The Pelican Club
312 Exchange Alley
New Orleans, LA 70130Neighborhood:
Creole / Cajun / SouthernPrice: $31 to $50
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.
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
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The Pelican Club reviews from OpenTable diners
205 reviews since July 3, 2014
- Ambiance4.3Noise LevelModerate
special occasion (128)fit for foodies (112)romantic (101)neighborhood gem (68)good for groups (62)notable wine list (61)hot spot (19)vibrant bar scene (16)great for outdoor dining (9)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (5)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (3)Show More
- Very good but has some problemsBbearDined on 10/25/2014First of all the noise level is horrid. The food is tremendous. The service is very spotty. Be prepared to sit in the back if you're not properly dressed. Get a table outside if you want to be able to hear yourself think.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/25/2014Could have used more waiters. Ours was extremely busy and was always a little behind. Also a large group (10) was seated close to us and they had been drinking and were very loud. Another table, next to them ask to be moved. They were ask once to keep it down, but more should have been done. The food was wonderful and usually this place is a very nice place for dinning with someone special. Every time we come to New Orleans we enjoy coming to the Pelican Club. Might think twice the next time.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lackluster ExperienceNOLACouple2014Dined on 10/25/2014We've dined at Pelican Club several times in the past, and everything was stellar. This visit was a little disappointing. The server didn't really engage us, we seemed to be an afterthought or just a small fish in his big pond. The oyster appetizer was overcooked so the oysters were dried up and the cheese was hard. I had the drum with crabmeat, and it was okay. It just seemed like our food sat under the lights too long. We were pretty underwhelmed. Sorry.
- Always perfectCoastfoodieDined on 10/25/2014The Pelican Club is a gem tucked into Exchange Alley. The food is exquisite and is complimented by comfortable atmosphere and superior service. Dont miss a chance to enjoy a great meal.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- better for atmosphere than foodOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/24/2014Yet another New Orleans restaurant that emphasizes old standards rather than creative cookery. Food was competently prepared but lacked imagination. Portions were too large. Nice atmosphere; we sat outside. Bar is lovely. Back dining room is ok, but would not want to be seated there because the ambiance was not great.Special Features:
- another good dinnerZDinerDined on 10/21/2014This is our go to restaurant for business dinners in the quarter. Food is always above average. Never a problem with service, and usually it is not too loud. Lamb is our group's favorite, but the other night it was cooked just a bit too much. It was cooked right to medium, but should have been med rare. Not a big deal. We'll be back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- KenRVIPDined on 10/20/2014New Orleans restaurants might not be the easiest to eat in if you're lactose intolerant but the staff and the chef were more than willing to accommodate me. The delicious whole Maine lobster with jumbo shrimp and sea scallop was made without butter per my request. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the rack of lamb and coconut cream pie (although in the north we call it coconut custard pie). Thanks to all at The Pelican Club for a wonderful dining experience.Special Features:
- Great dining in the Big EasyTahomaDined on 10/15/2014Enjoyed 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:
- Great dinner, but slow dessertKBerg77Dined on 10/14/2014First 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:
- incredibly flexible staffMNNikDined on 10/12/2014During 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:
- Great Dining Experience!CK1016Dined on 10/12/2014On 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great mealKrueg2812Dined on 10/11/2014This 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:
- 3rd meal herepxcpxcDined on 10/11/2014One 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:
- Best in the QuarterRushVIPDined on 10/11/2014Greet 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- KibsDined on 10/11/2014Excellent food and service! My friend had told me about this restaurant and it didn't disappoint!Special Features:
- designgirlDined on 10/10/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- good but not outstandingMHCCCVIPDined on 10/10/2014The 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.
- Great first night in NOLAZeusGuyVIPDined on 10/9/2014On 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.
- CoupDined on 10/6/2014No one asked if I had a reservation. Everything was fabulous!Special Features:
- NOLA25Dined on 10/5/2014The 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.
- Just MediocreOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 10/4/2014This 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:
- Hidden gemBebeDined on 10/4/2014Great 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:
- Met recommendations from friendsLadyLCGDined on 10/3/2014My 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:
- Simply Delicious!OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 9/30/2014I went there 14 yrs ago and was pleased that it was still there. The food is fantastic!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great FoodOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 9/30/2014Great 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:
- Very good, but noisy insideChristopheDVIPDined on 9/27/2014Food 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good place to eatFrankDined on 9/27/2014Good place to eat, nosier than expected, great service, good variety of foodSpecial Features:
- Always a pleasurePapaTDined on 9/24/2014I'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:
- Superb seafood dishesbadufreneDined on 9/22/2014Great 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Perfect....PaulyVIPDined 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:
- OutstandinguncleDined on 9/15/2014I 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:
- Wonderful Food!!!SelfDeclaredFoodiesDined on 9/13/2014The 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:
- It was goodOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/13/2014The 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:
- Don't order the lobsterNickNameDined on 9/13/2014We 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.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/12/2014Our 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.
- Best of New OrleanstexaschowderDined on 9/12/2014The 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:
- MrsPatriciaDined on 9/12/2014This 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:
- Old concepts Old restaurantOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/12/2014Nothing 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.
- Lenny1Dined on 9/11/2014Great place for a very nice dining experience, wether two people, or a crowd!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fantastic FoodWonderfulDined on 9/11/2014Had the Baked Oysters, Escargot, Crab Cakes and Shrimp for Apps...Dinner was Filet w/Crab, Korean Ribs....wonderful!!!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.