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Cavan, an outdoor dining destination on Magazine St.
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New Orleans' Best New Outdoor Dining Spots

The Hottest Al Fresco Restaurants & Bars, Fall 2016

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Fall is here and new restaurants and bars around town are embracing New Orleans' drop in temperatures with an abundance of incredible outdoor dining areas. There are some things that Crescent City restaurants do better than almost any other city,  and offering romantic and charming al fresco dining areas is one of them.

These restaurants have either opened or unveiled their new outdoor dining areas in the past year. They range from totally casual affairs, like the LGD's sandwich and cocktail fave Turkey And The Wolf, to upscale cocktail lounges with extraordinary views of the city— Hot Tin— to places where you can have an epic afternoon hang session with friends— Bayou Wine Garden.

Here now, the hottest al fresco spots in New Orleans.

Also coming soon: Bourree's new beer garden and Seaworthy's courtyard are expected to open in the next month. The Troubadour's rooftop Monkey Bar and Vessel's beer garden area should debut by end of year.

Don't see your favorite new outdoor dining spot on the map? Leave a comment or send Eater a tip about why it deserves a spot on the map, and we'll update as necessary.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Second Line Brewing

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433 N Bernadotte St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 248-8979
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The Mid City neighborhood beer garden is open on Fridays 4-10 p.m., Saturdays from noon til 10 p.m., and Sunday afternoons, noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy a sweet potato saison or another beer-garden only brew al fresco with food trucks like La Cocinita and King Creole.

2. Kenton's

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5757 Magazine St. Suite A
New Orleans, LA
(504) 891-1177
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This chic oyster and whiskey hub from the team behind NYC's Maysville restaurant offers upscale lunch, brunch and dinner, with shaded seating overlooking Magazine and Nashville.

3. Roux Carre

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2000 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
New Orleans, LA
This Central City pop up incubator features six incredible vendors with food options ranging from papusas to gumbo to small plates, live entertainment, covered outdoor dining, and booze to come. Open Wed-Sat, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

4. Alto at Ace Hotel

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600 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 900-1180
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The newly opened Ace features two outdoor dining hotspots. Alto, the rooftop grill with a killer view of the city, is currently open with frozen drinks, craft beer and more drinks (a grill-menu is forthcoming). Josephine Estelle, the Italian and Southern inspired eatery on the ground floor also offers patio seating.

5. Bayou Wine Garden

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315 N Rendon St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 826-2925
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30+ wines on tap, a courtyard bar, charcuterie & cheese, and a weekday oyster happy hour (Mon-Thurs, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.) with 2 Girls One Shuck make this Mid City spot one of New Orleans' finest new outdoor gems.

6. Cavan

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3607 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 509-7655
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This giant beauty from the team behind Meauxbar and Sylvain features plenty of seating overlooking Magazine Street and a menu that specializes in classic American seafood and excellent cocktails. Do try the oyster toast. (Opens at 4 p.m. daily)
1117 Montegut St
New Orleans, LA 70117
This dinner-only French hideaway in the Ninth Ward offers low key dining with a menu heavy on European canned seafood, small plates with some Japanese inspiration, and a great selection of natural wine. And the covered patio feels like a romantic getaway.

8. Catahoula Hotel & Bar

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914 Union St
New Orleans, LA 70112
There's a cool little courtyard (with a giant painting of Trixie Minx) that's great for taking in a pisco from the downstair's bar, but what you need to go is head upstairs to the rooftop deck, where Nathan Dalton and team turn out some of the best blender drinks and tiki concoctions in town.

9. Hot Tin Roof Bar

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2031 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 323-1452
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Located on the top floor of the recently renovated Pontchartrain Hotel, Hot Tin is home to one of the best views of New Orleans, hands down. Seasonal drinks keep it classy, and the bar's kitschy interior will speak to your inner Southern eccentric.

10. Altamura

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2127 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 412-9500
Swanky cocktails and Italian fine dining meet at this mansion in the Garden District, with a lush courtyard and veranda for taking in happy hour or a giant plate of pasta from the masterminds behind Uptown bakery ManhattanJack.

11. Turkey & the Wolf

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739 Jackson Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
This fun sandwich and cocktail hub is pretty much home to a stoner's dream menu— a 'grand slam mcmuffin," chicken fried wagyu steak sandwich, soft serve 'key lime crunk' chunks— but don't let that fool you. It's ridiculously good and bike friendly and ready for fall with picnic tables and umbrellas out front.

12. Tchoup Yard

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405 Third St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 895-6747
This colorful yard from the F&M team is a hub for Bushwackers, giant frozen margs, frosty beers, but there's also an array of food pop ups and trucks that pull up on the daily.

13. Bar Frances

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4515 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115
Enjoy happy hour or brunch on the covered porch of the new Freret Street wine hub, where modern bistro fare, such as a beet tartare and seasonal salads, keeps things on the lighter side.

14. Chais Delachaise

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7708 Maple St
New Orleans, LA 70118
The Delachaise team has another winner on its hands with this new Uptown expansion, great for taking in a glass of wine and global-inspired bar snacks (or duck fat fries, why not?) from chef Daniel Volponi while overlooking Maple Street.

15. Blue Oak BBQ

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900 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 822-2583
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This spot is home to outstanding barbecue and is within walking distance of City Park, with shaded seating right along S. Carrollton and all sorts of great local beers (and booze) as well.

16. Station 6

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105 Metairie-Hammond Hwy
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 345-2936
Head to this new Bucktown charmer from chef Alison Vega-Knoll for a seafood menu that's more fresh-catch inspired than just deep fried— highlights include raw oysters, a cracked crab stew, and a very potent rum punch. The outdoor seating is covered and there's also a new outdoor lounge area n the works.

17. Seaworthy

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630 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 930-3071
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This seafood hub at the Ace Hotel specializes in raw oyster, caviar, lobster rolls and sustainable Gulf bounty, along with low proof (and boozier) drinks. The romantic new patio is for walk-ins only, and secluded from the bustling Warehouse District.
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18. Rosedale

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801 Rosedale Dr
New Orleans, LA 70124
This casual new Navarre spot from legendary chef Susan Spicer is a casual neighborhood affair with feel good eats from avocado toast to cochon de lait po' boys, with outdoor seating shaded by umbrellas and craft drinks at the bar. Now open for lunch and dinner.
Paul Broussard

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1. Second Line Brewing

433 N Bernadotte St, New Orleans, LA 70119
The Mid City neighborhood beer garden is open on Fridays 4-10 p.m., Saturdays from noon til 10 p.m., and Sunday afternoons, noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy a sweet potato saison or another beer-garden only brew al fresco with food trucks like La Cocinita and King Creole.
433 N Bernadotte St
New Orleans, LA 70119

2. Kenton's

5757 Magazine St. Suite A, New Orleans, LA
This chic oyster and whiskey hub from the team behind NYC's Maysville restaurant offers upscale lunch, brunch and dinner, with shaded seating overlooking Magazine and Nashville.
5757 Magazine St. Suite A
New Orleans, LA

3. Roux Carre

2000 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA
This Central City pop up incubator features six incredible vendors with food options ranging from papusas to gumbo to small plates, live entertainment, covered outdoor dining, and booze to come. Open Wed-Sat, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
2000 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
New Orleans, LA

4. Alto at Ace Hotel

600 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130
The newly opened Ace features two outdoor dining hotspots. Alto, the rooftop grill with a killer view of the city, is currently open with frozen drinks, craft beer and more drinks (a grill-menu is forthcoming). Josephine Estelle, the Italian and Southern inspired eatery on the ground floor also offers patio seating.
600 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130

5. Bayou Wine Garden

315 N Rendon St, New Orleans, LA 70119
30+ wines on tap, a courtyard bar, charcuterie & cheese, and a weekday oyster happy hour (Mon-Thurs, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.) with 2 Girls One Shuck make this Mid City spot one of New Orleans' finest new outdoor gems.
315 N Rendon St
New Orleans, LA 70119

6. Cavan

3607 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
This giant beauty from the team behind Meauxbar and Sylvain features plenty of seating overlooking Magazine Street and a menu that specializes in classic American seafood and excellent cocktails. Do try the oyster toast. (Opens at 4 p.m. daily)
3607 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

7. N7

1117 Montegut St, New Orleans, LA 70117
This dinner-only French hideaway in the Ninth Ward offers low key dining with a menu heavy on European canned seafood, small plates with some Japanese inspiration, and a great selection of natural wine. And the covered patio feels like a romantic getaway.
1117 Montegut St
New Orleans, LA 70117

8. Catahoula Hotel & Bar

914 Union St, New Orleans, LA 70112
There's a cool little courtyard (with a giant painting of Trixie Minx) that's great for taking in a pisco from the downstair's bar, but what you need to go is head upstairs to the rooftop deck, where Nathan Dalton and team turn out some of the best blender drinks and tiki concoctions in town.
914 Union St
New Orleans, LA 70112

9. Hot Tin Roof Bar

2031 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
Located on the top floor of the recently renovated Pontchartrain Hotel, Hot Tin is home to one of the best views of New Orleans, hands down. Seasonal drinks keep it classy, and the bar's kitschy interior will speak to your inner Southern eccentric.
2031 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. Altamura

2127 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Swanky cocktails and Italian fine dining meet at this mansion in the Garden District, with a lush courtyard and veranda for taking in happy hour or a giant plate of pasta from the masterminds behind Uptown bakery ManhattanJack.
2127 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. Turkey & the Wolf

739 Jackson Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
This fun sandwich and cocktail hub is pretty much home to a stoner's dream menu— a 'grand slam mcmuffin," chicken fried wagyu steak sandwich, soft serve 'key lime crunk' chunks— but don't let that fool you. It's ridiculously good and bike friendly and ready for fall with picnic tables and umbrellas out front.
739 Jackson Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

12. Tchoup Yard

405 Third St, New Orleans, LA 70130
This colorful yard from the F&M team is a hub for Bushwackers, giant frozen margs, frosty beers, but there's also an array of food pop ups and trucks that pull up on the daily.
405 Third St
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. Bar Frances

4515 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Enjoy happy hour or brunch on the covered porch of the new Freret Street wine hub, where modern bistro fare, such as a beet tartare and seasonal salads, keeps things on the lighter side.
4515 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

14. Chais Delachaise

7708 Maple St, New Orleans, LA 70118
The Delachaise team has another winner on its hands with this new Uptown expansion, great for taking in a glass of wine and global-inspired bar snacks (or duck fat fries, why not?) from chef Daniel Volponi while overlooking Maple Street.
7708 Maple St
New Orleans, LA 70118

15. Blue Oak BBQ

900 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
This spot is home to outstanding barbecue and is within walking distance of City Park, with shaded seating right along S. Carrollton and all sorts of great local beers (and booze) as well.
900 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

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16. Station 6

105 Metairie-Hammond Hwy, Metairie, LA 70005
Head to this new Bucktown charmer from chef Alison Vega-Knoll for a seafood menu that's more fresh-catch inspired than just deep fried— highlights include raw oysters, a cracked crab stew, and a very potent rum punch. The outdoor seating is covered and there's also a new outdoor lounge area n the works.
105 Metairie-Hammond Hwy
Metairie, LA 70005

17. Seaworthy

630 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Rush Jagoe
This seafood hub at the Ace Hotel specializes in raw oyster, caviar, lobster rolls and sustainable Gulf bounty, along with low proof (and boozier) drinks. The romantic new patio is for walk-ins only, and secluded from the bustling Warehouse District.
630 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130

18. Rosedale

801 Rosedale Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124
Paul Broussard
This casual new Navarre spot from legendary chef Susan Spicer is a casual neighborhood affair with feel good eats from avocado toast to cochon de lait po' boys, with outdoor seating shaded by umbrellas and craft drinks at the bar. Now open for lunch and dinner.
801 Rosedale Dr
New Orleans, LA 70124

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