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Palace Cafe

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$$ - $$$
Central Business District
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605 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130-2307 (Chartres Street)
+1 504-523-1661
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Fairhope, Alabama
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267 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

They offer outdoor seating but with slow service. Inside, the ambiance is better with a creative menu with a good wine list. They have good seafood and fresh fish options. Not the best in NOLA but still very good.

Thank Jay B
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

No joke: we would have eaten all 3 meals a day at Palace Cafe during our Nola trip. We had brunch here on our 1st day and sat in the upstairs Black Duck Bar/Lounge which had a full service menu. I had the crab cheesecake (savory and outstanding), the white bean garlic soup (meh). My hubby had the Croque Madame... More 

Thank Jen M
Milwaukie, Oregon
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

In NOLO for business and ate at the Palace Café for lunch. Had the fried oysters and they were delicious. The atmosphere was fun and upbeat. The décor was beautiful and the staff were super friendly. I would highly recommend eating here.

Thank Leslie K
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212 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a great time and meal at Palace. I have been to NOLA many times and have always wanted to stop here. We came for brunch and had a steak salad which was cooked perfectly. Food came out quickly, and the wait staff was very pleasant and attentive. I will definitely be returning for another visit.

Thank Katykate4
Buford, Georgia
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Amazing service! Great food! Lovely experience. This restaurant has white table cloths and waiters in long white aprons. We felt slightly underdressed but ate fairly early and the staff never questioned our apparel. Appetizer, salad, entree and drinks were all delicious and table side bananas foster was fun and yummy. You should go! It will not disappoint.

Thank Joan S
Peoria, Illinois
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We ate outside the restaurant so we could watch passerby and listen to pop up musicians! Very fun, nice weather , good music Somehow the food was held up . We were there over an hour before we were served Our waitress was very nice and offered free dessert The meal was good ,although the potatoes served under the filet... More 

Thank jeanpO9241YE
Memphis, Tennessee
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

So, yes crab and cheesecake it is not, it is a souffle of sorts...a little fairy dust...whatever, just stop by here and get the Crab Cheesecake. It is luscious! Sit out front and people watch, grab a beer and share it with a friend. My husband will get the pecan crusted catfish (which is delicious) and we will share both.

Thank jenciee
Stoughton, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The atmosphere at Palace Cafe was great. My fiancé and I showed up around 1:30 for brunch. I ordered the Cafe Eggs Benedict. This was by far the best eggs benedict I've ever had despite them being slightly cold and having a bit too much water inside one of the eggs. My fiancé ordered the New Orleans Pain Perdu which... More 

Thank Joseph D
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34 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

A friend wanted to stop in based on a referral. The place was busy at 6:00 on a Monday evening with :30-:40 min wait. We chose to sit at the bar and skip the wait. Rory was great but little bit was kind of crabby. The menu was spendy and the food pretty. The taste delicious. I would recommend just... More 

Thank Timothy E
from shropshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had 2 evening meals here, the first downstairs, the second upstairs. In both cases the meals were excellent, staff VERY good and prices ok for the quality served. Downstairs was very busy and noisy with a real buzz. One night later and our table upstairs was altogether quieter with a pianist playing very pleasant background music. We had a... More 

Thank ElsieFromShropshire

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$31 - $40
French, American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Central Business District
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