Commander’s Palace was built in 1880. It is located in the Garden District of Uptown New Orleans (1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, 70130), and is owned by the Brennan family. It has long been one of the best regarded upscale restaurants in the city. Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse are two of its most famous alumni who have worked in its kitchen through the years.
In 1880, Emile Commander established a small saloon at the corner of Washington Avenue and and Coliseum Street. Within a few years he turned it into a restaurant patronized by the distinguished neighborhood families of the Garden District. By 1900 Commander’s Palace was attracting gourmets from all over the world.
In 1944, Frank and Elinor Moran bought Commander’s Palace, refurbished it and carried on its tradition of excellence with an expanded menu including many recipes still used. 30 years later, when the Brennans took over, they redesigned the interior to complement the outdoor setting. Large windows replaced walls, and custom trellises and paintings were commissioned. The restaurant suffered extensive damage due to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. After a full renovation, the restaurant re-opened on October 1, 2006.
Jeff surprised me and took me to Commander’s Palace for Easter dinner. It was amazing!
For dinner, I had a pecan-crusted catch of the day (which happened to be trout). It was topped with crab meat and over a creamy sauce. DELICIOUS! Jeff had a monstrous pork chop, which was ALSO very good.
If you like gourmet food, we highly recommend you stop at Commander’s Palace- we assure you that you’ll be glad you did!
Address: 1403 Washington Ave New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 899-8221
Do they take reservations? Yes – Recommended, Online Available
Attire? Dressy (Shorts and t-shirts are never allowed. Jackets preferred at dinner. Men must have closed-toe shoes)
Vibe? Upscale, Elegant, Quiet
Monday – Friday: 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Monday – Sunday: 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Featuring a special menu and Live New Orleans Jazz by the Joe Simon’s Jazz Trio
Saturday: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sunday: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Mardi Gras Day
Complimentary valet service provided.