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Nola on the Square Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nolaonthesquare.com
  • Phone: (412) 471-9100
  • Hours of Operation: NOLA will be closed as we clean up and rebuild. But just as the Great City of New Orleans, we will rebuild and be back better than ever. Please check back for updates or visit our website www.nolaonthesquare.com
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Hebson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private Speakeasy accommodates up to 30 people for a sit-down dinner or up to 50 for a cocktail hour.
  • Private Party Contact: Jackie Scanlon (412) 443-0747
  • Entertainment: A variety of Blues and Jazz bands every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:00pm until 11:00pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Graeme Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is run through Market Square Association and is available Monday through Saturday from 5:30pm until midnight and Sundays 11:00am to 9:00pm.
A word from Nola on the Square
A jammin' New Orleans Jazz Brasserie with Nouveau Creole cuisine. Wood fired specialties, frozen hurricanes, large selection of draft beer including Abita and live music three times a week.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Same great food. Just wish there were new options offered. Portions seemed smaller."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "not a big fan of the new menu all of my favorites have been removed"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "NOLA was a great choice for dinner! As a lover of all things New Orleans, especially the local cuisine, I didn't have many expectations going into NOLA (as it is pretty far removed from Louisiana, etc). However, I was extremely pleased with my food, the service, and the ambiance. Everything was really well done and the service was excellent. I especially loved the decor. It felt as though you were dining right in the heart of the French Quarter. I highly recommend this restaurant for lovers of Cajun and Creole foods and ANYONE local looking to be transported to another time and place with your tastebuds. Very happy to tried NOLA. What a great experience."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We are glad to have you open again. Service was a bit slow but otherwise it was fine."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Overall excellent dinner. Initially service slow at getting food ordered. However once ordered very fast. I am from the south so used to cajun food. Very good alligator appetizer. Frog legs would be better fried than grilled. Jumbalaya excellent. I told them to add more spice and it was extremely hot but very good taste. Gumbo soup very good also. My only complaint is the bartender is very light on neat drinks for single barrel bourbons especially when considering the price. He could learn from Frank Sinatra in what 2 fingers means for a neat drink. Outside dining great with a great scenic view of the square. Inside very nice also. Loud but still easy to carry on a conversation.Staff exceptional and very accommodating."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Our post-theater dinner was twice interrupted by false fire alarms, requiring that we vacate the building. Taking cocktails to Market Square set a wonderful, casual tone. Jayla and the entire staff made the absolute best of the situation. Kudos. Back at our new, outdoor table, we enjoyed ourselves and a wonderful meal of Steak Salad, Jambalaya, Pork Tenderloin and Shrimp and Grits, each one outstanding. Desserts were great. too. Thanks so much. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Service good, food good. Will return to try the brunch menu."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Arrived just as they opened on Sunday July 20th, 2014 and was seated promptly. Ordered Red Beans and Rice as an appetizer, the Seafood Jambalaya as the main course. Both were excellent. Service was attentive but not bothersome, my server Wendy always refilling my drinks as needed. I was so full I couldn't even attempt dessert, even though it was free because it was my birthday! By the time I departed the restaurant it was getting busy, so be sure to call ahead or make reservations online. I would definitely return here without hesitation. There is also space upstairs for large groups and I was told it was themed as a Speak Easy. Bathrooms very clean. All in all, a very positive dining experience at NOLA on the Square. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "There was a live band that was so loud that talking across the table fromeach other was impossible. I would not go again if a band was playing."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food and wine were exceptionally good!! Our waiter (Allen) was tremendously helpful, knowledgeable, kind and patient!! The music was good but incredibly loud! We dined at a booth with a wall in between us and the band so we could talk. I'm in the symphony and get complaints from our audience about the volume level mostly at our Pops concerts. It's also too loud on stage. You're going to have a lot of deaf customers with that kind of decibel level. The quality of the band and singer was fantastic but they don't have to have the speakers up to a level of a 747 jet landing! Thank you, Dave"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Glad to see Nola back after the fire. Seems pretty much the same as before, and the food is somewhat better. The barbecued oysters were fantastic, and the beignets and coffee were a great way to finish the meal. The wine selection was limited, but certainly sufficient. Noisy, but that's to be expected."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "very happy to have one of our favorite spots back in action. We missed the fun, active and great food place, a real Pittsburgh Gem, we are happy to have you up and running again"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Busy and loud but they manage the service well ...great menu, friendly staff."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Went there for lunch and had the pick two special - Pork Po' Boy, Red Beans & Rice with Voo Doo fries. Absolutely delicious! Athouth it was our server's second day on the job, she was trained well and knew the menu and made great suggestions. The manager visited to ensure we enjoyed our meal and was very accomodating. Will definitely return. Please note that is highly recommended to make a reservation to be seated quickly!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Nice outside table but the roast beef po boy was not as GREAT ad our server suggested it was. Bun was big, roast beef was lacking in quality, seasoning and debris (if you've been to New Orleans, you understand). So that was disappointing, but will probably go back to try the flatbread pizza and stop listening to the server."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Our reservation was respected and we were allowed to "pick" our table. The noise level is high in the bar area, but we wanted to sit and see the crowd. Both of our entrees were excellent, however expensive at $27 for just the entree and no extras. If you enjoy the bar scene then Nola's is your fun place!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Nola's had a fire in the kitchen the day we had reservations and the business was closed. We did not dine there."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "NOLA is an awesome restaurant for lunch or dinner! Since I work downtown, it is convenient to walk to. On this occasion, I had the fish special with greens which was AMAZING! Their bread pudding is to die for!! Recommend!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Truly a fantastic place to go when you're looking for an upbeat atmosphere. Friday and Saturday nights the place is packed. Live blues jazz sets the place on fire! Get there early for a seat cause it's standing room only once the show starts. The food is OUTSTANDING. Never had a bad experience. The servers are exceptional. In fact the entire staff always goes above and beyond. LOVE this place!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Fun and we went to the light show in market square and hung out in the fairmont lobby afterwards for a kid friendly evening of urban fun!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "great meal-prompt service-really enjoyed meal-valet service a big plus"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Had a butternut squash and rapini flatbread that was outstanding. The hanger steak, Voodoo frites and Nola salad is a large portion which may be enough to share when an appetizer is added."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Visited NOLA for the first time and will definitely go back when in Pittsburgh again. The food was outstanding, specifically the jambalaya and the pork tenderloin. Great selection of draft beers as well."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I have been to NOLA two times now and have thoroughly enjoyed both trips. The shrimp appetizer is to die for and the service is second to none. If you get a chance to go to NOLA, do so. You will not be disappointed. "
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Outstanding service, authentic New Orleans-inspired cuisine, terrific decor and an energetic atmosphere make NOLA one of my favorites in downtown Pittsburgh. A perfect location on Market Square that has witnessed a dramatic make-over in the past decade."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Overall great food and ambience. Very good Po boys and gumbo. Been to NOLA many times and right down to Abita beer... very reminiscent."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "We had been wanting to eat here for quite some time. It did not disappoint. We started with the fried alligator. Yum. We both went for the shrimp and grits. Also great, but one minor complaint. The tails were still on the shrimp and with the sauce you couldn't really see them. Did not enjoy the mouth full of crunch. Drinks were good but expensive. Nice off the beaten path options for both mixed drinks and beer. We can't do this place all of the time due to the price but great for a special treat. They also had live music in the bar area that was fantastic."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great, fresh authentic tasting food. Service was great too, attentive but not pushy. The fried green tomatoes were excellent"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great soup! Went there on a Sat at lunch before seeing Swan Lake at the Benedom.. The service was excellent, good food in fact my teenage daughter is very picky and ate all the crab bisque as well as 1/2 of the chicken cordon bleu sandwich. I had the oyster stew which had various seafood and broth was delicious!! I will go back and take my hubby...Po Boy sandwich was excellent! Tomato wasn't ripe but I guess its hard to get those in February!!! Cool New Orleans atmosphere..."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Nola on the square had great food and drinks. I would recommend it to others."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was good, we got it pretty quick, it was really hot when it reached the table. Our waitress wasn't as attentive as we would've liked.My only complaint would be that it was extremely loud. Overall it was a pretty good experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our server was Frank he was very knowledgable, attentive we were so pleased with the service & the food!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "FOOD IS ALWAYS SPECTACULAR. GREAT VARIETY,. WONDERFUL WAITRESS."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "selection great - service A-1, food served hot and quickly - crab bisque is top-rate . Was there for dinner before show and their service got us in and out in plenty of time. Would recommend"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "I brought my wife here for our first time as a surprise/early Valentine's Day dinner. It was the first time either of us had been to Nola on The Square and I can say with the utmost confidence that this was an experience we will remember for a long time! There was a reminder call about our reservation, the service was perfect, a menu that will make you change your order half a dozen times and a great atmosphere for any occassion. I had the Seafood Jumbalaya and my wife had the Scallop and Shrimp Mac Daddy. Both were amazing. Highly recommand the French Onion Soup as well."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "the ambiance is lively with diners across a spectrum of age groups. Our food was very good and the service was attentive. The only negative was that out entrees were served lukewarm. The waiter advised the manager of our complaint. He explained why the temperature was what it was...in effect, that's how it's supposed to be. We accepted that, finished our meal since the food tasted good but still wished it came to us hotter. It was my first visit; we will probably return sometime but not likely in the short term."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "The hostess seated us immediately upon our arrival. The chosen table permitted a good view of other restaurant clientele and the open kitchen area was another entertainment option. The menu offered a variety of unexpected culinary tastes, and the fried alligator (I was told by my friend) was crispy and yet tender. I enjoyed the voodoo fries--spicy yet moist inside. Everything was well seasoned. The food portions were ample and served in a timely manner."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Food was excellent, waitress was very nice and attentive and the atmosphere was fun for a girls night out. Only bad thing is that I made reservations for 5:30, They called to confirm that day around 1:30 but when I arrived, they didn't have my reservation in the system. Luckily, there was seating available and we didn't have till wait too long."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We enjoyed the Cajun Martini and the food was very good."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I reserved a table of 4 instead of a table for 5 and after talking to the manager they accommodated us. Many thanks!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014