344 El Camino Real, San Carlos, CA | Directions 9407037.509850 -122.263656
Sunday Closed Monday - Thursday 11:30-2:00 5:30-9:30 Friday 11:30-2:00 5:30-10:00 Saturday 5:00-10:00
Neighborhoods: San Carlos
I was born and raised in New Orleans Louisiana and I’m not a youngster. I lived from one end to the other end of Southern Louisiana through out my life. I speak Cajun French fluently. I was hanging out with some of my friends and they mention this restaurant that served Louisiana food that suppose to taste really good so I had to check it out. The second week of August I went to Creola web page and read the complete history and reviews that they posted about themselves also to see if reservations were necessary. The site said nothing about needing a reservation, not one word. I told my girlfriend we were going out to dinner she wanted to know were I told her it was a surprise. We drove 34 miles one way. We arrived at the restaurant about 4:15 pm on a Saturday. We were first meet by a young lady somewhere in her late 20’s early 30’s she looked to be of a European descent. The first thing she said “do you have a reservation” I told her there was nothing mention about needing a reservation. I look around the complete restaurant there were about 20 tables and only three were occupied. She said “I have one table but I need it back by 7:00 o’clock” she waited again and said “I have one other table but I need it back by 7:30. So she seats us at the table that she said she needed back by 7:30. All the other servers at this restaurant were great and we had no problems with them. The server’s were from European descents possible from France I don’t know, none were originally from Louisiana. You are not able to see into the kitchen. While waiting for the food to come out a couple were being seated by the same young lady she went to a table and the couple stopped at a different table and they said that they wanted to be seated at this table and not at the one she was showing. The young lady said ok, and the couple was seated at that table. What happen to the tables that had to be given to special people with no reservations? Can you tell me what’s wrong with that picture? I order $118.00 of food that included two drinks. The original New Orleans Hurricane Drink is a dark red in color not a light pink. My girlfriend order a large Gumbo she tried one spoon and she pushed it away I asked her what’s wrong she said that’s not gumbo. I tried it; it was some kind of roux with vegetables and lots of seasoning not like any gumbo I’ve every tasted before. Bottom line get rid of the girl that greets your guest and get somebody that is really from Southern Louisiana to do your cooking and not somebody from a Culinary School. One more thing, just because you’re from Louisiana doesn’t mean you can cook. Lots of people from New Orleans can’t cook all that well. Most folks from Northern Louisiana can cook breakfast and nothing else. If you’re looking for good Cajun cooking Cerola is not it, you need to go around Lafayette Louisiana and the surrounding areas.
Exceptional food, GREAT service – My family have visited Creola at least a dozen times now. The flavors are distinct and the food nicely presented. They even served my young son fried pickles (not on their menu) after he returned from New Orleans and metioned how good they were! Exceptional service!!
Best Bread Pudding Ever – Really nice quiet place. Awesome food, even better desserts
Great food at great prices. – This place has the best Gumbo I've ever tasted. Monday's are Mardi Gras Madness where you can get a four-course meal for $25 (Appetizer, Soup or Salad, Entree & Dessert), What a Deal!!!! They have items on the menu for the folks who don't like spicy food too. A can't miss!!! Try it you'll like it.
Wonderful experience! – Excellent atmosphere, service and food. Crawfish, alligator and soft shell crab were especially good. Doing the CreoLa combination allows you to add soup, salad and desert to entree' for only $13. Make sure you get the beignets and chicory coffee. Food was absolutely fantastic! I'm just visiting and staying by the SF Airport and it was very easy to find - only 10 miles from SFO and easy to get to using 101. HIghly recommended!
Good food but the ambiance was just ok... – I took three freinds visiting from out of town here for dinner. I thought that the staff was very nice and the food was really good. The only negative thing that I would say is that it's not exactly the best looking place. It's really understated, made to look like a southern home (I guess). I was hopeing it would look a little more upscale or modern. I probably wouldn't take visiting guest here again BUT if you are looking for a good casual dinner this is the place!
It rocks! – Great cajun alifornia menu. The chef/owner is knowledgable and a gentleman. The food is top-shelf....the Ahi is my favorite and the bread pudding is some of the best in the west. Good wine menu, friendly staff.
Best Filet Mignon on the Peninsula – This is one of my favorite restaurants of all time - and I don't even eat seafood!! The salads are always fabulous and the filet mignon is by far the best I've found on the Peninsula. The service is always great and the wine list is reasonable and offers a substantial variety. The owner is very nice and sometimes comes by your table just to say hello and ask if everything is okay. It can get crowded and you should definitely have reservations. It's a great place for a romantic dinner for two, but I also go their with my parents.
Editorial Review – Intimate Creole restaurant serves regional seafood specialties like crawfish Etouffee, shrimp gumbo and catfish; beignets and bread pudding for dessert.
Delicious Food – Although I am no expert in Cajun food, I found the food here wonderful. The Crawfish Etouffee is my favorite, and I usually get this as an entree by itself (the menu has it as a combo). I also recommend going the route of adding soup, salad and dessert. The bisque and bread pudding are a must, and the bluenote salad is yummy. I have had several of their specials (lambchops, heirloom tomoto salad) and they have been excellent. The staff is friendly, the dining area is small, but the space between tables is comfortable. Definitely a nice place for a dinner date, or just to have good food with friends.
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