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“They take good care of you!”
Review of Commander's Palace

Commander's Palace
Ranked #30 of 1,955 Restaurants in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $80
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Garden District
Description: 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.
Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
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“They take good care of you!”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

We stopped in for a drink after walking around the Garden District and the receptionist graciously fit us in for dinner the following night. There are 2 ground level dining areas, one is inside the main building and the other is across the courtyard. The main dining room is elegant, and inside it, going up to the 2nd floor on the stairs the James Beard awards are framed. The room seemed dove grey with pale wood and was very beautiful.

The other dining room is across the large courtyard and is a glassed in area, complete with a glassed in tree growing right in the room. Both dining rooms are equally nice.

Our waiter, Daniel, was very helpful and as the evening went on, we got to know him a little and he was fabulous to converse with. We started out by picking wine, from their extensive list. We chose a French red, at $115, to splurge. We had a little talk with the sommelier, and were very happy with our choice. Then we had it decanted.

Next was appetizer choice and my husband got a trio of soup, turtle, mushroom and something else, all fabulous. I had a Shrimp and Tasso Henican appetizer, which was in a spicy sauce, but not toooooooo hot. It was great. We took a leisurly time eating this and then it was time for the entrees. I had the lamb, which wasn't chops or anything, but a joint I think, but it was cooked with rosemary and the sauce was unbelieveable, dark brown and luscious and the meat was plentiful and tender, falling off the bone great.

My husband had scallops which were great also...then we split a bread pudding souffle, which came with whisky sauce and it was a great ending....all in all, we dressed up for this occasion, and we were treated with great care and consideration by these fabulous southerners.

  • Visited January 2013
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“Excellent vegetarian meal!”
Reviewed January 12, 2013 via mobile

Commander's Palace (CP) is an institution. Located in the Garden District of New Orleans, CP is a restaurant you must go to (if your budget permits) when in NOLA.

When you make your reservation, be sure to request a table in the "garden room" for incredible, tree-top ambiance!

I went for lunch and had the strawberry champagne salad, which was lovely, and for the main event, upon my request, the chef cooked up an outstanding vegetarian entree with farro and fresh vegetables. The chef went out of her/his way to ensure I had a great experience, and I appreciate the thoughtful (and delicious) gesture.

The three desserts my parents and I ordered were all delightful and screamed New Orleans decadence: strawberry shortcake, an ice cream sundae with candied pecans and a praline sauce, and a creole bread pudding souffle with a warm whiskey cream (hello!).

Of course, the experience did not end there, as CP has a 25 cent martini lunch special. I tried the cosmo and blue curuco martinis and both were delicious and definitely packed a punch!

If you have some time after visiting CP, checkout the nearby Lafayette cemetery (right across the street from CP), the gorgeous southern mansions throughout the Garden District, and the shops along Magazine Street.


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2 Thank AlyssaBG1987
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United States
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“4 of 5 stars (few minor flaws)”
Reviewed January 11, 2013

(see explanation of ratings below)

The downstairs is sleek, new and ultra-modern. The upstairs is quaint, old-fashioned and is in need of some minor repairs.

Can't beat the food. Love the jazz brunch.

I've seen some complain this is pricey: I disagree. You want pricey? Try
Restaurant R'evolution or August!

About $40 per person before gratuity (jazz brunch ordering a la carte).

About my ratings:

Only fine dining establishments can garner five stars. Until TripAdvisor realizes that a fast food joint cannot possibly be ranked equally with a $100 per person place, I need to draw the line somewhere. If we were only talking about the quality and presentation of the food, it would be a different story. But, as we know, TripAdvisor's rankings take into account the entire dining experience.

Therefore, I divide restaurants into three categories (and I wish TripAdvisor would do the same):

1) fast food (no table service)

2) casual dining (table service)

3) fine dining (linen napkins, no plastic cups, no TV's in dining room, typically more expensive than casual dining)

Fine dining can earn a max of five stars. Casual dining can earn a max of four stars. Fast food can earn a max of three stars.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank HomoQuiScitOmnia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“A must do when in New Orleans”
Reviewed January 11, 2013

Commander's Palace is one of those places you need to go to in New Orleans. Yes it is a little pricey, so expect to drop a few dollars when you are there, but it is worth it. I would also recommend taking a cab as there is very little parking near the restaurant. If you don't want to spend as much money as you might for dinner, look into going for lunch.

The service is done by a team of waiters, water pourers, all very attentive and pleasant. I recommend doing a prix fixe as it is a bit cheaper an a la carte. Also, consider the bread pudding souffle. You need to order it when you arrive, so don't hesitate when you are looking at the menu.

Overall, it is a great experience and one you need to do when in New Orleans.

Visited November 2012
Thank GoodFood88
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New Orleans, Louisiana
2 reviews
“Ultra delicious food - restaurant wants to maintain exclusivity”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

We decided to splurge one evening, as it was obvious from the reviews that this restaurant had wonderful food, but was very expensive. When we arrived at about 8:30 PM, we were asked if we had a reservation, which we did not. We were a bit underdressed, I had on blue jeans, blue jean jacket. My daughter was in dress, leggings and hoodie. We were then told that the wait was about 45 minutes. We decided to stay, asked to wait in the bar, and were led through the kitchen (where there is a table for guests) to the bar, which has no seating. After about 5 minutes, during which we looked at the cocktail menu, we were told there had been a couple of cancellations, and a table was available.

SURPRISE! We wondered whether they were just trying to discourage us (possible) or wanted to make the point that no one just "walks in" to this place. We were seated in a very reasonable corner, and after that the service was ridiculously good. DItto the food.

Again, I think there was no question that tables had been available when we got there, because there were several that stayed empty the whole time we were there, and that time of night is when the crowd is starting to leave. It was only a quarter full when we left at 9:45 or so.

We ordered 3 course dinners (about $38 each- middle of the menu) including soup or salad, entree and dessert. The garlic crusted shrimp with mushroom and onion sauce on grits with goat cheese was wonderful, and my daughter enjoyed stuffed quail which she said put her other experience with quail (appetizer with cheese and jalepenos) to shame. The bread pudding souflee (a signature dish) with whiskey cream sauce was equally outstanding.

We had 3 people waiting on our table and the water glasses were never less than half full. Quite a treat for people who do this VERY rarely, and never mind the bill!

  • Visited January 2013
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