Nola - Palo Alto

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Nola is a bit of New Orleans located in the historic Ramona Street Building in downtown Palo Alto. Our menu consists of Creole, Cajun, and Latin cuisine. New Orleans favorites, such as hurricanes, fresh oysters, gumbo, seafood jambalaya, and étouffée, are just a few of the classics you will find.
The party stretches out over three floors, with seven different funky dining areas. Nola has one of the largest collections of Southern folk art on the West Coast. Come check out what Fortune magazine voted as "the hottest bar in the Silicon Valley." Welcome to the party--grab a Hurricane, a group of friends, wrap yourself in our mardi gras beads and “Laisser les Bon Temps Rouler!!”
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CG
Portland
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken wings and potstickers were amazing, the drinks were really good (even the non alcoholic for the kids!) and the meal delicious! Loved the atmosphere and look forward to going back soon!

OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun place! Love the buildings. The food was delicious -- wonderful small plates and salads. Must try the crabamole and the crabby garlic bread. Casual setting with lots of color and atmosphere. Service was great. It was my birthday and they brought me a dessert on the house - bread pudding (yum!). Thankfully they did not sing :) Would definitely go again.

BP
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The Restaurant was closed After making a reservation and taking an uber over there. SOME water issue. I was quite disappointed as they restaurant didn't update Open table.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great space for a group outing

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Our waitress was amazing and she made sure to keep all of our drinks coming 🙂 however the quality of food is not what I remembered! Almost every single item was cold and super salty!
1. Chicken sliders were so dry the chicken pieces were like rocks.
2. Shrimp and crawfish potstickers were so fishy and salty.
3. The bbq ribs were full of fat.
4. The Mac and cheese was so so cold the cheese hardened over.
5. The basket of fries super salty and cold and the side dip was spilt over.
6. The chicken and waffle entree were terrible, waffle looked like it was frozen and then microwaved.

I would not recommend eating here, just come for drinks and good music!

e
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place for a quiet date night. Food is consistently strong, along with the service staff.

DE
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun time with great good. Our room upstairs was quite enough to talk with our guests.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

NJ
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really love this place. I love the food. It is always fresh, hot and delicious. Our server was great as well.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Attentive service, good brunch food. Dungeness crab hash was terrific. Street parking tough but free nearby garage/public parking. We were celebrating a birthday and they had personalized menus printed plus a bday dessert on the house. Would like to return for dinner next.

DG
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great place good food we enjoyed our experience parking is a bit of an issue accessibility caution required when going up and down stairs to the second floor

OT
San Francisco
98 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We have dined here regularly for the last ten years. The food is dependably good. I am glad to see that they have added a vegetarian and a vegan option to the menu.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was great. Definitely a place to check out

SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love NOLA. Never disappointed. Good food , outstanding service, fun atmosphere

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vibe and ambiance was very nice. The service was a bit slow at first but it was more of the kitchen’s fault. The food was amazing. Made per specifications, came as advertised and delicious to the last bite.

AE
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, and loved the great service. We had a large party and they were able to accommodate food allergies as well.

L
Vancouver
77 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

A busy Friday night and the server was overtaxed, or she was failed by the bartender, as drinks arrived very late and attention to our table was infrequent. The flank steak was perfect. The crawdads were difficult and messy, virtually meatless, and bland. Best experience was the pre-dinner session in the bar, where service was excellent and the oysters arrived extremely late. In all, the wait staff had to apologize several times because of the lack of support by the kitchen.

DH
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Enjoyed all of our food today. Sat in the courtyard by the fountain!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Bday dinner

A
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food and friendly service, but way too loud. Definitely go for the garlic bread, when you're there!

JO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great, all the meals came out in good time and were all delicious. Would come here again, thank you!

t
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The ambience is very friendly but the music is too loud and distracts from the football games.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

good. a little crazy. our server was in and out. but food/drinks always good

DE
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, drinks and food. The maple old fashioned was awesome.

O
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Incredible overall! The host at front desk could be a lot more attentive and move a little quicker - particularly when someone has a confirmed reservation. Food and ambiance are amazing. Servers also could check in a little more and be more attentive.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and tasty food. Loud but warm atmosphere

O
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal at NOLA. Went on a weekend so was able to finally try their crawfish and shrimp boil. If you like crawfish, you’ll appreciate the flavoring and amount of crawfish. If you like shrimp, there were only 4 in the whole dish. Mac n Cheese was super cheesy and the Crabamole continues to be a must at our table! Our waitress was on top of her game and overall a wonderful experience!

C
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I love NOLA and recommend it highly for New Orleans food lovers in the Palo Alto area but do not go very often and it seems like every time there is a small change, usually not for the better, usually in the beignets or desserts.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience2

We were seated on the patio toward the back and it honestly smelled like a trash dumpster.

FL
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good energy, great food, cocktails and service. Recommend for business conversations.

M
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did a work get together to celebrate all our September birthdays and one special 21st birthday. The food was amazing as always and the service was exceptional! I loved how the menu even said Happy 21st Birthday on it!! It made the meal so special and a great binding experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all around

P
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Just OK quality food.

MP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was tasty but the portions are now half the size and twice as much. I know Palo Alto rent is expensive but they have a ton of people eating there. They make enough to cover the rent. They don't have to charge $40 for a cup of jambalaya. It was good but not worth the cost.

MT
Orange County
55 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our anniversary we had an amazing evening! Our server Sergio was outstanding! Everything he recommended was excellent! We started with the tomato and buratta appetizer. My husband had the cluck & oink...love it! I had the beef tacos & jambalaya. The only thing marginal was the corn bread, a little dry. Bananas Foster crumble was spectacular! Great service, outstanding food=Wonderful evening! Cheers to 38 more happy years!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Great food but the server was barely attentive. Never checked on us after the food came and forgot the appetizer u til after our entree arrived. No apology, nothing. The only time he came after taking our order was well after we finished and waited quite some time. It if wasn’t for the food, I wouldn’t come back here.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Had many great meals here, but this was very disappointing. Slow service, very small oyster servings, with nothing more than the bacon filling, no refills on waters or ice tea.

JM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service a little slow due to a very large party seated next to us.

DP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great ambience & food, though a bit pricey. Also, need to clean or remodel the restrooms plus add a purse hanger.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Let me start by saying our menus literally said Happy Anniversary. Everyone from the host to the waiters were so nice! Food was AMAZING!