Permanently Closed - Cru by Chef Marlon Alexander

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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: Courtyard concert series with Angela Matthews and sultry delta blues
Friday: Yoga from 4-5PM, Late Night Bar and Snacks
Saturday: Drag Brunch and dinner service
Sunday: Drag Brunch
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ALLISONS
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drag brunch was amazing!!! The courtyard is beautiful. Bottomless mimosas/bloodys! The queens put on a stellar performance!

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AmandaM
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Cozy setting, and you really get a front row seat to the show for drag brunches.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone go here! The food is incredible and the service and ambiance are perfect. Thank you!!

MM
MariaM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my 60th birthday at Cru's Drag Brunch with my gal pals and we had an amazingly GOOD time!! The drinks, food, service and entertainment are beyond compare. I will definitely return when next in NOLA and will recommend Cru to everyone visiting your great city!!

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Sarah
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh my gosh what a fun experience the drag brunch was! The food was incredible!

HP
HannahP
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly one of my favourite times during my week in New Orleans. The service was amazing and hilarious. Im still dreamin about the short ribs too woof

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, went for drag breakfast. It’s very loud so make sure you are clear with your waiter about what you need. The drag breakfast menu and prices are different from what is listed on open table.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Valentine’s Day. The front of house was a little disorganized and while some people thought the hostess’ brash way of joking with the customers was funny, others clearly didn’t. The service left something to be desired but the food was amazing! Shrimp and grits were creamy and the foie gras and grits was the best thing I ate while in New Orleans. The ambiance was great once we were seated and we really enjoyed the location. Would definitely head back if we were ever hear again.

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vipGuidry
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Busy Valentine's night. But, took 40 minutes to get cocktails!

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vipBarrett
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Service was dreadful. Food good. Terrible wine selection. Need to check the bill. A $100 bottle of wine that we ordered was out of stock. After several complaints that it took an hour to get a cocktail and no wine they then said they were out of that wine and offered a couple of substitutes that the waiter knew nothing about. Then they comped us on a cheep bottle but the $100 bottle was on the bill anyway. So go for good food but expect to wait quite a while (2 1/2 hours for two of us) and not much attention.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday dinner was better than I could have imagined

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drag brunch was awesome. House punch was great. Short ribs fantastic. Telling everyone about it and definitely coming back.

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DavidM
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Ordered the lobster roll. It was uncooked - actually came on a hot dog bun - no kidding

PM
PisoMojado
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience2

I usually dine in the courtyard but due to the weather, we were seated inside. There was only one other table, a party of four. The acoustics are horrible inside. We had to open one of the French doors to let the sound escape.

The server was friendly and efficient, however, I ordered a dirty martini with olives. She returned with a dry martini with lemon and apologized that they were out of olives. I drank it anyway but was shocked to see the charge was $18. In New Orleans for well gin? The oyster app was tasty, the fish was unmentionable.

I've had decent meals at Cru in the past. This was not one of them.

MC
MargaretC
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great fun. Good food.

CL
ColeLarimoore
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SO much fun and such pure goodness. Lots of love and joy over beautiful food.

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Beckym
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Party of 8, 5pm sitting on Saturday and they were out of items which they didn't inform us until they delivered everyone else's food. 50% of the items. Service was awful. drinks took over 30 minutes each time. after 2 hours we left hungry and thirsty. NO Manager or Owner available to speak to. Even the French fries were raw. So Sad!! They need help! Great location and space.

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StephanieD
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were so welcoming and friendly! My friends and I went for a Drag Brunch and the women were amazing! I definitely recommend 🙌🏽

SM
SandyM
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was devine! The show was outstanding and entertaining. Service was attentive. Food was excellent and just enough! Unlimited cocktails???? Oh yes!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The drag brunch was great! However, the speaker system was awful making it a little to loud because one of the speakers didn’t work at all. Other than that we really enjoyed ourselves.

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AmityF
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food2service3ambience2

The Queens were delightful but my food was cold and I was seated outside despite making reservations for a table inside. barely saw any of the show and the bloody Mary was terrible.

MB
vipMelanieB
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with a friend before the Marigny Opera Ballet. It was happy hour. Had a glass of wine and truffle fries from happy hour menu. And tuna tartare and a crab cake from the menu. The food was excellent. The service was friendly and professional. Perfect for pre ballet.

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Emily
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

It was clear that they did not have enough waiters working. It took fifteen minutes to even get our water filled. We ended up having to go straight to the bar for drinks bypassing the server that told us "nothing on the menu was Gluten Free"

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience5

Great venue. The food is terrible

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great atmosphere. We can’t wait to come back!

ML
MichaelL
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience. Great staff and delicious food. Highly recommend checking this place out.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We had a 8:30pm reservation but didn’t get our food until 10 pm. The restaurant was hosting a large group, so the staff and kitchen were extremely occupied. The decision to take additional reservations like our table was surely poor and inappropriate. Food was good but the service isn’t up to the standard.

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ElizabethS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful New Year's Eve dinner. The food was amazing! The service was fantastic. We would definitely recommend to visit and will be returning in the future.

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meme
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Reservations,
One server,
1hour15munutes later still no food

Went to the bar myself for drinks

When we were about to leave the appetizer came out, wrong!

I wanted to love it

Everyone e else’s food looked sooo good:(

AM
vipAmandaM
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Drag brunch was lots of fun and food was delicious as well. Short rib hash, crab cake and French toast were our favorites

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vipjonathanL
London
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

It was very disappointing. We were not greeted at the door. They were out of some food. The calamari was 90% bread. We ordered the pasta with marinara and they ran out of sauce but served it anyway without the sauce. The only sauces they could offer was cream . It was one hour after we got our appetizers that we got our food.

KK
KateK
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our first drag brunch at Cru! Great food, can recommend the eggs benny, french toast and bottomless drinks. Drag performance was spectacular.

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Justynas
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing little place! It was nice to get off the main drag and enjoy a brunch drag show. The food was amazing!!!! I recommend the smoked Salmon Benny and the hasbrowns. Chef Marlon was interacting with the guests and walking around and he was super approachable!
The drag show was lovely as well. The ladies were very entertaining and the make up and costumes were sooooo good. Great show! Only thing I would change next time is sit inside as we sat in the courtyard and I felt we missed out on some of the things going on inside, drag show wise. Though the ladies would come out to the court yard near the end of the song.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best birthday ever!!!!

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vipCindyboo
Tallahassee
20 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool, little hidden jewel. Great ambiance, service and fabulous food. Little off the beaten path but well worth the journey to get there. Very glad a friend recommended this place. We shall return on our next visit to NOLA.

HG
HilleryG
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drag brunch on Sunday was so much fun! The ladies were all fabulous and made the three separate tables celebrating birthdays all feel special. The house punch was delightful and love the mix and match bottomless cocktail options. Service was superb (even got a tour of the property from the chef himself!). Also, the food was scrumptious. I got the Short Rib hash and it had out of this world flavor! Can't wait to go back for another show or to simply dine out. Wonderful courtyard and bars and dining areas too!!!

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vipAprilL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was great but the dinner portion was small compared to the appetizers, a lil more potatoes and vegetables would have filled plate. Tuna tartare was very good as well as the Grouper. Desserts were sinful.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my wife on a date.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Fun day with friends

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Permanently Closed - Cru by Chef Marlon Alexander offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 266-2856.

Permanently Closed - Cru by Chef Marlon Alexander is rated 4.3 stars by 186 OpenTable diners.