Nola's - Clinton

4.6
158 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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About

Nola's sits on the Village Green in historic Clinton, NY. Recently renovated, we now offer a Chef's bar in addition to regular table and bar seating. Our sharing menu features small plates centered around delicious cheeses and are prepared barside. Our kitchen menu includes pastas for tasting or sharing as well as our classics like Steak Nick, Chicken Nola and Nola Burger.

You'll enjoy our lively dining area and relaxing lounge, craft cocktails and beer, carefully curated wine list and friendly people.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Tue–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(315) 853-3052
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Janssen Fay
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
College St
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Parking details
Street parking is also available.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
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4.6based on all time ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value!

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T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service, delicious fresh and flavorful food, accommodating to special requests and chefs that care!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service is very good, and consistent.

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Nola's ! The food is consistently interesting and appetizing. The ambiance is inviting and everyone from the chef down to the bus-staff is pleasant. Thank you Nola's!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish everything was perfect! Reservation was for 7:45 but they were able to seat us early. Save room for dessert!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time visiting Nolas. Food ..service .. were excellent .Will definately be back ..Live music ever ?

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DP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a Saturday lunch - which they serve in the Annex. Reviews were positive and the place met the expectations. The place is a cross between pub (menu) and fine dining. Everything (burger, sandwich, soup and salad) was done very well with nice touches. Can't wait to go back.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nola’s is a great gem in Clinton!! The food never disappoints and the atmosphere is top notch!!! Looking forward to my next visit!!

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My daughter and her husband live in Brooklyn where they frequent many exotic and well reviewed restaurants. I️ was surprised that they were so enthusiastic about the food...wine choices .. and esp the ambiance at Nola’s. We arrived just after some large parties had left so we had Jansen’s total attention and he was charming as always. Clinton is lucky to have Nolas.

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with a party of 6. We were seated on time. The staff was friendly and helpful. Love the Reno. Everyone had a great time and the food was excellent. Looking forward to our next dinner there.

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WS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and efficient service, creative menu, sophisticated yet comfortable ambiance. A night to remember.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. Group of friends celebrating a birthday Thurs Dec 14. Friendly and gerat waiter....very attentive but not intrusive. Loved the reno. Very cool. Need to get here more often!

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

My dinner here on Saturday night was terrible. The table that I was placed at was in a corner and the table was entirely too large for the space. The table also was extremely wobbly and was difficult for my husband and I to eat at the same time because the table was shaking. The waitress or hostess really didn't care too much about us and spent a lot of time checking in with every other table except for mine. I think she was rude. Our waitress took about 10 minutes to even greet us. Honestly I would never recommend this place again considering the price. The entire situation was laughable.

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L
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service. I had 1/2 portion of the short rib and truffle lasagna which was delicious! I look forward to dining here again.

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E
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite when I visit my son at college! Love the cider doughnut bread pudding for dessert

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DK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was curious about the recent renovations that had taken place at Nola's. It was very cool, featuring a large Chef's Bar. We had a nice dinner with another couple and everything was great. I think their prices have gone up a bit but you get what you pay for.

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Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Nola’s before they renovated, but love it even more now with a new menu and great atmosphere:)

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very good however, when I made the reservation, I assumed we would be dining in Nola’s, not the annex . When we arrived, on time, we were informed we would be seated in the annex. Since the restaurant had recently been redecorated and there seemed to be plenty of tables available, we would have preferred to eat in the main restaurant. Also in the past I was able to make special requests using open table, didn’t see that option when I made this reservation.

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Acapulco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We split some tapas (yummy crab stuffed shrimp and a tasty artichoke fondue ) between 2 adults and 2 kids. I tucked into pork chop w/brussel sprouts special, wife had the spicy pork w/pappardelle, kid 1 had the steak w/house-made sauce and kid 2 had the shrimp chorizo w/linguine . We thoroughly enjoyed our meals, drinks and dessert. We don't eat out very often so we like to make each meal count. Nola's continues to be a favorite for us!

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sophie was amazing! Food is always beautiful & creative

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AR
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great meal. We all loved our dishes and shared everything because it was all so good. The specials were all perfect ... go quickly for the donut pudding. Once the cider mill closes they take the donut pudding off the menu.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Burrata, meatballs,
Goat cheese app and green goddess
Salad all delish. Good size portion. Both wines were wonderful. Service was friendly and very informative but could have been faster. Drinks took a long time to come and I could see them sitting on the bar. Our food was supposed to be paced and it all came at once. Other than those 2 minor Details would highly reco.

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KM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at Nola’s. The food and drinks were awesome, the new renovations are beautiful, and the service was great despite it being a busy Friday night. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a nice date night or just a nice dinner!

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PS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We live in Clinton and have seen Nola’s go through changes over the years. When we first went the food was not nearly as good as it is now.

The soups are always good. I am a skeptic. I would now try any soup that they would dare to make.

The appetizers delicious. Entrees top notch. Prices have gone up but so has popularity with the restaurant. It is hands down the best restaurant in Clinton.

Our out of town guests rave about the food and the ambience. These are people who are used to big city offerings. We ate the Chef’s bar this last time. The chef’s bar was a good change from what we usually do. He made an appetizer on the house for us that was very tasty.

We have had the same servers over the years and they have stepped up to the new Nola’s image. The service is very attentive.

I have no complaints and only praises. My only concern is that now I will have to make a reservation because they are very popular.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best places in Clinton. The food is consistently very good. The bar area is beautiful and the back tables are cozy. We will always return

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Nola's is always amazing...they never disappoint! We were seated promptly upon arrival and our meal was fantastic. If you are looking for a great dining experience, I recommend taking the short drive to Clinton to check them out.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

All of the food we ordered came out lukewarm. I feel the menu lacked enough options to choose from.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found that the new lay-out, service, menu selections and price all met or exceeded expectations. Typically we go to Nola's two or three times a year, and find it very reliable and convenient.

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Acapulco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming to Nola’s for years. The food is always great and the atmosphere even better. Our server was knowledgeable and helpful. Couldn’t ask for a better dining experience.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A gem of a restaurant in a small town, Nola's might be the only place to go for a nice date. Although the food is a bit more expensive than I would have liked to pay, it's not very unreasonable, and the food is delicious. The atmosphere fits well with the type of restaurant that Nola's is going for, but the music sometimes ruined the ambiance. Also, it's a bit crowded, so if there's one loud group, then the entire room can hear them.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sitting at the Chef’s Bar is a treat, I had a great time and the food was amazing

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Visiting from out of town and was excited to check this place out. Waitress was great - super attentive and helpful. Our meals were just okay but dessert was delicious. Interesting drink choices. We did like the space and the bar was busy.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy dining at Nola's. Chicken Nola and Steak Nicholas are always great as are most of the fish specials. The Short Rib Lasagna that was recently added is also extremely good, albeit very rich. We miss the small salad that used to be on the menu, though. And, although we love the look of the remodeled dining room, it is now almost impossible to carry on a conversation, even in the most "quiet" front table for four that we occupied last Friday. We had to shout to each other to be heard over the din. Some sound deadening additions are definitely needed.
As always, Sophie's attention and service was perfect.

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DL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Lunch was chaotic in the small Annex space with so many people coming in and out and crawling over each other. Great food as always, just wished for a less stressful atmosphere.

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DW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef's bar is a must.

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AR
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going to Nola's for years. They recently closed for a renovation. The new design is terrific and the menu changes strike the perfect balance between their classics and new innovative dishes.

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V
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time at Nola's before a volleyball match at Hamilton. We all enjoyed our meals - salmon, fish fry and shrimp bisque. The noise level was a bit high for most of it because of the popular bar seating at our 6:15 reservation time. But, quieted down before we finished. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves.

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DA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant recently renovated their space and menu options. While I'm happy the 'favorite' entrees remain, I also love the concept of small plate sharing. The expanded seating choices (bar and banquette) are also a refreshing addition. While change can be hard and we loved the 'old' Nola's, this new version is the perfect blend of familiar and fresh -- the focus on local producers, beautifully plated food, and thoughtfully crafted cocktails is clearly apparent and very much appreciated.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was able to bring my husband here for our date night and needless to say, it was amazing! The food was excellent, service was wonderful and so polite.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant setting, very good food and service. But the blaring music is hard to ignore.

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