Nola Bistro & Lounge

3.7
99 reviews
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$30 and under
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Global, International
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
What 99 People Are Saying
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OT
Minneapolis
33 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Last night before the restaurant closed. Debacle of the highest order. Every aspect of the dinner was a train wreck. Also my wife ended up in the ER from the food, so there’s that.

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service

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RS
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a FANTASTIC restaurant - great food, lovely management, and beyond cute. Inside, it's dim and beautiful - perfect for a business lunch or an evening date. There's also an event space in back for meetings, parties, and other events hosted by the owners (cooking classes, movie nights, etc.). Highly recommend.

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M
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVED NOLA Bistro! Upon arrival there was a nice little note card welcoming us by name. The waitress was very knowledgable and friendly. The ambience is calming. Lovely music playing in the background. The menu has food choices from around the world. We ordered the Bhel Mumbai Street Food (India) for a starter and shared a Buffalo Sweat Beer which was excellent! My husband ordered the Chicken Yakitori (Japan) and I ordered the Eggplant (Middle East). Both dishes were amazing! Loved it so much we could easily come back and order the same dish. Except, we
want to try all dishes! The dinner entrees also came with a fresh organic salad topped with a house dressing! FABULOUS! This will be our go to restaurant for special occasions.

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BC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!! Great service, great food! Poutine appetizer is amazing

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b
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

We had been to this restaurant in the past, but for whatever reason, this past weekend, it was the worst service ever. Our reservations was at 5:45. We had a 7:30pm theatre show near by. We sat down and ordered our drinks. We received those drinks at 6:20pm. We put in our dinner order shortly there after, and received that at 7:10pm. Just in time for us to ask for a box, as we had to leave and get to the show--which we had told them up front. They thought we had ordered more drinks and came to us with another round, yet we hadn't, so they took them back. They never once apologized, nor took anything off the bill to compensate. All of us had to bring all of our food into a box and rush off to the show.
Clearly they knew there was an issue, as the owners finally began waiting on our table, and we never saw our waitress again. (maybe she walked out?)

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, know before you go that it’s meant to be a non-rush relaxing dining experience...don’t expect to get in and out of there quickly...just what me and my wife were looking for on our date night...loved it!

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MP
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed NOLA. The staff was helpful and were willing share about the location and how they do things. Food was delicious.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It’s rare to find a restaurant that adds so much to the community and takes such pride and personal interest in your experience. The food is fresh, local, and subtle. The atmosphere and mission of the restaurant makes dining there a beautiful experience.

Service was slow but the workers are sincere and lovely hosts, and the environment is design for a slow, enjoyable experience. Can’t wait to go back.

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DB
Naples
37 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The items and variety on the menu were excellent. Our biggest issue was the amount of time it took to get our salads, and then our main course. It was not as if we were in a big hurry, but 15 to 20 minutes to get the salad course seemed too long. The main courses then came out somewhat staged, with 2-3 minutes between each order. The server them did try to Carmen said by bringing an extra glass of wine, which turned out to be from a bottle that had been opened too long. The restaurant was not that busy, so it is difficult to understand why the service took so long.

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DH
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a hidden treasure. A true gem! Definitely worth the drive to quiet Osseo.

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome brunch today. Great food, great service, and wonderful atmosphere!

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JJ
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Mother's day brunch, food wasn't the same as what was listed online. I liked that it wasn't traditional pancakes and eggs, but the food was pretty random. Supposed to be "international", and they did have some various dishes, but the spaghetti-and-meatball and the "chicken alfredo" were a bit boring. For dessert there was a table of store-bought cookies. Yep, store-bought... Service was jumbled and slow, but they were all very nice. Overall food tasted pretty good, menu was at least somewhat interesting, people were nice, and ambiance was good in this small restaurant. Worth trying if you're looking for something different.

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D
Minneapolis
74 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was great, service was a bit slow but will go back. HArd to find as the signage is not good. Worth the time to go here

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JR
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We were brought the wrong appetizer, wrong entree, & even the wrong bill! Owner argued with the table next to us (she didn’t have shrimp in hers & I did), turns out she had my bill & I had hers. First time ever I didn’t tip. Not just a bad server but owner was terrible too. Don’t bother.

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G
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My old college friend and roommate was in town, first time seeing him and his wife in a decade, so I wanted it to be special. NOLA did not disappoint, with delicious craft cocktails and fusion cajun cooking. We were well-looked-after without feeling interrupted or pressured. The food was all delicious and attractively presented, and the location--a street in the smallish suburb, Osseo, that reminds me of my hometown Red Wing's downtown--was perfect.

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L
Minneapolis
83 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Friendly server, very good food. Food prep took much longer than expected. I think the food was over priced. Overall a good experience.

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S
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aashika (GM), Eric (server)and Lisa were fantastic! They welcomed us warmly and were very friendly. Cuisine was creative (loved the Indian elements) and delicious. Ambiance and decor were vibrant, beautiful and warm! Great background music too. Met Kavika the owner on my second visit. She is fabulous.

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BT
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, doesn’t fit the neighborhood, it is like walking into uptown or northeast on the inside. Sadly it was quite out of the way and limited parking that will be something to think about when going back. Our food was good, but there was little to no descriptions, so it is by accident that we even got what we wanted. In summary, they are almost there, but there menu and website should state some of the things they are missing like parking info, descriptive food and lure you in with the atmosphere and the delicious Poutine (no idea what was in it, beside the potato, but it was tasty.

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CS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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.

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C
Minneapolis
36 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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B
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ambiance is great, the drinks are a close second. Food was awesome, the blend of flavors and spices are spectacular.

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RB
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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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f
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

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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m
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

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.

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m
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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EV
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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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OT
Minneapolis
30 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

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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A
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

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
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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f
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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RN
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

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.

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H
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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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l
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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