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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
When we visit New Orleans (about once a year) we always try to come to Nola. The food and cocktails are wonderful, original and delicious. Our servers (Allan and Michelle) were on top of it all and very helpful. The only thing that was a bit of an issue was a loud party of 6 next us, which made it hard to hear at our table of 4 (on the 3rd floor). But all in all, it was an enjoyable meal and experience.
Major changes in menu, and decor. Good changes physically but the food was really bad. Service was mediocre. I waited over 20 min just to have left over food boxed to go. The huge fried egg roll was tasteless. Crab boullettes - no taste, andoulli sausage tough and not andoulli (I know). The gumbo was good. Service was scatterbrained inconsistent and over all very slow. At one point a waiter said he was going to fill some water glasses at another table then come and take our order. 20 min later - someone else came to ask is we were ready yet. The restaurant was not full. So disappointed !!!
Nice place, good service,has some different things on menu. We had the cowboy caviar was a bit limey but was good, wife rally liked the shrimp an grits and I liked the gumbo and wild boar pizza. Nice music when you can hear it cause the place stayed busy. Overall a nice comfortable meal.
NOLA has been one of our go to restaurants when we come to NO several times a year. Let’s just say we were shocked at the remodel that has essentially turned the place into a sports bar. The downstairs now has a long bar, high top tables and a TV on the wall. They still have dining upstairs but the menu is mostly small plates (with a few downsized holdovers from the old menu) with pizza and pasta. Needless to say we won’t be back (our waiter Even said they made a mistake). Appears to us that Emeril decided to join the ranks of the many FQ bars for the alcohol beverage markup and take a chance on the hit to his reputation.
Ambiance was nice for a date but not a romantic date. Was surprised their was a TV with sports on in the dining room. Was not expecting that. It would be good for a gathering of friends. The food was good but service was confusing as 2 gentleman were attempting to provide service as a team but did not communicate well. It was our first dinner in New Orleans. We were celebrating my husband's 60th birthday. So, our experience was not what we expected. Food was very good.
My 3rd trip to NOLA and the previous 2 times were excellent, but since then it has been remodelled and a new menu.
The calamari special appetizer was so greasy we could not eat it.
The glazed duck was excellent but served on a bed of soggy frites.
Bread pudding was ok but not great
I was a little concerned that this might be too large a restaurant and the food would be too "factory" like. Not the case. The dishes were spot on and we loved the crab cake and the oyster pizza (it sounded so out there and was so delicious we were all surprised at how fabulous it tasted!) Would definitely come back and recommend it to friends.
I enjoyed my experience at NOLA. The service was great and the hostess and waiters were very courteous and helpful with recommendations. The alligator tacos were very delicious... The alligator sausage was very flavorful. I ate the fried chicken with sweet potatoes. The chicken was juicy and crispy. I also tried the shrimp and grits and the grits were unctuous and creamy. Everything was delicious and very weell seasoned... Will definitely go back!
We had had dinner there about 2 years ago snd had a great experience. Great food fantastic service and wonderful ambience and vibe. We were excited to return recently. We had a great lunch but dinner was very disappointing. Certainly not fine dining ad before. Will recommend for lunch.
The food was not spectacular, average. My friend's artichoke with whole wheat pasta was under salted and lacked any type of flavor. However, the oyster appetizer on baguette was supposedly really good. The shrimp and grits was fair/good. The wait staff was friendly and attentive but forgot my seltzer water several times after I asked both my waiters. The ambiance was not what I expected & there were televisions throughout the restaurant. I guess I expected something a little more upscale than relaxed. I would not return on a date but may consider it again with friends but it would not be my first choice.
Food was great although the portion sizes were all over the place. Me and my mom got the same shrimp dish, hers had 4 shrimp while mine only had 3. The frog legs were the best thing I a ate here. The art/decor was kind of weird but our waiter was cool and attentive.
Gumbo, fried chicken, and cornbread and collard greens were outstanding. Also had crab cake, stuffed wings, and BBQ shrimp, but not the best Nola versions of those items... there are better in the city. Mr B's for BBQ Shrimp and Galatoires 33 for crab cake.
This was our third time visiting New Orleans and decided to celebrate our anniversary at NOLA., one of a favorite restaurants. This visit was truly disappointing. I told my family that one of the reasons we loved this restaurant was for it's amazing service but this time it lacked any service. The waitress was inattentive. After we ordered she came over to tell us they were out of pizza and then 6 minutes later a pizza was set on our table. When I made the reservation I informed them that it was our anniversary. When we walked in we were greeted with happy Anniversary but the waitress made no mention of it. Never asked us if we wanted coffee. Unfortunately it was extremely disappointing. We won't be back
First visit to NOLA, but not our first visit to New Orleans (tenth visit). Food here was very good, however, our service was very slow. Our waiter was engaging when he was at our table...when we saw him. But don’t try to be my best friend then act cold when we leave (this was his behavior when we left) . It took him a long time to bring our menus and even longer to come back and take our drink order, and our dinner order. Not good. Other tables were seated after us and were brought menus and their food quickly by other waiters. I would eat here again, but hope to not get the same waiter.
I did notice the other waitstaff to be very attentive though.
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).
NOLA was great! We had frog legs and chicken skin nachos to share. The nachos won! For dinner, one of my sons had the fried chicken and one had the four cheese pizza. I had the gulf drum (fish) dish. We also had a wonderful creme brûlée for dessert. Everything was excellent. Ambiance is casual and relaxed. Service was fantastic.
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