Palace Café

4.5
3870 reviews
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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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New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was really, really good (try the crab chops!), service genuinely friendly in a non-obnoxious way, and while not exactly cheap, all things considered it’s a very good value.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a friend’s birthday. The food was absolutely delicious. This is one of my favorite New Orleans restaurants and as I was told by our waiter, if you haven’t had Bananas Foster at a Brennan’s restaurant, then you haven’t had Bananas Foster.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated quickly and our sever was awesome. I had the duck breast and my companion had the andouille crusted fish. Both dishes were flavorful. We shared the bread pudding which was amazing!

LC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Claude was an amazing waiter. Good food and classic New Orleans dishes.

MJ
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Bananas Foster cooked at table was fun! Jazz brunch very nice!

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love Palace Cafe!

S
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious-esp the crab chops! Service was great! Very good experience!

F
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience!! I started with the banana foster drink that was soooo good! Thw gumbo ya-ya was amazing and the scallops were so juicy. Not to mention the fried oysters!! Try to save a little room for dessert, as the white chocolate bread pudding was great, too. Jade and Victoria, our servers, were fantastic. Highly recommend!

D
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Try this restaurant during the NEW ORLEANS COOLINARY event. The Palace Cafe has a "high temperature" lunch special. Your lunch will cost yesterday's high...ie today's high is 93- lunch will be $9.30. You can't shake a stick at that.

JL
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, as always. Food is always very good.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time going for brunch and it did not disappoint!! First of all the service is top notch as usual but the food was incredible and the wife really enjoyed to build your own Bloody Mary bar! Everyone should check out the Palace Cafe for brunch or dinner!

WS
Mississippi
15 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food! Great atmosphere! Close to the hotels and Bourbon street

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Good choice. Convenient location.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was good, food was amazing as alway.

C
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing - crab cheesecake is phenomenal!!! I will come every year. Definitely top 10.

WT
Kansas City
96 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My favorite turtle soup! Wait staff worked well together and were very attentive without being intrusive.

LB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, fabulous staff!

S
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated at an upstairs table by the window. The ambiance was lovely, the food was very good, but the service, oh my! The service was perhaps the best I’ve ever had. I highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Not my best experience today. I'm never late, but today I was 20 min late. Not only were we told we couldn't get the lunch deal, but our server actually rolled her eyes a few times.

PT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brief return to my homeland for a business conference. Palace Cafe is my favorite restaurant to share a perfect taste of New Orleans cuisine, ambiance and stellar customer service! I’ll be back again and again!! Thanks for the memories - and that french bread!!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great!! First bananas foster with kids. All was awesome!!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Family visiting from out of town. Loved it!!

NF
E. Tennessee
16 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Not very kid friendly

MO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious! And the staff was wonderfully accommodating when we had a last minute addition to our party.

EH
Washington DC
93 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a pleasure dining at the Palace. Staff is courteous and attentive. The “temperature lunch” is a great tradition.

DO
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal we had the blackened drum, grilled mahi and scallops. All were well prepared and service great as usual. No complaints here, we’ll be back.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The best turtle soup, seafood gumbo, scallops, and BREAD PUDDING!!! So great and yum!

w
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My party and I had a great experience at the Palace Cafe. The service was excellent and so was the food. The Crabmeat Cheesecake was delicious!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

It was just ok. Nothing special.

OT
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great as always. Loved the live music.

K
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great service and my steak was awesome.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was as expected for a nice restaurant, nothing over the top. The dishes we all had were well prepared and cooked appropriately. The one thing we all agreed on (6 guests) was that all dishes were over-salted. Bananas foster was pretty good, the brown sugar ended up being a bit goopy and not quite as soft as at Brennan’s. One highlight of the evening was the rum cocktail of the month, expertly prepared and lively with pleasing flavors.

a
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful and the food was absolutely delicious! Will definitely go again.

OT
Staffordshire
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistent. Great food. Fairly priced. Good value. Great restaurant.

DS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious! First night in NOLA for me and picked this restaurant after looking at reviews. The service was excellent. We had one server for drinks - attentive and fun— and one for our meals - attentive and knowledgeable. We were a group of six women so we ordered five different dishes between us all. I tasted everything and it was amazing. My favorite was the duck breast and the shrimp dish. I recommended appetizer what is the crab cake cheesecake if I’m remembering it correctly and it was unusual but absolutely delicious. I would 100% come back here again and I recommend it highly.

C
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We discovered the Palace Café when we visited New Orleans almost 4 years ago. We had lunch one day and it was so good we came back that night for dinner. We are in New Orleans once again and we’ve dined here two days in a row. And, yes it is that good. The crab cheesecake is to die for. It’s like a light and creamy rich quiche with light pecan crust. The sauce is amazing. My husband ordered this starter both days. Another marvelous dish is the pasta St. Charles. Superb. Everything we’ve ordered has been so good. The service is perfect and the decor is charming. There are many excellent restaurants in New Orleans to choose from but you don’t want to miss this one!!

AC
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Very enjoyable as always

T
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Overall the food was good. Not sure where the issues were but we had several. One of the dinners was served and eaten before the others arrived. Port was ordered with desert and it came in champagne glasses after desert was served and eaten. I would not return given my experience.

JH
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Just like a Paris bistro, but with American noise levels. Absolutely hopping for a 9:00 pm reservation. Fantastic service. The food was good, but not on par with the rest of the experience. My ribeye (ordered rare) varied from rare to medium depending where I cut, and the potatoes were soggy with duck fat instead of crispy. The bananas foster, though, was great.

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