Great Spots for Waterfront Dining Near New Orleans

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

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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

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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

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Landry's Seafood

You can’t get much closer to Lake Pontchartrain than at Landry’s Seafood. Fish specialties, seafood dishes and steaks are all served with a view of the lake and the adjoining historic Canal Lighthouse and Museum.  Photo courtesy: Landry’s Seafood

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Steamboat Natchez

Cruise the Mississippi River while enjoying a jazz brunch, lunch or dinner aboard the Steamboat Natchez. The two-hour cruise takes you down the lower Mississippi as you learn about the history and highlights of the port.  Photo courtesy: Steamboat Natchez

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Middendorf's

Take a trip off the beaten path to Manchac, La. for some of the best water views around. Middendorf’s has been serving customers their famous thin fried catfish since 1934. It’s well worth the trip.

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The Barley Oak

This Northshore beer bar and restaurant serves up more than 100 different types of beer and German grub along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. Grab yourself a Brat and a brew, and watch the sun set over Lake Pontchartrain.

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The Lakehouse

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.

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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

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Surfer's Rehab

This beachy bistro is open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.  If you arrive by boat, you may just find a band playing on the back deck. Photo courtesy: Surfers Rehab

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The Chimes

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

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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.

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Morning Call at City Park

Many people may not think of Morning Call as waterfront dining, but think again. You can get an order of beignets and sit under the ancient live oaks along the waterways of City Park.

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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.

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Poppy's Time Out Sports Bar and Grill

Another Spanish Plaza restaurant offering views of the Mississippi is Poppy’s Time Out. Catch your favorite sports team on one of their 21 TV’s while enjoying the views of the mighty Mississippi.

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Rips on the Lake

Take in some of the best views of Lake Pontchartrain from Rips’ large, covered front porch. The Mandeville restaurant along Lakeshore Drive offers brunch, lunch and dinner with a focus on seafood.

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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.

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Coquille's River & Rye

Pass a good time on the Tchefuncte River at Coquille’s waterfront spot.  Specials include $6 taco Tuesdays and $6 burger Thursdays. Live music is included at no extra charge.  Photo courtesy: Coquille’s River & Rye

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Waterstreet Bistro

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

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Phil's Marina Cafe

Just across the twin span and right off of Interstate 10 is this casual lunch and dinner spot. Seafood specialties are the name of the game here, and you won’t be disappointed.

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Michael's Restaurant

Fine dining in a waterfront setting is what you’ll find at Michael’s Restaurant, Located just off Highway 11, Micheal’s serves up some of the best steaks and seafood on the North Shore. Photo courtesy: Michael’s Restaurant

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The Landing Bar & Grill

Wednesday is steak night at this waterfront spot. You get a huge ribeye steak, baked potato, a salad, and a roll for only $20!  Photo courtesy: The Landing Bar & Grill

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The Blind Tiger

The Blind Tiger got its start in Bay St. Louis and had immediate success. Its newest waterfront location is 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

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