534 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA | Directions 7013029.955587 -90.064921
Neighborhoods: French Quarter, French Quarter - CBD
"Water Bugs" inside restaurant ruin the meal – I visited NOLA in mid-August. The food was surprisingly mediocre, and what slight enjoyment we derived from it was spoiled by waterbugs, otherwise know as COCKROACHES inside the restaurant. One was acceptable to me, but when another one scrambled over my friend's foot (and yes, we saw it) we paid the bill and left. My friends were a tad dramatic about the whole affair, but hey who wants giant bugs around them while they eat an expensive meal?
All I can say is that at least they didn't fly . . . .
NOLA is a NO! NO! – Best thing about NOLA - decor and atmosphere.
Worst thing about NOLA - High prices/tiny portions.
Mediocre thing about NOLA - food
Amazing thing about NOLA - how many wait staff it takes to serve those tiny portions.
Annoying thing about NOLA - constant interruptions by wait staff while we were trying to have dinner.
Don't let yourself be sucked in by the classy appearance and by the Emeril name - resist with all that is within you or prepare for disappointment!
Very Very dissappointed – I was pretty excited about eating at NOLA since my wife and I stumbled upon it while walking around the French Quarter. We noticed they had a special menu for mothers day that night, but we were too late to sit down. So, we made plans to make reservations for the next day.
The next night, we were thrilled to find out that they still had the "special" quiche from the previous days menu. However, when we received it, we quickly noticed that it REALLY WAS from the previous day. The serving size was sooo tiny that just two bites and we were just over halfway through. I commented to the waiter that it tasted like rubber, but I did not expect a comp nor was I going to fight for one. I figured the filet mignon I ordered was a sure thing.
Well, the steak was really more of a 4 oz medallion... there were four tiny pieces of potato. Im not kidding.. the four pieces wouldn't have added up to a half of one potato. The walnut topping was half of one walnut cut in two. Truly pathetic for $38 plus tax.
I've eaten at several gourmet restaurants around the country, so I did not expect an enourmous meal like you would get at a chain restaurant... but a 4 oz steak and a few pieces of potato?! A child would have trouble getting full with that!
Easily my worst experience in 3 trips and several dines in the city of New Orleans. If you want to pay a hefty price for decent cooking and tiny portions..this is your place. There are sooooo many other options in wonderful New Orleans. You usually can't go wrong.
Great Service – We had the gumbo of the day - braised pork, sausage with black eyed peas - and for dinner, the shrimp and grits. These dishes were by far the best I have ever tasted! The gumbo was unusual, but awesome. We also ordered fried oysters, and they were great as well; fried perfectly so you could still taste them.
Service was excellent. I noticed the reviews stated bad service, but my water was refilled without ever having to ask, our plates came out hot and even @ the same time, and the waiter was knowledgeable and helpful to a tourist like us!
Only con was the seating was a bit cramped in the section we were in. We could overhear the tables next to us perfectly, and the couple next to us even started talking to us. The restaurant is large, so just ask to sit at a good spot if other are available to avoid this...
Favorite restaurant in New Orleans – Went for lunch on a Friday. Contrary to many reviews, the atmosphere to include the lack of excessive noise was perfect. Well attended to by three staffers. Stuffed deboned chicken wings to start were great. Jalapeno corn bread moist and nicely flavored. Wife had the boneless fried chicken and it was awesome. Breading crisp while chicken still moist. She didn't want the side dishes that accompanied her dish and they gladly brought her other sides to include the house "mac and cheese" and honey baked white beans both of which are must haves. I had the "shrimp and grits" and it was spectacular. 1/2 dozen large shrimp with a great flavor and the perfect level of doneness. Creamy grits with a nice texture and a delicious butter sauce. We lived in New Orleans for 8 years and have been to all the Brennan's family restaurants and the other Emeril's restaurants as well as the renowned Bayona and Brightsen's. This was the most enjoyable meal I've had at any of them. Comfortable atmosphere, great service, wonderful food and for a cheapskate I felt the meal was well worth every penny.
So, So – So we were looking for somewhere cheap to dine at for lunch today. After spending at least $100.00 everywhere else we went. We chose NOLA, because well.. Its Emeril's restaurant. We were seated by the manager. It took a while for a real waiter to come serve us. We ordered our drinks, and after 20 minutes or longer we were served a choice of bread. I ordered the brisket at lunch and my mom ordered the pulled pork sandwich. My meat was good, albeit the sauce on the barbecue was a bit sweet. I liked how the servers were synchronized at putting things down on your table at the same time. I thought the gumbo and crab cake were delicious. Our servers would disappear for long periods of time and we would be trying to flag them down. When NOLA went South was when we received our desserts. I had the banana pudding cake, which was great. And my mom had the ooey gooey cake. I tasted some of hers and immediately noticed I could not swallow the bite I took. I discovered a medium sized dark hair in the cake. After that my mom refused to eat it and when we told the server he didn't talk long enough when he asked if he could replace it, so she said no. She was angry b/c she felt he could have given her another cake instead of assuming she wanted it comped. I'd expect better from Emeril's.
Major Disappointment – Ate at Nola expecting bold flavors and cajun kick. My food was bland and under seasoned. My friend's was salted to the point she could not taste the meat. It was probably the worst meal I ate in New Orleans.
Much more disappointing, however, was the service. There was a HAIR in my friend's drink and, though it was taken off the bill, she was not apologized to nor given a replacement.
I will never dine there again and recommend you do not either.
BAMM BAMM BAMMMMM – this was our first rest for dinner on our first eve in good ol' NAWLINS!
The best thing was that this was open till 10:00 pm GOOD GOD every one closes at 9:00 pm on a Fri!!
The ambiance was very nice and the service was great! I had the special crab cake that was to die for and my B-F had the salad with feta cheese that was nice as well. I ordered the fish of the day (ehhh it was OK) he ordered the steak and potatoes with was AMAZING!! Wine list was great as well they had a great list for the food that was being served. It was cozy and lively as well. We didnt get to try a dessert due to the fact that we had a OVER SWEET BREAD PUDDING AT ANOTHER PLACE>>>
But all in all yep this one was a great great experiance!!
The Price Point was great as well for the amount of food you got.
Terrible Food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – My boyfriend and I went to NOLA as a friend of mine recommended it.. We absolutely did not like the food..
Instead of ordering appetizer and an entry, we decided to just get few appetizers and share... that we can try few different things.. So, first of, I asked the waiter how many we would need to fill up and he said at least 6. We ordered 5. We ordered chicken wings that were stuffed and some people rave about them, they were not good at all...first of all, they were all burned on the outsde and the inside which consisted of shrimp and pork was tasteless.. then we got oysters and crabs that were baked..this dish was ok..and then came the crab cake and the foe gras..wow..I could not believe it was that bas.. Crab cake had a hard shell which it should not.. on top it had an eggplant puree which was mostly made of garlick.. it took me houuuuuuuurs to get the traste out of my mouth and then comes the best part.. it was so over salted that even I could not eat...and I put salt on everything.. The foe grass was deep fried with very salty onions and spinach on the side which were also very oily...The duck confilt pizza which supposedly had truffle oil on it...was also baaaaaaaad. Piece of bread with some duck on it.. no cheese or sause or truffle oil for that matter.
It was the worst meal I ever had.. Save your money, to to Peristyle...great restaurant with unbelievable food and impecable service....
I love You Emeril!!!!! Great place – I love you Emeril! We came into town for the NBA All-Star week end. The streets were blocked off and the police were nice enough to let me through to get to this great spot. I had the Shrimp and Grits and all I can say is WOW! I started off with the Smoke Salmon salad /w Caviar and a glass of Emeril?s Chardonnay. The dessert was a nice slice of Banana pudding Cake. The service was a perfect 10. Places like this make New Orleans memorable. I will be back!!!!
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