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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. 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.
New Orleans, LA 70130
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
This was our second visit. The first was fantastic, this one, not so much. It really came down to our waiter. He was awful. We wanted to have half bottles of wine with our courses but that was s little much for our server to grasp. After our first course was devoured--the pork cheeks were great--I had to flag down a manager to cancel our wine because it was nowhere to be found, along with our server. We ordered a full bottle for our entree course which was served by the mgr but 30 min later our food still had not arrived. The large party next to us who ordered after we did got their food and we had none. Finally we were served. My wife had the duck which was great. I had the fried chicken which was sub par. After we we were half finished with our food the server returned to ask how things were. I replied "ehh...fair I guess". He said great and left. I choked down the rest of my over cooked underseasoned chicken and then we ordered dessert from the mgr. the bread pudding was excellent. When we were finished the server magically appeared and dropped our check immediately. We will never eat here again. There are too many fantastic restaurants in the quarter to deal with this crap.
I have to say, I went on the recommendation of several friends and I was not disappointed!! The service here is beyond top notch!! My glass was never less than half full. They were always there to answer any questions. The food was indescribable. I had the Crab Cake appetizer, Shrimp and Grits entrée, and the Crème Brûlée Trio for dessert. I walked out extremely satisfied! I wish I lived closer so that I could go here more often!
Our server was Ray with Derek and Gregory assisting. Started with the butternut squash bisque and rabbit/andouille gumbo - both were very tasty. Braised pork belly was tender and delicious and tortellini had great flavor. The shrimp and grits were spot on - shrimp cooked just right and grits were creamy and some of the best I've had. We finished with the trio of creme brûlée which were very good (could have used the traditional burnt sugar crust - but still good) and toppings were fresh. Servers were very attentive and caring.
The food was amazing. I had the buttermilk fried chicken, pepper jack mac & cheese with greens. The gumbo was out of this world.
The service was world class. I had a reservation and was seated right away. I highly recommend you visit NOLA while in New Orleans.
The service was beyond reproach from the front door to the wait and service staff. Wonderful. The food was fantastic, however, we all agreed that the Garlic Crusted Drum was among the most bland and uninspired dishes our entire group had tasted. That said all other dishes were truly fantastic. As such this was still a 5-star meal and we will be back. Well done.
We were visiting New Orleans and were recommended NOLA. To be honest the food was average at best, I had a rabbit gumbo that was like cooked rabbit in hot water, sauce had no taste. My wife had fried chicken that looked like 2 big chicken tenders. The people on an adjacent table had a pizza that smelled so strongly of truffle that you could see none of them really wanted to eat it (and they didn't) and the smell at our table was off putting. Room was nice and services was good but certainly the food was a big disappointment, expect more local New Orleans type food, look at the menu before you go!
Nola was just ok. For the price it should have been memorable. Perhaps it's what we ordered but again, for the price all entrees should be excellent. We both thought our dishes were over salted. The BBQ shrimp appetizer was the best we ate here. Salty but good. The Caesar salad was pretty well done too although could use more anchovies. Their wine list is good but marked up too much. Noise level was ridiculous. Waiter, Marco, was terrific! Therefore we give Nola a 3. If it were less expensive we could overlook the noise perhaps and overuse of salt.
Been to NOLA the restaurant almost every NOLA visit. Go for the ambience and good food. Seems like menu has not changed much, which can be a plus, but also looking for new things. Server was very nice and attentive. Only downside for us was the lighting where we sat upstairs - with two very bright overhead light fixtures. We asked to tone it down but were told lighting dimmer would dim the whole restaurant. In my view the dining experience would be much more intimate and the ambience would be greatly improved by dimming the light in that area, or putting in much much lower wattage bulbs in those fixtures. Lighting appeared to be better and more appropriate in the other areas of the restaurant without the bright overhead lights.
Other than the appetizers some of which are hte same lopcal fare as served elsewhere three o0ut of te fo0ur mains wee a bst .
Duck looked schrumptous but was too smoked resultng in a dish that had a strong smoked flavor and dry mushy meat. Fried chicken wasdry white meat and not as good as the colonel but the pasta was tasty.
Dessert was good
Nola is a favorite of ours. Professional, friendly wait staff who are knowledgeable about the food and the wine. For starters we love the chicken wings & the boudin balls. The barbecue shrimp is so good but this time I tried the scallops with seafood pasta & I'm glad I did. My husband had the garlic crusted drum and my daughter had the duck both which I'm told were delicious. We are never hurried or rushed, there is ample time to enjoy every course and linger over dessert. The noise level is moderate, you can hear everyone at your table. We look forward to dining at Nola everytime we visit New Orleans.
We had Nate as our server and he couldn't have been better! Really made our experience memorable! I've actually had him one other time! Now I'm just going to request him every time we go! Food and drinks were great. Also enjoyed watching the people go by! Be back soon! 😘
The service and food were outstanding! Waitstaff were friendly, informative and highly professional. The amt of time between courses was perfect, never rushed. Our only negative comments are regarding the environment, the air conditioning was very cold and the fan/ blower is large and powerful, so much so that from where we were seated, the food cooled quickly.
The food was wonderful but the service was terrible. It seems as though the servers know the food is good and so they have no longer care about the importance of good service. If a meal for three is going to cost over $200, I expect a waiter to greet us and at least acknowledge our existence. It's took over twenty minutes for someone to take our drink order and we didn't receive our drinks for another twenty minutes. How difficult is it to pour two glasses of wine and make a sazerac? We had a reservation for 8:45 and didn't reviewed our food until around 10:20. Overall, I would go for the food, but the service turned what should have been a lovely last night in New Orleans into something disappointing. The best service was from the bus boy who was also pouring our waters.
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