Cafe Nola
Today 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
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617 Union St Schenectady, NY 12305
617 Union StUSNYSchenectady12305
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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People talk about red beans and rice, cajun food, bites were amazing, new orleans style and mardi gras
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Ryan Smith
reviewed 3 months 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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Kimberly Emerson
reviewed a year 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, 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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Bill Tario
reviewed 4 months ago
This poor place is taking a beating,call me I'll turn it around for ya
Robin Cleary
reviewed a year 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.
Anika Fella
reviewed 2 years ago
We went to Cafe NOLA for dessert after dinner one night. We had met the owner as part of a Schenectady event and we were very excited to try the beignets (hopefully spelling that correctly). We did arrive late (9:30pm) and the restaurant was slowing down (people starting to leave from dinner). We ordered beignets and although hot, they lacked flavor. They were dark brown and tasted of old grease. The accompanying dips didn't do much for the flavor. I think if they were made with fresh grease, it would have made all of the difference. We haven't rushed back but also haven't decided never to return.
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A Google User
reviewed 3 years ago
Very disappointed with the so-called Crawfish Gumbo. Tepid, greasy & where were the crawfish? Companion's red beans & rice were passable.....' Squash bisque' much like a box of defrosted Price Chopper butternut with nutmeg garnish. No desire to return.