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About Nola - Palo Alto

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!!”

535 Ramona Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Cajun, Creole, Southwest

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Daily: Friday 11.30am to 11.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am - 11:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 9:00pm
BAR open until 1.30am daily

Cross Street:
Hamilton

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 328-2722 ext. 7

Website:
http://www.nolas.com/

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

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.

Executive Chef:
James Vetter

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

Special Events & Promotions:
We throw the biggest Mardi Gras party outside of New Orleans! There are bands, djs, dancing, and bars in every room. Check our website, www.nolas.com, for details.

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Private Dining

Nola serves a la carte for parties of 15 or less. For parties of 15 or more, please contact us.

Nola - Palo Alto Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.3

service

4.3

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4.4

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4.0

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (36)
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Happy Hour (18)
Worth the Drive (16)
Late-night Find (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Sunday Lunch (14)
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People Watching (13)
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·Dined 4 days ago

The food is delicious and I find the flavors very close to the food I had in New Orleans. This is a great place with food options. The service is kind of slow but the quality of the food makes up for it.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Spicy, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Very friendly place. Cocktails and food was as expected. Great time gor a girls night out. Ambiance was fun and joyful

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Our upstairs table area was very warm, uncomfortable for everyone in our party. The beignets were heavy, not authentic. The ahi tacos were DELICIOUS.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Nearly every time we go to NOLAs they seem to change something a little for the worse. This time we learned that a fun dessert that they used to make with a banana that we wanted to spring on our birthday guest as a surprise was no longer available. The story we were told was that the owner brought guests to the restaurant and someone was offended by seeing it on a table nearby. So he took it off the menu. If New Orleans were as prudish as the proprietor it would be no fun either.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food and drinks in a super fun atmosphere! Ask for a table along the upstairs balcony to enjoy views of the restaurant below and open air above.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We made a reservation. Arrived for our reservation 5 minutes early and told that our table was being bussed. Waited 10 minutes and went back up to check with the hostess. She said that we had to wait because our table was still occupied. I asked how long and was told “until they’re done,” even though we had a reservation. Went back up 10 minutes later to check in and was told they were having dessert, so once they were done we could be seated. EVEN THOUGH WE HAD A RESERVATION. All in all, we waited 30 minutes AFTER our reservation to be seated. The hostess was very rude when I was asking her to update me. She was on her phone each time I went up there (young, tall woman with dark, curly hair). I usually have a good time at Nola, but this time ruined my entire perception on the restaurant. I’ll make sure to let all of my friends, family, coworkers, and aquaintances know about this, so they can avoid coming to this establishment. The service is absolutely awful. I sincerely hope that this is fixed in the future. Not only did this happen to us, but four other groups were in the exact same situation we were in. If someone would have at least acknowledged us and apologized for the wait, I wouldn’t be so upset, but that was not the case. Like I said, the hostess was on her phone and couldn’t care less about helping us.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

reservation limit should be a little more than just 14 but food was good and service was great

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was great as was the ambience however we had to wait for more than 30 mins to get a table despite having a reservation. On their part the restaurant were kind enough to give us a really fat discount on the bill and that more or less made up for all the waiting.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Had an overall wonderful experience!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Super fun restaurant - def. theme-like but not overly cheesy. Food was great!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Dinne with my daughter.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great food. Easy place to hole up for a good meal with friends.

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 (Naples)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Ordered Beignets appetizer that took 25 min to arrive. They were luke warm and tasted like circus fried dough smothered in powdered sugar. The rest of the food that came after tasted as if it was standing for a while. Order of waffles also came smothered in powdered sugar making it unbeatable. Manager apologized for long wait and reduced the bill.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The atmosphere is festive and fun, and our waiter was friendly and attentive. Lengthy cocktail list and decent beer menu.

The food was hit or miss - heavy on the salt, especially the Nola Frites. The gumbo looked great, but was almost too spicy to eat even at the "regular" spicy level. The chicken and waffles had good flavor, but the chicken was on the drier side and the waffles chewy.

The mac and cheese was divine, though, and the cornbread had good texture. The rosemary honey, aioli and maple butter were all tasty and added to the food.

We'll be back to try other items on the menu.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, People Watching, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I’ve been to Nola before and the food is quite delicious. I made a reservation for 8:30pm but has to wait an extra 10 minutes for some unknown reason (there were a bunch of empty tables upstairs once we got seated). Our waiter was really great! He

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Nola was fantastic! great service , great food, and great drinks! Prices are reasonable and food portions are just about right. I definitely recommend this place to others.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

I’m very disappointed with Nola!
Their jambalaya used to be very large portion and now it’s almost half the size. For the cost, it isn’t worth it! Also, they offer scallops as an extra to mix in with the meal for an extra $8, and we got a total of 2 extra scallops!! Talk about rip-off!! The service was mediocre to bad. This place went downhill in just a year!! Too bad!

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Waitress took a while to get to us, but overall was okay.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Took a bunch of colleagues visiting from 5 different countries here to give them a taste of one of my favourite cuisines and Nola did not disappoint. They were able to accommodate our large group and service was quick and efficient. Good options for the vegetarians in the group as well.

Tags: Spicy, Good for Groups, Casual, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 25, 2017

noisy inside but very fun vibe. tacos were solid. great place to gather with friends

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was great, service was excellent. Will be back again soon.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

pimento cheese appetizer was awesome bbq shrimp was good too

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food tasted fine, but a little pricey for the portion sizes. My friend ordered the Vegan Jambalaya with shrimp, and was charged $7.00 for adding in the shrimp, which ended up only being a few pieces. That's a very steep price for adding in a meat portion. We were all really disappointed with the service. Our waiter seemed overwhelmed with the amount of tables he had to tend to. We literally sat there 20 minutes after we were done eating to get the dessert menu, which then took another 10 minutes for us to put in our order. Our dessert ended up coming 15 minutes after we ordered, and we had to wait several more minutes to get the check. The waiter was a nice guy, but the restaurant seemed very understaffed that evening.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Enjoyed the atmosphere tremendously

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I absolutely love this restaurant and try to come here whenever I miss New Orleans. Their Resurrection Fizz is amazing. Food is great, and I really enjoy the atmosphere and portraits of Jazz musicians on the walls upstairs. Everything I've eaten here has been amazing. Brought my boyfriend here for brunch and he loved it too.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Delicious food. Enjoyable evening.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Too much noise!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The drinks were good, but I had the gumbo and it was incredibly bland. Absolutely no flavor. If you're a New Orleans/Cajun restaurant, gumbo needs to be your staple.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Service was very slow. Our server was not very attentive. We were seated at a table right by the kitchen. There was a lot of foot traffic. We had to send two orders back; one dish was cold and the other was incorrect.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Disappointing!! We ordered the traditional eggs benedict and the poached eggs were completely over cooked. The yolks were hard instead of being runny. When we informed the server that the eggs were overcooked, he offered to replace them, but they came out 45 minutes later, even after we cancelled it. Our dining companions also ordered a side dish that didn't come out with the meal. Our drinks came out 20 minutes after we ordered them...the server said that there was a misunderstanding with him and the kitchen. That's not an excuse for poor food quality.

We'll likely not come back for brunch.

Tags: Great Beer, Spicy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Nola is always a good time! The bar is particularly lively – love the decor and the whole vibe. I would like to see the addition of a couple of pasta dishes for future reference…

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Good service but puny portions. The small portions made it a terrible value.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Spicy
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Cool location and style. Yummy cocktails. Food was good, but not great. The crab-mole was unexciting, but jambalaya was good. Our server was awful. Couldn't remember a thing!

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

It was a great evening and service is suoer

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We arrived at the restaurant 10 min before our reservation. We were sat by the hostess at a table with menus. We waited 15 minutes for a waiter or someone to offer us a drink or to say hello. We left the restaurant at 7:20 after no service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I really enjoyed this restaurant but there were quite a few problems. The chairs they had were very uncomfortable. The food while very tasty was very spicy on so many levels without warning. I mean i ordered avocado toast and there was BARELY any avocado on it it was drowned in corn, onions, tomatoes & cilantro! My sister ordered nachos as a entree and was disappointed to find it was like an appetizer...luckily the customer service was amazing and they removed and replaced her order right away! I fully believe the customer service saved this dining experience.

Tags: Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The ambiance and service level @ this restaurant was amazing. I have to give kudos to the staff for doing a wonderful job taking care of us. Unfortunately, the food wasn't my favorite; I guess I was expecting Cajun/Creole food (as close as you can get in California) with a name like NOLA. With a properly set expectation (think of your favorite chain restaurant) with standard appetizer fare, NOLA is a fine establishment with decent drinks.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Can't wait to try more items on the menu. Very good and service was amazing.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

I love this place! Food it delicious and unusual--not the same old, same old that you get everywhere else. Wonderful flavors and pairings. Don't miss the steak tacos, the honey bread with maple syrup, the strip steak with corn succotash, the chicken and waffles with maple butter and especially the vegan jamabalya--even if you're not a vegan or vegetarian!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Our server was friendly, she seemed a bit shy, but she was friendly. The food was flavorful. The only thing that would have been better would have been to have a larger table. There were two of us and we were seated upstairs at a small table for two, however the plates are so large that after ordering an appetizer and entree, it made everything on the table cramped and uncomfortable.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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