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Nola, York, York

Nola

4.7
4.7
1879 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

19:00


Booked 12 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 1,879 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

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Yorkshire

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Yorkshire

    Hot spot

  • Yorkshire

    Lively

  • North Yorkshire

    Best Ambience

  • North Yorkshire

    Innovative

  • North Yorkshire

    Great for creative cocktails

  • North Yorkshire

    Hot spot

  • North Yorkshire

    Romantic

  • North Yorkshire

    Lively

1,879 Reviews
  1. NigelS

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here, but will definitely return. Everything was amazing

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  2. DaviniaL

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely wonderful night of fantastic music, lovely food and great atmosphere! First time we've been there and I was right to be excited about going. The food was incredible, the band were brilliant and the service was outstanding, it was the perfect date night, thank you!

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  3. StuartN

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food here is fantastic. Service was quick and our server was very knowledgeable and talked us through the menu and recommendations. Very reasonably priced as well,will definitely return next time we are in York.

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  4. BinnyHarrogate

    Yorkshire

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    First time here for lunch today. A really unusual and refreshing different menu featuring Creole, Asian and more staple dishes. Two plates and a side for £18.95 is great value and every meal was enjoyable. Good service in an Art Deco setting - conveniently located for central York. I would definitely recommend over some of the tourist traps. Well worth a visit.

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  5. JennyH

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always, top service, quality good and value for money

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  6. Vicki

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great value for money with a good selection of sharing dishes. The staff were friendly and the Jazz band that played were fantastic!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Started off upstairs with perfectly made cocktails, then headed downstairs for dinner listening to live jazz !! The food was outstanding , as was the service , nothing was too much trouble . All in all a perfect night . Thankyou so much

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  8. LibbyP

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyable evening. Loved the decor and feel of the place. Might have been even more fun if the staff were dressed a bit smarter or in the era. But that's a minor improvement suggestion

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  9. EmmaC

    Yorkshire

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A great experience. Good atmosphere, food and service

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  10. Sarah

    Manchester

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous waiter who has great customer service skills

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  11. KarenH

    Yorkshire

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really super evening, great food and service. Can’t fault.

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  12. lisab

    Yorkshire

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    First time at Nola, loved the food, service very efficient, I would have scored it higher other than the fact that they didn’t have a wine cheaper than £50, the one we wanted was £30, but of course that wasn’t available. Other than that I would definitely go back
    NolaResponded on 25 March 2024
    Hi Lisa, On the wine list the majority of our wines are less than £30. Then we have a selection of 8 fine wines (expensive ones), but only 2 are over £50 and on Saturday all the wines were available, a few of them are bottle only. Our menus are on the website. Feel free to give us a phone call to discuss the about the wine. Also, thank you so much for dining with us and we're looking forward to look after you and your guests. Have a good rest of the evening Lisa. Kind regards, Aldo Spinello General Manager.

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  13. SinittaN

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visiting York for the first time with some friends, we were recommended to book Nola. We certainly weren't disappointed. In fact, this set the tone for the rest of our break and we couldn't have been more grateful. We sat downstairs on their dedicated Jazz evening, enjoyed the fabulous music and indulged in some wonderful food. If you are going for the first time, do try their Crab Arancini, it just melts in your mouth. As for the cocktails, divine! We will be coming back, that's for sure.

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  14. Sarah

    Lincolnshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a really lovely evening here to celebrate our birthdays. The atmosphere is fantastic, the staff were super attentive, and the cocktails were incredible. We were surprised that all the food came out at once. It was too much and so some of the dishes went cold before we could get to them. It would be much better if the dishes were staggered. I also thought some of the food was too salty but that may well be just a me thing as my partner disagreed. Overall it was a really enjoyable night. I don't think I'd go back for food again but definitely for cocktails.

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  15. Robbie

    Yorkshire

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent venue, well positioned in York. The staff were very welcoming and made the whole dining experience fab. The food, service, ambience were all great. It’s not the cheapest place to eat but it’s worth every penny

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  16. DarrenW

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good menu with lots of appealing choices. Food was great and good value.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous evening, great experience. Food and service were super and we loved the live music. Will be going back.

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  18. StephanieD

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was perfect from start to finish. The menu was all our favourite foods, the cocktails were amazing (I'd recommend the dessert cocktails too), all the food and drinks were presented really well. The decor is beautiful, the staff are friendly and attentive to small details, we all had the best time and i'd recommend this place to anyone. We will go back many times I'm sure as we wanted to try everything on the menu!

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  19. DeanT

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent good quality I loved this place and I would go again was a good night the wife loved it for her birthday. The service from staff was very good had bottle of wine and when glass was nearly empty they came over and refilled and the portions was a good size with a side

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  20. ClaR

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely decor and great staff. We enjoyed our pork and duck sandwiches with fries. However one of my sons ordered pancakes. He was very disappointed, the bacon was forgotten and the three pancakes were very small. It wasn't worth £7.

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  21. Michelle

    Yorkshire

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely lunch with friends, friendly welcome, great food and service

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  22. BeverleyM

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very positive experience. Helpful staff and a lovely ambience. The food was excellent

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food amazing venue will definitely return when in the are again

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 7 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice food well explained Good service and nice setting

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  25. AmandaH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dinner at Nola was incredible, food and service were amazing and the jazz musicians were great. Fantastic atmosphere and decor, every little detail had been taken care of. Truly an excellent experience!

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  26. Kels

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    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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  27. Ianbftm

    Lancashire

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    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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  28. RachelB

    Lancashire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    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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  29. Cuttsy

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    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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  30. AnnaH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2024

    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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. Michelle

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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FAQs

Nola is rated 4.7 stars by 1879 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

19:00


Booked 12 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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