Crescent City Brewhouse
Active Beers: 10
Beer Ratings: 128
Beer Avg: 3.39
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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1.95/5 rDev -44.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | $$$$
Crescent City to me is a one and done place. No I did not eat there, so the food may be good. The place is spacious and Cajun rustic. It is not the appearance of Crescent City that is off. That is actually inviting and intriguing. It has the feel of an old place that has been there a while with a lot of culture. It is the type of place you are hoping is good so you can linger there longer. The location is actually fairly good as well. Perfect on Decatar, away from the crowds of Bourbon. The service here was not all that great. The bar had about ten people around it. Most looked like tourists not locals. Despite the relatively sparse crowd, it took the bar tender a good ten minutes of standing by the bar to see if we wanted something. The staff seemed more intent on chatting with themselves then offering service despite it being 8 at night. Also we sampled about three of their five beers. The bock and the red were just not that great. Plus, like most of the menu, the beers were pricey. There are so many great options for food and drink in New Orleans. On a short trip, there are way better options a block or two away.
04-12-2011 13:49:45 | More by tigg924
2.15/5 rDev -38.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | $$$$
Very disappointed with this place. Its close to Jackson square which means overpriced drinks ( $5 and $6 beers?..Please) and lots of clueless tourists. The beers --they had 5 different ones (thats a lousy selection) --I tried 2 of them and thought they were both well below average. The hefeweisse may be the only wheat beer I have ever had that I thought was inferior to Blue Moon. The amber/red that I had was also quite average. I am shocked that this place is so highly regarded.
The bartender was nice enough and I still gave him a good tip but even he was wanting to leave the place. He was trying to close early. The decor is nothing special other than being in the French Qtr. I will say that this place is known for having some pretty good music but when I went there (10:30ish) , --they were closing.
Crescent City Brewhouse is one of my least favorite brewpubs I have ever visited.
03-02-2005 03:18:21 | More by rousee
2.28/5 rDev -35%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | $$$
Dont kid your self, the beer sucks. While in the quarter it is nice to come across a clean establishment with relatively friendly tenders, but thats where this wet dream ends. Not to bad on atmosphere, a little steep on the food. For one the selection is limited, and too its pricy. I tried the pilsner and the Weiss, decent head, appearance; even the smell was somewhat pleasing. Now for the taste: some where in the middle of a Sierra Nevada left in the sun for three days, recycled through the septic tank in a trailer park, then decanted off with a corroded copper pipe used for liposuction. The bar gravy in the troughs at La fetes might have more appeal.
08-25-2003 21:09:24 | More by faubs
2.59/5 rDev -26.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $$
Went here with a group of people who ranged from beer snob to casual beer drinkers. Even the casual beer drinkers in our group found there to be something unpleasant about the beers. Don't go here for the beer.
Other than a lack of quality beer, the location is great. An upstairs balcony overlooks the river and would be really nice to sit on and take in the scene of crowds wandering up and down Decatur st. They had a spread of crawfish and shrimp that looked great, and had the beer been better we may have stayed to try.
04-20-2009 22:12:13 | More by LabBrewer
2.73/5 rDev -22.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$
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.
10-31-2010 03:38:32 | More by EgadBananas
2.94/5 rDev -16.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3
Located right in the French Quarter, a perfect place for a good brewpub. I was pre-warned about this place, and that I should not have high expectations. We went out looking for a good restaurant and I had been talking about Crescent City, having read a few mixed reviews, although nobody went as far as to give it excellent marks. My son said he had been to Crescent City Brewery a few nights before and tried two different beers. He said after the first beer he wanted to give them another chance, but after the second beer he was ready to continue sightseeing. Upon entering, my son said "Yep. This is the place. Don't get your hopes up too high". I liked the layout of the place, which seemed warm and friendly to the traffic from the street. But from the first sip of my first beer (a pale ale, I recall). I was not at all impressed. Too bad. This is an ideal place for a brewpub in a fascinating city. This brewpub looks great inside and from the outside. Now Crescent City just needs to work on perfecting their beers.
01-01-2004 19:34:39 | More by ChappyCubsFan
2.95/5 rDev -16%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
I recall visiting this place a few years ago before I really got into the craft beer scene and my reactions at the time were kind of mixed. Now, after gaining a lot more knowledge and experience, it seems my initial reactions were correct. Its just not that great. The atmosphere wasnt bad and the service was terrific, although I was sitting at the bar and got there the minute they opened so if the bartender couldnt serve one or two people well, theyd be in trouble.
The beers I tried were decent, nothing terrible, but nothing outstanding or even all that impressive really. I tried the Black Lager and Hefe, with the lager being the better beer. The hefe was very muted and just didnt pop.
The worst was their seasonal. They had some name for it but what it was, from the bar tenders own mouth, was the pilsner mixed with Sprite. Seriously.
The food was overcooked and a bit pricey.
I cant say I hated the place, but Id rather spend my money elsewhere.
05-29-2007 17:31:43 | More by Butch
2.95/5 rDev -16%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$$
The Crescent City Brewhouse is the only brewpub in the French Quarter, but its nothing that special. They have 4 regular beers on tap and one seasonal most of the time. When I say most of the time it is because sometimes they are out of a beer not that they have a new one on tap. The owner had to start brewing again recently and when that happened they were only serving commercial beer, Becks and Abita and some others but they are back to their own beer for now. My favorite is the Red Stallion. It has a mild bitterness even milder hop flavor/aroma, but a nice malty flavor. It is also their most flavorful beer, but that is relative. The black forest is dark in color but lacking in flavor, the wheat beer is a bland wheat beer with little to no esters and the pilsner is more related to a BMC than it is to a true German Pilsner. The food is however very good. For appetizers, if they have the mussels cooked in the Red Stallion be sure to try them, the oysters baked 3 ways and calamari are my other two favorites. For a lunch or a small meal the BLT is great, topped with mozzarella and fried basil and the burgers are big and juicy. For dinner, the Tuna is great and they usually have a really good pasta dish, and the ribs arent the best in town but they are very good.
The food is good, the beer is ok, and the prices are in line with the rest of the quarter bars, so a little pricey, but hey youre downtown. Its nice place to go when you have friends visiting in the quarter and they want to go grab a few quick beers or a bite to eat, but if you have some time, take them out of the bubble and go somewhere nicer.
08-27-2007 19:31:38 | More by dlintern
2.95/5 rDev -16%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$$
I was staying nearby, so I figured visiting a local brewpub was a no-brainer. This place had a good vibe, seemed exactly like what you'd expect from New Orleans as a visitor - relaxed atmosphere, a three piece jazz band playing in the corner, a big bar with brewhouse behind it and an oyster bar with full-time shucker right as you walk in. The staff was friendly and outgoing without being obtrusive.
Of the five beers they had listed (pils, red, weiss, dunkel, seasonal) only two, the pils and red, were available when I visited. This really turned me off. I can totally understand not having a seasonal available and running out of one of your standard line-up, but 2 out of 5 is bad in my book. Beyond the quantity, the beers were mediocre at best and they seemed to have a real issue with overcarbonation. I also found the price to be steep, with a 23oz glass of house beer going for $7.50. Food was a mixed bag. Our consensus was that the oysters and appetizers were good, but entrees were unimpressive (including my catfish).
I really wish I had better things to say about this place, but it's hard to recommend based on my visit.
04-27-2008 00:29:25 | More by DrJay
3.04/5 rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
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
04-28-2009 18:34:01 | More by ScarletLady
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Crescent City Brewhouse in New Orleans, LA
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