I’ve heard so much about Commander’s Palace in New Orleans that I decided to see what all of the hype was about. I called Commander’s Palace to make reservations for NYE in late October thinking I would be able to easily reserve a table but to my surprise, I actually received the last reservation for the evening. NYE is the busiest night of the year for Commander’s Palace . So many people clamor for tables at Commander’s Palace that all the rules go out of the window. More than any other, this is the night when you call in your chips after being a regular and recognized customer during the rest of the year.
When to make reservations
Commander’s Palace have so many long-term regulars that not even a call months in advance will get you in that night. Many people who will dine in the most popular restaurants on New Year’s Eve made reservations on their way out from the previous year.
If you are so lucky to get a reservation your next hurdle is the prices. Restaurants have found it easy to raise their prices to sometimes exorbitant levels but this usually is accompanied by a large and interesting menu, with “complimentary” Champagne and perhaps a few other amenities.
While food is the main focus of most of my posts, and the level of quality of the cuisine at Commander’s Palace merits the detailed descriptions, one aspect of this place that stands out far beyond any other restaurant I’ve been to is the service. I hate to sound cliche, but ladies and gentlemen, they make you feel like royalty from the moment you walk into the moment you reluctantly walk out. I felt at times the server could read my mind, so I was making sure to be thinking pure thoughts. We didn’t have to ask for anything because they were there, making sure everything was perfect, and we hardly even noticed they had come by the table. Forget the water running low. If the ice melted, they would immediately provide you with a new glass of iced water. Whether a table had just two guests or twelve, everybody’s dishes came out at exactly the same time by an entourage of staff, and they placed each plate on the table simultaneously. For an upscale, luxury restaurant, the ambiance felt homey and relaxed.
While you can obviously conclude that a meal at Commander’s Palace is not going to be inexpensive, it really is very reasonable for the level of excellence they provide. The New Year’s Dinner we indulged in was only $75 per person for the four courses, and they offer a local craft beer pairing from Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi, for only $20 more. If wine is your thing, you can choose a specially selected wine pairing instead for an additional $43.25. Personally, I found the prices to be extremely reasonable and am so excited about returning to Commander’s Palace on a future trip to the Big Easy.
Address: 1403 Washington Avenue New Orleans LA 70130