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!!”
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
(650) 328-2722 ext. 7
While we do not cater, we are happy to help set up large group to go orders.
There are two parking garages on our block, with more nearby. There is also ample street parking.
CalTrans Palo Alto. And a late night cab stand on the weekends.
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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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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 :)
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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