Crescent City Brewhouse

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Crescent City BrewhouseCrescent City Brewhouse
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3.45/5
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11 Beers
223 Ratings
Place Score: 81
Ratings: 88
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews by champ103:
Photo of champ103
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I really enjoyed my visit here. There is a great New Orleans feel. It is right on Decatur Street across from the river. The building has that perfect old French architecture that is a must for the French Quarter. A jazz trio playing in the corner. Mostly as background music, but still good. A half rectangular bar with an oyster bar taking up the front part. The copper brew kettles are on the first floor, with the fermentars on the second. There is a second floor with a balcony, but was closed when I visited. A patio is out back. Lots of room for people to eat lunch/diner. It is also non smoking which I enjoy. A great atmosphere.

The quality of everything was good. Fresh as can be. There was a little to much diacetyl in some of the beers, but nothing to grip about. The selection is not very large. Five German beers to choose. For the most part, I thought they were very good. The Pilsner, Dark Forest (my favorite), and the special beer (a Dunkelweizen) were very good. The Red Stallion was decent though to much diacetyl. They also had a weiss that I did not try.

The food and service were very good. I sat at the bar and had a Red Fish plate. Very fresh. Like the rest of my experience, very enjoyable.

Overall, I do not understand the low scores for this place. Sure, they do not do all the weird beer geek styles that people here go crazy for. Though they make excellent German style beer. All were good. Subtle and enjoyable is the name of the game. I would love to have a place like this local to me.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mwar
2.06/5  rDev -41.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3

Bartenders were the rudest I have ever encountered. New Orleans is more of a PRB and a shot city. Embrace that philosophy and enjoy yourself!

Photo of swalsh666
3.08/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Centrally located in french qt. large bar and dining hall. On a
hot NOLA day, their Hefeweizen will do you right. They also offer a togo window with a couple select drafts

Photo of stumac
2.85/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 1.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5

Pretty chill place. They only have 5 of their own beers. 1 outta 2 of those that I tried were good. Very mediocre food. Nothin too crazy. Plus everything was WAAAAAAAAYYYY overpriced!!! For me and my girl to get the cheapest thing on the menu each, and three drinks each, it was 80 friggin bucks!! Plus they messed up on my food and her drink. Won't be goin back.

Photo of MOVERTON1284
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Was here in August 2013. I thought the beer was very average, we had poor service, and the food was average at best. We attempted to do the tour at NOLA but it was cancelled upon arrival. This was the closest place to it, so we went here instead. It is in a great spot, but was disappointed overall.

Photo of mjryan
3.36/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of TheDeuce
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of cspompey
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of rfgetz
3.43/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of tigg924
1.95/5  rDev -44.3%
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.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of wsubrando
3.15/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

I'm from the Northwest where we have really great beer. I went to the Crescent City Brewery on Monday March 14th, 2011 after searching for the closest place to get a local beer. The beer at Crescent City was average at best. Their Red ale was the best tasting beer they had as well as a seasonal lager. They have no IPA or really any hoppy beers. There was no creativity or boldness to the ingredients used and flavors. Not a good selection as far as styles, but the great food makes up for the beer. Like the waitress said, "There are stronger things to drink in New Orleans!"

Photo of ChrisCage
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This was our first stop in NOLA right after checking into the hotel and I have to say that I was impressed! We sat out on the upper level balcony and the view was really nice and we had a great view of what used to be the Jackson Brewery, now shopping center, kitty corner from us. The food was amazing, my wife ordered the seafood jambalaya and I got the southern crispy duck....both highly recommended but I liked mine more! As for the beer, we got a sampler, trying the pilsner, red stallion, weissbier, black forest, and the seasonal, which was the imperial pilsner (a double malted, double hopped version of the standard pils). We went back later in the evening, and managed to get seats outside again, so we could watch a parade, but alas, there were so many ppl on the street that it was hard to get a good view.

My favorites were the Black Forest and the Imperial Pils...I've done a very half-assed review on the Imperial Pils as I didn't bring a pen and paper and really didn't feel like doing a detailed review, so check it out if you like....it's from memory!

Photo of WJVII
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This place was right on the main road off of St. Charles place. The interior was dimly lit, a lot of wood and very brew pub. There was a live band playing (and could be viewed through open doors on the street) and the place was busy for a Thursday early evening. We chose to sit up top on the balcony (worth it on a warm night). The server was knowledgeable on the brews and very friendly. I had a sampler (will be reviewing from notes). There were only 5 choices (not many) and they were not that great. The food was awesome and for being right in the heart of the French Quarter the price was very reasonable. Definitely worth the time to stop and if you need to eat the food was even better than the beer.

Photo of msnow34
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Food and Beer were both fantastic. As was the service. I had the Weiss Beer and the gf had a pilsner. We ended up switching. I also had a special brew whose name escapes me know,but it was fantastic. For Dinner i had the Pasta Jambayla which was one of the best meals i've ever had, Andrea had the ribs which was huge and we couldn't finish. I would recommend this place but beware our beers were $7.50 I would go back but see if they do a happy hour or smaller beers. Service was fantastic,and they had live jazz up front by the bar which was good considering it was a random weeknight the week before christmas.

Photo of EgadBananas
2.73/5  rDev -22%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Scenery for this place is nice. On Decataur, usually busy, nice random art on the walls. But, this is a very average joint at heart. There is nothing fancy or out of the ordinary about this place. Wasn't real impressed with our waiter, who was not very attentive. Selection was small, with about 5 brews, average styles...none very good or worthy of much exclaim. The good was alright, but nothing to write home about.

We went on a $50 gift card, and have 1 more. Good for getting trashed before going to the Dungeon.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Visited on a recent t5rip to New Orleans.

This place is a nice find in a city with very little to offer in terms of brewpubs and general beer distribution from other states.

The selection of beer was somewhat lacking - only 5 offerings, 4 of which were year-round. No IPA, No Stout, No Porter. Nothing above the typical 5% or so ABV.

I had a pint of the seasonal (a dark lager) and the Weiss. Others with me ordered the Black Forest and the Red, which I tried. All of them were above average beers but nothing to go out of your way for.

We all ordered dinner and were very impressed with the food. The service was also excellent - our waiter was knowledgeable, friendly and prompt.

Photo of northaustin
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4

nice aesthetic. huge open area with a very traditional feel. of course i was very disappointed in only being able to choose from five beers though. and on top of that they were all german styles. i like german beers but it would just be nice to be able to choose something different.

for some reason they only serve beers in 14, 20, and 24 oz sizes. it was about the same price as my local pub, but two ounces less. so i had two red stallions and watched a jazz group.

the red stallion was pretty good, but it was very dry and thin. i tried my friends beers and they seemed to all have different flavors but the same end mouthfeel.

definately worth a stop by if youre doin the whole bourbon street tourist thing like i was.

Photo of Here4Beer
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2 | food: 5

Ah, Mardi Gras! Was in the FrenchQtr walking to Faulkner's books store and thought, what the hell...

Very cool layout, with heavy wood all over, massive brew tanks and other equipment within patron's view, and easy on the brewerania, so pretty easy on the eyes and not touristy at all. Upstairs balcony was pretty cool, and a jazz band in the corner. Not shabby, On to the beer...

Try the sampler, as nothing here will razzledazzle, but it drinks I suppose. German influenced (sorry HopHeads!) with a Pils, Red/Marzen, Weiss, Brown, and Bock and maybe another I'm missing, but point being the beer is simply so/so. Not atrocious or anything, but if you're a German-style nut this won't cut it for you and you won't have the same beer twice. So again, snag a sampler with a meal.

Food was great though, with the Brie and French bread app coming with grapes on the vine; all before a very tasty brisket as an entree. Service was prompt, courteous, and attentive without being obtrusive.

This is a beer blog website though, so frankly don't go out of your way to hit this spot, but if shopping in the area and would like a nice bite and some suds drop on in and support a local brewery.

Photo of Stoffel
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

This wasn't on my list of things to do in NO, but I kinda got suckered into it. It wasn't a bad experience, but it wasn't anything exceptional.

The atmosphere is typical of any other place along the street, with a more classy college feel rather than a drunk frat boy college feel.

The beer was nothing to be impressed over. The people who brought me talked it up the entire week before we got there, but after stopping by a couple of good places like The Bulldog, they had mixed feelings about the beer quality. They are learning.

The service was actually really good. Prompt, nice, and our waitress really went out of her way.

Yah know, they have a couple of different beers to chose from, but they all taste relatively the same. As my g/f described it, they were just BMC with a dark color and a splash of roasty malt.

Not a place that I'll be going out of my way to visit again.

Photo of ScarletLady
3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

I wasn't expecting much being in a tourist area and I found exactly what I expected. The place itself is pretty to look at. Sitting a the bar you can see the tanks thru glass walls above which is nice. Being a Saturday is was overcrowded with a jazzband playing in the corner. The food looked good but I only went in for the beer.

Beer selection was ok. The beer itself a little disappointing (will rate that separate) My recommendation is try it if you like but be sure to order the sampler, or a short draft... you won't be staying long if you are there soley for the beer. Go find someplace to serve you an abita instead

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Crescent City Brewhouse in New Orleans, LA
81 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.