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30 Places to Dine or Drink Outdoors This Fall

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Sure the weather is atrocious today, but soon that rainy frown will be flipped upside down as Fall's cool breezes head to the Crescent City. That being said, Eater NOLA now presents 30 Places to Dine or Drink Outdoors This Fall. Also, don't forget to check out Eater's guide to 10 New Outdoor Dining Areas, including Broussard's, Dominique's on Magazine, and more beautiful new outdoor spaces that we didn't include on this list for redundancy's sake.

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Bacchanal Wine

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This Bywater icon is home to hands down the best outdoor dining in New Orleans. Renovations have made for a new kitchen, headed by Joaquin Rhodas, and live music prevails in the relatively untouched, and gorgeously shabby, backyard. Bonus points: A new upstairs dining area for when it gets too crowded.

Café Amelie

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For a truly unique dining experience in a wonderfully lush French Quarter courtyard, folks head to the courtyard of the romantic Cafe Amelie.

Bayona Restaurant

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Susan Spicer's impeccable French Quarter restaurant also boasts an intimate back patio, with a gurgling fountain, shade from the sun at lunch via umbrellas, and romantic lighting and white table cloths in the evening.

Martinique Bistro

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Chef Eric Labouchere continues to impress with his seasonal interpretations of French cuisine at this Uptown haunt. The outdoor dining area is quite romantic, surrounded by giant shrubbery (for privacy) and lit ever so gently.

Feelings Cafe

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This Marigny restaurant is known for their sunlit courtyard at brunch, and when the sun sinks low, an intimate respite from the grind of the neighbhorhood. There's usually live music, or the soothing sound of a fountain to accompany the dining experience.

Commander's Palace

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Nothing beats twenty-five cent martinis at lunchtime, or Tory McPhail's exceptional menu of New Orleans classics like turtle soup, except maybe enjoying it all on Commander's enticing patio.

The Rusty Nail

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The Warehouse District bar has a pretty epic back patio. It's a true urban oasis, so nice that lots of people actually rent it out for private functions.

Cafe Degas

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The entire dining room is basically a covered deck. When the weather is nice, nothing beats brunch or an early dinner at Degas in the open-air, overlooking the chess players in Fortier Park across the street.

Sylvain

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This French Quarter gastropub also features seating in the courtyard, a good option when the weather cools off and you refuse to be indoors.

Parkway Bakery & Tavern

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Po' boys and outdoor seating? Yeah, you right. This Bayou St. John staple has lots of tables outside, most of them covered to protect you from the elements.

Dat Dog

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The Freret Street location of Dat Dog, also known as their 'beer garden,' has tons of picnic tables with umbrellas in their signature primary colors.

Cowbell

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Chef/owner Brack May always has an insanely delicious special up his sleeve, especially on Saturdays when brunch plates like shrimp and grits are known to make an appearance. That's on top of the amazing burgers. There's lots of outdoor seating in the sun or the shade.

The Delachaise

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Drive by this St. Charles favorite in the evenings or late at night, and the front patio is bound to be packed with revelers. Cheese plates, cocktails, and a streetcar view... Who can blame them?

Napolean House

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Sure you can sit inside like Willem Dafoe in a Mercedes commercial, but you should venture out onto the first floor patio to enjoy your Pimm's Cup and a midday feast.

St. James Cheese Company

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Here's a great date idea. Grab your guy/gal, head to St. James, order a cheese plate and a bottle of wine, and enjoy it out front, overlooking Prytania, or on the shady patio. Dogs, btw, are always welcome here.

Bayou Beer Garden

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This Mid City bar is home to a giant covered back deck, and it gets pretty packed for Saints games. It's also great for taking in live music, or just enjoying a beer and a plate of gravy debris fries with friends.

The Velvet Cactus

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This Lakeview Mexican restaurant (on Harrison Ave) has a huge outdoor dining area that usually packs to the max when nice weather rolls into town. The entire restaurant actually has an open-air feeling.

Dante's Kitchen

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This Riverbend brunch and farm-to-table innovator has a great little courtyard that's equally no-frills as it is romantic. And, oh yeah, they've been serving black and gold jam at brunch.

K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen

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Feast on Cajun classics in a 'climate-controlled' French Quarter courtyard, or sit on the balcony for a truly lush experience overlooking Chartres.
The Freret Street's impeccable craft cocktail bar is non-smoking inside, so the smokers do tend to flock to the outside patio. But earlier in the evening, during happy hour, when the sun dips low enough to not sting, this patio is perfect.

Satsuma

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The Bywater location of Satsuma, has a cool little courtyard for enjoying a sandwich or coffee, while watching the hipster eyecandy stroll by on Dauphine.

Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar

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This Uptown seafood restaurant has a covered patio overlooking Napolean, and a front porch with huge windows that open up to transform the joint into an outdoor dining destination right on St. Charles Avenue.

Santa Fe

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The Faubourg St. John location of this tapas restaurant draws crowds to their covered outdoor seating area overlooking the beautiful and bustling section of Esplanade. Nice for an afternoon/evening margarita.

Crescent Pie & Sausage Company

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This Mid City sausage and pizza emporium (also home to killer mac n cheese) has a handful of tables on their covered deck, overlooking quiet Banks Street.

Charcoal's Gourmet Burger Bar

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The Lower Garden District burger bar has bright orange balcony seating overlooking Magazine Street.

The Bulldog

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The quintessential outdoor gathering spot on Magazine in the Irish Channel is always packed. Because people like to drink beer, and they like to drink it outside.

The Joint

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Bywater's barbecue mecca also has a smokin' hot back patio, and once you discover it, it's pretty much impossible to ever eat inside again.

Basin Seafood & Spirits

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The newish seafood restaurant on Magazine has a quaint little courtyard in the back, a nice juxtaposition to all the sidewalk-centric dining areas along this stretch of the Irish Channel.

Toups Meatery

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Chef Isaac Toups and his hilarious GM Larry Nguyen continue to amaze at this Mid City home of Cajun specialties. They have lots of outdoor seating with umbrellas for when it's too nice to eat inside.

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Bacchanal Wine

This Bywater icon is home to hands down the best outdoor dining in New Orleans. Renovations have made for a new kitchen, headed by Joaquin Rhodas, and live music prevails in the relatively untouched, and gorgeously shabby, backyard. Bonus points: A new upstairs dining area for when it gets too crowded.

Café Amelie

For a truly unique dining experience in a wonderfully lush French Quarter courtyard, folks head to the courtyard of the romantic Cafe Amelie.

Bayona Restaurant

Susan Spicer's impeccable French Quarter restaurant also boasts an intimate back patio, with a gurgling fountain, shade from the sun at lunch via umbrellas, and romantic lighting and white table cloths in the evening.

Martinique Bistro