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“If you don't enjoy seafood and fois gras, don't go here!”
Review of Palace Cafe

Palace Cafe
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Ranked #192 of 2,033 Restaurants in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 31 - US$ 40
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole, French, Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: 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.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bear in mind that I'm writing this review from a landlubber's perspective. If it breathes water, I wont eat it. Went with family so I had no choice but to go here.

To start the hostess was dressed like she should be seating you at Applebees... wrinkly, worn out gray t-shirt and black jeans. This is an upscale restaurant, according to the ambiance and price, and the hostess is your first impression.

The "cocktail chick" as she called herself was nice, but a bit pushy when trying to up-sell the rum flights.

They brought the bread, which was very light and airy - in a paper bag. Three small sub-size loaves, uncut, for 10 people, which was never replenished.

To be fair, everyone (else) thoroughly enjoyed the crab cheesecake appetizer. We ordered 2 for the table. Two people even ordered it for their entree. There was one non-seafood option for appetizers, an eggplant dish. I skipped it.

For entrees, there were two options for non-fish, non-fois gras eaters (yuck!). The rib eye steak, and the chicken and gnocchi, which I ordered. They ruined filet mignon by putting a crawfish sauce on it and ruined one or two other dishes with fois gras.

Everyone got their food, and I had to wait several minutes for my chicken dish. It finally came. The chicken was hot, but the rest was not. The chicken was good, but nothing special. The gnocchi was supposed to be served with bacon and English peas. There were some chilly peas on the plate, and two specs of bacon in a room temperature demi glaze with some equally cool tasteless gnocchi.

I didn't send it back because everyone else was already eating and I was hungry.

The overall concensus from even those who had catfish or other fish, that it was just ok. I wouldn't go there again.

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Thank Beth S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

White tablecloths high ceilings and busy. A creative menu with juicy fried oysters perfectly paired on top of my salad. The drum was moist but not undercooked. The banana pudding ice cream was a star. The white wines were a little underchilled and neither selection stood out.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very beautiful restaurant both inside and outFood excellent and very tasty. Very good knowledge of food allergies and catered for.

Thank markandleanne186463
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a restaurant we visited in 2014 whilst on holiday, we found it very good then and glad to say it’s every bit as good today. Great food and staff don’t miss it!

Thank mcadamwj
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by for breakfast and was very disappointed. They have a dramatic and well decorated space with a sweeping staircase and definite French feel. The food, on the other hand, was not good. The breakfast buffet would have been at home in a Denny’s with uninspired choices and mediocre preparation. The sever talked about their in-house pastries which were not fresh nor particularly well done. Combine all of this with the price being asked, and this was a complete failure.

In short, this was a location who’s chef isn’t up to the space or the locale.

Thank jlockledge
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