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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

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Fun (15)
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Worth the Drive (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Cozy (12)
Romantic (11)
Spicy (9)
Business Meals (8)
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Disabled Access (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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

The food is excellent for lunch and the prices are quite reasonable. We decided on Jambalaya and Grilled Chicken with Red Beans and Rice. The Corn Muffins were delicious. The service was friendly and prompt. We definitely recommend this Creole inspired menu.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Although we waited 35 minutes for our reservation, food was very good. I would recommend the crawfish hush puppies, filet mignon, and the fried chicken.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Absolutely wonderful restaurant that continues to improve in every way!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great atmosphere and AWESOME FOOD. I eat here every time I am in town!

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

This is my go-to for my Southern Comfort food! I had the Shrimp Creola as well as my favorite crawfish hush puppies and it was delicious! My friend had the steak which he requested to have it charred outside but pink inside and it was cooked as requested and of course, very tasty, tender and delicious! The bread pudding is also good! This place always deliver!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We had out of town visitors and they were blown away by the quality of the ingredients and different flavors of the food. Great drinks, excellent appetizers and fantastic food. I've recommended this restaurant several times and, based on the food and service tonight, will continue to do so. One of our favorites.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Tried the cajun jambalaya and asked the kitchen to make it spicy. It came out nice and hot. Also had dessert which was good but not as good as some other restaurants so will likely pass next time. Service was good. Will definitely go again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Everything we expected and more. Food absolutely delicious. Definitely plan to return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Awesome as usual - Creola is one of my favorite restaurants in the area.

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

This is my second time st CreoLa. First time was divine abd the food and service was superb. Second time back with my coworkers for lunch. The ahi was delicious. The jumbalya was not bad but when my dish cane out the presentation was nothing compared to the ahi. My entree came out and it was on a white round plate .. the plate looked a bit scratched up. The two dish cannot be compared .. mine looked like something whipped up at home and the ahi looks really good.

Just some suggestion, the presentation that comes out for The jambalaya should be on par with the ahi dish.

Tags: Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

This has been our go-to spot for get togethers and birthday celebrations for years now. Food is always excellent, service great. Would recommend this place for special occasions and just a casual night out.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Delicious food, and the prix fixe dinner menu for $35 per person is a great value, and includes appetizer, soup or salad, entree, and dessert. Good cocktail selection, very reasonably priced, and tasty. The service was extremely attentive. A must try if you have not been to this little gem before.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Excellent tastes of New Orleans enjoyed with 3 friends. Cocktails including the famous Sazerac. Able to sample and share most appetizers with 5 people.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Don't need to travel to New Orleans to get good creole food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

This is one of our favorite spots for brunch and dinner! Always great!

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·Dined on September 14, 2017

The food was terrific. Service was very professional. I would definitely come again and I'd come for both business and personal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 11, 2017

I picked Creola to have dinner with my husband's parents. We started with some cocktails and then head to some amazing appetizers. I'm particularly fond of the Shrimp bourbon street. We followed our meals with the Shrimp and Crawfish Etouffee and Fried Chicken. Both were extremely tasty and one of us could have easily repeated their entree. It was that good! Finally we ended with French silk pie and caramel beignet for dessert. Although our stomachs were full, we are glad we had space for dessert, because these were to eat and cry for more :)
Overall we had an excellent experience, from food taste and presentation, service and atmosphere.
We will definitely be coming back!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Not terribly authentic but good food and service. Really wanted Cafe du Monde beignets and chicory coffee. I still like the place. You wouldn't need to ask me twice to go there. Quiet enough for business discussion. Very good service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

What a fabulous meal. We invited another couple. New menu items added. Revamped wine list, now includes several Cabs. Shared Appetizers: Ahi Tuna Taco Tartar, Shrimp Bourbon St, Okra. Main courses: Jambalaya, Shrimp Etouffee & softshell crab (new dish), Cornmeal Crusted Catfish, Brined Fried Chicken. Everyone left with a smiling tummy.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Celebrating a birthday, The house salads and the Etouffee and Jambalaja entrees were very good. Surprised with a complimentary beignat for dessert. Excuse the spelling!!!

Tags: Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

A good friend's Birthday.
Edwin, owner, is welcoming, charming and an excellent host. He also makes an outstanding Sazarak, my favorite New Orleans cocktail.
Food was exceptional. We had the soft shell crab special; outstanding is the only way to describe. All around a wonderful Sunday Brunch/Lunch day. Very comfortable setting and very hospitable. Went a few times before for dinner, now lunch and will continue to go back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

This has become one of our go-to restaurants. The food is consistently great. My filet was perfectly cooked and seasoned, and the vegetable we prepared properly, no overcooked or unreasonably naked. Can't get my husband to order anything other Shrimp Etouffee because it's so good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Great tasting food. Grits were too soupy otherwise all the food was beautifully seasoned and yummy!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The decor projected warmth which I liked. Next came the complimentary cornbread which was fluffy and piping hot. Another plus. But I was honestly disappointed by both the gumbo and the fried chicken. The gumbo was on the bland side and the chicken was just a tad overly fried. I had one bite of the shrimp/crawfish etouffe and thought that was a superior choice. The classic beignet should achieve a pillow of hot air inside. Not here. The panna cotta though was on point.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Great creole food.

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