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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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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Join us for Valentine’s Day, New Orleans style. Featuring our Cajun inspired Valentine’s Day specials

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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

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

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Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (38)
Casual (34)
Good for Groups (30)
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Comfort Food (30)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Good for a Date (27)
Vibrant Bar Scene (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Special Occasion (22)
Happy Hour (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Hot Spot (19)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Spicy (19)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Worth the Drive (16)
Authentic (15)
People Watching (14)
Great for Brunch (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Late-night Find (12)
Bar Seating (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Romantic (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Kid-friendly (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Live Sports (7)
Cozy (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tapas (3)
Business Meals (2)
Live Music (2)
Scenic View (2)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Nola's used to be a favorite, but both the food quality and the service have gone way downhill. Worst was the service. Inattentive and not at all friendly.

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·Dined on January 12, 2018

It was totally an strange thing, I booked, then we went 10pm, they said sorry kitchen is closed!!! So we went somewhere else!!😡

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Always a great experience. See detailed review on Yelp under Theresa M. San Carlos.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

About three years ago I enjoyed a wonderful dinner with some girlfriends for my birthday. My friend raved about the chicken and waffles. The whole group ordered the chicken and waffles and they were spectacular!! I've always wanted to return so luckily I had a $100 gift card so we picked Nolas (choices were Milagros, Town, or Nolas). I could not wait for those chicken and waffles. Unfortunately the meal had completely changed. Instead of two beautiful breaded cooked to perfection chicken breasts with golden waffles it was now three over fried chicken tenders and three overcooked waffle triangles with way too much rosemary which completely overpowered everything. Even the dipping sauces weren't as wonderful as they once were. There was a spicy gravy and a butter honey flavored sauce in two silver containers (same as before) on the plate. The maple syrup (which was organic and not very tasty) was in a jar on the table. So disappointing!! My husband had the spicy jambalya and he was happy with his meal.

We also ordered the beignets for dessert. Again, pretty disappointing. Instead of the dipping sauces (caramel and chocolate) in their own containers, they were poured directly onto the plate with the beignets. So if you wanted to experience just the caramel or just the chocolate, you were pretty much out of luck cause you got both no matter what. My husband ordered a coffee which was lukewarm at best.

On a positive note, our waitress named Rebecca was wonderful, very personable and polite. We didn't wait that long for dinner or for dessert. The ambiance is awesome and pretty cool decor inside.

Unfortunately not the greatest dinner but not the absolute worst.

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Overall pretty good. Great service. The chicken and waffles was a real disappointment. (more batter than chicken. )

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Amazing food, great service, great drinks everything was really good. Only negative was they were cleaning up because it was late and dude was spraying cleaning fluid on the windows and walls and it was misting towards us and smelled like cleaning fluid way too much. Other than that things were really great!

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

One person in our party didn’t get his dinner until everyone else had finished. Three people had to wait a ridiculous amount of time to get their drinks. They ended comping us over $80 on our final bill, realizing how long everything took. Also, the bathrooms were disgusting and desperately needed cleaning.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Delicious meal, fun atmosphere

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Enjoyed the food and atmosphere very much. It is a bit of New Orleans in Palo Alto.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Live Sports, Vegan, Vibrant Bar Scene, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Service and atmosphere was good but food was lacking. Clearly not made fresh with some dishes being reheated in a microwave. Won't go again.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Amazing food, amazing service, and our waiter Charlie was pretty cute too ;)

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

The quality of food has gone down, we ordered garlic bread and there was bearly any garlic in the bred it was just white bred with butter, and they have cut down the portion size as well

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Fun family gathering here. Our server was very helpful except didn't take our drink order until our appetizers and food had arrived. Food was good but could have been warmer. The room was cool so that may have been part of the problem. We had a fun time and would definitely go back. Ribs were great.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Love Nola! It’s great for any occasion. Family friendly (loud enough you don’t have to worry about keeping your kids quiet), date night, holiday parties, Sunday brunch (bottomless mimosas). The atmosphere is fun and the food never disappoints. It is not cheap but not any more costly than other nice restaurants in the area. I would recommend this place to anyone :)

Tags: Romantic, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Fun, People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Food was fantastic, our server did a great job despite being very busy. We had a wonderful time, will be back for sure.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

As a native of Carencro, Louisiana and a former long time resident of New Orleans, I like to think I know my way around creole and Cajun food. My home for 17 years was right in the heart of Cajun influenced cooking and I spent my college years avoiding tourist traps and eating the best that pre-Katrina New Orleans had to offer.

I was prepared to be a little disappointed with NOLA. In my experience, most places in California that try to offer Cajun or creole dishes either try too hard or dump cayenne and salt on existing dishes, calling it a day. I was truly impressed with the creativity, restraint, and taste that NOLA had to offer.

My wife and I had the small Mac and Cheese Crab Balls (they were awfully big for a crab) - great stuff. Not smothered in cheese, the sweet crab meat was great. We also shared the barbecued shrimp with grits - a little creamy, but the sauce was incredible and a real creole-style treat.

For dinner, she tried the skirt steak while I had the Fried Chicken Po-Boy. Both were great - the skirt steak was probably the furthest thing from creole I think we had, but the fried chicken po-boy brought back some good memories of New Orleans, with a nice crisp outside, the right kind of bread, and lightly dressed.

The service and staff were great too. Matt, our server, was attentive and friendly, and since we were seated a little early, we spent a few minutes waiting for drinks - so they nixed those form the tab without us asking. The decor got me - the entrance reminded me of the Court of Two Sisters, and the back dining room was classic New Orleans patio dining - without mosquitos, humidity, or heat.

My only negative with NOLA was the sports on TVs in the dining area - that's great for the bar, but don't put huge TVs everywhere in the dining area when people have phones to check sports scores on. It just makes the place noisier and more distracting. All the same, we'll be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Food wasn't what I was expecting, food took forever to arrived, but server was very nice

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The chicken and waffles are very good, especially with the cinnamon honey butter.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The only reason I gave it 4 stars for ambiance is it was a little cold/breezy but the wait staff provided a space heater and that really helped!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great brunch menu and you gotta do the bottomless mimosas.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

One of two best hangouts in PA. All around 5 Star!!! Will continue to frequent this place. Check my Yelpie reviews under Theresa M (San Carlos).

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

I am a big fan of Nola. The festive atmosphere , the great food, and the service by the waiters always makes for a perfect evening with friends or coworkers. Great place. My 13 year old son considers it one of his favorite restaurants.

Tags: Tapas, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

A quick trip to New Orleans as one steps into NOLA and is transported into a classic, old New Orleans hotel with an open courtyard. Before air conditioning, this style of building was the best option. We loved the myriad of small rooms, oerfect for a family or friends “private rooms.” The food was cajun with the freshness of California. A really fun place!

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Live Sports, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Spicy, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

This was our second visit to Nolas. Highly recommend the gumbo. We had a great time at lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent New Orleans Bourbon Street feel. Outstanding Cajun Creole food. Very festive. Fantastic service! Lots of different rooms for dining, parties, privacy, and people watching

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Casual, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Bar Seating
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Our food was really good! I enjoyed having some cleaner options (GF, Dairy free, etc) even tho my dining companion ate more southern style traditional cuisine. Good service and kind of cool sitting under the stars.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

We had the absolute best food server ever!!! I do not remember his name but he was great and made it such a great evening.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Our food was great, the services was great but the only issue was that they sat us upstairs which we liked until it ended up being the staff meeting area and multiple employees gathered and had loud and long conversations during our whole meal. It really made our meal Unenjoyable. It wasn’t our job to speak up to them but I think this needs to be addressed. I also get it was slow but they should have been mindful enough to know better.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Kid-friendly, Casual, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Hot Spot, Spicy, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Service was so for brunch and the dining room was empty

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Takes forever to get seated, even with two hostesses working the front desk. A bit ridiculous. This place is a hit or miss. Sometimes the food takes forever and sometimes it’s quick.

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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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