Nola - Palo Alto

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2338 reviews
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Cajun
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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DM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love this place! Food is great, and drinks are awesome! Only issue on this visit was the large gap of space between first getting, drink order, finally receiving our drinks, and food order. Our server was major slow between all these points. But once we got our food, she did keep the mimosas and bloody Marys full

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G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food but very small portions, value could have been better.

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We liked the cajun food, and would recommend to friends.

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E
Denver
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place. Great drinks, fabulous food. Real authentic New Orleans ambiance.

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K
Los Angeles
82 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service still varies from great to flaky, the food is good, but far from anything real Cajun; and the drinks are so so (terrible Hurricane, some really good other cocktails).

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AJ
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place, great food, good service, can be a bit loud.

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CA
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Brunch was delicious! Will definitely be back again. Love the artwork and vibe. One of my favorite places in the area.

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b
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service and lots of fun.

We took our family there for mother’s day and it was really fun.

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MP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall it was a good experience except that our rice was not cooked in one of our dishes. Tae next to us had the same issue but they sent their dish back.

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d
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dropping our son off for a summer internship. He loves Cajun food. It was the perfect, festive place to celebrate a really cool opportunity for him. Everything was wonderful- food & atmosphere

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RP
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the scenery of the restaurant. It was busy but not slammed when I was there. The food was fantastic! Highly recommend.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nola is always the best!!! Love the food, service, decor! Top notch!!!

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KD
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was amazing. Only concern is that it‘s hard not to eat too much! Fun atmosphere and NO design.

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KD
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My party and I absolutely enjoyed NOLA. This was my second time visiting the restaurant and I can say I was as amazed as I was the first time I visited.

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R
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Slow service. Food was fine. The Chilaquiles were a big hit and recommended by everyone on staff. Service at the bar was great, everything slowed down when we moved to meet the rest of our group at our table.

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WT
New England
24 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Early afternoon on a Saturday with friends. Would have gone for something more extensive (e.g., gumbo, etouffee, etc.) than what was offered per the “brunch” menu. Still, enjoyed the endless mamosa, Bloody Mary, etc. on a nice afternoon on the patio by the fountain

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TP
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The very first time I went to Nola was over 18 years ago. I loved it and returned many times and enjoyed the food, service and ambiance. This past Saturday was the first time after 5 years because I moved. Sadly I was underwhelmed by the service, starting with the hostess who didn’t seem very happy as she greeted us. The wait person seemed nice in the beginning but after we ordered she never checked to see how we liked our food, and when I ordered decaf coffee she said they may not have it and would it be ok if it were regular. I said that’s fine but when she brought it out, she didn’t indicate whether the coffee was decaf or regular, and I had to ask for my cream as she did not ask how I take my coffee. As my friend and I enjoyed our dinner and dessert, the manager (?) asked if would not mind moving to another table upstairs because a bigger party needed to be seated. It made us uncomfortable and unwelcome as there was another nearby party that were there before us and were never asked to give up their table. I left the restaurant wondering if they thought they could ask us to give up our table because we were 2 older women? The food was good, by the way, but I’m not sure if I’ll ever return. I’m very sad, I always had wonderful service and a nice experience at Nola many times before. It seems to have changed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I like this place only because of its ambiance. The food and the cocktails are OK but expensive for no reason. They make everything spicy which kills all the tastes. The portions are small. I recommend this place for having a cocktail with a small bite and socializing but not for dining.

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VM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Chicken while spice made it tasty the meat was very dry and over cooked

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RP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Gotta love Nola for the food and the drinks. But their service is slow and unresponsive. The day we ate dinner there, the restaurant wasn't even crowded and yet the service was super slow. They took 20 mins to just get us water and another 15 to get our drinks.

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EM
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great! Ambiance was fantastic! Food was superb!

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CT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Dont make a reservation, putting your fate and dinning experience in the hands of these snotty hosts backed by a full of herself mngr is Not the business. Now the server was great! 5 stars she moved us from a flimsy corner table ware we were punished to a nice big open table ware we spent extra money filling it with drinks and food. Shame on the bettys at the helm. Food was good skirt steak awsome but for fried chicken its still all about hardknox, drinks were great! Bar atmosphere is on point big happy going on here. Not a good first date if you dont want her to see your pounding the bottle because this place will bring it out of ya. Limited menu could spruce that alottabit and half the yelp pictures no longer exists on the menu. Id say drinking is what they want there patrons to do.

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AH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The food was excellent, drinks were good, with the only drawback being that we were trapped in an echo chamber with a large party of "cheerful" people which at times made it impossible to converse.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and good food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Seems like all the food has changed the bbq shrimp is now tangy and has tomatoes before it was delicious, they used to have the best jalepeno cornbread now it’s just a average cornbread now. And the jambalaya was supposed to be crazy hot and wasn’t hot at all.. it used to be my favorite restaurant but not no more they must of got a new chef and changed there amazing recipes.

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CG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Easter brunch. Good place for it and nice vibe

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ST
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

WE ENJOYED OUR EXPERIENCE. WE LOVE NEW ORLEANS AND THIS HELPED US GET A LITTLE FEEL OF IT.

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SP
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Attentive service, festive ambiance and interior design, decent tasting foord

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r
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

The service was so slow, the waiter rarely checked on us and got one order completely wrong so we had to wait for that to be fixed. Some of the food was good like the crabamole but many of the things with bread of some kind were hard, the French toast, English muffin for eggs benedict and the beignets(which were the worse beignets I’ve ever had) were all tough. Drinks were good. Overall not a good experience unfortunately.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great! Our waitress kept the mimosas coming!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 5

The food wasn’t all to great and very small potions. The crab dip was amazing and so were the chicken sliders.

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AR
London
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Poor service, appetizers were served after the entrees and we felt like pushed out by the waitress.

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DA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The service was OK, but the food was just awful. We had a 730 pm reservation on a Friday, so it was hard to understand why, when our dishes arrived, they did not seem fresh. The cornbread was old, dry, disgusting, clearly had not been made that evening, and probably not that week. The food is not cheap, and with it being mostly inedible, I just can't recommend this place to anyone.

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BL
New England
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nola’s has a great vibe, lots of energy. There were 5 of us for dinner. We all found our meals delicious. The service was excellent from beginning to end. We also were celebrating a birthday. They had a special dated birthday menu that could be kept as a souvenir. All in all, Nola is a great choice!

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K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food, good vibe. Expensive for the portion sizes but the food quality is good.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

No one was there to great us

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H
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service excellent. Have to come back and try many more dishes! Menu variety looks great!

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MP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with a few friends to celebrate a birthday and it was the perfect place! Very popular but not overcrowded, the food was perfect and our birthday dessert was free and their most popular dessert-the bread pudding! Will go back in a heartbeat

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SB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our recent wedding and they had custom menu’s printed out for us!!

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e
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! Brings us right back to New Orleans! Their crab garlic bread is to die for!

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