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The Pelican Club, New Orleans, LA

The Pelican Club

4.6
4.6
4393 Reviews
$31 to $50
Creole / Cajun / Southern
The Pelican Club is a contemporary New Orleans restaurant located on historic Exchange Place in the French Quarter. Since opening the doors to the renovated 19th century Creole townhouse in 1990, chef and owner, Richard Hughes has offered a diverse menu based in south Louisiana tradition with French, Italian, and Asian influences reflecting the rich culinary culture of the city.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Creole / Cajun / Southern, Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 am–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (504) 523-1504
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Richard Hughes Jr.
  • Catering
    Catering Available
  • Private party facilities
    Located in a 19th-century townhouse in the French Quarter, The Pelican Club offers three classic dining rooms and a large bar for all types of private events. We can accommodate groups from 20 to 250 for events from cocktail parties to 4-course seated dinners with menus customized for your event.
  • Private party contact
    Linda Thomas: (877) 283-4198
  • Neighborhood
    French Quarter
  • Cross street
    Bienville Street
  • Parking details
    We offer partial validation at the Solaris Garage located at 721 Iberville. Upon arrival please inform the parking attendant that you are going to the Pelican Club. They will valet park your car. Current pricing (subject to change) is $5.00 for 2 ½ hours.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 4,393 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Orleans / Louisiana

    Creole / Cajun / Southern

  • New Orleans

    Creole / Cajun / Southern

4,393 Reviews
  1. MichaelS

    Vancouver

    56 reviews

    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very enjoyable. Rene our server was attentive and helpful and guided us through the delicious offerings, ranging from seafood to land dishes and our party of 4 enjoyed a good sample of all of it along with 4 different desserts! We sat outside in the fenced alley and it was a nice night and the atmosphere becoming of the French quarter. No hesitation to recommend. Good show

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waiter was really good. Staff somewhat upset about being too busy

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dinner was delicious and service by Alexander was fantastic.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The entire restaurant smelled moldy. The food we ate was absolutely terrible. The Caesar salad had not flavor, and the BBQ shrimp had several shrimp that were inedible (really mushy). Will not eat there again and would not recommend restaurant.

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  5. NYC12

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat outside and enjoyed the ambiance as much as the food! Everyone left full and happy!

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  6. Musgrove

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    5 stars on all counts, great server and good in a lovely setting

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  7. HelenD

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    The high ceilings and acoustics make for a very noisy room. Service was slow and uneven. Food came out before wine, bread came after salads, and food - duck, fish with crawfish - was subpar. Overall an underwhelming experience. There are so many Creole restaurants in New Orleans, there is no need to choose this one.

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  8. DavidS

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We had a party of seven in the bar and it was overall nice because you could look out the windows, but we have a very noisy table next to us. The waitress was overworked and we know most restaurants they are shorthanded. The food in general was good.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We all enjoyed our experience! Food was delicious and courteous staff! Will go again!

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  10. djgardner

    New York City

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent place for a special occasion. We all enjoyed ourselves - the Cioppino was great.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful Escargot & bread . Rene our server was very attentive. My rack of lamb was exquisite

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  12. CeresO

    Acapulco

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Pésima comida y precios extremadamente altos. Ha decaído. Antes era un excelente lugar. No volveré

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  13. SnowBird

    Minneapolis

    89 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was wonderful. Whole fish outstanding.

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  14. LauraF

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great ambience, food and service. Highly professional staff. The 3 and 4 course dinners are a good value and offer a nice variety; for a few dollars extra, you can "upgrade" to different things. Extensive wine by the bottle list, nice cocktails. I would definitely go again.

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  15. NightoutwithFamily

    Orange County

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Busy night and quite loud due to several large parties. Yet, food, wine and service were excellent as usual.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alex the server was funny and service was excellent. Food was delicious! We sat outside and the ambience was on point!

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  17. Joan

    Chicago

    85 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Interesting place, our waiter was very knowledgeable. The food was very good and nice portions. The prix dice was a good value

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Elegant and exquisite is my description of the fantastic food and experience at the Pelican Club. Consistently one of the top meals of my year they never cease to amaze me with creativity and perfect execution of the dishes. Thank you.

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  19. MammothMinky

    Las Vegas

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food, delicious!! Beautiful setting! Not hurried!

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  20. julesrocksla

    Los Angeles

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    This was not the highlight of my trip to New Orleans. Most of our 7 person group were underwhelmed by their meal. I had hoped for a classic New Orleans dining experience, and it was not that. I felt like I was in a banquet hall with mass produced meals and sloppy plating. Main courses had been listed as having embellishments such as rice or potatoes--the portions of those sides were very small, whether served in a tiny ramekin or a few potatoes tossed onto the plate. As others have mentioned, the noise level is quite high, at least in the center dining room which is set up to accommodate large parties. The most positive aspect of the evening was the service.

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  21. SherylT

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Richard Hughes has done it again. An amazing dinner at the Pelican Club! We started with an appetizer of seared scallops, then the whole fish accompanied with an incredible citrus sauce, and flourless chocolate cake for dessert. The whole meal was perfection!

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  22. NightoutwithFamily

    Orange County

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb meal and service. Three course menu was imaginative and exceedingly well executed. Will return again and again.

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  23. LynneH

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good food. Fish done to perfection. Seat on bench sunk in. Not very comfortable. Service very nice but had a lot of groups that were loud.

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  24. LisaG

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate at the bar and had THE BEST service by the two bartenders. I had the carrot ginger soup and my husband the gumbo. Both were excellent and not too salty. We split the braised pork shank and grits and a “wedge” salad for our main. They were both delicious and enough to split! For dessert we split the bread pudding with bourbon sauce…OMG..this was delicious. The restaurant is a hidden gem on exchange place! Just quit reading this and make a reservation!

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  25. Chiefdtm

    Shreveport

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love everything about the Pelican Club. I always go there on special occasions because they know how to treat their guests. The food, service and ambiance were perfect. Randy was our waiter again and he never disappoints. Highly recommend.

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  26. ChristyM

    Orange County

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fabulous time at the Pelican Club. It was a bit noisy but we were seated at a table in the room with wood paneling.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was Great but we were all (8 of us) FREEZING!!! I have never complained about it being cold at a restaurant but it made our dinner unenjoyable. We asked the waiter to lower it but they refused. Maybe if the waiters were allowed to wear short sleeves they could turn down the A/C for customers. The waiter was nice enough to bring a tablecloth to wrap around my shoulder and my sister had to wear napkins on her arms. Unfortunately we would never return.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. Sadly poor service - our waiter started well, but kept forgetting us and things we ordered. Real shame the service didn’t match the food.

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  29. LasVegasLenny

    Las Vegas

    119 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    119 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Terrific food. Friendly and efficient water. Never rushed. We started with glasses of champagne ordered crab & shrimp raviogate and a Caesar salad with real anchovies ( not the canned stuff), walnut crusted lamb chops, duck schnitzel and ended with a rich chocolate cake and creme brulee. Each and every dish was “marvelous “. Good selections of wine at about $14/glass. Just as good as 20 years ago without the formal attire. Jeremy is one of the best waiters in New Orleans

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  30. LisaM

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    My husband and I both had a great time at the restaurant last night. He ordered the lamb chops and I had the pan seared redfish. Both dishes were wonderful and the service was great.

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  31. HeatherT

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server just didn’t even look in our direction for 15 to 20 minutes, buy the time we flagged him down i asked him to take all of our drink, food and desert orders as i knew we were not going to see him again for a while. It all took a long time he didn’t check on us at all. When we needed anything we couldn’t get his attention. The food was great.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place!! We loved it excellent food and service and beautiful venue and location

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Seated in a booth right next to the men’s room. I expected better service for the price point of the meal. Dress code says business casual but this is apparently not enforced.

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  34. PhilT

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were both outstanding. Our waiter was great at making sure we were taken care of.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful night! I’ve lived in Nola my whole life and for the last 8 years I’ve worked around the corner from The Pelican Club and I’ve never had the opportunity to enjoy this gem. While Devin and Adam were fantastic crafting specialty cocktails their service and attention to detail was greatly appreciated. I had the 4 course meal which included creamy shrimp bisque, BBQ shrimp, ribeye, and white chocolate bread pudding. My wife had the 3 course meal which included the little gem Ceaser salad, Louisiana Cioppino, and coconut pie. Every dish was spectacular. Located on walking alley that offered peacefulness away from the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter. We will definitely return for another wonderful experience!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent appetizers, salads & steaks. The lamb shank was not edible. A very strange mix of flavors, tasteless grits, too much crumbled cheese (goat?) that overpowered the taste of everything else. You couldn’t avoid it. Fabulous desserts! Skip the shank & all is good 👍

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  37. ksan

    Houston

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It was a very average experience- the food was not bad, the service was ok and the restaurant was super loud. Will probably not repeat.

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  38. PatM

    San Antonio

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had awesome food and awesome service from our waiter, Alex!! He helped make the experience awesome!!

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  39. RPdining

    Tampa

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious and great relaxing outside sidewalk dining. Gracious and accommodating staff. All dinners were delicious , Cioppino and whole gulf fish were delicious. Only disappointment was cold coffee with desert.

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  40. JimR

    E. Tennessee

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Fancy service and very good food - main dining area a bit too loud for our taste. The wood paneled room would be better next time.

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FAQs

The Pelican Club offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 523-1504.

The Pelican Club is rated 4.6 stars by 4393 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Pelican Club

312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Bienville Street
  • Neighborhood
    French Quarter
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 am–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Creole / Cajun / Southern, Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    We offer partial validation at the Solaris Garage located at 721 Iberville. Upon arrival please inform the parking attendant that you are going to the Pelican Club. They will valet park your car. Current pricing (subject to change) is $5.00 for 2 ½ hours.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Richard Hughes Jr.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (504) 523-1504
  • Catering
    Catering Available
  • Private party facilities
    Located in a 19th-century townhouse in the French Quarter, The Pelican Club offers three classic dining rooms and a large bar for all types of private events. We can accommodate groups from 20 to 250 for events from cocktail parties to 4-course seated dinners with menus customized for your event.
  • Private party contact
    Linda Thomas: (877) 283-4198
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