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The Pelican Club
The Pelican Club
  • Address:
    312 Exchange Alley
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    Neighborhood:
    French Quarter
  • Cuisine:
    Creole / Cajun / Southern
    Price: $31 to $50

The Pelican Club Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.pelicanclub.com
  • Email: richardhughesjr@yahoo.com
  • Phone: (504) 523-1504
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Richard Hughes Jr.
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering Available
  • Entertainment: Piano player on Friday and Saturday nights in the bar.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Exchange Place
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCreole / Cajun / Southern
Diner Reviews
  • "We had dinner here as a reception after getting married and came back for our 1st Anniversary. Everything was perfect!!! Will be back again year after year."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "This is about our 3rd time at Pelican. It never disappoints. The chef really knows how to handle fish. The crab cakes appetizer was fabulous. They have a signature whole flounder dish in a slightly sweet Asian sauce which is delicious, but unfortunately has a myriad of bones and takes forever to eat. I still like it, but my husband said he wouldn't order it again. The service was as always extremely good and very friendly. They also have very good cocktails."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Service was good and the servers were friendly. The Pelican Club is a beautiful place but a signature dish (the crispy flounder) was way over done. The mixed green salad was good but the entree left us with an unmemorable evening."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I have been here before and made my reservations through Open Table weeks before my trip to New Orleans. Had the Cioppino and had a wonderful (but a little bit messy) time searching for and enjoying shrimp, scallops, shrimp, and fish from my pot. Then crispy bread to soak up every last drop of sauce. My colleague had the lamb and was kind enough to share. So delicate and tasty. This is a great place to eat and in fact, dine. I will be back on business in five weeks. I look forward to another great dinner at the Pelican Club!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This is just a great restaurant, plain and simple. It's beautiful, the food is marvelous, the service very attentive without being overbearing. My only complaint is that the fish that I ordered was not what I expected. It's my fault for not inquiring as to the preparation. I expected it to be grilled, but it was lightly breaded and sauteed. I would have preferred the fish to be grilled. Other than that, an excellent meal."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Nice restaurant without a sense of hurry. Food was good but typical of area. Nice table for six. Easy to carry on conversation. I have been there multiple times. This time, the food was good but not inspiring. Waitress was attentive but not intrsive."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "This restaurant seems to be good at handling large parties of 8 or more people. Our server was very helpful, kind and attentive also to our party of 2. The baked oysters were very good as was the white chocolate bread pudding other than that it was nothing special. I would not recommend this place for anyone seeking a great dining experience."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The food was awesome. We had the fixed price dinner. Great deal for the money. Baked oysters were great. I eat in the Quarter about every 6 weeks and this was one of my favorite meals."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The Pelican Club has always been a standard standby for New Orleans diners in the French Quarter. Definitely make a reservation if you're on a timetable. The staff is always helpful and friendly and works very diligently to make your dining experience an enjoyable fun and entertaining. I've had multiple family and corporate dinners there as well, and they are very adept at handling large groups and give them a "New Orleans" dining experience. The food is very good as well too, offering a range of seafood, meat, and "creole" style dishes."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We picked the 4 course dinner and it was fabulous. Fresh seafood great sauces. We will definitely put this on our return list. Service excellent."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "So I have mixed feelings about this place, the appetizers were great, mainly the escargots, but their duck was not great, although it is a trio, none of the cuts tasted as good as I expected and that was the main reason we chose that restaurant. The wife got the lamb chops, would say the same as not up to our expectations. desert though was pretty good mainly the pecan pie."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Business dinner was a success. Wait staff was very attentive and knowledgeable. Perfect setting, and food was a delight."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "As usual the Pelican Club hit it out of the park. From the escargot to the lamb chops to the crime brûlée..,, all was excellent Can't wait to go back"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "One of my favorite places to eat in the French Quarter. Great food and wine list. Louisiana cooking with a touch of class."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The food in the service was very good. You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "First time in New Orleans, we were having Brunch at Green Goddess next door and a local lady said The Pelican club was her favorite. We decided to go for dinner, made reservations and headed there. Waitress was excellent! We both went for the 4 course meal, great choice! lots of food but go for it! I tried the oysters, both soups including Gumbo was delicious! Flounder was exquisite. Dessert was delicious. Coconut cream pie and chocolate decadence was just that! I recommended to anyone looking for great food and reasonable price for what you get. Cocktais were awesome as well! I will go back!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "This was a wonderful place to go to if you're looking for a special night out. It was my birthday and I am so happy to celebrate there. I had the 4 course meal with the filet mingon and it was fantastic! If you do go there I recommend Marcus. Very professional and also has a good time. Even gave me champagne for my birthday. I am definitely looking forward to coming back again when I'm in town."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Promptly seated on arrival, waiter on the table without delay, cocktails arrived fast. All service was very efficient and expertly handled. Food was very good and all six people in the party enjoyed the dining experience."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I got the four course meal...it's a lot of food but I'm so happy I made that choice. The food was excellent. Some of the best food I've ever had. The food takes awhile to come out after each course, but who cares when you're eating some of the best and freshest seafood ever. The service is excellent. Dessert is not the best. I would suggest getting an appetizer versus saving room for dessert!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "The best meals I've had in years and I dine out a lot. I say meals because it was so good, we went 2 nights in a row!!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Dinner and restaurant was great. Location and ambiance made for a wonderful experience"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Great food and service despite it being Mardi Gras. This was our 2nd visit at the Pelican and we will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We have visited this restaurant on multiple occasions and keep coming back. Our only complaint in the past has been the noise level in the restaurant when it is running with a full house. We visited The Pelican Club on the night of the NBA All-Star game and found it to be very comfortable.. I think the food was the best ever and since it was not running at full house, the high level of service was even more (extra) attentive. This is one of the top five restaurants in the French Quarter!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We had a delightful experience, especially since it was the AllStar Weekend and the Krewe Du Vieux parade."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The Pelican Club has been a favorite of ours for years and as out of towers (60 miles), we don't get there too often, not often enough. I had their wonderful lobsters with shrimp and scallops with escargots as an appetizer. My Valentine date (wife) had a scrumptious seafood salad and we shared both. Service was excellent and the wines just right."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Excellent service. Greeted immediately when we arrived and seated us at a table which we liked. The food was excellent!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We had the good fortune to meet the owner of Windsor Fine Art on the golf course at English Turn. We picked his brain for dinner recommendations since he was a local and had obviously sampled many of the upscale offering of New Orleans. One of his recommendations was The Pelican Club and they had an opening that night. We were not disappointed. The seafood offerings were plentiful and their steak was superb. Service was attentive but not obtrusive. A great end to a great day in The Big Easy!"
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "We had an incredible evening at Pelican Club. We hadn't been in awhile and were thrilled with the level of service and quality of the food. The hostess had our table waiting after making our reservation on OpenTable. We had a great table in the corner of the first dining room - I would definitely recommend this location for a romantic dinner. Our server, Randy, was very knowledgeable on the menu and gave us excellent dish recommendations. We both chose the 4-course prie fixe menu. All the dishes were fantastic, but the gumbo, trio of duckling, and chocolate decadence cake stood out. The wine list was extensive and had several affordable options. It was great to go back to Pelican Club. We'll make sure we return soon."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "This restaurant has a great New Oerleans flair menu without being over the top Cajun. The scallop stuffed artichoke appetizer was decadently rich. The daily panes fish was tasty, although the side veggies were only average. Nice attentive service and comfortable atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "I seldom order a steak in New Orleans...finding it hard to compare with the Mid-West. The filet here was a gamble that paid off. Couldn't have been better if raised on my farm in MO."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Food, drinks and service all wonderful. Baked oysters are memorable. We will return next time we are in N'Awlins."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The dining experience was absolutely great. We had not been to the Pelican Club for a few years and found the evening and food one of the best. Our wait staff was knowledgeable,friendly and attentive. Will be return to the Pelican Club when in NOLA."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The pelican club was recommended to us from the concierge at the hotel we were visiting and I must say we had an amazing meal! We will definitely dine there again next time we are in New Orleans. The staff was very pleasant and our waitress was very friendly and did a great job at recommending items on the menu."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Had a great dinner. Food was delicious, service prompt, and timing of delivery of courses was better than the normal for this type of dining experience."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "My wife and I had dinner there on new years day. I would describe it as mediocre food, mediocre service, mediocre art on walls of main dining area. Steak was literally inedible because it was so sinewy it could not be cut or chewed. Lobster was a bit gummy. We had previously eaten there 5 years ago and had a much better experience. Would definitely NOT recommend to friends."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Food was not as complex as I had hoped for. The lobster tasteless Being from Maine, I expected a fresher prodect, as it is simple to do. GW Fins the night before served a better lobster. The seafood ravioli was brilliant. The house bread was remarkable, much like what Muriel's serves. The atmosphere and service were exemplory. Would return."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Great food and very friendly waitress. Oysters were fantastic!"
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "We thorougly enjoyed our dinner at The Pelican Club. We had the Turtle soup, Shrimp and Crab cakes, the Cioppino fish and pasta dish as well as the black drum fish with crabmeat. Everything was delicious and very well prepared. We left some room for the sorbet with fresh fruit and the pecan pie which were also excellent. Other than a rather large group of loud diners there that night, everything was very enjoyable. Our waiter was very accomodating, efficient and friendly - one of the best waiters we encountered during our 4 day visit."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "The special menu for the holiday season, called a reveillon dinner, was well-planned and well-executed, with a sizable number of choices in each of the four courses. The food was excellent."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "We really liked the Pelican Club. We're fortunate to have gone to lots of NOLA restaurants living fairly close to the city but had never tried Pelican's. The service was really good and our waiter was very attentive. The wine options were impressive and our appetizers were just right. I had a very tasty duck dish and my wife had the signature lobster entrée which she loved except the for the not-so-good cream potatoes that served as a base for the dish (but she insisted that was not really that big of a deal). The ambiance was very nice for sure! We recommend this restaurant. Kenny & Mary"
    Dined on 12/29/2013