NOLA Restaurant
NOLA Restaurant

NOLA Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.emerilsrestaurants.com/nola-restaurant
  • Phone: 5045226652x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Thursday - Monday: 11:30am – 2:00pm


    Dinner:
    Monday - Sunday: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, Cajun, Creole
  • Executive Chef: Joshua Laskay
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Customize your private party with exquisite food, wine and service.
  • Private Party Contact: Carolyn Favrot 5045226652x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Chartres Street
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Validated parking at Omni Hotel on Chartres Street between St. Louis Street & Toulouse Street
A word from NOLA Restaurant
NOLA. New Orleans Shorthand for a return address with a hurricane swirl.... the strength of the storm by which Emeril Lagasse has taken his adopted home New Orleans with a whirlwind of fresh adaptations of classic Creole cuisine. Located in the French Quarter, this hip & fun restaurant's decor is almost as playful & sophisticated as its menu. Come & see how Emeril Lagasse breathes new life into the New Orleans cuisine he loves. Although walk-ins can be accommodated, reservations are highly recommended. Our dress policy is casual to business casual with no tank tops for men. Joshua Laskay, Chef de Cuisine, and Averriel Thomas, General Manager, are dedicated to providing you with that memorable dining experience.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerCreole
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
NOLA Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
617 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (380)special occasion (350)romantic (201)neighborhood gem (190)notable wine list (174)good for groups (166)hot spot (143)great for lunch (106)great for brunch (46)late-night find (32)vibrant bar scene (28)scenic view (28)kid-friendly (27)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Excellent service
    Pleased
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food was wonderful and gigantic portions. Too much really. My wife forgot her reading glasses and wait staff scrambled and found her a pair she could use. Service was excellent, attentive but not overly so. Only complaint was noise level. In fact, first table they seated us at was next to a very loud table of 6 women. We requested a move which the server gladly did. Very nice dining experience.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The fish special was fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Best Gumbo in NOLA! Too noisy--unable to hold a conversation without yelling across the table
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NOLA didn't disappoint!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    A vibrant atmosphere, wonderful servers and exceptional food! My friend and I ordered two appetizers each and a salad each so we could try the greatest amount of food. Everything was superb! A not to miss place in the French Quarter!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My 60th birthday!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    My husband and I are from N.E. PA, visiting NOLA for 4 days to celebrate my 60th birthday. The entire evening was wonderful, from the warm greeting staff at the front door to the final birthday candle in my delicious, not too sweet, cherry sorbet! We dined on a Tues. evening 9/1614. Atmosphere is open warehouse, vibrant, our table was on the upper level at the railing, overlooking the front door area. My husband ordered the incredibly large, moist and perfectly grilled pork chop, and I had the the garlic encrusted drum fish, a favorite of the lovely woman who seated us. I took her advice, it was incredible!! Too numerous to mention, nice little touches with the service that stand out, all making it a very special 60th birthday memory!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NOLA - a big dissapointment
    seriousfoodie
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    This is charming spot in the French Quarter of New Orleans. One of Emeril's and had I know that I would not have booked as I have had similar experiences in 2 other of his restaurants. Service was slow and haphazard. Our waiter was overly friendly and was all over us just long enough to take a drink order. 2 appetizers finally arrived and the quality of them were fair. Then after waiting for about 30 mins, our main courses were still not there. Our waiter was no where to be found so I went to the front and flagged down the manger. He apologized and when to the kitchen and brought our food. Unfortunately my crab cake was so overcooked that it was sent back. Our entrees were complimentary but what a disappointment for NOLA.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Tried 3 menu items food was average for the area would not return
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NOLA NO GOOD
    TwoSharp
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Made the mistake of going on our 21st anniversary, which we mentioned to the hostess as she sat us, she told us she would let our waiter know. Shortly after being seated our waiter greeted us and informed us there would be 3 people taking care of us for the evening. Normally 3 people for one table means we should not have to wait for anything. My husband had to wait about 10 minutes to order his second drink, then another 10 to get it. The noise level was that of a cafeteria, definitely not a good choice for a romantic dinner. My filet mignon was delicious but the presentation on both plates lacked appeal. The puréed veg. on both plates looked and tasted like baby food. No acknowledgment on our anniver., pricy, we would not go back!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A culinary treat!
    Delighted
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My first "real" meal in New Orleans was at NOLA, and it was amazing! Our service staff ( we had three, sometimes four people taking care of our party of 3 at all times) was beyond attentive...Raymond, our server, who was celebrating his birthday that night, made some excellent recommendations that we took him up on, both for drinks and food choices. Loved the Caesar salad, the shrimp and grits (my first) was outstanding and definitely try the NOLA lemonade(if you're over 21!) and the NOLA cappuccino with dessert. A great choice for a great meal with impeccable service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is amazing!
    Mellon222
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    BBQ Shrimp, Shrimp & Grits and Pork Chop were amazing! Service a bit slow but waiter had too many tables. Accommodated us even though we were early for reservation. Overall, a very special birthday dinner celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tourist trap
    bicoastaldiner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I was looking forward to eating at NOLA's. I have been to NO often enjoying excellent food. The service was pleasant but not helpful when it came to the wine list (lots of selection over $100, much less in the moderate range) and displayed little interest in finding someone to give advice, although I landed on a decent pinot noir for $60. Our dinners were mediocre. My swordfish was overly complicated with a mayonnaise chili sauce over overcooked fish and mushy rice. My companion had drum fish, at the server's recommendation, and disliked it, again overcooked and mushy. We tried sorbet for dessert; it was grainy although I found it more edible than my companion did. I will think more than twice before trying an Emeril restaurant again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful time again!
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Brought my husband here after my first visit back in April 2012. Love this restaurant and the architecture. We had a wonderful time and the food was fabulous as usual. The stuffed wings are really good and a nice size for an appetizer, the cold avocado and cucumber soup was really different and tasty - we both loved it! The main course - fried buttermilk boneless chicken breast was delicious but the serving could use more of the smashed sweet potatoes (it was a very small serving). Our drinks were very tasty and our service with Holly and her crew was impeccable. Thank you! Kathy & Bob
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Service was great from the minute we walked into the door and the food was out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Emeril standout...
    Foodie1VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Have dined here several times--always a great choice! Today (lunch) had the gumbo and fried chicken breast which was a wonderful choice and one chosen by others at our table of 6. We left quite satisfied with our meals and would return. The setting is NO modern in the middle of the Quarter. Service was attentive with knowledgeable and helpful staff. Excellent wine choices. A "can't miss" choice for French Quarter dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best service in Nola
    John
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food wa great, and the service was even better .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointing
    Nati
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The service was excellent but the food was not to the level expected in an emeril's restaurant. It seemed a mass production restaurant in which plates were ready to go out when ordered. The banana pudding dessert was awful and the fish did not had any taste. Definitely will not recommended for foodies. Much better restsurants in NOLA
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best restaurant in new orleans
    Neworleanslady
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    NOLA is hands down the best restaurant in New Orleans. The food is innovative and delicious; the staff are some of the friendliest and most professional that Ive ever encountered. They remember every face, handle every situation with extreme professionalism, and treat every customer like a king/ queen. The food never dissapoints- I've had most items on the menu, and i have never had a meal I did not just adore. I highly reccommend this establishment to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hairy duck
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Ordered the duck. Found a hair in it (not mine). Waiter/management very nice about it, but still...kind of gross. Expected better.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NOLA's
    Yolanda
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I was in NO for the first time for my 40th bday along with 3 of my girlfriends. NOLA's was on our to do list because I love Emeril so. After we arrived right from the start ut was no longer just because I love Emeril but because theis place was so nice. The customer service is like no other and the food was amazing. I expected to just experience a restaurant owned by a great chef but instead we experienced a restaurant owned by a great chef that loves his customers. It was a wonderful experience that I will always remember. I can't even explain how good tge food is and the drinks are awesome. I just loved everything about my experience. I am soo glad I chose NOLA's. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Visit
    RestaurantWk1
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We went to the restaurant while on vacation based on the restaurant week menu. They gave us the menus, we made the choice and they came back ten minutes later and said that the fried chicken was unavailable. It left us with two fish dish choices, as we had already been served our appetizers. If they started the evening advising they didn't have fried chicken it would have been OK, but they waited until after they served the appetizers. It was really terrible customer service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was delicious
    Lovetodineout123
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Very accommodating to any dietary restrictions. Good portions. Nice staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Experience @ NOLA
    Allydapp
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We went for New Orleans Restaurant Week. It was great food and service. Definitely will be back to visit to order off their usual menu. The key lime bread pudding was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as it once was
    KCBob
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    NOLA has lost a step. The service was extremely slow and chairs stacked up in front of the bathroom. The shrimp and grits dish was bland. We visited in 2004 and had a fantastic dining experience. The dinner this visit was just "good," as are many restaurants in New Orleans. Not up to the standards we had expected and no longer a "must" when we visit.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unfortunate experience
    Gofigr
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Reservations for three. Arrived on time, cordial welcome, escorted to table, introduced to 3-person team of wait staff assigned to this relatively small area of restaurant. Staff was attentive. Orders taken promptly. Good attention to maintaining water, silverware, etc. Initial timing appropriate for serving appetizer and first course. Following first course our wait was approx ONE HOUR before entrees were served. During this wait no verbal contact by staff as to delay, although they remained in dining area monitoring tables. When entrees were finally served no reason was given for the delay. Our entire visit took 2 hours, 25 minutes. Several tables served and left restaurant before our entrees were served. We will not return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous food & service
    Janis
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We had four in our group, and all of our entrees were delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    LLCC
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    5 ladies on girls night out!! Restaurant week, perfect time to try different items, fabulous prices. Service was best I've ever had, anywhere. A team takes care of you-- thanks Nat, you're the best. Food was of the high caliber I expected, delishious. Everything I expected but so much more 5stars+++
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jess
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The service here was amazing! I have worked in the food service industry for quite some time and have pretty high standards for what constitutes an amazing dining experience. This restaurant went above and beyond my expectations. From the time we walked in we were warmly greeted and seated right away. The atmosphere was very comfortable and inviting. Our server approached us immediately and went over the specials and menu with care and consideration. My boyfriend and I both ordered from the prefixed menu and were both very pleased with our choices. We had the creme brule' trio at the end of our meal, it was to die for. I was so impressed by the level of service! Our table was promptly cleared of all debris and our water stayed full! Amazing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NOLA was a knock-out!
    Grrr
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Was here during "Restaurant Week" and enjoyed a Prix Fixe menu which was a knock-out deal for knock-out food! Made a reservation in advance, so was seated on the top floor and away from the group noise below. Service was great and food was fantastic - wish I lived closer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Made the reservation for a business dinner. One vegetarian in the group. A veg dish was offered for the restaurant week menu, but we were surprised that much of t was uncooked. A goat cheese stuffed portabrlla on a bed of couscous. Eggplant in the couscous was raw, as was the portabella. The latter could have been grilled longer. All other parties mainly enjoyed their dishes. Disappointed to see vegetables were not cooked, esp at an emeril restaurant. Expected great things.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It exceeded our expectations.
    Clevelander
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This was a wonderful dining experience. The wait staff was attentive but not overbearing. They were helpful in making recommendations and the recommendations were accurate. The pace for dinner was pleasant and allowed us to enjoy our evening. There was quite a crowd but we still received our drinks and meals without any waiting. Next time in New Orleans I will plan to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • edvic
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We go to NOLA every time we come to New Orleans and are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dinner
    honeypants
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I'd never been to NOLA before, but have been to both Emeril's and Delmonico. The service, typical of all of his places, was fantastic. Everyone's food is placed on the table at the same time, no matter how many servers it takes! It was my birthday, and I feel we received extra special treatment, though nothing over the top or embarrassing. The food was fantastic. I had the garlic crusted drum, cochon de lait gumbo, and ooey gooey cake. I'll definitely be back some time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food
    Team1
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Two of the three of us had never been to NOLA, but now I know if they are ever in town, this will be there spot. They couldn't stop talking about the experience and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best duck ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    the roasted duck is the ultimate high standard for all other restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NOLA's Rocks!
    TMLWrites
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    It wasn't my first visit and certainly won't be my last. Great restaurant for ambience, FOOD, and fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exquisite dining
    Enjoygreatdining
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    What a lovely evening! The service and food were excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch date
    Drevan
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Boudin & Gumbo were excellent. The buttermilk dressing on my salad was way too much. It overpowered the other flavors. The Bloody Mary's are very good and made w/house infused bell pepper vodka. We ordered them extra spicy and were pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food and service was outstanding....one of our best meals in N.O. We loved the drum fish...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Expected much more
    Vandy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Had such high hopes for Emerill Lagassie's restaurant, somewhat let down. Service was excellent though!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NOLA
    Hillary5233
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was excellent! Fried chicken was the best we've had. Crab cake was awesome. It is very very loud. Definitely not a romantic spot or a place you'd want to go to catch up. Service was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • impressed!
    stantheman
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    outstanding service- came in a group of 6 and was impressed with how we all received our dinners in good time and at one time, appetizers were amazing. extensive wine selection. very nice ambiance. especially recommend the Duck And Mushroom Boudin Balls and the Grilled Pork Chop. Would definitely come here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate