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The Cajun Experience

121 N Loudoun St

Winchester, VA

Permanently closed.

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Winchester Restaurant History

The following restaurants have previously occupied or currently occupy this location.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Recently visited for my birthday dinner. Food was pretty good. However, our appetizers took 40 minutes to come to the table, and then another 20 or so for our food. Would have loved to try dessert, but feared it would take at least 20 min and it was already late. — Anonymous Reviewer

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

This restaurant wouldn't survive in Louisiana with patrons that are used to what 'Cajun' food is supposed to taste like. I'm not saying that the food is horrible. It is OK but can be done better. Wait staff was excellent and professional. Kitchen service was slow. I tried the fried boudin balls which is sausage mixed with rice and seasonings. This version with dipping sauce was pretty good. The taste can vary widely as there are different types of boudin (with or without blood and different mix and ratio of spices and with or without rice or starch) This was not the blood sausage version....I don't think! I also ordered Sangria wihich was decent. The Shrimp Po Boy was a little dry. The shrimp were a little overdone and if there was sauce on it, I didn't see it. I asked for a remoulade sauce but I was met with a blank stare, so I asked for mayo or flavored mayo. They had mayo, which helped a bit, but a spicy remoulade would have 'kicked it up a notch'. Lastly I tried the Beignets which was a total miss. Everything else was passable but these which are supposed to use the same Café du Monde (famous New Orleans Beignet and iced coffee café) recipe? Bad. A good beignet fresh out of the grease is light fluffy, tender, like heaven on earth. These odd shaped imposters were flat, tough, bland and a rip off for 3 inedible pieces of tasteless dough. Please take these off of the menu until you perfect the recipe. I hate for people to try these and think that this is what a beignet is supposed to taste like. Olive gardens Zeppoli comes closer to what a Beignet is supposed to taste like than this. I do recommend this restaurant and do plan to try them again (with the exception of the Beignets). Perhaps the alligator and Etoufee next time. I'll let you know how that goes. — Anonymous Reviewer

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

On Friday, May 16, 2014, I had dinner at The Cajun Experience at 125 North Loudoun Street in Winchester, Virginia. It is in the recently restored historic Taylor Hotel in the Old Town Mall, and opened on Wednesday, April 30. It is the city's newest restaurant, and occupies the two lowest levels of the building.

The Cajun Experience is closed on Monday. It opens at 11:00 AM on all other days, and closes at 10:00 PM. The Basin Bar in the basement opens at 4:00 PM and closes at 12:00 PM, except for 1:00 AM on weekends. Carryout service is available, and the phone number is 540-300-2196. Reservations are suggested for dinner, and may be made by telephone or via the Internet at http://www.cajunxp.com/#!winchester-va/cfmn.

Stairways at either end of the front porch lead to the main dining room's entrance at the north end. Outdoor seating is available on the porch. For handicapped access, go around to the back of the building to use an outside ramp to the first floor and the rear entrance. An elevator inside gives access to the Basin Bar in the lower level.

The dining room is large, with rustic wooden tables and chairs. A curved bar in the center has ten stools. Both the floor and high ceiling are a dark brown color, and have hard surfaces. Lighting is by old-fashioned light bulbs hanging down from the ceiling on long cords. The bulbs have zigzag filaments and a tip at the end. The walls are sparsely decorated; neither they nor the ceiling have any acoustic treatment, and the noise level is very high.

When the receptionist learned that I had no reservation, I was not turned away, but seated at a community table for twelve, along the left wall. I was handed two limited menus; one for cocktails and one for food. More elaborate menus with a full range of offerings will be available later. The categories listed on the food menu were Appetizers, Salads, Poor Boys and Burgers, Entr — Anonymous Reviewer

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I took a date to the Cajun Experience on a Sunday evening. I had the crawfish étouffée entree and gator tail as an appetizer. Both were delicious! I thought that they used the new space in a really cool way and they had all Abita beers on tap (which is a Louisiana brand)... After dinner we went downstairs to the basement bar which was also a really unique space as far as Winchester restaurants go. I definitely plan on going back! — Anonymous Reviewer

Sunday, May 18, 2014

this place have potential if they can correct issues if they can tell the difference between an honest review and somebody that is angry and then they can grow to be a great place which is what this town Needs. the gumbo was lacking with fresh seafood for the pricethe jumbalaya was okay needed more depth in trinitythe appetizers were okay servers were polite however food needs to move out at a faster pace I wish you the best and I will come back and try you again — Anonymous Reviewer

Saturday, May 17, 2014

I was really looking forward to a meal here. We walked in and thought the place looked great however the noise was horrible! You could not even speak to the person sitting next to you. We sat there for 15 minutes, no one waited on us so we left. I understand that this is a soft opening but you need to have more servers and take care of your customers if you want business... back to Leesburg! — Anonymous Reviewer

Saturday, May 10, 2014

This restaurant has a problem with noise. Our table could not hear each other talk. The appetizers were delivered with the meal. Most of our meals were alright but I will not be going back unless they get the noise issues worked out. Hush puppies were a disappointment. — Anonymous Reviewer

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

We went to The Cajun Experience over Apple Blossom weekend. The food was ok. Some dishes were better than others. We were dissapointed in the hush puppies and beignets, they both lacked flavor. We loved the pecan pie and the entree's were pretty good. The waitstaff was friendly but more training is clearly needed in every other aspect of service. We will probably return. Hopefully they will improve. — Anonymous Reviewer