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About The Pelican Club
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.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Creole / Cajun / Southern, Seafood, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Piano player on Friday and Saturday nights in the bar.
Parking validated for up to two hours at the Hotel Monteleone; parking garage located just across the street from the restaurant.
Richard Hughes Jr.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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.
The Pelican Club Ratings and Reviews
The web site for the restaurant looks inviting, but unfortunately on this particular Friday evening the restaurant itself was not.
I made a reservation for one with OpenTable but when I arrived the greeter tried to convince me to eat at the bar instead. Not the best of starts. Parties of one are still guests, after all.
My server was nice, and managed to hit the sweet spot between paying attention and giving me space to enjoy my meal. All the dishes were presented in a way you would expect of a high-end restaurant. Good marks for service.
The ”signature” oyster chowder didn’t live up to the advertisement. It was fine, but nothing out of the ordinary.
The Louisiana Cioppino did manage to impress. The sauce and pasta were presented separately, a nice touch. The tomato basil sauce was simple, but nicely done. What impressed me most was the seafood that was included with the sauce. All the individual components - especially the scallops - were done to perfection. The kitchen was firing on all cylinders when they put this dish together.
The Diseno Old Vine Malbec was very nice. Perhaps not the first paring you would choose given the other wines they have by the glass, but it worked well for me.
The biggest drawback on this evening was that the main dining room was really noisy. My reservation was early - I arrived at 18:00 - and even when only 1/4 full the sound level was towards the upper end of comfortable. A large party of Christmas revelers arrived about the same time as my main course, at which point the sound level went up to something of which AC/DC would be proud. Ambient noise levels in restaurants vary a lot from day to day, and maybe I just was unlucky. I recommend asking for a table outside the main dining room should you reserve a table there.
I have only this one experience on which to judge, but using this single data point I wouldn’t put the Pelican Club on my ”must visit” list of restaurants.
We went for my wife's birthday and niece's birthday. I noted this on the reservation. The wait staff made no acknowledgement of the occasion. This is disappointing considering we had almost a $400 bill with the tip included. Three out of the four of ordered steak medium. My wife's came out rare.
We've eaten here several times in the past and loved it, but I'm not sure we'll be back.
We enjoyed an unhurried meal - meaning the service was attentive and solicitous, not overbearing etc.... Moreover the food was very good. We both had the mushroom ravioli - delicious. I started the meal with the carrot ginger soup - also delicious. Dessert was the excellent flour-free chocolate torte and equally excellent creme brûlée. Eat at the Pelican club if you ever visit New Orleans.
I went to the Pelican Club for their Revillion Menu. We were seated quickly but had to ask for our waiter. We sat for about 20 minutes with no drinks, appetizers, nothing. However, after we were finally waited on our waiter checked on us frequently. The food was absolutely fabulous as I LOVE seafood and definitely received plenty of that! The lobster and shrimp were divine!! I had the flourless chocolate cake for dessert and it just melted in my mouth. Overall, this was a very pleasant dining experience, (even after being charged $25 more for my meal than what was quoted by the waiter). Parking is easy as the Hotel Monteleone garage is across the street and they validate parking for $5. Would definitely recommend this restaurant for extremely good food!
This was my husband's and my second time at the Pelican Club. We went for his birthday with two friends. Although the food and service were good we both thought our last visit to this restaurant was better. The four of us ordered three filets and one lamb. Our friend who had ordered a filet in another restaurant thought, although this one was good, the other was better. I would say the rack of lamb was probably the best meal of the evening. In all fairness however, last time we were at the Pelican Club they didn't have the crowds they had this trip. In spite of the crowds our servers were attentive without being obtrusive. I would recommend this restaurant for a special occasion and we would return on our next trip back to NOLA.
The Reveillon meal was NOT what was advertised online or in print from NOLA - either on price ( a minimum of $7 up to $12 per meal more than advertised) or on the offerings. That was a BIG disappointment as we were looking forward to particular items. The food was good, but we felt like victims of "Bait & Switch". When we brought it up we were told that there was a range on the prices listed in publicity, but that was not true at all!
We called the restaurant where we had reservations for the next night and their price and menu were exactly what they advertised. It was they who stated "bait & switch" and we agreed.
This was our third time here, and we can't believe it was even better! Everything we ate was delicious! The duck was so good that my GF took forever to eat it because she didn't want it to end. My flounder was amazing! Both dishes were full of flavor! She enjoyed her escargot and I enjoyed my baked oyster appetizer as well. I got the bourbon pecan pie and wished the piece was even bigger, and she loved her creme brulee.
Our waitresses were extremely friendly, attentive and helpful. We could not have asked for better service.
We will definitely be back!!!
First time eating here. Everything was delicious, the service was excellent. I had the escargot for my appetizer, and it was the highlight of my meal. Excellent. I tried the crispy flounder, a fish I have never tried, and it was delicious. They brought us champagne since we were celebrating our 25th anniversary. I will need to come back again to try more of the menu.
The Pelican Club has a good menu with enough choices to satisfy nearly every taste. Many items are unique (Korean slow cooked port ribs, whole fan fried trout). All were well prepared and reasonably priced. Desserts were also excellent. The noise level on a busy night is challenging. Also, as you venture back into the further from the entrance rooms, it gets warmer. A bit too warm for my taste. The service is professional but not quick. I found myself asking the server repeatedly for water on the busy Sunday night. The wine list is fairly deep, at least in print- several bottles I ordered were not available. They upgraded me at no extra charge so all ended up just fine with the wine. Would I go back- yes, I went three times over a 7 day period. Expect a long dinner, and enjoy it.
Though the food was good, the service was disappointing!
In all fairness, the server was overwhelmed and had too many table to take care of. Still, we waited too long to get a drink, and the service was not good. Both of my appetizers came at the same time, though I wanted one as an appetizer and one as an entree. I will not go back to this restaurant. There are too many good places in New Orleans to tolerate bad service.
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