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NOLA Restaurant, New Orleans, LA

NOLA Restaurant

4.3
4.3
11121 Reviews
$30 and under
Creole
If you are unable to make a reservation online, please call us at (504) 522-6652.

NOLA is chef/restaurateur Emeril Lagasse’s casual eatery in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Open since 1992, the critically-acclaimed restaurant fuses traditional Creole, Acadian and Southern cuisine with global influences. Chef de Cuisine Philip Buccieri works closely with Chef Emeril to create an innovative menu showcasing rustic Louisiana cooking with local ingredients and some ethnic twists. The three-story restaurant features an open-action kitchen, chef’s food bar, and a signature wood-fired brick oven. NOLA was renovated in 2017 and is now open daily serving lunch from 11:30 am - 4:00 pm and dinner from 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm Sunday - Thursday and 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm Friday & Saturday. NOLA also offers a daily happy hour from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Creole, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Cajun

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday - Thursday Lunch & Dinner: 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday - Saturday Lunch & Dinner: 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Happy Hour: Daily 4:00pm - 6:00pm

  • Phone number

    (504) 522-6652

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Philip Buccieri

  • Private party facilities

    Customize your private party with exquisite food, wine and service.

  • Private party contact

    Meredith Sabol : (504) 522-6652

  • Neighborhood

    French Quarter

  • Cross street

    Chartres Street

  • Parking details

    Validated parking at Omni Hotel on Chartres Street between St. Louis Street & Toulouse Street

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 11,121 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came from out of town for a friends bday and was blow way by the food for the cost. Our server was amazing. We were a troublesome party due to lack of planning on some of our party’s planning and the servers took it very gracefully and didn’t skip a beat. Coming from a culinary background, I really appreciated it. And the oyster special was out of this world. Thanks to the NOLA staff.
  2. HB

    HeatherB

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food and service was great. Noise level very high. Felt like we were eating at a bar.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Service was incompetent and rude. Threw menus down on the table, and were so quick to take plates they dropped utensils multiple times. Tried to push drinks, and if you didn’t order any, then they basically barely came to your table ever again. Extremely unorganized, and wait staff were constantly bumping into each other or yelling across the room at each other. So loud, weird and odd atmosphere. Overall, 0 out of 5 stars. There are so many better established places to spend your time and money in New Orleans.
  4. DR

    DanR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall a good experience...some items are overpriced, but you expect that going in
  5. AL

    AllisonL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    It was just way too loud in the place and it was impossible to carry on a conversation
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my top 5 in Nola . Always a delightful !!!
  7. R

    Russ

    Los Angeles

    97 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I don't like cornbread, but my wife ordered it...to me it didn't taste like cornbread...it tasted very good. I ordered the gumbo...my wife ended up eating half of that and would have eaten more if I had let her. The appetizers were followed by Fish Creole and the Garlic Drum fish. Everything was hot, tasty and fork cuttable. This is an Emeril restaurant and showed that it was worthy of when he was the Chef at the Commander's Palace.
  8. KA

    KarenA

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Boudin Balls and the cocktail was delicious! Our server was perfect - very attentive and had a great wine pairing recommendation. We will definitely come back.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After a long day at work, NOLA is a great place to come to for meals prepared “better” than your mom’s homemade dishes!! They are made with love ❤️ & I enjoy the atmosphere & group working as 1 unit!!
  10. AK

    AlanK

    Las Vegas

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    I was looking forward to dine at NOLA and had a poor experience
  11. SC

    SC22

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we ate was excellent. Shrimp salad special grouper special. Garlic encrusted fish. All amazing. We will tell everyone going to New Orleans to visit NOLA
  12. T

    Traveler

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great selection GreAt location As in most all Restaurants in the French quarter.... cleanliness is not the top priority
  13. KS

    KatyS

    New Orleans

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    The hostess that we checked in with (aarived about 5-10 min early) told us to sit in the bar area. We Sat there, no one offered us a drink, menu or etc. After our reservation time another hostess came over & asked if we woukd be ordering. We said yes, we were waiting for our table. She loudly & rudely said well thus table is for dining customers & we would need do move to a stool aling the bar itself. Mind you there were numerous tables open throughout the restaurant. We woukd gladly stayed where we were even, if someone had even acknowledged us. Long story short we were seated at our table, well after our reservation time, we sat waiting for anything from water, food, bill etc. This is my second time dining here. The food was blah, pasta stuck together, pizza overcooked, salad with dressing sittinf in the center, bartender blowing her nose behund the bar, throwinf bottles into trash with a crash. Overall it did not live up to what I would expect the owners expected standards woukd be.
  14. M

    Martin

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall2food5service5ambience3
    Hostess checked us in then ignored us for 15 minutes. Really bad first impression. We had a counter reservation but there was no one seated there so why would they not seat us or communicate? No excuse for poor communication . Lazy service at the hostess stand
  15. WG

    WayneG

    Kansas City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Casual environment, incredible flavor! The Apps, entrees, and desserts were all wonderful.
  16. KS

    KellyS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    We visited as a group of 8 on a trip from out of town. We made a reservation for 9:00 pm and were sat by 9:10. We were seated by the door so it was a bit cold when it opened but not much anyone can do about that! The problem came when our food took a long time to come out, and then 7 of us got our meals and the 8th persons didn’t come out right away. The first 7 meals arrived cold, and then it was a good 15 minutes before the last person got their meal (a pretty long time when everyone else has their food), and it was piping hot. We suspect there was a mix up in the kitchen and they held our meals for as long as possible (hence why they were cold) and finally brought them out while still waiting for the last meal. It would have been fine had they just been honest about it, but they claimed they had no idea why the last meal was taking so long when we twice inquired about when it would be out. They didn’t offer to remove it from the bill, but then again we didn’t ask either because it likely wasn’t the servers fault and didn’t want to make a big deal of it. The food was very good, just cold. Overall a mediocre experience, and they could definitely work on improving service!
  17. AS

    AlishaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and excellent wait staff! Staff was very attentive and professional. The drinks were great, and the food was excellent.
  18. GS

    GregoryS

    Pittsburgh

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came her 2 times in 3 days when we were in New Orleans. Great food at a great price with great service
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous meal and felt really taken care of as I had flowers delivered that they had ready at our table to celebrate our engagement. Great food and great service.
  20. BB

    BarryBe

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Good but not great.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience. Really enjoyed the counter seating. Food was outstanding. That was the best pork chop I’ve ever had in my entire life!
  22. BR

    BryonR

    New Orleans

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Overall very nice
  23. F

    Foodie

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    I expected to be blown away. The food was as good as mine at home. I expected more from Emeril. He needs to throw a little more bam into his recipes. I was underwhelmed. The service from the waite staff was stellar. They couldn't do enough for you.
  24. CF

    CaroleF

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and food, and menu with interesting selections. The noise level in the restaurant was so high that we had difficulty carrying on a conversation at the table.
  25. RL

    RobertL

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and excellent casual service
  26. LD

    LisaD

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The food was ok for the price. I did expect more than a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream as I was celebrating a birthday but the food thing is I don’t have to go back.
  27. GS

    GregoryS

    Pittsburgh

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was over the top. Great service. Was very clean. Liked it so much were going back a second time for this trip
  28. LL

    LoveLieska

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Gator is delicious ! Best way to end our Nola trip <3
  29. C

    Carleton

    New England

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Loved this restaurant 20 years ago. Nothing like it was.
  30. DM

    DanM

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best no matter how many times we go. They pay attention to detail
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service we're phenomenal! Very efficient but not rushed. We will definitely return on our next trip to New Orleans. The only negative was from me, the tea drinker. The hot tea was pressed in a stainless container that must have had coffee in it before so it left a bit of coffee taste. My husband says I'm picky but I don't care for coffee so I don't want my tea to taste like it.
  32. J

    John

    San Diego

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent crest food choices. Great service by all who took care of our table
  33. P

    Photographer

    Charlotte

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    We sat upstairs in a room that looked like a hotel conference room. The lights were bright for dinner which they did eventually dim while we were dining. The air conditioning blew cold air on us the whole meal. My husband ate with his jacket on and I was cold with my sweater. The food and the service were both good.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time. The service was FANTASTIC. Our waiter was amazingly honest which I highly respect in a fine dining experience. I asked him about three different things on the menu. He got a quarter out and we did a coin flip. He said you can’t go wrong with any of them. He was right I’m glad heads won. Without bad mouthing other restaurants he told us some great reviews of what he thought for other alternatives later in our stay based on what we were looking for. I am not a local but I frequent New Orleans often and will certainly be back.
  35. TR

    TracyeR

    Dallas

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Our main waiter was very busy and not to attentive to us. The food was just ok.
  36. BJ

    BobboJ

    Exclusive

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall4food3service2ambience5
    The BBQ shrimp are worth the mediocrity you get from visiting this once great restaurant. It is a shame this is what it has turned into. The oyster loaf is on a bun that NO REAL CHEF would ever serve to a guest they care about. It was huge, not good, too big to eat, and did a terrible disservice to the delicious fried oysters. Why not at least toast the damn thing? Avoid this dish. My friend had the shrimp and grits, with cold grits. I never understand why I get inattentive service when the restaurant is not crowded. 'Why do my finished plates sit in front of me still?', I wondered. They need to train their servers that they are in NOLA and NOLA servers are some of the best. Pay attention or go home. Go get the BBQ Shrimp, and leave. You're now in the know. IF you adhere to this, you'll leave very happy. The sauce served in this dish is world class.
  37. IT

    IikeToeatOUTaLOT

    New Orleans

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Food was cold but pizza taste great!!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    This is my 5th time eating here. Had this been my first, there would not have been a second time. Food was sub par. Service was nonexistant. 5 of 6 entrees were room temp. 3 were so bad they got sent back. Table next to us came in about 5 mins after us and finished entrees 10 mins before we got ours. Waitress, we thought left. Waiter who helped out did all he could, and he did it very well, but the damage was done. Cream Brulee desert was something out of a gas station refrigerator section. I don't know what has changed since last Feb, or if we just hit a really bad night, but there will not be a 6th visit. This review and a low tip, on food only will say just how bad it was. We were about 5 .minutes away from asking for manager, but did not feel like waiting any longer for something we asked for!
  39. T

    Teresa

    Denver

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent. We had shrimp and grits as well as the drum and the flavors were amazing. The cocktails were good but maybe a little light on the alcohol. The only negative was it took a while for our food and we were rushing to a ghost tour so had to eat in 20 min. Overall we loved the restaurant and will definitely return.
  40. JV

    JillV

    Denver

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I last visited 20 years ago and loved this restaurant. We saw it on Open Table, made reservations and were impressed! Great food and service. I will be back!

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NOLA Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 11121 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Chartres Street

  • Neighborhood

    French Quarter

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday - Thursday Lunch & Dinner: 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday - Saturday Lunch & Dinner: 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Happy Hour: Daily 4:00pm - 6:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Creole, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Cajun

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Validated parking at Omni Hotel on Chartres Street between St. Louis Street & Toulouse Street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Philip Buccieri

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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