NOLA Bistro & Bar
204 Central Ave
Osseo, MN 55369Neighborhood:
Creole / Cajun / SouthernPrice: $30 and under
NOLA Bistro & Bar
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.nolamn.com/
- Phone: (952) 334-5857
- Hours of Operation:
Wednesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Closed Sundays, Mondays & Tuesdays
- Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Gastro Pub
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
- Entertainment: We have regular LIVE JAZZ NIGHTS
A word from NOLA Bistro & Bar
We invite you to experience fine French-Creole cuisine and the magic of New Orleans in Minnesota. Our decor makes one feel that they have stepped in the Big Easy with our small walkway leading into a quaint dining room with skylights. NOLA BISTRO & BAR serves such New Orleans culinary treasures as jambalaya, craw-fish etouffée and our superb blackened catfish. For the less casual meals we have many appetizers like alligator and po-boys. Come and experience the culinary delights that have made NOLA Bistro and Bar the new and upcoming happening spot in the Maple Grove and Arbor Lakes area. We proudly claim that we are an oasis in the land of 10,000 chains. We have regular NOLA JAZZ NIGHTS were you can indulge your appetite for food and Jazz. We hope you let us show you a fabulous New Orleans dining experience.Continued
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NOLA Bistro & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
10 reviews since July 26, 2014
- Ambiance2.7Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (2)neighborhood gem (2)romantic (1)late-night find (1)Show More
- Really Slow.MattnAgnessaDined on 11/8/2014Had a 7pm reservation for Saturday. We arrived 15 minutes early and we were seated right away. That is where the service ended. We ordered a bottle of wine and the alligator bites for an appetizer. It took over 20 minutes just to get the wine. And another 20 minutes to get the alligator bites. The alligator bites were pathetic. Maybe 6 popcorn kernel sized pieces. The food took another 20 minutes. My jambayala wasn't even jambayala. It was shrimp, sausage, and rice in a bowl, all separated. They said it is made mild to cater to the Minnesota palate. I asked for it real cajun spicy, it was very mild. I asked what was taking so long. They said there was a sudden rush. It was 7 on Saturday... go figure. Definitely not worth the $100 I spent.
- Avoid!!!MikeDined on 11/1/2014Wow. Terrible service. Terrible food. If you want to wait 90 minutes for microwaved food this is your spot. Not a single server or bartender has any idea what they are doing. Order beverages two at a time as they take 30 minutes to return.
- NOLAdinner4us2Dined on 10/24/2014We are big fans of Cajun and Creole cooking so Nola hit the spot with us!Special Features:
- NOLA- NO WAYTomkVIPDined on 10/18/2014To start with, Open Table let me book for 4:30pm. Nola was very nice and let us in, but they don't open until 5PM. Food was good, but not good enough to go back even though we live 5 miles away. We sat in Bar area, bartender(also an owner) was overwhelmed serving the 6 people at bar.........it took about 20 to 30 min to get our bill. We had to get another server involved. The female owner is very very nice, Only reason I would go back would be because of her sweetness.
- Not a good experienceToroDined on 10/11/2014Definitely a let down. We were not impressed with the food at all and the overall experience was disappointing. They did not have half of the items on the menu and when the food we did order came out it had no flavor. They advertise Cajun bistro but one side of the menu is cuisine from India.....Misleading.
- Worst food in Twin CitiesQCCoinDined on 10/11/2014STAY AWAY! This may be the worst restaurant I've ever been too. The kitchen prepares both Indian & Cajun food for 2 different restaurants at the same location. The result of which is Cajun food that is not properly seasoned or cooked. What I call boudain balls, they call beef kabobs. They were completely dried out & tasted both frozen and overcooked. I also tried the blackened catfish. It was neither catfish nor blackened. What I got was a burnt whitefish filet that was buried under the flavor of curry. STAY AWAY!
- Nice night outKTaylorDined on 10/11/2014Although the menu is quite limited, the food and service were good. Having lived in Louisiana for a few years, and understanding that jambalaya recipes can be quite variable, the NOLA version was reasonably representative. Be careful on selection of spice level. I asked for "hot", and ended up with too much white pepper. Still good, but quite hot.Special Features:
- It is full of potentialCamricitaDined on 10/3/2014The good was fantastic, but the service was terrible. The owner tried and had goid intentions but I was very disappointed. The servers were either new and/or had little training. The music was so low, it could've had added to the ambience had it been louder. They ran out of menus, the drinks were 20 min late. Good location and the interior was cute (not sure why the front wasn't used?). Prices were reasonable.
- Night at NOLAChachi74Dined on 8/23/2014Great food and service! Intimate little place. Some good beers on tap.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 3 reviews are from the NOLA Bistro & Bar reviews archive.
- UniqueMemberVIPDined on 7/12/2014Very small (only 7 tables + 4 bar stools), with an even smaller sister restaurant next door which serves Thai/Indian. The menu is extremely limited (we could not find a suitable appetizer) and the description appears to be only a "suggestion" as to what is actually served. The etouffee was to have had beans, rice and greens, but the plate did not have either the beans or rice. The food is not Cajan/Creole, it is more Indian-spiced. Not bad, but not what is really advertised. The couple who own the building try very hard to please and for that reason, we'll be back. However, they need to expand the menu to be in business for the long-run.I would recommend this to a friend.
- No one thereRockyVIPDined on 7/2/2014We showed up on time for our reservation, and no one was there. The main door was open, we walked into the back of the place and called out, but no response. The dining room doors were locked. We waited about 10 minutes,then left and ate across the street.
- I had such high hopes!StaceyTVIPDined on 6/27/2014When we got there they were so disorganized that even though we booked there was no table available. Probably happens a lot since only a tiny piece of the space (formerly Nectar Wine Bar) is considered Nola. They asked if we wanted to sit in the "other restaurant" which is connected (same owner). This other space is a "global cafe" which would lead me to believe their menu would have a variety of food. Its mostly Indian food so we stuck with the Nola menu. We got a shrimp poboy which was flavorless & cost $19. We sat in silence until someone turned on music. Wait staff was less than attentive & could've brought some bread since it took almost an hour to make 1 sandwich. Wine was good but such a tiny pour! Owner was very nice.