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About NOLA Restaurant

If you are unable to make a reservation online, please call us at (504) 522-6652.

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.

534 Saint Louis Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Creole, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Cajun

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday
Lunch & Dinner: 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Friday - Saturday
Lunch & Dinner: 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.


Cross Street:
Chartres Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(504) 522-6652

Website:
http://www.emerilsrestaurants.com/nola-restaurant

Parking Details:
Validated parking at Omni Hotel on Chartres Street between St. Louis Street & Toulouse Street

Executive Chef:
Philip Buccieri

Private Party Facilities:
Customize your private party with exquisite food, wine and service.

Private Party Contact:
Meredith Sabol : (504) 522-6652

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

NOLA Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

75% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (47)
Fit for Foodies (45)
Casual (41)
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Good for a Date (39)
Special Occasion (39)
Local Ingredients (28)
Authentic (27)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Business Meals (23)
Good for Groups (23)
Fun (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Hot Spot (20)
Bar Seating (19)
Tasting Menu (19)
Comfort Food (18)
Worth the Drive (17)
Romantic (16)
Cozy (14)
Happy Hour (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Great for Lunch (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Tapas (11)
People Watching (10)
Late-night Find (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Quick Bite (6)
Seasonal (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Disabled Access (3)
Healthy (3)
Spicy (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Live Sports (2)
Organic (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vegan (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined a day ago

Food was decent. Cocktails were good. Service left much to be desired.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined a day ago

What a wonderful suprise. Food and service was exceptional. Ome of my new vavorite places

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·Dined a day ago

Love the new renovation.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined a day ago

Let me start by saying , I am a local New Orleanian and this was one of my favorite restaurants which I frequently dined at 10-15 times per year. My previous ranking was 5 stars.

Pros : solid wine list, location, bigger bar area, nice greeting and wait staff.

Cons: Cuisine has declined considerably, particularly disturbing is the fact that leadership decided to change the duck (which was arguably the best in NOLA) and they replaced it with a gamey overlooked dry charred presentation. Furthermore, they diverted from a more traditional polenta base/side to French fries. Just horrible. It is NOT GOOD.

The decor is now hideous. Some poor designer thought neon lights out if the 80s movie Tron would look good in what is a traditional french quarter warehouse / loft building. Additionally the reconfigured tables, bland flooring and low end finishes make the place feel plastic. I am not anti-change at all but this too is atrocious. For the money and with the past bar having been set very high, a 2 star is a kind stretch (when comparing this restaurant to its former self).

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined a day ago

The steak was good and I liked the cornbread and collard greens. I just wish the restaurant still served a bread basket like before. Also, the new bar seems to take up a lot more room in the dining room so it feels more cramped. I prefer the old layout.

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·Dined 2 days ago

They recently changed up the whole restaurant and in the process ruined it. Food was mediocre, service was ok but not as good as it was before the change. Atmosphere is just bad now with horrible 80’s lighting and no privacy. We went in June and it was great and then went again in November and it was just bad. What once was a fun restaurant with great service and local cuisine is now a mishmash of creole and Asian food made by people who have apparently never had really good Asian food served somewhat tapas style.

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 (Houston)·Dined 2 days ago

It’s remodeled and snazzy. It’s Emeril’s . Menu has changed some and disappointed they no longer serve the bread basket. Serving size is not as ample as it was before. But always tasty and different. Michelle was our waitress and she was delightful. The upstairs seating is beautiful, the enlarged bar area downstairs and a happy hour special now probably is great for early eve fare. This restaurant is pricey, but it’s the French Quarter. Even though we live here, we go for special occasions.

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was okay. The portions were very small and we ended up passing on their dessert and going somewhere else to finish filling up at a reasonable price. The good part was the service - our multiple waiters would not leave us alone.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Great for business, dates or family dinner. Flexible w/ kids.

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·Dined 5 days ago

This was my sister and I first ever get away and we were excited to try all the wonderful places to eat. I’ve been to NOLA before and was excited to bring my sister as I have been here to eat before and was raving about it. Well it was not at all as I remember. The wait for my soda alone was a long wait. Our mushroom pizza was great which came out quick but the rest of our food took over a half hour to come and and was only warm not hot enough. The servers were great but the kitchen wait was to long for a restaurant that was not busy for the time of night that we were there for.

Tags: Quick Bite
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·Dined 6 days ago

We had hit and miss service. The food was great. The ambience a bit cold.

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 (Caribbean)·Dined 6 days ago

Friendsgiving lunch date at Nolas. The service was friendly, but not as exceptional as other Emeril's affiliated locations. The lunch menu looked inventive, but our meals fell short. What really was outstanding were the desserts. The caramelized apple creme brulee is out of this world! We also gave high marks to the coconut semi-freddo. I had the plank roasted gulf fish that came with simple olive oil drizzled tomatoes. The fish was not firm, kinda mushy like they use frozen filets and not fresh. The BBQ shrimp was also not a good version in a city with so many great versions. Tried the chicken skin nachos and was disappointed that the breading on the chicken skin was so thick and actually tough to eat, not an easy appetizer to nibble on. Definitely skip entrees and enjoy the desserts!

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Food was excellent- has changed from fine dining to casual/ tapas which we liked.

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Hate the remodel. Nothing special here anymore. So disappointed.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Amazing food and service. Most unique and unexpected flavor offerings I've ever enjoyed. So glad we included the one Emeril's we had not visited on our previous trip to NOLA in our short stay. WOW definitely a must for foodies.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Casual, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 14, 2017

My husband and I had a very great experience at NOLA. We arrived a little after 7 for an 8 o’clock reservation. We were warmly greeted and proceeded to the bar where we ordered a bottle of wine. The wine list is quite expensive but has a good selection. We knew this would be a vibrant, loud and busy dining experience. This is not a quiet romantic spot! The hustle of servers is amazing. We were seated at 7:30 on the second floor. Matt and Travis were wonderful. They are a super team. Our water glasses were never empty. We started with the barbecue shrimp. I followed with the fried boneless chicken and my husband had the pork shoulder. Everything was served in good time. The food was hot and delicious. We had no room for dessert. We will definitely return upon our next time to New Orleans .

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 (México)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Servicio excelente, el gumbo es el mejor que he comido, el crab cake espectacular aún si no soy fan de la coliflor. Y el turtle pie, q es pie de nuez como las tortugas, es una locura, delicioso y vale las calorías!! Lo único q no me encantó fue el vecino tan escandaloso y pesado que estaba a lado, ya que las mesas están cerca. Pero eso puede pasar en cualquier restaurante.
Me encanta este restaurante, lo mejor de Nueva Orleans a un precio justo. Lo recomiendo a todos!!!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Delicious New Orleans dinner. Fun ambiance- loved eating upstairs -helped the noise level

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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 13, 2017

NOLA did not disappoint. The food was fantastic, the wait staff was on their game and it was a great evening overall. I was really surprised at how reasonable the food dishes were, though the wine could certainly change the ballpark. We would definitely go back next time we're in town.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 13, 2017

The fried chicken is excellent.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Amazing food and the service matched. A definite must.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Server Roy was excellent recommended several dishes that hit it out of the park.

Fresh ingredients that were balanced within each dish!

As a foodie, well done.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Pretty restaurant but disappointed in the food and service this visit.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Best shrimp and grits I’ve ever had in my life! They were perfectly creamy, and uniquely seasoned. I only wished the dish was a little bit bigger! The cornbread and greens were out of this world with a special hint of pickled peppers. I’m in love, and will be back next time I’m in NO’s.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was my second time, and I like the general atmosphere and I think the food is quite good, but had some bad luck on this visit. We were upstairs and the service was poor. The server had a bad attitude and it took forever to get drinks and my cosmo tasted like lemonade. She grudgingly took it off my tab in the end. The foot long egg roll was tasty and my fish entrée, drum, was excellent. We also had a table next to us where the people were really over the top disruptive and loud. The restaurant would not ask them to quiet down in spite of our protests and glares. It was bad, but I prefer to give them the benefit of the doubt and may give them another chance because I think the food is good. It was a bit limited for my vegetarian friend.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I have been a loyal customer of NOLA's. I remembered mostly the smoked duck dish and the NOLA martini that I had at the quaint bar before we went upstairs to have dinner. The memory of that alone drove me to make sure I made reservations well in advance. We talked about so much to our friends and changed our reservation to bring them along. How embarrassed we were when we saw how everything had changed, including the duck. We know there are reasons to make changes but NOLA's was one of those establishments that never disappointed...until yesterday.

The newly renovated bar looked modern but was missing the old world feel that you could only appreciate being in the French Quarter. We were then seated downstairs where it was brightly lit. The vibe was already different and our guests felt it too. When we expressed our wish to move upstairs, the hostess was very firm in stating they had assigned this table at the time of booking and when we asked to mve upstairs were firmly told they were booked solid. When we stated we would be better off leaving, we were moved upstairs after we had placed our order for appetizers. We started with the wings, boudin toast, and andouille sausage which were all fine. For entrees, we ordered the duck, labeled as a classic, which was nothing compared to the original recipe. The waiter tried to justify it but this was the one reason we came back. In addition, we felt a restaurant of this caliber should not be offering a foot long egg roll which should have been a red flag. We sat eating our dinners wishing the table cloths were back with the dim lighting for ambience. Sadly, we also will cease recommending this restaurant and not return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Had the pork chop and my husband had the hanger steak. Both were prepared perfectly and creatively. We enjoyed all of the menu items and the service was excellent. Would definitely return next time we are in town.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great atmosphere. Delicious food. Outstanding service. Highly recommended

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The revamp of the restaurant is horrible if you liked the New Orleans feel it used to have. Looks like this restaurant is getting ready to franchise. Couldn't tell if i was Des Moines, Atlanta, or Charlotte expect the gun fire on Saturday night reminded me i was still in the Big Easy. No white table cloths, no bread service, no uniforms for staff, and

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent service; delicious food; ordered the buttermilk fried chicken. The chicken was perfectly crusted and the batter was very light and tasty.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent food as always!!

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My wife and I both disliked this restaurant. The seating was terrible, the servers were not clean nor well dressed, the menu is very limited. We will not go there again.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food is super tasty and at a great price point! The atmosphere is upscale with incredible service but still laid back. Great find for a nice relaxing night out. They won’t rush you at all.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Just OK. I thought the food was 6/10 and the wine list was poor value.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We saw the reviews on Trip Advisor for Nola and during a recent vacation to New Orleans, we enjoyed dinner at this restaurant in the French Quarter. Great food, service, and location.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We had a delightful experience. The value of quality food for the price is, I believe after 4 trips to NOLA, outstanding. The flavors are exquisite, ambiance fantastic, and service out of this world. If you want a great meal in a non-snobby setting, this is the place for you. Highly recommend stopping by early evening to get a seat near the kitchen to watch the chefs work their magic.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Bar Seating, Cozy, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This was a disappointing night. After weeks of anticipation, we were seated upstairs in a cramped, industrial table that was without frills or character. While our waiters were charming, they were large and constantly bumped us as they moved between tables for routine service. They also advised us as to our dining restrictions and then apologized as were served, and consumed, dishes that we asked to avoid. While they financially compensated us, the experience was disconcerting and alarming. The food was delicious, especially the miso Cobia bites and the bbq shrimp, but we will not be back. Ever.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food was good put very small portions.Service was great.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great dinner! Alex was very courteous and professional, the food excellent.

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great food and service.

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