Whether you’re looking to sip cocktails in the French Quarter, feast at a Japanese jewel box, or slow dance to smooth R&B tunes in the Marigny, New Orleans is home to countless romantic restaurants.
The city’s streets, architecture and laissez-faire attitude make New Orleans a great place to spend time with your loved one. Getting to know your partner better is easy with these sexy, candlelit and romantic date night spots.
1. Cafe Degas
Named for French impressionist painter Edgar Degas, this modestly sized restaurant is a true gem. Located on a tree-draped block of Esplanade Avenue, it evokes the charm of Parisian sidewalk cafes but is surprisingly air-conditioned.
This adorable brasserie was founded in 1980 by French artists Jacques Soulas and Jerry Edgar, who had the vision to combine French bistro atmosphere (with a New Orleans touch) with great food and an inspired wine list. Whether you choose to savor the classic salade nicoise, tender mignonettes of veal Parmesan or pan-seared rack of lamb with veal sausage, you won’t be disappointed.
2. Tableau French Quarter
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, Tableau is a three story restaurant that was opened by Dickie Brennan and shares space with Le Petit Theatre. This restaurant revisits the classic style of New Orleans cooking, blending European refinement and rustic simplicity for a true New Orleans dining experience.
A grand staircase spans three stories and connects private dining rooms, balcony dining with a view of Jackson Square and courtyard seating for an authentic New Orleans dining experience. This is a perfect place to take your date for dinner in New Orleans.
3. Cold Spot Creamery
New Orleans isn’t famous for its ice cream scene, but there are still some great places to go for a scoop. Cold Spot Creamery is a popular spot for a frozen treat, and the restaurant has plenty of healthy options too.
They have sorbets, sinless sans fat sweet cream, skinny vanilla ice cream, and creations for kids. You can even try a secret menu item like Key Lime Pie!
4. Toast New Orleans
Whether you’re looking for a caffeine boost or a leisurely breakfast for one, New Orleans has got you covered. From neighborhood staples that serve up some of the best New Orleans dishes around to iconic restaurants that will put a smile on your face, there’s something for everyone. Among our favorites is Toast New Orleans. The menu boasts a handful of breakfast specialties to please even the most discriminating tastes.
5. Longue Vue House
Longue Vue House and Gardens is a peaceful and stately estate that is worth visiting for a break from the French Quarter. It features 8 acres of lush gardens, a rare collection of Louisiana irises and a Discovery Garden for children.
Built in 1942 for philanthropists Edgar and Edith Stern, this historic estate was designed by Ellen Shipman. She conceived of the gardens as parterres with vistas, double camellia allees, and a Spanish Court inspired by the Alhambra in Spain.
6. Dee’s Coffee
A must see for visitors to this tasty burg, Dee’s Coffee is a winner. Located in the middle of the city, it’s the place to go for a snifter of your favorite beverage and some down-to-earth conversation. The staff is a hoot and the menu is chock full of the good stuff (seriously, the cheesecake is to die for). Best of all, it’s a place where you can eat without a care in the world.
7. New Orleans Jazz Museum
One of New Orleans’ best museums, the New Orleans Jazz Museum is a great place to learn more about the city’s musical heritage. There are many interactive exhibits and historical artifacts to check out.
Located in the old US Mint, this museum is an awesome way to explore the history of the city. It also offers free live performances each Tuesday.
8. Willa Jean Bakery
Located in the Central Business District, this modern bakery/restaurant is the perfect spot to grab a cup of coffee or breakfast pastry to-go. It also offers a full menu, including a few hearty options for the meat-eaters.
Named after Chef Partner Kelly Fields’ grandmother, this restaurant combines modern design with Southern sensibilities. It has everything from a great cocktail list to an impressive kitchen that demonstrates its commitment to quality ingredients.