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. Chef de cuisine Brian Mottola 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.
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: 5045226652x
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
Visiting New Orleans from Detroit for a ...
Visiting New Orleans from Detroit for a long weekend and wanted a 'nicer' meal. NOLA provided that and more for a very reasonable price. Dress code is business casual but one our party of 6 wore jeans and was not out of place. Saw some in shorts but would not recommend it. Food was terrific and prices less than expected. Wanted to experience a 'celebrity chef' restaurant and was not disappointed. Would go back in a heartbeat.
My wife and I were super excited to try ...
My wife and I were super excited to try out Emeril's more casual restaurant in the French quarter. We checked in for our lunch reservation and it took the host a little while to get us seated, maybe 5 to 7 minutes. The waitress came right to the table, but we did not know what we wanted to drink so we asked for a few minutes. About eight minutes later we had no water and the waitress had not yet come back. When she did come back, she took our order for soup, an appetizer, two entrées, and two glasses of wine. The wine and soup/appetizer came up promptly. The wine was very good, and the gumbo was delicious, but I found several chicken bones in the soup that I almost swallowed. The vegetable pizza was also delicious.
The waitress never asked us how our first course was, despite the fact that I had laid several chicken bones on the edge of my soup bowl. We had to wait about 20 to 25 minutes between our first course and when our entrées came out. During this time, my wine glass was empty for much of the time, but the waitress never bothered to check on the table. In addition, our water glasses sat empty for much of the meal. When the entrées finally came, they were mostly bland. My wife ordered the rabbit gnocchi Ragu. For some reason it came with a giant piece of meat fried over the top of the gnocchi. It did not appear to be anything like a ragu. Unfortunately, there were several rabbit bones in my wife's dish, which made it mostly inedible. I ordered the fried oyster Vietnamese Po boy. The dish came with a side of kimchi which was pretty good, but the sandwich it's self was bland.
Again, the waitress never asked us about how the food was, despite the fact that we had placed several small rabbit bones on my wife's bread dish, and my wife eight only about 1/10 of her meal. We had to flag down the busboy to ask him to wrap up our items to go, but he never came back with our to go boxes. Finally, I had to flag down the waitress to get our check.
I was disappointed. The ribs were descri ...
I was disappointed. The ribs were described as NOT fall off the bone, but they were. And they were slathered in excessive sauce. The steak, although good was slathered in a cream sauce and we asked them to hold the sauce.
Took 25 minutes to get drinks and then w ...
Took 25 minutes to get drinks and then waiter did not show up again for 20 more minutes. We paid the drink tab and left. Place has really slipped in the past year and I can't afford to bring guests again given this is the second time in two months
By far our favorite restaurant in New Or ...
By far our favorite restaurant in New Orleans. Time and again it's the best food and service. We bring friends with us and try other restaurants but all always choose Nola as the place we go to for "our last lunch " before we go home
Unfortunately I ordered a cocktail that ...
Unfortunately I ordered a cocktail that was described as tart , I doubled checked with server, it was sweet. Had to send it back. I ordered a New York steak , wAnted well, it came out bloody. I sent it back.
Great things about restaurant very attentive service, salad very good and potatoes with steak were delicious.
The service was incredible! Our server w ...
The service was incredible! Our server was wonderful! He was friendly and provided great recommendations. The entire staff was attentive and prompt. We showed up early for our reservation and they sat us early! The food was delicious! My husband got the duck and I got the scallop. We shared the fried green tomato appetizer and the banana pudding dessert! Everything was amazing!
I wish I remembered the name of our server, he was really amazing! Some of the best service we have ever had!
Service by hosts, servers, busboys, and ...
Service by hosts, servers, busboys, and especially the sommelier was fantastic. However, service from our waitress was deplorable! She's very pregnant, so we gave her a break at first. But it was clear that, for whatever reason, our waitress had no time for us and didn't care. She rarely came to our table (we had to call her or someone else if we wanted help) and she was blatantly rude. But she was quite attentive and affable to those around us. We were nothing but friendly and the only explanation we can come up with for the clearly differential treatment is that we are a gay couple and/or one of us was African American (she is Caucasian).
Apart from the horrible service from our waitress, our feelings about the food are mixed. My husband loved his meal (southern chicken, mac & cheese, and greens). I had the only vegetarian entree available and it was really bad. It was essentially 4 or 5 very small, burned sides that were all mixed together. I'm not an especially picky vegetarian, but there was absolutely no effort put into the entree in terms of imagination or preparation.
Avoid this restaurant if you care about good service or if a vegetarian will be dining. Also avoid if you are a person of color or LGBT.
Having eaten in many of Emril's restaura ...
Having eaten in many of Emril's restaurants in other parts of the country, NOLA holds the banner high for Just what you expect from an Emril restaurant, fresh great tasting quality food and an exceptional staff. I wish we were staying longer in New Orleans to try his other locations.
A friend had recommended the restaurant ...
A friend had recommended the restaurant to myself and my girlfriend since we were visiting New Orleans for a romantic weekend. We had the BBQ Shrimp as an appetizer and the shrimp were very small and it did not live up to a fine dining appetizer. We did the salmon and Duck for the Entrée. The Duck was very good and the salmon was cooked well but poorly seasoned. Finally for the dessert: they fell on their face. The special blueberry cheesecake breadpudding was a bust and the warm ooey gooey cake with the coffee ice cream was not warm and needed vanilla ice cream not coffee ice cream. In any case, service was good, nice atmosphere, (eat upstairs, downstairs is very noisy), and food missed the mark on our visit.
Heard great things and had high expectat ...
Heard great things and had high expectations. Table for two was squeezed between other tables and made us uncomfortable. Menu was interesting and unique. Really enjoyed stuffed wings and I think we would have liked more appetizers or lunch menu for LA style cooking rather than dinner menu. We were looking for quiet and relaxed atmosphere for our anniversary and more authentic New Orlenas cuisine. I would recommend this for a larger group that would prefer more noise and wouldn't be concerned about tables right next to them. Excellent drink menu and definitely flavorful and creative cuisine. Just depends on what you are wanting!
Our group was overall very happy with th ...
Our group was overall very happy with their food.
Personally, I thought my own meal was pretty much average. The BBQ shrimp were a bit on the small side, and the taste bland for my liking. My salad was fine.
Out of our group, the pork chop looked to me the best choice.
Started with stuffed chicken wings - unb ...
Started with stuffed chicken wings - unbelievably good! Then we shared the drum fish - perfectly executed. The tables are fairly close together and we struck up a conversation with couples on either side of us - this lead to some wonderful restaurant recommendations! You MUST HAVE a reservation but it is absolutely worth the pre-planning effort. It is casual in ambiance and dress up not required!
The food was outstanding, although not t ...
The food was outstanding, although not terribly large portions. The service is moderate, we ordered desert, which never came. Prices are high, but expected for the New Orleans area. I did feel the wine was over priced at $15.00 per glass. It was only house wine, but did not expect to pay for the bottle with one glass! Again, New Orleans.
While in NOLA we celebrated my husband's ...
While in NOLA we celebrated my husband's birthday and all of us enjoyed our meal thoroughly. The staff was courteous and attentive and helpful in selecting the best dishes at this restaurant. We had previously eaten at one of Emeril's other restaurants and enjoyed that experience, so we were anxious to give this one a try. A definite must if you are in NOLA in the French Quarter. Superb food and expertly prepared. We will definitely recommend and be back next time we travel here!
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