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Nola, York, York

Nola

4.7
4.7
1851 Reviews
£26 to £40
Bistro
Housed in the old congregational chapel on Lendal, NOLA is a new Restaurant & Bar styled in a 1920s Art Deco Theme, the upstairs bar and waiting area is decorated in period mirrors and marble. Downstairs is the main restaurant, which has large leather upholstered chairs and easy banquette seating and dark wood panelling.
Our food is a mix of Cajun inspired dishes and tastes from around the globe, served on smaller plates giving the guest a chance to be more adventurous with their choices. The drinks and cocktails menu are designed to complement the extensive food menu.

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2 people

22:00


Booked 27 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Bistro, Creole, Creole / Cajun / Southern
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 12:00–22:00
  • Phone number
    01904 622333
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    York
  • Cross Street
    Judges lodge
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 1,851 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Yorkshire

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Yorkshire

    Hot spot

  • Yorkshire

    Romantic

  • Yorkshire

    Lively

  • North Yorkshire

    Best Ambience

  • North Yorkshire

    Great for creative cocktails

  • North Yorkshire

    Hot spot

  • North Yorkshire

    Romantic

  • North Yorkshire

    Lively

  • North Yorkshire

    Most Booked

1,852 Reviews
  1. Kels

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely beautiful setting and wonderful food - the waitstaff are attentive and lovely

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  2. Ianbftm

    Lancashire

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good quality food,excellent service,nola doesn't dissapoint.

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  3. RachelB

    Lancashire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went on a Tuesday evening for jazz night. Food was excellent and the band very entertaining. Not too loud but more than background music. Will definitely return.

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  4. Cuttsy

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed the early bird meal deal here and 2 for 1 cocktails. The food was excellent and beautifully presented as were the cocktails. Art deco surroundings and attentive staff made for a great pre theatre dinner. Will definitely return and hopefully when the live Jazz is on

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  5. AnnaH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food. Tapas sized portions. Service was excellent. Shout out to the person who made my sazerac. It was amazing. Also to Amy, Ross and Aldo for being so lovely and attentive.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stunning food, great service, definitely go here if you’re in York you won’t regret it.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I would give this restaurant so many more stars if I could. An amazing place to eat good food, drink good wine and unwind in a private space. Incredible evening that started as soon as we walked in until we left. We were sat on the left hand side just as you walk in, the first table if you will and it was so amazing as it was almost like our own private little nook. We are big foodies so the recommended was 2 mains and side each but we opted for 5 mains and a side of chips which we shared between us. The food was absolutely outstanding! We had Scallops, duck spring rolls, calamari, chicken wings, pork belly and chips and everything was just incredible, cannot fault the food whatsoever (or anything for that matter) Our server was incredible, she was attentive but wasn’t constantly coming over which was appreciated as like I said it felt like we had our own private area. Cant remember for the life of me her name but she was young with blonde hair. The music, food, atmosphere was just incredible. We appreciated that the service charge wasn’t automatically added but we definitely added 20% on as it was just faultless. I booked on open table and added that it was my birthday and our waitress came over at the end with a little chocolate pot with a candle and wonderful little birthday card which was such an amazing touch and will definitely be remembered. Thank you for making our night so special. Very much looking forward to returning on our next trip to York.

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  8. Nick

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here. We had a lovely meal and the service was very good. We would definitely go again

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  9. RaffiRoo

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful restaurant with lovely food. Our server (Chester?) was lovely and so helpful and attentive, however our table was far too small for the amount of food ordered along with drinks and we were seated in the main thoroughfare of the restaurant, so not very intimate. Food was also served very quickly and we were in and out fast, whereas I like to linger a bit when I’m out for dinner. We would go again but we would probably ask to be seated elsewhere

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  10. LeeP

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Customer service was exceptional, had an issue with allergens and all the staff went above and beyond in catering for us. Chef even amended some dishes so my wife could eat them. Have been to other city centre venues and it was a case of eat what’s on the menu or go hungry, not here, really provided that extra touch, absolutely brilliant.

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  11. OliverJ

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an absolutely wonderful night at Nola! The food was absolutely incredible (particularly the jambalaya) and the service was perfect

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  12. CaroC

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were excellent, the decor and ambience is so lovely too. I can't wait to go backx

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  13. Michelle

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fabulous place, meal was delicious, absolutely food heaven. The service was excellent and atmosphere was great. We can’t wait to return. Thank you.

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  14. MarkL

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place, lovely food and wine. Great service and atmosphere cannot fault it.

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  15. TJM3

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing from start to finish, one of the best evenings ever. A culinary delight, great jazz by the Alligator Gumbo's, brilliant, attentive staff and of particular note was Adam who made us welcome as soon as we arrived and checked regularly to make sure everything was ok; exceptional service and a real credit to the company.

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  16. ScarlettR

    Buckinghamshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What a hidden gem, if I hadn’t found this restaurant I probably wouldn’t have noticed it, as it has quite a small frontage. The service was possibly some of the best service my partner and I have ever received at a restaurant. The staff were incredibly attentive and very friendly. The food was absolutely delicious! There are a few larger meal options, like the burgers, but most of the food is designed to be eaten tapas style with 2 dishes per person. My partner and I ordered 6 dishes between us, as we hadn’t eaten all day, and that was perfect. The burgers, pork belly, gumbo and beef medallions were real highlights. The cocktails were fantastic, tasty and not watered down. The jazz music was just slightly too loud for my taste but my partner thought it was at the right level, so if you’re a bit more sensitive to noise, I would recommend sitting further away from the live band.

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  17. ZoeT

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my husband to Nola for a birthday meal and it was absolutely wonderful. The restaurant is gorgeous, the food was incredible (especially the gumbo and pork belly) and we loved the live jazz from Alligator Gumbo. The staff were warm and friendly, and went out of their way to ensure we had a great evening. Perfect place for a special occasion!

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  18. RhonaH

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an amazing experience at the Jazz night, couldn’t have been better

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  19. KatyS

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic as always, excellent food and fabulous service

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  20. SuziC

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food. The only problem is they sat 4 of us on a small round table. Bearing in mind the food comes tapas style there was just not enough room for all the plates! Even the waiter said “can you make some room on the table” when he brought more food. No. I cannot magically make the table any bigger. We even sat our wine bottle on the floor. The chocolate martins were amazing 🤩

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  21. Vic26

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve eaten at Nola twice now, seating upstairs. We really do enjoy it and plan to visit again but try the downstairs seating next time.

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  22. HelenE

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food - loved the battered cauliflower. Everything beautifully cooked and delicious. Live music was enjoyable and not too loud even though we were sat close by.

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  23. SusanH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at this venue but came recommended. We were unsure about ordering as recommended 2 mains and side each but ordered 1 main and side each plus 1 main to share and it was enough. I enjoyed the jambalaya and asparagus and my partner the gumbo and French fries ( too many to eat) and the cauliflower dish which we shared and was marvellous. We were upstairs and later we were found a table for the jazz. A wonderful evening and amazed at the bill. Service was great. Thankyou

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  24. LucLi

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    100% recommend this place to anyone. Food was outstanding, drinks were lovely and the mood was great. Lovely staff who were very kind and accommodating to every request. Will definitely be returning!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    London

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great night. The jazz trio were brilliant and it was such a treat to enjoy a dinner with live music.

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  26. KathleenB

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nola is a very pretty looking place. The food was amazing, tasty and more than enough to eat. The staff couldn't do enough for us. I would definitely recommend anyone to go and experience Nola you won't regret it.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    When I booked a table for 7pm on a Tuesday it was to listen to jazz whilst having a meal. The options available on Opentable was high bar or table (no upstairs/downstairs option) so I booked a table. On arrival we were seated upstairs and were told downstairs was full. Nola is not a place you go to for the food, and without the jazz it was a major disappointment and I wish we had gone elsewhere. The staff and service are good but that’s the the best thing about it.
    NolaResponded on 14 February 2024
    Good evening and thank you for the review. The jazz night is always fully booked usually 2/3 weeks in advance. We are a restaurant, the jazz comes after, that's why it's free of charge. Our guests downstairs have simply booked their table for the jazz in advance. Guests booked for downstairs always sit downstairs. On OpenTable it says Upstairs(No Jazz) and Downstairs(Downstairs Live Jazz Tue&Sun8PM-10PM Fri9PM-11PM.) Everything is on our email confirmation. I'm just clarifying how it works, nothing major. Please give us a phone call if you would like to have a quick chat 01904 622333. Have a good rest of the night. Kindest regards, Aldo.

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  28. NicolaD

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing venue with such tasty food, we loved the restaurant. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable. We'll definitely be back to try more dishes. 5*

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  29. ChrisD

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really good service. Food perfect and good value. Will be back.

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  30. jhhyorkshire

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really impressive. Good food, good music and good value too. Definitely worth a visit.

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  31. NatalieS

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful relaxing place with amazing food and atmosphere, the jazz on the Sunday evening was exceptional, my favourite place to attend in York

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  32. SteveSmith

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time to Nola and definitely wont be our last. The décor and feel of Nola were stunning. and all the staff were excellent. The food was some of the best we have ever had! and very reasonably priced.

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  33. NicolaK

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A really lovely experience and vibe to the venue.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were very attentive. It was a lovely atmosphere. We have visited many times and will be back again!

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  35. DianeR

    Lancashire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful place and the food was outstanding. The only thing that let it down was the fact we ordered two chicken burgers and only one was brought out. We advised the waiter and eventually the second arrived but with sweet potato fries which we were then charged extra for - we originally ordered fries. Not a major problem but it did let the service down.

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  36. PamH

    Yorkshire

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff are fabulous very friendly and attentive without being too overbearing. The ambience was good although it is very dark. Food was very good only comment would be that there were 4 of us and we had sharing dishes and it all came at once so going cold before we could eat. Can I suggest you start your bring maybe half the dishes and then the other half after a while to avoid this. Drinks wee fab and the chocolate martini which was recommended to us at a different venue in York was superb. The small dessert and card for to celebrating birthdays was a lovely touch.

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  37. DutchSassy

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff were super friendly, attentive and informative. Food was divine. Band were brilliant. Atmosphere buzzing. Highly recommend.

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  38. RebeccaP

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely food and service but as soon as we walked in we were told they needed the table back by 930. Should have been told this when booking.

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  39. Poppies27

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic from the minute you walk in the door. The ambience of the environment is warm and welcoming The staff are engaging and helpful. The food is good quality, tasty and a great variety on offer. All this and a bit of music to round off the evening.

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  40. LynnM

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at Nola, food was excellent, as was the service from the friendly staff even though the restaurant was packed

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas

FAQs

Nola is rated 4.7 stars by 1851 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

22:00


Booked 27 times today
Google Map for Nola

2A Lendal, York, York YO1 8AA

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Judges lodge
  • Area
    York
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 12:00–22:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Bistro, Creole, Creole / Cajun / Southern
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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