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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