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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
NOLA Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
My wife and I looked forward to visiting ...
My wife and I looked forward to visiting this restaurant for our anniversary... My wife
had the soft shell crab special ( $34, way over priced)... one medium sized crab which was so oily she couldn't eat it. Not one wait staff asked how we enjoyed our meal and then we had to wait for what seemed forever for the check .... Our 6 other friends cancelled their reservation after we gave a review.
This was the place we chose for our anni ...
This was the place we chose for our anniversary dinner in New Orleans and unfortunately we were disappointed. The food was very good, when we got it, but the service was out of sync with us all night long. And it's not like they didn't know it was our anniversary as both the host staff and our wait staff congratulated us on it. We got there and things started fine, our waitress came over and we needed some time to figure out our wine selection and app. She left and did not return for at least another 10 minutes at which point we ordered our bottle of wine and app. Well the app got to our table well before we ever got wine, and it was luke warm. We asked to return it and she was very apologetic. We then got our wine, almost 30 minutes after we arrived and our app came shortly after, not much warmer. We figured this must be the way it was supposed to be served. Then we ordered our entrees as by this time we'd had plenty of time to decide, i.e. too much time. We finished our app and waited another 30 minutes plus minutes for our entrees, so we're over an hour in and have had an appetizer and a glass of wine to show for it, wanting to save the rest of our bottle for our entrees. Our waitress came by a couple times, once saying "your entrees should be out shortly", of course they weren't. Having been a waiter I understand the idea of not rushing a table, especially on special occasions but this was not that. Something was going on in the kitchen and our waitress appeared to be more attentive to a larger table near us. Our entrees finally show up and they had my entree wrong! Once again they apologized and said they'd get me one that was firing for another table and it would be out shortly. About 5 minutes later it shows up and is slightly raw due to the fact that they were hurrying it out. The manager comp'ed my entree and we got 2 glasses of champagne for an anniversary ending on the house, which eased the sting, but the damage was done. Get it together, Emeril.
The service and staff was amazing. Very ...
The service and staff was amazing. Very friendly and welcoming. Our waiter had great knowledge of the menu and offered good recommendations. The food came out at a reasonable pace and was delicious and hot. The presentation of each plate was clean and very appealing to the eye. The desserts are house made and so tasty. There is not one thing that I could say was negative about our experience.
Outstanding experience. From the moment ...
Outstanding experience. From the moment we arrived I was greeted by name (from my reservation) and the staff referred to me by name several times throughout the evening. Very nice touch.
Food was fantastic. Everyone at our table was happy with their choices. I can attest to the shrimp and grits and the creme brûlée being top notch. Drinks were excellent too.
I thought the prices were a bit high but for a special occasion. I'd love to revisit but price would be a consideration.
Kudos to showing us what a well oiled operation should look like.
Highly recommend if your looking for an impressive experience for a special occasion.
Table of six. We ordered duck, pork chop ...
Table of six. We ordered duck, pork chop, shrimp & grits, seafood bouillon and 2 strip steaks. All very good, though duck was the least favorite and pork chop on the dry side. Had seen $45 3-course menu on website that was not available at the restaurant. We shared a charcuterie platter and 2 orders of stuffed wings, both delicious. Four of our party ordered a local cocktail called Sazerac, and only one of them liked it. Very medicine-y tasting, I heard. Waitstaff was very attentive, though I wanted a bit more time (and light - very dark in there) to study the wine list, but our server really rushed me to make a choice. She ended up bringing a taste of something she thought I'd like. It was very good, but drier than my usual choice. But I ended up ordering a bottle of it so that she'd leave me in peace. She was very nice, just very assertive, too. For example, several times when we were ordering, she let us know that she would order something else (duck v. Salmon, strip steak v. Drum). We were all so full that only one dessert was ordered. The staff was very attentive and we were well looked after throughout the meal. Definitely a good experience. Relaxes pacing. I would go back at lunch to try some other dishes.
The food was good, of course. We felt v ...
The food was good, of course. We felt very crammed in.
Also the noise level was very high. The service wasn't so great either. Our salad came
quickly but we waited quite a while for our main course. I expected better considerating the
Absolutely fabulous. Exceeded my expect ...
Absolutely fabulous. Exceeded my expectations and those in my party. Acknowledged our special celebration, made food recommendations, very attentive. Food and drink were divine. No one had a bad meal, and we each tasted each others as there was an ample amount but not excessive. Would repeat if the opportunity presents itself.
Great experience for those "Food Network ...
Great experience for those "Food Network" fans. I always wondered if the food that Emeril cooked on his programs was as good as it looked. Now I know, it definitely was!! Great atmosphere, wonderful full service staff, tend to every need and desire. This is certainly on the "MUST DO" list when visiting the New Orleans. Excellent establishment.
We went for our 10th anniversary dinner. ...
We went for our 10th anniversary dinner. Everyone but our main server was down to earth and friendly. Our main server (of about 3) never smiled at all. Wine was delicious. Food was good, dessert was great. Ambience was good, air-conditioning was freezing. Three out of five stars.
Enjoyed the meal. Food was excellent. ...
Enjoyed the meal. Food was excellent. The staff was amazing. Very friendly and helpful. Made our experience very enjoyable. Will definitely dine there in future visits to New Orleans. Will recommend it to friends and family
Was not as impressed as I thought it was ...
Was not as impressed as I thought it was going to be. Ambience and our server were excellent. Grilled shrimp and grits had too much oil pooling on the side of the dish leaving an orange oily ring. Banana layer cake with too much and overripe bananas, barely any cake and oddly, not that sweet. NY Strip...too thick a cut and slightly tough. Was in Emeril's audience twice during it's hey day in NYC and just didn't quite make what I thought it would be. Still, it was an enjoyable meal with excellent watermelon martinis but feel a tad short.
Absolutely tremendous food and service! ...
Absolutely tremendous food and service! The pork cheek boudin balls were so good, I could've eaten a thousand of them! I had my first Sazerac there and it was delicious. There were so many good choices to eat but I went with the garlic crusted drum because I'm from NE and we don't have drum there plus I've seen Emeril made brabant potatoes several times and just had to try them! I was too full to really appreciate dessert because of the servers' generosity in handing out this fabulous brioche and cornbread during the meal with the most incredible butter...but I wasn't going to leave without some banana pudding cake! The first two bites I had were amazing and then they packed it up for me and it was just as good for breakfast the next day! The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because I wasn't in love with the decor and the stained dirty ceilings and floors...maybe it was supposed to look rustic but it just looked dingy instead. I'd go back for a meal and to hang around with the wonderful staff anytime though!
Our servers were incredibly personal and ...
Our servers were incredibly personal and knowledgeable. When one guest in my party went to order his entree, the server actually suggested AGAINST that selection. The guest decided to order it anyway, and later told the server he was right and he should have listened. It wasn't that the food was bad, but it wasn't worth the price and there were far better things on the menu (like the pork chops) that were phenomenal and he would have been better off ordering that. Overall, it was a great experience and I would 100% trust the recommendations and reviews of the staff and eat there again!
I love NOLA. However, my friend didn't ...
I love NOLA. However, my friend didn't like the mac and cheese and could not eat the buttermilk chicken. She said it was too rich. I had the duck and it was delicious. We sat upstairs which was much quieter. The beet salad and pocket bread was outstanding. So was the sazerac and the champagne cocktail.
I brought my mother here for her Birthda ...
I brought my mother here for her Birthday dinner. We drove over night from Atlanta. She has watched Emeril on TV for years. The food was amazing! Every bite delicious! 'The bread and water guy ' Collin was courteous, speedy and attentive. Our actual waitress was rude and not attentive in the least. When I asked for the catch of the day and what the market price was and when I asked to sample Emeril' 2010 wine I felt she was rude and dismissive. When she brought the wine for me to sample she just say it down left and didn't return for approx 10 min, where as I was able to finally order my drink. Then she sent over another waiter to continue taking care of us and he seemed all over the place. It took an extended time to get any of our meals - the people who were seated behind is sat down 15-20 min after is and received their food before us. If this was for any other time I would've walked out. The wait and the service was horrible. I would recommend others for the food.
The service was terrible. After waiting ...
The service was terrible. After waiting 45 minutes after ordering, our food finally came. The order was wrong and the food that came out was cold. After notifying the waitress she took the food and never brought back the correct order. She even tried to charge us for that food. I can't recommend this restaurant to anyone else.
EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED! First trip to Ne ...
First trip to New Orleans. NOLA came highly recommended, so I enthusiastically made a reservation for Sat. dinner. How could I go wrong with an Emeril restaurant IN New Orleans? Unfortunately, I quickly learned NOLA is NOT all that it is hyped up to be.
~The (free) dinner rolls as soon as we sat down - Delicious!
~The cocktails. Watermelon martini, pomegranate martini and mango mojito-all fantastic.
~The decor-(Most) of the restaurant has a VERY cool vibe. Warehouse-feel with a cool elevator in the middle. UNLESS you sat where we did...
~The wait to be seated-40 minutes AFTER our reservation time! A busy Saturday night in NO, we were willing to be forgiving of this.
~The wait for our entrees-45 minutes between appetizer and entree.
~ALL the food AFTER the (free) dinner rolls. SO very disappointing. Really wanted to love the food! Again, Emeril-how could we go wrong? Well, because the food is simply turn-key, similar in quality to TGI Fridays or Cheesecake Factory on a bad day. NO JOKE... Soup du Jour (Oyster Rockerfeller) was just OK-very salty, nothing special. Garlic Crusted Drum (fish)-the flavors didn't "go together". NOLA's Buttermilk Fried Chicken-chicken itself was decent. The pepper jack mac & cheese was bland and cold. I should have sent it back. The greens were OK.
~Our seating location-2nd floor, in the back, near the restrooms. Considering we had a reservation and waited 40 minutes past our time, I expected a fairly decent seat - this was the WORST seat in the house. No one should ever be located in this area of the restaurant.
~The Service-ABOMINABLE. Perhaps because we were sitting in the "staging area", there seemed to be mass chaos happening during our entire stay. Our waiter was pushy and continued to rush us. The help continued to talk under their breath about the other customers. Food came out slow for every table. Not at all professional in any way.
Best chicken andouille sausage gumbo I'v ...
Best chicken andouille sausage gumbo I've ever had anywhere! It was gumbo of the day! Had fun celebrating my mom's birthday there. It was fun and lively. I enjoyed the pork chop- also one of the best I've had. Great fun and great food!
Friday night, we wanted to go to a resta ...
Friday night, we wanted to go to a restaurant that had something a 10 year-old could eat. We decided to go to the Quarter for a change and ended up at NOLA. The 10 year-old LOVED the elevator to the 2nd floor. We adults ordered apps. I had the special spinach, pear, blue cheese and cracklin salad with bacon dressing. It was delicious. The cracklins were a very nice touch. My dinner companion had the gumbo of the day. It was pork and andouille. The gumbo had nice flavor, but could have been hotter. The 10 year-old had the fried chicken and mac & cheese, which she loved, but $27 for a chicken breast and some mac & cheese, although very good, was pretty high. We were glad we asked that the child's meal be brought first because it took FOREVER to get our entrees. While, at first, we felt that we were being rushed, I truly think they just forgot about us in the end. The child had already had dessert before they brought our entrees. When they came, the entrees were good, but not great. I had the pork chop, which was cooked well, but was not served hot enough. The sweet potatoes that came with it were nothing special, just boiled, cubed sweet potatoes. The duck was very smoky and while it was good, it was supposed to have a bourbon glaze, which could not be tasted at all. The green beans that came with it were just green beans. Whatever that other thing was underneath the duck -- some kind of savory pudding, I think -- did not have a lot of flavor. The ooey gooey cake that the child had for dessert was very good, but again, not served hot enough. They need to pay attention to the temperatures at which the food is served and be more creative with the sides and maybe cut the price of the chicken by about $7.00. Also, they shouldn't just assume that everyone are tourists. They could ask where you are from, so that locals don't get the tourist treatment, which we did until we let the waiter know we were local.
NOLA was disappointing. We went here fo ...
NOLA was disappointing. We went here for a friend's birthday and this place was highly recommended. To start off the night. my friend and I ordered an old fashioned and it was terrible. The first one they made was too sweet, tasted like syrup so we sent it back. Instead of making a new drink, we saw the bartender trying to fix it by adding more bitters and ice and resend out to the table, and it tasted even worst. We sent the same drink back and this time, the bartender added club soda (which doesn't normally has in an old fashioned) and resend out to the table. We were so disappointed at this bartender and cancelled the drink and can't believe this is a Emeril restaurtant.
We ordered the duck, shrimp and grits and the pork chop for dinner. Overall, the shrimp and grits was good but not the best I had in New Orleans but the duck was disappointing. The duck was dry and flavorless and I guess don't see how it was southern cooking. It reminds me of a smoked marinated duck gone wrong.
There are many great restaurants in New Orleans and French Quarter and NOLA is not one of them.
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