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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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Visitor rating
  • 223
    Excellent
  • 112
    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
Excellent food, impeccable service

We showed up at 9:00 on a weeknight, and even though they stop serving at 9:30 they welcomed us warmly and set up a table right at the front with a view of the street. The menu had an excellent variety of Cajun and traditional food, that was served by a friendly and knowledgeable waiter. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
IzNoz
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Miami, Florida
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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Miami, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We showed up at 9:00 on a weeknight, and even though they stop serving at 9:30 they welcomed us warmly and set up a table right at the front with a view of the street. The menu had an excellent variety of Cajun and traditional food, that was served by a friendly and knowledgeable waiter. The prices were not cheap... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Traveling with a seven. Eleven, and twelve year old and wanted a "fancy" dinner without having a jacket and tie. The restraunt is beautiful we were seated in the center dinning room so the children felt pretty special. The food is outstanding. Husband ordered the boudin stuffed pork chop and is still talking about it! My eleven year old had... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We stayed at the Royal Sonesta right on Bourbon St..The Pelican Club is just a block and a half down Conti on a quiet pedestrian alley. It was nice not having to take a taxi or fight our way through the evening party crowd. I agree with a previous comment that the drinks were poured generously. The salads were artistically... More 

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We had dinner here our first evening in New Orleans. We had had dinner here several years ago and it was also excellent and so we returned. We were very happy we did. Still the same excellent service and food. The bread is amazing! I had the goat cheese salad. It was cold, fresh, and the flavors were perfect. I... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We visited this restaurant on October 20, 2014. It was the best meal we had during our visit. The Gumbo is out of this world. We did their 4 course special and it was superb. Great service, great atmosphere and even better food. If we decide to return to New Orleans this will be a definite stop.

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Colorado
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83 reviews 83 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Big fat martini upon arrival which always sets the tine nicely for us. A small pour tells me a lot about a place. They were out of the Mississippi rabbit with cheese grits. I'm trying this dish next time because it sounded so good. I had the trio of duck and it was amazing. This place in on my list... More 

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New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I'm going back to NO and I can't wait to visit the pelican one more time The service was excellent the food out of this world their baked oyster were super good! Pelican I'm coming back!!!

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Dined at the Pelican Club with another couple. The food and service was fabulous. Located at Jackson Square so it was an easy walk from the French Quarter. Lovely ambience. This was one of our favorite meals during this stay.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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256 reviews 256 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We have eaten here several times, each time being a very good experience. This time we just had drinks at the bar. Our barman was cordial and put together some very good cocktails.

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Dallas, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

Dinner was great, bread was the best and other than getting my shirt and slacks splashed with sauce by the grumpy waiter it was a wonderful evening.

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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: Mexican, American, Cajun & Creole

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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