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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.

312 Exchange Alley
New Orleans, LA 70130
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Creole / Cajun / Southern, Seafood, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Bienville Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(504) 523-1504

Website:
http://www.pelicanclub.com/

Entertainment:
Piano player on Friday and Saturday nights in the bar.

Catering:
Catering Available

Parking Details:
Parking validated for up to two hours at the Hotel Monteleone; parking garage located just across the street from the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Richard Hughes Jr.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (48)
Good for a Date (44)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
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Romantic (33)
Fit for Foodies (32)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Good for Groups (24)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Local Ingredients (22)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Business Meals (20)
Authentic (19)
Cozy (15)
Bar Seating (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Casual (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Seasonal (10)
Fun (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Hot Spot (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
People Watching (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Healthy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great Beer (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
Spicy (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined a day ago

The bread was mind numbing, service was perfect. Truly a 5 star experience.

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 (Key West)·Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful ambience and the food was delicious

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Food was great, but after the meal, we started seeing a mouse cruising the bar/restaurant area - multiple times. Our server didn’t seem to take it seriously and that kind of ruined all the food that went before.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Dinner with friends became a special occasion. Staff was excellent and helpful with menu choices. Variety of offerings satisfied the vegetarian and the picky. A great find .

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 (New Orleans)·Dined 6 days ago

The Reveillon meal was fabulous
Always excellent menu options
Seating for Six people was not a problem, very comfortable
Loved our waiter, he was very knowledgeable about the food and friendly

Can't wait to return

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 11, 2017

There was a good variety of menu options. The location is easy to access, although a little hidden.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 11, 2017

I love this restaurant. The food and service is always top notch!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We showed up early and got seated no problem! The Reveillon Menu was fabulous!! So much good food I couldn't eat it all!! I highly recommend:)

Tags: Hot Spot, Seasonal, Authentic
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great experience! Great food! Great Service!

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Amazing. The best food and service in New Orleans. Everything was first class -- lobster, escargot, oyster/mirliton soup and crème brulee. The crème brulee was the best I've ever had as was my friend's bread pudding.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Always special!! We make this a stop on each NO visit. Great service , attentive and welcoming staff.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great food and great service as usual.

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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!!!

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was very good. The servers were all hurried and pre-occupied. The booth where we sat was worn out with a sagging cushion and a protruding spring which made for very uncomfortable seating.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Stupendous

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vip
 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Was able to pick from selections for 4 course menu. Food was outstanding; service impeccable.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Just amazing. Seafood martini ravigote(so?). Spectacular gulf fish. Pecan pie. Best ever and we have eaten all over the world.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food is creative and delicious. The service is cordial, efficient and not fussy. We went for Thanksgiving and were delighted with the offerings and the presentions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food
Attentive friendly wait staff
Beautiful dining room

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

My wife and I went before a show. Food was great, especially the artichoke scallop appetizer. Wait staff was friendly and attentive. Great place.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 13, 2017

great value with all the things one expects from a fine dining experience. The oysters, shrimp and other seafood dishes were wonderful. The wine list is nice. The service is pleasant.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 13, 2017

See my November 13 review.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Good came out very fast and was excellent
Staff was busy and we got ignored at bit due to several big tables.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Awesome dinner with friends. Servers were great. Tasty food with excellent gumbo. Seafood cioppino was tasty. Bread pudding was the winner.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Favorite restaurant in Mew Orleans for over 25 years. I have been coming to PC every visit I️ make to NOLA

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had an excellent experience at the Pelican Club! We brought a baby with us and servers were so accommodating and made sure we had a great experience. The food was excellent and the service and atmosphere were incredible! Highly recommend!

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy
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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always spectacular. Great food and service. I️ never visit New Orleans without eating here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great time. Our waitress was absolutely the best. Extremely attentive.

Tags: Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Bar Seating, Authentic
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 10, 2017

See my November 13 review.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 10, 2017

It was ok. Nothing exceptional.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Charles was an excellent waiter! Took good care of me and my son.

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