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NOLA Restaurant
NOLA Restaurant

NOLA Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.emerilsrestaurants.com/nola-restaurant
  • Phone: (504) 522-6652
  • 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, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Cajun
  • 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 (504) 522-6652

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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCreole
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Experience could not have been better. Service was great, food was outstanding, hope to make it back here again!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Wonderful as usual. My guest was impressed with summer cocktail that was infused with jalapeño. The PEI mussels were great with corn and bacon and a wonderful cornbread. The steak was excellent. I had duck which was different from earlier visits and not as nice. Overcooked and a bit dry. I still liked it..but not as before. Dessert was great. Crime brûlée trio. Yum. Emeril does it well.,"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Youthful and fun! Perfect spot for energetic 25-55 age group. Food was amazing!!! A little noisy but fits the setting."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "My wife and I have visited NOLA everytime we come to the French Quarter. We have never had anything but outstanding food and service. This time we took a couple we know with us. Again we were rewarded with a fantastic experience. Our friends were impressed with NOLA and plan on including it as a "must" to any future trips to New Orleans."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Very noisy, couldn't hear yourself talk to each other without yelling. Summer four course menu was fair, but nothing to brag about and prices were about the same as a high priced restaurant that we go to. Food was not nearly as good."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Our servers were great. Stuffed chicken wings and pork ball appetizers were delicious. It was a fantastic dining experience."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Was an exceptional experience. Staff was very friendly and had good service. Felt like a valued guest. Portions were very generous. V"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Was good, had better EL places, but was fine. Food took a good while, but came just before getting annoyed. Service helper was great. She filled my tea several times during our wait on food."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We ordered off the Summer Menu. Our 1st & 2nd Courses were Fantastic and were timed percectly. The 3rd Course took an addtional 20-25 minutes (which felt like forever). Our server said "the Chef is putting the final touches on your dinner now". She asked if we'd like more drinks (instead of apologizing for the delay). When our 3rd Course arrived, 2 of the dishes had issues. My Amberjack was outstanding. the Salmon was beyond rare on one end. The Tenderloin/Pork was cold in the center. The 4th Course (dessert) took another 20 minutes after dinner was complete. The Banana Pudding was delicious (except the Lady Finger cookie was harder than a rock). The service did feel polished and sincere."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Loved the service. Food was very good and very generous portions."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "It has been a dream of my now 18 yr old daughter to eat at one of Emerils places from growing up watching him on television, well this dream finally became a reality for her and she couldnt have been anymore happier on her visit unless meeting Emeril would have been an option. Our service we were given went above and beyond our expectations and the staff was awesome!! Thank you for making a little girls dream real. What also made this special for her and I is that she is a heart patient and has had 2 heart surgeries and other health issues and making the trip wasnt something we were able to due with all the restrictions she had. She is heart healthy now and no restictions. This was a dream made happen. Thank you again!!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Exceptional service and great food, what more can I say! Tends to be on the noisy side, especially on weekends."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Great service, great food (don't miss the duck pizza-- yum!) warm approachable atmosphere. A nice change from the down and dirty tourist food found in much of the French quarter. Check it out!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Wish the crab cakes were not so greasy and had been made that old way with the two sauces on top."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We were shown to our table as soon as we arrived. The waiter and assistant were helpful and friendly. The supervisor checked to make sure everything was to our satisfaction. Our drinks were refilled frequently and dishes cleared promptly. The menu selections were wonderful. We were served a complimentary amuse of beef tartare on a toasted wonton. The flat bread was freshly baked in a wood-burning oven. My wife had shrimp and grits and I had garlic-crusted drum. Both entrees were excellent. We enjoyed the hot peach pot pie with pecan ice cream for dessert. It was outstanding. All-in-all, it was a great dinner for our 40th wedding anniversary. We enjoyed this restaurant more than some of the more established restaurants."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "WE HAVE EATEN IN MOST OF THE NEW ORLEANS RESTAURANTS OVER THE LAST FORTY YEARS. NOLA IS DEFINITELY IN OUR TOP TEN. WE TRIED THE DAILY PRIX FIXE DINNER WITH THE WINE PAIRING. THE TUNA SALAD AND WINE WERE NOT A GOOD PARING FOR ME. EVERYTHING ELSE WAS VERY NICE."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Every time I visit New Orleans I always look forward to NOLA's."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Excellent food. I had stuffed chicken wings, a first for me. They were great. I followed that up with a seafood entree, which was also superb. Service was quite attentive. I would definitely recommend this place and I would return."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "I have lost count of my visits to NOLA. Every time has been spectacular. The pork chop is outstanding, the shrimp and grits is incredible, and as the staff say, "the duck will change your life"! If you haven't been to NOLA, you've missed out. BAM!!!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "I had expected better. They were out of several specials that were listed on the daily menu, one of which the server said they had been out of since yesterday, so wasn't sure why it was again reprinted. The food was fine. The waiter seemed a bit disinterested and not very attentive."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Spotty service, great wine list, intriguing menu. Undersized roasted beet salad...oversized fried chicken breast. Felt like I was eating in an ant farm...I was too near the wait station...not used to that as an OT member. My God, the servers were flying through the room and yet my finished salad plate sat on my table for 5 minutes. Enormous wait between salad and entrée. Very slow bar service, yet the sommelier made a great recommendation to pair with the meal. The chicken breast with bourbon mashed potatoes were very good...not phenomenal. Maybe I was expecting more. If you're a fan of Emeril then this might be the place for you. For me...been there done that."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Given the hype around Emeril's restaurants, I was expecting a lot more. We were seated on the first floor in a corner with a good view of the open kitchen. The service was impeccable. The drinks and wine list were superb. We started off with the BBQ shrimp, which were very well executed in a smokey but not heavy sauce. As for entrees, I had the duck, and my friends had the drum and shrimp and grits. The duck, while having a nice smokey flavor, was dry. My friends said their entrees were okay. Desserts were nothing special. I had the ooey-gooey cake, which I think has been overdone. It was served in a coffee cup and didn't have the depth of chocolate flavor I thought it needed. Their reputation was not deserved with this meal."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Food was very good, service was very friendly, courses came too quickly on top of each other, noisy!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "I suppose I was not too sure what to expect but I was not blown away. The service was just okay and I really only enjoyed the taste of the soup. We had the four course meal and for the price, I was very disappointed... I would not recommend the experience to any one."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Having been to one of emeril's restaurants before, I had fairly high expectations. I can happily say that my expectations were met. My party had the boudin balls which were like little chunks of heaven. I was torn on my entrees and finally went with my waiters suggestion of the garlic crusted drum which was so good that it put the salmon at table 10 in Vegas to shame, which is really saying something. Being new to the local cuisine of the area my group had a lot of questions which our waiter answered very enthusiastically and treated us like VIP's. If I ever travel through new Orleans again I would definitely eat here."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "NOLA always meets our expectations. Duck confit, fried egg and truffle oil pizza was outstanding. Garlic crusted drum fish was also delicious. Service was attentive. Have dined here many times and will definitely return."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Waiter was very nice to have brought over a ball for our 1.5 year old to play with. Very accomodating and friendly staff. Delicious food. Emeril is our fav!!!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "This was our first trip to NOLA. What an incredible experience! The entire staff was so friendly and the food was delicious. Must-haves include the Pineapple Cosmo, shrimp and grits, and stuffed chicken wings. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Great service, food suggestions, and fabulous food!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We were pleasantly surprised by our entire dining experience. We enjoyed the converted warehouse lofty type atmosphere of the restaurant and felt very comfortable during our meal. Both my husband and I chose to order from the Summer Taste menu and were delighted with our selections of gazpacho and gumbo, followed by a lovely seared tuna and arugula salad. For our entrees, my husband chose the grilled fish and I selected the smothered chicken breast, both were superb. Our desserts included banana pudding cream cake and key lime bread pudding, both very tasty. The service we received from Alexis was outstanding. We now have a new favorite restaurant when visiting New Orleans and look forward to our next meal at NOLA."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food had a unique taste and presentation, which were both great. The wait staff was very attentive. The ambience was nice and romantic. My wife and I enjoyed everything about our anniversary celebration at NOLA."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "At Nola's we were seated too close to the door. The place was noisy but tolerable. The food and service were outstanding! Our waiter Matt along with the other staff served us in a very professional manner. The watermelon martini was delicious as well as the barbequed shrimp, drum and key lime bread pudding. I would recommend as well as return on my next trip to New Orleans."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Great food awesome service! A new favorite for us!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "A friend recommended NOLA for our weekend getaway. I made reservations easily online and then changed them just as easily. My husband and I went with another couple to celebrate a birthday. We arrived very early (45 minutes) for our reservation and they sat us before your reserved time. The food was excellent! We all had different entrees and each one was delicious. The service was top notch. Loved the atmosphere, the exposed brick walls and lighting were perfect for romance or for dinner with friends. We all loved NOLA and will definitely recommend this restaurant to others."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Service was everything you'd expect from an Emeril restaurant. Food itself was very good. The boudin balls and stuffed wings were especially good! The crusted drum was probably the best entre of our group."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "On vacation in New Orleans for the first time, we just HAD to dine at NOLA! We were not disappointed! Start to finish, everything was superb! The atmosphere, the service, & of course, the food. I had the fish entree & my husband had the Asian Poboy. So delicious. And the chocolate marshmallow cake that we shared was to die for! I would revisit New Orleans again just to dine here again!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "This was the 5th time I have dined at NOLA. Each time we dined at lunch. The food was disappointing this time. The pizza I had tasted like something a child would make at home. The crab cake appetizer was mushy and the crust was overcooked and hard. The barbecued shrimp appetizer was good. The shrimp were cooked to a nice texture and the sauce was tasty. The salmon entry was average, but slightly overcooked and dry."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The flavors of the food we ordered were great. Unfortunately, the chef does not understand when fish is finished cooking and let mine stay on the heat until it was hard and dry. Uck..the woman sitting next to me was served her fish the same way. My wife loved her shrimp and grits, though."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Absolutely amazing visit. The staff was first class and left nothing untouched. Very attentive and appeared to love serving us. We ordered a 4 course meal and every course was served simoultaneously. The presentation was beautiful and the flavor was orgasmic. Would visit this place again in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Excellent food, creatively prepared, and professionally served. Restaurant situated in the center of the French Quarter and has three floors for dining. Atmosphere very vibrant, especially on lowest floor. We sat on middle floor, which was quiet enough for conversation. The 2 inch thick pork chop I had was moist throughout (wish I could do that)! Head waiter had extensive knowledge of the wine list and his recommendation was outstanding. Much attention to detail, even providing dark napkins since we were wearing dark clothing. Perfect."
    Dined on 7/29/2014