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17 Covered Patios for Dining Outdoors in New Orleans When It Rains

Where to dine on a rainy day without worry

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While plenty of restaurants have umbrellas and sunshades up to mollify the burning sun, not every al fresco dining situation can withstand a spring or summer squall. Since surprise rainstorms are as common in New Orleans during those seasons as Mardi Gras beads along St. Charles Avenue during Carnival, it’s good to know which spots provide shelter from the storm.

When the meal simply must go on, here are 17 NOLA restaurants offering protected patio dining. Just remember, servers are doing their best to work around the rain, so tip extra and don’t fret over a couple of water droplets — it is New Orleans after all.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Boucherie

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8115 Jeannette St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 862-5514
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When it became very apparent how important it was to have a covered outdoor dining space to stay afloat during the pandemic, Nathanial Zimet, executive chef of Boucherie, built his own. It features a permanent covering surrounded by trellises growing new evergreen wisteria vines, picnic tables and benches, as well as smaller four-top tables and purple chairs to match the flowers when they start to bloom. The modern Southern restaurant offers a fab cocktail program along with the likes of blackened shrimp and grit cake and whole hog pulled pork.

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2. Station 6

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105 Metairie-Hammond Hwy
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 345-2936
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Chef Alison Vega-Knoll sets a high bar for pescatarians at Station 6, from her charbroiled oyster pasta to one of the best seafood gumbos in town. Enjoy her top of the catch fare on the breezy front covered patio lined with fans to keep the air moving.

3. Frankie & Johnny's

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321 Arabella St New
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 243-1234
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This Uptown locals favorite for crawfish has covered outdoor seating in the front and back, though the few tables along the front porch are the most coveted. A neighborhood throwback with a lively but relaxing atmosphere, regulars also love Frankie & Johnny’s for po’ boys, chargrilled oysters, and cold beers.

4. Saba

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5757 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 324-7770
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Saba showcases chef Alon Shaya’s penchant for using farm fresh ingredients to create flavorful Israeli and Mediterranean fare. Enjoy the likes of harissa chicken salad and falafel with Shaya’s famed pita in the roomy, protected outdoor garden under two tents with greenery and fans.

5. Sala

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124 Lake Marina Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 513-2670
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Sala lives up to its name, which means a large room used for the reception and entertainment of guests. This West End eatery from the Riccobono family has a big covered terrace for munching on the likes of duck empanadas, fish tacos, and chicken Caprese.

6. Vals

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4632 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 356-0006
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Neal Bodenheimer and his partners pushed through the pandemic to open Vals, a former garage on Freret they’d been eying for more than five years. The space is warm and inviting, chef Fredo kills it with his charred tomato salsa, green mole chicken tacos, and ceviche of the day — and no surprise, the drink menu is amazing. Scan the QR code to dive deep into the tequila and mezcal list. The covered patio is vast and welcoming.

7. 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 plant-filled covered deck overlooking Magazine street out front at Del Fuego or head to the cute patio in the back. Either way makes for a good choice for Mexican cuisine al fresco Uptown.

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8. Vessel NOLA

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3835 Iberville St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 603-2775
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This gorgeous church-turned-restaurant in Mid City offers a large covered patio with a clear roof above stylish wooden slats — think oversized pergola with pizzazz. There’s a tasty all-day menu featuring Mediterranean favorites, salads and sandwiches, and a brunch menu served on weekends.

9. 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 covered patio can handle 75 to 100 carnivores, rain or shine. The creative kitchen and bar staff tempt with daily specials and happy hour runs from Tuesday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m. The smoked wings are always a good idea.

10. Parkway Bakery & Tavern

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538 Hagan Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 482-3047
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Parkway has been a master of pivots throughout the pandemic, from quickly establishing an efficient curbside service model to adding tenting to let seating spill outside. This patio isn’t the most open-air of the bunch — it’s more of an extension of the restaurant — but it is one of the most protected from the elements; no need to fear a storm spoiling your po’ boys and gumbo here.

11. Cafe Degas

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3127 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 945-5635
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Imagine dining in a treehouse in the south of France. Except for the beach views, Cafe Degas delivers. From twinkling lights to a tree in the middle of the front patio, this is al fresco dining with gobs of panache. Don’t miss the floating islands doused in creme anglaise for dessert.

12. Central City BBQ

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1201 S Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 558-4276
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Opened in 2016, this Central City spot housed in a corrugated metal building is known for its custom smokers and pushing creative boundaries, undoubtedly one of the top barbecue spots in town. It also boasts a huge covered patio decked out with televisions and string lights, making it one of the city’s best spots for rainy game days. Don’t miss the burnt ends, spoon bread, or Brussels sprouts.

13. Herbsaint

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701 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 524-4114
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Although Herbsaint has scattered sidewalk tables under umbrellas and of course that lovely courtyard, there’s also a covered sidewalk area with seating out of the rain. Pull up a chair and enjoy some of chef de cuisine David Rouse’s savory takes on contemporary, seasonal French-Southern cuisine along with rustic Italian dishes. Open for dine-in, takeout and delivery.

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14. Flamingo A-Go-Go

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869 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 577-2202
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Flamingo a Go-Go has near-endless outdoor seating including a covered patio and assorted pergolas. This place is pure fun, with eats like pepperjack boudin bombers and the Cajun fried turkey and ham Cuban panini. Bonus points — you can bring the dogs too.

15. Gianna Restaurant

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700 Magazine St #101
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 399-0816
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Gianna’s covered patio is open, and now you can reserve your spot al fresco. Come have cocktails in the shade, enjoy antipasti and dinner with a glass of wine, or sip the evening away with an Amaro flight.

16. Ernst Cafe

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600 S Peters St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-8544
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The circa 1902 Ernst Cafe has the largest wrap around balcony in the warehouse district, offering a bird’s eye view of Fulton Street Square. Great Angus burgers on the menu along with the Ernster po-boy that combines roast been debris with fried shrimp.

17. Galaxie

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3060 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 827-1443
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This taco filling station in Bywater has a spacious covered patio out front facing St. Claude Avenue. Galaxie’s handsomely restored gas station, originally designed by Walter Teague, offers a fabulous setting for a taqueria inspired by Mexico City street fare. Try the al pastor tacos, pork shoulder roasted with pineapple and topped with cilantro and jalapeno.

Galaxie’s outdoor dining area
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1. Boucherie

8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Boucherie/Official Photo

When it became very apparent how important it was to have a covered outdoor dining space to stay afloat during the pandemic, Nathanial Zimet, executive chef of Boucherie, built his own. It features a permanent covering surrounded by trellises growing new evergreen wisteria vines, picnic tables and benches, as well as smaller four-top tables and purple chairs to match the flowers when they start to bloom. The modern Southern restaurant offers a fab cocktail program along with the likes of blackened shrimp and grit cake and whole hog pulled pork.

8115 Jeannette St
New Orleans, LA 70118

2. Station 6

105 Metairie-Hammond Hwy, Metairie, LA 70005

Chef Alison Vega-Knoll sets a high bar for pescatarians at Station 6, from her charbroiled oyster pasta to one of the best seafood gumbos in town. Enjoy her top of the catch fare on the breezy front covered patio lined with fans to keep the air moving.

105 Metairie-Hammond Hwy
Metairie, LA 70005

3. Frankie & Johnny's

321 Arabella St New, New Orleans, LA 70115

This Uptown locals favorite for crawfish has covered outdoor seating in the front and back, though the few tables along the front porch are the most coveted. A neighborhood throwback with a lively but relaxing atmosphere, regulars also love Frankie & Johnny’s for po’ boys, chargrilled oysters, and cold beers.

321 Arabella St New
New Orleans, LA 70115

4. Saba

5757 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Saba showcases chef Alon Shaya’s penchant for using farm fresh ingredients to create flavorful Israeli and Mediterranean fare. Enjoy the likes of harissa chicken salad and falafel with Shaya’s famed pita in the roomy, protected outdoor garden under two tents with greenery and fans.

5757 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

5. Sala

124 Lake Marina Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

Sala lives up to its name, which means a large room used for the reception and entertainment of guests. This West End eatery from the Riccobono family has a big covered terrace for munching on the likes of duck empanadas, fish tacos, and chicken Caprese.

124 Lake Marina Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124

6. Vals

4632 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Neal Bodenheimer and his partners pushed through the pandemic to open Vals, a former garage on Freret they’d been eying for more than five years. The space is warm and inviting, chef Fredo kills it with his charred tomato salsa, green mole chicken tacos, and ceviche of the day — and no surprise, the drink menu is amazing. Scan the QR code to dive deep into the tequila and mezcal list. The covered patio is vast and welcoming.

4632 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

7. Del Fuego NOLA

4518 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Del Fuego Taqueria
Del Fuego Taqueria
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Enjoy tacos and margaritas on a plant-filled covered deck overlooking Magazine street out front at Del Fuego or head to the cute patio in the back. Either way makes for a good choice for Mexican cuisine al fresco Uptown.

4518 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

8. Vessel NOLA

3835 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

This gorgeous church-turned-restaurant in Mid City offers a large covered patio with a clear roof above stylish wooden slats — think oversized pergola with pizzazz. There’s a tasty all-day menu featuring Mediterranean favorites, salads and sandwiches, and a brunch menu served on weekends.

3835 Iberville St
New Orleans, LA 70119

9. Blue Oak BBQ

900 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

Blue Oak BBQ’s spacious covered patio can handle 75 to 100 carnivores, rain or shine. The creative kitchen and bar staff tempt with daily 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

10. Parkway Bakery & Tavern

538 Hagan Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

Parkway has been a master of pivots throughout the pandemic, from quickly establishing an efficient curbside service model to adding tenting to let seating spill outside. This patio isn’t the most open-air of the bunch — it’s more of an extension of the restaurant — but it is one of the most protected from the elements; no need to fear a storm spoiling your po’ boys and gumbo here.

538 Hagan Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

11. Cafe Degas

3127 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

Imagine dining in a treehouse in the south of France. Except for the beach views, Cafe Degas delivers. From twinkling lights to a tree in the middle of the front patio, this is al fresco dining with gobs of panache. Don’t miss the floating islands doused in creme anglaise for dessert.

3127 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

12. Central City BBQ

1201 S Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70113

Opened in 2016, this Central City spot housed in a corrugated metal building is known for its custom smokers and pushing creative boundaries, undoubtedly one of the top barbecue spots in town. It also boasts a huge covered patio decked out with televisions and string lights, making it one of the city’s best spots for rainy game days. Don’t miss the burnt ends, spoon bread, or Brussels sprouts.

1201 S Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70113

13. Herbsaint

701 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
Herbsaint
Herbsaint/Facebook

Although Herbsaint has scattered sidewalk tables under umbrellas and of course that lovely courtyard, there’s also a covered sidewalk area with seating out of the rain. Pull up a chair and enjoy some of chef de cuisine David Rouse’s savory takes on contemporary, seasonal French-Southern cuisine along with rustic Italian dishes. Open for dine-in, takeout and delivery.

701 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

14. Flamingo A-Go-Go

869 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Flamingo a Go-Go has near-endless outdoor seating including a covered patio and assorted pergolas. This place is pure fun, with eats like pepperjack boudin bombers and the Cajun fried turkey and ham Cuban panini. Bonus points — you can bring the dogs too.

869 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

15. Gianna Restaurant

700 Magazine St #101, New Orleans, LA 70130

Gianna’s covered patio is open, and now you can reserve your spot al fresco. Come have cocktails in the shade, enjoy antipasti and dinner with a glass of wine, or sip the evening away with an Amaro flight.

700 Magazine St #101
New Orleans, LA 70130

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16. Ernst Cafe

600 S Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The circa 1902 Ernst Cafe has the largest wrap around balcony in the warehouse district, offering a bird’s eye view of Fulton Street Square. Great Angus burgers on the menu along with the Ernster po-boy that combines roast been debris with fried shrimp.

600 S Peters St
New Orleans, LA 70130

17. Galaxie

3060 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
Galaxie’s outdoor dining area
Clair Lorell/Eater NOLA

This taco filling station in Bywater has a spacious covered patio out front facing St. Claude Avenue. Galaxie’s handsomely restored gas station, originally designed by Walter Teague, offers a fabulous setting for a taqueria inspired by Mexico City street fare. Try the al pastor tacos, pork shoulder roasted with pineapple and topped with cilantro and jalapeno.

3060 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

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