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21 Heated Restaurant Patios for Winter Outdoor Dining in New Orleans

When the temperature creeps down, turn to these top New Orleans restaurants to keep dining cozily outside

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Cold weather dining in New Orleans — it doesn’t happen often, but it happens, and New Orleanians like their courtyards. And, since outdoor dining is still the safest way to patronize restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more local spots have added patio heaters in the last two winters to ensure the option is available in most weather. Now in New Orleans, there are a range of places to visit for al fresco dining with a side of warmth, from barbecue joints to elegant French Quarter courtyards to family-friendly Mexican restaurants. Here are a select group of restaurants offering heated outdoor spaces this winter, great for open-air dining no matter the temperature.

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Boucherie

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Back in its original digs on Jeannette Street, Boucherie now boasts a lovely patio in addition to seating inside the romantic, charming cottage. The patio is fully heated for the winter with industrial room heaters, making for a cozy date night destination involving Nathanial Zimet’s refined seafood and meat offerings and a great wine list.

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Tito's Ceviche & Pisco

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Magazine Street’s Peruvian haven is always a fun departure from the cuisine most commonly found in town, with bright, fresh ceviches and tiraditos; flavorful, traditional Peruvian entrees, and excellent 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.

Vals feels like a party as soon as you approach, with a large, covered patio lined with picnic tables and surrounded by bright green turf beckons for tacos and margaritas. Outfitted with ceiling fans for hot weather and heaters for cold, it’s easy to stay warm dining outside here, especially with a spicy margarita and bowl of pozole.

The year-old Misa sits Uptown at the corner of Magazine and Bordeaux Streets, boasting a tree-draped front patio that makes for casual but elegant outdoor dining on a menu Israeli and Lebanese specialties, as well as solid cocktails. The cozy patio is also outfitted with a number of heaters of various shapes, making it a year-round option for refreshing Mediterranean fare.

The Velvet Cactus

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Kid-friendly, vibrant, and extravagantly decorated, the Velvet Cactus is a fun family outdoor dining destination for tasty Mexican and big margaritas. The massive, mostly covered and enclosed courtyard is outfitted with lush plants, colorful lantern lights, rock fountain structures, and of course, heaters that keep the party going in any temperature.

Haiku Sushi

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Haiku Sushi on Magazine Street warms up diners two ways during winter — with its excellent ramen, and its lovely (heated) patio. Open daily, the covered patio outfitted with ceiling heaters is a great destination for lunch or dinner and Haiku’s extensive menu of rolls, sashimi, dumplings, and soups.

Trep’s was built for pandemic-era dining and drinking — a mostly outdoor, kid-and-dog-friendly, full service restaurant and bar in Mid City. The various outdoor dining seating areas are equipped for all seasons, fully furnished with both industrial fans and heaters (part of its quest to serve as a game-day destination). The menu is a jumble of standard bar food and globally-influenced plates, but the burgers are good and the Friday oyster happy hour is solid.

Red Gravy

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Roseann Rostoker and Lou Lombardo now run their homey Northeast style Italian restaurant Uptown on Magazine Street, where an outdoor courtyard seats 38. If favorites like meatballs and red gravy, arancini, gnocchi, and chicken parmigiana don’t keep you warm enough, a table next to a vertical heater should do the trick.

Vessel NOLA

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This church-turned-restaurant in Mid City offers a large covered and heated patio with a clear roof above stylish wooden slats — think an oversized pergola with pizzazz. There’s a tasty, crowd-pleasing all-day menu featuring Mediterranean favorites, salads and sandwiches, and a brunch menu served on weekends. Don’t miss the cocktails.

Don Villavaso on the Bayou

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Don Villavaso on the Bayou is a great hangout, tucked away right off tree-lined Esplanade Avenue in the heart of Bayou St. John. The large, covered patio and cigar area is made even better with ceiling heaters in cold weather, making it a great stop for chargrilled oysters or a post-dinner nightcap.

Central City BBQ

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As if the fun, vivacious atmosphere and excellent barbecue weren’t enough, Central City BBQ also counts a huge, covered patio with hanging heaters as one of its draws. This spot is great for spaced-out, dog-friendly dining with friends — it’s also good for games.

Copper Vine

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Copper Vine is one of downtown’s top brunch destinations for a reason — the wine pub’s lush, gorgeous patio makes for a dreamy setting that’s ideal for the leisurely nature of the weekend meal. Come winter, that patio and an upstairs balcony are fully equipped with heaters, so go ahead and order that second bottle.

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Gris-Gris

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Eric Cook’s popular LGD standby for contemporary Southern cuisine also offers some exceptional seating options, from a beautiful private room to an upstairs balcony overlooking Magazine Street. Both the balcony and the outdoor seating area down below have heaters, ensuring a warm wintertime setting for happy hour drinks, weekend brunch, or dinner.

The upstairs balcony at Gris-Gris
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The Bower

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The Bower is still relatively new to the LGD’s booming dining scene, built during the pandemic by the owners of Tujague’s and sister restaurants Claret and Birdy’s. It boasts a large outdoor dining setup that’s protected from the elements and in the winter, outfitted with heaters. Try classic cocktails with a twist and new American cuisine like whole branzino with fennel; charred rapini with blueberries; and mussels with nduja.

Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar

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It doesn’t get much better than dining on the patio at Sidecar — what’s not to love about a vast selection of oysters and natural wine to be enjoyed in a lovely, tree-embedded courtyard? Located next to the Rusty Nail on Constance Street, the outdoor Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar delivers a large, heated patio (in winter), serving oysters by the piece or dozen, ceviche and tartare, and hefty burgers.

Vyoone’s

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Vyoone’s has one of the best courtyards in town, and it keeps that status even in cold weather — between fire pits and portable heaters, you can stay toasty here, whether visiting for brunch, happy hour drinks, a Saints game, or a delicious French-Louisiana dinner. As a bonus, Vyoone’s is a festive destination for special occasion gatherings with groups, small or large.

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. The courtyard, however, can’t be beat — the piazza space was previously used for drinks and hotel guests only, but is now a dining area in its own right, complete with reservations available. SoBou’s patio, covered with heaters and string lights, is open for dinner Thursday through Monday.

Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar & Bistro

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A true neighborhood gem, the French Quarter’s charming Orleans Grapevine can be counted on for its great wine selection and hidden courtyard, where individual table heaters come out when the weather calls for it. Visit for the rare wines, friendly atmosphere, and contemporary, hearty takes on American and French cuisine.

Cafe Amelie

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For a special dining experience in a lush French Quarter courtyard, the romantic Cafe Amelie offers a great setting for dinner or a leisurely weekend brunch. Tables on the heated patio are available to reserve for brunch Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and for dinner Friday and Saturday.

Galaxie

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One of the many taquerias to open in New Orleans in the last few years, Galaxie on St. Claude Avenue transformed a former service station into a cool, garage-style restaurant with tons of outdoor space. There are a couple of outdoor dining options here, from the main covered patio out front to the semi-structured, heater-equipped space on the side yard, also decked out with colorful string lights.

Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits

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The backyard party at Bacchanal continues through winter, with live music nightly (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.

Boucherie

Boucherie

Back in its original digs on Jeannette Street, Boucherie now boasts a lovely patio in addition to seating inside the romantic, charming cottage. The patio is fully heated for the winter with industrial room heaters, making for a cozy date night destination involving Nathanial Zimet’s refined seafood and meat offerings and a great wine list.

Boucherie

Tito's Ceviche & Pisco

Magazine Street’s Peruvian haven is always a fun departure from the cuisine most commonly found in town, with bright, fresh ceviches and tiraditos; flavorful, traditional Peruvian entrees, and excellent 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.

Vals

Vals feels like a party as soon as you approach, with a large, covered patio lined with picnic tables and surrounded by bright green turf beckons for tacos and margaritas. Outfitted with ceiling fans for hot weather and heaters for cold, it’s easy to stay warm dining outside here, especially with a spicy margarita and bowl of pozole.

Misa

The year-old Misa sits Uptown at the corner of Magazine and Bordeaux Streets, boasting a tree-draped front patio that makes for casual but elegant outdoor dining on a menu Israeli and Lebanese specialties, as well as solid cocktails. The cozy patio is also outfitted with a number of heaters of various shapes, making it a year-round option for refreshing Mediterranean fare.

The Velvet Cactus

Kid-friendly, vibrant, and extravagantly decorated, the Velvet Cactus is a fun family outdoor dining destination for tasty Mexican and big margaritas. The massive, mostly covered and enclosed courtyard is outfitted with lush plants, colorful lantern lights, rock fountain structures, and of course, heaters that keep the party going in any temperature.

Haiku Sushi

Haiku Sushi on Magazine Street warms up diners two ways during winter — with its excellent ramen, and its lovely (heated) patio. Open daily, the covered patio outfitted with ceiling heaters is a great destination for lunch or dinner and Haiku’s extensive menu of rolls, sashimi, dumplings, and soups.

Trep's

Trep’s was built for pandemic-era dining and drinking — a mostly outdoor, kid-and-dog-friendly, full service restaurant and bar in Mid City. The various outdoor dining seating areas are equipped for all seasons, fully furnished with both industrial fans and heaters (part of its quest to serve as a game-day destination). The menu is a jumble of standard bar food and globally-influenced plates, but the burgers are good and the Friday oyster happy hour is solid.

Red Gravy

Roseann Rostoker and Lou Lombardo now run their homey Northeast style Italian restaurant Uptown on Magazine Street, where an outdoor courtyard seats 38. If favorites like meatballs and red gravy, arancini, gnocchi, and chicken parmigiana don’t keep you warm enough, a table next to a vertical heater should do the trick.

Vessel NOLA

This church-turned-restaurant in Mid City offers a large covered and heated patio with a clear roof above stylish wooden slats — think an oversized pergola with pizzazz. There’s a tasty, crowd-pleasing all-day menu featuring Mediterranean favorites, salads and sandwiches, and a brunch menu served on weekends. Don’t miss the cocktails.

Don Villavaso on the Bayou

Don Villavaso on the Bayou is a great hangout, tucked away right off tree-lined Esplanade Avenue in the heart of Bayou St. John. The large, covered patio and cigar area is made even better with ceiling heaters in cold weather, making it a great stop for chargrilled oysters or a post-dinner nightcap.

Central City BBQ

As if the fun, vivacious atmosphere and excellent barbecue weren’t enough, Central City BBQ also counts a huge, covered patio with hanging heaters as one of its draws. This spot is great for spaced-out, dog-friendly dining with friends — it’s also good for games.

Copper Vine

Copper Vine

Copper Vine is one of downtown’s top brunch destinations for a reason — the wine pub’s lush, gorgeous patio makes for a dreamy setting that’s ideal for the leisurely nature of the weekend meal. Come winter, that patio and an upstairs balcony are fully equipped with heaters, so go ahead and order that second bottle.

Copper Vine

Gris-Gris

The upstairs balcony at Gris-Gris
Gris-Gris

Eric Cook’s popular LGD standby for contemporary Southern cuisine also offers some exceptional seating options, from a beautiful private room to an upstairs balcony overlooking Magazine Street. Both the balcony and the outdoor seating area down below have heaters, ensuring a warm wintertime setting for happy hour drinks, weekend brunch, or dinner.

The upstairs balcony at Gris-Gris
Gris-Gris

The Bower

The Bower is still relatively new to the LGD’s booming dining scene, built during the pandemic by the owners of Tujague’s and sister restaurants Claret and Birdy’s. It boasts a large outdoor dining setup that’s protected from the elements and in the winter, outfitted with heaters. Try classic cocktails with a twist and new American cuisine like whole branzino with fennel; charred rapini with blueberries; and mussels with nduja.

Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar

It doesn’t get much better than dining on the patio at Sidecar — what’s not to love about a vast selection of oysters and natural wine to be enjoyed in a lovely, tree-embedded courtyard? Located next to the Rusty Nail on Constance Street, the outdoor Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar delivers a large, heated patio (in winter), serving oysters by the piece or dozen, ceviche and tartare, and hefty burgers.

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Vyoone’s

Vyoone’s has one of the best courtyards in town, and it keeps that status even in cold weather — between fire pits and portable heaters, you can stay toasty here, whether visiting for brunch, happy hour drinks, a Saints game, or a delicious French-Louisiana dinner. As a bonus, Vyoone’s is a festive destination for special occasion gatherings with groups, small or large.

SoBou

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. The courtyard, however, can’t be beat — the piazza space was previously used for drinks and hotel guests only, but is now a dining area in its own right, complete with reservations available. SoBou’s patio, covered with heaters and string lights, is open for dinner Thursday through Monday.

Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar & Bistro

A true neighborhood gem, the French Quarter’s charming Orleans Grapevine can be counted on for its great wine selection and hidden courtyard, where individual table heaters come out when the weather calls for it. Visit for the rare wines, friendly atmosphere, and contemporary, hearty takes on American and French cuisine.

Cafe Amelie

For a special dining experience in a lush French Quarter courtyard, the romantic Cafe Amelie offers a great setting for dinner or a leisurely weekend brunch. Tables on the heated patio are available to reserve for brunch Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and for dinner Friday and Saturday.

Galaxie

One of the many taquerias to open in New Orleans in the last few years, Galaxie on St. Claude Avenue transformed a former service station into a cool, garage-style restaurant with tons of outdoor space. There are a couple of outdoor dining options here, from the main covered patio out front to the semi-structured, heater-equipped space on the side yard, also decked out with colorful string lights.

Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits

The backyard party at Bacchanal continues through winter, with live music nightly (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.

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