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Commander's Palace

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Garden District
0.4 miles from Garden District
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Commander's Palace welcomes everyone but we do have a dress code. It's a festive atmosphere! Shorts are never allowed. Inventive modern New Orleans cooking coexists with our Haute Creole. Sense the team's professional grace clothed in the warmth of the Brennan Family's brand of hospitality. From your first sip of a Sazerac to your last crumb of bread pudding soufflé, we hope you are pampered and delighted...and go ahead be a little bad...that's what living in New Orleans is all about.
PRICE RANGE
$30 - $80
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
CUISINES
American, Seafood, Soups, Cajun & Creole
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Jazz Bar, Playgrounds
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband visited Commander's Palace about 35 years ago while on a business trip. He was so impressed that he bought a coffee table book with recipes about it. The fact that I am barely an adequate cook did not factor into his decision to...purchase. He has always wanted to return and this past February we finally did. The restaurant is NOT in the downtown, Bourbon street area. It is in an old neighborhood and you might not be overly impressed as you passed by it. Inside it has an interesting layout and decor. Feels very old world Louisiana or New Orleans. They lead us to our table through the edge of the kitchen to an inside table just off a courtyard. Food was magnificent. I had a Filet (because in these type of restaurants I almost ALWAYS have a filet). Tender and juicy. I cannot recommend this higher than five stars. But it is one of the best in the land, that is for sure.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed July 10, 2020

My wife and i returned to Commanders after a long hiatus, this time for lunch. We were glad to score a table on relatively short notice two days before on a Monday. After a brisk time touring the Garden district, we settled down to a...upscale, relaxing lunch. The good was excellent as one would expect for a restaurant of this caliber, but the service was below standard. At times it was attentive but at other times, delinquent. While other wait staff jumped in, we didn't really have a connection to our head server. The turtle soup was as i remembered, savory and tasty. The quail was also delicious and delicately prepared. My wife had a streudel that she enjoyed immensely. We also enjoyed the souffle for dessert. I was hoping for a grand marnier souffle but that was not on the menu for lunch. We did think the menu was a bit limited, although we both found selections. We hope they can keep the quality to the superb level in the future, including more attentive service. If you have never experienced Commander's, it is a walk through history and classic dining.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed June 23, 2020 via mobile

Commander’s Palace has been a tried and true staple for our family for over 65 years. My father entertained his customers there. I entertained my customers there. My bride and I spent wonderful times there. We are so disappointed. I would have given this meal...a zero rating if it weren’t for my bride’s intervention. We are in lockdown and decided that we wanted to experience their food without the danger of COVID exposure, so we ordered a meal through goldbelly. We ordered seafood gumbo, cajun shrimp and grits with pecan pie for dessert. They BURNED the roux for the gumbo. They did not include any rice with the gumbo and they skimped with the seafood which made the gumbo a watery, burned soup. Horrible.The shrimp and grits didn’t have any type of pork, that we noticed, and was very, very bland. It needed bacon or Tasso. The pecan pie was a coconut pie with pecans. We’ll probably never use goldbelly again and will hesitate to go to Commanders Palace ever again based on this horrible, horrible experience.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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DayTrip820872, Marketing at Commander's Palace, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2020

Hello, we deeply apologize that your Goldbelly order was not up to par with our normal standards. I would like to have a manager reach out to you if possible to discuss your order if you are available. Would you please email caitlin@commanderspalace.com with your...More

Reviewed April 15, 2020

Some people have told me they didn't choose Commander's because they thought it was touristy. haha. This is hands down one of the best in service, cuisine and all around experience. If you are on the fence about booking at this storied restaurant, rest assured...your decision to go will be a good one.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed April 14, 2020 via mobile

Commanders Palace is known for its food which was great but they also go the extra mile on service. They attended every need we had with our meal but my daughter left her sunglasses under the table and we left. Not 5 minutes later as...we just realized they were missing, CP called and said they had them at their front desk. Now they had to 1. Find them 2. Get them downstairs 3. Find who we were 4. Look up our number through in line reservations 5. Call ...all in 5 minutes. ExcellentMore

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed April 13, 2020 via mobile

The service was professional, knowledgeable and pleasant. The food was magnificent. I don't like souffles but loved their dessert. The entrée was flavorful and visually pleasing. We will return and highly recommend it to others.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed April 13, 2020 via mobile

We went there for our son's 30th birthday dinner. The food and service were over the top, as usual. Every time we have been there, we have been favorably impressed.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed April 10, 2020 via mobile

Simply fantastic in every way, the staff is so well trained and the small wait in the bar overlooking the kitchen is a real treat in itself. Took some family here for dinner and they absolutely enjoye themselves. Our servers were great and the food...was as always dead on.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 23, 2020 via mobile

I heard a ton about Commander’s Palace before eating here. People talked about how amazing the food was and how it’s one of the best fine dining experiences you can have in New Orleans. Okay sold! But for me, this place was really just okay....Food wise, I would grade this as a three and a half/four, but the atmosphere is what took away from it for me. I was seated upstairs and it had almost a diner feel(?). It was loud and far more crowded than expected for a weeknight, but understandably they are very well known. Let’s talk about the tasting menu. The best thing was the oyster appetizer. I could have eaten an entire bowl of that. Or the crawfish gnocchi. That felt like true New Orleans cooking. However, I would suggest avoiding the broader tasting menu and just focusing on the standard menu selection. The tasting menu had a lot of great ideas, but the execution was off on some of what I was served. Example, the fish entree over greens was far too salty. The salt in the fish would have been enough, but the greens themselves were almost inedible. The tuna tartar was very basic; no unique ingredients or flavors. Been there, done that. In my opinion did not belong in the tasting menu. I haven’t completely written off Commander’s Palace, but I would definitely try to change a few things on a second visit. First, I’d prefer to sit in the main level. Second, I would stick to the standard menu. Third, I would probably go for lunch so I could see what those 75¢ margaritas are about.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 19, 2020

It’s easy to see why Commander’s Palace is one of the top restaurants in the country. It’s classy and elegant. The food is wonderful and the service is amazing! We had turtle soup, craw fish tails, and creole tostado. We were there at lunch when...they have a very special martini deal.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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887joeh
February 9, 2020|
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Response from S2854IXgaryw | Reviewed this property |
They are loosening the dress code enforcement. A jacket is preferred but not mandatory. I wore a collared shirt/no jacket and was fine.
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Response from billn6464 | Reviewed this property |
Our party did not have sport jackets and we were fine.
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January 16, 2020|
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Response from Jartmiller | Reviewed this property |
Yes. There were young folks there that behaved well.
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