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About Creola

We hope that you will dine with us soon for an authentic New Orleans dining experience - One that goes beyond Cajun! To enhance your dining experience, we fly in the finest seafood and products available from the Louisiana Gulf Coast and Bayou Regions. We believe that it is these indigenous products that ensure the authenticity of flavors and the integrity of our Creole and Cajun Cuisine.

344 El Camino Real
San Carlos, CA 94070
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Creole, American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Tuesday - Friday 11:00am - 2:00pm

Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday 10:30 - 2:00 pm

Dinner:
Sunday, Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Closed Mondays

Happy Hour:
Tuesday - Sunday 4-6 PM, Starting July 6, 2017

Cross Street:
North of Holly St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 654-0882

Website:
http://www.creolabistro.com/

Entertainment:
Happy Hour Tuesday - Sunday, Starting July 6, 2017

Catering:
We offer all levels of Catering. From just a quick drop off to a customized event to suite all needs.

Parking Details:
We have over 10 parking spaces on the premises.

Executive Chef:
Edwin Caba

Private Party Facilities:
Thank you for considering hosting your next event at CreoLa Bistro

Whether you are hosting a rehearsal dinner, a board meeting or celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary, CreoLa makes entertaining easy. Work with our experienced party planner to tailor each aspect of your party to your needs - for events of all types. Create custom designed place cards and select a light menu for your bridesmaids' luncheon, host clients and treat them to one of our decadent tasting menus. At CreoLa, we pamper you and your guests with unparalleled hospitality and cuisine.

Private Party Contact:
Edwin Caba: (650) 654-0882

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Mardi Gras Menu. Tuesday- Sunday , 4 Course Menu $35

Creola Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Worth the Drive (15)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
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Romantic (12)
Business Meals (10)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

We never tire of Creola: their Cajun menu, great service, special menus--such as the Mardi Gras Prixe Fix four-course meal is outstanding-- and mid-peninsula location make it one of our regular places.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

We have been here before and will continue to come due to delicious food and great service. A taste of New Orleans without the plane ride. From the crawfish hush puppies to the bisque to the fried chicken all of which Is now available on a MardiGras special.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

We were all impressed with Creola, and almost all of us have spent time in New Orleans. The service for our large party was excellent and accommodating. The value was phenomenal. Almost all of us enjoyed our selections, which were served beautifully, at the right temperature, and in more-than-sufficient quantity or amount.
The only criticism was from the vegetarian in our group who wanted to enjoy eggplant in her mushroom jambalaya. The description also said tofu was in the mix, but neither was found. When asked, the server said the vegetables are chosen based on what's fresh and available, which is perfectly fine. However, perhaps the menu can state this simply.
We will come back for sure. The varied menu guarantees this! There really aren't that many Cajun/creole restaurants, and this one sure is a gem.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

Excellent cocktails and some nice food :)

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Creola is a hidden gem. I have been dining there for many years and the owners have done a great job of redesigning the inside. It is so authentic and cozy in there and matches the food. You can always count on the consistent taste and experience.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went for New Year's dinner. It was great food in a festive but unpretentious ambiance. Shrimp bisque and catfish were great. Don't miss dessert we had the beignets and bread pudding, both outstanding.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food is excellent. Wait staff is friendly. I would and have recommended Creola to friends.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Romantic, Fun, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Pleasant experience and food and drinks were good.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great time with family. Not very accustomed to the food type but taste good. Family time was great.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Checked out some Food & Wine pairings with a Tavel Rose we brought. Goes great with Fried Chicken. Also had appetizers.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

The food and service are excellent. Creola is one of our favorite restaurants. Eddie and his staff are the best.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We love Creola; been there many times and never disappointed. I had the fish special and loved it. The hush puppies, salad, entree, and dessert were all home runs. The wait staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and professional.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

As always, Carlos and the group exceeds our expectations. The warm environment makes you feel right at home.

Thank you

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Our third visit here, and one of the best values for outstanding New Orleans cuisine west of the Mississippi. We thoroughly enjoyed our recent dinner, service was unpretentious & efficient, food was delicious, and ambience was low key and very enjoyable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Through the years, this place never lets us down. Great food and friendly service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Creola is always a favorite of mine. I've had the pleasure of dining here on numerous occasions and the food is consistently delicious and the service is stellar. You won't be disappointed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fun, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Ran out of hurricane mix
Wasabi tuna well done
Service very slow

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food3
ambience4
service2
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Birthday with family

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

What a nice little surprise this restaurant turned out to be! The food was delicious, especially the ahi tuna. The decor is cozy and inviting.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Went to Creola for my birthday. We wanted a New Orleans creole style restaurant we weren't disappointed. We started with Hurricanes to celebrate the New Orleans heritage. All of my party had the fixed prix dinners: appetizer, soup/salad, entre and dessert. We had a variety of food: steak, jambalaya, chicken with a variety of appetizers. Everything was good and nicely prepared. Slightly different take on a jambalaya then you would get in New Orleans but good (sausage and chicken weren't integrated into the dish). Service was excellent. We had reservations and we were promptly seated and served. The only issue we had was when the bill came and we were charged for dessert. Manager informed us that the dessert we had chosen wasn't included in the fixed prix meal but nowhere on the menu was this indicated. After questioning the charge the manager indicated that she would comp the dessert. Other than the dessert issue and great dinner. We will certainly return.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

My second trip to CreoLa and was better than the first. Very nice restaurant with solid New Orleans fair. Good cocktails. Small wine list. All 8 of us enjoyed our meals.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Lived in the area for 40+ years but this was our first visit to CreoLa..it won't be our last.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Service was initially very slow and we wondered if anyone new we had been seated, but on the other hand we were not rushed through dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving at Creola was wonderful! Low-key, elegant yet casual surroundings. The renovation is great--light and airy and open. Prixe Fixe menu was delicious! They brought warm cornebread muffins with honey butter when we sat down. Everything I had was authentic and well-prepared. Fried oysters with bacon remoulade sauce, tasty gumbo, and a boneless turkey, duck and chicken roulade with stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, winter root veg & cranberry sauce--Fantastic! Finished with pecan pie with a thin layer of cheesecake. Our waiter was ideal--friendly, funny and efficient and very understanding with my 91 year old mom who has Alzheimer's. Thanks for a wonderful holiday, Creola!

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal, Authentic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This is my favorite to-go place for special occasions like thanksgiving but this time service is below par. It could be that there are lots of people on thanksgiving but they can anticipate that since they have confirmed reservations. I had the drum fish and my friend had the filet mignon which was delicious! My drum fish - not that much. Should have ordered the shrimp and grits or the Turduchen. The French silk pie was good though so overall it was not good as last year. Need some improvement on service on food.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

This was our first time at Creole. We were there very early and were able to take advantage of the happy hour menu. The service and quality of good was excellent. Everyone was so friendly. I actually prefer it over Nola in Palo Alto, but to be fair Nola has a very different vibe. But if you are looking for a comfortable, cozy restaurant to enjoy with friends or family, this is a great choice.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Birthday Dinner

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very tasty food. Delicious fried chicken. Lovely jumbalaya. Salad and dessert more ordinary. But will definitely return.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We ordered from the fixed price and were not disappointed. Everything was delish, hot, and fast!! Great service

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food was fantastic. It came out quickly, and was hot, but they were understaffed. It was difficult getting a second drink as nobody even walked by our table for quite some time. Minor in the big picture as it’s a lovely place with fantastic food!

Tags: Casual, Fun, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food is amazing and well prepared, and the staff is really nice. Ask for the shrimp and grits. Try the beignets. Soooo good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always love CreoLa and Eddie! The food is outstanding and the staff is very friendly and fun.

Tags: Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Romantic, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I was excited to try this restaurant. Must be a local favorite as it was packed. I was hoping for an inventive, fun cocktail list. Boring and the Manhattan I had was the worst I've ever had. The seats the guys were in were so uncomfortable, we had to insert pillows from the bench seat behind their backs. Food was good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food and service. Authentic New Orleans food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Romantic, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Excellent New Orleans cuisine with great service. Great for lunch and dinner.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Spicy, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Never disappoints! Our go to place for special events ...but we always say why don’t we come here more often.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Host was rude. We had never seen him before. We had a reservation for 5:15 and there were only 4 people in the entire restaurant when we arrived. We asked for a more private table (not the middle of the empty room) and were told that all the other tables were reserved for other parties. (One reservation was for 6:30 so the table would remain vacant until that time. Another table that we requested was still vacant when we left 2 hours later.)
We have been long time customers of this restaurant and usually have had great service and food. The food seemed different this time, and the experience was very uncomfortable. We probably will not return.

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 (London)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This was my first time trying creole cuisine, and I was pleasantly surprised! We had the hush puppies, which were cooked to perfection and absolutely delicious. We brought in our own wine, and the staff was able to accommodate that with ease. For my entree I had the tofu jambalaya, and it was a pleasantly filling vegetarian dish. Great experience all around! The one negative aspect was the noise, every time the door opened you could hear the nearby highway.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

I went for lunch with a friend. The service was great and attentive, the menu was ery interesting with what they called a "Jazzy Brunch". Great deal and the food was AWESOME! I am not only going back, but taking my family!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

The lighting at the table we sat at was really dark. The restaurant needs to make sure their guests can see what they are eating!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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