With cooler weather approaching, I like to combine my love for food and the outdoors by eating outside.  This isn’t just reserved for backyard barbecues anymore, Lake Charles has plenty of restaurants that have adopted the concept as well.

1. 1910 Restaurant and Wine Bar

Enjoy downtown Lake Charles in high fashion with great food, great wine and cocktails.  Also, take pleasure in the fantastic view of the public square at Ryan and Kirby streets, while eating Sunday brunch on the patio.

2. Pujo Street Café

If you’re looking for a casual to fine-dining experience in a New Orleans atmosphere, then Pujo Street is perfect for you.  Also located in beautiful downtown Lake Charles, their patio is covered as well as pet-friendly.

3. Luna Bar & Grill

Great food, eclectic atmosphere and local culture, all describe this fan-favorite! Luna’s patio is also home to a great live music venue; you can hear some of the area’s most talented musicians several days a week.

4. Loggerhead’s Riverside Resort

In Southwest Louisiana, there is nothing like a view of the beautiful Calcasieu River! At Loggerhead’s, enjoy casual outdoor riverside dining, with fantastic live entertainment several nights a week.

5. Rikenjaks Brewing Company

If you have a craving for Louisiana comfort food and freshly brewed beer, then head over to Rikenjaks!  Even better, you can bring the entire family and your pup to enjoy live music on their patio.

6. LaVoglia

Southwest Louisiana is known for our diverse food offerings, and now we can add authentic Italian to the list!  At LaVoglia, you can enjoy classic Italian cuisine while you soak in the views of the lovely Oak Crossing Development.

7. Zeus

When you’re looking for a combination of Mediterranean cuisine and outdoor dining, you’ll have to try Zeus Greek & Lebanese Café!  Zeus also features belly dancers in the evenings.

8. Restaurant Calla

Calla is a neighborhood restaurant presenting creative, seasonal, and sustainable dishes in an inviting and comfortable setting. Enjoy your dinner on the patio, while taking in the stunning views of Walnut Grove.


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9. Jack Daniel’s Bar & Grill – L’Auberge Casino Resort

Styled after the great roadhouses found throughout the U.S., Jack Daniels (R) Bar & Grill offers a 26-seat curved bar, fire pit and exciting live entertainment. Dine outside where the breathtaking landscape will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a tropical oasis!

10-14. Golden Nugget Lake Charles

You have lots of options to choose from if you’re wanting to dine outside at the stunning Golden Nugget Lake Charles. Choose from Blue Martini, Landry’s Seafood House, Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar, Grotto, or The Country Club, and take your dinner outside with a side of beautiful scenery.

Check out these great places too!

15. McFarlane’s Celtic Pub

16. Newk’s Eatery

17. Botsky’s Premium Hotdogs

18. Izzo’s Illegal Burrito

With all these great options, you can enjoy the great outdoors and delicious cuisine any day of the week!