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, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
NOLA Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Went there with my wife for our first we ...
Went there with my wife for our first wedding anniversary. If I had one word to describe the experience, perfection. Waiter took care of us when we weren't sure what to order. First night in New Orleans, gave us the full experience in an hour and half.
The chicken was disappointing ; Popeye"s ...
The chicken was disappointing ; Popeye"s would have been a better choice. The Drum was solid, but unexceptional. The wine list was exceptional and overwhelmed the food items. Emerald must be satisfied with its mediocrity. It would serve him well to go back to the conceptual drawing board.
My wife and I were in town for vacation ...
My wife and I were in town for vacation and dined for lunch. We ordered the Pork Cheek Boudin Balls appetizer. They were outstanding! We would've liked more but the order only comes with 3. For lunch my wife ordered the Shrimp and Grits and I ordered the Wood Oven Roasted Drum. Both meals were fantastic. The service was friendly and attentive. We will visit Emeril's NOLA Restaurant every time we visit NOLA! This restaurant truly lived up to the expectations we had of an Emeril's restaurant.
NOLA is a New Orleans gem and a regular ...
NOLA is a New Orleans gem and a regular stop during our visits to the city. The stuffed chicken wings are a must, and plenty of fabulous Emeril-inspired entrees to take it from there. Frank behind the bar will take good care of your drink needs, and we enjoyed Big John and his team with their exceptional service throughout dinner. Eat, drink, and enjoy!
NOLA restaurant is one of our favorite p ...
NOLA restaurant is one of our favorite places in New Orleans. The decor is simple, vibrant, and comfortable with views of quaint French Quarter shutters through the windows. Of course the food is the star of this show. Fried green tomatoes with poached shrimp was terrific as an appetizer. My husband's pork chop was cooked perfectly and so delicious. The strip steak with fried oysters was huge reminding us that Emeril's restaurants always serve big portions. We dined here 19 years ago and loved the food as much this visit as we did back then. Definitely one of the best!
I dined at Nola last year and liked it v ...
I dined at Nola last year and liked it very much but was very disappointed this visit. The hostess had a very sour attitude and though not rude was not friendly at all. Our waitstaff was sweet and tried hard but seemed new and inexperienced. My husbands scotch and my vodka were very stingy pours. My meal (shrimp & grits) was average at best. My husband had the smoked duck and my son the gumbo and the duck pizza, both of those were quite good. Also, the restaurant was freezing. I would not go back
NOLA's is a dining jewel defined by perf ...
NOLA's is a dining jewel defined by perfection. Some fine restaurants squander their good reputation; not NOLA's -- they earn it with every meal. Our waiter, Tim, was comfortable and caring about every detail of our meal and service. And, oh, the duck was the best I've ever had! My wife and I compared superlatives because she felt her drum fish was the most delicious fish entree she ever had. To say NOLA's is FIVE STARS is under-rating it.
Our guest recommended this restaurant fo ...
Our guest recommended this restaurant for he said one of the best. His opinion has changed and will not recommend. shrimp was overcooked and steak was very tough. They were out of the wine shown on the list that we asked for ($80/bot) an did not recommend an alternate. We chose one that was less expensive ($56/bot) so all worked out. Restaurant is very noisy and we could not visit with guests who sat across the table. Just a poor choice with so may other Great Restaurants in New Orleans. PS: Crab Cakes were excellent!!
Every time i visit New Orleans I come he ...
Every time i visit New Orleans I come here for the duck and a bottle of Burgundy. This time it was good but has been excellent every other time. I will continue to try it because it is still the best duck i have had in a restaurant.
Friendly staff, excellent service, good ...
Friendly staff, excellent service, good food! We were a challenging group - very distracted and had multiple cards to pay one bill. The server was kind and not annoyed (which we really deserved). Food was delicious and it really topped off our trip to New Orleans well!
Great service as always. Food was not as ...
Great service as always. Food was not as good as usual, but I keep them at a very high level so it is tough to always meet that standard. No problem with reservation or seating. Only issue was a large, loud group near our table. We were celebrating our 30th anniversary, so we would have preferred a more romantic setting. Still a great evening as usual.
Was disappointed with the quality of the ...
Was disappointed with the quality of the food. Duck was extremely dry and the shrimp and grits were uneventful. I expected so much more. Emerils brand must be played out and the have over expanded to the point where the food is suffering. K Pauls is a much better experience.
I had eaten at NOLA before with a group ...
I had eaten at NOLA before with a group and enjoyed it. My grown daughter and I ate recently and I was a bit disappointed. The menu seemed to be sparse and the food was good but not outstanding. The service was wonderful though as were our cocktails. The warehouse setting is very pleasant.
What you would expect from Emeril. Great ...
What you would expect from Emeril. Great food and great service. The staff was on top of their game and made everyone feel like they were the most important person in the room. My wife had the roasted duck. It was succulent and tender. I had the blackened pan crusted drum fish which was cooked with a southern flair. We would highly recommend NOLA.
Found a review for this place and it was ...
Found a review for this place and it was near to our hotel so we booked it. It was really good. We chose the taster menu and it was excellent. We had a lovely cocktail to start and we shared the starter and the desert and one of us just had a main course and they were okay with that. Really very good.
The customer service here is outstanding ...
The customer service here is outstanding! Hosts and hostesses greet you and several servers helped us throughout the evening. The food was good also. Not the best mint julep in town though so stick with the NOLA cosmo. Delicious!
The staff was so friendly and accomadati ...
The staff was so friendly and accomadating. The restaurant itself was gorgeous and inviting.
Our waiter Abe great drink recommendations. The charcuterie board we ordered for an app was fantastic, I had the shrimp and grits and would have licked the bowl if I could have.
Everyone in my group enjoyed their meal and cleaned off their plates. I can't wait for another excuse to go back. It was the best meal we had while in New Orleans.
We picked NOLA because we were visiting ...
We picked NOLA because we were visiting the city and we like Emril L. We read the website and dressed for the occasion. Unfortunately they don't enforce the code and we saw everything from shorts and Tanks to flip flops. Took the special right out of the occasion.
Great food and service just not the ambience we were expecting.
The service was awesome, all the waiters ...
The service was awesome, all the waiters were right there if you needed any thing , checked on you. The food was magnificent. I never dreamed it was that good. The creme brûlée was out of this world.!! Our fist time to New Orleans, the food and history was priceless. Have watched Emeril for years on TV was so excited to get to eat at his restaurant.
It was dinner with 6 adult family member ...
It was dinner with 6 adult family members and the noise level was quite high on the second floor. Service staff of 3, 2 were not too enthusiastic about being there.. Food was tasty but not the wow we have had at other emeril locations
food was quite good, but the banana pudd ...
food was quite good, but the banana pudding did not live up to our expectations. Lots of whipping cream, and not too much substance.
Once we told the server we were not going to have wine, he seemed to vanish for the rest of the evening. Nice ambiance.
I was disappointed in the service from h ...
I was disappointed in the service from head waiter. The assistant servers were great. The food was good (I had the duck) but compared to other meals I had during this trip it was average. I was at this restaurant several years ago and had an outstanding experience so this time was a noticeable difference.
The food was over priced compared to oth ...
The food was over priced compared to other restaurants that we visited in the area. We had high expectations and were disappointed. Would not recommend to friends, there are plenty of other places that offer great food.
My wife and I dined here for our fifth w ...
My wife and I dined here for our fifth wedding anniversary. When I saw rabbit on the menu, I knew we had to go here - I've wanted to try rabbit for quite some time. It was excellent! There was a lightly-breaded breast (I think) and some not breaded. Though there was a little bit of gristle in the non-breaded part, it did not take away from the enjoyment. My wife got the shrimp and grits. She was a little surprised that the shrimp still had their tails, but she really enjoyed it! We started off with the pocket bread, and I want the recipe! It was light and airy, with just the right amount of flavor. Plus, before ordering, they brought us each a rosemary roll and a jalapeno cornbread muffin. For desert, we split the ooey-gooey cake. It was excellent! Our server had a trainee with him, but that did not distract at all. Also, they were very quick about picking up loose scraps of paper (like the cover for the butter) and refilling our water glasses. Whenever one of us got up to use the restroom, (or when we were getting our picture taken)somebody came along and refolded our napkins. Such attention to detail did not go unnoticed!
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