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New Orleans’s Essential Outdoor Dining Spots

From kid-friendly patios to romantic hideaways, these are New Orleans’s al fresco powerhouses

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Outdoor dining is more important than ever, though it has always been a central pillar of New Orleans food and drink scene, given the city’s affinity for courtyards, balconies, and porches. There’s such an abundance of al fresco options in every New Orleans neighborhood, so let this serve as a selection of some of the finest. A mix of new and old, backyard party vibes and chic sanctuaries, these are some of New Orleans’s best patios and courtyards for outdoor dining.

Don’t miss our other outdoor dining and drinking maps, including the best covered patios for when it rains, restaurants with heated outdoor dining for cold nights, and the best bar patios. Did we miss your favorite restaurant patio in New Orleans? Send us a tip.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Santa Fe

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3201 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 948-0077
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This Faubourg St. John restaurant draws crowds with simple but tasty New Mexico/Tex-Mex food, great margs and most importantly, its pretty, covered outdoor seating overlooking beautiful and bustling Esplanade.

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.

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 — seafood and vegetable items are always memorable.

5. 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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6. Cane and Table

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1113 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 581-1112
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Cane and 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.

7. 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, bright Mediterranean small plates on deck, and good vibes all around.

Bacchanal’s outdoor courtyard
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8. Jewel of the South

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1026 St Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 265-8816
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Jewel of the South’s 19th century Creole cottage offers a classy respite from French Quarter chaos, whether inside the elegant, antique-y dining room or the enchanting courtyard out back, strung with lights and tucked away from its busy surroundings. One sip of a cocktail and you’ll want to try them all, but make sure to try Chris Hannah’s classic Brandy Crusta.

9. 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.

10. 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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11. 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 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.

12. Brennan's

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417 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-9711
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This quintessential French Quarter courtyard is home to a champagne-based happy hour every Thursday to Monday, 9 a.m. to 6p.m. with a special menu, bubbly discounts, and champagne sabering at 5 p.m. on Fridays.

13. 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 changing menu of sprightly American cuisine (grilled vegetable flatbread with mozzarella, herb roasted mushroom pasta, steak frites, for example) distinguish this Poydras Street bistro. 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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14. Seafood Sally's

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8400 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 766-8736
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Seafood Sally’s, the second restaurant from Marjie’s Grill owners Caitlin Carney and Marcus Jacobs, was an instant hit upon opening — in no small part due to the restaurant’s outstanding outdoor dining options. There’s a classic New Orleans porch with funky tables and chairs, and a large, pretty patio out front that’s cozy and comfortable. Oh, and the boiled and fried seafood, oysters, picnic sides, and cocktails are all phenomenal, too.

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15. 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. Love the walk to the charming patio through an enchanting brick hallway covered in a seemingly impossible number of string lights.

16. Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar

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1114 Constance St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 381-5079
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If it’s in the name, you know the patio must be a priority. And really, it doesn’t get much better than Sidecar’s patio — pretty, lush, and spacious. Plus, some of the best oysters in town by the piece or dozen, ceviche and tartare, and natural wine.

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. Mosquito Supper Club

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3824 Dryades St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 494-9777
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Reserve a spot in the garden at Mosquito Supper Club and imagine yourself sitting along a Louisiana bayou as you slurp raw oysters and scrape the meat off of crab claws. The prix-fixe, modern Cajun meal is best enjoyed outside, on the courtyard previously only used for private events, or on the porch. Note: the restaurant now also offers bites and drinks that can be had at the bar, no commitment necessary.

19. 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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20. 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.

21. 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. Santa Fe

3201 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

This Faubourg St. John restaurant draws crowds with simple but tasty New Mexico/Tex-Mex food, great margs and most importantly, its pretty, covered outdoor seating overlooking beautiful and bustling Esplanade.

3201 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

2. Blue Oak BBQ

900 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

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 — seafood and vegetable items are always memorable.

2317 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117

5. 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

6. Cane and Table

1113 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Cane and 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

7. 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, bright Mediterranean small plates on deck, and good vibes all around.

600 Poland Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

8. Jewel of the South

1026 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Jewel of the South’s 19th century Creole cottage offers a classy respite from French Quarter chaos, whether inside the elegant, antique-y dining room or the enchanting courtyard out back, strung with lights and tucked away from its busy surroundings. One sip of a cocktail and you’ll want to try them all, but make sure to try Chris Hannah’s classic Brandy Crusta.

1026 St Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70112

9. 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.

430 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70112

10. 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

11. Kitchen Table Cafe

7005 St Claude Ave, Arabi, LA 70032

This homespun comfort food cafe in Arabi is swell on all counts, from the 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

12. Brennan's

417 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

This quintessential French Quarter courtyard is home to a champagne-based happy hour every Thursday to Monday, 9 a.m. to 6p.m. with a special menu, bubbly discounts, and champagne sabering at 5 p.m. on Fridays.

417 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. Copper Vine

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

A massive selection of tapped wine and a changing menu of sprightly American cuisine (grilled vegetable flatbread with mozzarella, herb roasted mushroom pasta, steak frites, for example) distinguish this Poydras Street bistro. 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

14. Seafood Sally's

8400 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

Seafood Sally’s, the second restaurant from Marjie’s Grill owners Caitlin Carney and Marcus Jacobs, was an instant hit upon opening — in no small part due to the restaurant’s outstanding outdoor dining options. There’s a classic New Orleans porch with funky tables and chairs, and a large, pretty patio out front that’s cozy and comfortable. Oh, and the boiled and fried seafood, oysters, picnic sides, and cocktails are all phenomenal, too.

8400 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

15. 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. Love the walk to the charming patio through an enchanting brick hallway covered in a seemingly impossible number of string lights.

412 Girod St
New Orleans, LA 70130

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16. Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar

1114 Constance St, New Orleans, LA 70130

If it’s in the name, you know the patio must be a priority. And really, it doesn’t get much better than Sidecar’s patio — pretty, lush, and spacious. Plus, some of the best oysters in town by the piece or dozen, ceviche and tartare, and natural wine.

1114 Constance 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. Mosquito Supper Club

3824 Dryades St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Reserve a spot in the garden at Mosquito Supper Club and imagine yourself sitting along a Louisiana bayou as you slurp raw oysters and scrape the meat off of crab claws. The prix-fixe, modern Cajun meal is best enjoyed outside, on the courtyard previously only used for private events, or on the porch. Note: the restaurant now also offers bites and drinks that can be had at the bar, no commitment necessary.

3824 Dryades St
New Orleans, LA 70115

19. The Delachaise Wine Bar

3442 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115
The Delachaise
The Delachaise
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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.

3442 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

20. Lilette

3637 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

If romance is the goal, nothing beats the picturesque courtyard at Lilette, where soft bulb lights and candles accompany delicate, splurge-worthy French fare.

3637 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

21. Barracuda

3984 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Barracuda’s “margarita garden”
Barracuda/Facebook

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.

3984 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115

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