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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (28)
Casual (25)
Good for Birthdays (24)
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Authentic (22)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Special Occasion (21)
Comfort Food (20)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Worth the Drive (15)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Cozy (14)
Fun (13)
Good for Groups (11)
Romantic (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Business Meals (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Spicy (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Seasonal (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

The ambiance and food are great. It's just that this particular time, it seemed I had more rice than sauce. I wish there was more rue instead of rice.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

The food is good but we felt that the waiter was rushing us. The place was not crowded, so we could not understand why we were being rushed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

It had been a couple of years since my wife and I dined here (moved away from the Peninsula) but the food and service did not disappoint. We travel annually to NOLA and the food is quite authentic. We started with drinks (she had a glass of Riesling and I had an 'Ole Fashion' (popular NOLA whiskey drink - well made as if I was at Pat O'Brien's in the French Quarter).

For Appetizers, we had the Shrimp Hush Puppies, Bourbon Street Shrimp and Brouchette Oysters (deep fried, bacon-wrapped oysters) - great starters.

Dinner: I had the Shrimp and Crawfish Etouffe over jasmine rice (I would say this dish would rival the top restaurant destinations in NOLA). My wife ordered the Shrimp Creole - also very good (perfectly blackened Gulf Shrimp).

Dessert: I had a slice of Pecan Pie (made with a cheese cake layer) and my wife had the Bread Pudding (made with an awesome Frangelico/White Chocolate Sauce) - both yum, and Café au Lait for both (made with Coffee w/Chickory).

Everything we ordered was delicious and plated just as good. My wife and I were really glad we made our way back for a sit-down dinner here. The food is authentic in taste as we travel to NOLA often. This place is a gem and believe will not disappoint. Very glad to see CreoLa is still there (I noticed they also expanded the space a bit with additional dining space and bar area).

Cheers!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Boise)·Dined 4 days ago

Second time we did a reservation and both times we had a table directly at the door. Means it is cold, people are standing next to you, waiting for their table. Not a cozy environment for a dinner you made your reservation nearly two weeks ahead.
Our server didn’t tell us anything about the specials for the evening. So we ended up ordering regular menu. The server for the other side of the hallway told his guests about duck confit and some other stuff which was really disappointing cause I love duck.
After our main course we were kinda forgotten. Took nearly 20min before we saw a dessert menu.
All over their food is good. Their light mousse au chocolate is not so light. But their fish and chicken entrees are delicious.
We will not make any reservations anymore so I can leave without hassle if I don’t like the table.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

It was Valentine's Day, so maybe not a great first impression, but our server wasn't around too much to ask how our meal was or to ask if we were ready to order the next course. There were several servers working our table, so I think things fell through the cracks since it wasn't just one person checking in. The entrees were delicious! The bread pudding was small and just okay. We'll be back for the entrees!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food great service.
Hi quality and very consistent

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

It was Fat Tuesday! Great Music, Great Food and excellent service helped our party of 4 have a fantastic time. Can’t say enough about Creola’s cool vibe. It’s a happening place that brings the taste and feel of New Orleans to San Carlos.

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·Dined 7 days ago

The service was disappointing. The food took a very long time to make. It seemed like the parties next to us got their food faster than we did and they came after us. That ruined the expiernece.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent brunch. Great food and service. The only disappointment was they didn't have the pain perdu on the day we visited.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I love going to Creole I because the food tastes great and they always seat us in a reasonable amount of time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

My family was celebrating a birthday. We were seated in the large area with comfortable benches on 3 sides. It was as if we were in a home. Our server was attentive, pleasant and detail oriented. The other staff were equally hospitable. We would definitely return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great food with a fantastic Jazzy lunch special. Loved the warm corn muffins. Their 'jazzy lunch' included an entrée, an appetizer or soup, and a salad for $18 which I consider a very reasonable price considering the options included and the great service and pleasant atmosphere with New Orleans jazz music in the background. A perfect birthday lunch (with enough food to make 'what's for dinner?' far from important.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

My wife and I have been dining at Creola since it started decades ago. We have always enjoyed dining there. They have excellent food at moderate prices, especially the "Jazzy Lunch"---several courses at a good price.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Afternoon Tea, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Food is excellent, but when you order, make sure the wait staff gets it right as the noise level is high. Have been there 2 previous times and would definitely go there again.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Corn bread was really good!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was tasty, service excellent. Can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Dinner with friends: 2 ordered fried chicken and other 2 the wasabi ahi tuna. Everything was delicious. Hubby still raves about how tender and tasty the fried chicken was. The ahi tuna was tender and flavorful, although the tuna came medium rare and not rare as requested. Had beignets for dessert. A little disappointed as they didn't taste like as fresh as they could have been. But still a great place for a good meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I’ve been to Creole five times in less than a year. The first time at this restaurant was for dinner for a celebration and I was impressed all around. I would have given this place five stars overall. Since then i’ve Been there for lunch and dinner. And they never disappointed each time. However, the last time I was less impressed. We went for happy hour. We ordered several appetizers, and they were all great. So were the cocktails. We decided to order the bisque to finish off the meal, but the bisque was served warm. A little disappointing, as I’v had it before and it was a hit.

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Excellent New Orleans flavored foods. four course Pre fix menu offered great food at a reasonable price.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Always amazing food and experience. Great service and food.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Casual, Spicy, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great ambiance. Fabulous menu. Definitely a favorite restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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 14, 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 14, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Have dined here many times and all have been excellent until now. Something has changed. The food was not nearly as good as it has been in the past. We brought an out of town friend for dinner and it did not live up to our expectations. Is there a new chef? Different ingredient quality? Budget cuts? I hope this was just a fluke and it goes back to the way it was! Will give another try and keep my fingers crossed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Excellent cocktails and some nice food :)

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 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 December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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 30, 2017

Pleasant experience and food and drinks were good.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 30, 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 28, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 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 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 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 15, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Birthday with family

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