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Nola - Palo Alto

4.2
4.2
2353 Reviews
$30 and under
Cajun
Update: We are excited to announce that we are open for limited indoor dining! In addition to our heated outdoor tables, we are now offering indoor seating. At this time, all seating is on a first come, first served basis and we are not accepting reservations.

The health and safety of our guests and employees has always been our top priority, and in light of the current situation, we have added additional hygiene and sanitation protocols. Please remember to wear your masks at all times when not at your table. Thank you for continued loyalty and patronage.

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.

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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cajun, Creole, Southwest

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 10:30 am–8:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:30 am–10:00 pm Bar Wed–Sun 11:30 am–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (650) 328-2722 ext. 7

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Victor Molina

  • Catering

    While we do not cater, we are happy to help set up large group to go orders.

  • Private party contact

    Shiraz Qadri: (877) 925-4414

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Cross street

    Hamilton

  • Parking details

    There are two parking garages on our block, with more nearby. There is also ample street parking.

  • Public transit

    CalTrans Palo Alto. And a late night cab stand on the weekends.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,353 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. R

    Roni

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Last night before lockdown
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A family favorite! Never disappointed in quality of food. Service was okay
  3. H

    Harman

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2020

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    The whole experience was amazing. The food was delicious. The ambiance and outdoor seating was great but service was certainly not as expected. Our waiter was friendly but unfortunately we did not see him again after we placed the order with him. Thus no checkin about what we thought of the food or refreshing our drinks. Our oysters came out by the time we finished our meal which was unfortunate as they are best enjoyed as appetizers. We waited for around 30 minutes before finally going up and asking to be checked out
  4. B

    Bayeater

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was good as usual, although food timing was off... got oysters and crabamole to start, but entrees came out with oysters and crabamole didn’t show up at all.
  5. HE

    HilaryE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We hadn't been out to dinner since the pandemic and we had a great experience at NOLA. They followed all the protocols, the food was great, as well as the service and the Hurricanes are awesome!
  6. E

    Elle

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend getting the cheesy crab bread for an appetizer and sundae churro for dessert!
  7. DK

    DanK

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Dining during COVID requires one to try new things and NOLA has made it very enjoyable. The booth seating gives you enough privacy & security while still being out in the open.
  8. B

    Bdog

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Great atmosphere bar that happens to serve food. Sitting outside its somewhat quiet.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great and the food was amazing
  10. V

    Valerie

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great meal! Our server Thomas was great and the table we had was in a corner away from pedestrian traffic as requested.
  11. JO

    JessicaO

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This is the first place I think of when I want to eat in Palo Alto. The combination of delicious food and ambiance never fail to impress me.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2020

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    The food and the drinks were amazing as usual. Their baked oysters and the Hurricane A.KA. “Fishbowl” has never disappointed me once. Have been coming here for many years and always a great time!. Just had some issues at first but the manager handled the whole situation beautifully. Definitely recommend for any occasion especially for drinks.
  13. NJ

    NikaJ

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I really love the food. I tried something different. It was ok. We celebrated our son’s sixth birthday and we were supplied beignets, which was nice.
  14. R

    Roni

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect!!!!
  15. IG

    IslandGirl

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Nola is beautiful but this is my fault as I didnt recheck my receipt, we got overcharged.
  16. LP

    LaraP

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the airstream cocktail setup, lights, and outdoor music. We hope it stays like that for years!
  17. MR

    MerrisaRose

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2020

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    I'll start by saying that this is a beautiful restaurant with a unique layout and fun design, but you are definitely paying for the atmosphere. We decided to go to Nola for my boyfriend's birthday. Our server was nice but she kept forgetting to bring things that we had asked for (water, silverware, etc.) I also wasn't impressed by the food. We ordered an app, 2 entrees, 2 cocktails, and dessert and the total was about $170. For that price, I would have hoped to have been wowed, but sadly I wasn't. Both of our meals were sub-par in my opinion (it felt like it was just thrown together) and the chocolate cake was dry and oddly salty. Nola's sister restaurant, "Milagros Latin Kitchen" is one of our favorite spots and we absolutely love the food there. We were hoping the same for Nola, but maybe they were just having an "off" night
  18. C

    Cylygirl

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Haven’t been here for a while. Still a great place to eat and drink. Food was amazing as always. Drinks were very refreshing. Love the outdoor dining .
  19. PA

    PaloAltoFamily

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were outside and it was very pleasant. Good good social distancing.
  20. PR

    PRja

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Good Food, Good waiter. Thank you for the bday dessert! Usher could have been nicer, but eventually it worked out.
  21. CQ

    CraigQ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2020

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Sat outside so ambience was about as good as it can be. Service was a bit on the slow side, I had to constantly ask for water and was we were never asked if we wanted more drinks despite our glasses being empty for a long time(it was warm). It was my 12 year old's birthday, it was never mentioned and I put it down on the reservation. I have eaten here a few times before the virus and it was never like this before. I do not think we will be going back.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good time with the outdoor dining.
  23. K

    Kaitlin

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    I appreciate all restaurants that are open and doing their best during these crazy times! Nola is a restaurant I remember loving, but our last experience was only ok. The service was great, but the food was not as good as I remember. It may have been an off night, but because it was crowded and difficult to socially distance outside, I don't know that I'd go back until things return to normal.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good prompt service, great food quality!
  25. F

    Faby

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Nola has always been one of my go to place. Unfortunately with COVID I could go for a while. Was a little disappointed by the reconfigured menu. How could you remove the warm Napa cabbage salad??? We were sat in the street and unfortunately the music was really loud. Loved the street vending truck vibe. Mojito was more sugar than anything and even though the tacos were amazing, they were really tiny for the price. I guess it’s Palo Alto premium. A okay experience but nothing making want to come back.
  26. p

    paloaltoguy

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2020

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    My family has been going to Nola regularly for 20+ years. Until recently we’ve only had positive things to say. Great ambiance, great service, great food. But recently they got rid of all their awesome serving staff and replaced them with “order by phone”. So now we sit at the table fiddling with our smartphones placing our orders ourselves. We have nobody to answer questions or make recommendations. Nobody checking to make sure the food came out right. On my way out I asked the manager if this was going to change back post pandemic and she told me that it wasn’t, that this is the way they are moving in the future. It is really sad and disappointing, but after 20+ years I am saying goodbye to Nola. The pay by phone experience was terrible and I am never going back.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wanted to go out for the first time since covid. It was nice to be at a restaurant again. Thanks, NOLA.
  28. SS

    SusanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Nice outdoor dining in a quaint downtown environment.
  29. M

    Ming

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We enjoyed the outside seating and loved the food!
  30. SC

    ShawnC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, the food and service were excellent, and sitting outside was rather enjoyable!
  31. R

    Rach

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is classic nola's if your familiar with it. I wish they still have beignet on their menu but they decided to pull it out. It would also be better if they have more vegetarian options. More importantly for me, it felt safe after seeing how they sanitize the tables, chairs, and umbrella stand in between customers. We were seated outdoors. They let the disinfectant soak first before they wipe.
  32. DB

    DebB

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Outside area (due to Covid) was attractive, well organized. Wait staff friendly. Service a little slow for drinks, but was fine for meals. Food very good !
  33. N

    Nani

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Definitely enjoyed, will be back soon.
  34. B

    Bill

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing waiter provided exceptional and personable service. Food was delicious.
  35. LD

    LisaD

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved their, crabamole/chips, tacos and champagne selection!
  36. E

    Ella

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always so good, staff are so nice, our waiter kept checking on us and always made sure we knew he was there for us. Drinks are great. Such a fun New Orleans vibe. Highly recommend.
  37. AN

    AlanaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went to Nola for my Bday and it was the best. Rhe Ambiance, food and drinks were perfect. We were the last people to leave.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Missed your Beignet.
  39. L

    Local1955

    San Francisco

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the best New Orleans feast in a long while. Sat outside and had great time.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2020

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The gumbo & jambalaya were excellent. The fried chicken was disappointing and had a strange batter.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Nola - Palo Alto using the Order Online button. Nola - Palo Alto also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 328-2722 ext. 7.

Nola - Palo Alto is rated 4.2 stars by 2353 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Nola - Palo Alto

535 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Hamilton

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 10:30 am–8:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:30 am–10:00 pm Bar Wed–Sun 11:30 am–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Cajun, Creole, Southwest

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There are two parking garages on our block, with more nearby. There is also ample street parking.

  • Public transit

    CalTrans Palo Alto. And a late night cab stand on the weekends.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Victor Molina

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (650) 328-2722 ext. 7

  • Catering

    While we do not cater, we are happy to help set up large group to go orders.

  • Private party contact

    Shiraz Qadri: (877) 925-4414

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