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Nona

279 E. Broad St, Athens, GA
+1 706-353-7065
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Ranked #17 of 335 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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Warner Robins, Georgia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Took a large group for dinner during a business meeting while in Athens. The service was excellent and food was even better. They were able to accommodate our group as if we were a table of 4. Will return again

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NONA279, Owner at Nona, responded to this review

Dear Unclejed13, Thank you for sharing your great experience with us. We appreciate your business and you taking the time to write a great review for us. We hope to see you again soon! More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

While perusing downtown Athens on Labor Day, we decided to pop in to NONA for lunch. Our quick lunch ended up taking far too long. We waited and waited for our food for at least 45 minutes. I ordered the red beans and rice and my husband ordered a sandwich. Not sure what could have taken so long, but there... More

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NONA279, Owner at Nona, responded to this review

Dear Deewestbrook, We are very sorry to hear about this poor experience that you have described. Normally our service is prompt and attentive. We are sorry that you were not informed of the portion size that you ordered during lunch. Customer satisfaction is very important to us and if you decide to give us another try we will do everything... More

Eatonton, Georgia
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

NONA is the same location and management of the former Harry Bissett's NOLA cuisine. An outstanding menu with great daily specials. Had a wonderful lunch with a cup of gumbo and half an oyster Po Boy for the bargain price of $10. GM, Neil Smith, was there when George Davis had Harry's and is very visible in the daily operation... More

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NONA279, Manager at Nona, responded to this review

Dear Travelers31024, Thank you for the great review! It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your meal and we hope we will see you again sometime soon. More

Columbus, Georgia
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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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NONA279, Owner at Nona, responded to this review

Dear 2D1B, Thank you for your valuable input. We appreciate your business and are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your meals overall. Stop back and see us again the next time you are visiting your son! Thanks for the review. More

Atlanta USA
Top Contributor
171 reviews 171 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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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NONA279, Owner at Nona, responded to this review

Dear Expattraveler100, Thank you for the wonderful review and recommendation! We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your meal and we hope we will see you again soon! More

Canton, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 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
28 reviews 28 reviews
13 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
35 helpful votes 35 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
16 helpful votes 16 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
44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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

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