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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

NJ
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
76 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

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
20 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Bday dinner

A
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

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

DE
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

O
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and tasty food. Loud but warm atmosphere

O
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

M
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience all around

P
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Just OK quality food.

MP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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
54 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

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
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

DP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

T
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Double date night!! Great food, ambiance and service. Can’t wait to return

KC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Cheyanne as our server and she did amazing. Made sure everyone in our party was taken care of and accommodated us quick with no hesitation.

AG
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were seated inside a room. The only problem was that it was pretty hot inside on a warm day. You need better AC.

V
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Maybe it was off day but the service was horrible, orders not put in on time, no food runners, cold food and forgotten appetizers. Never had bad service like that. They gave me a gift certificate so I can go back.

HM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Repeat Customer

AH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday celebration, they made it very memorable! Great food!

S
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Generally Love this place. This time however, service lacking (even with server training a new server) and food over cooked. Additionally, can’t predict size of fried chicken on waffles (tenders vs. pieces) or the seasoning used. Keeps changing. Wish Nola’s would commit to a seasoning so that we would know if we want the dish.