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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (59)
Good for a Date (58)
Local Ingredients (51)
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Great for Brunch (47)
Fit for Foodies (46)
Good for Groups (45)
Great for Lunch (45)
Creative Cuisine (43)
Authentic (41)
Good for Birthdays (39)
People Watching (38)
Business Meals (38)
Good for Anniversaries (36)
Sunday Lunch (34)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Casual (29)
Fun (28)
Romantic (28)
Comfort Food (27)
Handcrafted Cocktails (26)
Live Music (25)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Scenic View (20)
Hot Spot (16)
Bar Seating (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Worth the Drive (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Cozy (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Seasonal (4)
Spicy (3)
Healthy (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

The service was disappointing. If you are mentioning a service team of three, there should not have been the situation I found myself in. At no point after receiving my first drink was I offered a second drink. Once the glass was empty it just sat on the table without notice. Then I drank all of my water and this glass remained empty until the end of my main course.

The food is excellent but the service leaves much to be desired.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Food excellent. Servers often nowhere. At one point, another set of servers at nearby tables took pity on me and took my order. Other tables (for the other servers) had bread and had to ask for that (instead of it being brought out) as well as water (other tables had carafes immediately). Food, however, was delicious, especially the bouillabaisse.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Food was pretty good but service was not.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 3 days ago

Great vibe for Sunday brunch. Everything we ordered was delicious.
BYO Mimosa & Bloody Mary
Crab Meat Cheesecake
Shrimp Tchefuncte
Seafood Gumbo
Bananas Foster

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 4 days ago

Sunday Bunch with the Jazz Band is Great. Food was good as was the overall experience.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Live Music
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 (Houston)·Dined 4 days ago

The food was excellent! We were there late in the evening and had excellent service. It is not a place for quiet conversation, though.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful service, everyone smiling. Manager was very nice (Jim??? He had hair) lol.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 4 days ago

The servers are very attentive and knowledgeable and the food is excellent.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 5 days ago

Had a great meal albeit a little on the salty side. The best part were the desserts— had the white chocolate cheesecake and the bananas foster which is always a lot of fun to watch them make.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Unfortunately the food was very fair.
Soup was bland and entree (filet) was over cooked!
Very disappointing!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Crab cheese cake yumm! Bananas foster fun! Awesome service. Super busy place. Went twice. Was able to grab an outside seat. Had more crab cheesecake. Favorite of the Brennan so far.

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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was notable and the staff was gracious. We enjoyed the atmosphere of Canal street through their large panoramic windows.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Popular tourist eatery bordering the French Quarter. Varied menu with focus on regional fare. Casual atmosphere with both inside and outside (seat yourself) seating. Service was slightly disorganized, but no major issues. Food was filling , but not up to the caliber of some of the higher end French Quarter eateries. Overall it tasted like it was too hastily made. Turtle soup had no detectable turtle, crab cheesecake had 3 crab claws on top, not much more. Fried fish was a bit overdone. Decent drinks selection. Not a bad meal but I expected more from a well regarded restaurant in what is probably the US' best eating city.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Hostess is obnoxius, very aggresive. Despite having a reservation kept us standing for 15 minutes with many empty tables. We complained and it wa obvious that she forgot and was not paying any attention. Waiter recites a discourse qith a very string accent and no intention of being understood. Had to repeat orders because he was distracted and not paying attention. Quality of food very basic for the pricy. Overall very overrated restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Great food and service. The two-story dining room is very impressive. I had the Watercress salad and Shrimp Tchefuncte. Both delicious. Our servers were very courteous and attentive. Would definitely return on my next trip to New Orleans.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2017

I was looking for late lunch - early dinner and this place was across the street from my hotel. I️ had the catfish and it was delicious. It had a fragrant sauce and was on top of a squash medley with thinly sliced onions with rice on the side. Also had warm crusty bread that made me happy. Sooooo good.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We returned because of the amazing food and service here. And we were not disappointed. The duck breast was delicious and the foie gras just melted in your mouth. We ordered a meat and cheese board to start and it was amazing, as was the dessert. We made a few changes to the cheese selection and the staff were very willing to accommodate. Outstanding service.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 13, 2017

The restaurant is beautiful! The grilled fish with Brussel sprouts was divine, and the Bananas Foster was to die for! Would highly recommend!!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 12, 2017

One of the most consistent restaurants in New Orleans. The crabmeat cheesecake is a must have, Shrimp Tchefuncte is a can't miss and Banana's Foster is always a good finisher. The dining room can be a bit loud but not ear splitting. Just had the Andouille crusted gulf fish and is was a pleasant experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We used to love coming here years ago, before we had kids. This was our first time back after 10 yrs and we were nervous about bringing our three young kids, but really wanted to eat here again. I am happy to report that everyone had a great time! Wonderful food and atmosphere, and turns out there’s a nice kids menu too!

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Recommended by a friend who grew up in New Orleans. We had gumbo and the shrimp and grits - delicious!! The staff was attentive and friendly and the atmosphere casual and energetic.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Good food and service. Ambiance is great! Liked the Jazz Combo - but was loud.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We went to celebrate a birthday. The food and service were both superb. Crabmeat Cheesecake was a standout and the martinis were perfect.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I really have always loved Palace but maybe an off night. Service was just way off. Tables all around getting served. It took 45 min to get first course. The fried green tomato in the shrimp remoulade was soggy from sitting too long. Our soup was also not hot. The main course of andouille crusted fish was fantastic. We were offered the dessert menu before the main course came out. The left hand clearly wasn’t communicating with the right. I won’t give up on Palace. But, Saturday night wasn’t their best.

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

In a few words the dining experience was disappointing. The restaurant is large having two floors. We were seated on the first floor almost under their stairwell, directly against a pillar supporting the stairwell. The service was friendly but inconsistent. The food was fair at best. The one exception was the crab claws appetizer. They were small in size, but delicious. My wife ate half of her filet entree, and took the remaining half home. I tasted a slice of the leftover the next day, and I decided that it belonged in the trash can. It had a very “unusual” taste.
I chose their only Barolo on the wine list. It too was not good. Oh well! C’est la vie!
There are many good restaurants in New Orleans. Try them, not this one.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I was not expecting a brunch menu as I have only been there weekdays in the past. I really should have just left. I did have a spicy, perfect Bloody Mary. The gumbo not so great. The rice was like mush. The few shrimps as well. The bo was only a cup of soup. Not worth the price. I expected live music, but there was none.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Love this restaurant , I return here every time I visit NOLA. The food is awesome.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Fun, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We always enjoy our meal here! It’s nice to come back again and again and receive great service and delicious food.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wonderful, knowledgeable, friendly servers with delicious food in a truly stunning restaurant

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Just wonderful, enjoyed the food and the staff was attentive.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our beverage server Alison was amazing! Great prices for happy hour too. I ordered the boullabaise for dinner and it was delicious, a mild twist on the traditional. For dessert we had the chocolate turtle cake, which was recommended to us and it was just amazing! I would definitely return to this restaurant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Enjoyed lunch with friends at this restaurant. It was fun and delicious. The service was great and prompt. Friendly and efficient. Excellent meal!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 2017

The food is amazing. Don't miss the Crab Cheesecake. The andouille crusted fish were flavor explosions, and the creme brulee was smooth as silk with the perfect sugar glaze crust. The waiter was gracious and accommodating. Hit this place 3 times in two days!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Disappointed beyond belief. We were seated and that is where we waited and waited and waited. Finally the secondary waitress who was drink only came over. Tried to ask about soup and were told “I don’t do that”. So we waited and waited and waited again... (our waitress had 2 tables around us parties of 6 or more with cocktails) so she was trying to make coin. I get this but a simple I’ll be with you shortly or kiss my grits or something. VERY DISAPPOINTED. No one even spoke when we got up to leave. Will not be back.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 6, 2017

It is hard to describe the experience. The fried oyster appetizer was cold, but was still tasty. Gumbo was good and the turtle soup was delicious. The filet was good, but side dishes were bland and cold. The shrimp dish was just warm but flavorful, however the listed popcorn rice seemed like just plain rice. The desert cake tasted like it had been around for a while and the rum sauce was cold and sticky. Service was friendly and efficient, but took a while to notice we were there. So, eating at the Palace Cafe was ok, but nothing special.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great atmosphere, amazing food and top notch service! This is one of my new favorites!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I highly recommend the Palace Cafe for brunch. The staff are extremely friendly. The food is tasty. The environment is lively.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Live Music
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Completely average food with slow service.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We went to a Jazz Brunch to celebrate my mom's birthday. The musicians were great and came over to each table to talk to the guests. My mom was thrilled when they sang a song for her -- it was definitely a highlight of her trip. The restaurant has a great vibe. The music was good, the food was good. The only thing we found lacking was the service. We had to ask for things more than once and it took a long while to get things sometimes. Not sure my mom ever did get her coffee refilled. That aside, it was a really enjoyable experience. We'd definitely go again and recommend it to friends looking for a Jazz Brunch.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Live Music, Good for Groups
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Here’s the thing, this is quintessential Nola. Historic feel in a lively fun setting. jazz musicians playing in the spiral staircase during Sunday brunch. Good food, just what you would expect with better than average, slightly stuffy but just-enough-to-make-you-feel-special service. The crab “cheesecake” which is basically crab quiche, aloneness is worth the trip.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch
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