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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.
New Orleans, LA 70130
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.
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Validated parking at Omni Hotel on Chartres Street between St. Louis Street & Toulouse Street
Private Party Facilities:
Customize your private party with exquisite food, wine and service.
Private Party Contact:
Meredith Sabol : (504) 522-6652
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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