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Commander's Palace

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Commander's Palace Review

No restaurant captures New Orleans's gastronomic heritage and celebratory spirit as well as this grande dame of New Orleans fine dining. Upstairs, the Garden Room's glass walls have marvelous views of the giant oak trees on the patio below. The menu's classics include a spicy and meaty turtle soup; shrimp and tasso Henican (shrimp stuffed with ham, with pickled okra); and a wonderful pecan-crusted Gulf fish. The bread-pudding soufflé might ruin you for other bread puddings. The weekend brunch is a not-to-be-missed New Orleans tradition. Jackets are preferred at dinner. Shorts and T-shirts are forbidden, and men must wear closed-toe shoes.

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 05-07-2013

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    Simply the Best!

    The food is excellent. The service excellent but not pretenious. The dining rooms are all decorated beautifully. The kitchen is clean. And who could turn down 25 cent martini at lunch? Everytime I visit NOLA I try some new restaurants but none have topped the experience I have come enjoy at Commander's Palace.

    by HRHSusan, 1/20/09
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    Worth its reputation

    I am a native New Orleanian so I thought I'd weigh in. Katrina (though horribly devastating) was the best thing that could have happened to Commander's Palace. Pre-K I found it more than a little "tired." Now, it has the most beautiful, sophisticated interior and true nouvelle cuisine that is still classically New Orleans. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Is it expensive? Yes, it is. But you will be treated like an absolute rock star. Everyone is a VIP to them. Get the 3-3-3 soups---a wonderful intro to the best gumbo, turtle soup, and soup du jour that you will have in New Orleans. Others have mentioned the bread pudding souffle...it is truly remarkable and worth it. The creole cream cheese cheesecake is also unlike anything you've ever tasted and takes them 3 days to make. Last time I was there I had their chocolate offering and was not impressed by that, but the two others I've mentioned would put you over the moon.

    by Jex, 12/18/08
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    A fine time

    We took a chance and didn't make reservations during the Christams season until we got to NO. When I looked at online reservations they showed no availibilty, but our hotel got us right in. The food was wonderful and the service was excellent as well as entertaining. For a party of four we had a head waiter and two assistant waiters. We ordered off a prefixed menu and had a choice of three appetizers, entrees and desserts. I believe that dinner cost approximately $40 per person not including drinks. You can't beat that! Do not miss the bread pudding souffle! After a very minor glitch in our order the assistant waiter apologized profusely and served us additional desserts and a round of drinks on the house. Quite unnecessary, but quite nice. After dinner another assistant waiter took us on a tour of the entire restaurant including the kitchen where we talked to the chefs. Of course it was late in the evening and things were winding down in the kitchen, but this was a first for me. As we left the restaurant the valet was going to get us a cab, but another driver was available. Because he seemed to be known and on friendly terms with the staff we engaged his services. We ended up using him again for a mini tour and our ride back to the airport two days later. We would have used him more, but we had a slight miscommunication and ran short on time. When we return, we will definitely look him up and use him as a driver. Needless to say our Commander's Palace experience was one of the trip's highlights. I will definitely be back. I hope they find a new location in Vegas soon as they have closed the old Alladin location.

    by lizaj1, 12/29/07
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    food is superb

    overlooking the cemetery makes you really enjoy being alive and able to eat the most delicious food. we loved the different rooms and the waitstaff is wonderful. highly recommended, we ate there every day!

    by Lionel22, 3/25/07

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