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A night at popular wine bar The Delachaise
A night at popular wine bar The Delachaise
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New Orleans' Essential Outdoor Dining Spots

60 tried and true al fresco powerhouses

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A night at popular wine bar The Delachaise
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It's fall in The Crescent City and with nice weather now upon us— perhaps just for a day or two— it's imperative to turn an eye to outdoor dining.  Now, New Orleans has oodles of topnotch outdoor dining areas from the Quarter to the Lakefront, so let this be a starting point for the uninitiated.

These al fresco hotspots have all been open for a year or longer—in some cases, much longer— so they are tried and true favorites for dining and drinking outdoors. There are courtyards, balconies, patios, and backyards in nearly every part of town. Some spots offer live music, some are family-friendly, and many have views to die for.  The cuisine at these restaurants ranges from Vietnamese to upscale French Creole to seafood to cocktail-centric bar bites. There really is something for everyone here.

Please note: These restaurants are arranged by neighborhood, not by ranking.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Del Fuego Taqueria

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4518 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 309-5797
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Enjoy tacos and margaritas on a covered deck overlooking Magazine, or on the cute patio outback. Either way, it's a do for Uptown peeps.

2. CellarDoor

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921 Lafayette St
New Orleans, LA 70113
This CBD gastrolounge features a lovely patio with string lights and lounge seating for enjoying a cocktail or taking in the global-inspired small plates.

3. Dat Dog Frenchmen St

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601 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70116
A balcony view of Frenchmen Street means epic people watching at all hours of the night and day, along with a great selection of brews and hot dogs.

4. Bar Redux

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801 Poland Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
This colorful Bywater bar in the original Joint space features ample seating on the back patio, including a covered section.

5. MoPho

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514 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 482-6845
The deck features picnic table seating and on the weekends, chef Michael Gulotta usually throws a hog or lamb on the fire pit. [Photo: Rush Jago for MoPho]

6. Trèo

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3835 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 304-4878
This Mid City small plates and cocktail hub from the Finn McCool's family rocks a sweet courtyard where numerous events, from dining to artsy style shindigs, happen on the regular.

7. Cane & Table

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1113 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 581-1112
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This quiet, salvaged courtyard is a great escape from the French Quarter, with Proto-tiki cocktails and Caribbean-influenced fare from the Cure Co. team.

8. Oxalis

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3162 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117
This Bywater spot has a gorgeous courtyard that gets packed on the weekends with those craving craft cocktails and small plates.

9. Doris Metropolitan

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620 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
A small, tranquil courtyard for those in need of a high-end dining experience built around all things steak.

10. Namese

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4077 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 483-8899
Yes, this Vietnamese spot is on Tulane and S. Carrollton, but the covered deck still does the trick when you want a bowl of pho or vermicelli and don't want to eat indoors.

11. Felipe's Taqueria

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411 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
The Mid City location of Felipe's is a great casual spot for outdoor dining with the family or just taking in some margaritas with pals.

12. Bacchanal Wine

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600 Poland Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 948-9111
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This Bywater icon is home to hands down the best outdoor dining in New Orleans. With small plates from chef Joaquin Rhodas, and live music in the relatively untouched, and gorgeously shabby, backyard.

13. Pizza Delicious

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617 Piety St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 676-8482
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This beloved NY-style pizzeria in the Bywater offers a good amount of outdoor seating that's a nice retreat when the inside packs out during the dinner rush.

14. Pagoda Café

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1430 N Dorgenois St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 644-4178
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The charming thing about this Bayou Road breakfast and lunch hotspot is that it only offers outdoor seating. Thankfully, a lot of it is shady.

15. Café Amelie

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912 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 412-8965
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For a truly unique dining experience in a wonderfully lush French Quarter courtyard, folks often head to the ever-romantic Cafe Amelie.

16. Bayona Restaurant

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430 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70112-3406
(504) 525-4455
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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.
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17. Feelings Cafe

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2600 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 945-2222
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This Marigny restaurant has new owners, but it remains one of the major courtyard destinations in the city, and is apparently rocking a pretty good happy hour and martini specials at lunch now.

18. Commander's Palace

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1403 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 899-8221
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Nothing beats twenty-five cent martinis at lunchtime, or Tory McPhail's exceptional menu of New Orleans classics, except maybe enjoying it all on Commander's enticing patio.
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19. The Rusty Nail

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1100 Constance St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-5515
The Warehouse District bar has a pretty epic back patio. It's a true urban oasis, and you'll often find food trucks parked outside and games projected on a big screen.

20. Cafe Degas

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3127 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 945-5635
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The entire dining room is basically a covered deck at this romantic Faubourg St. John favorite.. 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.

21. Sylvain

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625 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 265-8123
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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.
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22. Parkway Bakery & Tavern

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538 Hagan Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119-4911
(504) 482-3047
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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.

23. Dat Dog

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5031 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 899-6883
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The Freret Street location of Dat Dog, also known as its 'beer garden,' has tons of picnic table seating for you and the entire fam.
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24. Cowbell

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8801 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 866-4222
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Chef/owner Brack May always has an insanely delicious special up his sleeve at this lunch hotspot that specializes in burgers and more sinful fare, which can be enjoyed on the covered patio.
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25. The Delachaise

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3442 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 895-0858
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Drive by this St. Charles Avenue favorite in the evenings or late at night and the front patio is bound to be packed with people. With epic cheese plates, duck fat fries, cocktails, wine and a streetcar view... Who can blame them?

26. Napolean House

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Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70114
A popular French Quarter destination for the Pimm's Cup and a muffuletta, best enjoyed in the afternoon on a random weekday.

27. St. James Cheese Company

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5004 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 899-4737
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A great spot to enjoy a cheese plate and a bottle of wine while overlooking Prytania, or on the shady, intimate patio. Great spot to take your dog or date.

28. Bayou Beer Garden

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326 N Jefferson Davis Pkwy
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 302-9357
This Mid City bar is home to a gigantic covered back deck that packs out on weekends with those in search of beer, gravy debris fries, football games, and a good time with friends.

29. The Velvet Cactus

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917 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 301-2083
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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.

30. Dante's Kitchen

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736 Dante St
New Orleans, LA 70118
This Riverbend brunch and farm-to-table innovator has a great little courtyard that's equally no-frills as it is romantic.

31. K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen

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416 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 596-2530
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Feast on Cajun classics in the climate-controlled French Quarter courtyard, or sit on the balcony for a truly lush experience overlooking Chartres.

32. Cure

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4905 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 302-2357
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Early in the evening, during happy hour, the sun dips low beyond the walls, offering the perfect shade and making this Freret Street patio just perfect.
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33. Satsuma

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3218 Dauphine St.
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 304-5962
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This Bywater cafe has a cool little courtyard for enjoying a sandwich or coffee on a cool fall day.
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34. Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar

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4338 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 293-3474
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This Uptown seafood restaurant offers ample seating on its covered patio which overlooks Napoleon and St. Charles Avenue.

35. Santa Fe

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3201 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 948-0077
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The Faubourg St. John tapas restaurant draws crowds with great margs and covered outdoor seating overlooking beautiful and bustling Esplanade.

36. Green Goddess

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307 Exchange Pl
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 301-3447
This small and creative restaurnat in the Quarter does outdoor dining exceptionally well with a laid back vibe and tables along Exchange Alley.
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37. Charcoal's Gourmet Burger Bar

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2200 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 644-4311
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This Lower Garden District burger bar has bright orange balcony seating overlooking Magazine Street and a menu that's very family friendly.

38. The Bulldog

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3236 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 891-1516
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 Mid City location offers a great pub menu and is dog friendly too.

39. Broussard's

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819 Conti St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 581-3866
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A bubbling fountain and romantic lighting make for a highly enjoyable experience at this grand dame with excellent drinks from bar grump Paul Gustings and a modern take on French Creole from chef Neil Swidler.

40. Brisbi's

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7400 Lakeshore Dr.
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 304-4125
The upstairs deck has views of the Harbor, and is perfect for taking in the sunset. The downstairs oyster bar packs out on weekends. Whatever your poison, the experience is worthy of the wait.

41. The Joint

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701 Mazant St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 949-3232
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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.

42. Tableau

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616 Saint Peter St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 934-3463
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The wrap-around balcony at this Quarter destination from Dickie Brennan overlooks Jackson Square, Chartres, and St. Peters and reaches full shade by 3 p.m. It's one of the most spectacular views in the French Quarter, and the courtyard is a beauty too.