Nola - Palo Alto
Nola - Palo Alto

Nola - Palo Alto

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nolas.com/
  • Phone: 6503282722x7
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm; Friday 11.30am to 11.00pm; Saturday: 12.00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
    BAR open until 1.30am daily
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southwest, Cajun, Creole
  • Executive Chef: Tam Sugayan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: While we do not cater, we are happy to help set up large group to go orders.
  • Special Events: We throw the biggest Mardi Gras party outside of New Orleans! There are bands, djs, dancing, and bars in every room. Check our website, www.nolas.com, for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hamilton
  • Public Transit: CalTrans Palo Alto. And a late night cab stand on the weekends.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are two parking garages on our block, with more nearby. There is also ample street parking.
A word from Nola - Palo Alto
Nola is a bit of New Orleans located in the historic Ramona Street Building in downtown Palo Alto. Our menu consists of Creole, Cajun, and Latin cuisine. New Orleans favorites, such as hurricanes, fresh oysters, gumbo, seafood jambalaya, and étouffée, are just a few of the classics you will find.
The party stretches out over three floors, with seven different funky dining areas. Nola has one of the largest collections of Southern folk art on the West Coast. Come check out what Fortune magazine voted as "the hottest bar in the Silicon Valley." Welcome to the party--grab a Hurricane, a group of friends, wrap yourself in our mardi gras beads and “Laisser les Bon Temps Rouler!!”
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Nola - Palo Alto reviews from OpenTable diners
193 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (101)vibrant bar scene (95)hot spot (75)great for outdoor dining (67)fit for foodies (65)neighborhood gem (58)special occasion (49)late-night find (42)great for lunch (38)romantic (28)kid-friendly (22)great for brunch (8)notable wine list (8)scenic view (5)Show More
  • Mind blowing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Yum. That sums it up. Went with a group of friend and we made a meal out of sharing a bunch of small plates, appetizers, & desserts. It was all amazing but the chick biscuits with thyme gravy & bacon jam was a highlight!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty, fast and friendly
    mjbsmb
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    After passing through an old style entrance corridor from the street, Nola restaurant opens up into a nice central open air court yard with seating around the fountain overlooked by a balcony on all side, also with seating. The service was fast, friendly and accommodating with our 2 and 4 year olds. The food was delicious, the fish tacos being a favorite but the jambalaya or the blackened catfish on grits are also not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy but nice
    Renu
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Appetizers were great. We filled up on that and could not eat any entrees. Highly recommend the chicken biscuit sliders, the jalpebo corn bread and the fried green tomato salad. The beignets were really good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good place for a group
    Moober
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Decided to check out NOLA based on some last minute YELP research. I was meeting friends after a day at work and stopped at Old Pro for some drinks before dinner. NOLA was a place to be for dinner. There was a lot more seating inside than I had expected. I was use to seeing the bar downstairs packed but did not realize they had an upstairs section inside the restaurant as well. Me and my friend ordered the fish tacos which were surprisingly filling and delicious. We both wanted something on the lighter side which is hard to find at a place that specializes in southern food. My boyfriend had the ribs and fried chicken with a side of fries. The fries were delicious, it had some special seasoning on it which made it even more yummy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • candyVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The food and service was great! Love their shrimp and grits! Very festive and friendly staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Glueten menu
    Awful
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The menu was wonderful, many glueten free dishes to decide from and very tasty. You should be prepared for a loud environment and be place a foot from another table, so privae intimate conversations are IMPOSSIBLE. But, the atmosphere is fun and lively. I would call this a great neighborhood hangout for the 30+ educated start up company type of person. Hope that helps.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Bad Sunday Night Service
    RickPVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We always enjoy Nola, but that night service was slow and inattentive. If this were our first visit we might hesitate to return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and noisy
    MindJ
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Really great place and good food, we had so fun night with a group of 6 friends. Too noisy but Margarita helps - as we were soon talking loud ourselves too... Will go again with friedns - not for a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • susan
    Susan
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Awesome Great food ..interesting menu Fun location and set up
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good eats!
    happycamper
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Came here for dinner with a friend and shared a bunch of small bites. Had the gumbo, the shrimp and grits, the dirty fries, and the chicken and biscuits. The food came out super fast, but our table was so small that it was hard to fit everything on it. The food was great. Really enjoyed everything, but probably shouldn't have ordered the chicken and biscuits because it was just too much food. My favorites were the gumbo and the dirty fries (basically fries with pulled pork, beans, cheese, etc on it). Service was good. This place has a fun atmosphere, but it is pretty loud.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service but...
    GreatServicebut
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The only thing that bothered my group was that the skirt steak wasn't cooked to what we requested, most were burnt. Medium isn't supposed to be burnt, but overall everything else was great. Rebecca was Awesome and very helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food, Great Service
    Sporty2cute
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food is fabulous. The grits are the best I've ever had. The jalapeño corn bread is great too. The service was impressive. We never had to ask for anything. The ambience was delightful. Don't pass on this one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food-too many rules
    Sirenas1
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food and environment were amazing. The service was good but not great. Some of the party had to wait a while for their food or ask for things on the side since they didn't come on the dish originally even though the menu said they came on the dish. Too many rules in terms of seating only the entire party, splitting the check, and parties over 14 must have a private room with a limited menu and a min of $800 which is way too much. I love this restaurant but never again am I having a group event here. Too many hiccups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    EventManager61
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Excellent NOLA food! Best I have had in SF Bay Area. Service would have been a better rating, but it took 20min after being seated to be acknowledged. After we were, service was great! Since we were the first seating at 5:30 I would assume they would have been ready to service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice atmosphere
    Dani
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Food was good but slow and took about 1 hour to get food and then it all came out separate.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place for lunch
    eric
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Enjoyed a business lunch on a nice day in Nola's semi-open air main room. The Friday special fried oyster po' boy was very good, as was the slaw. The service was good, as well.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambiance and Food
    PVNewfie
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    If you like a place with some life, Nola's is a good choice. The food is good, you can sit outdoors with a beautiful "sky view" and have a great night out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always a great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    It was a great experience as usual. They staff was very friendly and attentive. The flank steak is one of the best I have had. Good wine selection and awesome outdoor sitting. Recommend it for small to large groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better the first time
    NotAFoodie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The first time my boyfriend and I ate at the restaurant it was a GREAT experience! The food was great as well as the service and ambiance. We just ate there again and the service and ambiance remained the same but the food was different. My skirt steak was perfect but my boyfriend's meal which included ribs and cornbread did not have that much flavor. I am assuming the chef/cook(s) had an off night with cooking. This will not stop us from eating there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a fun place!
    Happydiner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had such a wonderful experience at Nola's! The restaurant is absolutely beautiful and has such a fun atmosphere. We were sat next to a large table that was celebrating a party so it was quite loud. The service was absolutely fantastic, we had great drinks, and the portions were generous. Would love to come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PandP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    "energetic" does not capture the noise level. It was way too noisy. And the TV screens were on all over the - a major distraction and something that will probably will stop me from going back. Nola's is a sports bar with great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Food and Staff!
    Taty
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The food is amazing! My boyfriend and I drove all the way from Napa Valley just to try this restaurant and we were very happy we did!! I want to thank Alexa our waiter for everything and Kayar the manager for making sure we had a great experience! Thank you to the WHOLE STAFF!! You are amazing! We will be back for sure! -Tatiana G.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner treat -not really
    willtravlforgoodfood
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I was disappointed in the service at Nola's. We sat for 45 minutes before being asked for our order and then it didn't arrive until 40 minutes later. When the food did arrive, it was ok. I was hoping for amazing- giving the wait I had. I don't think I will travel from South San Jose to visit this restaurant again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lacking
    Tinkerbellfan
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    When we arrived, the place was packed due to a college game. The host that seated us didn't engage with us at all. She dropped the menus on the table and spoke to another staff member. She never once spoke to us. Our server on the other hand was very attentive throughout our dinner. I had mentioned on our reservation that this was a special occasion. It was our 16th wedding anniversary. I was surprised no one mentioned it. Other restaurants do.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit and miss
    doonhartVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our family had a pleasant dinner mid-week, with some dishes enjoyable, but some missed the mark. Ribs seemed as though they were boiled then reheated in the oven, with a forgettable red sauce on them, nothing to commend them. Dirty fries sounded great on the menu but the soggy fried potatoes of all kinds did not stand up to the pulled pork and other ingredients. Pulled pork sandwich much better, good gumbo. Basically a good spot for a beer and something simple to eat. Our waiter was efficient and pleasant throughout at this upbeat, energetic place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and ambience
    Guillermo
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Really liked Nola's, wish the portions had been slightly bigger.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Eating
    energyfood
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Nola's is great place to get authentic New Orleans cruisine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful dinner
    thegallaghersVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My husband and I came here and had great service and wonderful food. Desert was excellent and our server was friendly and fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic--in parts
    TheObscureGourmet
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food at NOLAs is wonderful--Cajunesque California. The decor, funky and vibrant, adds to the fun. But it is too LOUD for more than two people per table. We had a party of seven...and I couldn't hear anyone except the person next to me (not even my daughter who was directly across from me!) The music is so loud that everyone around us was screaming-i heard some of the surrounding tables' conversations better than I could hear my daughter-in-law, who was two people down from me. We asked to have the sound turned down-the table NEXT to us asked to have the sound turned down-a table in the next room asked to have the sound turned down. Again--the food is fantastic, tasty, excellent. The service, great. The sound...too much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Robert
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Good dinner in a fun atmosphere. Makes a difference to Palo Alto.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dinner
    CleoVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had a very enjoyable and relaxing time. Food was delicious. Loved the open ceiling
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place to relax
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Good food, good service, good environment - As close to New Orleans as you can get while living on the West Coast
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nola knows no limits!
    dvnoneVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Excellent food, ambiance & drinks! Fun & friendly place with great staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    what a great place to dine. I have never had chicken melt in my mouth. My daughter and I shared our meals, she ordered the chicken with waffles, and I blackened salmon I have to say the salmon was so flavorful, i had to check to make sure it was salmon i was eating. Truly a place you can't miss out on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT Visit
    JennCVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I love Nola each time I go. I have enjoyed all the food options I have chosen. This night - I got one of the salad. Great flavor and perfect portion size - not too crazy big. I will admit - my friend who is gluten free had trouble finding a good option. May want to work on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday dinner
    KLH22
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My husband and I took our good friends here to celebrate a birthday. The food was delicious and the sangria went down smooth. Our waiter was on top of things like water refills and bringing proper knives. We had a lovely experience my one critic would be that the restaurant has TVs all over the place and I'd prefer TVs to be confined to the bar area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday night
    Kelsie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Service was HORRIBLE. Our server was so slow and acted like she did not want to be there at all. Food was ok... The dirty fries are amazing! But my main meal the franks chicken sandwhich wasn't my favorite. We also really enjoyed the blackberry ginger lemonade. We got seated upstairs which after looking around as we were leaving we decided we would have much rather sat downstairs in the bar or lounge area.. It would be nice if the hostess gave you an option. We'll maybe try and give the place another shot and hope the customer service greatly improves.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • as always grest service and food
    motherof6
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great service as always and food and drinks always delicious
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Generally a fantastic experience. Wait staff was very friendly atmosphere and food were wonderful but gentleman who was working the front was rude and seemed inconvenienced by having to do his job. Did not ruin our night but not who I would have greeting people. Definitely recommend eating here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We dined at Nola to celebrate my daughter's birthday. We were very disappointed with the Mr T's Famous Skirt Steak entree.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic