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Review of Commander's Palace

Commander's Palace
Ranked #30 of 1,954 Restaurants in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $80
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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.
Memphis, Tennessee
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2014

I've been hearing about Commander's for years and was really looking forward to finally eating there. While there was nothing terribly wrong with the experience, neither was there anything out of the ordinary; decent food at white tablecloth prices accompanied by over-the-top waiters in a touristy, Disneyfied atmosphere. It very much seemed like something one "has to do" rather than something one does because it's an experience worth having. Ours was a jazz brunch; perhaps it would be better at dinner.

Visited August 2014
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Sugar Land, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A must!”
Reviewed August 15, 2014

If you don't have time to dine here at least gram a cocktail and sit in the courtyard. It is absolutely stunning. The food is so amazing and service is impeccable. Make sure to call ahead for a reservation and their is a strict dress code.

Visited January 2014
Thank melissa g
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London, UK
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Fantastic, start to finish”
Reviewed August 14, 2014

Hard to fault - from welcome to cab home. Great service, all round. The new York strip steak was perfect - the whole meal in fact. The Foxglove chardonnay was particularly excellent. Great pecan pie dessert too. Such a great place - if you're in Nawlins then definitely check it out.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank KevChesters
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Hong Kong, China
Level 6 Contributor
197 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Gotta love this place”
Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

Back for a visit after 20 years bring overseas. A time warp back.

Great service, and an excellent room on second floor for lunch.

Had all the signature dishes again, plus a round of their 25c martinis which can't but help to put you in a good mood.

Top restaurant but good value for money, just like 20 years ago.

Thank Mark R
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Sherwood Park, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Excellent Staff and Meal”
Reviewed August 14, 2014

Upon arrival for a 12-day gastro vacation in the area, I made a dinner reservation from the hotel before even unpacking. They seemed to be able to accommodate last-minute reservations in the off season on a Monday, although I sense that simply showing up might not have been successful (my presumption is that Garden District venues get many more locals). As well, they prefer that gentlemen wear a jacket, but it is not required. However, given the high level of customer compliance, I would have felt out of place without one.

By comparison, all the good restaurants in the French Quarter didn’t require a mid-week reservation during my same trip. Some recommended Tuesday to Thursday as the least busy nights, and then things start to fill up fast as the conventioneers arrive and depart.

I had the seven-course “Chef’s Playground”, and they allowed me to substitute-in their famed bread pudding soufflé with whiskey sauce as the desert – it takes a while to prepare, so order it early. All the courses were sublime, especially memorable for me being the soft-shell crab. You should definitely spring for the wine pairing.

I could go on about the food, but I really must comment about the staff. They are as professional as what you’ll experience at the top-end restaurants in the French quarter, likely even more so. But what really set them apart was simply how down-to-earth, convivial and approachable they were, compared to some of the stiffer old-school staff who would serve you elsewhere. Even among the younger staff under training, you could see that they had that right “spark” and would go far in the business.

I never did check to see if they charged me extra for the desert upgrade because I simply didn’t care once I had tried it. If you ask on the way out, the front desk will give you the bread pudding soufflé recipe (and it’s in their cookbook). I will be going through a lot of dried leftover baguettes in the next few months, while trying to perfect it.

This restaurant should be on everyone’s Bucket List.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Eric107_11
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