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Nola on the Square

Nola on the Square Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nolaonthesquare.com
  • Phone: (412) 471-9100
  • Hours of Operation: Monday thru Saturday
    Lunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    Sunday Brunch and Lunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Sunday Dinner: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "We had a beautiful day to dine outdoors, this is a great spot for it. Market Square feels like a piazza in Europe! We ordered the fish specials, and the fish was done well, not dry or overcooked. We asked to change the sides offered with the main course, and the waiter gave us options. So we changed out the pasta for more veggies. No problem! Our waiter was very friendly without being overbearing. The staff was quick to refill water. Desserts were delicious, house-made, and we especially enjoyed the beignets with three sorbets. All-n-all a very enjoyable lunch and experience. We have visited NOLA before and will return."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "Food was delicious, wait staff very attentive and the was music great!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Lovely night for a first date. The atmosphere, the food, and the music all made for a very beautiful evening. Definitely will come back!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Service was friendly and fast. The food was well prepared and tasty. Atmosphere brought back memories of New Orleans!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "By myself or with guests, this is my first choice downtown. Friendly, professional service and great-great food. Partial to the New Orleans style and love the reaction of out of town guest to the selections available and the quality of their meals."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "NOLA has the ambience of a New Orleans restaurant, but I would like to see more classically recreated dishes, in addition to the Pittsburgh-palate and home-grown twists. I would like to see an expansion to the wine list, especially by the glass selections. The food, dessert and port were all very good, but only dessert was really memorable. I will continue to visit, as I live downtown and often eat out on week nights. Lunch over a weekend was also a very good experience and good food, good beer. The outdoor table space is a bit too crowded, and the bar area is a bit too noisy for dining, but has good ambience for after-work drinks. The bartender does a nice job with cocktails! I like the back room for meals to allow conversation."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Great food and good service, a truely unique venue. Depending on table locaiton it can be a bit noisy."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Never had a bad meal at Nolas. The food is always fresh well-prepared and the presentation is fabulous always tasty"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "WOW!!!! I don't hand out 5 stars to just any restaurant, my experience at NOLA was life-changing! I started with the Sangria, which I guess changes periodically. During my visit, the Sangria special was Blueberry & Basil, which I was skeptical of but it was really tastythen ordered the seafood chowder which was rich and delicious, full of crawfish, potatoes, fresh corn and topped with a generous drizzle of creme fraiche. Now on to the entree. My server Scott recommended the latter and I am so glad that he did. The Scallop and Shrimp Mac Daddy equates to a kicked up version of Mac & Cheese. OMG this dish was SO decadent. I did order dessert. The beignets were accompanied by a trio of house made sorbets."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Found this excellent dining experience and made Easy reservation with OpenTable. On arrival, the interior was very appealing and inviting with nice setting on Market Square. Fried green Tomatoes and Alligator apps were very good. The MacDaddy was excellent, so I am told, she wouldn't share. The filet and pork were also excellent. Bar drinks right on. For sure the service by Michael was superb. Not quite like being in NOLA (New Orleans, La) for real but recreates some of the feel and flavor from our trip last year. A bit noisy back by open kitchen."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Selected this restaurant as they recently just reopened after a recent fire. My friends had never been but I had been. We loved our food, the outside seating and our service. There was live Jazz that night which was fabulous, but just a little too loud. We had a hard time ordering and talking amoungst ourselves. While we found the band entertaining, we were happy when they took a long enough break for us to chat. Would definitely go again"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "It takes a lot for me to say anything negative about a restaurant, but this place was a joke. Food was overpriced & tastes bad. I went here as a business owner because it was in my green apple barter network. I thought they would have treated me better because of that, but it was as if they treated me worse. I will do what I can to keep anybody I know from going here so that they do not have to deal with the same nonsense I did. This place should be ashamed of themselves"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food was excellent, had the scallop and shrimp daddy Mac. The tomato flatbread with chicken was very tasty. Service was superb. Atmosphere was up beat, had a band playing. Overall wonderful time! Will be back."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We have had better shrimp and grits and jambalaya at restaurants that do not specialize in Cajun/creole. The fried green tomatoes were great. Also the waitress was pushy--asked three times if we were ready to order appetizers and brought dessert menu while we were still eating entrees"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We went for the restaurant week special menu, and weren't disappointed. The prix fixe meal included a crab cake starter (it was a good crab cake, standard but good), a beef cheek meal which I will get into more detail about, and a passion fruit creme brule (again, good, but not anything I would write home about). The entree for me put the whole meal over the top. The beef cheek was so tender, and it was served on a chorizo puree, which alone was delicious, but together they were out of this world. The shirmp and potato hash on the side was really good, as well. Definitely something that they should consider including on their regular menu!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Our waiter did the usual interruptions at the wrong times. The meal was going well until my date informed me they served her a dish she hadn't ordered, but didn't want to cause a fuss. The setting was extremely noisy. I was forced to have my date repeat herself."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "If you haven't been to Nola since it reopened, you should definitely go especially for lunch. I am a vegetarian, so Nola was never my favorite place to go to eat, but now it seems like they have a few more options. Their lunch combos are delicious and satisfying. Just enough food to feel full but not to put you into a coma back at your desk. I love the heirloom tomato and roasted corn salad. can't get enough of it! their mushroom panini was also very good too. I love any place with an open kitchen concept... there's no hiding :) The only downside is that the service can be a bit slow at times, so if you don't have a flexible lunch schedule or can't take as much time as you need, keep that in mind."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Headed over to NOLA for restaurant week to give it a shot. Mistakes made from the NY times 100 things restaurants shouldn't do list: - Took a long time to greet upon entry (was early with a mostly empty restaurant) - Removed my empty plate when my buddy was only half-done his - Had to ask for the prix fixe restaurant week menu while being seated, despite mentioning restaurant week in the reservation note Other Issues: - Friend requested no mushrooms, kitchen ignored, and server offered to bring a side plate so he could remove them himself - Main course appeared reheated (beef was slow cooked beef - but was semi-dried out - plated way too early??) - Crab cake appetizer was dry Positives: - Dessert was great (passion fruit creme brulee)"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We visited NOLA for Pittsburgh Restaurant Week. I got the restaurant week special and my wife got the Zapp's Crusted Catfish and the Gumbo Ya-Ya. Everything was good but I must say that the catfish stole the show and was by far the best thing we had. I'd definitely recommend getting that every time. The service was good and I really enjoyed the decor and ambiance of the restaurant. It's definitely nice to know there's a touch of New Orleans here in the 'Burgh."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We went to Nola for restaurant week, knowing we weren't going to order the tasting menu. On the tasting menu it mentioned a vegetarian entrée. When asked what it was the waitress had to ask the cook, upon her return to the table, it seemed they hadn't really thought of a vegetarian entrée. What the cook made using the base vegetables in the regular entrée and added a carrot base with asparagus. The result was delicious. Another member of our group did have the tasting menu and enjoyed her beef tongue. We also had the catfish entrée from the menu, it was enjoyed. I was not impressed with the pork itself, which was to be cooked medium and looked rare in some places, the sides were delicious. It did take awhile for our food to arrive."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "This was my first visit to Nola. I think that I would have preferred to order off of the regular menu. The appetizer was my favorite. Crab cake and a cold bean salad. Simple, but done well. I was not a fan of the beef cheek. It had an odd texture that I wasn't familiar with. The side was decent, but nothing spectacular. At this point, ten days later I can't even remember what it was. The desert was a coconut creme brulee and had too much coconut in dessert for my tastes. I want to go back again to give it a fair chance and order off of the regular menu."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Very good feel for New Orleans type food. Excellent service and great music"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "High good quality for price with dining area sufficiently removed from music as to be fine background. Elegant rear dining room with attentive service and very tasty food that is well presented. Would return in an instant to try other offerings."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This was our first time my husband and I and we celebrating my birthday. I am glad we choose this place. The atmosphere and food was outstanding. The music was okay did not know the artist but I am not familiar with any local pittsburger jazz band. I will be coming back again with my girlfriends and husband. Thank you so much for my first experience."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Third time here. A little pricey but the food is really good with different palate changes. Gumbo yaya and voodoo fries."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Enjoyed the restaurant...food was tasty and service good. A nice place for casual dining. We were there for a late lunch but the dinner menu has more entrée offerings and we'd try dinner there next time."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "While the food here was good, our server definitely made the entire evening. He made sure the courses flowed, warned us of an extended wait times for the beignets and was engaging the entire evening. Mark the manager visited with a bad joke to fill a noticeable gap in courses. From the cocktails to the coffee everything had the right amount of creole flavor. The Jambalaya packed a significant but perfect amount of heat and we understand why the MacDaddy is the most popular dish full of creamy deliciousness. The beignets were the perfect end to a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was spectacular, the service was awesome and don't forget the purple haze beer and alligator :)"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The food and the location was really good for lunch. I put a note that I only had 45 minutes for lunch but ended up leaving after an hour even though we ordered our meal as soon as the server came. The server felt like he didn't really care. He was only there to take the order. He gave us our drinks after 15 mins ( which is only water). He wasn't the one that served the food and only came back to ask if we are okay when he saw that we were finished eating. I appreciated the bus boy more because we saw him more than our server."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "The staff was very friendly and efficient. Our server was a gem. She was very helpful with the menu items, and made a few suggestions based on our preferences in the types of food liked. For an appetizer I ordered the NOLA salad, which was very good. My entrée was the pork tenderloin. The combination of the meat with the side sauces was amazing. It was an odd pairing, but the flavor was wonderful. My dining partner had the gumbo ya-ya as an appetizer and jambalaya as an entrée. We will be back soon."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The noise level interferred with our enjoyment of the dining experience."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I cannot wait to go back! I am allergic to gluten and the pork tenderloin is one of several items you can enjoy at Nola gluten free. The beans and rice appetizer is also gluten free and delicious. For dessert the sorbet was a perfect finish. I really enjoy and repeatedly visit restaurants like Nola that can completely accommodate my allergy. We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Seems NOLA has returned after their recent fire in fine shape. We Look forward to returning again soon."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Our server was Stephanie and she was excellent. Very attentive. The food was very good as were the specialty drinks we had."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Our party of 4 was greeted and seated right away. Our server was very attentive and made suggestions without being asked. We were able to watch the activity of the kitchen from our table. We will definitely dine at Nola's again!!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Don't live in PA, but had been here previously for a happy hour snack; had no idea it was great restaurant. The service was superb; the food was creative and delicious. There was a minor mishap, which the server rectified apologetically, pleasantly and efficiently. The Manager appeared, unbidden by me, to ensure problem was corrected. Them the comped us dessert. Super service; great and interesting food. I would definitely recommend, and will return again."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The restaurant was very loud due to the bar scene. Later in the evening they had live music which was a nice touch. The soup was really good. The waiter never brought over and bread. When we asked another server for bread we got some stale bread stick type things. The main courses were good. The New Orleans theme means they have different choices than just the meat and fish standards."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "It was good we were able to eat outside. We thought the noise level and how loud the music was made it difficult for conversation inside..."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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