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“A step back in time” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Palace Cafe

Palace Cafe
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Ranked #102 of 1,918 Restaurants in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: French, American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Cross street: Chartres Street
Transit: Easily accessible by the Saint Charles Streetcar & the Canal Street car.
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.
Cleveland, OH
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86 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“A step back in time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

This was one of three restaurants selected for us by our quasi-hosts who live about 100 miles from New Orleans and know the city much better than us. Our reservation was at 9:00 pm, so we were a little on the late side of the peak dinner crowd. There was an outdoor sidewalk "cafe" along with a large first and second floor, connected by a graceful, somewhat circular old-time staircase. The first floor was tiled - presumably by hand - in ornate patterns and together with the decor, fans, lighting, and uniforms of the waiters and waitresses, gave us the sense that we had stepped back in time several decades - - we enjoyed that.

There was a group of 8 of us, the men of the group in town for business, but the dinner was "with friends". We enjoyed several of the appetizers shared by those at the table: shrimp rémoulade, oysters pan roast (oysters poached in rosemary cream with herb breadcrumbs served in a roasting skillet), and the "fried oyster loaf (corn fried oysters served on grilled ciabatta bread with melted St. Andre cheese and sherry-tasso cream). For an entree, I ordered andouille crusted mahi mahi which was very good. Finally, several of us ordered dessert, and the Brennan's signature Bananas Foster prepared at tableside was not to disappoint, either as a great dessert or for the entertainment value of the preparation.

Service was attentive.

In retrospect (and even when we were there), the biggest issue was that our table was located near a corner waiter's station, and the waiters and waitresses were constantly passing behind two of the women at the table. The problem was that the table was too close to the station, and either my wife's head or her chair were constantly getting bumped into. The table couldn't be easily be moved away, so we tolerated this until we left.

In conclusion, the highlight of the dinner were the desserts and, if you're into that kind of thing, the "retro" ambiance.

  • Visited October 2013
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Beaconsfield, Canada
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“Fantastic environment, premium service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

We had dinner once at $82.00 incl wine and an afternoon snack and drinks on the outdoor terrace $35.00 . The 1930's decor and style is excellent and the food is well up to standard for a classy establishment. We enjoyed it.

Visited October 2013
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White Rock, Canada
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“Bananas Foster Finally”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013 via mobile

My food bucket list for New Orleans included having Bananas Foster at Brennan's. Unfortunately, Brennan's closed this past summer. Fortunately, the Palace Cafe, which is owned by the Brennan family, serves up this world famous dessert. It gets prepared with gusto at your table and is a terrific end to a sumptuous dinner. We both had the pecan crusted catfish for our entree, which was a little heavy on the crust but very tasty. The highlight for my wife though was the signature crabmeat cheesecake; a kind of quiche with crab and baked into a pecan crust. Service was top notch as well and we highly recommend trying out this fine restaurant.

Visited October 2013
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Seattle, WA
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“Good but mixed bag...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

First off, we were a group of seven, so it's a given that not everyone is going to be a raving fan. Although we had reservations for a specific time, we were enjoying ourselves with other friends in the bar area when the time arrived and were graciously accommodated by the restaurant. "Just come back up when you are ready." Flexibility with your customers is always good at a popular and very busy restaurant. Service was good, but the food was a bit disappointing although also good. Perhaps it's as one should expect from the equivalent of a higher-priced, assembly line restaurant. Never-the-less, it was tasty. My duck gumbo was excellent, peach oyster salad salty but different and sorbet refreshing. Others in our group tried the Pepper Duck which was good, the Werlein Salad with Fried Oysters, but the Pork Shank special was overcooked and tasteless. At a less touristy restaurant, the $345.00 would probably yield a better New Orleans dining experience.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Providence, Rhode Island
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“The Best Gumbo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

After checking in to hotel we went for lunch at Palace Cafe,and the place is big and beautiful.
It remind us of a place in Europe with outside seating very nice atmosphere.We had to Waite a little.They have tree floors going up on the stairs.
The food was very good,my husband had the best gumbo.I had a seafood salad that was delicious.The Crab cakes were perfect with Cajun Sauce.Dessert was very good,brownie with foster glazed on top.
This place was a perfect begging of a vacation.
Service was very efficient and neat
We liked the Palace so much we went there twice.Very pleased both times.The food was pricy but worth it.

  • Visited October 2013
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