The Pelican Club
The Pelican Club

The Pelican Club

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.pelicanclub.com/
  • Phone: 5045231504x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Richard Hughes Jr.
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering Available
  • Entertainment: Piano player on Friday and Saturday nights in the bar.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bienville Street
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking validated for up to two hours at the Hotel Monteleone; parking garage located just across the street from the restaurant.
A word from The Pelican Club
The Pelican Club, offering a wide range of fabulous New Orleans dishes, consists of three dining rooms and a large bar fashioned from a handsome, 19th-century French Quarter townhouse, rising from the corner of Bienville Street and Exchange Place in the heart of the French Quarter. Owner, Richard Hughes, and his wife, Jean Stinnett-Hughes, transformed a neglected architectural gem into a welcoming restaurant decorated in a crisp blend of traditional and contemporary. Each room has its own ambiance, created with such diverse elements as burnished Louisiana cypress, contemporary paintings by New Orleans artists, antique prints, and the dramatic contrast of black-leather banquettes against cream-colored brick walls. Such an atmosphere is sure to make your meal feel like a truly New Orleans experience.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCreole / Cajun / Southern
The Pelican Club reviews from OpenTable diners
201 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (131)fit for foodies (112)romantic (103)neighborhood gem (69)notable wine list (61)good for groups (60)hot spot (20)vibrant bar scene (16)late-night find (9)great for outdoor dining (6)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (5)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • Great dining in the Big Easy
    Tahoma
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Pelican Club while in NOLA on business. It may not have the cachet or name recognition of some other restaurants, but the food is superb, and not cliche Cajun/Creole. Some of the best baked oysters I've had anywhere, and I come from oyster central in the NW. Fish was nicely done, not oversauced. Very serviceable wine list. Stick with the dining room, better ambiance than in the bar area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner, but slow dessert
    KBerg77
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    First time in New Orleans, and we chose this beauty if a restaurant. Wonderful ambience, great food, but we missed a walking your because our dessert and bill took too long to get back to our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • incredibly flexible staff
    MNNik
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    During a very busy convention week, I booked a table for six, then had to change to three, then back to four, all within a few hours time. The staff did not bat an eye, and accomodated my rapidly changing group with the utmost graciousness and efficiency. It was incredible! In addition, we had superb food, served by wait staff who are true professionals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dining Experience!
    CK1016
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    On a recent business trip to New Orleans, my colleagues and I decided at the last minute to go out for a nice dinner. With 6 people and booking at the last minute on a busy weekend, I was happy to get a reservation. We were really pleased with the reasonable winelist, the choice between a prix fixe menu and ala carte menu - there was something for everyone in our group and we loved the Pelican Club. Loved the scallops and artichoke appetizer and highly recommend the duck! Would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    Krueg2812
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was our first visit to NOLA. We thought this restaurant "won" overall for best food and service as compared to many other restaurants we visited. We would return here in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 3rd meal here
    pxcpxc
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    One of my favorite restaurants in New Orleans. Has versions of traditonal new Orleans dishes that are different but excellent - the BBQ shrimp with linguini in a pot for example. The whole crispy flounder is a show-stopper. My first question is always -- DO YOU HAVE THE WHOLE CRISPY FLOUNDER TONIGHT? Great cocktails, different without being weird. A bit hard to find down a little pedestrian-only side street in the quarter. Don't walk directly from Canal to Exchange place but to go to bienville or conti and then to Exchange. Exchange between Canal and Iberville is a bit sketch. My google maps shows the restaurant here --wrong. also gate is sometimes closed to exchange pl from the canal street side. by the Michalopoulous gallery.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in the Quarter
    RushVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Greet you by name and warm welcome throughout the evening ... perfect staff ... delicious food ... never want to miss dining at the Pelican Club when in New Orleans ..
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kibs
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent food and service! My friend had told me about this restaurant and it didn't disappoint!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • designgirl
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We do a lot of eating out in New Orleans, but this was our first time dining at The Pelican Club. The service was excellent and it had a fabulous ambience. Not too stuffy, but definitely a nice dinner out. Our service was great and our meal delicious. I would definitely recommend it to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good but not outstanding
    MHCCCVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food was very good but the service a little slow and get found our server a bit sarcastic. Maybe he had a thing about women paying bills because he pointed out the calculation for tip without my asking. I think I am capable of seeing it and or calculating one.
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  • Great first night in NOLA
    ZeusGuyVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    On the day we ate here, it was ranked #50 of the 50 best restaurants by Zagat (not a terribly credible list IMHO). There are a lot of great restaurants in NOLA and I'd say that Pelican Club deserves to be on that list & perhaps higher ranked. Both the seafood gumbo & corn/crab bisque were excellent. The daily fresh fish special (black drum) was well prepared - very light & delicious. Not over salted or buttered like many. The roasted potatoes had a kick that was surprising without being over-powering. The waiter recommended the whole crispy flounder. I made him bone it (he left a few small ones but warned us). It was an absolutely delicious Thai type preparation - sweet and spicy -- with shrimp and scallops. Bread pudding was disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Coup
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    No one asked if I had a reservation. Everything was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NOLA25
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The service was excellent as usual. The appetizer was excellent, but the entrees were tasteless and not well presented. The noise from adjoining tables was so loud that we could not engage in a normal conversation. I will never go back to this restaurant. It was very disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This is not my first time dining at the Pelican Club, however this was my least impressive time dining with you all. The service was below par, and we were definitely being rushed out. When asked if we were ready to order, I said no I need a minute and he said ok you will be last. Bascially, you cannot have a minute you must order now. I understand we had a late reservation, but if you do not want to seat people that late do not take the reservation. The filet had absolutely no flavor to it and the sauce did not help. I also ordered it medium and it was extremely rare. The server then proceeded to forget the wine with the entree. This was a very sub par experience for me.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden gem
    Bebe
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great atmosphere. We had the four courses. Make sure to try the gumbo, and the oysters. We had the crispy flounder (fried whole). It was tasty, and cooked to perfection. Definitely a hidden gem off the beaten path. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful. Will definitely go back and sample more of the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Met recommendations from friends
    LadyLCG
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My first trip to New Orleans and I posted on Facebook a request for suggestions on things to do while I was in the French Quarter. Two of my friends recommended Pelican Club. It was definitely a good choice. Easy to get a reservation on Open Table but when I arrived and saw the bar, I opted to sit there as I was alone. I got very good service from a friendly bar tender. Had the whole flounder. It was delicious although a little tricky to eat with all the bones. The sauce was outstanding. Served with jasmine rice and very good green beans and asparagus. Friday and Saturday night here is an excellent pianist who plays in an Oscar Peterson style. I wished that some of the other bar patrons had been a bit quieter to hear him play better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Simply Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I went there 14 yrs ago and was pleased that it was still there. The food is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Great Food and Service. Very accomodating, they allowed us to increase our party by 2 and pick a table in the bar area to watch the ALWC game.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good, but noisy inside
    ChristopheDVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food was very good, wine list had plenty to choose from. Noise level inside was a bit loud and especially the AC was way too cold. Felt like a fridge. We asked several time to put it a bit warmer, but it just kept on blowing cold air right on our table...
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place to eat
    Frank
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Good place to eat, nosier than expected, great service, good variety of food
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a pleasure
    PapaT
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I've been here a couple of times, and the quality has been consistent. The staff here are friendly and attentive--part of the "experience." There was a bit of noise coming from a large party in an adjacent dining room--but there's not much a restaurant can do about that; and we could still carry on conversations at our table. All of our menu selections turned out "as advertised," and were generous (e.g., I had duck "three ways," and that was more than half a duck!). Great wine list. Next time in NOLA, we WILL return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb seafood dishes
    badufrene
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Great atmosphere. Service is informative and appropriately attentive. The flounder, cioppini, seafood martini, lobster and oyster dishes are all superbly prepared and presented. Excellent restaurant for a dinner party.
    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.
  • Perfect....
    PaulyVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    ...for what we were looking for. Great service and a nice restaurant but not ridiculously priced and decent portions. If you want REALLY high-end food, this may not be it, but the food is really good. The bread was magically delicious. Seating is cafe style? so there's not a lot of privacy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    uncle
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I found everything about The Pelican club to be Outstanding. The Flounder was great, and the oyster appetizer was delicious. My wife enjoyed the seafood martini and her stake topped with crab cakes was excellent. Both deserts were very good. The service was great and all of the staff were very pleasant and helpful. The atmosphere is very impressive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Wonderful Food!!!
    SelfDeclaredFoodies
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was absolutely wonderful! We are from Louisiana and I haven't had food this good in too many establishments. We are always hunting down new restaurants and hoping to find an gem and we most certainly did. Will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The experience was good, not the greatest but not close to bad. I just wasn't as I expected and was hoping for more favorable dishes when it can to the appetizers and entree. Dessert was the best.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't order the lobster
    NickName
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We made reservations a month in advance yet we were seated in the noisy white room. Impossible to carry on a conversation, especially when two large parties are in the center of room. When inquiring about noise, waiter said it wasn't too bad tonight (don't know how it could be worse!). Appetizers were very good. However, lobster was like rubber and barely warm. No response from waiter when complained. And about the waiter... Last time we were there we had superior service. This time we got a waiter that was just going through the motions. Nathan did not smile once. We got the feeling he didn't want to be there. We have dined at Pelican Club in the past, but will not return.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our server was very unpleasant and not attentive. We did not have a good experience at all. Food was fine but we won't be going back.
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  • Best of New Orleans
    texaschowder
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was outstanding! I had the whole lobster with wedge salad, bread pudding and their signature lemonade cocktail. Everything was fresh and light. I will definitely be returning on my next trip to New Orleans.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mrs
    Patricia
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was our first time dining at The Pelican Club. The food was outstanding and the service wonderful. Our waiter recommended items on the menu and was very attentive. Bring a jacket or sweater, it was a bit chilly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old concepts Old restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Nothing special here. Fish with crab - wow how original. Boring presentation, over attentive waiter that really wanted to remove our dishes from the table. ( plate shortage in the restaurant ?). I had a very similar plate at GW Fins - great presentation, friendly waiter, the fish was great. There are other restaurants in New Orleans that will gladly take your money and deliver ambiance, flavors that jump at you (SoBu) and you're not worried about losing your plates. Don't bother with this one.
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  • Lenny1
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great place for a very nice dining experience, wether two people, or a crowd!
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food
    Wonderful
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Had the Baked Oysters, Escargot, Crab Cakes and Shrimp for Apps...Dinner was Filet w/Crab, Korean Ribs....wonderful!!!!
    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.
  • Restaurant Week Surprise!
    Jfer
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Had the lobster special and my guest the filet mignon. Both our meals were done to perfection. Vegetables were crisp bread was hot. Dessert, (bread pudding) was warm and so good. Our waiter was attentive and there when you wanted him. A delicious, well prepared meal!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    Rrlmiller
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. The food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    both the hostess and waiter greeted us "Happy Anniversary", great food and service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    BIGBEN
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The food was superb, the service outstanding. Perfect!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great menu!
    Laurak
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    They were running a special "Summer Coolinary" menu when we went - we got an appetizer, Whole Lobster with two sides and a dessert for $42! Great meal, great food, great service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nolalove1
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    About the single worst meal we have had in New Orleans ! Restaurant was dead yet service was still slow at best . Our people in our party and each agreed worst meal we have had ! Btw we are all locals and eat out often
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  • Pelican Club is a 5 Star Experience
    Offhsoregourmet
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great cocktails, large and delicious! Very nice wine list and waiter helps you to match wine with your food experience! Food was delicious, fish was fresh and filet mignon was cooked to order! Overall this dining experience as excellent!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.