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“Close to Cajun/Creole, but not exact.”
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Ranked #22 of 379 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Price range: US$30 - US$30
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Good for: Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene
Dining options: After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Hamilton
Transit: CalTrans Palo Alto. And a late night cab stand on the weekends.
Description: Nola will transport you into the heart of the Quarter! Authentic folk art and the largest Hurricanes in town will get you ready for a bayou blowout.
Reviewed December 28, 2016

I have been to New Orleans countless times, so while in the Bay Area on business I thought to give NOLA a try. First off don't expect to feast on succulent fat gulf oysters for 25¢ apiece as you would in New Orleans. Here they are $2.25 each. Nor will you find a traditional Muffalletta like the type invented and served at Central Grocery in NOLA. But what you will find is an attempt at bringing the flavors of NOLA to Palo Alto. The atmosphere within is French Quater centric with wrought iron railings, painted walls and plants filling up the room, very nice touch.There is a pretty good selection of bourbons available and the staff is very attentive. Expect a crowd, dining on a Wednesday evening the place was packed by 9pm. I had the Jambalaya which was excellent, not overcooked in an excellent cajun rouex. You will need to look for the better Cajun meals mixed in with not so NOLA'esq flavors like Ahi Tuna Tacos and Vegan Jambalaya. I guess NOLA feels it needs to cater to those California health diners. They could definitely expand their menu, no one goes to New Orleans with the intent of dining healthy. But again, this is California. Overall we had a great dinner, enjoyed the place and walked out pleased.

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Thank Bob M
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Reviewed December 15, 2016

Great place for cocktails after work and nice atmosphere any time! Feels like an old New Orleans building...and the drinks and food are yummy too.

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Reviewed December 7, 2016

A fun mix of New Orleans spicy and imaginative cocktails. But the decor is what sets it apart. You have stepped into the French Quarter! And the Bayou. Wonderful art and accessories, and a really fun vibe. Noisy, but in a good way. Don't choose this place for a sweet, romantic date night--it's perfect for groups, or for a night when you want to meet people.

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Thank 177jim
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Reviewed November 11, 2016 via mobile

Food and drinks were excellent, but what stole the show for me was their central courtyard that gave a very festive feel! Great decor!

Thank UDCAKC
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Reviewed November 6, 2016 via mobile

Agree with most, this is a fun place especially for groups. Menu is varied but a little limited for vegetarians. Be careful on the spice level. I went medium, and found it too hot. I'm big fan of spicy food, but maybe my inexperience at creole showed. Wowsers. It was hot! Good cocktails too. Liked the sprouts as a starter!

Thank 9to5explorer
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