NOLA Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Creole
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NOLA is chef/restaurateur Emeril Lagasse’s casual eatery in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Open since 1992, the critically-acclaimed restaurant fuses traditional Creole, Acadian and Southern cuisine with global influences. Chef de Cuisine Philip Buccieri works closely with Chef Emeril to create an innovative menu showcasing rustic Louisiana cooking with local ingredients and some ethnic twists. The three-story restaurant features an open-action kitchen, chef’s food bar and a signature wood-fired brick oven. NOLA was renovated in 2017 and is now open daily at 11:30 am serving one menu for lunch and dinner.
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Server Mona was rude and completely inefficient. Although she asked each person about their allergies, she gave us the wrong order of food containing an allergen. This caused an allergic reaction for a member of our party. Manager was nowhere to be found. Altogether, I would not recommend and will not be returning to this restaurant. Lastly, a guest incident report will be filed.

OT
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great dining experience which was exactly what was needed for the moment

NO
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

This used to be one of my favorite restaurants. No more. I still recommend the restaurant for the food. Although even that didn’t seem quite up to par. The atmosphere and noise level have changed for the worse since the last time we visited. It was so noisy it was impossible to carry on a conversation. Consequently, everybody in the restaurant must raise their voice to be heard and the decibel level just keeps going up as a result. The walls are concrete and the noise bounces around in a very unpleasant way. Maybe that was intentional to attract a younger partying type crowd... It certainly doesn’t attract me. The service was so so. Not nearly as good as in the past. Little things like not giving us a proper wine menu. We had to ask if wine was sold by the bottle and then we got the wine menu. Everything seemed rushed and harried, like you might encounter in a typical French Quarter touristy restaurant. Not what you want or expect in one of Emeril’s restaurants. Not going back.

N
Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We found the restaurant stylish with excellent service. My major complaint wss the the portions were very small for the price point

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Very loud, hard to hear dinner companion, had to keep yelling.

ML
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service!!
Best food in NOLA so far.

AP
Nashville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I fell in love with NOLA over 8 years ago. It is still an amazing restaurant with the most amazing food.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the barbecued shrimp and the fried chicken thigh, and both were out of this world. I also love the shrimp and grits here. Great restaurant, very reasonably priced, and the cocktails are great, too! I recommend the NOLA lemonade.

CL
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were seated at a small table for two about 12" from tables on either side. Not a great way to enjoy dinner. We did have reservations. The food was excellent. The artichoke was the best I've ever had! My husband had the sea bass and it was prepared perfectly. Wine list is great. Service was good but we had to ask our waiter to take our dinner order.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Exceptionally noisy, with a large group of drunks next to us! Food was acceptable, but not what we had imagined for Emeril’s place. The service was very slow, and sporadic, with two people in our group receiving their salad, then the appetizers came, then the third person got their salad. The drum fish was delicious, but the short ribs and crawfish pasta were just adequate. A disappointment.

DS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 2nd time at Nola’s and it was still fabulous!!! I’ve never had better collards and cornbread...I had the chicken thigh...was very good, but nothing beats the pork chop!!! Dessert was wonderful👍 We will be back and will recommend our superb eating experience ❤️

DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Not impressed our waitress disappeared after bring our entrees while we were still eating appetizers. The busboy took care of us until waitress dropped off check . Not impressed at all will never go back

j
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ryan and Mona Lisa provides great service and the food was fantastic!

BO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of 4 had a fabulous time. Superb food, great atmosphere, and a delightful staff.

MC
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Waiter was very friendly and helpful. Enjoyed the atmosphere. Octopus could have been a bit more crispy on outside but was very tasty. Duck and pork chop we’re great. Bread pudding was not on par with rest of food. Not warm and did not think ice cream worked well with it. We were looking forward to traditional bread pudding.

MJ
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Roy was our server! He was absolutely amazing. We expected great food! It was of course great! We expected great ambiance! Of course it was great! Our server, Roy, made this evening over the top! We were wow’d. Absolutely perfect. Thanks

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Wonderful layers of flavor in everything we had

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service was excellent. The only downside was the noise level. You literally had to yell down the table for people to hear you.

MM
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Such a negative experience. Only positive were our nice waiters and the friendly manager. Hostess rude, bartender dressed like a slob, the foid was cold and unappealing. We waited 45 min between the entree and appetizer. The bathroom was filthy. Avoid this place. So many great places to eat in NOLA.

JB
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We ate at Delmonico’s the night before and had a wonderful time. Had high hopes for NOLA but we were very disappointed. Had a bad feeling as the hostess took us to our table - via an elevator to the 4th floor. The elevator looked like a trade elevator - paint all dinged up - not a big thing but if someone was taking care of this place it wouldn’t look like that ! We were seated and immediately realized that it was very cold (uncomfortably so) and that a series of air con vents were blowing in our direction. Our waiter arrived (well one of two) and we mentioned the temp. He said we were not the first to flag this, and he would talk to the manager. Nothing changed throughout the meal. We ordered both meal and some glasses of wine. After ordering and waiting 15+ mins for the wine, two other waiters stopped by - “would you like another drink” (had bought beers with use from the bar) - to which we explained we had ordered wine and were still waiting. The wine arrived half way through the appetizers. The apps were good. Main courses arrived - I had ordered steak frites medium rare, it was medium well. At this stage, feeling very cold it wasn’t worth sending back - we finished the entrees drank the glass of wine, paid and left. Very disappointing.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Disappointed as kitchen was overwhelmed we were told on busy weekend night. Took about two hours until we received entrees but management made up by offering a complimentary bottle of wine which we happily accepted. 🤗

P
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Great location, nice decor and ambiance but my fried chicken was way to oily and so were the chicken wings. If you go stay away from the fried foods.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good. But I think I make better food with Emeril’s recipes at home and that doesn’t make much sense.

JM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent menu options. The alligator bites were scrumptious. The wait staff is very attentive and friendly. Looking forward to going back when in New Orleans again.

DM
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great New Orleans food! My wife had the shrimp and grits, I had a steak with confit potatoes. Both were excellent. Service was good. Wine selection was good. I'd go back.

AC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, informal ambiance. Had the duck, it was the best I have ever had.

CH
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Was there in March of 2019 , excellent food and service . Now , October of 2019 seems things changed so much ! Hardly anyone in the restaurant at 6- 6:30 , very quiet and a bit unusual sense conventions were in town and the streets were crowded . Food wasn't as good as last March , plus the professionalism seemed lost compared to March of 2019 . Wife had to use the restroom and came back and even told the help how nasty . Don't think we'll be back .

G
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Satisfied with the food though my steak was a bit tough. Service lacking- seem everything requested was delayed. Waitress was nice but didn’t seemed fully engaged. Better conversation and service came from busboy.

MC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We had an incredible dining experience here four years ago and were anxious to return. First of all gone were the tablecloths and attentive service. I ordered the shrimp and grits. It arrived almost cold so sent it back. It was hot when I got it back but was so bland and lacking in flavor as to be inedible. In all fairness, my husbands swordfish was delicious. While management did come talk to us and didn’t charge us for my meal, the entire experience was very disappointing.

TH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pork Chop excellent, Drum Fish to salty. Recommend for folks to try.

JM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, excellent menu and tasty cocktails.

DG
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great great great food! Menu selection was optimal for all of us.

KJ
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was great. Loved that you could make reservations. Food was excellent especially the artichoke!

DE
Italy
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Bottom line: Don't come, it's not worth the money.

We followed the owner's reputation, but we were disappointed to find that the food was not good enough.
The French fries were burnt. The gumho was rich and nice (on the other hand, this is my first time eating it). The SMOKED CHEDDAR CHEESE GRITS was not smoked, the flavors were weak and not rich.

I have tasted loads of pizzas in the world (see my other reviews) and the pizza here is really not worth the money. The tomato sauce was bad and the cheeses were weak. The dough was reasonable.

As far as TAMARIND BARBEQUE GLAZED SHORT RIBS, the meat was fibrous and did not crumble (it was probably not Short Ribs).

The desserts are amateur.

The service was reasonable, until the waiter handed us the bill without us asking (what ?! Who does it ?? it's like they were told: "Get out of here" !!)

B
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were top notch. Best meal we had in the city but far from most expensive

JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We ordered the frogs legs and they were seasoned so much that they were not very good. They also added a bottle of wine to our bill that we didn’t have. Manager and another waiter apologized profusely but not a word from our server.....

B
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the alligator bites and roasted octopus for appetizers. They were excellent. We also shared the whole red fish. My only complaint was that the restaurant was empty, yet they crammed all couples on to a two top table. Kind of ridiculous to have to manage such a small space when we are surrounded by empty tables for an influx of patrons that never came after the football game. We were there over an 1-1/2hours. Seems like most of the football watchers ended up going straight to the airport or home.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Amazing food and service. Restaurant needs a refresh. Very dated.

HH
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best dinner during our weekend in NOLA! Duck was delicious and stuffed wings was amazing! A bit noisy but seems ubiquitous for French Quarter restaurants

LM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Dinner was fabulous-from the wedge salad to the creole-encrusted salmon. The staff is very attentive, but they don't hover. Family-friendly (several babies were in the restaurant), but also good for date-night. Tables are not crowded together. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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