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American, Seafood
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Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Delivery, Beach
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All reviews brunch red beans and rice poboy bread bbq shrimp andouille po boy meat pie beignets fries hamburger order at the counter no table service view of the bay food was amazing geaux pensacola
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Delicious po boy sandwiches and seafood! Convenient dive on the beach - we sat out on the deck and we’re very comfortable with the breeze and fans. All 6 of us enjoyed our food and this is obviously popular with the locals. YUM

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed June 14, 2022

Our family tried a wide variety of appetizers and meals to get a feel for which dishes they do best... they were all equally good. Can't wait to go back. Great deal!

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed May 21, 2022

Nice outdoor seating. Good view of the bay. Order at the counter. No table service. Prompt delivery of hot food. Great oysters.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 18, 2022

First of all, I review every place I go because I hope to better businesses. Cafe Nola is a good restaurant. That being said, my spouse and I ordered the Soft Shell Crab Po-boy (poor boy pronounced from where I come from) and it smelled....Nothing fresh should smell. Secondly, the bread is GOOD, but not great. Heat it, Crispy out soft in. It was soggy. And the Debris Fries are Delicious but regular fries are not. I do hear the Onion Rings are incredible! This is just an honest review. They are expanding so that tells you they are doing something right.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 27, 2022 via mobile

If you are within 300 miles of cafe Nola, it is worth your drive! OH MY LORD! The Sunday brunch is sooo good. Large portions. I had bananas foster french toast, hubby had crawfish and andouille omelet AND an order of fried tomatoes AND the...best $3 Bloody Mary! The food did not disappoint. Sunday brunch opens at 10am line starts around 9:30.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 14, 2022

We ordered A Hamburger, Fried Green Tomatoes, Sweet Potato Fries and drinks. We ordered the hamburger Medium Well. The good: The hamburger was very flavorful and had a wonderful charbroil taste. The Sweet Potato fries were delicious. Atmosphere was great. The bad: The hamburger was...cooked medium/borderline medium rare. We didn’t send it back because that’s just something I never do. The tomato that was on the burger was sliced thicker than the hamburger patty. I had to take it off because i could only taste the tomato with it on there. The burger was brought out before the appetizer. We had to remind them about our fried green tomatoes. The fried green tomatoes were were cut extra thick just like the red tomato on the burger. They were four times thicker than any I had ever eaten before. And too thick to enjoy because they overpowered the batter. Despite the few bad things I mentioned, we still thought it was a good meal. The sad part is that it could have been great but fell short due to a few things that could be easily fixed. I’ll give them another try before we leave town.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed January 30, 2022

Don't let the exterior fool you into paying 3X the price at other places for less satisfying food. We had the Tuna Sandwich and the NOLA Burger, and both were excellent.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed January 19, 2022

Let's just say we should have stopped when we had to pass the three disgusting dumpsters in front of their entrance. So not sure what it is when put Nola in the name that they have to go way overboard on seasoning?

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed December 4, 2021 via mobile

I have changed my opinion from dive bar with drunk customers yelling and management ignoring them to great restaurant.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 7, 2021

I don't like the ordering system. You go to the front desk to place your order. The problem with this is that you pay the tip up front which doesn't guarantee good service. That being said, the service was good. We ordered Oysters Rockefeller. Ok,...not a good choice there. I expect the oysters to actually be cooked. Here they're basically raw with melted cheese and spinach. We sent them back to be cooked better and basically got them back still appearing to be uncooked. Other items are good, this one not so much in my opinion.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 3, 2021 via mobile

Our family visited over the weekend for the first time. We tried the andouille sausage po-boy and the red beans and rice. (Our kids had fried fish). Overall everything was good. Was it New Orleans level? No, but it was good considering the options we...have in this area. I loved the red beans and rice. The po-boy was ok. We appreciated the chill atmosphere!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 21, 2021

Had the fried fish and the fried shrimp. Breading for both was slightly spicy, nothing too crazy. Didn't pay attention to the kind of fish and it's not listed on the menu (didn't see it at least) but assuming it was mullet. You can upgrade...to grouper or cobia, but we didn't. It was ok and seemed fresh. Shrimp was good and didn't have a super heavy breading on it. One thing I would recommend to people is to be very careful on the front steps--kind of steep. You order up front and someone brings you your food and everyone was clearing their own table. As someone stated in the reviews, you are asked for a tip up front when paying (automated on the screen) and while someone runs food to the table, it is pretty much self serve for drinks, cutlery... View is the bay/sound and watching the jet skis and dolphins if they are out. Of the restaurants we visited, even though it is not expensive, the food you get for the money is below par compared with several other places we went.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 11, 2021

I come to Pensacola Beach every year and have been coming here since it opened, I used to really enjoy it. Now it's become quite popular and the quality has gone down. The fried green tomatoes were undercooked; they used to be excellent. They also...still use plastic cutlery. I think if your business is successful because of your wateside location, you should do your part to not contribute to plastic waste. The drinks are small and if you run out midway through your meal, you need to go inside and stand in line to get another. Seeing as the prices are the same as other places with table service and real silverware, I'll not return.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 12, 2021 via mobile

Quick stop for lunch while in the area, left us a little disappointed. We went for oysters only to be told while ordering that they were not offering raw oysters this day, we settled on grilled and BBQ some BBQ shrimp and a po-boy. The...food was as just ok, edible but nothing to rave about or that would bring us back. You order at the register and are given a number and a server brings your food when ready. This is one restaurant we will not return to.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 23, 2021

I live at South Habour across the street and have ate here several times. I have had good service at lunchtime but both times eating at dinner have been horrible experiences. Tonight “Haley” was not friendly and asking her for silverware was a joke she...told us it’s inside by the drinks. I would suggest not paying the tip ahead of time like they want you to do when you order because service sucks at dinner time. Haley has no business being a waitress I heard other tables taking about her being rude!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Sorry, I am just seeing this, but no to future travelers, a lot of stairs, no elevator. But a very good restaurant that could provide take-out or delivery for another option.
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Cafe Nola is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4