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24 of the Best Patios for Outdoor Dining in New Orleans

From kid-friendly patios to romantic hideaways, these are New Orleans’s best spots to dine and drink outside

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The patio at Casa Borrega
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New Orleans has an abundance of al fresco options in every neighborhood, so let this serve as a selection of some of the finest. From backyard party vibes to chic sanctuaries, these restaurants’ patios and courtyards are some of the city’s top spots to enjoy dining and drinking outdoors.

NOTE: A number of these restaurants have resumed dine-in service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in the area, please visit the Louisiana coronavirus website.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Station 6

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105 Metairie-Hammond Hwy
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 345-2936
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Station 6 is spitting distance to the lake, so no wonder the rustic back patio is a great place ever to throw down some seafood. Chef Alison Vega-Knoll sets a high bar for pescatarians, from her charbroiled oyster pasta to one of the best seafood gumbos in town. Then again, her fried chicken sandwich is tough to resist.

A concrete outdoor dining patio is walled in with wood panels and lined by hanging plants
Station 6’s back patio
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2. Blue Oak BBQ

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900 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 822-2583
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Blue Oak BBQ’s spacious patio fills up on game days, but then again any day is good for chilling at this popular Mid City spot. The creative kitchen and bar staff are always tempting with specials and happy hour runs from Tuesday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m. The smoked wings are always a good idea.

Happy hour items from Blue Oak
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1117 Montegut St
New Orleans, LA 70117

N7 is a tucked away gem on Montegut Street, a nonchalantly chic French-meets-Japanese eatery in Bywater with a gorgeous, candlelit patio, a soundtrack of cool French pop music, and bistro fare like steak au poivre and duck l’orange.

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4. The Elysian Bar

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2317 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 356-6769
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This cool renovation of a Catholic church complex includes a lovely center patio for nibbling under the stars. Hotel Peter and Paul features the Elysian Bar, an intimate space run by the smart folks at Bacchanal. Order cocktails and small to medium plates from chef Alex Harrell’s creative menu — seafood and vegetable items are always memorable.

5. Marjie's Grill

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320 S Broad Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 603-2234
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The always-delightful Marjie’s Grill is back, serving up its refreshing but hearty menu of Southeast Asian/Southern fare, and hosting a slew of great chefs for special collaborations (for instance, Dakar Nola’s Serigne Mbaye and Mr. Shrimp). Socially-distant patio dining is available Thursday through Tuesday evenings.

6. Bratz Y'all! Bistro • Bakery • Biergarten

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617-B, Piety St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 301-3222
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Schnitzel hanging over the plate, German beer and wine on tap, fresh baked pretzels, all kinds of sausages and a roomy area for kids to roam. That’s the gist of this friendly spot in the Bywater next door to Pizza D. Bratz Ya’ll has a few indoor high tops, but try for a seat at the communal picnic tables, where Fido is welcome and the vibe is beyond chill.

The patio at Bratz Y’all
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7. Cane & Table

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1113 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 581-1112
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Cane & Table delivers super cocktails on upper Decatur, along with a vegetable-forward menu that is best enjoyed in one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in the Quarter. Done up in tropical oasis meets tiki, this is the spot to enjoy the likes of avocado salad, tuna ala plancha, and garlic soup with sourdough croutons.

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8. Cafe 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, the ever-romantic Cafe Amelie offers an ideal setting for dinner or a leisurely weekend brunch. The courtyard is currently open to reserve for brunch Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for dinner Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

9. Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits

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600 Poland Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 948-9111
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Head out back at Bacchanal, after choosing a bottle of wine and cheeses and meats for what might just be one of the tastiest cheese platters in town. Welcome to the funkiest yard party in Bywater, where there’s live music on the patio starting at noon on weekends, 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Bacchanal’s outdoor courtyard
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10. Bayona

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430 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 525-4455
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Bayona, set in an 18th century Creole cottage, has been charming diners since Regina Keever and chef Susan Spicer opened the doors in 1990. Bayona drips with romance, but the vibe is casual and inviting. Pair chef Spicer’s award winning global cuisine with one of the most serene patios for fine dining in New Orleans. Closed since the arrival of the pandemic, Bayona has reopened with reservations available for outdoor dining.

11. Sylvain

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625 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 265-8123
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Grab a seat on the intimate back patio at Sylvain and prepare to be dazzled. The elevated gastropub cuisine is stellar, from the famous fried chicken sandwich, grilled gulf shrimp, and pappardelle bolognese. Add in the perfect cocktails and candlelit outdoor space, and you won’t want to leave.

Sylvain’s courtyard
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12. Kitchen Table Cafe

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7005 St Claude Ave
Arabi, LA 70032
(504) 301-2285
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This homespun comfort food cafe in Arabi is swell on all counts, from the Tuesday $12 pork chop special (orange glazed grilled bone-in chop with whipped potatoes and roasted vegetables) to homemade desserts and welcoming service. Kitchen Table also has a lovely outside space, where live music sometimes takes the stage and folks relax and visit.

13. Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard

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819 Conti St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 581-3866
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Chef Jimi Setchim is passionate about his food, a dedication that shows at Broussard’s, one of the grand old French Creole restaurant in the Quarter. Take a seat in the lush expansive outdoor space and try one of the classic Creole dishes or a seasonal special — the gulf shrimp linguine with caramelized onions, herbs, and nicoise olives is a winner.

Broussard’s courtyard
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14. Copper Vine

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1001 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 208-9535
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A massive selection of tapped wine and a menu of sprightly American cuisine (grilled vegetable flatbread with mozzarella, herb roasted mushroom pasta, steak frites) distinguish this Poydras Street eatery, owned by Kyle Brechtel, the hospitality vet behind Walk Ons. Copper Vine is such a pretty spot, thanks in large part to its lush outdoor patio, with its live plant wall and glass ceiling.

Copper Vine’s patio
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15. Cellar Door

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916 Lafayette St
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 265-8392
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This hidden gem in the CBD features a lovely patio with string lights and lounge seating for enjoying a cocktail or taking in the global-inspired small plates.

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16. Vyoone’s Restaurant

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412 Girod St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 518-6007
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Vyoone’s is one of the Warehouse District’s best-kept secrets, a romantic French-meets-Creole spot oozing with ambience. In addition to a balanced menu of delicate French starters and contemporary Creole entrees, the top-notch wine list and magical courtyard make for the perfect special occasion setting.

17. Casa Borrega: Fonda & Mezcaleria

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1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 427-0654
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This pioneering Mexican eatery on Oretha Castle Haley delivers solid Mexico City street fare in a fetching setting. Out back, there’s live Latin music of all stripes and enough room for plenty of hip-shaking. The margaritas are the real deal. Yes, there is Tex-Mex on Casa Borrega’s menu, but try one of the Platos Tipicos for a true treat.

Out back at Casa Borrega
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18. Cure

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4905 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 302-2357
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Cure’s outdoor patio on Freret is a tranquil space to recharge over some of the best cocktails in the city. With riffs on the classics, a seasonal menu and a great outdoor space, Cure draws a solid crowd of neighborhood regulars. Bar snacks are so good, order them all.

Cure’s patio
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19. The Company Burger

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4600 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 267-0320
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The Company Burger’s Freret location debuted a welcoming (and kid-friendly) patio last year. The space boasts ample outdoor seating, televisions tuned into the game, lots of lush greenery, and a happy hour Monday through Friday.

The Company Burger, Freret location patio
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20. The Delachaise Wine Bar

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3442 St 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, it’s no surprise.

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21. Picnic Provisions & Whiskey

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741 State St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 266-2810
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Tory McPhail is known as the chef behind the Commander’s Palace magic — but his chill uptown spot (co-owned with Ti Martin and Darryl Reginelli) is also worth a visit. There’s a great side patio at Picnic Provisions & Whiskey, very pet and kid friendly, and a menu of fried chicken, crispy fingerlings, salads, and gooey grilled cheese that will please everybody.

Outdoor tables at Picnic Provisions & Whiskey
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22. Lilette

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3637 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 895-1636
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If romance is the goal, nothing beats the picturesque courtyard at Lilette, where soft bulb lights and candles accompany delicate, splurge-worthy French fare.

23. Del Fuego NOLA

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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 good choice for Mexican cuisine al fresco Uptown.

Del Fuego Taqueria
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24. Barracuda

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3984 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 266-2961
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Think patio meets margarita garden meets funky picnic space and you’ll get the drift of what Barracuda has going for it. Order food inside and then grab a picnic table out back. The crowd is a fun mix of families with kids, pals, and date night couples. Oh, and the food is across the board excellent.

Barracuda’s “margarita garden”
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1. Station 6

105 Metairie-Hammond Hwy, Metairie, LA 70005
A concrete outdoor dining patio is walled in with wood panels and lined by hanging plants
Station 6’s back patio
Station 6/Facebook

Station 6 is spitting distance to the lake, so no wonder the rustic back patio is a great place ever to throw down some seafood. Chef Alison Vega-Knoll sets a high bar for pescatarians, from her charbroiled oyster pasta to one of the best seafood gumbos in town. Then again, her fried chicken sandwich is tough to resist.

105 Metairie-Hammond Hwy
Metairie, LA 70005

2. Blue Oak BBQ

900 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Happy hour items from Blue Oak
Blue Oak BBQ/Facebook

Blue Oak BBQ’s spacious patio fills up on game days, but then again any day is good for chilling at this popular Mid City spot. The creative kitchen and bar staff are always tempting with specials and happy hour runs from Tuesday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m. The smoked wings are always a good idea.

900 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

3. N7

1117 Montegut St, New Orleans, LA 70117
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

N7 is a tucked away gem on Montegut Street, a nonchalantly chic French-meets-Japanese eatery in Bywater with a gorgeous, candlelit patio, a soundtrack of cool French pop music, and bistro fare like steak au poivre and duck l’orange.

1117 Montegut St
New Orleans, LA 70117

4. The Elysian Bar

2317 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70117

This cool renovation of a Catholic church complex includes a lovely center patio for nibbling under the stars. Hotel Peter and Paul features the Elysian Bar, an intimate space run by the smart folks at Bacchanal. Order cocktails and small to medium plates from chef Alex Harrell’s creative menu — seafood and vegetable items are always memorable.

2317 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117

5. Marjie's Grill

320 S Broad Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

The always-delightful Marjie’s Grill is back, serving up its refreshing but hearty menu of Southeast Asian/Southern fare, and hosting a slew of great chefs for special collaborations (for instance, Dakar Nola’s Serigne Mbaye and Mr. Shrimp). Socially-distant patio dining is available Thursday through Tuesday evenings.

320 S Broad Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

6. Bratz Y'all! Bistro • Bakery • Biergarten

617-B, Piety St, New Orleans, LA 70117
The patio at Bratz Y’all
Bratz Y’all/Facebook

Schnitzel hanging over the plate, German beer and wine on tap, fresh baked pretzels, all kinds of sausages and a roomy area for kids to roam. That’s the gist of this friendly spot in the Bywater next door to Pizza D. Bratz Ya’ll has a few indoor high tops, but try for a seat at the communal picnic tables, where Fido is welcome and the vibe is beyond chill.

617-B, Piety St
New Orleans, LA 70117

7. Cane & Table

1113 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Cane & Table patio
Cane & Table/Facebook

Cane & Table delivers super cocktails on upper Decatur, along with a vegetable-forward menu that is best enjoyed in one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in the Quarter. Done up in tropical oasis meets tiki, this is the spot to enjoy the likes of avocado salad, tuna ala plancha, and garlic soup with sourdough croutons.

1113 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

8. Cafe Amelie

912 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

For a truly unique dining experience in a wonderfully lush French Quarter courtyard, the ever-romantic Cafe Amelie offers an ideal setting for dinner or a leisurely weekend brunch. The courtyard is currently open to reserve for brunch Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for dinner Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

912 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116

9. Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits

600 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
Bacchanal’s outdoor courtyard
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Head out back at Bacchanal, after choosing a bottle of wine and cheeses and meats for what might just be one of the tastiest cheese platters in town. Welcome to the funkiest yard party in Bywater, where there’s live music on the patio starting at noon on weekends, 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

600 Poland Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

10. Bayona

430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Bayona, set in an 18th century Creole cottage, has been charming diners since Regina Keever and chef Susan Spicer opened the doors in 1990. Bayona drips with romance, but the vibe is casual and inviting. Pair chef Spicer’s award winning global cuisine with one of the most serene patios for fine dining in New Orleans. Closed since the arrival of the pandemic, Bayona has reopened with reservations available for outdoor dining.

430 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70112

11. Sylvain

625 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Sylvain’s courtyard
Sylvain/Facebook

Grab a seat on the intimate back patio at Sylvain and prepare to be dazzled. The elevated gastropub cuisine is stellar, from the famous fried chicken sandwich, grilled gulf shrimp, and pappardelle bolognese. Add in the perfect cocktails and candlelit outdoor space, and you won’t want to leave.

625 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130

12. Kitchen Table Cafe

7005 St Claude Ave, Arabi, LA 70032

This homespun comfort food cafe in Arabi is swell on all counts, from the Tuesday $12 pork chop special (orange glazed grilled bone-in chop with whipped potatoes and roasted vegetables) to homemade desserts and welcoming service. Kitchen Table also has a lovely outside space, where live music sometimes takes the stage and folks relax and visit.

7005 St Claude Ave
Arabi, LA 70032

13. Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard

819 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Broussard’s courtyard
Broussard’s/Facebook

Chef Jimi Setchim is passionate about his food, a dedication that shows at Broussard’s, one of the grand old French Creole restaurant in the Quarter. Take a seat in the lush expansive outdoor space and try one of the classic Creole dishes or a seasonal special — the gulf shrimp linguine with caramelized onions, herbs, and nicoise olives is a winner.

819 Conti St
New Orleans, LA 70112

14. Copper Vine

1001 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Copper Vine’s patio
Copper Vine/Facebook

A massive selection of tapped wine and a menu of sprightly American cuisine (grilled vegetable flatbread with mozzarella, herb roasted mushroom pasta, steak frites) distinguish this Poydras Street eatery, owned by Kyle Brechtel, the hospitality vet behind Walk Ons. Copper Vine is such a pretty spot, thanks in large part to its lush outdoor patio, with its live plant wall and glass ceiling.

1001 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70112

15. Cellar Door

916 Lafayette St, New Orleans, LA 70113
CellarDoor’s outdoor space
Brasted/Eater NOLA

This hidden gem in the CBD features a lovely patio with string lights and lounge seating for enjoying a cocktail or taking in the global-inspired small plates.

916 Lafayette St
New Orleans, LA 70113

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16. Vyoone’s Restaurant

412 Girod St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Vyoone’s is one of the Warehouse District’s best-kept secrets, a romantic French-meets-Creole spot oozing with ambience. In addition to a balanced menu of delicate French starters and contemporary Creole entrees, the top-notch wine list and magical courtyard make for the perfect special occasion setting.

412 Girod St
New Orleans, LA 70130

17. Casa Borrega: Fonda & Mezcaleria

1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113
Out back at Casa Borrega
Brasted/Eater NOLA

This pioneering Mexican eatery on Oretha Castle Haley delivers solid Mexico City street fare in a fetching setting. Out back, there’s live Latin music of all stripes and enough room for plenty of hip-shaking. The margaritas are the real deal. Yes, there is Tex-Mex on Casa Borrega’s menu, but try one of the Platos Tipicos for a true treat.

1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70113

18. Cure

4905 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Cure’s patio
Cure/Instagram

Cure’s outdoor patio on Freret is a tranquil space to recharge over some of the best cocktails in the city. With riffs on the classics, a seasonal menu and a great outdoor space, Cure draws a solid crowd of neighborhood regulars. Bar snacks are so good, order them all.

4905 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

19. The Company Burger

4600 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115