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About Nola on the Square

A jammin' New Orleans Jazz Brasserie with Nouveau Creole cuisine. Wood fired specialties, frozen hurricanes, large selection of draft beer including Abita and live music Friday and Saturday nights 8:00pm-11:00pm.

24 Market Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Creole / Cajun / Southern, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Sunday
Brunch: 11:00am-3:00pm
Dinner: 3:00pm-8:00pm

Monday thru Thursday
Lunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday thru Saturday
Lunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Graeme Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(412) 471-9100

Website:
http://www.nolaonthesquare.com/

Entertainment:
A variety of Blues and Jazz bands every Friday and Saturday from 8:00pm until 11:00pm

Parking Details:
Valet is run through Market Square Association and is available Monday through Saturday from 5:30pm until midnight and Sundays 11:00am to 9:00pm.

Executive Chef:
Maggie Kielburger

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Nola on the Square Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

service

4.1

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4.1

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3.9

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (12)
Cozy (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
People Watching (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Business Meals (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
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Great for Brunch (4)
Great Beer (4)
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Sunday Lunch (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 3 days ago

Came here for vday. Promptly seated and service was wonderful. The food was presented well and also tasted great ! We will definitely be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

We went to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Our meals were excellent and the atmosphere was very relaxed. The BBQ oysters were amazing!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 4 days ago

I had made reservations on open table. I had requested a table in the bar area even though I knew I probably wouldn't get one but our reservations were for 5:30 which was early but it was Mardi Gras. Our friends arrived before us and they sat them way in the back dining room when there were empty tables in the front area. When we checked in and they took us to our table I asked why we were seated way back in the back dining room since there were empty tables. She told us they were reserved. Well, I had reservations. I did let her know I wasn't happy about it. Not 5 minutes later she came back and said that a table was available in the front area. Why not seat us there to begin with. You cannot reserve particular tables at the restaurant you can just make a reservation. So we had to gather up all our drinks, water glasses and utensils and take them with us. Poor judgement on the hostesses part.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great Beer, Live Music, Fun
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 4 days ago

It was Mardi Gras and they were slow and I waited an hour for an alligator app. The manager had multiple visible breakdowns and refused to manage the situation. It was an extremely poor experience, given it was a big day for the restaurant, you’d think they would be better prepared.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 5 days ago

The food has went downhill since Nola’s opening and the menu was limited. They used to have a great selection!

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·Dined 5 days ago

Awesome fried gator! Good cocktails, service and food. Will most certainly be back. Oh and those ricotta dumplings were so yummy.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

While we indicated on the Open Table reservation that we were celebrating a special occasion, either the hostess missed this detail or the information was not transmitted to the restaurant. A minor detail.

Bumping up against the beginning of Mardi Gras, I was excited to enjoy authentic low-country food in a lively atmosphere. The live music was fun and not over the top. Nice touch. The atmosphere is great, and I must say the service was excellent. But the establishment misses the mark if it wants to be your home for cajun cooking in Pittsburgh.

What I longed for though were dishes like Shrimp Remoulade or Crawfish Etouffee. Fish Creole or Chicken Espangnole. Or, more blackened, anything. While there are dishes like Shrimp and Grits or one version of Jambalaya with Shrimp, a little more creativity with authentic ingredients from the South would be welcome. Gumbo with Crawfish comes to mind.

My Catfish was done well, not overcooked and the sauce was excellent. We left having a satisfying meal but not an inspiring one.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 7 days ago

The food was okay but did not wow me.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 7 days ago

Our food was outstanding! Our waiter, Evan, was top notched.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Every time we come to Pittsburgh we come here! Love it!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great atmosphere! Wide variety of cocktails and menu items. The service was insanely quick. I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for something a little different.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Not very good.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Always a great go-to place for New Orleans inspired cuisine in Pittsburgh with an vibrant atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Had the Cajun Catfish! Awesome !

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Ordered the cous cous from the vegan menu (which I appreciate immensely). Very tasty. But, I requested little to no olive oil, and it came drenched in olive oil. Very good, but staff not adept at modifying for health requests.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My server didn’t communicate specials when I visited on 1/27/18. Had to overhear from another server.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Great food as usual. I really enjoy Nola’s for business meetings. The food is good and the service is quick.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I absolutely always love the atmosphere here. The desserts are enough to keep you coming back. That and the live music and how could I forget the proactive service? The manager came to our table several times to check on us. I absolutely recommend their happy hour menu. Also their fried green tomatoes is a staple.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Live Music, Happy Hour
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We went to hear sax player Tony Campbell who was fabulous!

Although we specifically requested a table near the music through OpenTable they wanted to put us in the back. Fortunately a table in front opened up just as we were about to leave and we claimed it. So we had a great evening, but almost didn't.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We went to NOLA for the music and for the "Restaurant Week" special. Our dinner and the service (in the back room of the restaurant) was unremarkable - except for the delicious salad, and disappointing overall. After dinner, we went to the bar to continue drinking and listening to the fabulous music. I like hanging out at the bar at NOLA and ordering munchies, but I don't think I'll ever have dinner there again - because there are better options very close by.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was delicious! The Safe were friendly and very attentive.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Food was very good, but service could have been a little more relaxed since the restaurant was not crowded and the table did not need to be turned over. The server was polite and efficient but we felt a little rushed in the food service.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Had a wonderful dinner with great friends. Food was delicious amd different from our normal fair! Service was excellent and the environment was very enjoyable!

Tags: Late-night Find, Live Music, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Decided to dine at Nola Saturday just prior to the Playoff game on Sunday. A great choice on the Square. Their Flat-breads are spectacular and The Alligator Bites were scrumptious. The food is New Orleans Cajun style so you expect any dish to have some heat, which it did. Each appetizer had a different flavor so each was sampled and we could not have been more pleased.
The service was excellent the food was excellent and the atmosphere warm, friendly and inviting. Next time in Pittsburgh I will visit Nola again.

Tags: Great Beer, Spicy, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Went on a birthday lunch outing with a friend. We were in and out in less than 50 minutes which is important when you are just on your lunch hour. The waitress was friendly and very attentive. Great lunch prices for the amount of food you get. I was pleasantly surprised. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Service was fantastic. Food came very quickly, our waitress was super, and the manager let us hang out for an hour or more after dinner because we had time to kill and it was freezing outside. However, the regular menu item that my wife ordered had to be modified, because they didn't have the correct pasta in stock (?). To be fair, they did offer us free dessert to make up for the boo-boo, so it wasn't all bad. I'd eat Cajun food out of my shoe, so no complaints here.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Authentic, Casual, Spicy
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went to NOLA on the Square on our wedding anniversary, which was also New Year's Eve. What a lovely, fun time. There was live music by the door - those guys must have been freezing, because it was so cold out and the door kept on opening. But they didn't show it. No room for dancing, unfortunately, but lots of people just standing around grooving. We sat in a quiet, warm place for our dinner, which was delicious. The server was friendly and considerate of my many food allergies. We will return again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Fun, Vegan, Healthy
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Being a New Orleans native I had high hopes for authentic Cajun cooking. NOLA is very good but not like quite like the real thing.
The gator bite appetizer is a joke, it consists of tiny pieces of meat with a very tasty batter that is fried. Gator bites from New Orleans or Flordia are much bigger pieces of the alligator.
My wife and I both had the Jumbalia. I found the jumbalia to be very good. The jumbalia's seasoning was mildly spicy with a nice flavor, but missing a bit of the real New Orleans eclectic flavor palette.
The beer variaty is vast. Mixed drinks were very tasty costing about $10 each.

Tags: Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Spicy, Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Very good food, but service was not up to the same quality as the food.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Very good Southern Cuisine with options... would highly recommend.
Courteous staff with attention to details.. always something I look for when dining out.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Spicy, Casual, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

the Ambiance is the reason I wanted to go there, along with the location.

Tags: Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The fried green tomatoes are the best in the city.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 11, 2017

In the past we have always had good food and good service. We went to celebrate my birthday. My glass had lipstick on it that wasn’t mine. The server was not very attentive. He never checked up on our table to see if our food was satisfactory. It took 40 minutes to get our appetizers. We had to flag down a manager to ask for our appetizer to be heated as it was cold. The neighboring table also made a comment to a manager about the length it was taking to get their food. The server never asked about refills on drinks and another server brought a box for leftovers. We were never asked if we wanted dessert. We had to ask for our Check as our server still had not returned. Food was great, service and experience was not. If this had been our first time there it would have been our last.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Gumbo, fried green tomatoes and jambalaya were excellent. We are here before a Steelers game and service was great!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Overall, a perfectly fine experience. Our server was a bit over-worked, while others looked like they were trying to find something to do. Menu wasn't as interesting as I was hoping for from a New Orleans themed restaurant. Food was fine, but not great. Affordable and good wine by the glass. Beignets were really nothing like a real beignet. They were not that good. However, the chocolate ice cream served with them was fantastic and the coffee from next door's Nicholas Coffee was great.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great food. Great service. Will definitively be back when we are in Pittsburgh again. Our server, Mike, knew the menu well and was very professional.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our waitress was terrible. She did not come to get our drink orders for 10 minutes. When we asked about the drink specials, she did not know them. We ordered 1 drink and when she returned, she had forgotten the drink special menu and that we had ordered a drink previously. The waitress also forgot our silverware, so when our appetizer arrived, we had to wait for her to return with it.

Our food was bland. There was no seasoning on either of the dishes we ordered. For a restaurant that claims to be Cajun/Creole, it was seriously lacking. There was not even salt or pepper on the meals nor on the table.

We were sincerely disappointed and will not be back.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Hen was very dry. Alligator tasted great but at $13, way too expensive.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Horrible customer service. Started with hostess walking around like she would rather be at home eating Bon bons. Zero greeting or any type of acknowledgement for at least 20 minuets! We wouldn’t mind if we were waiting for free food, however that was not the case! Price point for their menu requires a hell of lot more refinement. I will never dine there again and will share this horrible experience with anyone that will listen!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Love NOLA! Decent tap list, great New Orleans inspired cuisine and super friendly service. The service can be slow at times, and the bathrooms are downstairs... but hey, it's New Orleans after all.

The live jazz can be terrific. If you're into that, you should check.

Still and all, one of my goto places in downtown Pittsburgh.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Live Music
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