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Creola Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.creolabistro.com
  • Phone: (650) 654-0882
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:
    Tuesday - Friday 11:00am - 2:30pm

    Saturday & Sunday 10:30 - 2:30 pm

    Sunday, Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
    Closed Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole, American, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Edwin Caba
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer all levels of Catering. From just a quick drop off to a customized event to suite all needs.
  • Private Party Facilities: Thank you for considering hosting your next event at CreoLa Bistro

    Whether you are hosting a rehearsal dinner, a board meeting or celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary, CreoLa makes entertaining easy. Work with our experienced party planner to tailor each aspect of your party to your needs - for events of all types. Create custom designed place cards and select a light menu for your bridesmaids' luncheon, host clients and treat them to one of our decadent tasting menus. At CreoLa, we pamper you and your guests with unparalleled hospitality and cuisine.
  • Private Party Contact: Edwin Caba (650) 654-0882
  • Entertainment: Live music every Thursday 7-10 PM.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Mardi Gras Menu. Monday - Thursday, 4 Course Menu $28

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Holly St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have over 10 parking spaces on the premises.
A word from Creola
We hope that you will dine with us soon for an authentic New Orleans dining experience - One that goes beyond Cajun! To enhance your dining experience, we fly in the finest seafood and products available from the Louisiana Gulf Coast and Bayou Regions. We believe that it is these indigenous products that ensure the authenticity of flavors and the integrity of our Creole and Cajun Cuisine.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "If you like restaurants that you revisit because you like certain items on the menu, than Creola is the spot for you. The menu doesnt seem to change much from the times we have visited. The food is always tasty, and not overly spicy. The tuna is cooked to perfection each time, and is my favorite item there. Sides and salad okay."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "It wasn't terrible. It just wasn't great. A friend gave us a gift certificate for $100..my comment to my husband when we left was "I'm glad we didn't have to pay the entire bill.""
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The fried Okra is special. My female dinner companion ate 2# of the crayfish with a real relish!! Excellent fried chicken."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "CreoLa remains one of our all time favorite restaurants in the SF Bay Area. The wait staff are always professional and friendly, and the food is divine. Our favorites include the fish taco appetizer, crawfish and shrimp étouffée and for desert, tough choices between the beignets and the velvet or peanut butter pie or the combo pie for those who can't make up their minds. Thank you owner, Chef Edwin, for yet another great night at your place!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The service was nice, we all had the $30 prefixe menu. The apps were good for each of us (party of 4), the salad was ok, nothing special about it. Two of us had the fried chicken, 1 had the jambalaya, & 1 had a fried soft shell crab w/étouffée. Everything was good, except the crab's crust was a bit thick, & the portions were good. Desserts were beignets (kind of doughy), bread pudding, panna cotta, & silk pie. When I made the reservation, I noted that 2 of the 4 were celebrating our birthdays...no acknowledgement made by the restaurant. Overall, a nice dinner. We would go back."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We have been regular customers for many years. The staff is very efficient, courteous and friendly. They recognize us and try exceptionally hard to provide excellent service, which we appreciate. Edwin never fails to greet his guests, which is a so-important gesture of appreciation. We love the food. It is well cooked, presented, and it reflects the cuisine of the South with a little California twist that we love. I think the greatest compliment is one my husband made the other night, "I have never had a bad meal here." I share his words. Creola is clearly a little gem in San Carlos. We feel a kinship with our native home, New Orleans, whenever we visit the restaurant and eat the delicious food."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Food was quite good. The special menus add some value (Mardi Gras, Monday) and are offered nightly. Service needs a little work. My companion's salad never arrived as part of her Mardi Gras special dinner. We asked for separate checks but the checks were all screwed up."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Mardi Gras Menu is a Phamily favorite. Fried chicken is yum and filling. Likely could split this and still be full. More room for apps!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "They were not any rugs - they are redoing the rooms. We were sat in a dark corner, hard to read menu , not very pleasant. We had reservations. Hard to see what we were eating!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "It was the first time I had been back to Creola for a while. We were greeted warmly. The staff was very attentive . The choices on the menu were very good. Excellent taste on all counts."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Reservation ready - no waiting. Nice Waitperson, Great Food, a bit of a wait for the food to come out, but worth the wait. Really delicious appetizer, soup, main course and dessert."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We eat hear about once a year because the food quality is always excellent."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Being among the first to taste your new Brunch menu, I can say it is outstanding. The Seafood Eggs Benedict was excellent. I asked for and received the Bourbon Hollandaise sauce because I wanted something less acidic than the Creole sauce. It contributed a mellow flavor. Next time I would also ask for a more highly seasoned seafood mixture, but that's just my taste. The restaurant interior is undergoing some changes, so it wouldn't be fair to comment on the ambience at this time. But I liked very much the look and feel of the handmade wooden tables crafted by the owner. The service, as always, was impeccable. Thanks for adding this much-needed weekend meal to your repertoire!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Just as the title says, this place is consistently excellent. Haven't had a dish I didn't like and the bread pudding is out of this world."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "what did happen to our favorite place??? I would never recommend it to anybody"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Dining at CreoLa is a really wonderful experience. It has great Cajun food just like the exotic wonderful food you find in the French Quarter of New Orleans. This romantic restaurant is cozy and the atmosphere is relaxed, with superb service. We enjoyed a delightful prawn appetizer, followed by delicious Alligator Picatta steak, ending with a delicious chocolate pie dessert. The Bay Area is lucky to have such a wonderful restaurant available right here in San Carlos, making a long trip to Louisiana unnecessary."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We love CreoLa and have guests there whenever we are on town. Edwin and his fine staff take care of you from the reservation to the ordering of the fabulous New Orleans style cuisine to the service. We love the Crawfish Étouffée, the shrimp jambalaya and of course, the divine desserts...beignets , velvet, pea it butter or combo pie. Yum. Always top notch! Thank you for such highly co siste t excellence all the way around. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This is a good, sensible little restaurant, quietly 'doing its own thing'... interesting Creole food at a very reasonable price. Attentive service, too. Not sophisticated, per se, but a true neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Creola is consistently good. We have been going for years and have never been disappointed. We love to do Bday celebrations there... The beads are always fun and try the biggest for dessert!!! "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "They were informed twice it was my birthday but made no effort to acknowledge. Other restaurants have offered a free dessert and one even gave us free corkage, but nothing from Creola. Courses came out too quickly. Entre arrived before the previous course was cleared, so we had to hand the server our plates to make room for the next course. We brought a bottle of wine which the server poured after opening. However, after that, we had to pour it ourselves. We have enjoyed many lovely dinners there in the past; this evening was disappointing."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Excellent food and service; went there for my husband's birthday, and it was perfect."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Excellent for romance or meeting friends. Experience is unhurried and a delicious cajun inspired menu."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Another amazing meal at Creola. Celebrated my dad's birthday and they made him feel special. Everyone enjoyed their meals."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Superb for Easter brunch with friends!. Food is excellent and exciting. Service superb. Don't wait for Easter -- really enjoyable place and people"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "My second time to this restaurant. Staff was polite and friendly. This time they forgot one of our appetizers. My chicken breast was very small, while it was good was small for the price. The cornbread dressing that came with it wasn't like dressing more like a wet corn muffin. My boyfriends fried chicken was great!!! "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Having enjoyed living in the Crescent City for many years, I have high expectations for New Orlean's cuisine. Creola does it right and does it well. Over the years I have ever been disappointed, except by stomach's limitations. The flavors are authentic and the portions generous without being absurd. While it end to stick with the traditional fare of gumbo, étouffée and seasonal specials, I would bet that the gator would be every bit as good. My only suggestion is the the wait staff be better schooled in the intricacies and complexities of the menu. My compliments to owner, Edward."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I tried crawfish, shrimp creola and alligator piccata for food and French 75 & Sazerac for drinks, everything was delicious. The service was also outstanding. The interior of the place could be improved though, there isn't much to experience in terms of ambience."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We have been here twice in a couple of weeks because we feel like we've stubbled onto a real gem. It has a charming quiet atmosphere and excellent service. We've enjoyed our food both times. We will definitely be back soon."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We had a party of 9 last night and they can still able to accommodate us with an earlier time slot was totally appreciated. Been there a few times and food is excellent. Especially their buttermilk brined fried chicken is always my favorite. They change their special occasionally and we had corn bread instead of baguette last night which we very tasty. The services was very good as well."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We go to Creola for special occasions because it is a 40 minute drive from our home but it is always worth it. We went with friends to have the crawfish special. We called ahead to make sure they would still have some and we were assured that they would hold some for us. They were delicious and so was our dinner."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "As always, we enjoyed our dinner on Saturday night, the food is consistently wonderful. The only thing we don't like is that the wine list is changing all of the time. As soon as we find one we like, it goes away."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Creola continues to deliver great food. The staff is warm and efficient."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "CreoLa is one of our favorite restaurants ! The best Creole-Cajun food on The Peninsula---fabulous service and care taken to provide you with a terrific experience at the establishment. It's also the best place to be on Mardi Gras--a real taste of New Orleans ! As usual, we shall return for another excellent meal !"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We celebrated my Moms 67th. The fried chicken is so good and the martigras pasta. The crawfish was delicious and dripping down my wrists. Service was awesome. W"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We enjoy dining out here for they almost never have boiled Crawfish during its season. Also they don't have BBQ prawns. The gumbo is fair and so are the entrees. The manhattan is the best. Call us when you finally get loads of boiled crawfish in to eat."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Food was great. The service was good at the beginning of our night but after taking our plates away, it took forever to get our check. We sat for a good 20-30 minutes after they cleaned up our table to get the check."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I always my tips to Creola. Be sure to order from the Mardi Gras menu AND get the chicory coffee. The fried chicken is tasty and a very large portion. Plenty for lunch the next day since you had so much other food on the special menu."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Once a favorite dining spot, but not anymore. Service was extremely slow and shoddy. 15 minutes before the first visit from our server. The rest of the evening followed suit. My friend sent back her gin and tonic 4 times and finally changed her order to wine. 3/4 cocktails were fine. How difficult is it to make a gin and tonic? The server incorrectly delivered all dishes. Creola was in the process of changing flooring so the previous flooring had been pulled up recently and the exposed surface was the crude cement foundation and gave the venue a cave-like appeal. The food was fine. Considering all else, we won't be returning to Creola. Not worth the price."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We brought guests from out of town who really enjoyed the experience. As usual, the food was excellent. This time we tried the oyster and bacon appetizer as a starter and the pecan pie for dessert. Both were terrific."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The food was very good and the kitchen was very accomodating with regard to food allergies on the Pre Fixe holiday menu. An observation - they could use sharper knives."
    Dined on 2/14/2014