Cafe Nola

(206) 842-3822 | View Website

101 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Isle, WA | Directions   98110

47.624857 -122.520978

 
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More Cuisine: Eclectic & International

Price: $$

Tags: Brunch, Outdoor Dining, Romantic Dining

Payment Methods: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

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Cafe Nola
Cafe Nola
Cafe Nola
Cafe Nola
Menu
Calamari, Penn Cove Mussels, Pan Roasted Meatballs, Black Pepper Shrimp, Char-Grilled Oysters, Hummus Plate, Bacon Wrapped Dates, Sweet Corn & Crab Soup, Truffle Cheese Fries, Caesar Salad... more

Reviews for Cafe Nola

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

The only place to get a "NICE" dinner in town. – This place is beautiful. Lemon yellow walls, soft jazz, dark stained furniture, and a high-end casual vibe throughout. Brunch favorite is crab cake benedict, Lunch favorite is the roasted vegetable foccacia sandwich with HUGE steak fries, and at dinner, tortilla crab salad or pan seared scallops. If you come for one thing only, ever in your life, make SURE its the white chocolate caramel bread pudding. So good. The chefs know what they're doing and the servers make you feel right at home. A bit pricey, but totally worth it.

Recommends
over a year ago

Global cuisine highlighting seasonal ingredients is the trademark of this pretty little cafe. – The Scene
Combining casual island life with modern cuisine, this small cafe turns out fare worth a ferry ride. Frequent menu changes balance out neighborhood favorites, making it a mecca for foodies and a family hangout for those lucky enough to call Bainbridge home.

The Food
Roasted tomato-goat cheese bruschetta and pig skewers with mango chutney, as well as a curried lamb barley soup, are admirable appetizers. Roasted pork with garlic-flavored mashed potatoes earn solid comfort-food status, especially when accompanied by a mushroom-laden demiglace. Pan-seared scallops rest plumply on tasty grits cakes and benefit from an ample moat of bright roasted-pepper sauce. Even better is a dense bittersweet-chocolate "pudding" topped with soft whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Understated Elegance with a Flair! – A most delightful experience awaited us on our lunch visit to Cafe Nola on Labor Day. From the polished wine glasses and cutlery to the inviting daily menu, we immediately felt right at home. A warm ambience and soft music from a bygone era complimented our server's welcome. Elegant accents such as serving bread from a bread basket do not go unnoticed. I was also appreciative of the white linen used to tidy the neck of the bottle of red wine we selected to compliment our lunch. The eggplant parmigiana was a pleasant surprise and the lightly grilled bread that accompanied it was perfectly toasted. A fragrant garlic pasta accompanied the entree. Extra virgin olive oil adorned every table. The booth we were seated in was rather non descript, however it was comfortable and private, and soon forgotten over the warm bread pudding dessert and tawny port. The dessert plate was artistically dressed and well received.

A thoroughly enjoyable experience. I will return again, the experience is unparallelled and most uncommon in this day of generic restaurant offerings...

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

perfection! – my husband and i visited cafe nola last night to celebrate our 2 year wedding anniversary. everything was impeccable - our adorable table on the patio, the most delicious food exquisitely prepared and presented (go now, you MUST have the gazpacho!!), and a relaxed atmosphere we were happy to sit, sip some wine, and forget about our busy city lives. we go to the all the top boutique seattle restaurants (lark, harvest vine, zoe) and cafe nola is one of our favorites.

it was the perfect end to a day spent on charming bainbridge island thank you cafe nola!

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Good food, pleasant service – Had an enjoyable dinner at Nola. I've been to this place a number of times and have always had a good experience. Tonight had the Rib-eye, excellent, if a tad on the rare side. Truffle mash potatoes are good, and the creme brule was very nice. They have a selection of half-bottles of wine. Always a good excuse for a ferry ride from Seattle.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

GREAT OUTDOOR DINING GREAT FOOD GREAT LOCATION – iM NOT SURE WHAT THE OTHER REVIEWS ARE TALKING ABOUT!! I have been to this place several times lunch, brunch, and dinner. The food is outstanding! The service is young but fun and honest. Im sure it is hard to find professional service staff members on an island so I think people should give them some slack. There is a professional waiter who I think must work all the time because every time we go there for dinner he is there and we have found him there during lunch also. We live in Seattle and take the boat over to enjoy this place at least 1 or twice a month. The menu changes frequently and we do try new things every time. It has had great reviews from Sunset magazine to Seattle Weekly and Seattle Times. We have been there when it is slow and when it was packed and the food tasted and looked great as always. Im not sure what is up with City Search reviewers because I think it is an insult to get reviews like that from these people. Maybe it is a conspiracy of sorts because it really does not ring true. The scallop dish is so unique and it has been written about by food professionals as being one of the most innovative dishes ever. The back room is great for private parties as we had a party of 14 there this last Winter and we were very pleased. Everyone in our party ( from out of town ) we very impressed. Please give this place a try. It has been operating for over 6 years and very busy so it is hard to ignore those facts. Yes the Bread Pudding is great. My wife and I ordered a whole one for a private function in Bellevue and every one said it was the best ever. As far as prices are concerned it is no more expensive than other restaurants in the city that we pass on because when we get on that boat for a short 35 min ride we feel as though were getting away. We sometimes order dessert to-go with a couple of plastic forks and sit on top of the boat and watch the sun set as we enjoy it. So if you want to have an experience woth talking about... GO TO THIS PLACE IT ROCKS

Our favorite place.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

NOT as good as I'd hoped – After a disappointing dinner, I decided to try Nola again, this time for lunch--I was disappointed again. On both occasions, the food was mediocre at best. The menu was pretentious, yet the meals were not well prepared. Why chefs sometimes feel the need to channel the spirits of 80's haute cuisine without bothering to master basic cooking technique is beyond me. Well prepared, simple, rustic food would have been so much more satisfying and appropriate. In addition, service was, at the same time, both ingratiating and absent. I wanted to enjoy this place, but I won't be back. How sad.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Not What We Expected! – We stopped there recently after reading in United's "Three Perfect Days in Seattle". It was very disappointing. The food was pricey, service mediocare, and most important food below average. I ordered pork loan, which was recommended by the waiter and it was dry, portions small and not very good. My wife ordered the steak salad, and it was over seasoned with pepper and almost unedible. The best item was the bread pudding!! I would recommend staying away from this place.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

mixed... – Nola's is a step-up for dining on Bainbridge, but falls way short of being a "real find." We found the service to be pleasant, but not very professional. The menu sounds good, but the large portions did not compensate for utterly tasteless crostini with white beans or scallops atop mashed potatoes. Things were haphazard overall; we can eat much better at home!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Only a ferry ride away... – i've been here twice: the first time, i sat outside and the second time, i sat inside. both are charming ways to enjoy a meal at this delightful restaurant. they have a terrific brunch menu. their weekday lunch menu is also good. the decor matches their service, i.e., it's warm and inviting. if you do sit inside, ask for a table in the back where there's a partial view of the marina and whimsical paintings on the wall.

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