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About Nola Bistro & Lounge

Are you looking for something out of the ordinary experience? Fresh seasonal REAL foods made from scratch?
Nola is a Global Foodie Experience - healthy, affordable in a fun environment.

- Handcrafted drinks with fresh juices & house syrups with roses, galangal, orange blossoms, lavender. 
- Food cooked with blends from our in-house spice store
- Nola offers comfort food cooked to order & made healthy
- A local, independent restaurant & gathering place with different rooms & ambiances (Bar, Lounge & Dining Room) with dishes from all over the world
- Nola also has an event center for all your special parties - birthdays, anniversaries, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, corporate parties
- Its Mardi Gras Party on Fat Tuesday is the talk of the town

Transport yourself to an international destination like New York, Paris, Zurich, London, Mumbai or New Orleans.
A Destination Restaurant for Minneapolis and St. Paul

204 Central Ave
Osseo, MN 55369
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Fusion / Eclectic, Gastro Pub, Global, International

Hours of Operation:


Dinner:

Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm


Closed Sundays, Mondays & Tuesdays

Cross Street:
2nd St. NE

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(952) 334-5857

Website:
http://www.nolamn.com/

Entertainment:
We have LIVE Music on certain Saturdays - Jazz, Blues and R & B

Catering:
For groups Nola Bistro & Lounge provides a perfect setting for entertaining friends, family and business colleagues. Our intimate, relaxed, fun private dining rooms & welcoming ambiance are a perfect setting for our catering options.
- You can choose from a variety of menus, set-ups, service (passed hors d'ouvers, buffet, sit down dinner, family style or a la carte)
- You may order from our menu and we're happy to personalize and custom make the menu around your special event or party.

Private Party Facilities:
Host your Holiday Parties, Birthday Parties, Bridal and Baby Showers at Nola Bistro & Lounge. Our experienced team will custom tailor each event to your needs.

Private Party Contact:
our Private Event Coordinator: (844) 316-9132

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Whether you are planning a corporate meeting, business function, or social gathering let Nola Bistro & Lounge make your event extraordinary. With an international global foodie flair and exciting atmosphere, our private dining rooms are the perfect setting for a unique, unforgettable dining experiences.
We can accommodate most events and any budget, from business occasions to casual family affairs.

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Nola Bistro & Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

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3.7

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3.8

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3.4

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68% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (40)
Fit for Foodies (32)
Special Occasion (21)
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Romantic (20)
Good for Groups (16)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Good for a Date (5)
Authentic (4)
Healthy (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Casual (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Fun (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Business Meals (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Not sure if they were short staffed or just poorly trained staff. It Took over 15 minutes to get 3 cocktails, over 45 minutes to get our food. Which was just "okay" nothing special.
At one point, one of our group walked up to the bar to get a drink., because of poor service at our table.
Waitress was very flustered but nice. Sorry I'm the one who made this choice, and really wanted to like it.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. A unique menu full of homemade recipes and clean ingredients. Great craft cocktails too. Will definitely be going back again!

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Disappointing! We had been to Nola once before and enjoyed the creative food, drinks and ambiance. We bragged it up to our theatre guests and were sorely disappointed this time. The appetizer never arrived. Half the drinks were delivered and half came only after a couple of reminders to wait staff. The beer was at least a tied foam. My husband's catfish entre was lukewarm/cool. I ordered bread with my main course salad. Again, it didn't arrive until I asked several times and then it finally arrived just as I was finishing.
Too bad. I think they have lots of potential but, we won't be back.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 7, 2017

I love my first experience at Nola. Great restaurant with a variety of dishes. Both wine and drink menu was perfect for the dishes. Owner stopped by to talk so she added to the experience. Highly recommended.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 16, 2017

The food was extremely bland. Salt and pepper weren't on the table, so we had to ask for that and hot sauce to make the meal slightly enjoyable. The high priced meal was NOT worth the money. The crawfish was the dryest crawfish I have ever eaten. We will not be going back. I recommend this restaurant to seniors who enjoy lackluster food.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Very nice. We had shrimp/crawfish . Cocktails were nice. Everything was good. We'll be back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 23, 2017

This restaurant is a worthy find. The food (etoufees, gumbos, catfish, deep-fried sesame seed feta) and drinks (Sazeracs all around) are unique enough; all is very tasty, although priced at a premium. Our server was very attentive; the decor reflects the owner's globe-trotting collectibles and the intimate lighting casts a warm glow over the place. It unfortunately is located in the northwest end of the metro (opposite from our home) and driving here during rush hours and over roads which seem always to be under construction, makes what would otherwise be a most memorable experience, into one where it takes a while just to decompress! Our budget does not support this level of expenditure under normal circumstances -- so usually by the time we get back here, the pain from the previous visit is all but forgotten.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 14, 2017

They confirmed both via email and phone 3 times that they could make a meal for my sister that has celiac disease, then said they could not when we got there. The waiter forgot 2 meals, got one order completely wrong, and took over half an hour to deliver our bill. when dessert was delivered each person got a 2 inch wide piece of cake, except one person who got a 1/4 inch sliver, and that variation is apparently normal. It was a complete joke from beginning to end. At least Mother's Day was memorable...

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 21, 2017

This is a promising restaurant. The owners and staff are very nice. By and large the food is good, but it depends what you order. The salad was excellent. The jambalaya was good but a different take. The blackened catfish should be avoided. The drinks were good. The ambiance was great and romantic.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 18, 2017

For creole it had more, indian items. The service was slow yet friendly. The food was over priced. Like the menu the decor was scatter brained

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on March 17, 2017

What a great place!! The food is some of the best I've ever had at a restaurant. Their cocktails are great and very unique. It is well worth the trip to Osseo!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 10, 2017

The menu is about half New Orleans dishes, half Indian, which was an odd combination but it seemed like the place must be owned by an Indian family. The apps were good (hush puppies and okra), the shrimp etouffee was ok but bland. The Hurricane unfortunately was not even remotely close to a genuine Hurricane so I was disappointed in my drink. All in all it was a good meal, but not really worth driving all the way up to Osseo for.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 4, 2017

My husband and I dined here on a Saturday evening around 7:00pm. We were both surprised to find the restaurant nearly empty, with only 3 or 4 tables occupied. We decided to order the NOLA sampler for 2. The first course was hush puppies and a croquette. The croquette was basically some mashed potatoes smushed together into a saucer size patty. It would have tasted fine ibut it was barely luke warm. The main course was a tray with 4 different bowls including Jambalaya, shrimp Etouffee, blackened catfish and red beans and rice. Every dish included rice, which was a bit overkill. Maybe a dish of rice on the side would have been nice. Again some of the entrees came barely warm. And they tasted as if they were made earlier in the day and were just sitting in a warmer for hours. When it was time to go, our server handed us the bill, but it wasn't our bill and the folder had about $100 in it already. Lucky for her we are honest people and did not pocket the cash. I wish this place were better - I like to support local non-chain restaurants, but I won't be going back to NOLA.

Tags: Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Cute quaint place. Food was good but very different. Our server was very awkward, split the check wrong and even though it was my husbands birthday he didn't offer anything special. He told him he could sign up for a birthday reward and come back next year - WHAT?! We had a bottle of white wine and it was luck warm and sub par. I wouldn't go back.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Good is fantastic and the ambiance of very nice. Great decor.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 14, 2017

It was fantastic. I live in Maple Grove, and I never knew this was there. Menu has a unique blend of options- not your usual suburban fare.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Nola way exceeded our expectations. There were 6 of us and we all agreed to return again soon because the food was wonderful. This restaurant would be packed all the time if it were in south Mpls. Definitely worth the drive to Osseo (not that far) and the parking was easy and free!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 14, 2017

I had the Chicken Marsala - the Chicken was tough, the meal was luke warm. My guest complained of the meal being luke warm, ordered a beer and they had it, but could not
reorder, because he got the last one.
We love the location and the ambiance of the place but not really a fan of the food selection
or how our experience was. We are not ones to complain, so we do not fault the server, she
was doing her best.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 30, 2016

The place was almost empty yet our service was painfully slow. When the food came out it was Luke warm. It had great flavor though.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 9, 2016

Excellent food and service. My teenage children request to eat at Nola Bistro because it is very friendly and flavourful food.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2016

On a date
Wonderful food
Wonderful service
We will go back again
We have the NOLA for 2
The chicory coffee is delicious

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 15, 2016

Expensive, slow, won't return

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 15, 2016

The food was tasty, a bit high on price, and could use more meat per dish. One member only had two pieces of sausage in his dish that should have had more. Otherwise it is good.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 8, 2016

I have been to Nola many times before. This time, our order was not correct and was not delivered as ordered after several queries about the order from several people. It was explained that there were problems with the kitchen, but that still does not explain the delays in the service or the problems with the way the food was prepared.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 12, 2016

My husband and I went here for dinner and absolutely loved it. The service was excellent and the food amazing. We shared a starter of poutine which was a big mistake!!! We should have each got our own it was so delicious. Poutine is one of my favorite dishes and I was a little nervous that I wouldn't enjoy this version since it's made with mashed potatoes but it is now a favorite. For our main courses I had the chicken and andoulliole sausage jambalaya which was insanely good. Being able to tell them what level of spiciness was awesome. I love heat and my husband does not. My husband's main course was the shrimp po'boy and was one of the best he has ever had. We will definitely be going back again.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 5, 2016

The ambiance was lovely and the staff was so helpful and incredibly warm and friendly! The drinks were delicious and the food was amazing!!! The poutine to begin with, then the alligator tail entree, and the Nola entree for two. We had a wonderful time!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 9, 2016

We found the food to be very fresh and flavorful. The waitress was knowledgable regarding the menu option and very helpful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 9, 2016

The food was excellent and the atmosphere was lovely. We have family that are gluten free, there was an ample selection for them.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 7, 2016

A great experience overall in a fun atmosphere. Food was very good.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 16, 2016

I've been taking friends and family to Nola for awhile now and extolling it as a diamond in the rough because of the food and what I've always had as great service. I've responded to the restaurants requests to write positive comments on social media, and, I think, been a good customer. I chose to bring my parents here for my birthday, they were visiting from Indiana and really liked what I described. When we got there I noticed a chalkboard that said "free wine on your birthday" so I excitedly commented to the white male host, "hey it's my birthday". Too bad for me I was told, I'd have to join a club for the birthday gift, he'd tell me how (I never saw him again and still don't know what I would need to do). Next we get this white girl waitress that must've only been 15 because she had to leave at 7 o'clock. She had no clue what the food was like, I felt betrayed, where was the wonderful family I'd grown accustomed to seeing when I visited. No worries, my wife and I knew our way around the menu. I ordered coffee to start, everyone else ordered drinks. The drinks trickled out along with appetizers but no coffee. We'd been there 30 minutes so I get up to find our waitress and she apologizes, she forgot the coffee. I get coffee and then have to ask for cream, wait some more, then coffee. Everything took so long, then our waitress changed. By the end of the night I had three empty water glasses because no one came by to fill mine so I just went around the table drinking everyone else's. I've tried the special cocktails many times too so I had a Jefferson Slammer. It was just oj, there is no consistency. My wife always warned me that she's had experiences like this at Nola, I never had, it was ridiculous, I'll never go back. For desert my daughter ordered pecan pie and they brought it out at about 300 degrees, it was so hot it burned your tongue. Everyone likes warm pie but this was dangerous especially putting in front of a child like they did. Sorry.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 2, 2016

Service was a little slow but the service quality was good. Very friendly staff. We loved the food and the interesting flavors. Definitely a neighborhood gem. We would go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 19, 2016

Authentic Creole food. Definitely a French Quarter Louisiana feel. A bit pricey for the portion size you get but the food was good.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 26, 2016

We won't be going back. Cheap pours on the wine for the price. Overpriced entrees for the size. We had an appetizer (salad with no dressing offered), two entrees and drinks. Still very hungry when we left. One waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable. But overall the service was out of sync. "Too many cooks in the kitchen" overall. Food was bland. I ordered mine a 6 of 10 spicy and what I got was like a -2 of 50. Could go on and on but you get the gist.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 26, 2016

My NOLA experience was much like watching Star Wars - The Phantom Menace. After the loss of Nectar, I was desperate for another great, or even good restaurant at that location. I came in willing to give NOLA the benefit of the doubt if needed. Unfortunately, much like Phantom Menace is a completely unwatchable movie, one of the worst I have ever seen, the NOLA experience was the worst dining experience I have possibly ever had.

We had concerns going in given the mixed reviews we had seen, but as I said, we were willing to go easy in our expectations. We were seated right away and our drink order came in a reasonable amount of time. Things were looking good. Follow-up from our server was long in coming, but we were hanging in there and she did come back and get our appetizer order (I had to stop her to also order another drink). We had the Putin (their version) which was actually quite good, if slow to arrive (15 - 20 minutes). We placed our entre order and this is where the train came off the tracks. To keep it short, after 35 minutes we finally had to ask about our meal since we had to be at Yellowtree for a play at 7:30. Note, we arrived at NOLA at 5:45. After another 10 minutes we finally got our food with less than 10 minutes left to eat it. When we ordered, we specifically stated we wanted spice. I wanted 5 or 6 and my wife wanted 7 or 8. She got a blackened catfish that had ZERO flavor. Nothing. Not sure how you make a blackened fish with no flavor but they did it. My Etouffee was also lacking any spice and had minimal flavor. The insulting excuse we got from I presume the owner who stopped over was a statement about being in Minnesota. As if we have no idea what "Cajun" food is supposed to be or lack the palate sophistication to enjoy it properly prepared. The next day we realized we never did get the french bread we ordered as well. Any other option is a better option than NOLA. Sadly, there is just no reason to go here.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 26, 2016

The staff was very nice but service was very slow considering there were very few people in the restaurant. We had to remind them that we ordered bread and when the food arrived it was very tasty but was not hot, it was barely warm and the shrimp etouffe looked like it had been sitting around a bit. We did the Big Easy for two and expected better food and service considering how slow they were and it is priced like a fine dining restaurant, I would expect that kind of service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 19, 2016

Crawfush and shrimp ettoufee and the jambalaya were outstanding!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Great food and service. We highly recommend visiting NOLA.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 14, 2016

The food was amazing! A nice quiet piece of N'awlins tucked away in Osseo. Looking forward to trying other dishes.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 12, 2016

Went to NOLA just to try something a little different in a neighborhood that we don't tend to frequent. The atmosphere was quaint, and food selection was a nice change from what you'll see at Applebees. The value was poor. It seemed expensive for what we received, and the shrimp in the eTouffee was overcooked (too firm). Blackened catfish, however, was tasty!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 12, 2016

Went to NOLA before a play at the Yellow Tree theater. We had an amazing time and the service was impeccable from the hostess to our waiter to the busy boy. Highly recommend the Crayfish or the Blackened Catfish. We will have to go back and try some of the Indian dishes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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