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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

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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

Surprisingly good! We invited a friend, and his wife, for his birthday and the also like it. Thanks

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Holy cow, the food is awesome! I had been one time before several years ago and know I had a great experience, but this one was even better! Delicious food, great beverages, friendly staff, and all for a good price.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Once again, a fantastic dinner at Creola. Super value - only problem is that we eat too much when we are there.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Found this place on Yelp. It was a great find. Ambiance, service, food, parking...it's was all great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Excellent food. Waiter was very nice and very accommodating

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

A little pricey, the selection is limited, good food and great customer service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Up to its usual standards. Really good chicken, filet and cornbread muffins. Edwin is a fine host.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The welcome was perfect. Sat at the bar and met Edwin, the owner. Cocktails/wine good.
Early service was good, the the server got lost. Waited for order, then waited for the desert menu, then waited for the check.
Too bad, we really liked this place, the food and the owner.
Will go back for another try because the food was good.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Great food and service thru the years here. Never disappoints.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Waitress was the best! She did everything. Made us feel like a million! Makes a mean cocktail too!

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fun, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Love the choice of Mardi Gras menu or entrees. Portions are reasonable, yet generous. Loved the wasabi encrusted Ahi and the butter lettuce salad with goat cheese. The vinaigrette has a little spice to it, contrasting very nicely with the sweet oranges and tangy cheese.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Not real hungry so we decided to do a round of appetizers Tuna Taco TT, Fried Okra, Shrimp Bourbon St, and a Butter Lettuce with Goat cheese paired with Sazerac / Martini just right. Unfortunately this night there were some very noisy guests in the restaurant, we moved to the quieter bar area and finished our drinks.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Food was very average - There's a bit of bad odor that prevails throughout the restaurant, like an old neighborhood bar; the place doesn't get cleaned as much as it should.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

This was the second time we visited Creola. The first time we went was the reason we came back. Edwin, the owner, is very personable and makes awesome cocktails. I suggest a visit to the bar area for a splendid Sazarak, a drink we first had in New Orleans, and reproduced as if we were still there. The food is inviting and very, very tasty. We had two appetizers, a salad and then split the entrée; plenty of food especially with the corn bread, which was fantastic. We will be going back again, for sure!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

First time there and the food was amazing! Will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Casual, Comfort Food, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Shrimp and grits were great. Shrimp po' boy was pretty good - better than expected. Crab and shrimp bisque was a little "thing" but flavorful. Corn hush puppies were "blah", but we didnt taste the crawfish hush puppies. Overall worth a try if you are in the mood for Cajun fare.

BTW was a birthday lunch for a friend, and the waiter brought by beignets for birthday dessert without being asked to - very cool!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Wonderful as usual ! Our favorite restaurant ! Owner and all staff are friendly, professional, and accommodating to all customers. Lively, fun atmosphere---like New Orleans !

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fun, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2017

I couldn't be more pleased with the food and service that we received. I wish I could remember our waitress' name, but she was absolutely fantastic! She was so sweet and put together a little birthday beignet together as we were celebrating my father's birthday. I would HIGHLY recommend getting the sweet iced coffee. It seriously tasted like Haagen Dazs coffee ice cream...it was super addicting! The food was also absolutely delicious and Creola will now definitely become one of my go-to spots from here on out. I can't wait to try out more of their offerings the next time I visit. Five stars all around!!!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Jambalaya is incredible. Stuffed shrimp is very good. Service is attentive, but not hovering. My water glass was never empty.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Much improved experience than our last time visiting (thank you, Nick, for acknowledging earlier staffing problems and getting them fixed). Meal was excellent -- filet mignon cooked to perfection and the buttermilk brined fried chicken is excellent. Server Emily is the best!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Absolutely excellent. Loved the Shrimp Creole and the Shrimp Etouffee. We enjoyed our meal so much we came back two weeks later. The corn muffins are delightful, sweet and crunchy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Food was prepared well and tasty. Love the spices used however the liquid smoke flavoring could be less. Dessert we tried was combo pie. It was delicate and delicious! ! Overall the food is great here !

Tags: Fun, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Spicy, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Great food, great service. Local gem. Gumbo is terrific. Friendly staff. Very attentive.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Love LOVE CreoLA. Excellent food with wonderful wait staff. Food beats Brenda's hands down.

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We have been there with family for lunch, and we went back with friends a few weeks later for dinner. The food in New Orleans creole, and thus quite different than most other places in the bay area. The beignets for dessert are a must.

Everyone enjoyed their meals. Reservations are recommended. We live in Sunnyale, so it was a bit of a drive; but well worth it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

If you want your New Orleans food fix, Creola is a good place to go. We had the Mardi Gras pre fixe for one and it was plenty of food for the two of us. Everything was very tasty and what we expected. We had 5:30 reservations and were seated quickly. It looked like Creola had just opened. We expected fairly quick service as we only had 1.5 hrs. before we had to leave. My only complaint would be that service between courses was very slow. It even took way too much time to bring us our check. The occupancy did pick up after we sat down, but there shouldn't have been that much delay between courses. We did get out on time, but...still slow service. Excellent food and I would go back.

Tags: Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Love this restaurant! Highly recommend ordering from the Mardigras menu. You get a full meal including appetizer and dessert. My wife and I have tried many of the combinations from the Mardigras menu, and we have not been disappointed!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Started with the classic Sazerac paired with the Shrimp Bourbon St & Tuna Taco Tartare. Then bowl of Gumbo with rice/beans side, and Cornmeal Crusted catfish entrees paired with Tempranillo. Totally satisfying. A great touch of New Orleans.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Food was very good. Service was excellent! There was a large noisy party next to us making quiet conversation difficult. Overall however, a very good experience!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Food was excellent as usual. Waiter was not that attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Loved the food! The 4 course Mardi Gras Menu gave us an opportunity to enjoy lots of different menu items!

Tags: Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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