About NOLA Restaurant
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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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
NOLA Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
The Shrimp and Grits was amazing!!!! The ...
The Shrimp and Grits was amazing!!!! The best dessert is the Ooey Goey Cake by far!
We have enjoyed fine dining many times, this is top on our lengthy list we travel to New Orleans often and every time plan to enjoy dinner at Nola the food is perfect, the service and atmospher is excelllent the quality and value - superb!
We had great meal experience. The food w ...
We had great meal experience. The food was fantastic . Our service was great. When we return to new Orleans we will be back.
Our server was very attentive. Food was ...
Our server was very attentive. Food was great.
Wonderful dinner in New Orleans
We spent a week in New Orleans for part of 25 anniversary. For our last evening there we went to Emeril's, Nola restaurant on St Peter. It's a great 3 story bldg. they have wonderful service and an excellent menu. It's one of places that when you want something special and memorable you won't be disappointed. We'll be back!
Great service! A whole village! The frie ...
Great service! A whole village! The fried chicken was the best my partner or I had ever tasted and we've been in the South mostly our whole lives! Busy place so don't expect ambiance but you will feel joyfilled when you leave!
Shrimp and grits were amazing. Took one ...
Shrimp and grits were amazing. Took one hour for our main course. Multiple plates served before us to tables that ordered after us. Maybe it was the grits?
Very loaded. Sounded like a noisy bar. Some of the food was good but nothing amazing. Had the oysters which were horrible. Oysters had no taste and the crumbs were soggy. Nothing special. Service was amazing but that only works if the food is good.
For some reason I witnessed 3 separate t ...
For some reason I witnessed 3 separate tables who all arrived, were seated, and ordered various times after me and my fiancé were seated and order. 1 table of 4 guest ( arrived 12 minutes after us ) 1 table if 3 guest( arrived 8 minutes after us, and a couple( arrived 17 minutes after us). I couldn't seem to figure out why our food specifically took longer than the other tables. And payed attention to the time so closely because it took an abnormal amount of time to even take our drink order. I had a rare steak and she had the pork chop. Being that I've worked as a Pastry chef for 12 years, I found it severely disappointing in the fact we were served last of the 4 tables in our surrounding area. Being that I rarely get the time away from work the same time as my fiancé, we both feel like we could have spent our money at an establishment with more organization, or at least a better grasp of fairness.
Excellent food and wine. 1st time there ...
Excellent food and wine. 1st time there and really enjoyed our meal & the ambiance
As someone who doesn't consider themselv ...
As someone who doesn't consider themselves a 'foodie', or even experience seafood, I went to New Orleans with an open mind for once, and willing to try anything (that isn't raw!). Our last meal in the city was at NOLA, our service and food was beyond exceptional!
Wow, just wow!
The food here is phenomenal. Sure, it is a bit pricey, but the food was out of this world good! And the service was great as well. I highly recommend this place to anyone visiting New Orleans!
We had an excellent time at NOLA. The wa ...
We had an excellent time at NOLA. The wait staff was wonderful! The experience was awesome and so was the food! I thank the wonderful staff who served us!
I have been a fan of Emeril since the 90 ...
I have been a fan of Emeril since the 90's, and have eaten at many of his restaurants in multiple cities. Our meal at NOLA was terrific, but I only have one small complaint: the gumbo was a little watery! I know, going into any of Emeril's places, you expect the gumbo to be 2nd to none, and I had high expectations. Being somewhat of a gumbo afficionado, I ate this New Orleans staple 3 times in the 3 days I was in New Orleans, and NOLA's came in 3rd! I have to assume that they ran out of brown roux, or maybe someone snuck too much stock into the pot, but whatever happened, it was a surprise! Besides that, the hickory smoked duck was esquisite, with a beautifully crisp skin and a corn pudding I wanted more of. The strawberry shortcake dessert was perfectly balanced, and the service was courteous and efficient. I will certainly continue to patronize this legend's restaurants at every opportunity!
One of the best meals of my life. The du ...
One of the best meals of my life. The duck confit flatbread with a fried egg is not to be missed and the shrimp and grits was a treasure
We dined with another couple for my birt ...
We dined with another couple for my birthday and had a wonderful time. The waiter was very attentive, service was on point all night. Entrees we tried were shrimp and grits (amazing!), salmon (perfect!) and soft shell crab (loved it!). We would go again next time in NOLA.
The food was excellent and the vibe was ...
The food was excellent and the vibe was cool. I got the charbroiled salmon over smashed potatoes and crispy brussel sprouts. My dessert was amazing. It was a chocolate cake in a cup with roasted marshmallow, coconut and coffee flavored ice cream -- a taste sensation! It did end up costing more than we expected overall. You are paying for the Emeril name, but I'm glad we tried it.
Enjoyed our first visit to NOLA. Nice v ...
Enjoyed our first visit to NOLA. Nice variety and reasonable.
Service 5 stars as all of Emeril's place ...
Service 5 stars as all of Emeril's places are. We were disappointed in the portion size. We both had drum as our entree. The preparation and ingredients were excellent. The portion was a thimble full of fish- an appetizer portion at best. We had a salad and banana pudding cake dessert. The food was excellent but we left hungry.
Horrible service, will choose somewhere ...
Horrible service, will choose somewhere else next trip to town.
The staff was attentive and courteous. O ...
The staff was attentive and courteous. Our waiter was a real delight, so professional and accommodating. I had the Buttermilk Fried Chicken dinner and it was delicious... just a little too much food to finish in one sitting. Overall it was a wonderful experience.
Two of my coworkers and I were in town for a conference and chose Nola one evening for dinner. We were seated promptly at our reservation time. The service was very good, as was the food and its presentation. If I'm ever in New Orleans again, I would certainly revisit Nola, perhaps next time for lunch or dessert and coffee.
The service and food were amazing. I do ...
The service and food were amazing. I don't think I have ever been to a restaurant the runs as efficiently as NOLA.
Outstanding restaurant – Raymond - our s ...
Outstanding restaurant – Raymond - our server - was the best we've ever had!
Was so impressed with the service from t ...
Was so impressed with the service from the 2 girls that took us to our table to all the waiters. Superb!! They were all very attentive to everyone. The food was fabulous! I have already recommended this restaurant to my friends if they go to New Orleans. Would definitely go again.
The food was good. The service was extremely poor.
Uneven, poor service beginning the minute our group walked in the door. It took about 15 minutes to be seated regardless of our reservation. We were initially seated at a wobbly table, then reseated, still no water or wine. I had a question about two wines, our waiter called the sommelier over. He was incredibly rude and not helpful at all. Next, the white wine we ordered arrived room temperature and had to spend an additional 15 minutes chilling in an ice bucket. Very poor indeed. This restaurant needs to refocus on customer attention and quality of service. We had dined here previously and had a wonderful experience. Not this time; will not be back and will not recommend this restaurant given all of the other restaurants in New Orleans with far better service. Emeril would be ashamed of our experience.
First floor is horribly noisy and it seems like the staff working there might be in training. In the past, we have been seated on the third floor which I will request in the future. There is no room to wait for your table and the bar only has a half dozen seats or so. Basically, you are in the way of either the front door or the kitchen. Our reservation was on a Monday at 645 and we were seated at 7 and our food delivered at 8. They seemed surprised when we requested more bread and the drinks took more than 30 minutes. The server assumed that we would all be sharing wine and rushed off before getting drink orders. With that said the food is amazing. Stuffed chicken wings are perfection. Scallops, swordfish, shrimp & grits are excellent. The banana pudding cake is good. Emeril never disappoints.
The food was very good at Nola. My wife ...
The food was very good at Nola. My wife had the duck and it was very tender. I had the scallops and they were delicious. My only complaint was that the scallops entree only had 3 scallops. I was expecting a couple more for the price. The banana pudding cake was excellent.
An incredible experience, with service s ...
An incredible experience, with service so personal that it was surreal. The coordination between the staff members was seamless and never overbearing. From the mussels, which were both sweet and sumptuous, to the swordfish that was sushi grade in its texture and taste, to the double-cut pork chop that was like nothing that we had ever tasted or cooked ( was it really a pork chop?), melded together with an outstanding Merlot and finally topped off with chocolate ice cream that one would die for, we were immersed in food paradise. After such a meal, my wife and I were walking on air!
Very good meal. Staff was knowledgeable ...
Very good meal. Staff was knowledgeable and attentive, and made the visit very enjoyable.
The special menu provided smaller portio ...
The special menu provided smaller portions and no apparent cost savings. Should have just ordered from the regular menu.
I had been to NOLA some years before and ...
I had been to NOLA some years before and was really looking forward to this visit. The service and ambiance were wonderful, but the food was a little bit disappointing. Specifically my partner's steak was quite tough. Our server and the maitre d' made sure that it was replaced by another, more tender steak. The bottom line is "all's well that ends well," but Emeril maybe should pay more attention to this restaurant.
EXCELLENT! We celebrated my son's gradua ...
EXCELLENT! We celebrated my son's graduation. We were a party of 7 and they seated us at a round table, which was perfect, on the 3rd floor. The service was excellent and everyone enjoyed their food. This was our 3rd time at NOLA and enjoyed every visit. Can't wait to go back!
Very nice meal. I'm sad they changed t ...
Very nice meal. I'm sad they changed the deep fried chicken. It was very disappointing from the prior dish, which was exceptional. everything else was excellent.
Fun dinner with family for my daughter's ...
Fun dinner with family for my daughter's graduation. Paul was our server and made the evening quite enjoyable. Perfect dinner selection recommendations. Classy guy. The dessert that was called cheese cake/bread pudding was amazing. Never heard of such a thing but am craving it again. Do miss the Chilean wine Purple Angel that was on the list last year. Hope they bring it back but plenty of good choices if they don't. Will be back.
Should visit this restaurant more often. ...
Should visit this restaurant more often. Consistently fine food and service.
Put NOLA on the Top of Your List
NOLA is always the first place I make dinner reservations for when visiting New Orleans and I suggest you do the same. NOLA has awesome food with a low key non-intimidating atmosphere. The staff always make you feel welcome. The meal is paced well so you don't feel rushed or ignored.
Celebrated my 50th birthday-- Fantastic ...
Celebrated my 50th birthday-- Fantastic Service! Paul was fantastic. Extremely personable & made us feel welcome and special. Thank you Paul! Food was fantastic!! Try the stuffed chicken wings appetizer- so delicious. Pork chop and fried chicken were excellent! Would definitely go back!
Amazing dining experience! A must in New ...
Amazing dining experience! A must in New Orleans!
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