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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!!”

535 Ramona Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Hamilton

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 328-2722 ext. 7

Website:
http://www.nolas.com/

Catering:
While we do not cater, we are happy to help set up large group to go orders.

Parking Details:
There are two parking garages on our block, with more nearby. There is also ample street parking.

Public Transit:
CalTrans Palo Alto. And a late night cab stand on the weekends.

Executive Chef:
James Vetter

Additional:
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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Private Dining

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

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4.3

service

4.2

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4.4

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4.1

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (42)
Good for Birthdays (36)
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Casual (36)
Good for a Date (34)
Good for Groups (31)
Special Occasion (29)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (25)
Vibrant Bar Scene (25)
Happy Hour (23)
Worth the Drive (23)
Hot Spot (22)
Spicy (19)
Late-night Find (16)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Great for Lunch (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Authentic (14)
Bar Seating (14)
People Watching (13)
Romantic (13)
Great for Brunch (12)
Cozy (11)
Live Sports (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Tapas (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Business Meals (3)
Great Beer (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
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Quick Bite (3)
Scenic View (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vegan (3)
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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·Dined 4 days ago

Loved the food and the ambiance. Everything was great!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: People Watching, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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·Dined 7 days ago

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Business Meals, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Really good food and great ambiance.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Great and unique food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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·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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent food. Slow service on Valentines Day

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Birthday on Valentine’s Day

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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, People Watching, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Hawaii)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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

Tags: People Watching, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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vip
 (El Paso)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Service and food is always incredible!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Live Sports
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 (San Francisco)·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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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Spicy, Late-night Find, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Vegan, Romantic, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly
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 (San Diego)·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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Fun, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Always the best brunch around

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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·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!!

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·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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 (Central Coast)·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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·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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 (Hawaii)·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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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Spicy, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We had the jambalaya and veggie noodles with shrimp. Everything was fresh...and spicy. Delicious. Great service!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

it was a horrible experience. We ordered different dishes and they were both cold when they gave them to us. Mine was eggs Benedict and eggs were cold along with the chicken and bread. My friend chicken and waffles and everything was cold. We informed them and they brought the food back to us and it was still cold. My friend had ordered a gumbo, or something that as an appetizer and they did not bring it until the end of the meal and once again it was cold. How hard is it to cook food and get it to your customer warm/hot. Especially the second time.

I've been to NOLAs several years ago and everything was good. Now I will not go back to that restaurant or recommend to anyone. Actually I will warn about going there and getting lousy food twice in one sitting.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I enjoyed the food and the ambiance of the restaurant overall. My one issue was that my party and I did not get seated until half of a hour after the reserved time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was fantastic and the server we had was very friendly and knowledgeable with the menu. However, the hostess was extremely rude when we asked if our table was ready for our 7:30pm reservation. We arrived very early, 6:30, and checked in, so we went next door for a quick cocktail. Went back to Nola's at 7:25 sharp for our 7:30pm res. and were asked to wait. Then, two different sets of parties of 2 came in and told the hostess that they also had 7:30 reservations and they were promptly seated. When we asked why others with the same party size and reservation time were seated before us after we checked in at 6:30pm, the hostess gave us an attitude and asked us to follow her. She laid the menu's on the table and kept walking as if we weren't even following her to the table. She wouldn't even have known we were behind following her. Extremely rude and immature and frankly if I was ownership wouldn't have her representing Nola's.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Spicy, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was excellent. I was catching up with an old friend enjoying the food we ordered and we were in no hurry to leave. Evidently the waitress was, and at a point later on in the evening the waitress kept coming by asking if we needed the check. Then it was did we want to box our food, then another waiter came by later and asked if we needed a bag for the food. Every time she came to the table it was to ask about something that would get us out the door faster. After it was clear to here that we weren't leaving anytime soon she finally advised that he shift was about to end and asked if she could close out our bill. It put a damper on what otherwise was a nice evening catching up with an old friend.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 20, 2018

They are great with reservations though open table; even for a party of 13. J also had 2 changes which they accommodated.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I enjoyed my chilaquiles with bottomless mimosas, while my husband had the Southern benedict and my daughter had the farmers' scramble. She appreciated the vegetarian options. I wished there were fried oysters on the menu, and could have used one more refill on my mimosa. Overall a great value for the caliber and quantity of food and drink.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Live Sports, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Nola's used to be a favorite, but both the food quality and the service have gone way downhill. Worst was the service. Inattentive and not at all friendly.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

It was totally an strange thing, I booked, then we went 10pm, they said sorry kitchen is closed!!! So we went somewhere else!!😡

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Always a great experience. See detailed review on Yelp under Theresa M. San Carlos.

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