We hadn't been to NOLA for a while and were surprised that it wasn't the same place that we had enjoyed before. The menu has been changed, very limited options. The atmosphere is completely different. The service was very slow our reservations were for 5:30 so we go make a theater show at 7:30. We finally got our bill after 7. Very disappointed with the changes.
Great little place for unique, flavorful Indian and New Orleans style cuisine. Small, yet adequate selection of craft beers. Specialty cocktails were a bit pricey, but good none the less. Service could definitely use some Improvement however. We waited nearly fifteen minutes for the last one of four drinks to be delivered, only to be told it was unavailable. Another drink was obviously missing the fresh orange juice and when questioned about it, the waiter was again gone for several minutes, only to return with the excuse that it was a misprint in the menu. To their credit, the manager eventually did come out with a small glass of OJ to add to the cocktail. Our overall experience was good enough to recommend this little bistro, especially if you are looking for someplace a little out of the ordinary. We will definitely give them another try.
It was very quiet the night we were there and the service was great. The catfish is the best item on the menu with a close second for the hush puppies and etouffe. The jambalaya was OK - better when I asked for hot sauce and the chef prepared a little batch of it for me.
Ambiance is great, the drinks are a close second. Food was awesome, the blend of flavors and spices are spectacular.
Great food and great service! A little placard with my name greeted as we sat down. My wife and I shared the Big Easy platter which allowed us to taste a variety of items on the menu. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meal. The only opportunity I would highlight is to maybe offer to let the guest chose the spiciness of the dish. It makes sense to keep the heat of the dish mild given many can’t tolerate spicy food(especially here in the Midwest). But for those who like a little added heat I think it could have added another layer of complexity. Overall, very good food and excellent service. Please support this hidden gem. We need more restaurants like this in the northern suburbs!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Very nice. We had shrimp/crawfish . Cocktails were nice. Everything was good. We'll be back.
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.
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...
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
Good is fantastic and the ambiance of very nice. Great decor.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Excellent food and service. My teenage children request to eat at Nola Bistro because it is very friendly and flavourful food.
On a date
We will go back again
We have the NOLA for 2
The chicory coffee is delicious
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.
Expensive, slow, won't return
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.
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.
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!
We found the food to be very fresh and flavorful. The waitress was knowledgable regarding the menu option and very helpful.
The food was excellent and the atmosphere was lovely. We have family that are gluten free, there was an ample selection for them.
A great experience overall in a fun atmosphere. Food was very good.
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.
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.
Authentic Creole food. Definitely a French Quarter Louisiana feel. A bit pricey for the portion size you get but the food was good.
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.
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.
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.