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Nola - Palo Alto

535 Ramona St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
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  • Nola - Palo AltoPro 2014
    Owie
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    3 Mar 26, 2014

    Girls' night out so we decided to eat here on a Saturday night. We were seated up stairs where it was out in the open, very nice patio view and the lighting was just right. The food was alright but nothing stood out. We tried a lot of small plates order along with some salad. The food came out at the same time and everything. Too bad it tasted okay, nothing spectacular. The service was very friendly and helpful. I would come back here for a drink, but not so much for the food.

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    3 Nov 15, 2013

    Nola's is our go to spot if we're ever in for a late night treat or dinner.

    They changed their menu on me :(. I like the New Orleans vibe with the southern comfort food.

    The only thing about the bar is not enough seating!

    The $4 dollar bites are awesome!!!!! Enough said.

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    Janson Wigo
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    4 Nov 12, 2013

    Good food but even a better night life. It was a favorite spot of ours back in college. Its usually crowded but not too crowded and has a good selection of beer on tap

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  • Nola - Palo AltoPro 2014
    Travis Katz
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    4 Sep 26, 2013

    Nola gives you a taste of New Orleans on the west coast. It is in a funky old Spanish-style building that wraps around a courtyard with open air balconies and lots of different rooms. The atmosphere is always lively and the food is good. The bar gets pretty crowded on Thursdays and the weekends. Fun place to go out.

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  • Nola - Palo AltoPro 2014
    Kevin Chen
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    3 Sep 13, 2013

    Made reservations for a party of 9, they were very flexible in changing our reservation time. Few of us got there pretty early and hung out at the bar (to see the Giants lose again).

    Anyways, once we were seated, we were led up this staircase; I must say, the restaurant had very much a "Louisiana" or "southern" feel to it. When you enter the restaurant, there's this huge corridor of empty space just to hang out. They ended up giving us a private room which was awesome since the place was pretty packed and noisy for a Tuesday night. Lots of different art hung up on the walls, seemed very 'artsy'.

    Can't really complain about the food. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. I ended up getting the mahi mahi tacos but the fish was cooked a bit dry. Side of mac and cheese was a nice complement.

    Not a bad place to dine in Palo Alto, but don't expect a romantic environment.

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    Makamae Kahawai
    3 Mar 24, 2013

    It seems smaller than it is from the street, but there's a nice patio area and smaller rooms in the back past their front room. Nola's always has great mojito's available as well as a slew of other tasty drinks. It's a great place for large groups and has a really interesting decor that will definitely keep you staring at the walls for a while.

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    Sam Angeli
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    4 Feb 25, 2013

    Very nice food and great service all round from when we walked in, until we left. Great portion sizes, washed down with good beer.

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    Michael Fortune
    4 Aug 07, 2012

    Great place for dates and drinking on the weekend. It has a couple different areas (bar,lounge,restaurant) depending on the occasion. The crowd is pretty young and drinks are decent prices. Nola's can be too crowded on weekends so beware.

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    Ning
    3 Jul 31, 2012

    Great to help me reminisce on Cajun food, but nowhere close to real 'Nawlins taste. Beignets were oily and not very light, with too much powdered sugar.

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    Geng Wang
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Never really ate dinner here, but this place gets pretty busy at night as a bar. Whenever I come home I stop by here, and it seems like everyone of my high school friends have the same idea. It has a really nice outdoor area in the middle and has 2 stories. Expect long lines over the weekends!

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  • Nola - Palo AltoPro 2014
    Spencer Smith
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    NOLA is one of my go-to restaurants. With its two stories, private rooms, and balconies, you can have an indoor and outdoor experience. The jumbalaya is excellent, as is the skirt steak, and it's hard to go wrong with one of their mojitos. Additionally, there's a bar in the front, as well as side rooms with couches for more intimate conversations with friends.

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    Betty N.
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    3 Jul 05, 2012

    The mojitos and hurricanes tasted too "water-down" for my personal taste. I want that sh*t to burn.

    The music was definitely questionable. You would think blues or jazz, right? Guess again. It was banjo boy from The Deliverance. Not feelin' that.

    Thanks Mara for a good party and thanks Nola for the wonderful Grey Goose shots.

    Still 3 stars from me.

    Where's my beads?

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    Drac Wigo
    4 Sep 13, 2013

    The food at nola's is actually really good. It has a great night life scene, and there are a lot of Stanford students there. Nola's is one of the best bars in the university area

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    Thomas Underhill
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    3 Jul 05, 2012

    I came here for a work dinner and it was pretty good food with a good ambience. The best part of the dinner was dessert though - fresh beignets and a variety of dipping sauces.

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    Mira Zaslove
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Big Game? If the Old Pro is packed, head next door to Nola's! My husband and I have gone a couple times, and always enjoyed watching games here. Met up with friendly folks, had some beers, and tasty food. The TV's are nice, and it makes for a fun night.

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    Francisca Blendstrup
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Tasty drinks (try the pomegranate margarita, mojitos) and a relaxing atmosphere in their remodeled lounge.

    I've never been impressed with the food, but have found it to be a fun place for both quiet and busy nights.

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  • Nola - Palo AltoPro 2014
    Eduardo Sasso
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Super nice bar/restaurant in Palo Alto. Gets pretty crowed most of the nights with Stanford students.

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    Gisele Muller
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    4 Sep 13, 2013

    Awesome place for some beers & good food.

    Their menu is pretty creative and the Cajun Con-fusion and small plates will definitely get your attention.

    From the sizes of the beers to the 'super special' birthday dessert, this place has a lot of personality, loved it.

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  • Nola - Palo Alto
    Carla Berti
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    One word- Delish!!! :)
    I went to Nola with a group of friends the other day. The serve was amazing and the food... hummm... so yum!

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  • Nola - Palo Alto
    Veronica Sartori
    3 Jul 04, 2012

    Nola's one of the trendier places that offers a decent nightlife in downtown Palo Alto and is usually full of Stanford students on Friday nights.

    Their drinks are ok but I'm more impressed with their dishes.

    Their second level is quite cozy and makes for a fun ambiance with friends. Out of all the lil joints on Ramona, I think Nola's a good one for a fun outing with friends.

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Get a little taste of New Orleans without having to leave the Bay Area at Nola, a three-story restaurant that always manages to be where the party's at. Sample a mix of cajun, creole and southern cuisine, from gumbo to alligator to crawfish dumplings.

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