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For 2
Date
Wed, 2/21
Time
7:00 PM
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Nola - Palo Alto

4.4
1979 reviews
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$30 and under
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Cajun
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  • Fun
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Cajun, Creole, Southwest
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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
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Phone number
(650) 328-2722 ext. 7
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
James Vetter
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Catering
While we do not cater, we are happy to help set up large group to go orders.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hamilton
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Parking details
There are two parking garages on our block, with more nearby. There is also ample street parking.
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Public transit
CalTrans Palo Alto. And a late night cab stand on the weekends.
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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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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

Private Dining

Nola serves a la carte for parties of 15 or less. For parties of 15 or more, please contact us.

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What 1979 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.2
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4.4
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4.1
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

I went on a date with my honey and we both ended up getting the Spicy Jambalaya with a side of corn bread. We also shared their delicious Nola's hurricane and for desert we shared their bread pudding. Everything was on point and very tasty. I highly recommend this place!! Love love their food.

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BrendaM 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Loved the food and the ambiance. Everything was great!

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ZhengY (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Chicken and waffles is excellent value, in contrast to most other places in Palo Alto. Nola is where French-styled restaurants intersect with the strange concept that entrees should be filling.

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maliav 
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

My fav place to take out of town people! Always delicious and a good atmosphere

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KidL (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Really good food and great ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great and unique food!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

It was truly a fabulous Valentines Day. Thank you!!!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Staff went above and beyond to accommodate me and my wife on a busy evening. The food was excellent, the ambiance is fantastic, and vibe is a delightful hint of "NOLA"

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent food. Slow service on Valentines Day

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Birthday on Valentine’s Day

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

great spot, they offer seating in one of the two different bars or a semi covered patio, good place to take someone to impress them. Food is unreal good.

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The skirt steak is a must have. Some parts of the restaurant were very noisy and the hostesses seemed to be a bit confused an unprofessional- said our table was ready then left us standing at the podium, drinks in hand, while they seated others for over 5 minutes. Didn't address us during this time (why call us away from the bar to say our table is ready?) They seemed very young, could use some customer service guidance.

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OAPD (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Great starters and lots of options for vegetarians in small plates. Great veg jambalaya too. Enjoyed cocktails—great for a girls night out.

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JacquelineDLT (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Shared tacos, taquitos, and jambalaya. Had to try the beinets. Everything was delicious and the atmosphere was also pleasant.

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vipsbss (El Paso)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Service and food is always incredible!

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madamuscle (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

My first time visiting...Great food and atmosphere before a basketball game. We ate a lot!!! Planning to revisit

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EarlyDiner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

The food was good as always. The service was a guy running a script. He basically told us what food we have to have and what drinks we needed to have and didn't listen when we disagreed. The portions were small for the prices and we were more or less ignored in a room with no one else.

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NikaJ (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

I've only been twice, but I will continue to come back. The food taste like real New Orleans-style food. We had a mishap with them not find any my reservation on my birthday, we had a mishap with them not finding my reservation on my birthday but they end up accommodating us. I feel like that was good customer service.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

All three of us agreed this was the best food we ever had! I literally busted my belt after the meal (that last beignet pushed me over the edge). We can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great place for a get together. Great food and fun atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Always the best brunch around

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Nola was great! I've been here a few times now and each time I didn't have to wait for my table, the ambience is amazing and the decor was unique. Whether it was for brunch, dinner and a date, it was awesome! I have had the chicken and waffles, jambalaya, mac n cheese crab balls and the blackened salmon BLT. You cannot go wrong with anything on their menu. My last visit was on 2/2/2018 with my Fiancé and he enjoyed himself as well. We'll definitely be back and it is a place that we would love to take his parents when they come and visit.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Love this place, BUT bring back your cheesy artichoke!!! Also some sort of fruit sauce for the beignets would be nice.

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Capio (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Good food...New Orleans style with great ambience. Got seated on the ground floor next to the fountain...enjoyed the chicken and waffles, and go for the beignettes!!

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Randy (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

This was my second time eating at Nola. The food was excellent! Service was great too. I sat at a small two top table and it was pretty loud for a Wednesday evening in late January. Looking forward to going back the next time I'm in that area.

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Omega (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Love the private rooms for a group dinner.
Good food. Needs more vegetarian options.
Noise level is just too loud for me.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

The food was okay, not special. The server emphasized that the "regular" was spicy - but we should have gone with the "spicy". Good shrimp, but the food was pretty much non-standout versions of typical New Orleans cuisine.
The service was good, and the staff very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

A unique eatery with extensive drinks menu and flavorful Cajun food. The atmosphere is truly one-of-a-kind. We sat in the central dining area and enjoyed the outdoor-market vibe. Definitely on the loud side. The meal was delicious; every dish was executed very well. I look forward to dining here again.

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
1.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

I reserved this restaurant for my birthday dinner at 4 p.m. on Sunday (1/28/2018) and arrived there on time I showed them the open table reservation on my cell phone with my name, and the lady looked at it and let us sit a table by the fountain. We ordered sangria, mini cocktail, gumbo, crab guacamole with chips, and shrimp and grits.

Food was just ok but not that good as I expected.

At night, I received an email from Open Table, and Nola said that we didn’t show up. What??? I took pictures of food today and have receipt. We are so disappointed with their business mind. I cannot give them a good review.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

We had a great time, and the food was amazing. My only complaint was it was freezing. There is no physical front door, and for some reason they had the back door open and there was a stiff draft running through the place. Once I requested them to shut the door it was better. Ladies, bring a sweater.

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