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About Palace Café

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.

605 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Creole / Cajun / Southern, Seafood, Bistro

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Lunch
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

Dinner
Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - til

Saturday & Sunday Jazz Brunch
10:30am - 2:30pm

Café Menu
Limited menu from 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Cross Street:
Chartres Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(504) 523-1661

Website:
http://www.palacecafe.com/

Entertainment:
Join the Rum Runners Duo during Happy Hour in the Black Duck Bar on Palace Café's second Floor. Happy Hour is Monday - Friday from 4pm-6pm.
Place Café also offers a live jazz brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am-2:30pm featuring the Joe Simon Trio.

Catering:
To learn more about Dickie Brennan & Co.'s catering options, please contact our Sales Department at 504-274-1816.

Parking Details:
For parking we offer discounted parking at the Marriott next door, based on availability. If this lot if full, we recommend the following garages, but are unable to offer discounted rates: The Sheraton Hotel on Canal Street, the Wyndham Hotel on Royal Street, and Premium Parking Garage on Iberville Street.

Public Transit:
Easily accessible by the Saint Charles Streetcar & the Canal Street car.

Private Party Facilities:
Palace Cafe boasts three private dining rooms accommodating parties from 10 to 80. For events up to 200 the Second Floor is available. Please contact the restaurant directly for private dining space.

Private Party Contact:
Mary McGee-Tilloy: (877) 625-9155

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
All Private Dining Reservations must be made through our Group Sales Department. Please contact Sales at 504-521-8310 for information.

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Palace Café Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (81)
Good for a Date (73)
Good for Anniversaries (66)
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Good for Birthdays (64)
People Watching (60)
Local Ingredients (58)
Authentic (54)
Great for Brunch (51)
Creative Cuisine (49)
Fun (49)
Great for Lunch (48)
Good for Groups (47)
Fit for Foodies (42)
Business Meals (39)
Sunday Lunch (38)
Handcrafted Cocktails (36)
Romantic (36)
Casual (34)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Pre/post Theatre (32)
Comfort Food (28)
Worth the Drive (27)
Hot Spot (22)
Live Music (21)
Bar Seating (19)
Scenic View (19)
Seasonal (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Notable Wine List (16)
Happy Hour (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Cozy (13)
Kid-friendly (11)
Tasting Menu (10)
Afternoon Coffee (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Spicy (5)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Healthy (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
Tapas (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 11 hours ago

We have been here before and will be back again. We love this restaurant and can't wait to bring family and friends here!

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 (Western NC)·Dined 18 hours ago

One our favorite places for ambiance, great drinks, location, true classic creole & cajun food for the past 20+ yrs.

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 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

Brilliant meal and great service. An excellent evening.?

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 (Corpus Christi)·Dined a day ago

We enjoyed our meal. The food was quite good except for the desert. The white chocolate bread pudding was not as good as we had hoped it would be though. The noise level was high. Overall, it was good experience.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Our servers Josephine and Claire were awesome. Our water was continuously refilled. Our food was delicious and when we weren't sure of something, they had a recommendation for us. Thank you for helping make our trip to NOLA and anniversary AMAZING!!

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·Dined 3 days ago

Great food for breakfast. Wife said grits we're the best ever so ceamy. Service was a little slow at first. Took about 10 min after being seated before waitress acknowledged our presence. From then on coffee and juices were refilled quickly.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined 3 days ago

The Valentines Day dinner at the Palace Café was excellent on all levels. The craft cocktail of the month was spectacular! The food was amazing, especially the Crab Cheesecake. The atmosphere is true New Orleans. There is outside bistro seating with a view of the charming old buildings along Canal Street. We will dine there again for sure!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 3 days ago

Great location in the iconic Werlein's Music building on Canal. Excellent atmosphere in a wide open, turn of the century style. Parking at the New Orleans Marriot was very close and covered by the Palace. Service was ample but a few snafu's. Wine was VERY expensive and I'll limit myself to ine glass next time. $12/ 5 oz.glass for bar wine is way too high. The food was very good and in good portions. Some tasty new twists abd choices. Overall, a good experience and we'll go back, especially during the late afternoon. Recommend - sure.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was just so so but the service was terrible. We were not checked on once our meals arrived and our check was promptly delivered without offering dessert or after dinner coffee or dessert. Most bizzare dining experience I have had on my frequent business travels.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined 3 days ago

The place was nice. The food was very good but the portions were a little small on the fish that I ordered. The servers were very friendly and attentive. They took care of our every need in a timely fashion. The only disappointment was that they didn't seem to have a crumb scrapper to scrape the crumbs from the table. I had to use the menu. The Banana's Forster is served table side. It's not only delicious but a very impressive presentation.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined 3 days ago

We had a great experience throughout. My hubby had the boudin encrusted fish, and I had the Ribeye. Both cooked to perfection! Service was great, and it wasn't THAT expensive! We will go again!!

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 (Nashville)·Dined 5 days ago

Best turtle soup in town!! Fabulous as always!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful catfish pecan, though a little oily. Service was terribly slow and unresponsive to our requests True, it was right before Mardi Gras, but we were there early and the restaurant was not full. The music was entirely too loud. That, combined with everyone talking loudly to be heard over it, gave me a headache.

I have eaten at Palace Cafe many times in the past and will do so again, but this occasion was not a good experience.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

We came here for a Sunday lunch before Mardi Gras, and it was packed! Classic New Orleans dishes. Crabmeat cheesecake is a must. Great service in an open, elegant yet also casual space.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 6 days ago

Very polite and attentive staff. The eggs Benedict was delicious and the turtle soup was phenomenal!

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·Dined 6 days ago

10 people at our table . And we all enjoyed everything

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 (San Antonio)·Dined 7 days ago

Great experience again. The crawfish cheesecake amazing as usual. Cafe benedict was great. Window view to yesterday's parade. Table side bananas foster and cheesecake, Excellent!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined 7 days ago

Always bring my guests here. The food is great and the ambiance wonderful especially on the second floor near the windows

Tags: Live Music, People Watching, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

As always delicious food and great service!!!! We went during Mardi Gras and were seated promptly and enjoyed the live music!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great restaurant. Right in the heart of Canal Street.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My husband’s birthday amidst our first Mardi Gras!

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·Dined on February 9, 2018

We stopped in for an early dinner and our waitress, Jessika made for a perfect dining experience along with the food. The Bananas Foster dessert was awesome!

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The food was delicious, the service was extremely fast considering the festivities of Mardi Gras. Our waitress was so nice, she had this sweet smile & very accommodating. I will return.

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·Dined on February 8, 2018

Palace Cafe is always a delight to be at . My granddaughter was in town with her wedding party and we enjoyed lunch with you.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tapas
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 8, 2018

The staff was so personable and friendly! The palace pot pie was terrific and the bananas foster is a must!

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

We arrived a few minutes prior to our reservation but were seated immediately. Food and service were wonderful. Ambience was perfect for a leisurely Sunday brunch in NOLA.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Sunday brunches with friends was great! The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. The restaurant was pretty noisy and busy. Definitely make a reservation!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Food was excellent! Service was impeccable! 5/5

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The plus? Location, decor, the manager seemed to care and try to respond by giving us his card
The cons? Found a hair baked in our bread, steaks arrived cold, turtle soup ordered as appetizer never arrived, wine arrived after steaks were 3/4 consumed despite ordering the bottle during appetizer course.

There are several other cons about the waitress and our hostess and their irritated attitudes but I won’t relay those and will just let the facts speak for themselves.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Enjoyed my dining experience at the Palace Café. Loved the options at the martini bar. Just didn't like that I had to get up while dining to go to the martini bar to order/get my drink and walk my clumsy self (lol) back to my table with a full flute. I wish I could give options to the drink waitress as there is already a drink waitress and food waitress for your table.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Always great food and service. And perfect timing for the parades this year.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

One of my go to places in NOLA. Never had a bad meal. We decided to “eat light” salad with fried oysters. Omg! Dipped in butter and crystal. Dreamy. Service was spot on. Didn’t get the pecan catfish this time (as I said eating “light” but it’s positively dreamy. Glad I don’t live in NOLA or I’d weigh 500 lbs and would go there at least twice a week!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great food and service

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Great staff.

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 (Mississippi)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Wife and I try to eat at the Palace each time we visit NOLA. Have never been dissapointed.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Catfish with Pecan Sauce and Filet dinners were excellent. Service couldn't have been better.

Tags: Hot Spot, People Watching, Worth the Drive
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 29, 2018

A great restaurant. Good service, great wine list, excellent desserts. Top notch.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Really nice service and food was mostly good. I've fished the texas/Louisiana gulf for 30 years and have always tossed any caught sheepshead back in the drink. This meal confirmed that I was right to pitch them back, despite the nice presentation and accompanying sauces.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We came in for appetizers and the bananas Foster. Everything was delicious. We had the turtle soup and crab cheesecake. The service was outstanding Deshon did a great job taking care of us.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 28, 2018

This is my first time in New Orleans and this restaurant provided excellent service, amazing food, and a wonderful ambiance. I was dining solo and was v comfortable here. Highly recommended and I will be back!

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