Moonlit balconies, hidden courtyards, and charming sidewalk bistro tables where you can watch the world go by... add in specially curated, multi-course menus at some of the city’s top restaurants, and you’ve got all the makings of an ideal al fresco dining experience.
This Restaurant Week, we’re eyeing coveted outdoor tables at places like Sylvain, where their courtyard feels like an under-the-radar hidden French Quarter oasis, or Commander’s Palace, which allows us to pretend for a moment that we’re living in the Garden District and just enjoying an elaborate meal on our oak-tree shaded patio.
If you’re in the market for a more casual dinner, both Katie’s and Boucherie have a laid-back, neighborhood feel with contemporary Southern cuisine. Or enjoy the sleek, plant-filled patios and modern cuisine at Copper Vine or The Bower.
Looking for views? The balconies at Tableau and Muriel’s have some of the best in the city, with opposite vantage points of beautiful Jackson Square. Or book a table at the indoor/outdoor hybrid dining room at Café Degas, where a tree grows in the middle of the room, giving off dreamy tree house vibes overlooking scenic Esplanade Avenue. No matter which one you choose, you’ll be sure to enjoy an unforgettable meal in an even more unforgettable setting.
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