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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 - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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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  • 240
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  • 115
    Very good
  • 43
    Average
  • 23
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  • 13
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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
Surprisingly Quiet Wonderful Staff

Downtown in prime area but easy to get into, night we were there relatively quiet and do not know why food was excellent and the waitress buzzing. Had some great cocktails too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
John O
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Downtown in prime area but easy to get into, night we were there relatively quiet and do not know why food was excellent and the waitress buzzing. Had some great cocktails too.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We came to town to get married from Florida and wanted a nice classy meal for that night. The server was nice and gave us champagne on the house but I would say the food was just average and I would have rather have eaten somewhere cheaper that had food more to our taste. We spent about $150 on this... More 

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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Had the bbq shrimp clay pot and it was amazing. Shrimp, rice noodles, spicy broth with cilantro and pineapple. It was awesome. Piano playing in the corner and great cocktails. I would definitely come back.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We had Easter Saturday Dinner in there. I loved the atmosphere. Service was impeccable. There are several rooms in the restaurant and each of them is decorated in a unique way. Ours had bizarre paintings, but it was still sort of stylish. The place was classy but not pompous. The food was of excellent quality, but not the best one... More 

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107 reviews 107 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

While we certainly had a good meal, this was the weakest of our Jazz Fest dinners. The rooms are big, open, hard finished with room for lots of people and big parties ( which there were). Large/open/hard finished means loud. We had a very good primary server, but this house uses team servers like many others do, just not completely... More 

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88 reviews 88 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Never heard of this restaurant before, but wow is it perfect! There are three different large rooms- not brassy and noisy, but classy and arty! The service is the best. Food is not typical Cajun. It's an excellent menu- I had duck that may be the best I ever had. Others had catfish... delicately prepared. There is a four course... More 

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Marion, Illinois
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21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We went to The Pelican Club last night on a recommendation of our concierge. We looked at the reviews and thought it should be a good meal. We were quite wrong. It was an excellent dinner. We arrived right on time and were seated promptly. The service was prompt and engaging. The wife and I discussed portion size with our... More 

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76 reviews 76 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Not great, not awful......meh. Old, well established place with a kitchen that produces edible meals, but nothing extrodinary. You can go here when reservations are not obtainable elsewhere. If you have a lactose allergy, this is not your destination of choice as choices are limited, really limited. Butter used as base for majority of the dishes, even those which traditionally... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We had high hopes for Nola when we visited on the Saturday of the first week of JazzFest. Unfortunately, our expectations were not met. Like a number of others, we had a 9 PM reservation but had to wait for more than 25 minutes to be seated. The hostess was very apologetic but there really should never be a situation... More 

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Laurel, Maryland
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

The hottest day of our weekend in town was paired with lack of air-conditioning (due to a lightning strike). Add some slow/inattentive service and one could easily get a bit hot under the collar. My food was pretty good (grouper ceviche, fish with a crawfish etouffe garnish), but not as good as my husband's whole fish with a chili sauce... 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: French, Mexican, American, Cajun & Creole

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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