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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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