The Pelican Club

4.6
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2496 Reviews
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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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MS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Price Fixe lunch good value. Great variety was well prepared and well served. Definitely recommend.

DP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Inattentive service, warm martinis, cold steaks. Would not recommend the Pelican Club.

A
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Accomodated a late arrival which was nice. Food was ok. $150 bottle of wine was sour/bad and restaurant stated ok before reluctantly refunding. We purchased another bottle comparable. The food seemed tired and with as many good places as there are in NOLA unlikely we'll return.

HW
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience2

It was very loud I couldn’t hear my fiancée sitting across from me. The service was slow but the food was marvelous

The Pelican Club
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you, HeatherW, for choosing to dine with us! We really appreciate your honest feedback and will be sure to share your comments with our team! We hope you will allow us another opportunity to serve you!

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BT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and served hot. The service was timely and not pushy but appropriate. Will go back

The Pelican Club
Responded 5 days ago

BillT - we really appreciate your honest feedback and 5 STAR review! Thank you for choosing to dine with us! We hope to welcome you back soon!

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K
New Orleans
88 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I eat at this establishment semi regularly and say it’s one of the most consistent in town, that said, they’ve upped the game, Sandy our waitress was amazing with great insight to the menu and fun to boot. The new Maurer D’ is amazing and watched around the tables checking in as well as helping reset service as well as anything needed, the food was amazing. We had the lobster, the lamb, the crab spaghetti and the whole fish!
Amazing

The Pelican Club
Responded 5 days ago

We are thrilled to read your comments, Ksantiquer, and to receive your 5 STAR ratings! Thank you! Thank you for regularly dining with us and for taking the time to provide us with your feedback! We hope to serve you again soon!

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RM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant for a special meal or a night out with good friends. The newly hired Sommelier was very helpful, service was better than good, food as usual did not disappoint. I fully recommend this place.

The Pelican Club
Responded 5 days ago

RickM - thank you so very much for your very kind words and awesome feedback! Thank you for your 5 STAR rating!! We're so happy you dined with us and we hope to welcome you back soon again!

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RE
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and food for a very reasonable price on Valentine’s Day

The Pelican Club
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you RobertE for celebrating Valentine's with us, for your kind comments and for your 5 STAR rating! We are so happy you dined with us and we hope to welcome you back soon!

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S
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had an early dinner here for Valentine’s Day and it was a great experience. Service was excellent; our waiter was very attentive. My wife had the grilled gulf fish which was very good and I had the crispy whole flounder, which was one of the best fish dishes I have ever eaten. We highly recommend the Pelican Club.

The Pelican Club
Responded 5 days ago

We are so grateful to receive your kind comments, Steve, and your 5 STAR review! Thank you! Thank you for choosing to dine with us and to celebrate Valentine's with us! We hope to welcome you back soon!

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PC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine s Day

The Pelican Club
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you, PaulaC, for celebrating Valentine's with us! We are elated to receive your 5 STAR review! We hope to welcome you back soon!

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JO
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was absolutely delicious with impeccable service. One steak was maybe one stage more done than was our preference, but even that was still so tasty we didn't feel the need to mention it. Otherwise, the food was interesting and delicious (authentic to New Orleans without being exactly the same as every other restaurant), the service was prompt and attentive without being underfoot, and the experience was lovely.

The Pelican Club
Responded on February 12, 2020

Thank you so much, JenO, for your very kind words and 5 STAR review! We really appreciate your feedback! Thank you for dining with us! Please allow us the opportunity to welcome you back soon again!

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OT
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Whole flounder was delicious!

The Pelican Club
Responded on February 9, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words and 5 STAR review! So glad you enjoyed the flounder! We hope to welcome you back soon!

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c
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful meal! Lamb chops so amazing

Fish with crab and escargot and quail so delicious

The Pelican Club
Responded on February 9, 2020

Thank you, coll, for your 5 STAR rating and very kind words! We are so happy you had an enjoyable experience and we sure hope to welcome you back soon!

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NM
Milwaukee
20 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic surprise. We thought it would be good based on reviews. But it’s was even better than expected. They split our meal for us in the kitchen. And gave us extra sides for me each split plate. Talk about service and care for their craft.

The Pelican Club
Responded on February 7, 2020

Thanks again, Nick, for your very kind comments and 5 STAR review! We really appreciate your taking the time to let us know about your first experience! We look forward to welcoming you back the next time you're in NOLA!

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L
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food and Service! Amazing atmosphere! Can’t wait to go back!

The Pelican Club
Responded on February 5, 2020

Thank you, Lisa, for your VERY kind words and for your 5 STAR review! Wow! Thank you so much for dining with us! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great spot with amazing food.

The Pelican Club
Responded on February 2, 2020

Thanks so much for your 5 STAR rating and kind comment!! We are so happy you chose to dine with us and we can't wait to have the opportunity to serve you again soon!

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JE
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good at a very good price. They tried some new things on old-time recipes. Specifically, I had excellent service by friendly and happy/eager staff. I would go back in a heart beat!

The Pelican Club
Responded on February 5, 2020

We're so happy to hear this, JayE! Thank you so much for your kind comments and 5 STAR review! Thank you for dining with us! We hope you will come back soon!

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N
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious all around! Definitely a taste of New Orleans at a good price. Thanks for the good time!

The Pelican Club
Responded on February 5, 2020

Nims - thank you so much for your 5 STAR review and for your very kind words! We're so happy you had a good time and enjoyed a taste of New Orleans! We hope to welcome you back soon!

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GF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had the 4 course menu. The chicken gumbo with sausage was excellent. The salad was very good. The entre was the filet/asparagus/mashed potatoes. The filet was cooked perfectly meduim rare. It comes with bernaise sauce which i thought had a bit of a sour taste. I have experienced creamier sauce. The potatoes were a little runny, but the asparagus was perfect. The dessert was chocolate pecan pie and was sumptuous. The waiter was very accomodating. I would recommend the restaurant clean up the handicap entrance. All in all a solid 4 stars.

The Pelican Club
Responded on February 1, 2020

Thanks for dining with us, GaryF, and for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We will share your comments with our team and we hope to welcome you back soon!

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OT
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful...enjoyed it very much. Service excellent

The Pelican Club
Responded on January 28, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind comments and 5 STAR review! We are thankful you chose to dine with us and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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JR
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I would give this a 4.5 if it were an option. Food and service were great. Only downside is that the server was a bit too chatty. When at a fine dining restaurant, we prefer not to become friends with the server as we are there to enjoy each other's company.

The Pelican Club
Responded on February 1, 2020

Thank you for dining with us and thanks for your positive feedback, JR1111. We will be sure to share your comments with our team. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon!

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CJ
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

As usual the food was excellent. On the other hand, our service was a bit disappointing. We were seated and it took over 10 minutes before we even received water and that was after we specifically asked for it! There was wait staff milling about and walking past us and not one asked if we needed anything. After we spoke with the manager, everything changed and we received good service from then on.

PA
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Dinner is always wonderful. Menu is very diverse.

The Pelican Club
Responded on January 28, 2020

Thank you, Penny, for your very kind words! We really appreciate your 5 STAR rating!! Thank you for choosing #PelicanClubNOLA! Come back and see us soon!

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OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service both were outstanding. In the Quarter this is an absolute must!

The Pelican Club
Responded on January 25, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind comments and 5 STAR review! We are so thankful you chose to dine with us and we hope to welcome you back soon again!

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t
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service amazing as usual!

The Pelican Club
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you, traceym, for your 5 star rating and kind comment! We are so happy you dined with us!

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OT
Montreal
18 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food was terrible!!

SD
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I “discovered” The Pelican Club last month and we have made it a point to enjoy dinner there every time we are in New Orleans, been there on 3 occasions already! The food and beverages have been above and beyond every single time — the whole gulf fish and rack of lamb are our favorites so far.
The place has plenty of character and though it may be tucked away, it is always hopping. Enjoy!

The Pelican Club
Responded on January 23, 2020

ScottD - we really appreciate your very kind words and your 5 star rating! Thank you for sharing your feedback with us! We are so happy to have welcomed you in and look forward to your next visit!

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent. I had the lamb, and my husband had. the filet. The bread pudding and creme brûlée was perfection. The service was good. I do think they could improve their restrooms. The ladies’ restroom left a lot to be desired. It was kind of gross.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

I booked this restaurant based on the reviews. The menu was very limited, the fish we had was bland and so bad I couldn’t eat the sauce and lump crab meat on top. There were just 2 of us and although there was plenty of room in the main dining room, we were seated in the back in a drab table against the wall. There is nothing redeeming to say about the atmosphere or food here. I would NOT recommend

S
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

IT WAS ALL GOOD!

The Pelican Club
Responded on January 23, 2020

Swordfish - thank you so much for dining with us and for your 5 STAR rating! We love your positive feedback and look forward to serving you again soon!

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n
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much more quiet than other fine dining in the French Quarter. You can actually have pleasant conversation across the table. Food and service always awesome.

The Pelican Club
Responded on January 15, 2020

Thank you, neighborhoodfriend! We are so happy you chose The Pelican Club! Thank you for your kind words and 5 star review! We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again soon! We look forward to welcoming you back in!

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M
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the best restaurant in the city!

The Pelican Club
Responded on January 23, 2020

Awesome, Megan! We are so happy you think so and we are so happy to receive your 5 star review! Thank you! We look forward to welcoming you back in soon!

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OT
Shreveport
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Terrible the food was not seasoned any steak was of a waffle house quality with no seasoning as well will never go back. When I come to NOLA I expect some flavor and spice

f
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our meal at The Pelican Club! After eating at many big name restaurants we went back to The Pelican Club. The pasta with crabmeat was divine, as was the House Salad. And the service was excellent. The location is great — just steps from Hotel Monteleone.

The Pelican Club
Responded on January 15, 2020

Thank you, frenchperson! Your kind comments mean the world to us! We appreciate your 5 star rating! We are so happy you chose The Pelican Club and we can't wait to serve you soon again!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Bert was knowledgeable and professional. A delightful experience in a beautiful restaurant.

The Pelican Club
Responded on January 13, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words and 5 star rating! We are so happy Bert served you well! We will share your comments with our team! We look forward to serving you again soon! Thank you again!

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EM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

The Pelican Club
Responded on January 13, 2020

Thanks so much, ErnieM, for your kind words and 5 star review! Thank you for dining with us! We hope you will come back soon!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Birthday dinner. My NOLA favorite!!!

The Pelican Club
Responded on January 9, 2020

Thank you SO much for celebrating with us! We are honored to have served you on your special day! Thank you for your 5 star review! We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service for a group of 6. The bread was to die for with a soft center and crusty outside. Gumbo was delicious also. We were all delighted with our meals from start to finish. Elegant restaurant but not stuffy and the price fixe menu was an amazing value. Highly recommend!

The Pelican Club
Responded on January 8, 2020

Thank you so much for your very kind words! We really appreciate them - and your 5 star review! Thank you so much for choosing The Pelican Club! We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back very soon!

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G
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place might be the best kept secret in the Quarter. The entrance is perfectly situated off a quiet alley only a few blocks from the bustle of Bourbon or Canal. Our group of 4 had almost every item on the Prixe Fixe menu and nothing was short of amazing... with the escargot, cioppino, and coconut pie being standouts. If you're on the fence about where to make your dinner reservation for tonight, look no further than The Pelican Club.

The Pelican Club
Responded on January 7, 2020

Wow, Ginger! Thank you so very much for your kind words and 5 star rating! We are so happy you chose The Pelican Club! We look forward to welcoming you back very soon!

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MA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

This was for a New Year's Eve reservation. I made the reservation through OpenTable and then was contacted by the restaurant and informed it was a prix fixe menu - I wish I had known in advance. By the time I checked my email, it was too late to book anywhere else. The service was pretty slow, especially considering the fixed menu and that we made all our choices at the very beginning. The entrees were disappointing after all the great food we’d been eating everywhere else. The lobster was cold and the pan seared gulf fish was just blah, not much flavor.