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
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
Brennan family restaurant. You can't go ...
Brennan family restaurant. You can't go wrong eating with the Brennan's. This family wrote the book on how to run a restaurant. Wait staff very professional, knowledgeable with just enough wicked fun sense humor. Relaxed yet still formal. In 25 years I have never had a bad experience with this family of restaurateurs. Not feeling for what's on the menu? Ask for it. I have done that several times. The wonders that fly out their kitchens are unbelievable. No visit to New Orleans is complete without dining with the Brennans.
I was very disappointed. Service was ver ...
I was very disappointed. Service was very poor, 30 minutes to get drunk reordered, over 2.5 hours to finish meal. They were out of two desserts and we were in first evening service. Food was excellent but I could see our food sit on stand until a waiter from another area served it (about 10 minutes sitting on stand in dining room).
This had been my most favorite place to take friends and family.
Like I started with I was very disappointed.
Went for lunch during a conference this ...
Went for lunch during a conference this past Friday. Had a reservation. Got seated. Ordered drinks. Waitress wasn't pushy. Gave us time. Everything great so far.
Ordered lunch. My friend has a Werlein salad with fried oysters on it and I had the shrimp rolls. His salad came several minutes before mine. No dressing to be had on the salad. Had to ask for that. Thankfully, his dish wasn't hot so waiting for mine wasn't a problem.
The shrimp rolls, as the name may suggest, were 3 mini-sandwiches if you will. Per their menu, the shrimp rolls are "Shrimp, lemon-caper cream, Creole seasoned buttered and griddled bun, mixed green salad"
Each roll had 3 shrimp that we pretty small in comparison to the roll. When you looked at the each roll, you'd think...hmm, maybe I'm missing something. Add on top of that barely any cream sauce on the roll. And regarding buttered and griddled bun, I think the kitchen forgot that step out or someone was getting real chincy with the butter. Overall the execution was poorly done and definitely not worth the $14 price tag. The side salad was nothing to remember...it had champagne vinaigrette...meh.
As a local, I would in no way suggest this ever to anyone based on this experience. The Palace Cafe has definitely lost points in my book.
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