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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

4.2

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

72% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (76)
Fit for Foodies (67)
Good for a Date (65)
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Special Occasion (61)
Casual (53)
Local Ingredients (51)
Authentic (45)
Good for Anniversaries (42)
Good for Birthdays (40)
Comfort Food (38)
Good for Groups (38)
Business Meals (38)
Hot Spot (37)
Fun (34)
Great for Lunch (32)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
Cozy (24)
Romantic (24)
Worth the Drive (23)
Bar Seating (21)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Tasting Menu (19)
Notable Wine List (18)
People Watching (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Happy Hour (15)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Tapas (9)
Healthy (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Seasonal (7)
Disabled Access (7)
Quick Bite (6)
Spicy (4)
Live Sports (3)
Vegan (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined a day ago

The hype is overrated! We left hungry. The server was on another planet and was not attentive. The food was just ok

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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Good food- nothing outstanding.
Very relaxed service, typical New Orleans.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Gregory and Sophie provided outstanding service and made the dining experience exceptional. Very accommodating with our diet and provided wonderful recommendations

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·Dined 2 days ago

The food was good. Small portions for the price. The service was very slow. It’s has three floors.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Orange County)·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing food and amazing service!!! Highly recommend NOLA!!!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined 3 days ago

The food there is awesome! Taste so delicious and rich! Highly recommend!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

The service was excellent and we thought the oysters Rockefeller pizza was very good. Our other dishes we rated as four out of five stars. It wasn’t very busy for lunch, but it was Valentines Day and many people may have been saving their dining out for the evening.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful place, fabulous menu. Great location to all of the French Quarter. Service is very good - attentive but not invasive. Very hot (popular) spot so the enthusiasm of everyone dining can get a bit loud.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 6 days ago

Haven't eaten at NOLA in years; my loss! great food, friendly wait staff, hostesses were very polite. No negative comments here. The 9 of us are ready to reserve our table for Lundy Gras Lunch 2019!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Best shrimp and grits on the planet. The crab cake was fantastic, and the gumbo was a delightful appetizer. Great service and fun decor. NOLA is a winner. Nice job, Emeril!

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Austin)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was okay, not great. But good. Nothing wrong with it at all, I was just expecting more. None of the desserts were even worth ordering. I think their dessert menu is very much lacking. We went to another restaurant to get dessert. The service was outstanding however and our server was fantastic, even serenading me with a little song.

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 (Orlando)·Dined 6 days ago

Dinner was fabulous! Our server very accomodating and we had a great time :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 6 days ago

Even during Mardi Gras we had a great experience at NOLA. Food was great, accommodated a party of 6 with reservation, reasonable price and great service. BBQ shrimp were great.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

love trying new things tried the shellac smoked duck was very good but did not thnk i was getting a half a duck and the gumbo was excellant

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Spicy, Tasting Menu
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was excellent. Peyton was a good server. Noise was a lil much. 2nd floor is really cool!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I got a chance to eat at NOLA with my family today and everything was delicious. The only slip up was having my drink dumped on me and the bartender trying to create an altercation with someone in my party. The bartender (blonde with the dreads) was completely disrespectful and all the manager could say was “I’m sorry. Hope you enjoy the rest of your day and happy Mardi Gras.” I love your food but the staff ruined the experience. It’s a no for me, but thanks for trying to bring more elegance and flavor into our lives.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The beer menu was limited and the bartender had a very impatient demeanor. I had the duck and my wife had the fish and neither one was very good. The duck was dry and the fish looked like it was cooked with corn flakes. The tables were so close together, we were practically sitting with another couple. Which made the evening even weirder. We were eating on the second floor and was crammed on a little elevator with 9 other people. We will not return.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food, drink and ambiance are top notch. Friendly staff and this is one of the jewels of New Orleans dining.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We were here for a late lunch on the Friday before Mardi Gras. Very festive but incredibly loud with inebriated patrons yelling at each other at two adjacent tables. We charles the stuffed chicken wings(delish), the crispy pork shoulder and the Quattro Formaggio pizza. All good, although the pizza was a bit limp and nothing special. The highlight was the Drunken Monkey dessert. Maybe my favorite dessert ever, anywhere.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The food was only surpassed by the service.

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·Dined on February 9, 2018

Very difficult for me to write this as NOLA was a long time favorite, but was about as disappointed in a restaurant as I could be. After closing for 6 weeks to renovate, the ONLY thing I like better than before is the bar area. Hostess struggled to find my reservation and history, decor has been dumbed down and made so casual it feels like a burger bar. Wait staff was pushy and no longer formal or guest focused ( was one of my favorite things from before the changes). Food was almost as good, but portions have been cut and pricing hasn't. I didnt think it was possible for a restaurant that good to make a change that is this bad! I travel to New Orleans on a regular basis, and get asked all the time where to go eat. I used to say if you only have one night in town, you have to go to NOLA. Pretty sure I ain't be saying that again, and not sure I will go back

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·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food, terrific ambiance, and friendly, professional service. Amazing king cake bread pudding.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 8, 2018

As with many New Orleans restaurants I have experienced, the service was friendly and top notch.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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·Dined on February 7, 2018

If it weren’t for being so loud, the meal would have been perfect.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Emeril's NOLA was fantastic! Unique and delicious drinks, appetizers, entrees and desserts. The wait staff were very attentive, fast, helpful and downright fun! A true New Orleans experience and a memorable experience for all 8 of us in our dinner party. Will definitely go back the next time I am in New Orleans!!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Awesome place. Highly recommended. Be back again.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Great service! Entrees were delicious! Bartender, hostess, waiter & General Manager (on 2nd floor) were extremely helpful in suggestions on entrees! Wow experience!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Very disappointing experience. Seated at a table next to kitchen so never got to see any of the restaurant. Our server was very inattentive and wasn't until we complained that we got decent service. The food was not impressive at all. Seems like the restaurant has undergone some changes and not for the betterment. Would not recommend!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2018

My boyfriend and I stopped in on our final night in New Orleans before heading home and we were very impressed. The space itself wasn't super impressive, though maybe that's just because we were sitting in the bar area? I got the impression there was more seating upstairs, which might have been nicer. Downstairs was kind of sterile and had TVs on, which seemed weird to us for a nice restaurant. The food, though, was AMAZING. We started with the alligator sausage bao and then I had the garlic crusted drum, and he had the southern fried chicken. Everything was incredible and was served in reasonable portions, which I always appreciate. Service was good -- a little slow, a little casual, but with a lot of personality and great knowledge of the menu and wine list. I will definitely recommend NOLA to other friends traveling to the area.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Our reservation was for 6pm and we were seated when we arrived. The food was good. Service was great. I would definitely recommend it.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 4, 2018

I loved sitting at the bar by the open kitchen & watching the food preparation.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 4, 2018

First visit since the renovation. Very disappointing. A much more casual , bistro vibe with poor service and uninspiring food. The new duck preparation is a wholesale disaster. Was once a favorite spot. We will not return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Gumbo was a fantastic starter - downhill from there. Too much garlic on the salad dressing (needed some acidity) drum and pork were a little overdone. Surprised after our previous visit. Third floor has no atmosphere or ambience

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We were looking forward to our last dinner in NO. Thought I had saved the best for last. Unfortunately the food was cold and staff acted very disinterested. Manager comped one meal. Sad to say it is not what the old NOLA was like.

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 (Naples)·Dined on February 3, 2018

It was disappointing. The wait staff seem to want to rush us through dinner. As we were giving drink orders they were telling us to give them our dinner orders so they could get kitchen started. Strange! When dinner arrive my duck was not hot and others said the same. I was the only one who haven’t finished my dinner but the waitress cleared the table and I am still eating. Not very professional for this level of restaurant. The food was not special. Probably will not return. Too many other choices. I made the reservation. Dissapp ting

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Good food but tiny portions. Value low. What we had was tasty I was still hungry though..

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent meal and Excellent Service, my favorite restaurant in New Orleans, we started with crab boulettes and fried frog legs and for main course had the Jambalaya pizza and Spaghetti with Wagyu meatballs, it was delicious and I would definitely recommend and will definitely come back.

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Fantastic place to eat, the portions were just right, the wait staff was very nice

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Amazing food, service and hospitality!!!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Very good food
Slow service
Loud.

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