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02/21/12Provided by Citysearch
Oh man this is one of the best places i have EVER eaten. Beautiful atmosphere, delectable food,delightful servers. A must have experience for all romantic getaways in New Orleans. Thanks to Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast for recommending a place to put the cherry on top of our stay.
07/08/11Provided by Citysearch
I love this place. Best food and service, hands down.
Sadly, it's quite expensive and not everyone will be able to experience this great cuisine. The service is also great and they'll give you a suit jacket to wear if you didn't bring yours. ;)
05/27/11Provided by Citysearch
We enjoyed the food and service, but at $100 per person cost we would have expected the servers to better handle a table who had brought very small, very noisy children for a 2+ hour late dinner.
We left immediately after paying our check because the children, who had driven off all of the other diners after 2 hours of noise, were all we could bear.
When we complained to the host, he responded that we should have asked to be moved! (Actually we had)
Clearly, although the servers were aware of the noise, did nothing to hurry the family's dinner to spare the other diners the commotion.
Bush league service in my book.
03/22/11Provided by Citysearch
For those avid readers who have been following our most recent reviews, this restaurant is a prime example of how the art of cooking is held at the highest standards possible by Uptown New Orleanians. This is the Uptown restaurant that has set the bar internationally for New Orleans-style creole and changed how the world looks at New Orleans' cuisine forever. The greats have walked the lines and dining rooms of Commander's Palace.
03/20/11Provided by Citysearch
CP's BRUNCH is a HUGE VALUE when in NoLa. Best meal ever and a great price!
WoW! What an experience! Awesome Staff, Great Bloody Mary. Daily Specials, and AMAZING DESSERT!
I had a triple pork gumbo and eggs benedict made with shredded pork, and dessert was a bread pudding soufflé. WOW!
Most Chef food is samplings of flavor and bite size portions. Everything on the brunch menu was a standard fair with brunch being 3 full courses for $30-$50. Best meal I've ever had.
Everyone must eat hear at least once for brunch.
01/18/11Provided by Citysearch
My experience was that the food was good but way too much attention from staff...i know it sounds weird but it was uncomfortable attention. everytime I tried to look at the wine menu some sub-waiter would approach or a super waiter/sommelier would approach table ...awkwardly in the mist of conversation as if they were told to approach table if some one PICKED UP the MENU... not an organic experience for me
01/02/11Provided by Citysearch
WOW. WOW. WOW. WOW.
We enjoyed a spectacular dinner for five at the Palace. The dining experience start to finish was 100% outstanding.
Upon entry we were promptly and kindly greeted by the front of house, our coats were gently whisked off and checked in and we were escorted to a private and spacious table.
Our server Moriah was TERRIFIC. She was on the ball all the time, knew the menu inside and out, but on top of being an excellent professional, she was also incredibly personable. We loved her personality just as much as the service she provided!
The Food: the shrimp appetizer was delicious and had the tanginess of a good buffalo sauce, the lamb shank was fork tender and incredibly hearty meal, and the dessert -- the strawberry shortcake was to die for. I can't remember the last time I had such an amazing dessert. The cooks in the Commander's kitchen know their food and their dessert!!!!
Finally, we were there for a celebratory New Year's Dinner. The restaurant never rushed us or hinted that it was time to leave -- our entire meal took 4 hours because the staff indulged us.
Thank you for an amazing meal, terrific service, and the best dining experience we had in New Orleans.
08/05/10Provided by Citysearch
It's a beautiful place. Very classy and the epitome of uptown New Orleans charm. The garlic bread was amazing. My and my husband's entrees, however, were just okay. I had the crab cakes which were mediocre at best, and my husband's gumbo was really bad. The bread pudding souffle was just as wonderful as everyone says it is. My husband had some sort of ice cream in a sweet crispy little shell. Ice cream was just okay, but the shell was quite good. The price of this meal (lunch) was $88 which seems extremely high given the overall quality of the food and the fact that it was lunch. Overall, I'd have to say it wasn't worth it.
08/23/09Provided by Citysearch
Many great things have been said about the food, service, and atmosphere at this restaurant that I would just like to add my family's applause to the list of those who adore this place. My family of five enjoyed a wednesday lunch, which included the Smoked Tomato & Roasted Pepper soup, Turtle soup (of course), Summer Melon salad, griddle seared Gulf Fish with artichokes, asparagas, pequillo peppers and grilled eggplants, Black Pepper Shrimp sauteed with garlic and black pepper over grilled corn, and Creole Spiced Gulf Fish with galic and leek confit. The dessert of Roast Peach & White Chocolate Bouchee must be tasted ( a written description would not do it justice). We had a special added treat. Lally Brennan was in the house and allowed me to engage her in a short conversation about her book ""In The Land Of Cocktails."" She is southern charm ...as is her restaurant. P.S. One does not co-author a book about New Orleans cocktails without offering an extensive variety of libations...be prepared. On the Wednesday that we visited there was a special of twenty-five cent Martinis with the purchase of an entree...things could get damgerous after a Commander's Palace Martini...or two
03/07/09Provided by Citysearch
#1. This is a cajun/creole restaurant in New Orleans, and is NOT upscale dining.
#2. Most people eat here on their vacation, otherwise known as the time of relaxation and lesiure.
#3. Lunch, I do not care if I am in New York, London, or Paris, should be comfortable.
This restaurant is so full of itself, I am still in disbelief. After walking in and asking how many (causing the hostess to grab the menus), I was then asked for the reservation name. They weren't all that busy for Saturday lunch and although I didn't have a reservation could have sat my party of two. However, because I did not have a collared shirt (nevermind the shirt I was wearing probably cost more than they make in an entire day), I would be denied eating at their most wonderful face-stuffing establishment. Really? So nice of them. I didn't let them know at the time, but called later to cancel my dinner reservation for 8 the next week for myself and business colleagues. Yes, driving away over $1000 of business is EXACTLY the way to run a pathetic establishment attempting to pass itself off as upscale. Their loss. We laughed and headed to one of the many great restaurants in this city that serve great food. We paid more elsewhere, but it was definitely worth it.
07/29/08Provided by Citysearch
This place failed to wow me, and with all the hype about it I never expected it to be so average. The staff is amazing, but they have this old school tradition of bugging you every thirty seconds to de-crumb the table or blather away about their favorite thing on the menu. I felt bugged and then the food fell flat. I also noticed the demographic in Commander's is about 99% old people. I felt like people have given me the wrong expectations of the place.
07/23/08Provided by Citysearch
This place is just incredible. So incredible, that I've seriously considered taking an additional trip to New Orleans just to stop by. It really is that good.
We arrived for our reservation (this was the first week of May) and were welcomed to the restaurant by the lovely fragrance of blossoming trees. The homes surrounding the restaurant are beautiful, and the ambience is top-notch. We were greeted warmly, and were whisked upstairs to our table. Our waiter (named Argyle) was a wonderful gentleman with a handle-bar mustache: he was by far one of the finest waiters I've ever had the privilege of being served by. He knew the menu intimately, and was very passionate about each item. I started with a delectable Brie-Cauliflower soup.... words cannot express... it was just amazing. Following the soup I enjoyed a Blackberry leafy greens salad, which was good but nothing remarkable. We then indulged in a cheese sampler, including: Italian green gorgonzola, Fromage d'Affinois, Carr Valley Mobay, Idiazibal, and Shropshire, all brought together perfectly by a bit of honeycomb, pecan bread with some sort of berry sauce, and blackberries. I ordered the Filet Mignon, and it came with buttery velvety mashed potatoes and a rich brown sauce that transcends flavor and defies description. Dessert was anticlimactic--the strawberry shortcake earned a derisive ""eh"" and a shrug of the shoulders after such a noteworthy meal. If I am ever in New Orleans again, I will definitely be stopping by. Restaurants of this caliber are few and far between.
02/28/08Provided by Citysearch
From the valet service to the maitre d? the service at the Commanders Palace is impeccable--few mistakes are made. We were seated upstairs on NBA All-star weekend. The waitstaff and the headwaiter were outstanding. They checked on us making sure my salad was good and all are need were met. Changing out a used napkin for a fresh one with ease. I started out with the strawberry salad and my entree was the grilled gulf fish and bread pudding souffle is just one delightful combination. The jazz band put a tear in my eye playing Louis Armstrong. This is a New Orleans Classic and is not to be missed. This is a perfect 10 in my book.
10/16/07Provided by Citysearch
We held a customer group dinner and the evening was a huge success. The wait staff was friendly, courteous, polite and attended to our every whim. The menu was pre-arranged and we had a multi course meal with several wonderful hors d'oeuvres. The best was the Classic Shrimp & Tasso. The Turtle Soup was incredible. The atmosphere was relaxing in this historic location. The dessert bomb was the highlight of the evening. Wine pairings were exceptional.
Brigette Brunken was my event planner and she did an excellent job....Thank You...We Shall Return
I want to bring some select clients to the Chefs Table in the Kitchen.....Awesome
08/28/07Provided by Citysearch
Commander?s Palace.. Sunday, we went to Commander?s Palace for brunch. It was our first time there even though this was our 30th trip down to NOLA. The food was divine, however I did have to send back my barbeque shrimp appetizer, the shrimp were a bit raw. Fried oysters were very good. My dish was shrimp with angel hair pasta which was just okay. My husband?s steak was unbelievable, the melding of the flavors. He didn?t even need a steak knife to cut it. Creole cheesecake for desert was okay.. The service was a bit off, waiting for cocktails took quite awhile. However, they were extremely busy. The place was packed. The chef signed our menu for my Mom?s birthday, ?Keep Eating Creole.? We would definitely return again.
08/25/07Provided by Citysearch
The building is cool. Yes, it's an old restaurant, but that's not enough reason to like it. People mistake things that are good for things they've simply heard of. I don't mind paying a lot for food if it's good food, but the food here is not worth the price. Unless you don't know a lot about food & quality, then you're just the fool they are looking for. Waitress was unproffesional, possibly on chemicals.
07/19/07Provided by Citysearch
As a special treat for the 10 high school students who recently visited New Orleans to help rebuild, the two other adult chaperones and I decided to have a traditional Jazz Brunch at Commander's. We had budgeted carefully to afford the luxurious meal and it was well worth it. We were seated in a private room with our own waiter, a Paris-born Italian named Lorenzo, who managed to preserve the high class of Commander's while helping our students feel like they belonged. For a group of low-income minority students from Oregon, this was quite a feat! The food was divine, the service attentive without being overbearing, and we were treated like royalty from start to finish, from the complementary dishes to the balloons to our private tour of the restaurant and kitchens. This was definitely one of the most memorable parts of the trip.
05/19/07Provided by Citysearch
Commanders Palace very very overpriced for a limited menu which they offer. Not much of a selection .The palace as they call it is very nice although they lack the Creole sensation. The Turtle soup with sherry was cold and bland lacking flavor ,the overpriced entree such as the veal chop at a price of $40.00 was aburd and it was a smaller cut than any other elegant restaurants in New Orleans would offer. The staff is wonderful . Commanders Palace really needs to update their menus and focus on true traditional Creole foods instead of jacking up the prices on their menu. Beware the hype of Commanders Palace it doe not live up to the standards one would wish . Sorry Zagats New Orleans 2007 it do not live up to the hype !
03/13/07Provided by Citysearch
. During the twenty years I lived in New Orleans I never got a chance to eat at Commander's. I live in San Francisco now and for the past ten years I have worked in the service industry. This trip back home I finally got a chance to eat there. My girlfriend and I were well dressed and on time. I made the reservation two months in advance. We both look very young (we're actually both around thirty). This is the only reason I can think that we we're sat at ""the most romantic seat in the house"" which happened to be in the very back corner of the restaraunt right behind an extremely loud ten top. Our entire meal we were pushed up against and served over to accomodate the large party.
Our waiter all but ignored us (his help was very nice, though). He forgot to place the order for our appetizer and offered nothing as compensation. When I have made similar mistakes (it happens) I have offered to at least comp a glass of house wine. The food was incredibly late to come out. The ten top in front of us was seated after we were and received all of their food first. I know this sometimes happpens, but the time we waited was well beyond what could be considered normal.
Our entrees were pretty tasty, not the best meal I've ever had, but certainly acceptable. The highlight of the meal was our bread pudding, which was amazing. I would highly recommend it to anyone dining here. Unfortunately the coffee we ordered arrived five minutes after we finished the dessert and was as cold as the service was.
The pricing on the meal was very reasonable for a restaraunt of this reputation. My major complaint was with the service. As a waiter and bartender I was totally disapointed. We were treated like third class citizens the entire time. The icing on the bad service cake was when the valet walked right past us and took the ticket from the hand of an older couple that were standing behind us. Did they think that they were our parents?
06/28/05Provided by Citysearch
I'd fly to New Orleans again if only to eat at Commander's Palace once more. First, my wife and I were never treated so well at any restaurant anywhere. Second, my wife was literally singing and laughing with each bite of her filet mignon. Third, the bread pudding was the most amazing thing to ever hit my taste buds. The waitstaff was knowledgeable and attentive. My beef tournadoes were cooked perfectly and the crawfish scattered about my plate were wonderful. I also recommend starting with the Soup 1-1-1 (a demi-cup of the turtle soup, seafood gumbo, and soup du jour). I was pleasantly surprised by the turtle soup...sounds scary, but be brave and you'll enjoy it. And the Chocolate Molten for dessert...oh-my-god. The finest dining experience of my life, and the food literally made my wife and I weak at the knees. Amen to ""Best Restaurant In America!""
- General Info
- Commander's Palace, nestled in the middle of the tree-lined Garden District, has been a New Orleans landmark since 1893. Known for the award-winning quality of its food and its convivial atmosphere, the history of this famous restaurant offers a glimpse into New Orleans' storied past and has been the go-to destination for Haute Creole cuisine and whimsical Louisiana charm. The winner of seven James Beard Foundation Awards, Commander's Palace has evolved into a culinary legend.
- Regular Hours
Mon - Sat: Sun:
- American Restaurants, Creole & Cajun Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, French Restaurants, Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants
- Payment Options
- Price Range
- Garden District, Central City - Garden
- Other Information
Parking: Street, Valet
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: No
Cuisines: Southern, Family Style, American, French, European, Seafood, Continental, Cajun & Creole
Alcohol: Full Bar, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pets Allowed: No