Palace Café

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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
For larger parties, please call (504) 523-1661.

For over 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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4.5
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New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the rib eye. Steak was very good however it came with a sauce that was salty.
I would recommend having the sauce on the side Finished with white chocolate bread pudding - Fantastic

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Had to send my steak back. It came out medium rare instead of medium well. The pasta dish was cold.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food was excellent

T
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Ok. Nothing great.

MM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Impeccable service, delicious food. A well known restaurant and very lively (& noisy), but always enjoyable.

CL
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Palace Cafe was a lively dining location but our upstairs table was a more quiet setting perfect for the outstanding meal my wife and I enjoyed. The banana fosters dessert served the table next to us was "to die for". I strayed from my enjoyment of local fare and enjoyed the Palace Burger and frittes, better known as french fries. This proved an excellent choice. Seafood gumbo in advance hit the spot perfectly. A shrimp creole offering was enjoyed by my wife. We heartily recommend Palace Cafe" !

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are on vacation and you can not beat the brunch

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Food was good. Service was pathetic. Took over an hour to get our food because the original order was apparently sent to another table and had to be resubmitted. Got the manager involved with little impact. No offer to comp us on anything for the inconvenience. Won’t be going back there in a town with many good places to eat.

KM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Was a busy night but potatoes were cold and half the clams served didn’t open. Waitress said just to use a knife to pop them open, but I don’t think that’s how it works

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was horrible
Had to wait 15-20 minutes for every drink
Food came out Luke warm - had 2 waiters neither who took care of us in the manner they should have for the cost of the food

L
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The young man who was our host was excellent. He was very friendly and accommodated our request to sit by the windows on the beautiful second floor so that we could dine while overlooking Canal St. The restaurant was decorated for Mardi Gras which added to the ambiance along with the center stair case. Our waiter and waitress were prompt to take our orders and keep our drink glasses filled. The crab cheesecake appetizer was unique and delicious with the buttery meunière sauce. The cup of turtle soup had layers of flavors and married well with the added swirl of sherry. Our entrees included the pan roasted chicken breast and andouille crusted fish. Both were delicious but the fish was the better of the two. It was tender and had a light sauce with hints of hot sauce and garlic accompanied by grilled vegetables. The highlight was of course the bananas foster which gets lots of attention as it is cooked table side and set on fire to burn off the alcohol. A truly outstanding and impressive part of the meal that is a New Orleans visit must. As a plus, Palace Cafe is a convenient walk to the Saenger Theater.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our traditional Valentines Day lunch!

JN
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The craft cocktails are really good, and the pours are generous. The appetizers we ordered, shrimp, crab cheesecake and gumbo, were all fine (although the "crab cheesecake" was way more of a crab quiche, very light with a flaky crust) . We had to wait more than 45 minutes for our entrees, and the restaurant wasn't more than half full. The duck was undercooked, and the chicken was average, both came with cafeteria mashed potatoes, the duck's salad wilted on top of the mashed potatoes, not good at all... we then ordered a Sailor's coffee, and it was NOT what was described on the menu, it didn't have the amaretto, nor the whipped cream. Service was fine, nothing spectacular, and the server apologized several times for the wait, saying the duck took a longer time, ironic since it was underdone, lol! Overall, there are WAY better places to eat in NOLA, and we won't waste our time and money here again.

LL
Little Rock
36 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Cafe was pretty empty, but slow service; very atypical for the Cafe. Superb food, however.

OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb! The best place to eat with such elegant service.

R
New Orleans
46 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual great food and good service

PT
Memphis
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service as always!

DP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Beverage attendant was excellent! Waiter had zero personality and was not good!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was absolutely impeccable! We will return next time we’re in the city.

MG
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food2service3ambience3

We were visiting NO for the 6th and I’ve had lunch at the Palace Cafe 3 times before over the last 15+ years. I was very disappointed at your small amount of menu choices and very little for non-meat eaters. I ended up with just the roasted beet salad for lunch, My husband enjoyed his hamburger very much. It was very noisy! Sorry, but I don’t think we’re coming back.....

h
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Please bring back the crab claws!!

S
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We switched our brunch plans at the last minute and I'm so glad we did! We managed to reserve a table right away and walk right in to a wonderful experience. Beautiful room with gracious staff and delish food. Bonus- it was a Jazz Brunch so we were treated to a jazz ensemble throughout our meal. We weren't quite ready to leave after eating so we headed upstairs to the bar and enjoyed one more drink while admiring the extensive collection of rum! We will be back for brunch or for happy hour, maybe both!

LD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful waiter, and in the Brennans' tradition took care of all of our questions and needs. Our steaks were done perfectly, our bottle of wine was perfect for the meal, and the Bananas Foster lived up to expectations.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Awful service, we literally tried to pay for our appetizer (comped just cause there was black human hair that they blamed on my purple haired self) and walked out without even eating the entrees or dessert we planned on. I used to love this place but never again. It’s gone way downhill since the remodel.

AR
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been visiting this restaurant since 1999. The bread pudding is fabulous! So, I introduced the bread pudding to my daughter and she went back the next night for a “ to go order”. Delicious delicious.... white chocolate bread pudding and banana faster.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great Gluten Free Options and a great staff.

NH
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great location right across from our hotel, which was perfect after a long business day. Menu was creative and offered a number of choices that supported dietary restrictions. We had. Vegetarian who loved the cauliflower entree, a person who ate no pork, and one who had a shell fish allergy. Everyone enjoyed their food and the kitchen was happy to change one sauce for another to accommodate. We ended sharing sweet potato cheesecake. Yummy!!

I tried to get a reservation for 6 but they could only accommodate 4. When I got there and the resturant was not full I realized it had more to do with the ability to sit 6 at a table than being full.

I would go again.

SD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very pleasant evening. Service was good and the food was delicious. Easy to talk with people.

OT
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious pre-theatre brunch with friends.

DB
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Turtle soup was disappointing, but everything else was very good.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Very bad restaurant. When I was there for breakfast at 8:15, the restaurant smelt very bad.
They don't have true breakfast menu!

G
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The waitress was new but she did a great job. Only real complaint was that it was freezing inside.

2
New Orleans
92 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The jazz brunch is the excellent. The banana foster cocktail is worth every calorie. The musicians are great.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Horrible staff. Super noisy.

BA
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Our party of 4 arrived ten minutes before our 6:45 p.m reservation. We were told the staff was clearing our table; it would be available shortly. We were not seated until 7:30 p.m.! As we waited, we noticed that three 4-tops had been cleared without anybody being seated. Reception desk told me those were being held for people with "special" reservations (not sure why I wasn't given that option when I made my reservation). Tables sat vacant while we waited). Finally seated upstairs. Staff was inattentive, service was painfully slow, food was mediocre at best. Will never go back and will make sure friends/associates are advised to avoid Palace Cafe.

Much better experience at other restaurants in New Orleans.

PT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were fantastic! Especially loved the crawfish cheesecake appetizer.

OT
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Have fined there in the past and it was wonderful. This time food was poor. Sad what they did to Cobia topped with crabmeat

PS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All time favorite for brunch , even over Commander"s !

OT
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good suggestions from server

WH
New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places to dine in NOLA. We each chose a signature dish from the cookbook! They were all a culinary treat! We topped it off with the famous Bananas Foster...so good and so fun to enjoy the table side preparation!

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