Nola Restaurant & Bar
535 Ramona St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Nola - Palo Alto
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Southern, Soul, Brew Pubs, Caterers, Family Style, Mexican, American, Latin American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Above Average
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12/17/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Nola is a place I can always reliably fall back on. Great burgers, ahi tuna tacos, and fabulous mojitos! Appetizers are filling and good and dessert is standard yum. The scene is loud Thurs-Sat night but quieter other days and John, the bartender, is great. Service is good and prices are reasonable. Great music on weekend nights though it's crowded with the single scene.
09/05/2007Provided by Citysearch -
This is the best New Orleans style food I've had outside the South. It's fresh and authentic and has a real blend of flavors: they don't cook stuff until it's all mushed into one flavor; rather, you can taste multiple different subtle (and, depending on the dish, not-so-subtle) flavors in each bite.
It's usually crowded and noisy. The servers are sometimes overworked: they're always on the go and I never see them lazing around, but it's still sometimes hard to get drink refills and so on.
I should make it clear that I'm a certified old fuddy-duddy and like to converse over dinner. For some young single folks the noise might be part of the excitement.
If you're looking for New Orleans-style food, this is the place to go.
12/16/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Ok so I'm in Palo Alto with some friends and were looking for a place to eat and grab a few drinks. Our cab driver recommended Nola's after the normal questions about the establishment it self we told the driver to go ahead and drop us off there. It was beyond charming. Having never really tried Caribbean food before we were pleasantly surprised. The food was excellent. The drinks were exceptional and the service was great. It was a little on the pricey side but we expected that as Palo Alto is pricey to say the least. So I will rate it a seven out of ten. I will more than likely return and I know one of my friends has a couple times since then to chat up the bar tender that was there that night.
08/02/2006Provided by Citysearch -
There's only two things wrong with Nola. First problem is the crowds - Friday and Saturday is rowdy and packed - and the second is the manufactured atmosphere. It's got a certain Chili's vibe across the board - New Orleans isn't this clean and pleasant.
Once you get past all that, Nola's is a hopping joint with amusing food and good drinks. I like the steak po'boy, great marinade on a bun. It's the livelest place in Palo Alto, and you'll have fun yelling over the 20 somethings.
02/19/2006Provided by Citysearch -
We were looking for a family friendly place where we could enjoy ourselves too and have found it. It doesn't look like it at first glance but they have a kids menu which comes with Shirley Temples and ice cream sundaes. The kids are happy. The food & drinks are excellent and the service superb. We've been seated promptly both times we've gone without reservations. I would recommend it to everyone - young, old, hip, not so hip with kids, etc.
01/27/2006Provided by Citysearch -
the scene and ambiance is great at this off-university drive restaurant/bar. however, the food tastes nothing like cajun/creole food, and the menu has such misnomers as ""gulf prawn"". if you are looking for cajun food, this is not the place. if you are looking for a nice drink in a great location, this is the place.