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Where to Find Heated Restaurant Patios for Winter Dining in New Orleans

From fire pits to heaters, these restaurants have winterized their outdoor seating areas for optimal cold weather dining

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Heated patios aren’t typically a top priority for New Orleans restaurants, but like everything else right now, this winter is different. Many customers are currently avoiding dining rooms, as studies indicate a lower risk of exposure to COVID-19 outside than in enclosed spaces. Restaurants and bars have been able to expand their outdoor dining onto sidewalks, parking lots, and streets in recent months, providing a small, much-needed boost.

With cold weather making an appearance in New Orleans, more restaurants are adding heaters to their outdoor dining areas, in some cases with help from the city’s outdoor dining grant program. Here are a select group of restaurants currently offering heated outdoor spaces, great for open-air dining no matter the temperature.

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NOTE: Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Louisiana Department of Health website.

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1. Rosedale Restaurant

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801 Rosedale Dr
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 309-9595
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Rosedale is Susan Spicer’s casual, neighborhood spot in Lakeview, a family-friendly restaurant serving some of the best versions of Creole and Southern American comfort food to be found in New Orleans. Spicer has expanded outdoor seating outside the converted police station, as well as added sun shades and a system of heaters.

2. Toups Meatery

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845 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 252-4999
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Celebrity chef Isaac Toups opened Toups’ Meatery before his cookbook fame, and now focuses most of his attention there following the closure of Toups’ South. It shows, with the Carrollton Avenue restaurant’s housemade charcuterie, Cajun comfort food, weekend brunch menu, and nightly specials better than ever. Open for dine-in, takeout, and seating on the heated patio for dinner Monday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m., lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and brunch Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (10 a.m. on Sunday).

3. Trep's

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4327 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 581-8900
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Treps is the latest food venture from local developer Sidney Torres IV, who partnered with Danny Akers, Jerry Mixon, and David Carmi to open the full service restaurant and bar in Mid City this September. With a design centered around outdoor dining and a mid-pandemic debut, the patio area is equipped for all seasons, fully furnished with both industrial fans and heaters. The self-proclaimed pet and family-friendly restaurant is serving up a menu of “global comfort food,” ranging from burgers and bar food to spiced lamb and curry mussels, Thursday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

4. The Half Shell on the Bayou

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2517 Bayou Rd
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 558-4403
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It’s easy to stay warm on the amazing patio at Half Shell, where a centrally-located fire pit is complemented by heaters throughout. Shucked to order oysters are always available (and the happy hour is killer), along with chargrilled, BBQ shrimp, blackened redfish, and seafood po’boys.

5. Vessel NOLA

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3835 Iberville St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 603-2775
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Inside and out, Vessel is a religious experience. The gorgeous church-turned-restaurant in Mid City offers a large covered and heated 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 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends.

6. Saint-Germain

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3054 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 218-8729
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Saint Germain completed its lovely courtyard a few months after first opening in Bywater two years ago, and in a prescient move, it included a network of heaters. While the restaurant’s prix fixe tasting menu (served inside in the 12-seat dining room) is a must-try, the menu of snacks served in the courtyard offers an equally enjoyable experience. Excellent cocktails, wine by the bottle or glass, and dishes like vegetable crudités rolled in crispy wild rice and a fried chicken sandwich are available Wednesday through Sunday evenings.

7. Cafe Amelie

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912 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 412-8965
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For a special dining experience in a wonderfully lush French Quarter courtyard, the ever-romantic Cafe Amelie offers a true New Orleans setting for dinner or a leisurely weekend brunch. Tables on the heated patio are available 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.

8. Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits

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600 Poland Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 948-9111
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The backyard party at Bacchanal continues this winter, where live music has returned nightly from 6 to 9 p.m. (except on Tuesday, when it’s closed). Choose a bottle of wine and cheeses and meats to sample on the heated courtyard or order from the excellent kitchen, serving Mediterranean-inspired small plates, fresh pasta dishes, and a few entrees.

9. Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar & Bistro

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720 Orleans St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 523-1930
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French Quarter gem Orleans Grapevine has a great courtyard, and now each table table has it own heater located below the umbrella to be adjusted to individual preference. With a great wine list and contemporary, hearty takes on American and French cuisine, it’s one of the Quarter’s few best kept secrets. Open Thursday through Sunday from 4 to 10 p.m.

10. SoBou

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310 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 552-4095
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This eclectic restaurant and bar located in the French Quarter’s W Hotel has always been about its stylish interior — a dark dining room outfitted with brass fixtures and lined with shelves of glass bottles lit by warm neon lights. Now, the focus is courtyard dining, with the Brennan family turning a piazza space previously used for drinks and hotel guests into an outdoor dining room for the restaurant. SoBou’s patio, covered with heaters and string lights, is now open for dinner Thursday through Monday.

11. Cochon

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930 Tchoupitoulas St suite a
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 588-2123
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Donald Link’s hugely popular swine-centric restaurant in the Warehouse District previously had a few sidewalk tables, but has been able to add a great deal of outdoor seating since the city allowed restaurants to expand into public rights of way. Cochon now has tables set up along Tchoupitoulas Street and Andrew Higgins Boulevard, dotted with heaters, available for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday.

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12. Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar

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1114 Constance St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 381-5079
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The owners of rowdy Warehouse District bar Rusty Nail opened Sidecar over the summer, combining their backgrounds at the oyster-focused Cooter Brown’s with the patio space Rusty Nail is popular for. Located on the lot adjacent to the bar on Constance Street, Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar delivers a large, heated patio, oysters by the piece or dozen, and other bites like gulf fish ceviche, tuna tartare, hefty burgers, and a bibb wedge.

13. The Bower

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1320 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 582-9738
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The Bower is the newest restaurant and bar from Mark and Candace Latter, owners of iconic New Orleans restaurant Tujague’s. About six months after the couple opened Claret Wine & Cocktail Bar in the LGD’s new Framework development, they followed with the Bower next door, but had to immediately shut down due to the pandemic. They were able to reopen a few months ago with a new, heated outdoor setup, serving cocktails and new American cuisine with a focus on vegetables from local farm Sugar Roots; dishes like whole branzino with fennel; charred rapini with blueberries; and mussels with nduja, cherry tomatoes, fennel, and garganega.

14. Mosquito Supper Club

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3824 Dryades St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 494-9777
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Mosquito Supper Club reopened over the summer with a new approach, swapping out family-style picnic table dining for private tables, seats at the restaurant’s new wine bar, and oysters in the garden. Mosquito is now offering the wine bar menu on the porch and in the courtyard, available via walk-in or reservation Thursday through Sunday.

15. The Chloe

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4125 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 541-5500
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The new restaurant in a boutique hotel from local hospitality group LeBlanc + Smith (SylvainLongway Tavern, and Cavan) is lead by chef Todd Pulsinelli, serving a menu of “21st century New Orleans” cuisine — items like shrimp etouffee dumplings; pork cheeks with Coca-Cola fish sauce; and gumbo z’herbes agnolotti. The restaurant’s stylish dining room is complemented by a large, heated outdoor patio in a lush, poolside setting.

16. Saba

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5757 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 324-7770
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The modern Israeli restaurant from acclaimed chef Alon Shaya on Magazine Street quickly set up a festive, covered outdoor dining area out front to add to its existing outdoor seating amid the pandemic, and has continued to weather-proof the space. If the heated, walled tents are too indoor-adjacent as a dining option, there are also tables outside the tent with portable heaters at each.

17. Red Gravy

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4206 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

When it became clear that Red Gravy’s CBD location would suffer from lack of activity downtown amid the pandemic, Roseann and Lou Rostoker moved the homey Northeast style Italian restaurant to Uptown. Taking over the Magazine Street space also allowed the couple to add 38 seats outside, where they serve customer favorites like meatballs and red gravy, arancini, gnocchi, and chicken parmigiana in a spacious, heated courtyard.

18. Tito's Ceviche & Pisco

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5015 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 267-7612
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Magazine Street’s Peruvian haven Tito’s is always a fun departure from the cuisine most commonly found in town, with bright, fresh ceviches and tiraditos, flavorful, traditional Peruvian entrees, and top-notch pisco and pisco-based cocktails. The outdoor setup to the side of the restaurant is adequately spaced and each table has its own heater, making it a great winter option.

19. Haiku Sushi

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4430 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 301-0850
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Haiku Sushi on Magazine Street is warming up diners two ways this winter — it’s excellent ramen and a lovely front patio decked with heaters. Open from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, serving an extensive menu of rolls, sashimi, dumplings, and soups.

1. Rosedale Restaurant

801 Rosedale Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124

Rosedale is Susan Spicer’s casual, neighborhood spot in Lakeview, a family-friendly restaurant serving some of the best versions of Creole and Southern American comfort food to be found in New Orleans. Spicer has expanded outdoor seating outside the converted police station, as well as added sun shades and a system of heaters.

801 Rosedale Dr
New Orleans, LA 70124

2. Toups Meatery

845 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

Celebrity chef Isaac Toups opened Toups’ Meatery before his cookbook fame, and now focuses most of his attention there following the closure of Toups’ South. It shows, with the Carrollton Avenue restaurant’s housemade charcuterie, Cajun comfort food, weekend brunch menu, and nightly specials better than ever. Open for dine-in, takeout, and seating on the heated patio for dinner Monday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m., lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and brunch Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (10 a.m. on Sunday).

845 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

3. Trep's

4327 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Treps is the latest food venture from local developer Sidney Torres IV, who partnered with Danny Akers, Jerry Mixon, and David Carmi to open the full service restaurant and bar in Mid City this September. With a design centered around outdoor dining and a mid-pandemic debut, the patio area is equipped for all seasons, fully furnished with both industrial fans and heaters. The self-proclaimed pet and family-friendly restaurant is serving up a menu of “global comfort food,” ranging from burgers and bar food to spiced lamb and curry mussels, Thursday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

4327 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119

4. The Half Shell on the Bayou

2517 Bayou Rd, New Orleans, LA 70119

It’s easy to stay warm on the amazing patio at Half Shell, where a centrally-located fire pit is complemented by heaters throughout. Shucked to order oysters are always available (and the happy hour is killer), along with chargrilled, BBQ shrimp, blackened redfish, and seafood po’boys.

2517 Bayou Rd
New Orleans, LA 70119

5. Vessel NOLA

3835 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Inside and out, Vessel is a religious experience. The gorgeous church-turned-restaurant in Mid City offers a large covered and heated 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 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends.

3835 Iberville St
New Orleans, LA 70119

6. Saint-Germain

3054 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

Saint Germain completed its lovely courtyard a few months after first opening in Bywater two years ago, and in a prescient move, it included a network of heaters. While the restaurant’s prix fixe tasting menu (served inside in the 12-seat dining room) is a must-try, the menu of snacks served in the courtyard offers an equally enjoyable experience. Excellent cocktails, wine by the bottle or glass, and dishes like vegetable crudités rolled in crispy wild rice and a fried chicken sandwich are available Wednesday through Sunday evenings.

3054 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

7. Cafe Amelie

912 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

For a special dining experience in a wonderfully lush French Quarter courtyard, the ever-romantic Cafe Amelie offers a true New Orleans setting for dinner or a leisurely weekend brunch. Tables on the heated patio are available 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

8. Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits

600 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

The backyard party at Bacchanal continues this winter, where live music has returned nightly from 6 to 9 p.m. (except on Tuesday, when it’s closed). Choose a bottle of wine and cheeses and meats to sample on the heated courtyard or order from the excellent kitchen, serving Mediterranean-inspired small plates, fresh pasta dishes, and a few entrees.

600 Poland Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

9. Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar & Bistro

720 Orleans St, New Orleans, LA 70116

French Quarter gem Orleans Grapevine has a great courtyard, and now each table table has it own heater located below the umbrella to be adjusted to individual preference. With a great wine list and contemporary, hearty takes on American and French cuisine, it’s one of the Quarter’s few best kept secrets. Open Thursday through Sunday from 4 to 10 p.m.

720 Orleans St
New Orleans, LA 70116

10. SoBou

310 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

This eclectic restaurant and bar located in the French Quarter’s W Hotel has always been about its stylish interior — a dark dining room outfitted with brass fixtures and lined with shelves of glass bottles lit by warm neon lights. Now, the focus is courtyard dining, with the Brennan family turning a piazza space previously used for drinks and hotel guests into an outdoor dining room for the restaurant. SoBou’s patio, covered with heaters and string lights, is now open for dinner Thursday through Monday.

310 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. Cochon

930 Tchoupitoulas St suite a, New Orleans, LA 70130

Donald Link’s hugely popular swine-centric restaurant in the Warehouse District previously had a few sidewalk tables, but has been able to add a great deal of outdoor seating since the city allowed restaurants to expand into public rights of way. Cochon now has tables set up along Tchoupitoulas Street and Andrew Higgins Boulevard, dotted with heaters, available for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday.

930 Tchoupitoulas St suite a
New Orleans, LA 70130

12. Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar

1114 Constance St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The owners of rowdy Warehouse District bar Rusty Nail opened Sidecar over the summer, combining their backgrounds at the oyster-focused Cooter Brown’s with the patio space Rusty Nail is popular for. Located on the lot adjacent to the bar on Constance Street, Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar delivers a large, heated patio, oysters by the piece or dozen, and other bites like gulf fish ceviche, tuna tartare, hefty burgers, and a bibb wedge.

1114 Constance St
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. The Bower

1320 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The Bower is the newest restaurant and bar from Mark and Candace Latter, owners of iconic New Orleans restaurant Tujague’s. About six months after the couple opened Claret Wine & Cocktail Bar in the LGD’s new Framework development, they followed with the Bower next door, but had to immediately shut down due to the pandemic. They were able to reopen a few months ago with a new, heated outdoor setup, serving cocktails and new American cuisine with a focus on vegetables from local farm Sugar Roots; dishes like whole branzino with fennel; charred rapini with blueberries; and mussels with nduja, cherry tomatoes, fennel, and garganega.

1320 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

14. Mosquito Supper Club

3824 Dryades St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Mosquito Supper Club reopened over the summer with a new approach, swapping out family-style picnic table dining for private tables, seats at the restaurant’s new wine bar, and oysters in the garden. Mosquito is now offering the wine bar menu on the porch and in the courtyard, available via walk-in or reservation Thursday through Sunday.

3824 Dryades St
New Orleans, LA 70115

15. The Chloe

4125 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

The new restaurant in a boutique hotel from local hospitality group LeBlanc + Smith (SylvainLongway Tavern, and Cavan) is lead by chef Todd Pulsinelli, serving a menu of “21st century New Orleans” cuisine — items like shrimp etouffee dumplings; pork cheeks with Coca-Cola fish sauce; and gumbo z’herbes agnolotti. The restaurant’s stylish dining room is complemented by a large, heated outdoor patio in a lush, poolside setting.

4125 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

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16. Saba

5757 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

The modern Israeli restaurant from acclaimed chef Alon Shaya on Magazine Street quickly set up a festive, covered outdoor dining area out front to add to its existing outdoor seating amid the pandemic, and has continued to weather-proof the space. If the heated, walled tents are too indoor-adjacent as a dining option, there are also tables outside the tent with portable heaters at each.

5757 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

17. Red Gravy

4206 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

When it became clear that Red Gravy’s CBD location would suffer from lack of activity downtown amid the pandemic, Roseann and Lou Rostoker moved the homey Northeast style Italian restaurant to Uptown. Taking over the Magazine Street space also allowed the couple to add 38 seats outside, where they serve customer favorites like meatballs and red gravy, arancini, gnocchi, and chicken parmigiana in a spacious, heated courtyard.

4206 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

18. Tito's Ceviche & Pisco

5015 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Magazine Street’s Peruvian haven Tito’s is always a fun departure from the cuisine most commonly found in town, with bright, fresh ceviches and tiraditos, flavorful, traditional Peruvian entrees, and top-notch pisco and pisco-based cocktails. The outdoor setup to the side of the restaurant is adequately spaced and each table has its own heater, making it a great winter option.

5015 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

19. Haiku Sushi

4430 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Haiku Sushi on Magazine Street is warming up diners two ways this winter — it’s excellent ramen and a lovely front patio decked with heaters. Open from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, serving an extensive menu of rolls, sashimi, dumplings, and soups.

4430 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

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