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15 Exceptional New Orleans Area Restaurants With Views

From the Vieux Carre to the bayous of the Barataria Preserve.

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New Orleans is home to many gorgeous waterways, historic architecture, and the lush natural world surrounding it, from swamps and bayous to acres of moss-cloaked oaks, so what better way to take it all in than with a restaurant offering an epic view? From the storied streets of the French Quarter to the quiet bayous of Slidell and Marrero, here are the best restaurants with views in the greater New Orleans area.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Blue Crab

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7842 Lakeshore Dr
New Orleans, LA 70124
West End/Lakeshore: Great fried seafood platters, oysters and crab dip (naturally) overlooking West End. [Photo: Facebook]

2. Brisbi's Lakefront Restaurant & Bar

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7400 Lakeshore Dr
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 304-4125
West End/Lakeshore: Like Blue Crab, a menu that focuses on the West End seafood houses of yore. Great seafood, drinks, and views. [Photo: Facebook]

3. Landry's Seafood House

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8000 Lakeshore Dr
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 283-1010
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Lakeshore: Oysters, seafood galore, and even a pretty good Cobb salad make this location of Landry's—with the best views on Lakeshore Drive— a must for tourists and locals alike. [Photo: Official Website]

4. Dickie Brennan's Tableau

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616 Saint Peter St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 934-3463
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Quarter: Tableau brings Creole fine dining to the Quarter with epic views of Jackson Square. [Photo:Brasted]

5. Ralph's on the Park

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900 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 488-1000
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Mid City: Ralph Brennan's elegant Mid City restaurant overlooks the gorgeous mossy oaks at City Park. [Photo: Facebook]

6. River 127 Restaurant

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100 Iberville St
New Orleans, LA 70130
Quarter: More of a touristy buffet-style restaurant, this Westin spot does boast some of the best views of the Vieux Carre and river in town. [Photo: Facebook]

7. Steamboat Natchez

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400 Toulouse Street Wharf
New Orleans, LA 70130
(800) 233-2628
Quarter: Want the best views of the river? Hop aboard the Natchez for a brunch or dinner date.[Photo: Facebook]

8. Dat Dog

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601 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70116
Marigny: This location of weenie and beer emporium Dat Dog has the best balcony for people watching on Frenchmen, whether it's lunchtime or late night. [Photo: Brasted]

9. Middendorf's

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30160 Highway 51
Akers, LA 70421
(985) 386-6666
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Manchac: This seafood institution—less than an hour outside of New Orleans— is known for incredible thin-cut catfish and a location on the banks of the Pass Manchac. [Photo: Facebook]

10. The Barley Oak

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2101 Lakeshore Dr
Mandeville, LA 70448
(985) 727-7420
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Northshore: This Mandeville draught house features tons of great brews and sandwiches along with a gorgeous view of Lake Pontchartrain. [Photo: Facebook]

11. Restaurant des Familles

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7163 Barataria Blvd
Crown Point, LA 70072
(504) 689-7834
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Crown Point: If you're heading out to Jean Lafitte State Park to hike or take a swamp tour, a stop at Cajun eatery Restaurant des Familles is in store, with views of Bayou des Familles, including occasional gators, out back.[Photo:Facebook]

12. The Lighthouse Bar

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6001 France Rd
New Orleans, LA 70126
(504) 301-2218
Pontchartrain Park: Live music, cocktails, barbecue and more overlooking Lake Pontchartrain in one of New Orleans' best kept waterfront secrets, the RV park Pontchartrain Landing. [Photo: Facebook]

13. Palmetto's On The Bayou

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1901 Bayou Ln
Slidell, LA 70458
(985) 643-0050
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Slidell: This Slidell fine dining establishment includes a back deck overlooking the Bayou Bonfouca. [Photo: Facebook]

14. Morning Call

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City Park - Casino Building
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 300-1157
Mid City: Located in City Park's historic Casino building, this beignet and cafe au lait spot usually has live music in the outdoor area, with various forms of wildlife—including children— fluttering about the nearby lagoon. [Photo: ENOLA]

15. Audubon Clubhouse Cafe

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6500 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 212-5285
Uptown: A view of Audubon Park's century old oak trees is best enjoyed on the cafe's veranda with a mimosa in hand during the Sunday buffet brunch, or during a casual lunch.[Photo: Yelp/Leslie P.]

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1. The Blue Crab

7842 Lakeshore Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124
West End/Lakeshore: Great fried seafood platters, oysters and crab dip (naturally) overlooking West End. [Photo: Facebook]
7842 Lakeshore Dr
New Orleans, LA 70124

2. Brisbi's Lakefront Restaurant & Bar

7400 Lakeshore Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124
West End/Lakeshore: Like Blue Crab, a menu that focuses on the West End seafood houses of yore. Great seafood, drinks, and views. [Photo: Facebook]
7400 Lakeshore Dr
New Orleans, LA 70124

3. Landry's Seafood House

8000 Lakeshore Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124
Lakeshore: Oysters, seafood galore, and even a pretty good Cobb salad make this location of Landry's—with the best views on Lakeshore Drive— a must for tourists and locals alike. [Photo: Official Website]
8000 Lakeshore Dr
New Orleans, LA 70124

4. Dickie Brennan's Tableau

616 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Quarter: Tableau brings Creole fine dining to the Quarter with epic views of Jackson Square. [Photo:Brasted]
616 Saint Peter St
New Orleans, LA 70116

5. Ralph's on the Park

900 City Park Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Mid City: Ralph Brennan's elegant Mid City restaurant overlooks the gorgeous mossy oaks at City Park. [Photo: Facebook]
900 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

6. River 127 Restaurant

100 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Quarter: More of a touristy buffet-style restaurant, this Westin spot does boast some of the best views of the Vieux Carre and river in town. [Photo: Facebook]
100 Iberville St
New Orleans, LA 70130

7. Steamboat Natchez

400 Toulouse Street Wharf, New Orleans, LA 70130
Quarter: Want the best views of the river? Hop aboard the Natchez for a brunch or dinner date.[Photo: Facebook]
400 Toulouse Street Wharf
New Orleans, LA 70130

8. Dat Dog

601 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Marigny: This location of weenie and beer emporium Dat Dog has the best balcony for people watching on Frenchmen, whether it's lunchtime or late night. [Photo: Brasted]
601 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70116

9. Middendorf's

30160 Highway 51, Akers, LA 70421
Manchac: This seafood institution—less than an hour outside of New Orleans— is known for incredible thin-cut catfish and a location on the banks of the Pass Manchac. [Photo: Facebook]
30160 Highway 51
Akers, LA 70421

10. The Barley Oak

2101 Lakeshore Dr, Mandeville, LA 70448
Northshore: This Mandeville draught house features tons of great brews and sandwiches along with a gorgeous view of Lake Pontchartrain. [Photo: Facebook]
2101 Lakeshore Dr
Mandeville, LA 70448

11. Restaurant des Familles

7163 Barataria Blvd, Crown Point, LA 70072
Crown Point: If you're heading out to Jean Lafitte State Park to hike or take a swamp tour, a stop at Cajun eatery Restaurant des Familles is in store, with views of Bayou des Familles, including occasional gators, out back.[Photo:Facebook]
7163 Barataria Blvd
Crown Point, LA 70072

12. The Lighthouse Bar

6001 France Rd, New Orleans, LA 70126
Pontchartrain Park: Live music, cocktails, barbecue and more overlooking Lake Pontchartrain in one of New Orleans' best kept waterfront secrets, the RV park Pontchartrain Landing. [Photo: Facebook]
6001 France Rd
New Orleans, LA 70126

13. Palmetto's On The Bayou

1901 Bayou Ln, Slidell, LA 70458
Slidell: This Slidell fine dining establishment includes a back deck overlooking the Bayou Bonfouca. [Photo: Facebook]
1901 Bayou Ln
Slidell, LA 70458

14. Morning Call

City Park - Casino Building, New Orleans, LA 70124
Mid City: Located in City Park's historic Casino building, this beignet and cafe au lait spot usually has live music in the outdoor area, with various forms of wildlife—including children— fluttering about the nearby lagoon. [Photo: ENOLA]
City Park - Casino Building
New Orleans, LA 70124

15. Audubon Clubhouse Cafe

6500 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118
Uptown: A view of Audubon Park's century old oak trees is best enjoyed on the cafe's veranda with a mimosa in hand during the Sunday buffet brunch, or during a casual lunch.[Photo: Yelp/Leslie P.]
6500 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70118

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