About NOLA Restaurant
New Orleans, LA 70130
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.
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
Great food with plenty of options from Creole and local food to more global tastes. Bar tender made me a personal cocktail when I couldn't find one I liked - asked me my favorite drink and made something perfect. Waiter was very friendly but not intrusive. Would definitely recommend to others.
The decor was very nice and we sat upstairs. Service was exceptional! The mussels appetizer was large enough for a meal. The crab cake appetizer was not acceptable. It was mushy and tasteless and drowned in the corn sauce which was the only saving grace for this dish. I could not finish it.
The creme brûlée trio was wonderful.
This place was amazing! The food was excellent and the service was over the top! We were seated immediately and we started our meal with the stuffed boneless wings (I think they were called Miss May's?) and they were so flavorful and a wonderful start! I had the New York Strip with the friend oysters and it was done to perfection and very tender! My wife had the shrimp and grits. The shrimp was very plentiful and the bacon with the cheese grits were amazing and unlike a comment before, I didn't find them greasy at all! We finished our meal with the banana cake with fudge sauce and Chantilly cream! This dessert was so flavorful with the bananas, chocolate, the cake, and the cream and yet so light!
Now the service was outstanding! We had Gregory and Ruth and I have to say that Gregory has the very best personality for this job! He was so joyful and loves life and very quick witted and interacted with us! He was very helpful with the suggestions and very knowledgeable about the food. We never wanted for anything and our waters, drinks, and bread was always plentiful. Silverware appeared and disappeared like a fine dance that was choreographed and perfected. The atmosphere was wonderful and all of the staff were very friendly and since we were chatty and interacting with them, they responded as well, which made the whole experience very personable for us. We will definitely return on our next visit!
If you get the chance you really need to give it a try. The food is very high quality and worth what you pay for! We highly recommend it!
Great ambiance. I love sitting at the Chef's Bar and seeing the inner workings of the kitchen. Great service, I would say it's the best service I've seen in NOLA (my waiter Marco was great).
The food wasn't terrible but nothing wowed me (the most notable call out was the grits, which were very good). I had higher expectations for the food. I would say that food items need to be simplified. For example the garlic crusted fish, and shrimp and grits was overpowered by bacon. All I good taste was strong bacon, when I should of been tasting fish and shrimp. The fish was also a tad dry. They made me another order of shrimp and grits without bacon which was much better. This dish can be improved by removing the bacon and using colossal shrimp. I was not a fan of the hays stuffed chicken wings... the chicken wing was perfectly fried, but the stuffing was mediocre.
Cocktails, wine, and the chamomile grappa were delicious!
This was our first visit to NOLA. I had read about the restaurant and wanted to try it. It was exceptional. The wine/cocktail selections were extensive and for all price ranges. Our service was exceptional. The food was one if the best meals I have ever had. The BBQ shrimp appetizer and cheese grits were delicious. The desserts, gooey chocolate cake and banana rum bread pudding, were over the top. Go, go go!
Best duck I ever had and the man who sat next to me (who I convinced to order it) said the same thing. Huge portion, perfectly seared, fantastic accompaniment of cornbread dressing with corn & green beans. Candied pecans on top. Will be dreaming of it for months. Also great wines by the glass (my tip, get the house).
Came to NOLA for Valentine's Day and he a wonderful experience. The staff was beyond competent with friendliness to boot! Awesome suggestions and first-class service. The food was EXCELLENT! A memorable dining experience. My only critique is that the ambiance is a bit laid-back for the price point. No candles on the tables. Old tables and chairs (not in the stylish way). The restaurant atmosphere seems more suited for business meetings or brunch. But, overall a very pleasant time. Will definitely be back.
The service at Nola was terrific! We had reservations on Valentine's Day and had the best dinner possible! It's a tough night for service usually, but food & help were great. Salads were timely, filet & drum entrees were perfectly done, as was the king cake bread pudding.
Service was terrific! The food was "meh" the Stuffed chicken wings were over fried. The New York was over cooked and tough, the muffin and bread were over presented to us, not much taste of jalapeño in the muffin or cheese in the bread. The pork chop was dry and over cooked as well. However, the trio of creme brûlée was AMAZING!!! Sadly I would not go back. We ate at the Commanders Palace the next night, hands down 10 times better!!!!
Made reservations for Valentine's Day dinner as soon as we decided to visit New Orleans again. Nola is always going to be a must-do for us every time we go. The food is always fantastic, but the service and presentation are what makes this place so special. Expensive, but worth it.
NOLA was by far my favorite area restaurant during prior New Orleans visits. Following an absence of five years, I finally returned to the area with friends in Feb '17 and visited several of my past favs, to include Irene's, Brennan's, Commander's Palace, and NOLA. I can conclude that in my book, NOLA is still #1 for food and service. I have never left disappointed there....ever!
We arrived early for our reservation and the host said they could sit us shortly. We then went back to them 15 min later and they seated us upstairs right next to the wait station. Came out with soups in about 10 min then proceeded to wait over 30 min for entree. When my meal arrived I had order meat medium and it was rare. I was not in the mood to wait for the entree to be redone so I ended sharing my wife's dinner
Took my sisters in law and brothers in law to NOLA on Thurs night. What a disappointment. I've eaten there several times but not in the past 6-8 yrs. Either they were having a bad night, or it's really gone downhill. Chargrilled oysters and BBQ shrimp apps were both cold. For entrees the shrimp and grits were mediocre and the drum was overcooked. One person had the pizza app as an entree and it came out cold too. It didn't help that our server seemed indifferent, almost arrogant. I hate to bash a New Orleans classic like NOLA, but it just wasn't up to the reputation it has had in the past.
SO DISAPPOINTING...Reserved the chefs bar but too HOT to sit there. With the extreme heat what is the condition of your cooks?? Then the tables that we suggested against the walls were reserved but no signs. Seated us by kitchen. Tables were so close together it was hard for the staff to walk between without hitting the chairs or rubbing against us.
The food was good but really not great....what going on?? Not a good experience for us and our guest.
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My meal at NOLA was great and the personal service and attentive staff were incredible. Great discussions on the wine and the manager personally came over to offer a glass of wine from the bottle menu because of my interest. They were able to switch sides since I was interested in the sides from another dish to go with my pork chop. The pork chop was great and very moist and tender. Very nice wine list with an impressive list of wines by the glass.
Food was beautifully presented and served; However, Even the "not spicy option" was over the top spicy/salty - almost inedible for me. Sadly, Ruined what would have been a nice grilled fish. Dessert portions very small and nothing special. Hate to say- Disappointed overall.
Chose NOLA for our last night in New Orleans and loved it. Gumbo was delicious and the Louisiana Crab Cakes were the best ever. The salmon was perfect and Ooey Gooey Cake was tasty (and fun to say). Caesar salad was a bit too salty for our taste. Service was impeccable. Great memories of a great city.
We enjoyed our first visit to NOLA, on our third trip to New Orleans. The steak (and accompaniments) were delicious, but it seemed like it took quite a long time to be served the entree. We were seated at 7:30 p.m. and our entree was brought to the table around 8:45-long time. It Iwas quite crowded (only two floors were open that evening), and quite loud. In spite, the food and service was great, and if you're not in a "great' hurry, I do recommend this fine restaurant.
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