Palace Café

4.5
3059 reviews
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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Creole / Cajun / Southern, Seafood, Bistro
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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
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Phone number
(504) 523-1661
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Catering
To learn more about Dickie Brennan & Co.'s catering options, please contact our Sales Department at 504-274-1816.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Chartres Street
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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.
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Public transit
Easily accessible by the Saint Charles Streetcar & the Canal Street car.
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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.
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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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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

Private Dining

Palace Cafe's Fleur de Lis room can seat up to 80 and overlooks the iconic Canal Street. In our Wine Room set for 12, intimate dinners are fit for a king. For larger parties up to 200, our Second Floor is perfect. It overlooks the main dining room with a grand staircase as an entrance.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Classic location, great food, & even better service. Always a fav!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Went to the Jazz Brunch. The brunch menu was pretty extensive. My wife and I had a cheese tray and salads along with coffee and dessert. The food was outstanding but our waiter was not very good. He acted as if he didn’t want to be there and was not informative as we are accustom to with other restaurants (as well as other Brennan-owned) in NOLA. I think he came by once to take our order and once for the check. The waiter who brought the Cheese tray was more animated and informative than our waiter. This guy even came by to ask how we liked the cheese tray. But the music was great as well as the restaurant ambiance.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

We went for brunch to celebrate my daughter’s 21st birthday and the jazz band serenaded her as they did many others during their stroll around the dining room. Food was very good and the service was outstanding. One of our go-to’s during our trips to NOLA.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Fantastic food. Awesome service. Really enjoyed the Saturday brunch. Jazz was great. Thank you!!

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

My boyfriend and I went there for my birthday dinner. He is a vegetarian and there were not many options but we split the cauliflower entree and it was great. We had the bananas foster for dessert. I would definitely go back for those items!

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Went for the temperature lunch special and it was amazing!!! The service and food is what you expect form Palace Cafe and the Dickie Brennan's Group!

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Palace Cafe' was awesome! Our servers, Samantha and Mike were very attentive to our needs and request. The meal was excellent and very delicious. Palace Cafe' is a little pricey but for the service and great food is well worth it.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Excellent food, drink and service. Went for 31st anniversary and they comped a delicious Gentilly Cake for dessert. Highly recommend the Andouille crusted fish with a sauce to die for.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Great food, great atmosphere and location. Service is always top-notch. You won't be disappointed.

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2018

The redfish was just delicious! The bread pudding was disappointing. Because I didn’t order anything else, it’s hard to comment on quality.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

I'm a NOLA local, dine out at least once a week. Some of the best restaurants in North America are right here in my city. I heartily recommend The Palace Café to first time visitors as well as reoccurring. The Brennan family is a world-class dynasty for good reason. The main dining room with its fabulous art-deco staircase is reason enough to plan a lunch or dinner there. Then there's the wonderfully eclectic, locally inspired menu. Don't leave without sampling the White Chocolate Bread Pudding. I'd give it 6 stars, if permitted.

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3.0Dined on July 9, 2018

I enjoy the ambiance and good food at the Palace Cafe whenever I visit New Orleans.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Dino was our server. He was great and recommended the Andouille Encrusted Catfish. It as delish!

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Was not impress with the pickled fried okra would have preferred either fried or pickled but not together

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

The andouille crusted fish was the best ever. Kathleen and Tre were great!

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2018

We had the crabcakes cheesecake and it was amazing! Our server was great and the entire meal was on point.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

So delicious! We were so happy to stumble in and have the breakfast buffet. We also sampled the Crab Cheese Cake! Will definitely come back!

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2.0Dined on July 2, 2018

I booked Palace Cafe several months out and was really looking forward to eating here. Unfortunately my expectations weren't met. The crab cheesecake came out with burned crust, the goat cheese medallions on my salad were cold like they just came out of the refrigerator and my dessert of white chocolate bread pudding was a corner piece so it was more edge than anything. To top everything off, the service was extraordinarily slow. The restaurant was half full so it wasn't because it was busy. They also didn't look short staffed. What I did see was staff chatting in corners and a manager that wasn't doing anything to ensure patrons had a good experience.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Excellent!

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Other than a bit of a long wait to be seated, our lunch at the Palace Cafe was great. I look forward to going back again soon.

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Made a reservation online, and the largest option for group size was listed as "8+." Our group size was 12, and they didn't want to accommodate us. When we asked to pull another table together with ours the server grimaced and said it was reserved. The manager let us seat two people at a booth nearby, and gave us two extra chairs to squeeze into our original table. It was very cramped. When I moved around to visit other guests, the servers chided me for being in their way. One server, Nigel, spoke to us in a way that showed he actually cared about us, the customers.

The restaurant was not full at any point during our 90-minute stay. The table next to ours could easily have been added for our group without causing a shortage.

I don't expect butt kissing or miracles when I make a reservation. I do expect people to be polite, attentive and accommodating' of a fair request

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

I ordered the crabmeat cheesecake and the shrimp tchefuncte thinking how can one pie sized slice of cheesecake be enough? I definitely was! Service was excellent except they don't have strainer spoons but they do have loose tea. The "doggy bag" is a paper box, I guess that's the norm in New Orleans, so you don't want to have to carry it too far. The strolling jazz band was nice. I'll definitely return.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Met every expectation for our dinner meeting.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

I came here to experience their Bananas Foster, which I recently saw the restaurant showcased on tv for. I ordered their house burger as well. The burger was...a burger, but the dessert was phenomenal. The “show” that takes place for its preparation was wonderful. I will certainly return next time I’m in the area and will order their dessert again.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

The food was delicious and the menu had a little bit of everything to appeal to anyone taste-buds. Whole party cleared their plates. We were seated promptly and the service was phenomenal as well. Great for large groups and food was reasonably priced. Would definitely come again next time I'm in town.

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2018

My husband and I were in NO to see a concert with Diana Krall. We chose Palace Cafe for the location and the food. We had eaten at the Palace before and enjoyed our meal on the 24th.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

The service was excellent. We had a drink server, as well as a waitress for our food order. They were very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. The food was excellent. We had the crab claws, peach and goat cheese salad and the crab cakes. We also had martinis and rum drinks. Everything was exceptional from the service to the food and drinks. The restaurant is also very clean and the noise level was perfect. Not too loud, but still had energy that made it fun. We look forward to returning!!!

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

In New Orleans for the weekend and wanted great dining.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Ordered a drink here. It was three quarters filled. They were less than gracious when I complained. Promised me a new drink but never brought it. Service is poor.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Food and service were excellent

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3.0Dined on June 23, 2018

The crab cheesecake was interesting. Not sure if I’d get it again but good to try once. The eggs Benedict on a biscuit was good. The Bloody Mary bar was not good. The vodka was awful. Service was good though and they had a trio playing live music - it was a banjo though so sort of weird.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

It was good that we had a reservation because there were people waiting who did not. It was a little noisier than we had hoped, but the food well made up for any inconvenience. Definitely a place to go to the next time we are in New Orleans.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Servers were exceptional! Friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu and food / wine in general. The table side flamed Banana Foster was a special - New Orleans flavor - TREAT!

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Great service! Great teamwork!

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Very good New Orleans cuisine. Reasonably priced. Good service.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

First place we ate at on our trip to New Orleans and the service was so intentional and the place is walking distance to so many places and is beautiful inside

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

As someone with celiac disease, it’s very hard to find good food in a city I hadn’t been to before, but Palace Cafe took good care of me. They do not have very many gluten-free options but they clearly mark those that are on their menu (in stark contrast to many other restaurants in the area). I ordered the fish of the day- red snapper, I believe- and it was delicious.
Combine this with very good service and a willingness to accommodate a single customer at a table on a busy night with no fuss, and I can’t recommend this place enough.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

We really enjoyed our experience at Palace Cafe. The decor is a beautiful throwback to a grander time, but the atmosphere is welcoming. The staff were attentive and very well informed on the menu. Their recommendations were spot-on. I had the filet mignon, which was summed up best as Amazing! Also, highly recommend the blueberry gentilly cake made with local blueberries. Fantastic restaurant!

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Outstanding meal with superb service. Seating was immediate and wait staff were friendly, efficient, and very professional. Just a wonderful dining experience for our-of-town business associates who wanted the "flavor of New Orleans".

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Ziggy made the best bananas foster in town!!! Jackson was very prompt and attentive. They both provided impeccable service. We come to NOLA with friends at least twice a year and we always make a point to have lunch and/or dinner at the Palace Cafe.

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