The Pelican Club

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Creole / Cajun / Southern
The Pelican Club, offering a wide range of fabulous New Orleans dishes, consists of three dining rooms and a large bar fashioned from a handsome, 19th-century French Quarter townhouse, rising from the corner of Bienville Street and Exchange Place in the heart of the French Quarter. Owner, Richard Hughes, and his wife, Jean Stinnett-Hughes, transformed a neglected architectural gem into a welcoming restaurant decorated in a crisp blend of traditional and contemporary. Each room has its own ambiance, created with such diverse elements as burnished Louisiana cypress, contemporary paintings by New Orleans artists, antique prints, and the dramatic contrast of black-leather banquettes against cream-colored brick walls. Such an atmosphere is sure to make your meal feel like a truly New Orleans experience.
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New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great service. Wonderful meal.

DI
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Pelican club is a gorgeous space. The menu had so many good options, it was kind of hard to choose. The chargrilled oysters and seafood martini was delicious. The lamb was very tender and the lobster dish was so filling. The server was very knowledgeable and gave us great wine pairing suggestions. At the end of the meal, they gave us 2 glasses of sparkling to commemorate our anniversary. Honestly, the sweetest touch. I can't wait to visit New Orleans and the Pelican Club again!

JG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. We have been back several times over the years and it just gets better and better.

The Pelican Club
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much, JaniceG, for your patronage over the years! We are very appreciative of your 5 star rating! Thank you! We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for the restaurant week special and the food was superb! Three courses for $39. Many choices and everything that was served was excellent. White tablecloths and attentive wait staff.

The Pelican Club
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for your positive feedback and 5 star rating! We are so happy you chose The Pelican Club and we are elated that you enjoyed your experience!

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LM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Special menu dinner was excellent-so many wonderful choices! We brought our out-of- town family here and they, too, were so impressed. Wish Coolinary was year round. Loved the place!

The Pelican Club
Responded 3 days ago

LisaM - thank you so much for your very kind words! We are so happy you enjoyed The Pelican Club. We really appreciate your 5 star rating and look forward to welcoming you back soon! Our #Coolinary / #RestaurantWeekNOLA menu has been extended until the end of September! :)

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OT
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

The Pelican Club
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks so much for choosing The Pelican Club! We appreciate your 5 star rating and your kind comments! Thank you! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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SB
New Orleans
35 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Home run! Everything was delicious. I especially liked the Whole Crispy Flounder. Love the huge menu. The crab cakes with fried green tomatoes was devine. My companion loved the chargrilled oysters and Drum. The Creme Brulee and Coconut Creme Pie were perfect. Love this restaurant.

The Pelican Club
Responded 4 days ago

StephenBLA - thank you so much! We are so happy you chose The Pelican Club! We appreciate your 5 star rating and loved reading your comments! We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I’m sad to say that the food was mediocre at best. Our waiter was great. The ambience was nice and the service was good. The food was over cooked and came out Luke warm. We both felt as if it was under seasoned and pre prepared. I had the lamb and he had the gulf fish and the presentation and portions were lovely, just not what or how I would expect for a high need restaurant in the qtr.

The Pelican Club
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know about your experience as your feedback is very important to us! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the ambiance and that the service you received was good. Rest assured we will share your comments with our team and your concerns about our food will be addressed. We hope you will allow us another opportunity to welcome you back to The Pelican Club very soon!

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KF
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Sadly I was highly disappointed with my experience this past visit. As a french quarter local I have enjoyed the Pelican Club many times. This experience was not like my previous ones and it started at the beginning with our server. We chose to order a decent bottle of white wine, the server asked for the BIN number, which I provided. When the bottle arrived we did not look at the label prior and he began to pour a red. We immediately stopped him, when I stated the BIN number again, he corrected me and informed me that was not what I told him, this was not true at all. Mistakes happen so I told him that it was not an issue and we would take the incorrect wine. However, what I did not realize and the server did not tell me until he had poured it was that this new bottle was $70 higher than what I ordered. Again, I took it in stride, what truly unset me was when I commented on the higher price, the server chose to make comments such about treating myself and splurging. I found this offensive in his tone and manners as I took his actions as suggesting that I could not afford such a bottle of wine. This happen again when I was trying to decide between a fish plate or the lobster, it was extremely rude and of poor character. The meal proceeded with lack luster food as my seafood plate was mediocre at best and not very warm. The bread pudding was pretty spectacular though. In the end, I left disappointed, especially since I had been telling my friend who joined me about how much I loved The Pelican Club and as he just moved here, it was the first place I wanted to take him. I may have lost his confidence in my choices after this visit. Not sure I will be "splurging" at the Pelican Club again.

m
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and wonderful food!

The Pelican Club
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you mwctx for dining with us and for your 5 star rating! We are so happy you enjoyed your experience at The Pelican Club and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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N
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was a disappointment. It lacked flavor. The crab corn bisque was good however the surf & turf (filet & crab cake) were both bland. My husband had the seafood martini which had way too much sauce on it. He had the spaghetti with lung crab as an entree. It that had an odd taste and was also flavorless. Perhaps they didn't care about the quality of the meal because it was the restaurant week menu. Our experience did not match with the reviews.

The Pelican Club
Responded 4 days ago

We are so sorry to learn of your disappointment, N3436. Rest assured we will address your comments with our team. We certainly do care and very much appreciate your feedback. We hope you will allow us another opportunity to welcome you back to The Pelican Club sometime soon!

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LH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was my first time dining at the Pelican Club. I enjoyed everything. The food, staff, and ambiance. I will return!

The Pelican Club
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you, LoriH, for choosing The Pelican Club! We so appreciate your 5 star review and your kind words! Thank you! We hope you will come back to see us soon!

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OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful meal at the pelican club. Enjoying restaurant week.

The Pelican Club
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for your 5 star rating! We are so glad you enjoyed Restaurant Week and especially happy you enjoyed The Pelican Club! We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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j
New Orleans
64 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I love the food at pelican club. The Food was excellent, hot, fresh, service was great, but... The wait for our courses was so long. Personally I think they overbook the kitchen. I very much appreciate having a perfect meal when restaurant is packed, but expect to wait.

The Pelican Club
Responded 5 days ago

We thank you, Jackie, for choosing The Pelican Club! We are so appreciative that you took the time to provide us with your feedback. It's important to us! We are happy to hear you found your meal and service to be excellent, and please rest assured we will address your concerns about the timing of service of each course. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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M
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my second time dining at Pelican Club, and I enjoyed the entire dining experience. My friends and I went for Restaurant Week and every menu item that I chose was delicious. I ordered the Korean Style Baby Back Ribs for my app, 9 oz Rack of Lamb for my entree and the Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie for dessert. And forget a classic cocktail the French 75 with cognac. I’m still reminiscing over this meal can’t wait to go back!

The Pelican Club
Responded 4 days ago

Meghan - We are so happy you enjoyed your experience at The Pelican Club and we are so grateful to receive your 5 star rating! We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Thank you again!

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LN
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The dinner at The Pelican Club was delicious and will definetly be back. The only negative to the experience was that the restaurant was very loud.

The Pelican Club
Responded 5 days ago

LaurenN - thank you so much for your 5 star rating! We are thankful you chose The Pelican Club! We appreciate your taking the time to provide us with your feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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RP
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. The food was absolutely delicious. The service was flawless. If I had to complain about 1 thing it was that the noise level was a bit high but that is something the restaurant is unable to control. Certainly a 5 out of 5.

The Pelican Club
Responded 5 days ago

RubenP - thank you so much for dining with us! We sincerely appreciate your 5 star review and that you took the time to provide us with your comments. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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JK
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal. Everything was delicious and our waiter was lovely. I highly recommend it!

The Pelican Club
Responded 7 days ago

JKMSacramento - thank you so much for choosing The Pelican Club! We really appreciate your taking the time to let us know about your experience. We are grateful for your 5 star rating and for your kind words! We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon!

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LJ
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Meal and service was spectacular we had an amazing experience .

The Pelican Club
Responded 7 days ago

LeJeanne - thank you so much for your kind words! We are grateful you chose The Pelican Club and look forward to serving you again soon!

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D
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Restaurant was beautiful. Went for restaurant week. The spaghetti and blue crab had way too much sherry - it took away from the delicate crab flavor. Drum was perfectly cooked. Tomato and burrata salad was great, escargot was OK. We were a little disappointed but overall worth it.

The Pelican Club
Responded 4 days ago

D3216 - thank you for choosing The Pelican Club! We are so appreciative of your feedback, but must say disappointed to learn that you were disappointed! Be assured we will share and address your comments with our team. We hope you will allow us another opportunity to serve you!

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c
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous we come every time we visit New Orleans and now our Nola family is coming on a regular basis
Danelle Tucker McGrue

The Pelican Club
Responded 5 days ago

Danielle - we are SO happy to hear this! We are so happy to know that you choose The Pelican Club when you come to New Orleans and we are elated that your local family members have also become our guests! Thank you so much for your 5 star rating! We look forward to your next visit!

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VH
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were outstanding! This place is great for a date night or night out with a group of friends. I had the whole fried fish topped with gulf shrimp and scallops and it was absolutely delicious. The chocolate bourbon pecan pie for dessert was amazing. Highly recommend this place!

The Pelican Club
Responded 7 days ago

VanessaH - thank you so much for choosing The Pelican Club! We are so happy to hear you had a wonderful experience and really appreciate your kind words and 5 star rating! We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon!

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NC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

We had the coolinary menu, which we have had a few times before. The escargot and crab cake appetizers were very goof. The lamb rack entree was not the same quality it usually is; the lamb was of a lower grade, not well cut and fatty. The waiter was professional- knowledgeable (knew the food/wine lists and knew how to properly open a bottle of wine), attentive, well groomed and did an overall very good job.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday Dinner

D
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Restaurant Week menu had so many options it was hard to choose. I started with the Korean Style Ribs. They were so tender and what a great sauce. The kimchee really gave it a kick. The waiter suggested the Paneed Gulf Fish with Jumbo Lump crabmeat. It was completely off the charts delicious and those corona beans were such a treat. To finish off a fantastic dinner I had Coconut Cream Pie which was like none other. You have to try it. Who knew they could make me like coconut. I look forward to having more wonderful meals at Pelican Club.

L
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Get the seafood martini! Drew and Kathy are terrific waiters. Xox

The Pelican Club
Responded on September 12, 2019

Lola - thank you so much for choosing The Pelican Club! We are elated to receive your 5 star rating! So happy to hear you enjoyed the Seafood Martini and that service was terrific as well! Thank you! We look forard to serving you again soon!

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bachelorette weekend! The food was fantastic and the prices were reasonable

The Pelican Club
Responded on September 11, 2019

Terrific! Thank you for choosing The Pelican Club and for your 5 star rating! We are so happy to hear that you girls had a great time and enjoyed everything! We hope to welcome you back soon!

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DM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent service by Kevey. Something for everybody menu and meal was delicious.
It gets minus points for the poor acoustics. It was SO LOUD we couldnt hear each other speak and tried reading lips. Whats a dinner without conversation? Terrible acoustics and we would not return the dining experience remains the same. Or, bring ear plugs and someone you dont want to speak to.

The Pelican Club
Responded on September 11, 2019

We are happy to know that your meal and the service you received were excellent, but we are very sorry to learn about the sound in the restaurant during your visit on September 8th. Please know your feedback is important to us, DrMau, and we sincerely appreciate your taking the time to let us know about your experience. Thank you. We hope you will allow us another opportunity to welcome you back to The Pelican Club!

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A
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simple the best!

The Pelican Club
Responded on September 11, 2019

Oh Amelia - thank you! We are SO happy you enjoyed The Pelican Club! Thank you for your 5 star rating and kind words! We hope to welcome you back soon again!

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DF
London
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Generous portions, delicious plates, not rushed, able to converse, coolinary menu offered a lot of choices.

The Pelican Club
Responded on September 11, 2019

Thank you, Dominique, for dining with us and for your detailed review - we sincerely appreciate your feedback! Thanks so much for your 5 star rating! We are very happy you enjoyed your experience and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to The Pelican Club soon again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant belongs in the top 10 of NOLA restaurants, if it isn’t already. Its quality is on par with Commander’s Palace. I came here on the recommendation of a friend, and I’m so glad I did.

The Pelican Club
Responded on September 11, 2019

Wow! Thank you very much for your very kind words - we are so appreciative! Thank you for dining with us and we hope to welcome you back soon again!

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BR
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Pelican Club is a treasure! Combining.an innovative menu with excellent service in three beautifu dining rooms with works by famous local artists, The Pelican Club is a don't miss! Consistenr excellence is their hallmark! I've dined there some 20 times in the last few years and invite guests to try my favorite appetizer, the Seafood Martini, whick is not a drink, nut a tasty seafood with garnish combination served in a martini glass!

The Pelican Club
Responded on September 8, 2019

BillR - Wow! We can't thank you enough for your patronage over the years - and for your very kind comments and 5 star rating! Thank you so much for dining with us and for recommending The Pelican Club!

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T
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food!

The Pelican Club
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you, Tonys, for your kind comments and 5 star review! We are thankful you chose The Pelican Club! Come back and see us soon!

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MJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. The service was excellent and it was a great location.

The Pelican Club
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you, MikeJ, for dining with us - and for your positive feedback and 5 star rating! We appreciate your taking the time to let us know about your experience at The Pelican Club. We look forward to welcoming you back soon again!

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A
New Orleans
19 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The coolinary menu is an excellent value. The food as always is one of the best in the city.

The Pelican Club
Responded on September 2, 2019

Thank you, Amelia, for your kind comments! We really appreciate your taking the time to provide them along with your 5 star rating! Thank you for choosing The Pelican Club again! We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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2
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Last night of Coolinary — so many choices, so much fun. A bit difficult to hear but a great evening nonetheless.

The Pelican Club
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you, 2top, for dining with us and for sharing your comments with us. Your feedback is very important! We have extended our Coolinary menu until Sept 15th and would love to welcome you back again!

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IR
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The overall experience during Coolinary was great. My only issue is that it was a little stuffy/warm in the dining room or it could've been where myself and my dining companion were seated. The food was good. Great flavor and prepared as requested. Would like to dine here again during a less busy time and try other dishes.

The Pelican Club
Responded on September 4, 2019

IndiaR - thank you so much for choosing The Pelican Club! We thank you for your detailed feedback and will be sure to share your comments with our team. We are glad you enjoyed our Coolinary menu and look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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WB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and service was wonderful. Not our first visit. Great place to visit with out of town guests. Will continue to eat there.

The Pelican Club
Responded on September 3, 2019

WillisB - we are so happy to hear this and are thankful you took the time to let us know! Thank you for joining us again and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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P
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Coolinary menu 3 course dinner for $39.00 has been continued through SEPTEMBER 15th!
Unique wines for less than $40.00 a bottle
The tuna poke appetizer is amazing! Ask for a table in the bar or club room when you reserve a table. The big room gets too noisy. The bar is quiet the club room is less quiet but still intimate.
Be adventurous with your meal choices, it’s all good.

The Pelican Club
Responded on September 3, 2019

Pauld - thanks so much for your feedback, recommendations - and for your 5 star review! We are so happy you enjoy our Coolinary menu - and especially the tuna poke appetizer! We hope to welcome you back soon!

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CK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening celebrating my husbands Birthday.
Thank you for making it so special.
Cathy

The Pelican Club
Responded on September 4, 2019

CathyK - thank you for celebrating with us! We are so thankful you chose The Pelican Club for your husband's birthday! We hope to welcome you back soon again!

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