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Best restaurants/cafes in New Orleans with outdoor seating?

My mom is visiting and I would love to take her to a cafe or restaurant somewhere in town that has a beautiful outdoor eating area. I saw a show on TV recently featuring some New Orleans gardens (all residential) and I thought... there must be somewhere around here that serves food and keeps a beautiful garden... the problem is, I don't know where!

Any moderately priced suggestions?

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  1. The Court of Two Sisters, in the FQ, has the outdoor space you're looking for; I know nothing of the food, but I'm sure others will chime in on that. Their website is courtoftwosisters.com

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    1. re: carolinadawg

      The Court of Two Sisters has the remarkable record of holding the reputation--earned or not--of having the least desirable food in the French Quarter and has been said so for over forty years. I have been to receptions there and had no ill effects and truly have no complaints about the food which was, to be fair, steam table stuff. Nothing wrong with it. But for the money you'll spend, you'd be better off elsewhere, I think, even though the Two Sisters courtyard is beautiful. Brennan's also has a nice courtyard and the food is generally considered to be more palatable.

      1. re: hazelhurst

        +1 Amelie, Green Godess has seating in Exchange Alley, no gardens though, Italian Barrel has sidewalk seating, ditto Palace Cafe, and Iris has a little courtyard.

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        The Italian Barrel
        430 Barracks Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

        1. re: CharlieH

          The Italian Barrel does have sidewalk seating, and it has a great hole in the wall but nice type of ambience. However, the osso buco I had there was devoid of taste -- lacked even basic salt and pepper which the server defended stating the chef cooked in the Northern Italian style "and that's how they like it." Yeah. Right. However, the cheese plate was amazing, and I've heard some great things about their pasta, which is what I will get next time. There were only 4 or 5 tables outside, so plan ahead. It's not outrageously priced, but it's not cheap. We had the cheese plate appetizer (it was large, and we shared), friend had pesto/shrimp pasta. I had the osso buco. He had 2 cocktails, and I had the Pellegrino. $100 not including tip.

          Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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          The Italian Barrel
          430 Barracks Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

          1. re: JanetLong

            i have yet to see really good reviews of Italian Barrel. our experience was very poor -- and we had the pasta. one stuffed variety didnt have the components advertised (due to a "national health outbreak" or some bs) and the other has the world's lest edible pesto know to man. plus everything was.

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/640162

            dunno, still waiting...

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            The Italian Barrel
            430 Barracks Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

            1. re: kibbles

              Yep. That pretty much sums it up. He had the pesto pasts with grilled shrimp, and I remember tasting it and thinking "not much" and he didn't like it at all. However, since I wasn't the one eating it, I didn't want to comment too much on it.

              That's just a dern shame. She could have a great place there, but if it's been there almost a year and hadn't met the bar yet, I doubt it ever will.

              FWIW, enough people must have complained about the cheese plate being $32, because it's on the menu now as a "half plate" priced at $16. I wouldn't have ordered it at $32!

              If I go back it will be for an AFTER DINNER drink :)

              1. re: JanetLong

                My take on the Italian Barrel is that they have a big opinion of themselves, nevertheless, they do simple things quite well, like the breseola on ciabatta with arugula, it feeds two easily. Likewise most of their salads make a delicious lunch for two. Strangely, I wasn't a big fan of the cheese plate, too many hard cheeses, and I thought the charcuterie plate, was more of a cold cut platter, too much ham. But I really liked the mushroom stuffed ravioli. For me, its just a very pleasant place to sit outside for a while and snack while the world strolls by, hard to beat for that in the quarter.

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                The Italian Barrel
                430 Barracks Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

              2. re: kibbles

                er, "everything was expensive" is what i meant to add, not everything was (not edible).

                yeah at $16 the plate is more in line. may check out one day. or may not.

          2. re: hazelhurst

            CTS has a decent breakfast and an outstanding garden, but jfood has it on the DNR list. The attitude of the host is just not worth the aggrevation.

          3. re: carolinadawg

            I know everyone says the Court of Two Sisters isn't the best food, but I've been there twice, both times with my father, who loves the courtyard. The food was fine, the drinks well-mixed, the waiters knowledgeable and the flaming bananas foster dessert a fun, tasty experience. I get that it's not a "foodie" destination, but in my [admittedly limited] experience, it is a really beautiful place to eat a leisurely afternoon lunch, and I've found the food satisfying.

            1. re: nola79

              Beautiful suggestion! I think we have a winner!

              1. re: aeliseb

                Cafe Amelie is very beautiful, but the two times I have been there (both for brunch) the service was very weird. Not bad, just kind of quirky. It bothers me that they do not toast the bread for their sandwiches, nor do they serve ANYTHING on the side. No chips, no fruit, no nothing. When you get a raw bread sandwich alone on a plate, it just looks kind of sad. BUT they have fabulous cocktails, and yes, a gorgeous courtyard, Bayona is stellar.

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                Bayona
                430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

                Cafe Amelie
                912 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

            2. I'd take my mom to Bayona.

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              Bayona
              430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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              1. re: BayouTeche

                +1 Bayona! Fabulous food. Fabulous courtyard.

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                Bayona
                430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

                1. re: BayouTeche

                  I agree..Bayona is the standout in this list.

                  1. re: Littleman

                    can do no wrong! get the crab salad. and if they have choc mint ice cream, get it! made fresh w/mint from their garden.

                  2. Bayona & Cafe Amelie. One for lunch & the other for dinner!

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                    Bayona
                    430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

                    Cafe Amelie
                    912 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

                    1. A slight twist on the OP's question. We will be visiting NOLA in early May with two large (but totally gentle and friendly) dogs. We want/plan to dine well, but hate to leave the dogs cooped up in the truck while doing so; nearby parking is also an issue either way. We'd love to have some suggestions about places with very informal outdoor seating where we could keep the dogs near our table but not cause any problems. We've done this in many places, but I have no idea where it might be possible in NO. We'd be grateful for any suggestions.

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                      1. re: johnb

                        I know nothing about their food, but I think this place is great anyway. It's called the Bridge Lounge and I refer you to their yelp page (http://www.yelp.com/biz/bridge-lounge...) because their website was not working for me. I love this "dog bar" because they allow you to bring dogs INSIDE. We have an 80-lb lovable mutt and he felt right at home here. Nice atmosphere, cheap drinks, and supposedly some good food. And 100% dog friendly? You don't see that in many places! I highly recommend it, especially because parking is plentiful. I plan to go back very soon myself!

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                        Bridge Lounge
                        1201 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

                        1. re: johnb

                          you didn't mention any specific areas, but people are always bringing their dogs into the Bulldog. There's one uptown on Magazine and one in Midcity as well. They have an outside patio area and you can order food there... regular bar food type stuff and a good selection of beers on tap.

                          1. re: johnb

                            Sorry to say, not a great many options in the Quarter, as mentioned above, Green Goddess and Italian Barrel would work well. Palace Cafe has seating on Canal and I imagine they wouldn't object. Napolean House and Maspero's have seating nearly on the sidewalk where you could keep an eye out. In the warehouse district, there is a poboy place on Andrew Higgins next to Cochon Butcher that has seating nearly outiside. St. James Cheese Uptown might accommodate you on their porch. I am thinking there are probably a number of options Uptown or MidCity that would work, what are your plans?

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                            Cochon Butcher
                            930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

                            Green Goddess
                            307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

                            The Italian Barrel
                            430 Barracks Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

                            1. re: CharlieH

                              Thanks for your thoughts. We'll be in town for at least four nights, will have wheels (a large pickup) and are in NO mainly to get caught up on all the good things to eat--eating well is the focus. It's been several years. We can go just about anywhere that we can reasonably park--the Quarter is fine but not mandatory, especially with parking. Anywhere around town is OK. Metairie is fine (in fact we'll definitely be hitting Morning Call and maybe Bozo's if possible), and I imagine we'll be crossing the causeway at least once during our visit. We will be staying at an RV park on France Road along the canal.

                              1. re: johnb

                                Bachannal is very close to where you are staying and they have a lovely courtyard, they are pretty laid back and probably wouldn't object. Likewise Elizabeth's is very near and you park on the levy across the street, food is excellent, you could keep an eye on the pooch from inside, very moderately priced. Jack Dempsey's is also right there, killer seafood platter, one feeds the whole family. Basically, I think you should probably try more of the neighborhood places like Liuzza's, Mahoney's, Joey K's, Parkway Bakery, Crabby Jacks, where even if the dog can't come in he won't be far. Mandina's isn't too expensive, River Shack could be good, off beat, its on the levy also, but on the other side of town. Boucherie is a excellent value for dinner. Or head out to Harahan and go to Charlie's for seafoood or R&O's or Deanie's in Bucktown. There are a lot of options. And we just got a dog park, off Marconi at Zachary Taylor, look for the fountain. And really all of City Park is very dog friendly, and be sure to visit Audubon Park, and Louis Armstrong and Waldenburg parks are right by the French Quarter. Have fun.

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                                Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar
                                3636 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

                                Mandina's Restaurant
                                3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

                                Crabby Jacks
                                428 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70121

                                Jack Dempsey's Restaurant
                                738 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

                                Joey K's Restaurant & Bar
                                3001 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

                                Deanie's Restaurant
                                7350 Hayne Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70126

                                Boucherie
                                8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

                          2. Here's a link from Times Picayune listing best outdoor dining restaurants in NOLA.

                            Bacchanal Wine
                            Bayona
                            Commander's Palace
                            Le Parvenu
                            Parkway Bakery and Tavern
                            Martinique Bistro
                            Rips on the Lake

                            http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/inde...

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                            Commander's Palace Restaurant
                            1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

                            Bayona
                            430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

                            Le Parvenu Restaurant
                            509 Williams Blvd, Kenner, LA 70062

                            Rips on the Lake
                            1917 Lake Shore Drive, Mandeville, LA 70448

                            1. Commanders Palace, Martinique Bistro