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Cafe Nola
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Today 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
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617 Union St Schenectady, NY 12305
617 Union StreetUSNew YorkSchenectady12305
(518) 357-8628cafenolany.com
Restaurant, BarToday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Monday ClosedTuesday 9:00 am – 9:00 pmWednesday 9:00 am – 9:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 11:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 11:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 11:00 pmSunday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
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"Because that is not what a muffaletta looks like or taste like."
"Companion's red beans & rice were passable."
"The jambalaya had gristle in it!"
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Saucy Minx
a month ago
We came here about a month ago for a nice date day. We found this place through Groupon, which was a godsend because I haven't had a real hushpuppy in about 7 years, or really good soul food for that matter. We ordered Fried Chicken, Hush Puppies, and I got the Pulled Pork with Fries, and the Mr. gave me his coleslaw. Every single thing was delicious. We loved it and will be back again. Thank you!
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Jess Teren
5 months ago
DO NOT GO!!! I was born and raised in Louisiana and this food was crap!! Four of us arrived around 5pm Mar 8, 2015. The food is not true creole as the only thing that is even remotely creole is the craw-fish, which are frozen, and the catfish. FOOD: The staff was ALL NEW (1st day) and they were trying, but getting orders confused and were unsure of the contents of the food. Speaking of food: EVERYTHING had a large amount of grease! All the fries were disgusting, cold, full of grease, and black, "natural" is what the cook claimed..okay they may be natural, but the cook obviously doesn't understand that an ice-bath and lemon juice keep them white. We ordered Cajun Fries and were later handed a bottle of Cajun seasoning to put on our fries (Maybe the cook doesn't understand that the whole purpose for having to ORDER Cajun Fries is the kitchen is supposed to do the seasoning and if it were up to the customer then every table should have a bottle of Cajun seasoning on it.) The salad was half wilted as if it hadn't been gone through and had some really bad slimy pieces. The jambalaya had gristle in it! This is a tomato-based sausage and craw-fish dish and should not have had any kind of gristle in it! The fried chicken wasn't flavorful at all and was underdone. The only thing good about our meal was the appetizer as we had "Cajun" (NOT) wings with celery sticks and blue-cheese. I will never suggest this place to friends or family, nor will I ever try this place again. I was thoroughly embarrassed for wanting my northern-friends to try some creole food. The food was NOTHING like I expected. My note to the cook/owner: Watch REAL Cajun cooking shows or order a Justin wilson cookbook! The crap you are passing off as creole food might be okay for the unbeknownst northerner, but a southerner knows the difference!
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Ryan Smith
a year ago
A lot of people here are giving Cafe Nola a bad rap. I have been eating here for the past two years and it is one of my favorite restaurants in Schenectady. I don't understand why people were griping about the food. I have honestly never had a bad meal here. My personal favorite is the blackened fish sandwich, which is always big and packs a lot of flavor. More than the food though, is the staff. The owner is always there, and you can tell the man puts his heart and soul into everything he does. The staff is very friendly and I have gotten to know them very well. If I had to criticize them, I would say that their prices are a bit high, but you need to consider that it is a small place with limited seating, a very small kitchen and limited staff. However, if you are looking around Schenectady for a place to eat and don't feel like cheese steaks or Italian, Nola should definitely be on your radar, don't believe the haters!
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Bob Lesser
5 months ago
Sweet heat in the frozen north country.
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Lorre S
4 months ago
I met for dinner with a group of six and we were treated very well and attentively by the staff during the whole dinner. I had the honey stung fried chicken and it was lovely and the fries were perfect. I liked their remoulade on the fries - my only negative comment about the meal was the raspberry vinaigrette seemed to have no vinegar but was just fresh raspberries so it made the salad rather strange. I'm looking forward to going back and tasting what else they have.
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Crystal Rivera
5 months ago
Alligator bites were flavorless, chewy and over priced...the so called "southern honey dipped fried chicken" also flavorless and served with raw honey on the side. Thoroughly unimpressed. Chance of returning is probably nil.
Robin Cleary
2 years ago
Thought it would be good. We went on a Sunday and the owner was our waitress. She seemed just prepping for the upcoming week and not focused on us at all. The food was all heated up in the microwave... Very disappointed! And you can see into the kitchen, where they were just reheating previously made food.
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Kimberly Emerson
2 years ago
Being from New Orleans but now living in Schenectady I decided to treat everyone in my office to a New Orleans staple from Cafe NOLA,..the Muffaletta. My first question would be,..is the chef sure he visited New Orleans to study the cuisine??? Because that is not what a muffaletta looks like or taste like. This was my first experience. I thought I would give it a try again and order something different the second time, as I was still hoping for some food that tasted like home. I decided I would try the crawfish etoufee, not sure what to say about this because it was the blandest thing I ever ate, it basically had no flavor at all. They did place a crawfish on top for decoration but it was so tiny it looked like a June bug,..not even a good June bug,..the June bugs in Louisiana. It looked so much like a June bug that it grossed me out. I see that the chef has said that he has traveled to New Orleans. I think this time he should stay awhile so he can see just how wrong his "cajun food" is. I also see that he says that "cajun people" from "Louisiana" have told him just how good his food is. Really?? I live in Schenectady and have only met one other person from Louisiana,..this town is just not that big....where are all these cajun folks here that I have never met??? The service both times was just awful. The staff makes you feel like you are bothering them. They also messed up the order and had to redo it,..they were upset at me because they got the order wrong. The decor was rediculous. You hang a bunch of cheap Mardi Gras beads and all of a sudden you are a cajun cafe??? Again,...Really? Anyway,...this girl from New Orleans will not be going there again. If you are in the area and you would like to try a Muffaletta that taste closer to being authentic I suggested going a few blocks over to Perreca's bakery where they have almost mastered the Muffaletta! Also,..if you are in this area and are from Louisiana give me a shout out! I would be really interested in hearing from you!!! As I said,..I have one met one other person here that was actually born and lived in Louisiana.
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