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Palace Cafe

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$$$
Central Business District
Cajun & Creole, French, Seafood, Contemporary
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605 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130-2307 (Chartres Street)
Easily accessible by the Saint Charles Streetcar & the Canal Street car.
+1 504-523-1661
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8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: For two decades Palace Cafe has been serving award-winning, contemporary...
For two decades Palace Cafe has been serving award-winning, contemporary Creole cuisine in the historic Werlein Music building. Located downtown, at the entrance to the French Quarter, this Dickie Brennan restaurant is popular with visitors & locals alike.
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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Doing business
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients

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  • 63
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Wonderful (and accessible) regional cuisine

While on business in New Orleans, our team had an opportunity for lunch at Palace Cafe. It was conveniently located across the street from the site of our meetings -- Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. Here are some thoughts about the experience. Found it to be an excellent and accessible way to be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Hawaiiexpat
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Cabin John, Maryland
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Cabin John, Maryland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

While on business in New Orleans, our team had an opportunity for lunch at Palace Cafe. It was conveniently located across the street from the site of our meetings -- Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. Here are some thoughts about the experience. Found it to be an excellent and accessible way to be introduced to regional cuisine. I started with a... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We went for our breakfast on Ash Wednesday when the Canal street was so peaceful. We were the only people in there as we arrived just after openings. Our server, Babs was lovely, chatty but efficient and offered us lots of helpful tips on making the most of our stay, where to go etc. I got the Palace Eggs Benedict... More 

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Our appetizers and cocktails were terrific. Actually, phenomenal. The Sazarac's delicious! The Oyster loaf, heavenly. Duck wings, superb. BUT, my entre was awful. The menu listed "Gukf Fish" I asked the waiter, "What Type?" Expecting Redfish, Drum, or Grouper. "Mahi-Mahi" - uh, OK. It came with a huge fishy vein in it and was gritty. I am not sure how... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Don't let the location deter you from stopping in. The interior of the Palace Cafe is spacious yet comfortable. After a short wait for dinner, we were seated and lucked out with a fabulous wait team of Jacques and Edem. Both were so attentive and made great recommendations. We loved the pecan catfish and tuna entrees. Definitely a good find... More 

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Top Contributor
132 reviews 132 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This was not our original breakfast destination, but on a rainy morning, it was on the way. After a quick glance at the menu and being familiar with the Brennen brand, we decided to stay. Joe was a wonderful waiter and made sure our coffee cups were always full. The Quiche & Chef's Omlette were exceptional. Well done & Thanks!!

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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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58 reviews 58 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

This location is on the canal strip and was decent to above average. The interior itself is very attractive, with a central spiral staircase. Very nice. Service was excellent. and the room itself was cozy and personal yet spacious. dinner itself was above average. first, a warm crusty bread served in individual bags. The dinners are ample in size, yet... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We dine out quite often and always have left overs. We had an appetizer dinner and two desserts and had nothing left on our plates. Everythjng was truly so wonderful that it looked like we licked our plates clean. The prices were very reasonable for the quality, service and atmosphere. Make sure to try the crab cheesecake appetizer!

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Buffalo, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We tried to get in twice. The first time we had a wait of 1 1/2 hours so we passed. But the second time was worth the wait. Our waiter was Eliot and he was so much fun to have as a server. The whole staff was pleasant even with the crowds. The food was delicious and we weren't pushed... More 

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Fishers, Indiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

We chose this restaurant primarily due to its proximity to our hotel, the Crowne Plaza Astor. Talk about "dumb luck"!! We have dined all over the world, for business and vacation, and would rank the Palace Cafe in the upper 1% of all of the places we've ever dined. The staff was wonderful...attentive and friendly waiters, and wonderful front desk... More 

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Houston, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Walked in without a reservation for a quick brunch before leaving town. They did seat us immediately but, the food was bad and the service worse. Pass on this one. Too many great options in this fun city.

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Levi J, General Manager at Palace Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you Elizabeth, for writing a review. We are obviously very concerned to hear about the experience you had at our restaurant. We take this very seriously and certainly would like to speak with you in more detail. If you feel comfortable speaking with me and providing more details from your visit, I would appreciate you calling me directly at... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 605 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130-2307
    (Chartres Street)
  • Public Transportation: Easily accessible by the Saint Charles Streetcar & the Canal Street car.
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +1 504-523-1661

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Cajun & Creole, French, Seafood, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients

Description

For two decades Palace Cafe has been serving award-winning, contemporary Creole cuisine in the historic Werlein Music building. Located downtown, at the entrance to the French Quarter, this Dickie Brennan restaurant is popular with visitors & locals alike.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm

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