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Nona

279 E. Broad St, Athens, GA
+1 706-353-7065
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Ranked #14 of 334 restaurants in Athens
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole, French, Seafood, Sandwiches
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Continuing an Athens tradition in Creole and Cajun fine dining. What began in 1985 as Harry Bissett's New Orleans Cafe, lives on at NONA. Located across from the University Of Georgia's historic North Campus, is the most pleasant spot downtown for lunch or dinner. NONA features three distinct dining areas: the Bayou Room, the Atrium Balcony and the gorgeous upstairs Dining Room. Enter the restaurant through the warm and welcoming old style bar and sit in an atmosphere capturing a feel of Jazz and Mardi Gras. NONA offers dishes inspired by the rich culinary traditions of Louisiana. Delectable dishes prepared with only the finest of ingredients daily. Sample Oysters Rockefeller and Bienville, Shrimp and Grits or Sherry Crab Soup. Feast on delicious entrees such as the French Quarter Filet or Chicken Rochambeau. Chef William Shay and his accomplished staff offer daily specials that suit the most discriminating palate. Weekends are unique with our New Orleans inspired Brunch served Saturday and Sunday and are not to be missed. Be sure to check back often to learn of upcoming events and celebrations. We look forward to serving you!
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Continuing an Athens tradition in Creole and Cajun fine dining. What began in 1985 as Harry Bissett's New Orleans Cafe, lives on at NONA. Located across from the University Of Georgia's historic North Campus, is the most pleasant spot downtown for lunch or dinner. NONA features three distinct dining areas: the Bayou Room, the Atrium Balcony and the gorgeous upstairs Dining Room. Enter the restaurant through the warm and welcoming old style bar and sit in an atmosphere capturing a feel of Jazz and Mardi Gras. NONA offers dishes inspired by the rich culinary traditions of Louisiana. Delectable dishes prepared with only the finest of ingredients daily. Sample Oysters Rockefeller and Bienville, Shrimp and Grits or Sherry Crab Soup. Feast on delicious entrees such as the French Quarter Filet or Chicken Rochambeau. Chef William Shay and his accomplished staff offer daily specials that suit the most discriminating palate. Weekends are unique with our New Orleans inspired Brunch served Saturday and Sunday and are not to be missed. Be sure to check back often to learn of upcoming events and celebrations. We look forward to serving you!
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Columbus, Georgia
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We ate dinner here after moving our child into his dorm. The view from the top floor over the front of North Campus was great and the décor was nice. The creamy garlic dressing on the salads was great but my iceberg wedge should have been much colder instead of room temperature to put it in the 'excellent' zone. The... More

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Atlanta USA
Top Contributor
160 reviews 160 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Nice building - super location - ask for upstairs if you want a quieter table. Oysters were good - so was the seafood medley - swift service. It does have a nice bar downstairs for casual gatherings - give it a try and I think you'll be pleased you did.

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Canton, Georgia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This restaurant is outstanding the filet mignon was well seasoned, potatoes delicious, the French onion soup was out of this world and the service was phenomenal. You're missing out if you don't try this spot.

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NONA279, Owner at Nona, responded to this review

Dear HThomas7, We are so pleased to hear that you loved the French Onion soup and the Filet Mignon! Thank you for the great review. We look forward to your next visit. More

Orlando, Florida
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We were with a party of twelve, a group large enough to often challenge servers and kitchens, but our server was excellent, all orders were fully accurate and every one thoroughly enjoyed their meals. I had the Eggplant Pirogue. It was the most unique presentation of etoufee I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying. This will absolutely be a "must... More

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NONA279, Manager at Nona, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words and great review. We look forward to seeing you again soon and often! Neil Smith, general manager More

Austin, Texas
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Entering through the bar, we were led through several intimate eating areas up some stairs to an upstairs dining room in this New Orleans style restaurant. We had the room to ourselves on a Thursday night - nice for a party of 10. Lovely view out the window of the UGA campus. Lots of tempting menu options made it hard... More

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NONA279, Manager at Nona, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review and ratings. We look forward to serving again and often! More

Athens, Georgia
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

If I want a place with excellent decor, friendly, good food and reasonably prices, this is it. In fact, this is the best place at any price range for me in Athens. Signatures items are all kind of oysters and Cajun specials. This is not a special restaurant for chicken or beef although they serve both.

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NONA279, Owner at Nona, responded to this review

no9e – We appreciate the great words and excellent ratings! We look forward to serving you for many more years to come! More

Alpharetta, Georgia
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Had a lovely luncheon with my kiddo after a wet and rainy UGA tour. The service was excellent, the food delicious and the ambiance was lovely. We felt like we were in New Orleans. I would visit again!

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NONA279, Manager at Nona, responded to this review

KShawnT – We’re pleased to hear you and your daughter enjoyed lunch with us! We hope you visit us again soon! More

St. Petersburg, Russia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

the crab soup was delicious, a bit spicy and mage creamy! however, the wedge salad was simply iceberg salad, with just a hint of sause and becon... It was quite dissapointing

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NONA279, Manager at Nona, responded to this review

olga_okulova – We appreciate the feedback and will be looking into how we can improve! We hope you visit us again! More

Duluth, Georgia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

This was our second time eating here and we have yet to be disappointed. The name means New Orleans "N" Athens. They have excellent seafood dishes, but their NONA burger is one of the best burgers in town.

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NONA279, Manager at Nona, responded to this review

kbrock116 – Thank you for the great review and ratings! We hope you stop in again soon! More

Americus
Top Contributor
124 reviews 124 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Even though the place was very busy for Friday lunch, our server and the kitchen knocked themselves out to take care of a six topper with only an hour for lunch. The New Orleans cuisine was excellent all around; no one was disappointed with what they ordered and the portions were generous. What helped was that we chose lunch specials.... More

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NONA279, Manager at Nona, responded to this review

Gabriele S – Thank you for the wonderful review! Our staff works hard to accommodate everyone without skipping a beat in customer service! We’re very happy that you and your guests enjoyed your lunch with us! More

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