About Palace Café
For over 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.
Creole / Cajun / Southern, Seafood, Bistro
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - til
Saturday & Sunday Jazz Brunch
10:30am - 2:30pm
Bar Service (continuous)
Limited menu from 2:30 - 5:30
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Join the Rum Runners Duo during Happy Hour in the Black Duck Bar on Palace Café's second Floor. Happy Hour is Monday - Friday from 4pm-6pm.
Place Café also offers a live jazz brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am-2:30pm featuring the Joe Simon Trio.
For parking we offer discounted parking at the Marriott next door, based on availability. If this lot if full, we recommend the following garages, but are unable to offer discounted rates: The Sheraton Hotel on Canal Street, the Wyndham Hotel on Royal Street, and Premium Parking Garage on Iberville Street.
Easily accessible by the Saint Charles Streetcar & the Canal Street car.
Private Party Facilities:
Palace Cafe boasts three private dining rooms accommodating parties from 10 to 80. For events up to 200 the Second Floor is available. Please contact the restaurant directly for private dining space.
Private Party Contact:
Mary McGee-Tilloy: 8776259155
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
All Private Dining Reservations must be made through our Group Sales Department. Please contact Sales at 504-521-8310 for information.
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Palace Café Ratings and Reviews
Not a good experience. We went at 9:15 f ...
Not a good experience. We went at 9:15 for appetizers and dessert. Service was not at all good. My husband ordered gumbo... It came out in reasonable time, but my crab cheesecake appetizer didn't come out with it. We had no flatware. By the time my husband got someone to bring him a spoon the gumbo was not hot. He finished eating and my food still was not up. Our waiter was very inattentive. I finally chased him down to ask about my food after waiting 45 minutes!! He seemed surprised I didn't get it. Not sure how he thought I could have gotten it if he didn't bring it. He found it lying at the host's desk. No apology for the wait. I asked for flatware. The waiter never brought it. I finally sought out the manager. He apologized and brought me silverware. I wanted dessert, but the waiter never returned. My husband had to go hunt him down for the check. He then told us the manager comped our check; the 2 appetizers and a glass of wine. It is nice that the manager did the right thing and we appreciate it, but the waiter remained completely inattentive even after I complained to the manager. The food itself was OK, but really not great. I've never had a bad experience or mediocre food in New Orleans until now. I won't go back.
It was rated #2 for the Best Sunday Jazz ...
It was rated #2 for the Best Sunday Jazz Brunch on a local TV show. We wanted to try it, as it was close to our hotel. The band played 1 song during our 45 min Brunch. We had a make your own Bloody Mary which was interesting. We ate a Blue Crab Omelet and Eggs Benny with pork chunks. The Blue Crab Omelet must have had about 1 oz of crab meat, some cream cheese, and home fries. It was the most boring breakfast I had in our 5 days in NO. The Eggs Benny was better, but the poached eggs were over-cooked. Service was OK. We won't be back. It just did not have the feel of a laid back Sunday Brunch.
Michael was a joy as our server. We had ...
Michael was a joy as our server. We had a 9:30 reservation not realizing that restaurant closed at ten, so naturally during course of our meal closing duties happening around us. However, Michael treated us like we were the first table the evening. He made some excellent wine suggestions and walked us through the dishes we selected. He was the highlight of our meal.
We dined at the Palace while in town for ...
We dined at the Palace while in town for a conference. We really enjoyed the atmosphere, the two waiters who were very friendly and personable, and we loved the food! We savored every bite - very much worth the price. It was just overall a great experience. We would definitely return next time we're in New Orleans (we live in Iowa). Thank you!!
We had a good brunch on Saturday at Pala ...
We had a good brunch on Saturday at Palace Café. This was not our first time to visit the restaurant, although it has been a year. We always come back for the bread pudding. We noticed that the bread pudding portion size has been cut down tremendously. Although the recipe is the same and it is still delicious, the portion size is considerably smaller and the price is the same (or maybe more - don't remember from our last visit). Brunch was tasty but could have been a great deal hotter (temp wise). My husband enjoyed his shrimp and grit patty so all in all a good experience. The mimosa's probably saved the day! They were tremendous. Good champagne and just the right ratio!
The atmosphere is always inviting and pl ...
The atmosphere is always inviting and pleasant. I had e-mailed a few days before letting them know that we were celebrating my wife's birthday. I had requested a first floor table in the window. We did get a first floor table, although not in the window, we could see the sidewalk and street from our table. The wait staff is very attentive and not overbearing. The hostess seated us and a few minutes later brought a few balloons to our table to denote that we were celebrating an occasion. This prompted the roaming musicians to come by, initiate a conversation to obtain my wife's name, and proceed to sing a jazzy rendition of Happy Birthday. It was very special. We were not rushed at all and the service and food was amazing. We had matinee theater tickets and were on our way in ample time to see the show. Would definitely recommend the restaurant for its atmosphere, food and service. Joel was our waiter and I would definitely ask for him again.
Food never disappoints and tonight was n ...
Food never disappoints and tonight was no exception. Crab cheesecake always good, the fish special was outstanding. Servers were personable and attentive. Great people watching on Canel St. Great evening, and I'll be back!
Very good food and awesome service we ha ...
Very good food and awesome service we had two people that were very attentive and gave us an excellent service.
The food was delicious and it was very good.
The hostess was very friendly and nice, the last time we dined there we had a very rude hostess that made the experience sour from the minute we walked in, but this time it was a very good experience. We dine at The Palace Café often so I am glad that they got rid of that nasty hostess.
Our group of 6 people had a lovely pre-t ...
Our group of 6 people had a lovely pre-theatre dinner and everyone enjoyed their meal but we did want to let you know that our food was not hot enough. We didn't find the crabmeat cheesecake to be warm enough, the entrees were not hot and one pork chop was definitely under cooked. There was also a longer than usual wait for drinks. Our waiter was very good and therefore we do not think he was part of this situation. We did not take the time to send anything back due to the timing of the play but wanted you to know our concerns.
We had delicious appetizers of garlicky ...
We had delicious appetizers of garlicky crab claw bordelaise and poached oysters in an herb cream sauce. Shared a scrumptious spinach feta salad with candied walnuts & bacon vinaigrette dressing then shared an entree of andouille encrusted (Gulf white drum) fish with a savory onion & carrot reduction sauce. Very flavorful with crusty French bread from local bakery, Leidenheimer's.
Dessert was just OK with a slice of Pecan pie with a too thick crust, custardy filling and not enough pecans for my taste. We asked for a la mode which came with restaurant made vanilla bean ice cream which was tasty.
Overall, the food was great, the atmosphere got a lot more animated from 7-8:30 and loud. It was hard to carry a conversation at a table for two. Wandering a Capella singers roamed the restaurant to perform s well.
The wait staff was just Ok. We waited 45 mins for our starters and had to catch our waitress to ask for our check. Nothing terrible there; the great food definitely compensated for the other areas that were a bit lacking.
Palace Cafe is truly a NoLa staple. I en ...
Palace Cafe is truly a NoLa staple. I enjoyed the trio band playing all around the restaurant. Also, the food and Bloody Mary special did not disappoint. However, my only complaints would be the actual initial welcoming from the hostess. She seemed upset (not welcoming at all) I'm guessing she was having a bad day. I would have also loved the Bloody Mary set-up to be upstairs, or at least a more central location in the restaurant. Will be returning soon!
Delicious food and great atmosphere. Li ...
Delicious food and great atmosphere. Live trio singing great songs throughout the restaurant added a level of fun to our meal. Great service. A little pricey but you kind of know that walking into the place. The staircase is beautiful and the tiled floors are amazing!
We had a breakfast with 8 people, and it ...
We had a breakfast with 8 people, and it was a comfortable place. I had the shrimp and grits, which was delicious.
The next day for a Saturday lunch, I had a nice salad. There was a 3-person jazz band, and the music was nice without overwhelming our conversation.
As usual, the food was wonderful and the ...
As usual, the food was wonderful and the service attentive. However, for the first time, we were seated downstairs and it was so noisy we could hardly hear each other. The manager has now put in our record to always put us upstairs. :)
This is one of the Brennan family of res ...
This is one of the Brennan family of restaurants but remains my favorite because of its atmosphere, it's a bit less stuffy, has many of the creole classics but with some twists. Don't miss the crabmeat cheesecake. I get it every time I visit New Orleans. They do a nice gumbo, turtle soup and will do bananas foster for one, which most restaurants won't. I appreciate that as I dine alone a lot when traveling for work. Nice outdoor cafe area for people watching, and don't miss their Sunday jazz brunch!
The food was good - the service was even ...
The food was good - the service was even better. We had a number of dishes in our party ad other than the crab cheesecake which is hyped as a "must" we were all happy. The cheesecake wasn't special and was the only thing we didn't like.
Our wait team was excellent and we probably the best we had in NOLA all week. We would definitely come back
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