Crescent City that is off. That is actually inviting and intriguing. It has the feel of an old place that has been there a while with a lot of culture. It is the type of place you are hoping is good so you can linger there longer. The location is actually fairly good as well. Perfect on Decatar, away from the crowds of Bourbon. The service here was not all that great. The bar had about ten people around it. Most looked like tourists not locals. Despite the relatively sparse crowd, it took the bar tender a good ten minutes of standing by the bar to see if we wanted something. The staff seemed more intent on chatting with themselves then offering service despite it being 8 at night. Also we sampled about three of their five beers. The bock and the red were just not that great. Plus, like most of the menu, the beers were pricey. There are so many great options for food and drink in New Orleans. On a short trip, there are way better options a block or two away.

04-12-2011 13:49:45 | More by tigg924
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$

Visited New Orleans with my wife and made a stop here. She here for a conference and while she was in a meeting, I took a quick visit here.

I came in and was greeted by the hostess and and I asked if I could just sit down at the bar. She informed me there was a bar upstairs as well as the one that was right there on the 1st floor.

It was a pretty cool bar overall. Semi-dim lighting and good sized (upstairs and downstairs). Really cool music (as most of the music in the city), but it got better. It was actually live music, there was 3 guys playing stand up base, electric guitar, and a clarinet, blended nice, it was cool jazz/blues style music. There's also a beer pick up window right on the sidewalk. For those of you who don't know you can drink in public in New Orleans, so you can just goto the pick up window and order a beer and and just keep walking, pretty cool I guess.

I sat down and one of the bar tender came I asked for a flight of all the beers. She gave me a piece of paper explained the beers and after a few minutes she poured them and brought them over. It was a little slow for not being very busy.

She brought a flight of 4 beers. A pilsner, an amber/red (red stallian), a dark Munich beer (Black Forest), and a seasonal which was a bock. The beers range from ok to pretty good. I think my favorite was the Black forest then the Bock, I really didn't care much for the other two.

I didn't get any food, but the people around me seemed to enjoy theirs. They had more than just pub grub, plenty of steak and seafood options as well. Overall it was a pretty good place, I'd say it was expensive, I think I paid $12 bucks for the small samples, but it was ok based on the city prices. It's worth stopping in.

04-01-2011 13:57:43 | More by AndyAvalanche
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Crescent City Brewhouse in New Orleans, LA
82 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.