Beautiful spring weather is here and there really is no better time to dine al fresco! Baton Rouge has some wonderful dining options with amazing patios great for soaking up the warmer temps and giving your little ones some room to move — a win for everyone! With so many wonderful options, I’ve included in my list options for everything from a casual family brunch to a romantic date night. If you’re looking for an amazing outdoor dining experience, add all of these to your list for dining out this spring and summer in the capital city.
The Rum House– Located just off of Perkins Road, The Rum House is the place to go for delicious cocktails and an array of Caribbean and Latin inspired dishes. With a large patio area and open air dining room, visit The Rum House for lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch. Visit between 3-6:30 on weekdays and enjoy awesome “Island Time” specials that can be enjoyed on their swinging bar stools.
Zippy’s– Offers delicious made to order Mexican cuisine that can be enjoyed in any weather on their large patio. Delicious queso, icy margaritas and a patio equipped with several TVs, Zippy’s is a great place to enjoy sporting events. Zippy’s also features kids night on Tuesdays: kids eat free with a purchase of regular entree.
Magpie Cafe (Perkins Road)- This precious cafe offers the best in local, organic farm-to-table specials that can be enjoyed in a quaint garden dining area. Magpie has awesome selections for a variety of dietary preferences and THE BEST hand crafted coffee. Magpie is great for a delicious lunch and amazing breakfast/brunch. The hand made pop-tarts are great for the kiddos and the gouda grits are hard to beat.
Velvet Cactus– For the BEST tacos and most amazing patio, look no further. Located near Town Center, Velvet Cactus offers unique Mexican cuisine, daily drink specials all which can be enjoyed in their expansive outdoor seating area surrounded but fountains and ponds. The patio at Velvet Cactus offers even the littlest guests a spot to make wishes in their fountains and play some fun outdoor games. And really, I’m not sure there are better tacos anywhere else.
City Cafe– Located on O’Neal Lane, City Cafe offers delicious local cuisine for brunch, lunch and dinner. With a recently added patio complete with fire pit, they offer live local music and other fun events. City Cafe features boiled crawfish when in season. Add City Cafe to you family’s rotation and you won’t be disappointed.
Tsunami– Planning a date night? Take your sweetheart to Tsunami and enjoy rooftop views of the mighty Mississippi and downtown Baton Rouge while dining on unique sushi, Asian cuisine and delicious steaks. Offering a welcoming rooftop bar area to enjoy cocktails you can sip your beverage while taking in some of the best scenery our city has to offer. From personal experience, this stunning setting may quite possibly be the best place to pop the question.
Curbside– The former food truck recently opened a very family friendly brick and mortar location. Located on Government Street, stop by Curbside for yummy burgers including homemade condiments, shakes (adult versions available) and a super cool patio that will be enjoyed by guests of all ages. Curbside offers unbeatable specials on weeknights and a patio that boasts movies, games and live music. Visit on Thursday for $2 kids meals and 1/2 off wine carafes, a deal most moms will appreciate!
Red Zepplin Pizza– For some of the best pizza in Baton Rouge, look no further! Red Zepplin recently expanded their patio area with added seating and sun shields for hot summer days and heaters for winter. Stop by from 4-6 and enjoy happy hour also offering $6 medium cheese pizzas. If you’re short on time, take advantage of their convenient drive-thru.