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NOLA Restaurant, New Orleans, LA

NOLA Restaurant

4.3
4.3
11032 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.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Creole, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Cajun
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch & Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • 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
  • Neighbourhood
    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 11,032 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

10,779 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  2. HeatherB

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and service was great. Noise level very high. Felt like we were eating at a bar.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    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.

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  4. DanR

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall a good experience...some items are overpriced, but you expect that going in

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  5. AllisonL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    It was just way too loud in the place and it was impossible to carry on a conversation

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my top 5 in Nola . Always a delightful !!!

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  7. Russ

    Los Angeles

    117 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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  8. KarenA

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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!!

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  10. AlanK

    Las Vegas

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I was looking forward to dine at NOLA and had a poor experience

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  11. SC22

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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

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  12. Traveler

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great selection GreAt location As in most all Restaurants in the French quarter.... cleanliness is not the top priority

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  13. KatyS

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    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.

    1 person found this helpful

  14. Martin

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    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

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  15. WayneG

    Kansas City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Casual environment, incredible flavor! The Apps, entrees, and desserts were all wonderful.

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  16. KellyS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    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!

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  17. AlishaS

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and excellent wait staff! Staff was very attentive and professional. The drinks were great, and the food was excellent.

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  18. GregoryS

    Pittsburgh

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came her 2 times in 3 days when we were in New Orleans. Great food at a great price with great service

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  20. BarryBe

    New York City

    28 reviews

    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Good but not great.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience. Really enjoyed the counter seating. Food was outstanding. That was the best pork chop I’ve ever had in my entire life!

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  22. BryonR

    New Orleans

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall very nice

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  23. Foodie

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    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.

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  24. CF123

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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  25. RobertL

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and excellent casual service

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  26. LisaD

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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  27. GregoryS

    Pittsburgh

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was over the top. Great service. Was very clean. Liked it so much were going back a second time for this trip

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  28. LoveLieska

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Gator is delicious ! Best way to end our Nola trip <3

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  29. Carleton

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Loved this restaurant 20 years ago. Nothing like it was.

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  30. DanM

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always the best no matter how many times we go. They pay attention to detail

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  32. John

    San Diego

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent crest food choices. Great service by all who took care of our table

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  33. Photographer

    Charlotte

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    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.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  35. TracyeR

    Dallas

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Our main waiter was very busy and not to attentive to us. The food was just ok.

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  36. BobboJ

    Exclusive

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  37. IikeToeEatOUTaLOT

    New Orleans

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was cold but pizza taste great!!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    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!

    2 people found this helpful

  39. Teresa

    Denver

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  40. JillV

    Denver

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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FAQs

NOLA Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 11032 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Google Map for NOLA Restaurant

534 Saint Louis Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Chartres Street
  • Neighbourhood
    French Quarter
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch & Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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