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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
  • Phone: (504) 523-1504
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, Seafood, 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCreole / Cajun / Southern
Diner Reviews
  • "Very nice place, food is good, but in a City like New Orleans I will try at least 10 other places before I go back."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "This was my first visit but it won't be my last. I had the lobster dinner and it was delicious! The waiter was very helpful and attentive."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "This guy needs an attitude adjustment. Doesn't smile, unfriendly. Acts like everything is a big deal. He is a buzz kill to the dining experience before you ever get started."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "Went for "Coolinary in New Orleans" menu. It sounded delicious and it was. Our waiter was very good. We enjoyed talking with him. Loved that we had white table cloths, candles, and a standing fanned napkin but were able to come in dressed informally since we had no formal attire with us. We felt welcomed and enjoyed every part of the menu we chose. Appetizers were very good, entres also very good, and both of our desserts were very good. Wine was also excellent. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone and we will go back when we come again in August of 2015."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "This was by far some of the best food in New Orleans. The "coolinary menu" offered several different choices so there is something for everyone. The only downside was that we were seated in the bar where there was a piano player playing some tunes so it made it kind of hard to talk to my date (It was a little loud). We had a wonderful time!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Sound buffers are desperately needed. Noise levels this high are not acceptable in a finer dining restaurant. Food and service were very good."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "excellent food and services! great for recommendation!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "My group recently ate dinner at The Pelican Club. We all enjoyed our meals and the service was first rate. I would definitely encourage people to dine at The Pelican Club if they have the opportunity. They will not be disappointed!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Would highly recommend The Pelican Club. Had the 4 course prix fixe. More food than 1 person can handle. The seafood martini is not to be missed. Another hidden gem is lobster/crab mushroom ravioli - to die for!. Service was great. Food was outstanding. All in all, Fantastic Evening."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Good was good. Service was good. Enjoyed our dinner."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "The Pelican Club continues to have some of the best food in New Orleans, and to be one of the noisiest restaurants in New Orleans. We went fot the Coolinary. Pelican Club offered the widest menu choices of any of the partcipating restaurants. The appetizers at our table included calimari, crab cakkes and seafood martini. All were delicious. Entrees were Korean style barbecue ribs (outstanding), sauteed drum with crab meat (very good) and barbecue shrimp hot pot (ok). The creme brule for desert was up to Pelican Club standards (in my opinion, the best in town). converstaion was almost impossible because of the noise level."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "I hadn't been to the Pelican Club in quite some time. When I saw the Coolinary menu I told my husband we have to go. By far the best Coolinary offering of all the restaurants and I looked at almost all of them. We took our son & daughter-in-law and everyone loved it! We also took advantage of the cocktail/wine pairing they offer with this - nice touch."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "It's rare to get my mother, sister & I together, so when it happens, we look to have the best experience possible. We certainly got that at the Pelican Club with the delicious Coolinary menu options, cocktail & wine pairing menu, lovely ambiance, exceptional food & fantastic service. I have read some reviews about slow service or loud atmosphere at PC, but we experienced none of that negativity. We were there on a Wednesday night so that may have something to do with it. Our server was attentive but no too so. She was friendly, answered questions, made suggestions and left us to talk when it was appropriate. The food was superb; my mom's steak was perfect. Exceptional value during Coolinary as well!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "I recently had my anniversary dinner at The Pelican Club. My husband and I have been dining on our anniversary for the past 5 years, and they never disappoint. The food is fantastic, especially the seafood martini, and the white chocolate bread pudding. The wait staff was pleasant and very helpful, their recommendations were on point. I would definitely dine there again, and have recommended others try as well."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "and we were incredibly surprised. The menu had a ton of choices and the flavors were so delightful. Marcus and David were our servers - absolutely amazing people. It was a perfect evening."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "One of the great restaurants in New Orleans and the Counrty."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "I've dined here several times and have been impressed every time!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Excellent front of house and wait staff, felt special from the moment we walked in. Everyone enjoyed the food. I had the Barbeque Shrimp...it was one of the best things I've ever eaten!!!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Everything would have been perfect, if we could have heard our waiter and been able to talk to each other. It was so incredibly noisey it made it imposible to enjoy our dinner. I'm glad we had a gift certificate, because I would have been very upset to have to pay for that experience. The food was wonderful, however."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Wonderful experience. Great service, great food, relaxed atmosphere, great company (went there with my two sisters). Although, my mint julep was served in a copper mug, which is classic to service in a metal container to stay cold longer, although the ice was not crushed like a classic julep, but squared, like it came from an ice-machine. Oh well, that did not take away from anything else about the restaurant, it was still a very nice evening for us. This was my third or fourth visit, and will definitely not be my last. Have to go back to get the whole fried flounder with chili sauce, which I almost ordered, but at the last minute opted for the lobster, with shrimp and scallops. Not disappointed in the least."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "wait staff was either short or just didn't care. we couldn't get one steady waiter or adequate service. felt as though we slipped thru the cracks,"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The food was good. The environment was warm and cosy. The only problem was the noise level because of the group dining in with us but that really can't be helped."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Enjoyed the New Orleans culinary dinning experience as outsiders... Wonderful restaurant!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Went here for dinner during a brief stay in the Crescent City and it was a memorable experience. First suggestion is to make a reservation using OpenTable. It is very easy to do and there is no confusion when you enter the restaurant. Also suggest confirming the reservation by calling TPC ahead of time in the event of Internet mishaps. Now to the dining experience. I chose the "Coolinary" fixed price menu, which was three courses plus a cocktail pairing with each course. The knowledgeable serving staff was excellent, as we were very well taken care of from start to finish. Even the server in training was very attentive. Anyone wanting a delicious and filling meal with excellent staff in a quiet and ambient setting, try The Pelican Club."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Pelican Club has the best Coolinary Menu every year. The wine pairing with the menu is excellent. It is the perfect place for dinner after wandering Royal on Dirty Linen Night!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This was my first visit on a Saturday night and it was a lot livlier than other days of the week. The food and service was still excellent even with the crowd. This is one of the best restaurants in the Quarter!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • " Wonderful atmosphere delicious food great service. The Pelican Club is the definition of fine dinning in New Orleans. By far my favorite resturaunt!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We've been here a few times and everytime we've had great service and amazing food! We had the coolinary menu which is the best in town! Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "New Orleans is filled with wonderful food but one of my favorites is the pelican house for fine dining. Exceptional service, good ambience and fabulous food. We will be back"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Went to have the coolinary menu. The steak was perfectly cooked and quite possibly one of the best I've had. Erin was a fantastic server- friendly, attentive, and knowledgable. Loved the old school vibe of the wood panels and long twisting booths, had an old classic look."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We happened to be in NOLA over the weekend when they had the "White Linen Night" as well the start of "COOLinary", a month long experience of some wonderful restaurants that offers a special discounted 2 or 3 course menu for lunch and dinner. Bravo to Pelican Club for this year's outstanding menu selections as well as cocktails. The tuna sashimi was sublime with the wasabi glaze, the filet was well seasoned and tender and the crab cake with crab you can see. We went back a second night just so we could try different things. Kudos!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The food was excellent. The wait staff were on their game. The room was quiet and the art work was appealing.I was pleased with the whole experience."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Went for the Coolinary Menu & it was outstanding!!!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I heard about this place from a friend. It was fantastic. The food was some of the best I've had in the city. Great downtown location in the heart of the French Quarter."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I have gone to the Pelican Club when I was visiting New Orleans for over 20 years. I frequent other Quarter restaurants also. Day in and day out this is my overall favorite."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I absolutely love this place!!! Great food, great service, great drinks, great ambiance...what more could you ask for? I would definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone!!!!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Courteous staff. Wine exceptional. Food very good."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Reliably excellent! The fixed rice 3-course menu is very good value for money. Tonight's offering featured a Seafood Martini for a starter - perfect for a hot summer evening, and the filet topped with a crab cake was just right for the main entree. As usual I went for the bread pudding for dessert - no disappointment there."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Food was wonderful and service was perfect, My only regret is that I have lived in New Orleans for more than fifty years and this was my first time at the Pelican Club. My mom said it was the best lobster dinner she has ever had. Parking at The Hotel Montelone made it especially easy as it was only a few yards away from the Pelican Club great for folks that can't get around like they used to."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Went for the Coolinary special available in summer & early fall. One of the great bargains, and the regular menu is well priced. Lots of excellent choices, including their most famous. Wine parings for $22.50 with a number of choices. One of our party ordered an unfamiliar cocktail. He hated it. They took it back with a smile & "certainly" and quickly brought him something else. New Orleans' service at its best. Lovely room. Restaurant open from a plaza-walkway. Nice tables outside with an almost-European feel. Unfortunately, the inside can get very noisy. The first rooms seems to be a tad quieter. All-in-all, a great place with terrific food & lovely ambiance."
    Dined on 7/31/2014