Great Spots for Courtyard Dining in New Orleans

Whether you're looking for inspiration for a romantic date or a beautiful spot to dine al fresco, courtyards provide a unique dining experience. Here's a list of great spots to eat while taking in an iconic part of New Orleans culture.

Café Amelie

This quaint French Quarter establishment offers mostly courtyard dining with just a few indoor tables. Diners can enjoy a great menu at this beautiful setting on Royal Street. Make sure you check ahead before just showing up. It often gets rented for special events and private parties. Photo courtesy: Cafe Amelie

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Shaya

The home of the 2017 James Beard “Rising Star Chef of the Year” and the 2016 James Beard Award winner for “Best New Restaurant” not only has great food, but it also has an excellent courtyard. Just off the main dining room is a sleek white courtyard adorned with green plants. The courtyard stays pretty shady due to the tall walls surrounding it. Tease your taste buds with this deviled egg demo from Chef Zachary Engel.

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Broussard's

Once a private residence, Broussard’s is a combination of buildings that all centers around a gorgeous courtyard adorned with a large fountain and an old wisteria tree. The Sunday brunch is a good time to visit the courtyard. They offer bottomless mimosas for $12. Photo courtesy: Broussard’s

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Bayona

This Susan Spicer restaurant is located in a 200-year-old French Quarter cottage with a beautiful courtyard. Located on a quiet stretch of Dauphine Street, you’ll forget you’re in the busy Quarter while sipping on cocktails in their courtyard. Photo courtesy: Bayona

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Café Degas

Tucked away on a stretch of Esplanade Avenue near the Fairgrounds is this French restaurant with an indoor/outdoor space. Relax while surrounding by the lush flora along this part of Esplanade. Photo courtesy: Cafe Degas via Facebook

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Commander's Palace

The grande dame of Uptown is not only known for its food but also its many dining rooms — including its courtyard area.  On Saturdays and Sundays, the jazz brunch features a special menu and live New Orleans jazz. Photo courtesy: Commander’s Palace via Facebook

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Court of Two Sisters

Well, the name says it all. Daily jazz brunches with Creole cuisine and a tree-covered courtyard makes the Court of Two Sisters a great outdoor dining spot in the heart of the French Quarter. Photo courtesy: Court of Two Sisters

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Brennan's

Head to this legendary French Quarter establishment for “Bubbles with Brennan’s” happy hour which takes place in the courtyard Monday through Friday. Don’t forget to try the world famous bananas foster invented here back in 1946.

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Avo

This discreet Italian restaurant located on Magazine Street took over the former Martinique Bistro space but kept the courtyard space intact. Photo courtesy: Avo

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