Palace Café
Palace Café

Palace Café

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.palacecafe.com/
  • Phone: 5045231661x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - 'till
    Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Creole / Cajun / Southern
  • Executive Chef: Brandon Muetzal
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Entertainment: We offer a live jazz brunch every Sunday from 10:30am-2:30pm featuring the Joe Simon Trio.
  • Special Events: All Private Dining Reservations must be made through our Group Sales Department. Please contact Sales at 504-521-8310 for information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Chartres Street
  • Public Transit: Easily accessible by the Saint Charles Streetcar & the Canal Street car.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: For parking we offer discounted parking at the Marriott next door, based on availability. If this lot if full, we recommend the following garages, but are unable to offer discounted rates: The Sheraton Hotel on Canal Street, the Wyndham Hotel on Royal Street, and Premium Parking Garage on Iberville Street.
A word from Palace Café
For two decades Palace Cafe has been serving award-winning, contemporary Creole cuisine in the historic Werlein Music building. Located downtown, at the entrance to the French Quarter, this Dickie Brennan restaurant is popular with visitors & locals alike.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCreole / Cajun / Southern
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Palace Café reviews from OpenTable diners
195 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (89)special occasion (86)good for groups (80)great for lunch (77)great for brunch (65)neighborhood gem (48)romantic (42)scenic view (36)hot spot (33)great for outdoor dining (24)notable wine list (17)kid-friendly (15)late-night find (11)vibrant bar scene (5)Show More
  • Great way to start the weekend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Completed the online reservation and got exactly what was requested with the upstairs table by the window. The service was outstanding and the food was delicious. It was my wife's first time and she thoroughly enjoyed it. Everything was great from the BBQ shrimp appetizer to the Banana's Foster for desert prepared right there at the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent local flavor
    Motordan
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Food was excellent and had a great local taste. Service was also great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent lunch before flying
    FoodlatinloverVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    They didn't have the peach appetizer :(. We eat this on Friday night and it was excellent! Lunch felt too harried.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    MississippiDiner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Outstanding dining experience! We were celebrating my birthday. The food, service and atmosphere were second to none! We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If Perfection Could Be Improved!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Thank you for making another lasting memory for my wife and I.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad wait staff
    Grande
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have visited The Palace Café for the last 20 years. The staff, and food has always been excellent. This time was different. They took drink order and the 5 minutes later returned for food order , we asked for drinks to be served before we ordered....I had a peach app. that was wonderful but my main course ( I always order the same one) a pecan fish dish was so spiced that I could not eat it, they took it back and offered me a bowl of gumbo... We were charged for both dishes.. The coffee for 1 never came, but we were charged. There were 4 in our party. NO one seemed to care or respond for another bread for our table. It was the only bad meal in our 4 day trip in NOLA.. restaurant, it is off my must go list!!!
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  • Palace Cafe New Orleans Classic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    It had been at least 10 years since I last dined at the Palace Cafe. The location on Canal Street is central and great for people watching out the very large windows. The interior is spacious with cathedral ceilings and a circular staircase up to the second level which I believe they use mostly for large groups. My dining companion and I dined early on a recent week night after completing a trade show. We were tired from a long week and wanted to relax. The food was very good. My only critique was that the waiter rushed. He may have though he was being efficient but the service seemed very hurried. But I would still recommend the Palace Cafe for great seafood, including the Andouille Crusted White Fish, oysters and soft shell crab.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Canal Street Busy Spot
    NOHoneymooners
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Service and food were outstanding. However, the restaurant is very noisy and crowded (which is probably good for the Dickie Brennan family). But not so relaxing for a quiet night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flexibility and great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We came in with a group of 10, after making reservations for two smaller groups, and the staff quickly accommodated us. The food and service were great! Joy M.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Traditonal
    PQuiz
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I was stating in a hotel close by and enjoyed dinner at Palace Café twice. Both times the food, drinks and service were very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really, really good!!
    LLCC
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Good, delishous food..southern cooking w/elegance.. Highly recommend bananas foster!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Whenever I go to the Palace Cafe, the service is always consistant. They work in teams and someone is always available to assist and/or explain. However, the blue cheese salad was drenched in dressing, to the point of having more dressing than salad. And, I ordered the Fish Panzanela entree from the glueten free menu and it was served with bread croutons. My guest ordered the crab leg appetizer from the gluten free menu and it was served with a piece of bread in the dish. The kitchen and servers need to communicate if they have the same items on the regular menu as the gluten free menu. Although it is "fashionable" these days to order meals without gluten, in my case, I am allergic.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    It's more cafe than I was expecting, was hoping for a but more intimate setting, the seafood cheesecake is really that good, dessert was very good also, steak and shrimp was ok, about 30-50 per person
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A classic
    WIfoodie27
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Went for lunch with my husband after finishing up a conference. Building and interior was beautiful--loved the staircase to the 2nd floor! Were seated quickly (had a reservation) and had 2 awesome waiters (can't remember their names, sorry!). Very attentive, friendly, quick with drink refills, etc. Started with the turtle soup and the duck & roasted garlic gumbo. Both were amazing!! For entrees, my husband had the cafe cobb salad with shrimp and I had the cochon du lait pot pie. Both of those were delicious as well! The pot pie was like nothing I've had before; so glad I decided to give it a try! We were both very glad we decided to give this classic restaurant a try. Would definitely go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eating in New Orleans
    senior4supper
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food was very good, it was a little too much noise for me. Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Great for food and people watching
    AZGal
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The Palace Cafe did not disappoint. Great food and with big windows and an outdoor patio on Canal street, it allows diners a great view of street goers. The lump crab and fried oysters were wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Bachelorette Brunch
    foodgirl
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The atmosphere was amazing with a three piece band playing softly on the beautiful spiral staircase. Their build your own mimosa and bloody mary bar was unique and fun. The food was delicious and presented very beautifully. We were served by a two man team and I will have to say the one that got drinks and desert was fabulous, but the guy who took our meal order was uninterested and very blah. It took him a while to bring us our checks and then put them all together without asking. If you see four females eating brunch you automatically assume the checks will be separate. Other than that this place was perfect. They even fixed bananas foster tableside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • njoyfood
    njoyfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is one of our most favorite places to eat. The food is always great, and the wait staff is professional
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Alex
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I ordered the catfish pecan and it was the best fish I've ever had. Absolutely delicious. We had a large group (9) and everyone was quite happy with their food. Large wine list, lots of food options, and a very knowledgeable staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites
    RedBarchetta
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    As a local, I always have Palace Cafe on my list of recommended restaurants. The food is excellent, and is a great example of our true New Orleans dishes. They always use the freshest local ingredients. My standard recommendation is the bbq shrimp appetizer, turtle soup, andouille crusted fish, and white chocolate bread pudding for desert. But you can't go wrong with anything on the menu.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luvthatrestaurant
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great restaurant in all areas. One of the best restaurants I've ever attended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    geauxsaints
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I love Palace Cafe. The food is wonderful, the ambiance is wonderful and to top it off it's gluten-free friendly. When I asked about gluten-free options, I was given an extensive menu that provided many delicious options. Not only that but the server was wonderful and attentive to my special dietary needs. One complaint that I have from our dining experience was service was a tad bit slow. Our appetizers were served while we still had our entree menus on the table. We also had completely finished our appetizers and waited about 15 minutes before our entree orders were taken. Everyone enjoyed the dessert, particularly the white chocolate bread pudding and the table-side bananas foster. Overall, a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!
    Unimpressed
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Andrew and Zachary were great! The food was delicious and we had a great girls' night dinner. The food and drinks made it to the table quickly, but we did not feel rushed at all. It was perfect!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Diner
    Macirish
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our first visit to NOLA and w enjoyed the Palace Cafe very much. The wait staff team was excellent as were the meals. You will not be disappointed !
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Great NOLA Food Spot
    VS2015
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Palace Cafe is located near all the main downtown NOLA attractions. Great food and good service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Palace Cafe disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The waiters were polite, however, were not well informed about the menu. One wait person was a trainer and the other being trained. The table was set for two and there were three of us. Two of the entrees were as we would expect. Delicious.The third was very disappointing. The hamburger was nearly charred, bread and bacon burned while the fries were cold. We had to ask for the remoulade that was to come with this dish. The bill was electronically presented at the table with a 20% tip already added. We were told we could add or subtract as the waiter stood within view. We have been to Palace Cafe many times and this was not what we expected. Unfortunately we brought an out of town guest. It was not a good impression!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was okay.
    HeatherDare22
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    It's definitely not the same caliber as other Brennan's restaurants. The food felt like it was pre-packaged, but the price was right. The wine and spirits list was nothing to write home about by any means. But it was convenient for people around Canal who want a quick sit-down meal.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    There's only one word to describe the good food and service at this local gem, and that's Awesome
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK, but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Surprisingly limited menu. Prices too much for what you got. Service somewhat lacking. My daughter's chicken was WAAAAAAAAY overcooked. Waiter did not check in on us enough. Wanted to sit upstairs, but couldn't because it was inexplicably closed. The turtle soup was very good. My wife's gumbo was disappointing. The other entrees were good. In summary, the overall dining experience just wasn't worth the high cost of the meal. I doubt we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great!
    KHanebuttVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We love Palace a Cafe in NOLA! The food and especially the service is ALWAYS perfect. my favorite things to get are the crabmeat cheesecake, the oyster loaf and the ginger rosemary drink! Yummy! Always have to go to this fab place while in NOLA!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Brunch Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Food was quite good -- service ruined brunch. Disappointed by visit this Sunday -- poor service -- requests for silverware, water refills, bread/butter, the check were routinely ignored. Waitress and other staff simply walked by and would not stop. Made multiple requests to no avail.
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  • Eric's 50th Birthday_II
    SamandEve
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The ambiance from the second floor overlooking Canal Street is amazing, but the culinary distinction is truly a step above. The service from the wait-staff is wonderful and engaging, and the cocktails are sure to please. A great all-around venue, and a dining experience well-worth the time to checkout their atmosphere, cuisine and courteous and friendly service staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    NOLAFoodie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was amazing. Great service and nice atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Place is a Pleasure
    bobg
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My wife and I have dined at the Place several times. This was our first luncheon. It was just as expected, no surprises, excellent service, delicious meal. We shall return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Our two waiters were excellent! Great dining experience........good food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jus OK
    livingtodine
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had been to Palace Cafe before and actually enjoyed the food better then; could have just been our fish choices that were not the best. Being from South Louisiana, and enjoying the luxury of sports fishing, we are very picky about our fish. The location was great for our Saenger night out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I had not been at the Palace Cafe for a while, and was more impressed than ever. The food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NewOrleansNYFoodie
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Open table lists Palace Cafe as serving lunch for coolinary week, but when we arrived we were abruptly told by the manager, Chris, they only participate in Coolinary for dinner. I proceeded to let him know Palace Cafe is listed as participating for lunch, and even more abruptly he told us, "Well! We'll have to call them and change that." The gumbo was old and had been overheated. The shrimp and oysters in it were very tough, and the flavor was near burnt. The three salads we ordered were fine.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unimpressive Service
    Cajunchic3
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Our service was disappointing to say the least. Three in our party ordered soup and had to request spoons only to be given coffee spoons. Our wait staff was not the most attentive. Food was delicious as usual.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!!
    Outoftowner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Delish! I had the andouille crusted fish. I couldn't finish the meal :( (I tried!!!) and the whole table was fighting over who got to finish my dish! We started with the seafood cheesecake and almost slapped the busser when he tried to remove the small piece that was left! Sevice was great, however it did take a little long for our bottle of wine to be deliver but we didn't care! Definitely would recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.