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The Pelican Club

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312 Exchange Place in the French Quarter, New Orleans, LA 70130-2225 (Exchange Place)
504-523-1504
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5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Pelican Club, offering a wide range of fabulous New Orleans dishes...
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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Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 210
    Excellent
  • 110
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 20
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Fine Dining and Outstanding Staff Makes a Memorable Evening

We had a huge group of friends together for business (yes, friends and business, doesn't get better than that!), and we descended on The Pelican Club. Our wait staff did an amazing job with such a large group, my wine glass was never empty, to my chagrin (I am funnier drunk!), and his... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Patty H
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Idaho
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Idaho
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We had a huge group of friends together for business (yes, friends and business, doesn't get better than that!), and we descended on The Pelican Club. Our wait staff did an amazing job with such a large group, my wine glass was never empty, to my chagrin (I am funnier drunk!), and his recommendation for the bread pudding for dessert... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I ate here on a business trip. I ordered the four course meal, and it was delicious. The gumbo soup and the baked oysters were great starters. I recommend this restaurant.

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Sarnia, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Great service and excellent food. We had a table of 20 and didn't have a single complaint. Every one of us thoroughly enjoyed our evening. The Seafood Gumbo was fantastic! I definitely recommend this restaurant.

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Los Altos, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Many tourist areas have the least original restaurants, fortunately, the Pelican Club maintains the New Orleans tradition of a fabulous meal with great service. We went as a party of six including wives, we tried different combinations and had two "pass it around plates" for the table along with our individual entrees. The local specialties were excellent, service and atmosphere... More 

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124 reviews 124 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I ate dinner here with a large group, and we had a fixed menu, so my choices were limited. We started with several appetizers to pass around, and the escargot and scallops were very good. The gumbo was also good. With so many great restaurants in New Orleans, it's difficult to stand out. This place would probably rank near the... More 

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I had a nice evning and dinner my last nigh in this load and noisy city. I just walk in during my exploration of the city. The best cigar store what i will say as well is the next to the restaurant and local TV station. I had no expectations or idea. Its looks great from the window. Clean very... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

I recently visited The Pelican Club with friends for dinner after receiving a recommendation. We had a great meal with wonderful wine. The goat cheese salad was fantastic, the scallops were wonderful, and the ambiance was even better. The Pelican Club was warm and inviting on a cold and chaotic night (first night Mardi Gras!) Can't wait to visit again!

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Michigan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I don't normally order pork chops but tried theirs because they sounded extraordinary and they didn't disappoint. The other course were great as well.

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Richard H, Public Relations Manager at The Pelican Club, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your meal - We hope you travel to New Orleans again soon and make sure to let us know, so we can reserve a great table for you. Best Regards, Kevin PR Manager More 

Arkansas
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80 reviews 80 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This is a top notch restaurant. It's pricey, but you'd expect that. Food was good. Service was excellent. Really, no complaints. We were visiting our son and he took us here. The question about a place like this is - would you go back? Probably not. The whole experience did not age all that well in our memory. Again -... More 

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Richard H, Public Relations Manager at The Pelican Club, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review on your most recent experience at the Pelican Club. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us, as we strive to improve with each and every visit. What could we have done to make your visit memorable? More 

Athens, Georgia
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The maître d' acted like he was doing us a big favor by seating us and he seemed to wander the dinning room scowling at people. Once we ignored him, the place was great. Sumptuous decor pleasant attentive service and imaginative and excellent food . Crispy bone in flounder had a sweet spicy sauce and huge shrimp and scallops on... More 

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Richard H, Public Relations Manager at The Pelican Club, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review on your most recent experience at the Pelican Club. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us, as we strive to improve with each and every visit. We're glad you enjoyed your meal. On behalf of the Pelican Club, I'd like to apologize for our maître d's behavior. I hope that I can convince... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 312 Exchange Place in the French Quarter, New Orleans, LA 70130-2225
    (Exchange Place)
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans
  • Phone Number: 504-523-1504

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, Cajun & Creole, Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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