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
Service was impressive as they use a tea ...
Service was impressive as they use a team approach where each table has 3 servers (at least in our case). The food was so good and the best I've had in all of NOLA. I had the chicken with Mac n cheese but what really impressed me were the greens with bacon underneath. I don't even like greens (normally) but these were the best I've ever had. The wife had shrimp and grits which was delicious as well. 5 stars for sure! Dinner here is expensive but very good. Appears to have a relaxed dress code as I saw someone with a University of Arizona shirt on.
My son and I had a quick trip to New Orl ...
My son and I had a quick trip to New Orleans and had dinner at NOLA before our ghost tour. The food was fantastic, the service delightful, and the warm ooey gooey cake was oh, sooooo gooooood! I thought the prices reasonable for the quality of food.
This was my first visit to NOLA since it ...
This was my first visit to NOLA since it opened in the mid-90s. Let me begin by saying that the staff members were attentive and friendly. However, the restaurant is in desperate need of a renovation. The decor seems to be just like it was 20+ years ago, except now it very weathered. The paint on the walls is chipped, the wood chairs are full of scratches and the men's restroom was just plain nasty. However, the food was above average, but not commensurate with the prices charged for the ambiance of the restaurant. I highly recommend its sister restaurant, the original Emeril's in the Warehouse District, which is impeccably clean with great decor.
This was the first visit of some friends ...
This was the first visit of some friends to New Orleans and we thought this would be a good place to take them for some for some of that food New Orleans is famous for. Sorry to say only two of the four meals were to the standard one would expect of NOLA. One of my friends had Mussles cooked in a beer, but the beer flavor was so strong that there was no other flavor. I had the New York strip and asked for Medium Rare. Got well done. They went to refire a new stake and it took so long to prepare that all the rest of the table was finished with their meal. Waiter never asked, so finally flagged down the manager to ask what was taking so long on the new state. He ran off and brought back a new steak which was medium (not medium rare) and tough. I have had better meat from my local supermarket. The seating was also something less than desirable. For some reason they had to seat us at a waiter station in the door way even though other tables were in the area which remained vacant the entire time we were present. For the money paid, not a place I would recommend. Better to go around the corner to Brennan's.
The guy they greeted us at the front des ...
The guy they greeted us at the front desk was not very friendly. However the service staff was excellent! Also I suggest you're put a partition up so that the service staff is not seen gathering within the dining room upstairs.
Surprisingly below average! We ordered a ...
Surprisingly below average! We ordered a French wine from the super extended wine list, as well as appetizers and main courses. A good 15 minutes later we were told that the wine we chose wasn't available, so we picked another one. The wine arrived after we finished the appetizers (I ordered the Gumbo which would've been great WITH the wine). We complained to our waitress and her response was "I'm sorry Baby, we were really busy tonight and the wines are kept on the third floor". My steak was undercook and cold. My spouse's potatoes were cold. The waitress disappeared.
After we were done with our meal, the waitress asked my spouse if he wanted to lick the plate, remark that we both found completely out of place.
Having been to Emeril's the previous night we couldn't help but compare both places. We are definitely NOT going back to Nola.
On our last night in New Orleans we chos ...
On our last night in New Orleans we chose this restaurant based on its interesting online menu and the actual experience didn't disappoint. We took our server's advice on several items. We shared a caesar salad to start. The two entrées were really delicious - her scallops came with added shrimp and mussels and was the best she'd ever had apparently. My garlic-encrusted drum was amazingly tasty. We shared a banana layer cake (real bananas) for dessert. The wine list was the most extensive we've seen in a while, though most of them were out of our price range. Thankfully there were several in each category that we could afford and the one we tried was perfect. We also shared a glass of tawny port that was a perfect finish. The service was excellent - fast, expert, and very friendly. Definitely NOLA restaurant was a highlight of our visit to NOLA the city.
There was a fly in my niece's glass of w ...
There was a fly in my niece's glass of water and the staff were not at all disturbed by it. They brought her another glass and didn't even apologize. Our drinks took forever to appear. I had fried chicken. The chicken was very good but the mac and cheese and greens that came with it were so salty, I could not eat them. Our waiter was about as personable as a paper bag. Desserts were good but that is not enough for me to ever go back. Very disappointing for a celebrity chef's restaurant.
7 pm reservation on Sunday July 10 Reci ...
7 pm reservation on Sunday July 10
Recieved meal around 8:45 pork chop wasn't cooked sent it back and it came back still uncooked Waitress was kind and understanding The manager was a bit rude trying tobe a comedian
The manager basically blew off the uncooked meal like it wasn't a big deal
I will not waste my time to even think about eating here in the future.
Very disappointed in the service. Dined ...
Very disappointed in the service. Dined with my wife and son, wait staff brought me the wrong order, also forgot to bring a cocktail my son ordered. They did apologize for the error but these were careless mistakes that you don't expect from a restaurant like this. Doubt if I go back.
We had a great experience here. For sta ...
We had a great experience here. For starters we tried the stuffed chicken wings and they were amazing. Also a small cup of the gumbo which was delicious. The night we were there it was chicken and sausage gumbo, but that changes from night to night I understand. For a main course, I had the fried chicken which came with sides of macaroni and cheese and greens. It was a very large piece of chicken and the breading was quite tasty and it was seasoned well, but the center of the breast lacked just a bit being done, with red blood visible near the bone. Other than that the plate was perfect, the greens were great and the mac and cheese was wonderful. My husband had the pork chop. It was large and cooked perfectly. He enjoyed his side of carrots very much as well. We also tried a dessert, we shared the cheesecake and it was delicious. The servers were all excellent. We wanted to try a pinot noir, and there were a couple of "by the glass" ones on the menu. We described our tastes to the server, and after consulting with the sommelier, she recommended a Belle glos wine to us that was so good I immediately began looking for a place to buy bottles of it. Overall, great experience.
we arrived almost 30 minutes early and w ...
we arrived almost 30 minutes early and were seated immediately. Service staff were knowledgeable, professional and very attentive. Crab cake appetizer was the best we had ever had. My wife had the duck and the meat was very tender and loaded with flavor. I had the shrimp and grits - got six large shrimp that were perfectly cooked and flavorful. the portion of grits was ridiculously small and covered with a sauce of clarified butter, bacon and tasso ham that was so excessively rich that I didn't eat half of either. we split the crème bruele trio for dessert and they were all delicious, very creamy and complimented each other well. I'm glad that we went, but now that I can check it off my "bucket list" will not be back.
The restaurant was much quieter than I w ...
The restaurant was much quieter than I was expecting, and there did seem to be more staff than customers at one point, but we did get fantastic service. They only have a few cocktails but these were well-made and generous, otherwise there is an extensive wine list. I had the buttermilk chicken with probably the best mac 'n' cheese I have ever tasted, followed by a feather-light frozen mai tai desert. The desert as a whole worked well, although individual mouthfuls of the different components seemed to jar. My husband had steak with oysters - several days later he is still talking about how amazing the oysters were. His trio of creme brule were unctuous and packed with flavour. Our servers were very attentive, and given the quietness of the restaurant, happy to chat to us tourists.
Overall a good dining experience. I was ...
Overall a good dining experience. I was excited to go to an Emeril Lagasse restaurant. I ordered Miss Hays Chicken wings, and had the oysters as an appy and the hickory smoked duck as an entree. The entrees were superb, the chicken wings were a surprise with the vermicelli and asian inspired dipping sauce and the oysters were perfect. THe entree was quite delicious, smoky, and savourythe duck was cooked to perfection.
Service by wait staff was fantastic - tr ...
Service by wait staff was fantastic - treated like royalty.
All Meals were ala carte.
Pork Cheek Boudin Balls, overcooked, stringy, too small a portion.
Side salad - nothing about it that was memorable - neither the salad nor the dressing.
Pork Chop w/cubed sweet potatoes - Pork cooked to perfection - seasoning was too light and non-defined, sweet potatoes too under cooked - like eating raw, pool of glaze that the meal was floating in was thin, and posed to be a clothes staining nightmare when one of the sweet potatoes fell off fork into the glaze.
Banana Pudding Cake had all the components but lacked something that tied it together into a cohesive desert, not just an assortment of items on the plate. With the over inflated menu prices, we opted out of wine service. This was the single most expensive meal I have ever had in my life, and my expectations were high and I was left feeling robbed. Our trip to New Orleans was solely to go to an Emeril's restaurant - we arrived in town at 4:30pm, had dinner reservations for 6:30pm at NOLA and left town the next morning at 6:00am on our way to Florida. I truly wish I could have more and better things to say about my time at NOLA, but that wasn't to be.
My second time at this restaurant. I hap ...
My second time at this restaurant. I happen to be a Top Chef fan so of course had to visit the great emerille's rstaurant. Unfortunately I have to say go someplace else. My chicken was raw! It was taken away and instead of preparing another, they had actually refired the same piece of chicken. I have never had that happen in any decent restaurant. Next, the macaroni and cheese was watery, cooked like someone from the north! Just not a good experience and management seemed fine that I was not pleased.
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