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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

3.8

Noise

Moderate

73% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (57)
Fit for Foodies (52)
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Good for a Date (44)
Special Occasion (40)
Local Ingredients (36)
Authentic (28)
Fun (27)
Business Meals (26)
Good for Groups (25)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Hot Spot (24)
Comfort Food (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Tasting Menu (20)
Bar Seating (20)
Worth the Drive (19)
Great for Lunch (18)
Romantic (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Cozy (15)
Happy Hour (15)
Notable Wine List (15)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
People Watching (12)
Tapas (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Quick Bite (7)
Seasonal (7)
Great for Brunch (5)
Healthy (5)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Live Sports (3)
Spicy (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vegan (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

The food was AMAZINGGGGG! The manager Carnell was excellent!!!! We were so grateful for his hospitality.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was excellent. Went on recommendations from our waiter who was knowledgeable and attentive. Just a little loud for quiet conversation. Nice place in French Quarter that is not a “tourist trap”

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Birmingham)·Dined 4 days ago

We had not been to Nola since the renovations, but liked the changes. The food was good as always and our waiter, Alan was great. The bar area is greatly improved, and I think the TVs are a nice addition. Great place for a fun meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Live Sports, Kid-friendly, Casual, Business Meals, Fun, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

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 !!!

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·Dined 5 days ago

My mom and I met in New Orleans for a girls trip. We came here for our first dinner in NOLA and it was just perfect!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was a disappointment for an Emeril Lagasse restaurant.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Excellent service from start to finish. Food was innovative - topic of table conversation - and delish

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Enjoyed the food and watching them prepare it! Everything I tried was amazing!
Already recommended others to go and they loved it too!

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 5, 2017

I enjoyed the main dish but not the dessert. I enjoy the casual feel but did not like the big screen TV next to me on the second floor.

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We got two entries for two people and shared so we could experience more choices.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

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!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent food. Good price. Excellent prices. I would totally recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Nola was great as usual. The staff was friendly and relatable, food was on point... shrimp and grits were the best I’ve had in a long time which I was very excited about.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We really love the renovations and menu updates.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food and service were very good. Expansive wine list. Very, very noisy - body the place for quiet conversations, or intimate meals /dates.

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Horrible Service never ended up getting our entrees, eaten here few times will never be back again. Server was below a fast-food standard and total disdain for customers. Do yourself a favor there's many other great choices in the area.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Disappointing dining experience. Loud and the food had more hype from the waiter than substance

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Food was delicious! The wine was a little high thought.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Nothing bad but was missing the WOW in flavor. Creative combinations

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Roy was amazing! The service and food was fantastic.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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

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 (Ottawa)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The fish was surprisingly disappointing. At home, I avoid my spouse's fish dishes because they tend to be lousy. Her fish dishes are better. I booked the reservation expecting so much more. Great ambience though

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

BRAVO....A simple BRAVO!! Ambiance, culture, cuisine and perfection.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Love the new renovation.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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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