From exquisite food to impeccable ambience, dining in New Orleans is an unforgettable experience, but French Quarter courtyards take it to a whole new level. And right now the weather is perfect to sit outside and soak up some sun while you sip your cocktails or enjoy the crisp night air while you dine on divine dishes.
It must be said not all courtyards are created equally, so we’ve picked out our favorites. We’ve listed them for you in no particular order.
Located at the corner of Chartres and St. Louis, this historic landmark has a fascinating history dating back more than 200 years – with tales of ties relating to the plot to rescue Napoleon Bonaparte from exile! The beautifully designed courtyard features exposed brick, elegant archways, and an elegant fountain that will transport you back in time. But the building’s fascinating history and charming décor are only part of the reason for making the list.
Known for their authentic New Orleans dishes and world famous muffuletta, this gem redefines casual dining. (No, we’re not exaggerating!) Pro tip: Your dining experience won’t be complete without a Pimm’s Cup. It’s a New Orleans staple and Napoleon House quite possibly makes the best.
Crescent City Brewhouse
From tasty homemade brew to mouthwatering handmade hamburgers, Crescent City Brewhouse has cornered the market on best bar food! It’s nestled on Decatur Street with a quaint courtyard complete with a petite fountain, exposed brick, and French doors. This is a dining experience your senses will never forget.
Courtyard Bar and Grill
It’s the perfect place to pop in for a tasty po boy while you’re making your way down the infamous Bourbon Street. Their po boys are amazing, and you’ll be surrounded by all of the sights and sounds so you won’t miss a beat.
If elegance and romance is what you want, look no further than the courtyard at Café Amelie on the corner of Royal and Dumaine. Surrounded by a picturesque setting of cobblestone, exposed brick, fountains, and flowers, you’ll be transported to a lush, tropical paradise. This enchanting establishment serves delectable Louisiana dishes with a twist. We recommend the Shrimp and Grits for a starter – it’s heavenly!
While reservations aren’t required at any of these gems, you may want to make them anyway. Otherwise you could be in for a wait (although, with a cold cocktail and great company time flies!)
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