Dining Out: Eight Places to Eat Outside
Dec 17 2020

Dining Out: Eight Places to Eat Outside

By: Abbey Hebert

As cold and breezy weather has finally arrived in New Orleans, many New Orleanians have the desire to be outside as much as possible. Besides, we all know that the CDC says that eating outdoors is safer. According to nola.eater.com, these restaurants below ensure not only a good dining experience, but a good outside dining experience. Many offer hidden courtyards and nice patios with relaxing string lights. Just in time for it to warm up a bit over the weekend, come on over to one of these restaurants and enjoy the brisk weather outside with a cocktail—maybe a warm one. And if you're the type who thinks that even 70 degrees is still chilly, never fear—some of these places have heat lamps.

Toups Meatery

Not only does Toups Meatery have vibrant and colorful murals on their wall, but they also have bright green umbrellas to help shade you from the harsh Southern sun. Though this restaurant has only been open since 2012, the Toups family has been in Louisiana for over three centuries, meaning that they are familiar with the food and tastes that are special to New Orleans. Join this restaurant for their Happy Hour on Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the bar. 845 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 252-4999, toupsmeatery.com

The Half Shell on the Bayou

Enjoy the brisk weather outside on one of Half Shell's cushioned benches. Their Happy Hour is every Friday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., offering a special that New Orleanians can't turn down: When you buy a dozen oysters, you get a half dozen for free. Customers often rave about this restaurant's salmon with asparagus in butter sauce. Don't miss out on the beautiful and tasty Half Shell on the Bayou. 2517 Bayou Rd., (504) 558-4403, thehalfshellonthebayou.com


Saint-German has a beautiful courtyard, complete with luscious plant life and quirky string lights. Come enjoy this decorative and unique restaurant in the Bywater; it's a place filled with murals and art from local artists. Saint-Germain offers specialty cocktails, wine by the bottle and by the glass, and delectable dishes. This restaurant even has two favored dishes returning: their fresh cheese, herbs, and toast plate and the chicken liver plate. 3054 St. Claude Ave., (504) 218-8729, saintgermainnola.com

Café Amelie

Café Amelie's French Quarter courtyard is the perfect staycation, and it is decorated with dainty string lights and has tall stand-up fire pits. Enjoy a relaxing brunch Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and indulge in a romantic dinner Fridays or Saturdays, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The salmon cake, which is served on a bed of greens with lemon aioli, is a customer favorite. Come to Café Amelie and see what everyone's raving about. 912 Royal St., (504) 412-8965, cafeamelie.com

Longway Tavern

While this restaurant's main entrance is on Bourbon Street, Longway Tavern has a hidden gem: their spacious and relaxing courtyard. Each table outside has a heater, which makes this dining experience enjoyable even in the cold weather. Come enjoy their delicious cocktails, such as the Satsuma Gimlet, with gin, satsuma, and rosemary cordial, or the Greena Coolada, with rum and green chartreuse. 719 Toulouse St., (504) 962-9696, longwaytavern.com


This restaurant and bar, which is located inside the French Quarter's W Hotel, has prioritized style in both their exterior and interior designs. The interior has elegant brass fixtures and warm lights illuminating the shelves of glass bottles. The exterior, however, has a beautiful fountain, which is wrapped with bricks and offers calming white noise. SoBou's patio is complete with string lights and heaters, so the cold won't be a problem! 310 Chartres St., (504) 552-4095, sobounola.com

Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar

Sidecar's patio is vibrant with color and interesting décor: On one wall, there are murals and paintings of plants, and, on the other, there are real plants hung from a wooden wall. In the middle of the patio stands a palm tree, and, in order to accommodate rapidly changing weather, there are both fans and heaters. Sidecar's oysters will have your mouth watering and leave you wanting more, and the oysters go well with their refreshing cocktails. 1114 Constance St., (504) 381-5079, sidecarnola.com

Red Gravy

Red Gravy's patio is brightly lit with multi-colored string lights, bringing lively energy to this Italian restaurant's backyard. Aside from the lights, Red Gravy also has the appeal of being on Magazine Street, one of the busiest and most exciting streets New Orleans has to offer. This restaurant's bustling and energetic atmosphere will ensure a good experience as you dig into their homemade pasta, which is made from passed-down family recipes. 4206 Magazine St., (504) 561-8844, https://www.restaurantji.com/la/new-orleans/red-gravy-/


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