With a multitude of nearby waterways like Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Borgne, Bayou St. John and the Mississippi River, there are a number of spots where one can dine on the water. From the North Shore to the South Shore, we've compiled a list of great places to grab a bite with a water view.
Brisbi's Lakefront Restaurant and Bar
Located just off Lake Pontchartrain on the New Basin Canal, Brisbi’s offers waterfront views from almost any table. You can sit indoors or pick a table on the outdoor, covered deck. The spot also has a great weekend brunch. Photo courtesy: Brisbi’s Lakefront Restaurant and Bar
The Lighthouse Bar and Grill
Straddling Gentilly and New Orleans East in an upscale RV park is this beautiful waterfront restaurant. Floor to ceiling windows allow for great views of the water and boats docked in the marina. The restaurant serves great barbecue and traditional New Orleans dishes, with a pretty extensive menu. Here’s another bonus: The restaurant has live music six days a week and the RV park rents waterfront villas which makes it a great spot for a staycation. Photo courtesy: Pontchartrain Landing RV Park
The Blue Crab Restaurant & Oyster Bar
Nestled along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain is the newest addition to the family of West End restaurants. The Blue Crab offers indoor seating upstairs and outdoor seating downstairs each with its own menu. Park your boat at the restaurant’s dock. Sit back, and enjoy the sunset. Photo courtesy: The Blue Crab via Facebook
Enjoy upscale waterfront dining with breathtaking views of the lake at The Lakehouse. The restaurant offers lunch and dinner on Thursdays and Fridays, as well as Sunday Brunch. Guests can also rent the spot as an event venue for weddings, corporate events and more.
Palmetto's on the Bayou
Set on Bayou Bonfouca and surrounded by lush fauna, this waterfront restaurant and event venue offers genuine Southern charm and hospitality. Dine on the 5,000 square-foot covered deck, surrounded by beautiful Louisiana Cypress or inside the elegant dining room. Photo courtesy: Palmetto’s on the Bayou
The Covington location of this popular beer bar and restaurant sits on serene Bayou Falaya. Boardwalks wind around the property leading to the water. Pull up to the restaurant’s dock by boat, kayak or paddle board. Get yourself some good grub with a great view. Photo courtesy: The Chimes
Restaurant des Familles
Fifteen miles outside of New Orleans on the edge of Jean Lafitte National Park, you’ll find this Acadiana-style restaurant along the shores of Bayou des Familles. The bayou is home to alligators, turtles, egrets and other wildlife. Keep your eyes open. You might just catch a glimpse of an gator while you eat.
The Crazy Lobster Bar and Grill
Spanish Plaza is not only home to the Riverwalk but it also hosues a couple of waterfront restaurants. At the Crazy Lobster, you can dine on traditional New Orleans dishes and steamed seafood while watching the ships pass by along the Mississippi River.
T River's Bar
Sitting along the mouth of the Tchefuncte River near Lake Pontchartrain, T River’s Bar is a casual, waterfront restaurant and bar with live entertainment. The menu features 12 different types of burgers, along with other food items. Enjoy some live music while enjoying the breeze coming off the lake.
This quaint restuarant sits along the Tchefuncte River in the heart of downtown Madisonville. Set inside a cottage style house, the restaurant serves up American Creole cuisine with seafood, chicken, duck and veal dishes. Photo courtesy: Waterstreet Bistro
The Blind Tiger
The Blind Tiger got its start in Bay St. Louis and had immediate success. Soon, it will open a waterfront location in Slidell. The food is fresh and never frozen. Try the Royal Red Shrimp or the Fish Tacos. Either way, you can’t go wrong. Photo courtesy: The Blind Tiger