Nola - Palo Alto

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Cajun

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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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IP
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love Nola but had cold toast. 😢

R
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Service was the most terrible service I have ever received. Person attending our table didn’t care to spend more than minute attending us. Got answers like ‘that’s how we do it here’ when enquired about why the margarita had salt at only one small end. This was followed by a glass very rudely placed in front of us with salt plastered all around very shabbily. Chicken was cooked juiceless and zoodles splat on a plate and sent out. Very shabby presentation for a fine dine ambiance. Last order of tequila shots were bland. I could swear they were diluted with water. All in all a very pricey visit to a place that was no match for a street food place for service and food.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall it was very nice. Had to send food back because it was cold.

JB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are always so accommodating.
Birthday celebration was wonderful!

AJ
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal with great friends!

S
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The staff was warm and accommodating as I was NOT expecting a sports bar. Our server Hope, was very kind and patient. The gumbo was quite good but the waffle was soggy. Our server took it upon herself to involve the manager. They generously made me another crisp and tasty waffle. We'll return.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

They have taken off a bunch of GF items off menu so 1 item can be ordered w a meat protein. Our waitress for the evening rolled her eyes at us and when asked to turn on the heating elements above she did and then they were turned off shortly thereafter.

The drink ordered tasted horrible and only half glass! The server never asked how our drinks or how our meal was.

This has been my favorite restaurant for 20 years. The last two visits have changed that experience for me.

The college was having a game so there were loud drunk kids standing so close to our table I had to ask them to back up so they would stop hitting my purse on the seat. (Why were they standing in the dinning room anyway?) They moved about an inch. Employees of NOLA were too busy to notice.

This used to be a really awesome place.

M
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, wine, service! Would be happy to pick Nola's again for guys night out!

l
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliable menu, with delicious offerings. Nola's never disappoints.

JF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Visiting Nola’s is perfect anytime. We came Saturday night and watched a bit of college football. The atmosphere is lively, the waite staff ready to serve, and the food is cajun delicious! Our table ordered a variety of small plates from the deviled eggs, po boy sliders, crabmole, mac and cheese, and baby back ribs. The prices are a bit high but it’s the best New Orleans food you’ll ever eat outside Louisiana.

LM
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming to NOLA. The food is always great and the brunch drinks are delicious !!!

A
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were looking forward to a pleasant family brunch but ended up leaving before they took our food order. Hostess was rude when we arrived and frankly just very weird. The server made zero eye contact, acted like they didn't want to be there and failed to even appear to take our food order after a 15 MINUTE wait. The water for tea that we ordered arrived lukewarm. The server seemed put out when we politely asked for hot water, and did not apologize. We left before the hot water ever emerged. The condiments (hot sauce) bottles on the table were filthy with crust on the outside and clearly had not been cleaned the night before. Overall the restaurant was incredibly unwelcoming and gave off a very very abnormal vibe. I will not go back and will warn others away. Very unpleasant experience.

VM
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was average, love the vibe and the pitcher of margaritas was really good

CG
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken wings and potstickers were amazing, the drinks were really good (even the non alcoholic for the kids!) and the meal delicious! Loved the atmosphere and look forward to going back soon!

OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun place! Love the buildings. The food was delicious -- wonderful small plates and salads. Must try the crabamole and the crabby garlic bread. Casual setting with lots of color and atmosphere. Service was great. It was my birthday and they brought me a dessert on the house - bread pudding (yum!). Thankfully they did not sing :) Would definitely go again.

BP
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The Restaurant was closed After making a reservation and taking an uber over there. SOME water issue. I was quite disappointed as they restaurant didn't update Open table.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great space for a group outing

NJ
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is always amazing. I want to bring my friends from Michigan there to see how great the dishes taste. We love the ambiance as well.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Our waitress was amazing and she made sure to keep all of our drinks coming 🙂 however the quality of food is not what I remembered! Almost every single item was cold and super salty!
1. Chicken sliders were so dry the chicken pieces were like rocks.
2. Shrimp and crawfish potstickers were so fishy and salty.
3. The bbq ribs were full of fat.
4. The Mac and cheese was so so cold the cheese hardened over.
5. The basket of fries super salty and cold and the side dip was spilt over.
6. The chicken and waffle entree were terrible, waffle looked like it was frozen and then microwaved.

I would not recommend eating here, just come for drinks and good music!

e
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place for a quiet date night. Food is consistently strong, along with the service staff.

DE
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun time with great good. Our room upstairs was quite enough to talk with our guests.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

NJ
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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 on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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
100 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
77 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

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
23 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Bday dinner

A
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
15 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service3ambience4

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

DE
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

O
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and tasty food. Loud but warm atmosphere