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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

4.3

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

73% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (86)
Fit for Foodies (73)
Good for a Date (68)
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Special Occasion (66)
Casual (65)
Local Ingredients (52)
Good for Anniversaries (46)
Authentic (45)
Fun (41)
Good for Groups (40)
Good for Birthdays (39)
Business Meals (38)
Hot Spot (37)
Comfort Food (36)
Worth the Drive (29)
Handcrafted Cocktails (28)
Great for Lunch (28)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Romantic (28)
Bar Seating (27)
Tasting Menu (26)
Cozy (25)
Notable Wine List (22)
Happy Hour (18)
People Watching (18)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Tapas (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Quick Bite (10)
Seasonal (10)
Late-night Find (9)
Kid-friendly (7)
Healthy (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Great Beer (4)
Spicy (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Live Sports (3)
Scenic View (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Tampa)·Dined 2 days ago

Miss the “old NOLA”. Walked into a neon, too casual, unprofessional atmosphere-so disappointing.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

We had been at this restaurant a year ago & learned it had since been redesigned. Instead of a refined, elegant place we walked into what now resembles an upscale sports bar. We were seated in a corner and were subsequently surrounded by two large pre-wedding parties. Noise became intense & service became very slow. Although the food was satisfactory we did not like the new “small plates” concept.

Bring back the former NOLA with the tablecloths!

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 (Nashville)·Dined 3 days ago

Slow service, entrees for the table arrived as staggered delivery instead of all of the same time. The food offerings tried too hard-overthought and over spiced, leaving the fresh fish/seafood unrecognizable.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Went here for a business dinner and the food was good! The crab cake was delicious and the Fried chicken is a must have!! The sweet potato puree that the fried chicken came on is just like the sweet potato casserole I make for the holidays.... scrumpdiddlyumptious!!! Desserts were good as well, notably the turtle pie and monkey ice cream cake. I would go back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 3 days ago

Great service

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

We shared several dishes (the Cowboy Caviar, Mirliton Salad, and the Fried Chicken) and each was absolutely delicious and unique. Cocktails were also excellent. The atmosphere was comfortable, but artwork and decor were a bit dated. The location is right in the heart of the French Quarter tourist district. I'd definitely go back and highly recommend NOLA for the incredible food and attentive service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

Underwhelming - The gumbo was fine but my wood plank fish was way over-sauced with butter and the service was poor for it not being very busy.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Eh, so-so. We went for dinner and were seated downstairs, where it was weirdly bright for a dinner place. Maybe it's better for lunch? Anyway the meal was fine but a little disappointing. Much better places to eat in New Orleans for similar prices.

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·Dined 4 days ago

This used to be a great place for a special dinner but it has changed quite a bit. None of the dishes were great- the foot long egg roll was doughy and slightly under cooked, the pork chop was over cooked and the special fish of the day- the drum was too heavily coated in bread crumbs so you could barely taste the fish. The service was good and nice wine list, but the actual food was disappointing.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

We were greeted and served by a warm and friendly team. They were happy we were there and genuinely added to our experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

What a disappointment and let down from a place that used to be phenomenal. First sign it changed was the emptiness in the restaurant and bar. Service was extremely slow and it seemed to be a burden for them to bring a wine list and explain the menu. Food came out warm to cold. Fish special was bland. They used to serve everyone at the exact same time, now it is one plate at a time with a five minute wait between first and last served. Went from planning three additional meals at an Emeril's places to none They need to fix this place because NOLA has too many other choices for great food

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

The service and the food at NOLA were outstanding. We had a group of 7, and everyone was very happy with the food and drinks, and Big John our waiter was excellent and engaging!

Tags: Tapas, Fun, Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

This is a fantastic restaurant in the middle of the French Quarter. The service was great and the food was perfect.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We were wowed. From the moment we were greeted at the door until we paid the check, we were so happy with our selection of place, time and food! Gregory was our main server and he is top of the line!! We cannot wait to go back.

Tags: People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Happy Hour, Cozy, Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Authentic, Quick Bite, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Anyone who comes here who hasn't been here in a while needs to know there has been a change. No longer is this French quarter establishment, second of the Emeril empire, has gone back to it's unknown casual roots. While the food was unquestionably good, it's no white shirt and tie establishment that you might remember. While they tried hard, the service seemed overmatched and much more impersonal than I used to remember. While the remodel adds to the square footage of the bar, I was left thinking that I have to put this New Orleans favorite on the shelf for return visits for the time being.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Delicious food, wonderful service, and you have to try the stuffed chicken wings and cornbread and collard greens!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Always a brilliant experience and top notch dining.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Ambiance got a low score because it was SO noisy. Nothing to absorb sound at all (hard surfaces only). The service was lacklustre although the busperson was lovely. Waiter was somewhat disengaged. My husband's duck was AMAZING but my oyster pizza was really soggy and I could only eat the perimeter. Good and mediocre dishes and one entree so small as to be more of an appetizer made for a mixed experience. I think for such a famous name and location, they could certainly up their game a bit. I had noted there was a birthday with our reservation, but there was no indication they had read that. Not a big deal, but denotes a careless kind of attitude that seemed to pervade our evening. Meh.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Always enjoy the food at NOLA, just wasen't pleased with the two person seating arrangements. The tables for couples are way to close together. You are looking at the people next to you and hearing there every word and vice versa.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas, Casual
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent food, adapted a pasta dish for our veggiesaurous, friendly wait staff. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

We had early reservations so it was nice and quite. The staff were great and helpful with menu choices. The entrees were delicious but we were both disappointed with the desserts.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

It was great, service was outstanding.

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 (Mississippi)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Extremely disappointed in the changes to the menu. Originally we loved this restaurant and visited every time we were in town. We won't go back.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Food was excellent. Good service with friendly staff. Shrimp n Grits and the Oyster entree were good choices.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Hands down the best meal we've ever had! The Drum fish was to die for, but everything from appetizer to dessert was phenomenal. Love love love

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Food was as always great, the service was at best slow - waited 45 minutes for our dinner.Noise level was impossible, having been seated next to 6 screechy women and 2 men celebrating a birthday, impossible to have a conversation with each other. Remodelled restaurant is a disappointment , after several years of enjoying the old. Will maybe switch to Emeril's restaurant outside the Quarter.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We returned to this restaurant because we enjoyed it the first time! Brought our friends here on our first night in town. Food is fresh tasting and delicious. Staff is friendly and attentive. Will visit again when we return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2018

wonderful - friendliest staff
great food - southern, fresh, creative

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Food not as exceptional as in years past but still good. Ordered wine and waiter forgot.

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

The food was as advertised....very good! We enjoyed the smaller portions and attentive service.

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at NOLA!! The food is just amazing - we really can’t find words to correctly describe the combination of tastes and presentation. Considering the quality, the price is a great value. The service was top notch!!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 1, 2018

One of our best meals during our visit. The food was unique and we'll flavored. The atmosphere was fun. Our wait staff was friendly, and a little quirky in a very good way.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was good but I ordered the bbq shrimp expecting a decent amount of food. When the plate arrived it had 3 shrimp and one slice of bread underneath. It definitely wasn’t worth $12. I have been to Nola’s twice before and loved everything but I was definitely disappointed this time.

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Service was exception /food was not

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was horrible. The service was terrible. Our waiters could barely give us the time of day. They wouldn't make eye contact, could hardly smile, made it miserable to dine there. The food was extremely salty and just didn't have much flavor. It was a bad experience. Extremely disappointed.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This was our third visit to NOLA and frankly the least satisfying. There were a number of factors that contributed to our disappointment. (We visited New Years Eve.)
1) The pork rind nachos app was a real sad dish. Not crisp. Little flavor and rather bland and soggy. Not even appealing to the eye.
2) There was no holiday decorations - not on the table, not on the way, nothing. TO us, this was a special occasion. But It felt like "just another day" in the restaurant.
3) Despite the fact that there were many open tables (we ate late) the service was spotty at best. We waited a LONG time for initial visit from server. Throughout the night, we'd have long lulls between service, and then we'd be brought a dish when we had just recently been served the previous course.

We expected more and received less thought the night.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Had dinner with my 14 year old son for the New Year. We sat at the food bar which was very interesting watching the food preparation for the orders. I had the oyster pot pie with a bone marrow in the center. I wish I could have it again tonight. Great service awesome deserts. Have eaten there every time i have been in New Orleans and have never been disappointed. Will dine there again when I return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Our first overnight date was in New Orleans, 21 years ago. NOLA was new and so were we. All I remember about that night is the kissing and the martinis. We returned to celebrate on New Years Eve, 2017. We told the hostess our story and the magic began. We were treated royally and the wine paired, Chef’s dinner could not have been better prepared. Both our servers and the som treated us as if we were the only ones there. It was an unforgettable evening.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Awesome Bahaa and Greg were great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Best meal I’ve ever had! Loved the ambiance. Nice restaurant but not too up tight

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