Palace Café

4.6
3303 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Creole / Cajun / Southern
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.
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Creole / Cajun / Southern, Seafood, Bistro
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
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
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(504) 523-1661
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Smart Casual
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
Catering
To learn more about Dickie Brennan & Co.'s catering options, please contact our Sales Department at 504-274-1816.
Open Google Maps
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Chartres Street
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
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.
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
Public transit
Easily accessible by the Saint Charles Streetcar & the Canal Street car.
icon/ic_entertainmentCreated with Sketch.
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.
icon/ic_special_eventsCreated with Sketch.
Special events & promotions
All Private Dining Reservations must be made through our Group Sales Department. Please contact Sales at 504-521-8310 for information.
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

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.

View Private Dining Details
What 3303 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
GG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible, drinks were ok. Would go back and just order wine instead of a mixed drink

Report
Helpful
OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pecan catfish! Soooo good.

Report
Helpful
OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice Job!!

Report
Helpful
KD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We go there every time we are in New Orleans. Great wait staff. They will get what you want. We were there an hour before dinner menu was available and our waitress got the chef to let us order off the dinner menu.

Report
Helpful
DW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jazz Brunch - beautiful room, cozy despite the rain that day. Our server, Edward, could not have been better. Made some spot on recommendations- the skillet, the shrimp were great. Crabmeat “cheesecake” was delicious although note that it was more like a quiche. Roving band was lively and fun - played tableside and created a great atmosphere- enjoyed literally surround sound. Had a great New Orleans time.

Report
Helpful
BC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Palace Cafe is simply an excellent choice every time for a great time and outstanding food. It is one of the brightest, happiest restaurants in the city.

Report
Helpful
BH
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Post-cruise for a few days in New Orleans and the Palace Cafe and Antoine’s were the only restaurants on Open Table that would allow me to make a reservation for our party of 13. We loved both of them! The crab cheesecake which was a specialty of the Palace Cafe was full of delicious flavor! We also enjoyed the crab claw appetizer (I could have ordered 3 of those and a salad and called that dinner if I had known how good they were! Others on our party raved about the seared jumbo sea scallops and shrimp creole entrees. The salads and soups were very good also. Save room for dessert because the vanilla creme brûlée and bread pudding were some of the best desserts we’ve ever had!

Report
Helpful
R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bananas Foster was great tasting and fun to watch. I always come here when visiting New Orleans.

Report
Helpful
MK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

For a restaurant in a downtown tourist location, it is short on vegetarian options. The cauliflower gratin is the only vegetarian option on the menu and pretty expensive.

Report
Helpful
DE
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Nikki was excellent as well as entertaining! The food was excellent as usual. Highly recommend to everyone

Report
Helpful
c
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was very average. After complaining about the service it got better. Menu was a bit underwhelming. I believe the restraint could do better but was not trying.

Report
Helpful
FP
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time at Palace Cafe! The food is always great!

Report
Helpful
S
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I made the reservation for 3 people for dinner. The hostess who checked us in was surly and unfriendly. She motioned us silently to wait on one side while the table was being cleaned. We were later joined by 2 couples who wanted to sit with us so we could chat. They made no effort to move us to another table - there were several vacant tables, saying there was another reservation. They lied because no one else arrived. We had to bring over chairs so our friends could sit with us. They would have ordered food and drink but the waiters did not even ask if they wanted anything. All the while we got glaring looks from them - perhaps they wanted to close up the restaurant and leave for the night...

The food was not that special either.

Report
Helpful
S
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our entire party of 6 was very happy with our pre-theatre brunch, especially with crab meat cheesecake and both the fried oyster salad and appetizer. My only complaint is that the crab cakes in the benedict were a bit mushy; just my personal choice to have a drier mix. Overall well satisfied and will return.

Report
Helpful
l
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite brunch spot with wonderful music and amazing service!

Report
Helpful
LD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

There was a nice variety of food. Wine list was good. Wait service was excellent. I made reservations for a lathe group dinner and they easily accommodated us. My only complaint was that my chicken was a little dry. Everyone else enjoyed there steaks and fish. Desert was great.

Report
Helpful
C
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I try to go there any time I'm in New Orleans. It's always a good experience.

Report
Helpful
OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! It was pricey, but we were going out for a special occasion, so we expected that. Service: 10/10. Get the bread pudding for dessert.

Report
Helpful
OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We had ordered starter or first course and when our food arrived it was our entree.

Report
Helpful
OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Rushed service, noisy, and arrogant waitress on a Friday night. Food was over cooked and dry. Saw our food sitting under a heat lamp for way too long. Disappointing as I ate there a few years ago and the experiences was very different

Report
Helpful
ES
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the New Orleans feeling and the great view. The band came around and sang jazz songs around the restraint. If I had to complain about anything it would be the noise level was too high to hold a conversation with my table.

Report
Helpful
RP
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good food all the way from app to dessert and service. We tried the rum sampler which I have never done before. Very good too.

Report
Helpful
PM
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous creole food for a pre-theatre dinner before seeing On Your Feet at the Saenger Theatre! It doesn't get better than this! Shrimp Remolaude on Fried Green Tomatoes, turtle soup, gumbo, andouille crusted fish, char-grilled rib-eye and white chocolate bread pudding! YUM! Geaux!

Report
Helpful
TR
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is outstanding. But we might as well have ordered nouvelle cuisine. My wife and I both ordered scallops. We each got 4 scallops and a very small serving of carrots in a pineapple glaze. I liked the taste, but my wife thought it was too peppery. It was essentially a small appetizer for a full price meal. It was so small, we went elsewhere for dinner shortly afterwards!

Report
Helpful
TG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite meal in New Orleans! The meal was wonderful, the pork chop special with collard greens and sweet potato mash was excellent! Service was perfect. Would definitely recommend.

Report
Helpful
JG
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I enjoyed our dinner and the wonderful service we received from our entrance to the restaurant to the exit. Juan our server was excellent. And the food was delicious!

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch had crab cheesecake amazing!
Crab Benedict and champagne, a definite highlight to our foody tour!!

Report
Helpful
T
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the Jazz brunch and it didn’t disappoint. The jazz trio was as friendly as they were talented. Stopped at each table taking requests. Highly recommend.

Report
Helpful
RL
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to New Orleans to celebrate my 65th birthday with my entire family. We ate at several of the finest restaurants and the group agreed that this was our best meal. Service was exceptional, drinks were great, and the jazz band completed the atmosphere. Will definitely go there on future trips. WHO DAT!!!!!

Report
Helpful
U
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pecan Crusted Catfish was outstanding along with a world class hamburger and AMAZINGLY perfect french fries (of all things). French fries are not a given. Some places just now how to do them right and this place does for sure. Perfectly crisp, coarse salt with a little pepper.

Staff was friendly and attentive. I'd give it five stars but I was not a huge fan of the Turtle Soup. I'm a South Louisiana native and have eaten all manner of roux-based dishes. This one was good, and I am glad I tried it, but I was expecting a bit more. Could be just me. Seriously hate to ding 1 star for it but am just being honest. This is a classic stop in New Orleans and if you haven't tried it you should.

Report
Helpful
T
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Shrimp Remoulade was really fresh and Great service! Our group of 6 was seated upstairs near window overlooking Canal St, which we appreciated, and we had a great dinner.

Report
Helpful
OT
Oklahoma City
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Palace Cafe is always fabulous as is the service

Report
Helpful
S
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Thanksgiving meal!

Report
Helpful
L
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving

Report
Helpful
C
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just perfect! Drinks, food and service were all great.

Report
Helpful
h
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. Very tasty food. Portions a tad small for cost. Chairs a bit uncomfortable. I'd definitely go back

Report
Helpful
OT
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service & good food!!

Report
Helpful
RA
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food, incredible service, and good people! Plus the crabmeat cheesecake is to die for!!!

Report
Helpful
J
St. Louis
16 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family enjoyed the perfect Thanksgiving meal in a lovely old building. Two of us did seafood while the others did the traditional turkey meal after starting with a wonderful crawfish cheesecake. Service was excellent.

Report
Helpful
DM
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food & Service were Exceptional on a very busy day. Overall, an enjoyable experience. Delicious New Orleans Cuisine.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
83

Tweets by Palace Café