Nola on the Square

Nola on the Square

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nolaonthesquare.com/
  • Phone: 412-471-9100x
  • 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 412-443-0747x
  • 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 WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Nola on the Square reviews from OpenTable diners
219 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (89)hot spot (84)great for lunch (83)great for outdoor dining (78)vibrant bar scene (66)special occasion (62)neighborhood gem (55)good for groups (53)romantic (28)late-night find (24)notable wine list (18)great for brunch (15)scenic view (9)kid-friendly (7)Show More
  • Nice Atmosphere, but Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We found NOLA to have a very pleasant, welcoming atmosphere and vibe. Service was great and all the staff were super pleasant. Drink selection was nice and drinks were tasty (Great Hurricane) Menu selection was exciting. We had crispy alligator and fried green tomato appetizers and jambalaya and shrimp and grits. Food was all ok, but nothing overly delicious. For the price, we would have expected a higher quality in the preparation/taste. Could have been our personal taste preferences, but the 2 of us agreed that all the food items were of average taste.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • before theater
    neofoodie
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We visited NOLA prior to the theater for a quick early dinner. Service was great-Kassandra was knowledgable and helpful yet understanding. Our food was very good with a few minor "qualifications". We split a NOLA salad with fresh greens and crunchy bits of candied pecans. I had the Mac Daddy Shrimp & Scallops- very good but a little expensive at $27 for comfort food even if it had 3 scallops and 4 medium shrimp. Better-half had the baked chicken which was moist and plentiful- a full half chicken.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Market Square Favorite!
    lewilhelm
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    NOLA is definitely one of my favorites in Downtown for lunch. I hope to enjoy their dinner offerings, but getting in to downtown outside of the workday is often difficult. Their shrimp and grits is my absolute favorite. My mother is from Louisiana and she adores this restaraunt as well. This was my first time being to the restaraunt since the re-opening and it is as wonderful now as it was before. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • N.O.L.A. Means Yes
    SwenseVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Nola delivers New Orleans taste. Delicious BBQ shrimp followed by stuffed quail. And a beignet was the perfect end to a nice experience. I will go back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    KymD
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Can't wait to return!! Great pre concert dinner...cultural district easy walk!!! Michael took such great care of us, amazing server!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not the same old good Nola...
    Pghpgh
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I went to Nola several times before the fire and it was one of my favorite restaurants. This visit was my first after the reopening and to my surprise they removed al sandwiches from the menu. Prices seemed to be higher too.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rose
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The food is always good and has a wide variety of choices. It is good for foodies. The atmosphere is fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loudnochatting
    Yummy4all
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    slightly disappointing. we went on a Saturday night, so we should have expected live music and it being very loud. we had hoped to chat with our college kids and we ended up yelling and nodding a lot instead. service was okay, not very accommodating for substitutions and a little slow. i guess if you were on a date and hopping to not talk much and listen to music, this would be fine.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food, so-so environment
    JustaCustomer
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    If you want to hear the band, you need a table on the bar side of the restaurant - which are limited. Call and ask when you make reservations. We were on the bar side, but in the back by the kitchen so it was bright and noisy and we couldn't see or hear the band well. Just as well - I was hoping for New Orleans Jazz/Blues but the band did old rock covers. Food was very good but the atmosphere where we were didn't justify 'a la carte' pricing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mike
    herebutnotstaying
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We had an excellent meal that started with the bbq shrimp. Although not the head on prawns you get in New Orleans, these were very tasty. I had the jambalaya - an excellent dinner, especially the sausage. My wife had the Mac Daddy - shrimp & scallops in a Mac & cheese. Another excellent choice - great flavor. The availabilty of the Ibitia Amber paired nicely with the food. Our server Mike was knowledgeable and friendly, and did a fantastic job. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    Anne
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Jason was very good..food was too :) First time a friend from San Diego had been to this part of town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time
    Iamafoodaddict456
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed our visit here.Fast service, great waiter, a little pricey but worth it for our anniversary. The food was amazing! We tried alligator and it was so flavorful! Great scene all together. We will come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nola on the Square
    FXE77
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This is the third time that I've been to Nola and the food is delicious. The wait staff is kind and polite, but it took quite a while to get the wine that was ordered. The jazz band was good from what I could hear. We were seated in the dining area and it was a little difficult to hear the band well. This was partially due to the lively crowd in the dining room and at the bar. The experience at Nola on the Square was a nice one over-all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth The Trip Downtown
    foodlover3
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    If you are looking for a test of New Orleans right here is Pittsburgh, I would definitely recommend Nola on the Square. It is worth the trip to downtown. There is plenty of food and it is seasoned just right. I would suggest starting your dinning experience with an order of Fried Green Tomatoes or Gumbo soup.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    Happyhourjunkie
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Best Spot on Market Square! Love Happy Hour from 5-7 with their half price Flatbreads, $1 bowls of delicious Gumbo, and $2 off a glass of wine:)
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food never disappoints
    foodie4110
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Have only eaten there twice. Both times food was great and unique. We had made this reservation for outside to show off the area to a visiting friend. When we walked up they were seating the last table available outside. I was so disappointed. We walked up to the hostess and she picked up menu and headed outside with us! We walked to the bagel shop next door and was seated at a sticky vinyl covered table with absolutely no ambiance at all. I was disappointed that we were not even asked if seating outside of the restaurant area was ok. Another couple seated in the "sticky section" got up and left. Sadly the service was poor but the food was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NOLA ' S epic fail
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our server, Sharpie, was excellent! She was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I truly enjoyed her! Despite her helpfulness, the food wasn't that appetizing. It lacked the flavors representative of authentic Creole cuisine. Despite being forewarned by natives of New Orleans, I decided to give NOLA a try. I would potentially go back again for happy hour because the drinks were good, but the only food I will probably consume will be bread and butter. During my visit, I tried the gumbo (which simply tasted like veggies on beef broth) and red beans and rice (which again had no flavor).
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glad they are back!
    Pittsbarb
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had great food, good portion size, and ate outside on a lovely Saturday night with out of town guests. My first time for dinner, have had lunch at NOLA several times. The food was very good, well prepared. I was surprised the menu seems smaller than lunch and didn't feature things like Po'boys. But that was fine with me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This is my second experience at NOLA, dinner and lunch had a different feel, it was less busier for lunch which I should have ask for patio setting instead of sitting inside beacuse the weather was gorgeous that day . the waiter was friendly and the food was tasty as usual.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as usual
    AB86
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I have yet to have a bad experience at Nola. Easily one of my favorite restaurants in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • XxxxVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Great to have you back. Looks like you haven't missed a beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My wife and I have been there a few times. Excellent food and service, and a very comfortable atmosphere. Not an inexpensive restaurant by any means. Dinner for two and a tip can easily cost $100. But the Sunday brunch is a very good deal - excellent food and quite affordable. Overall, and regardless of the time of day, Nola is a great dining experience, and an easy walk from the Cultural District.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food - Dinner & a Show!
    ErinB
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Visited NOLA before going to a show on Saturday, food was fantastic! I've been to New Orleans several times - NOLA's flavor and preparation is spot on! This is my third trip to NOLA but the first time I've been seated this close to the kitchen. I'm not sure what was going on on Saturday but one of the chefs was having a fit about something...at first it was entertaining but began to border on uncomfortable as he repeatedly screamed at the kitchen staff.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food with a lot of noise
    EltonQueen
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The kitchen is open and the staff in the kitchen are very loud. The food was good but if you have visited New Orleans, you may be a little disappointed, not quite up to par with what you would get there. The inside is very nice and the staff is very friendly. We'll have to go back and try some more of the menu. The Cajun chowder was really tasty. So was the seafood mac and cheese. The BBQ shrimp is nothing like what you would get in New Orleans but it was okay. If you are looking for a nice atmosphere in a great location check this place out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had Higher Expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I was expecting more N.O. decor and less sports bar feel since the reopen- we were seated in the back (next to the server station, mind you) and it felt more cafeteria like than upscale restaurant. We both ordered drinks and shared the fried green tomatoes, which were very good. Service was ok. Our server was nice, a bit on the talkative side but overall did a fine job. I ordered the yaka mein and wasn't pleased with it at all. He ordered the filet and he loved it - said it was cooked perfectly. If you get a chance to eat outside, I would take it. The market was jumping that weekend and the weather was perfect. I probably wont go back to Nola for dinner anytime soon.
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  • food was average
    AregularinmarketsquareVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    this is the third trip i have made to Nola since they reopened and i have to say the food has not been good. Service is always good but the food is just not good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It gets better each time I visit.
    Kiccole
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I'm glad the music volume was lower; people talk loud enough. I had special guests with me, so I was hoping we wouldn't fall in-between the cracks during the busy lunch hour. Service was perfect! He remembered to serve us and wasn't a pest --that's not an easy balance. The food was heavenly; there was such a wonderful variety of flavors, not just spicy hot sauce tastes. We ate off of each other's plates an enjoyed it all. Had a wonderful time!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed bag
    Buddy
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Stuck in a back table by the kitchen for a party of four including out of town guests (I guess someone has to sit there). Server was way too much. Too much talk, too much explaining things we didn't asked to be explained. While going over half the beer list she gushed about a beer that's available in every other bar in Pittsburgh as being something you don't find at many places. Too much about her and her preferences. She treated us like we knew nothing about food or drink. Were going to a Pirates game, yet we had to listen to repeated monologues from the server and then have her walk away saying "I'll give you some time" when we were ready to order. She refused to acknowledge we were under time constraints.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went for lunch...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    It is always very noisy here. Took a little while before the waiter asked us about drinks. Different dishes were brought to us that were not ours, at least twice. Food was good, but not for the price. I had a Shrimp Po Boy sandwich. It came on a fairly large Italian hoagie bun with about 5 shrimp (not as big as pictured) and other condiments/toppings. I moved all the shrimp to half the bun, not a big eater so it was plenty for me. Expected more though for $14. In the end, we received the wrong check and had to wait some more to get that corrected.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nola is always great
    Happycustomer
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I try to be a regular for lunch at Nola - I have never had a disappointing meal. We told our waiter that we needed to be quick and he took our order promptly and checked back to be sure we got out the door on time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LoomisVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Service was slow, server was confused at times, food was good. Server shorted my change by ten dollars and was mixed up when I brought it to her attention. Will give them one more try
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Great!!!
    Ninjadaddy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was not my first time at Nola's, but it was a perfect example of why I keep comming back. I was waiting for a guest comming from out of town so I had to reschedule twice in the same day and they accomidated me with no hesitation. When I arrived at 9:00pm, we were seated immediately. Our server was young but very enthusiastic. Our appitiizers (gator) and drinks came out quickly. As we finished off the last of the gator our dinner came, right at the perfect time. Dessert was excellent also. The band was the perfect background playing some familiar blues hits, and last but the most important part, my guest was totally blown away. The term awesome is frequently over used but not on this night, everything was Just Great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as expected to be
    FoodieFun
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had heard many fantastic things about this place but based on the price of the food, the service let a lot to be desired. We were the first two people seated in the one area with many tables filling up around us, but the last to have our order taken. The food choices were high end, however the food quality was good but not steller like would be if you attended this restaurant in New York City. I did appreciate that the food choices could be altered to fit one's desires.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    jeffd99
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Enjoyed a lunch at NOLA. Have always had good food here, but today the service was what stood out. Waiter was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Customner Service & Etiquette Issue
    Tennille1
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Previous Customer, first visit since the reopening. Charred burnt cobbler, and the ice cream that was not to my liking (I didn't know it had real corn in it, and lots of it). Our Beverages, appetizers, and entree's were great, as mentioned in the debate. So when we found issues that made the deserts undesirable for two guest, I don't understand why we were made to have to convince Mariah that it wasn't suitable. The benge' and sorbet that our third guest ordered was outstanding as well. We told her that too. Us falling into the eager to please trap, after the debate was over and she agreed to remove the items we then realized how flustered and offended we were about having a whole debate about both deserts.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Overall, excellent experience! Great waitress with fantastic suggestions for best items on the menu. Pork tenderloin was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 6burghfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It was so nice to return to NOLA for shrimp and grits. It was my first time back since the fire. The food, service (Dustin our waiter was amazing), decor, creative drinks, and all the fun of dining made my trip to NOLA's feel like I was on vacation! I promised myself to return and sample the other delicious entrees featured on the menu soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frank
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Except for the lack of NOLA's wonderful pulled-pork --- and the extremely noisy table about 12' away --- everything was great!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NOLA on the square
    tatertots83
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Whenever we were strolling along downtown Pittsburgh, we came upon the Market Square and instantly wanted to come back to NOLA for dinner one evening. This place had phenomenal food and many gluten free options for those, like myself, that need to be conscious of this.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Confusing restaurant
    d1sun
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Overpriced for style of restaurant though seafood very good. Am willing to pay for an experience which we did not get. Service slow for not being busy. Jazz advertised...band playing was definitely not jazz. Decor just doesn't add up. Not an awful experience just not a good one. Jambalaya decent. Shrimps and Scallops mac daddy a small portion of glorified mac & cheese. Alligator bites fine. French onion soup very good. So; dinner for 2 with 1 appetizer, 1 soup and 2 sodas in a confusing environment that feels half like an Italian restaurant playing bluesy rock music cost more than $100. We feel ripped off. I love New Orleans and really wanted this to be the experience they advertise themselves to give their patrons.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic