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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