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About NOLA Restaurant
If you are unable to make a reservation online, please call us at (504) 522-6652.
NOLA is chef/restaurateur Emeril Lagasse’s casual and funky eatery in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Open since 1992, the critically-acclaimed restaurant fuses traditional Creole, Acadian and Southern cuisine with global influences. The chef de cuisine works closely with Chef Emeril to create an innovative menu showcasing rustic Louisiana cooking with local ingredients and some ethnic twists. The three-story restaurant features an open-action kitchen, chef’s food bar and a signature wood-fired brick oven. NOLA serves dinner nightly and lunch Thursday through Monday.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Creole, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Cajun
Hours of Operation:
Thursday - Monday: 11:30am – 2:00pm
Monday - Sunday: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Validated parking at Omni Hotel on Chartres Street between St. Louis Street & Toulouse Street
Private Party Facilities:
Customize your private party with exquisite food, wine and service.
Private Party Contact:
Carolyn Favrot: (504) 522-6652
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
NOLA Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
I spend a lot of time in restaurants, mostly working. Today I had a chance to eat at Nola and it was great. As soon as me and my wife walked in we got a great greeting from the host staff. The bartender was amazing and made great drinks. To sum this up, food service, and ambiance were great.
Wow, what a delicious meal, everything was cooked to perfection, the service was excellent. Great value, of course it is one of Emeril's. It is well worth getting a reservation as you will not be disappointed. The food was delicious beautifully presented and cooked to perfection. Obviously we loved our meal and will be back the next time we are in town.
If you are going to New Orleans for any reason business or pleasure. Nola's is a great place for dinner. The Food, drink, ambience and service were top notch. Good choice in New Orleans for people that don't eat seafood. Yes I would go back and recommend to everyone.
Enjoyed Nola on our recent vacation in New Orleans. The gumbo was by our standards the best of the gumbos we sampled in the New Orleans area. Restaurant was very busy and probably not the place for an intimate dinner for two. There was a large party across from us of 12 people that were quite loud. But the food made up for it. Will definitely be back at Nola's next time we are in the area.
I have eaten at Nola previously but only once. Had Shrimp & Grits. Very tasty. Took some out of town family a few days ago and was not very impressed. Felt like a tourist, although not. One ordered the duck and was the biggest disappointment. I tasted and was in agreement. Can't see why offer duck that was so nondiscript. Another ordered the scallops on pasta. Tried that also, not good. Too bad cause Nola has a few very good dishes and some they need to work on. Bill was $289 with wine for 5. Should be extraordinary.
We were recommended this restaurant from a former bar tender who use to work for you. He spoke highly of the service and cuisine. We were visiting from Washington DC area. The food was good and the service exceptional in all area's. Your employee's appeared to be very efficient with each one knowing their role in your dynamic serving order. Atmosphere was busy but relaxing as well. Did not feel rushed and all questions were openly answered. Food was great with good portions.
We were on vacation & told to visit one of Emeril's places. We were not disappointed. The only downside was our server Big John seemed overwhelmed & forgot to take one of our parties orders. Also wished we tried the banana cake/pie. Overall it was an amazing experience
The food was excellent, we could not find fault.
The service was ok but they are trying too hard to impress and its too obvious. I would focus more on the little things and touches that really matter like bringing the appropriate cutlery to the table for the type of meal that you have (I had the mussels and its in a lovely sauce but I had no spoon to eat it with). Arranging cutlery/silverware for the entrée after eating appetizers not during and interrupting your meal and finally do not bring out the next course until everyone at the table has finished (its all about timing and not rushing the customers).
With these additional items I would have rated higher.
The good was astronomical! The waiter was friendly and on point, the other staff were very nice and just plain wonderful...we had a great time and a nice strong mint julip. I had the BBQ salmon with potatoes and my friend had scallops, well worth the price! I will be visiting again.
I had the best meal of my life at NOLA in 2006, so when I went back a few days ago, I tempered my expectations. I didn't need to. While Emeril's Shrimp and Grits wasn't as revelatory as it was 11 years ago, it was still absolutely spectacular, as was everything else we ate save the side of pepper jack macaroni and cheese, which was surprisingly pedestrian. Appetizers (oven-baked pocket bread, Caesar salad, entrees (S&G, short ribs, and a roasted duck), and desserts (ooey gooey cake, creme brulee trio, and an amazing sirup gateau) were all beautiful and delicious. Service was impeccable, especially considering we had our 9- and 5-year-olds with us.
The place ain't cheap, but it's worth it. I'll be back, someday.
The service and ambiance was impeccable! However, the food was much to rich for my stomach. Every leaf of lettuce in the cornmeal dusted oyster salad was drenched in dressing and the crabcake was covered in a very rich cream sauce and very oily. I wish there were healthier or lighter options available, as we go there every Easter Sunday following mass at St. Louis Cathedral as our tradition. I only ate half of my food and yet my stomach is still upset :(
Good food, great atmosphere, great service. We had the roasted beet salad which was delicious. The pecan-crusted flounder was excellent. My crab cake not so much. I couldn't taste the crab at all. It was more like a casserole. The server asked how we liked our food, however, and was quick to sense that I wasn't crazy about it. He brought the manager, who apologized and offered to make up for it with another crab cake. I wasn't interested in more food, however, so he comped the first crab cake. I appreciated that, but was sorry to miss a real crab cake for Easter lunch. We enjoyed our meal overall, loved the highly-recommended banana bread pudding with drunken monkey ice cream, and will definitely be back.
Overall, our experience was underwhelming. Nothing about it was horrible. It just did not meet expectations. The food was okay. My husband enjoyed the cheese grits. Dessert was good. If you order the ooey gooey cake, be prepared for a slightly better version of what you get on a Carnival Cruise. The server who brought bread and water was wonderful. (He should be promoted.) However, the main waiter seemed to be annoyed with everything. It was so loud that it was difficult to have a conversation. There are so many other choices in New Orleans that we won't be returning to NOLA or recommending it. We much preferred Mr. B's Bistro.
What can you say?? He is Emeril LaGasse after all. My wife and I have eaten at all of his restaurants in New Orleans. This was our first and it still is the best. The pork chop is literally one of the best things you can eat. It eats like a steak, cuts like a steak, looks like a steak, but tastes like a pork chop. The best pork chop you have ever eaten. We shared the Blu Fin Tuna credo for a starter. Every bite melts in your mouth. I MEAN MELTS IN YOUR MOUTH!!! Yummy in our tummies. Very good meal. We would have had dessert, but Cafe du Monde beckoned.
My daughter and I ate at NOLA while visiting New Orleans to tour the Tulane campus. I ordered the friend chicken and it was the best I've ever had! I especially loved the collared greens and mac n' cheese that accompanied the dish. Our server "Big John" was attentive and made great suggestions. I would definitely recommend NOLA to anyone that visits New Orleans.
My only complaint is air conditioning vents blowing cold air on our table the entire dinner. I mentioned it to the waiter, who said it was on a timer. He said he would speak with a manager but nothing happened. The food was excellent as was the service, but freezing the entire dinner ruined the evening for us.
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