The Pelican Club

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$31 to $50
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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
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good, I had the duck, my dc had the filet and it was a little bland

The Pelican Club
Responded 10 hours ago

Thanks so much for your feedback, Noladiner! It's important to us! Thanks for choosing The Pelican Club! We hope to welcome you back soon!

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GO
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The location and ambiance were delightful, but we booked our quiet, private dinner for two on top of a very noisy company party that distracted and made it difficult to converse. Dylan was an excellent server, and our meal was good if not well paired with sides. We would return, but be more selective of timing and meal choices.

The Pelican Club
Responded 10 hours ago

GastrOdysseus - thanks so much for dining with us! We appreciate your comments and will share them with our team. We hope you will give us an opportunity to welcome you back soon!

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BR
Memphis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was superlative.
Service and ambiance were great.
Entirely a great meal!

The Pelican Club
Responded 2 days ago

BennettR - thanks so much for your kind comments and 5 star rating! We really appreciate your taking the time to let us know about your experience! Thank you for choosing The Pelican Club! We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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LI
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vodka martini was very good. The etouffee was awesome and crispy fish amazing!

The Pelican Club
Responded 2 days ago

LisaC - thank you so much for your 5 star review and kind comments! We are thankful you chose The Pelican Club and that you enjoyed your martini as well as your etoufee and crispy fish! We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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DD
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Of all the restaurants in New Orleans, The Pelican Club was recommended by two elderly ladies with whom we cruised. Yearly visitor to The Big Easy, we asked them where they, born and raised in New Orleans, chose to eat when they wanted a special meal. They were well into their 70's and did not hesitate with their response. The Pelican Club did not disappoint. It is now on OUR list of places to eat whenever we visit!

The Pelican Club
Responded 2 days ago

DennisD - thank you so very much for your kind comments! We are so happy you chose The Pelican Club! We can't wait to welcome you back when you return to New Orleans!

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RF
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy the Pelican Club. We are locals and recommend Pelican Club to a lot of people. We will be back again soon.

The Pelican Club
Responded on October 9, 2019

RachelF - that means the world to us! Thank you for choosing The Pelican Club again and again - and for recommending us! We can't wait to welcome you back in!

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M
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived early because we went to a play following. The restaurant is gorgeous inside and I love that is tucked away from the madness of the Quarter. Our waiter paced our dinner perfectly. The food was out of this world. Oysters as an app and paneed speckled trout as the main. The coconut cream pie is delicious. The prix fixe menu is a very good deal. This is an overlooked gem!

The Pelican Club
Responded on October 9, 2019

Morningflower - thank you so much for your very kind words and recommendation! We are so happy you chose The Pelican Club and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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JL
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Great location, pretty interior and the service was wonderful. The food needs work.

The Pelican Club
Responded on October 7, 2019

JohnL - thank you for choosing The Pelican Club! We thank you for your feedback. It's very important to us! We hope you will allow us the opportunity to welcome you back again!

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JJ
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Pelican Club was awesome. The Seating was prompt. The service was excellent and the staff were very friendly. Shrimp and oyster appetizers were very tasty but should have six oysters instead of four. Loved the filet with crab cake and the fish with lump crab. The bread pudding finished off an excellent meal. Definitely a great choice!!

The Pelican Club
Responded on October 2, 2019

JohnJ - thank you so much for dining with us! Thank you as well for your comments and 5 star review! We really appreciate your feedback! It's very important to us! We have shared your comments with our team and look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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b
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible meal and great service. Get the whole fish!

The Pelican Club
Responded on October 1, 2019

Oh thank you, buba for your kind words and recommendation! We appreciate your taking the time to provide your feedback and we are thankful you chose The Pelican Club! Please come back and see us soon!

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S
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was delicious, but our server was rude. I worked as a server for over a decade and felt that our party was perfectly respectable. I’m not sure what we did to irritate him, but he blatantly spoke back to me when I simply asked to peruse a dessert menu, forgot to bring certain items to the table, as our evening continued our service felt slower and slower, though the restaurant was clearing out. At the end of our meal we were automatically gratuitied 20%, though on the menu it stated only tables or 12+ would get automatic gratuity, and we certainly would not have tipped as much for the bad attitude our server had. Food was lovely though! So I would choose carefully if you want to come here with a party of 6+

The Pelican Club
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thank you, Sally, for choosing The Pelican Club and for letting us know about your experience. Your feedback is very important to us! While we are very happy to receive your 5 star rating as to your meal, we are very disappointed to learn the details of the service you received. Rest assured we will share and discuss your comments with our team! We hope you will allow us another opportunity to serve you!

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SB
Bath
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent value set menu with lots of great choices and a very reasonably priced NZ Sauvignon Blanc. We just felt a bit rushed - would have liked a bit longer to study the menu & wine list and didn’t appreciate the check being placed on our table while we were halfway through our desserts - that would never happen in England! It was as if they were saying “Hurry up, we need your table”. Great food and wine made up for it though.

The Pelican Club
Responded on October 1, 2019

SueB - we are so happy you chose The Pelican Club and we are so pleased you enjoyed your meal and wine selection! However, we are very disappointed to read about the service you received and we are very sorry you felt rushed in any way! Please accept our apologies! We will discuss your comments with our team and we hope you will allow us another opportunity to serve you!

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CG
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I spoke with Richard Hughes when we arrived; we know his family quite well. He was very personable and sent us a complimentary appetizer,which was delicious. The ladies had the special (drum) and we all loved it. The men had the Fried seafood which they enjoyed. We had not been there in a long time, but will certainly return! Everything was wonderful.

The Pelican Club
Responded on October 1, 2019

CharlotteG - so happy to hear you enjoyed everything! Thank you for your kind words! We are elated you chose The Pelican Club and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend recommended The Pelican Club, since this was our first time in the city! We celebrated my mom’s 55th birthday dinner and loved the experience. Great food and great service! Will definitely recommend to friends and family visiting New Orleans.

The Pelican Club
Responded on September 25, 2019

Thank you so much for dining with us and for celebrating your Mom's special day with us! We are so happy you enjoyed everything and are grateful for your 5 star rating! Thank you for recommending The Pelican Club! We look forward to serving you again!

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KJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The Pelican Club is a New Orleans institution. Not overly touristy, lots of locals, known for fresh food and delicious drinks. What they are NOT known for is accommodating people with serious allergies. After calling ahead to ensure that I could eat something on the menu (I am Celiac, so am ALLERGIC to gluten, and I am severely shellfish allergic), I was reassured that there were multiple options and that they'd be happy to accommodate me. Upon arrival, after being thoroughly ignored by our waiter for the first 15 minutes (while he was happily serving the table of all men seated 5 minutes after us), we ordered drinks and finally about a half hour into the seating, I was able to ask the waiter about options for my allergies. Long story short, there was barely anything I could actually eat, and every sauce (aka everything that made any of the choices appealing) had either shellfish or soy sauce in it, making it unavailable to me. Even their CURRY had soy sauce in it...who does that? Curry doesn't have soy sauce in it. So, I ended up ordering raw fish in the form of tuna poké (without the ponzu - aka the only flavorful thing, but contains soy sauce) and a tomato burrata salad minus the grilled ciabatta. Barely enough to fill me up. However, I became less concerned with being full when minutes after consuming the tuna poké I began to break out in hives, my lips started to swell and my ears were swollen, itchy and ringing. Apparently, reiterating I AM ALLERGIC TO SHELLFISH a dozen times was not enough for the kitchen to actually use a clean knife or cutting surface and sent me into an anaphylactic reaction. When informing the server that we needed our check because I needed to RUN to get Benadryl (trying to avoid my EpiPen) he came back 5 minutes later and said the manager had comp'd my order and sent his apologies. The manager himself could not even be bothered to come check on me himself. If you have allergies, don't count on these people to keep you safe.

M
New Orleans
25 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great service. Wonderful meal.

The Pelican Club
Responded on September 22, 2019

Thank you so much for your positive feedback and kind words, Mike! Thank you for choosing The Pelican Club! We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon!

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DI
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
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!

The Pelican Club
Responded on September 22, 2019

Thank you so much, DIMETRIAJ, for choosing The Pelican Club to celebrate your special day! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed everything! We can't wait to welcome you back!

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JG
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
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 on September 18, 2019

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
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
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 on September 18, 2019

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 on September 15, 2019
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 on September 19, 2019

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 on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

The Pelican Club
Responded on September 16, 2019

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 on September 15, 2019
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 on September 18, 2019

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 on September 14, 2019
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 on September 18, 2019

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
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
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 on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and wonderful food!

The Pelican Club
Responded on September 16, 2019

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 on September 14, 2019
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 on September 18, 2019

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 on September 14, 2019
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 on September 18, 2019

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 on September 18, 2019

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 on September 16, 2019

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 on September 18, 2019

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 on September 16, 2019

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 on September 16, 2019

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 on September 15, 2019

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 on September 15, 2019

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 on September 18, 2019

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 on September 16, 2019

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 on September 15, 2019

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

The Pelican Club
Responded on September 22, 2019

Thank you for choosing to celebrate your special day with us! We are so happy you enjoyed everything! Thank you for your 5 star rating! Please come back to see us soon!

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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.

The Pelican Club
Responded on September 22, 2019

Wow! Thank you so much, Delicious, for your 5 star review and your very kind words! We love to hear this! Thank you for choosing The Pelican Club! We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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