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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (21)
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Good for a Date (19)
Special Occasion (19)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Worth the Drive (14)
Fun (14)
Cozy (13)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Romantic (12)
Spicy (9)
Business Meals (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Disabled Access (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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Local Ingredients (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 21, 2017

We had friends visiting

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 21, 2017

The tables were grimy, some had table cloth but my table did not. I informed the restaurant that it was a special occicassion my boyfriends birthday but they did not do anything special even though we ordered dessert. The appetizers were great, corn bread very good but the main course meals were mediocre at best. No real flavor of New Orleans or Creole!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Service was awesome. Very timely and very friendly. Avoid the corner seat with a view of the el camino. That corner heats up from the sun. Food was delicious and authentic with perfect sized portions. Walked out of there very satisfied... Overall great experience. We will be back...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2017

This is our fave hangout for Sunday brunch. Excellent food New Orleans style! Very friendly and exceptional service! We love love love Creola!

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

The service there was very friendly and attentive w/o being over bearing. The Seafood Gumbo was ok with whole med. shrimp and andouille sausage pieces--but couldn't find any sign of the crab that was to be there also. It tasted fine with the warm corn muffin that came complimentary.

The Cajun Jambalaya wasn't worth the price. It had small pieces of andouille sausage, very little of the smoked chicken, and nothing that resembled tasso ham that was to be in there...unless the 2 little chunks of pure fat was the ham? I wouldn't order this dish again.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2017

The food was fabulous: as good as any meal in New Orleans.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 18, 2017

We have been coming here for years. Enjoy the food and the service. Good value for what you get.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Excellent NoLA food. Can't go wrong with any of the dishes. Definitely coming back again!

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Food was excellent but it would have been much better had the dishes been hot.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Love the Shrimp Creole and the Etouffee. The drinks are good, and the desserts are yummy. The portions are appropriate and the food is delicious. The salad with goat cheese and nuts is very tasty.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 2, 2017

This was my second visit to CreoLa and I cannot wait to go back. In addition to having good ambiance, the menu has never failed to disappoint. I recommend the Shrimp CreoLa, crayfish hush puppies, and the etouffee. A great spot to celebrate a new job, an engagement, or a nice birthday.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 2, 2017

One of the few places on the Peninsula for creole/cajun food. Excellent gumbo and shrimp/crawfish etoufee, reasonably comparable to same dishes in New Orleans. Large portions with lunch special being a real bargain ($17 for appetizer, salad, and entree).
Very good iced tea (a rarity at many places). Excellent, friendly service. Quiet, so a good
place for a business lunch. Not much ambience, which might explain uncrowded atmosphere at lunch, but the restaurant has survived at this site in San Carlos for a long time.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Delicious food, great service, great ambiance. We will be back!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Good food and environment

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2017

We tried a variety of dishes. Crawfish hush puppies, shrimp & crawfish bisque, salad, jambalaya, etouffee, filet mignon & all were excellent. The service really excelled. My husband goes through water like a fish and the server was able to keep up with him! Our main server Emily was awesome...she made it a fun experience! We will be back soon.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Always an excellent experience ! All the service staff personnel are warm, welcoming, attentive and professional. You just feel like you are visiting someone's home to eat great, outstanding Louisiana/southern cuisine. We take everyone there--family, friends, business acquaintances--for this charming experience: and we've only received very positive responses! In fact, many local attendees have become regular customers from just one visit. If you want great food--without the pretence--try CreoLa !

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Great spot! We all like New Orleans food and had a native son with us, all of us were impressed. Be back again soon...

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 14, 2017

The Shrimp Creola, Crawfish hush poppies and shrimp and crab bisque was so delicious! Service was as usual attentive!

Tags: Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 12, 2017

This restaurant never disappoints.... great food , friendly , and fun atmosphere..

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2017

The Shrimp Creola was delicious, the shrimp beautifully cooked and the seasoning just right. Loved the Shrimp & Crawfish Etouffee and the butter lettuce salad with goat cheese. The vinaigrette was just tangy enough and the nuts were fresh and nicely toasted. An excellent meal!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Friendly service! Great food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Great service, affordable, amazing food choices (loved the Mardi Gras menu option), Cajun/Creole music.
Will recommend and be back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer, Casual, Comfort Food, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 2, 2017

No view. Ambiance fair. Not pretentious like most restaurants on nearby Laurel St. Vodka lemonade cocktail unremarkable, served in a water tumbler. Wines decent. Shrimp creole very good. Menu rather sparse. Have been to several large parties there. Overall good experiences.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Great food and service in a friendly atmosphere. Good happy hour offers

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 29, 2017

Food was excellent and so was service. Received special treatment for special occasion

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2017

- restaurant is setup to look very homey... some part of seating is actually a sectional sofa! In fact, if you are on a date would recommend you ask for the seat at the right back corner.
- food was spectacular, I had the fried chicken ... it was perfect. The sauce, collards greens, mashed potatoes, couldn't find any issue (and I am very finicky). My date ordered the gumbo and her only complaint was that it was so good!
- service was also impeccable. friendly staff, absolutely no snooty waiters. They made us feel very comfortable and enjoy the occasion.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Slow service, waited a few minutes to be acknowledged when we walked in, and waited a few minutes to be acknowledged when we were seated. Otherwise the food was good.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Our server was so attentive and offered great suggestions!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 24, 2017

This is hands down our favorite restaurant in the Bay Area! Every server we have gotten is competent, quick and friendly. But Emily had stolen our hearts! She makes dining feel like you're eating at a friend' house as opposed to a transactional experience. We love Creola's vibe, the food is incredible, and the staff will take great care of you!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Outstanding Value, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Happy Hour, Spicy, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Great service. Friendly staff. Delicious food, and the mardi gras menu is a good deal. The only thing we were disappointed about is the bread pudding not being as good as it used to be. It used to be our favorite dessert. We shared one and took one home. It was served cold, not warm as it's usually served. Even the one we took home didn't taste as good as it used to although we warmed it up.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 21, 2017

Outstanding New Orleans / Cajun food. Excellent service.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 17, 2017

We visit this restaurant frequently. Service is always impeccable. Staff is attentive and professional. Food presentation is great. Food is freshly prepared and very tasty. Love the remodel.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 14, 2017

Always great food and ambiance! Always pleased here- they've done large parties for me that were relaxed and fun.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 14, 2017

Truly authentic and delicious Creole food. Simple and un-fussy dishes that make you believe you're in Nola. Fan Favorite, Must go!

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Outstanding Value, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Fun, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2017

I always enjoy eating here. Food is excellent, and the service great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2017

We went with another couple for dinner and it was fantastic! The service was great and the food was delicious. Will definitely be back and would recommend for every day dining or any special occasion. We were seated next to a large group of maybe 10 people and one of the young men proposed to his girlfriend! It was touching and he even had a musician that strolled on up to serenade them.

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2017

It was delicious... Shrimp Creole , hush puppies, fried okra, vanilla lemonade were equally delicious. Music was nice..ambiance was comfortable and our server was outstanding.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Everything about his place is amazing

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 (Boise)·Dined on March 10, 2017

If you love seafood and chicken, this is the place to be. Spicy comforting food. The chicken was tender and crispy. The fish sepcial was amazing. Very friendly and attentive staff. We definitely come back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Authentic, Romantic, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Spicy, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Carlos, our waiter, made us great cocktails.
We really enjoyed our entrees, shrimp etoufee & prawns. Wonderfully seasoned.
Would be happy to recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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