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Food With Outdoor Seating Near Me

Outdoor dining is more important than ever, though it has always been a central pillar of New Orleans food and drink scene, given the city’s affinity for courtyards, balconies, and porches. There’s such an abundance of al fresco options in every New Orleans neighborhood, so let this serve as a selection of some of the finest. A mix of new and old, backyard party vibes and chic sanctuaries, these are some of New Orleans’s best patios and courtyards for outdoor dining.

Don’t miss our other outdoor dining and drinking maps, including the best covered patios for when it rains, restaurants with heated outdoor dining for cold nights, and the best bar patios. Did we miss your favorite restaurant patio in New Orleans? 

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Santa Fe

3201 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

(504) 948-0077

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This Faubourg St. John restaurant draws crowds with simple but tasty New Mexico/Tex-Mex food, great margs and most importantly, its pretty, covered outdoor seating overlooking beautiful and bustling Esplanade.

2. Blue Oak BBQ

900 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

(504) 822-2583

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Blue Oak BBQ’s spacious patio fills up on game days, but then again any day is good for chilling at this popular Mid City spot. The creative kitchen and bar staff are always tempting with specials and happy hour runs from Tuesday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m. The smoked wings are always a good idea.

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3. N7

1117 Montegut St
New Orleans, LA 70117

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N7 is a tucked away gem on Montegut Street, a nonchalantly chic French-meets-Japanese eatery in Bywater with a gorgeous, candlelit patio, a soundtrack of cool French pop music, and bistro fare like steak au poivre and duck l’orange.

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4. The Elysian Bar

2317 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117

(504) 356-6769

This cool renovation of a Catholic church complex includes a lovely center patio for nibbling under the stars. Hotel Peter and Paul features the Elysian Bar, an intimate space run by the smart folks at Bacchanal. Order cocktails and small to medium plates — seafood and vegetable items are always memorable.

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5. Bratz Y’all! Bistro • Bakery • Biergarten

617-B, Piety St
New Orleans, LA 70117

(504) 301-3222

Schnitzel hanging over the plate, German beer and wine on tap, fresh baked pretzels, all kinds of sausages and a roomy area for kids to roam. That’s the gist of this friendly spot in the Bywater next door to Pizza D. Bratz Ya’ll has a few indoor high tops, but try for a seat at the communal picnic tables, where Fido is welcome and the vibe is beyond chill.

The patio at Bratz Y’all
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6. Cane and Table

1113 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

(504) 581-1112

Cane and Table delivers super cocktails on upper Decatur, along with a vegetable-forward menu that is best enjoyed in one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in the Quarter. Done up in tropical oasis meets tiki, this is the spot to enjoy the likes of avocado salad, tuna ala plancha, and garlic soup with sourdough croutons.

Best Outdoor Dining

Chicken Scratch
Chef Tim Byres’s fantastic new fried chicken restaurant shares its sizable backyard with his new bar, The Foundry, where bands play live music every weekend.

Mansion Restaurant at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Chef Bruno Davaillon, formerly of Alain Ducasse’s Mix in Las Vegas, serves luxurious dishes like wagyu beef tartare and foie gras with pistachio butter on the restaurant’s elegant, oak tree-shaded red-brick terrace.

Dallas/Fort Worth

Best Outdoor Dining: Chicken Scratch, Dallas/Fort Worth
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Chicken Scratch (pictured)
Chef Tim Byres’s fantastic new fried chicken restaurant shares its sizable backyard with his new bar, The Foundry, where bands play live music every weekend.

Mansion Restaurant at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Chef Bruno Davaillon, formerly of Alain Ducasse’s Mix in Las Vegas, serves luxurious dishes like wagyu beef tartare and foie gras with pistachio butter on the restaurant’s elegant, oak tree-shaded red-brick terrace.

New York

Best Outdoor Dining: The NoMad Rooftop, New York
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CREDIT: PHOTO © DANIEL KRIEGER

The NoMad Rooftop (pictured)
At his new restaurant The NoMad, “F&W Best New Chef 2005 Daniel Humm reinvents dishes like fruits de mer, creates new classics and borrows favorites from his Eleven Madison Park,” writes F&W editor in chief Dana Cowin. The restaurant’s rooftop has quickly become a coveted reservation, both for its phenomenal food and its view of the Empire State Building.

Shake Shack
Restaurateur Danny Meyer’s take-out kiosk in leafy Madison Square Park has spawned 15 locations over the past four years. Its fantastic burgers have a cult following among Gotham burger geeks.

Los Angeles

Best Outdoor Dining: A-Frame, Los Angeles
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Gjelina
Everyone from local artists to Victoria Beckham congregates at this hot spot for chef Travis Lett’s rustic but meticulously prepared Cal-Med food—much of it cooked in a wood-burning oven. A fire pit burns at the center of the red-brick-floored courtyard, surrounded by vintage tables.

The BLVD Restaurant at Beverly Wilshire, Four Seasons Hotel
Located in the white-hot center of Beverly Hills, this restaurant’s alfresco tables offer primo people-watching and celebrity-spotting on the corner of L.A.’s iconic Wilshire Boulevard and Rodeo Drive.

A-Frame (pictured)
At his second L.A. brick-and-mortar restaurant, Roy Choi (an F&W Best New Chef 2010) serves superb Korean-inspired pub food like spicy beer can chicken. The restaurant’s tree-flanked patio has long communal wood tables and a supercozy bonfire.

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Chicago

Best Outdoor Dining: Big Star, Chicago
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Chicago Cut Steakhouse
With a 120-seat bi-level terrace that boasts views of the Chicago River and the Loop, this is the legendary steak town’s ultimate outdoor spot for superjuicy dry-aged beef.

Big Star
Highlights of this supercool “honky tonk” taqueria from Paul Kahan (an F&W Best New Chef 1999) include excellent pork-belly tacos and greasy-good queso fundido (a glorious melted-cheese appetizer studded with chorizo). Dim lighting, fashionably disheveled bartenders and country music encourage down-and-dirty drinking of highbrow and lowbrow beers, but there are also exceptional cocktails by Violet Hour mixologist Michael Rubel. Both are best sipped on a large patio that has sleek metal tables and cheery bright yellow chairs.

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Toronto’s best new patios

 

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Toronto’s best patios right now

We’re in the middle of a wet, hot, sweltering summer. The way we see it, you can camp out in front of your air conditioner or—if you’re lacking in the manufactured cool air department—you can make haste to one of the city’s best new patios and sip something cold to subdue the scorch. These are different from the city’s outcrop of seasonal CaféTO patios: the new permanent sky-high spots, private dining bubbles and leafy backyards are here to stay.

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Outdoor Garden at Vela

A night out at Vela is a bit of an event, with menu items like wedge salads decked out with sunflower chorizo and a $75 caviar sandwich (not to mention an extensive wine list). If you’re in more of a freewheeling mood, their new drop-in, no-reso-needed spritz patio (complete with shipping container kitchen) is built for sipping boozy slushies and snacking on seafood tapas.
 

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Hawker

The indoor dining space of Kensington’s new spot is a sanctuary for pretty plant-based fare—crunchy papadums with cheesy cashew and cumin, arboreal-glazed parsnips with smoked tomato—but the back patio is an equally earthy oasis to sip refreshments like a turmeric juice and Earl Grey cocktail, served with or without a splash of tequila.

Sofia

Charles Khabouth’s Yorkville hotspot is now home to an alfresco oasis. Amalfi-style octopus and Abruzzo-esque pastas—plus plenty of technicolour cocktails—will do the trick if you don’t want to risk a Pearson rumble on your way to Rome.
 

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Valerie

Valerie offers sweeping views of the city from high atop Hotel X. It’s great for the obligatory CN Tower skyline snap, but stick around, get comfy on one of the many couches and take in the lake breeze with a tropical tipple in hand. Food comes courtesy of a Nobu vet, so expect sashimi, nigiri and other Japanese-influenced options.
 

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BlueBlood Steakhouse

If you feel like splurging or have a particularly great reason to celebrate (we’ll take anything these days), this Casa Loma steakhouse now offers brilliant bubbles for outdoor private dining. There’s a minimum spend of $1,000, but add in apps (like lobster bisque and Cognac cream or short-rib ravioli), entrées (bone-in strip loin from PEI, heaping Alberta porterhouses, Wagyu filet tastings) and perhaps a caviar service or two, and it’s pretty easy to hit that mark.

Writer’s Room Bar

The brand new incarnation of the iconic Writer’s Room is perched atop the Park Hyatt, and there’s simply no better view of the city to be found. New it is not, but a recent reno and an updated food-and-drinks program continue to make this the city’s most impressive patio. (In 1988’s Cat’s Eye, Margaret Atwood had a character “drink manhattans and look over the stone balustrade” of this particular patio. That could be you!)

Praise Bottle Shop

While many of the city’s new patios are big-budget bastions to alfresco enjoyment, the one at this Bloorcourt bottle shop is a little different. It’s a more serene (and less expensive) place to get a drink. There’s a stellar wine program packed to the brim with bottles under $40, a snack-heavy menu (think local cheeses and personal pizzas), plus they’re open from morning to night. Consider it a destination for “working” remotely, though expect your stay to stretch into the après hours.

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Photo by Renée Suen
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Bar Pompette

Also in the stay-all-day vein is Bar Pompette’s adorable back patio, away from the hustle and bustle of a busy stretch on College. It’s got all the same je ne sais quoi of its older sister: in the earlier hours, order a jambon beurre and a latte made with locally roasted beans; in the afternoon, swap out that coffee for some craft cocktails (including the fluffiest piña colada you’ll ever drink) and a broader spread of cinq-a-sept staples.

Paradise Grapevine Geary

Bloorcourt’s favourite wine bar has just swung open the doors of its second baby, a winery-slash-bar on Geary Avenue. The wine’s cold, the indoor dining room is spacious, and of course, it’s got a great patio just a few doors down from Parallel. If Famiglia Baldasarre and Blood Brothers didn’t have the short strip constantly buzzing, this opening rounds out what will surely be a Hot Geary Summer.

Neon Tiger

Last year, Neon Tiger took over what once was Playa Cabana’s massive back patio. Slip down an alley at Dupont and Avenue to find dozens of pastel-papered benches and bar seats. Snacky items include Canadian pub classics with a pan-Asian twist: wonton nachos dressed with bulgogi beef, lamb char siu sliders, poutine topped with tempura-battered squash, and blinis with Korean fried chicken and fermented chili sauce.

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