The streets, architecture and aroma of New Orleans puts a romantic feel in the air throughout the year. These elements paired with delectable foods and quaint settings make New Orleans the perfect romantic getaway, with dozens of date-night worthy restaurants. Whether it unfolds in French Quarter courtyards, Uptown bistros or beyond, we’ve rounded up our top picks for you and your date.
New Orleans’ Top Romantic Restaurants:
The alleyway of lights will draw you in, and the lush courtyard will make you want to stay a while. Enjoy French cuisine at Vyoone's in the Warehouse District, where the courtyard is ideal for a date daytime to night.
Just off Jackson Square, you’ll find this dimly lit carriage house and courtyard. The craft cocktails, killer playlist and French Quarter charm make it great for a first date and beyond.
This French Quarter tavern is from legendary bartenders, Chris Hannah and Nick Detrich. Enjoy a sophisticated selection of small plates and delicious hand-crafted cocktails.
This local gem is located Uptown, and has been a favorite date spot for those in-the-know for years now. Mussels, escargot, crepes and fondue in this magical ambiance will make you feel very romantic.
The Elysian Bar inside Hotel Peter and Paul will wow you as soon as you walk in the door. The retro yet exciting decor was thoughtfully planned out and transports you elsewhere.
Dine under stringed lights at this hidden gem in the Ninth Ward. Authentic French food, including specialty canned seafood flown in directly from France, can be found on the seasonal menu tucked behind a wooden fence.
Whether you're sitting at the bar having a glass of wine and some small plates, or seated in the front reservation-only dining room, Saint Germain will impress. The dining room was recreated to feel like the chef's home, and everything is made in house including the bread, cheese and butter.
Set in a Creole cottage in the French Quarter, dine inside or outside in a classic historic courtyard with James Beard Award-winning dishes from Chef Susan Spicer.
Calling all seafood lovers. The cocktails, courtyard and dim lighting at this Warehouse District eatery are sure to set the mood.
This open-aired Mid-City cafe was built around an oak tree. The setting is unlike anywhere else in the city and adds its own kind of romance.
Located on Lower Decatur Street, this restaurant exudes French Quarter elegance. The authentic Italian dishes and friendly staff will make you and your date feel welcomed.
Off the beaten path on Laurel Street Uptown, Patois sits in a quaint building and serves an immersion of French and Creole cuisine. The white tablecloth bistro has ideal date night ambiance.
The dim-lit space and homey decor of Jamila's Cafe is great for intimate conversation. The Tunisian Mediterranean cuisine makes for an exciting date night that is sure to impress.
Enjoy sophisticated Italian cuisine at Avo. Handmade pasta is standard, with innovative takes on seafood dishes. Ambiance is everything at Avo, with limited seating in an intimate dining room.
Need more inspiration? See a full list of New Orleans’ most romantic restaurants here.