Whether you’re searching for a sunny breakfast spot or a breezy backyard under the oaks, it’s the perfect time to enjoy the fresh air and warm sunshine in Louisiana’s Playground! Here are my favorite places to dine alfresco! For all dining options in the area, click here

 

The Bekery

Quite possibly the most Instagrammable breakfast spot in Lake Charles, The Bekery’s spread of freshly baked quiche, scones, and cinnamon rolls pairs perfectly with piping hot coffee brewed from many specialty coffee roasters across the U.S. Their three separate patios boasts streaming lights, iron work dining sets, and gorgeous greenery. You won’t want to leave! Pro tip: order the Honey Lavender Latte-- you'll thank me later!

The Bekery New Location

 

Crying Eagle Brewing Company

Opened in July 2016, Crying Eagle Brewing Company is Southwest Louisiana’s only craft brewery. Pair your choice of pizza with one of their refreshing brews and relax to the sound of local music being played in their beer garden. You can even test your luck in a game of washers or cornhole with your friends!

crying eagle

 

Luna Bar and Grill

Luna Bar and Grill is undoubtedly a Southwest Louisiana staple. They are known for their Luna Tuna, but Chef Dave Evans also knows how to curate the best live music from near and far. One of the most coveted seats in town, Luna Bar and Grill offers superb craft beer and an eclectic, hip atmosphere. The patio features a brand new mural by local artist, Jeremy Price. 

luna bar and grill

 

Rikenjaks Brewing Company

Rikenjaks’ spacious patio fills up on Sundays for their Zydeco Brunch, but then again any day is a good day for chilling with your friends, family, and pets at this sweet spot. Indulge in Louisiana dishes such as alligator boulettes, a shrimp or catfish poboy, and even boudin! Rikenjaks is a hot spot in all seasons, but there’s nothing like enjoying Louisiana cuisine and brews in the summertime!

Rikenjaks

 

Paul's Rib Shack Barbecue

Affectionately called “The Backyard”, Paul's Rib Shack Barbecue’s backyard is adorned with beautiful oak trees, twinkling lights, and the lingering aroma of smoked meat. Owner and BBQ master, Paul Pettefer, will make sure you leave with a full belly and feeling like family.

paul's rib shack

 

The James 710

The James 710 offers a variety of flavorful creations with locally sourced spices, sprouts, breads and coffee. From beet hummus to fresh fish, brisket tacos and everything in between, the menu satisfies both the heart-healthy eater and the hearty, indulgent eater! The menu features 3 pages of wine, spirits and cocktail creations, sure to delight the sense. The patio is the newest addition to the restaurant, providing the perfect atmosphere for their Saturday Brunch featuring DJ Secret Stache. 

The James 710 patio

 

Restaurant Calla

Restaurant Calla's upper-level patio atmosphere provides magnificent sunset views with elevated casual dining and craft cocktails. Executive Chef David Phillips' cuisine incorporates locally sourced food to craft their melt-in-your-mouth menu selections. restaurant calla offers a phenomenal Sunday Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

calla

 

Panorama Music House

#GetDowntownLC at the newly renovated local hot spot, Panorama Music House! This two-story music house reopened with a full calendar of live music performances, every night they're open. Enter into the sophisticated lounge where you'll either venture upstairs for a birds-eye view of the performance stage and rooftop bar. Or, dance into the open-air dining space, featuring a wall-length bar with multiple TV screens, for a front-row seat to the nightly performance. The daily menu features bar favorites including nachos, burgers, pizzas, and more. On Sundays, the 90's Retro Brunch features 90's tunes, mimosas, and delicious breakfast items.

Panorama Music House

 

Captain's Table

This pet-friendly restaurant is quite the looker with an upper and lower decked patio, enhanced with flourishing greenery and draping lights. Whether you like them chargrilled, fried, or raw, Captain's Table's oysters are sure to please any seafood connoisseur. 

Captains Table

 

The Max

Opening in October 2021, The Max is the newest edition to the city of Westlake. Nestled at the National Golf Club, the family-friendly screened-in back patio offers sweeping views of the course. The Max is conveniently located minutes off I-10 and from Sam Houston Jones State Park. On Saturdays and Sundays, The Max boasts a delicious brunch menu complemented with bottomless mimosas. 

Food at The Max

BeauxDines’

BeauxDines' is a hit for those warm weekend afternoons when all you want is to experience the true Cajun joie de vivre. Their spacious patio boasts large fans and a covered roof to keep you cool during these hot summer days. Seafood is their specialty, so we suggest trying out their blue crabs and shrimp seasoned to perfection! *BeauxDines' is temporarily closed from September - November 2022 and will reopen in December 2022 for the kick-off of crawfish season. 

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Area 337

Latin food ways are on full display at Area 337, one of Lake Charles’ newest restaurants. Dominican Republic-born restaurant owner Gus Garden celebrates Puerto Rico, Colombia, Honduras, Venezuela and his homeland with plates full of flavor, color, meat and love. Area 337's patio is colorful and inviting, with fresh mojitos flowing and Latin music playing overhead. 

Area 337

 

Barstools Sportsbook at L'Auberge Casino Resort

There’s no better place to place your sports bets! Featuring a 24-foot video wall, 19 betting kiosks, 3 over-the-counter terminals, 22 slot machines, dining and drink specials and 45 TVs for viewing the best games— the new Barstool Sportsbook will have everything you need for a great experience. Chef Lyle Broussard's love of his local heritage carries over to the menu with authenticity, deep flavors and a simplicity that allows the ingredients to do the talking.

Barstool Sportsbook

 

Pujo St. Cafe

Sometimes, there's nothing better than visiting your favorite restaurant with friends. For 25 years, Pujo St. Cafe has been a local favorite, serving up an eclectic menu of comfort food and cocktails. Their outdoor patio is the perfect place for you and your pooch to hang out (ask for a water bowl to keep them hydrated!)

Pujo St. Cafe

 

Fire & Oak

Chef Andrew Green's newest restaurant, Fire & Oak, is tucked away in Oak Crossing – an enchanting nook in South Lake Charles complete with majestic oaks draped with lights. The patio is the ideal place for meeting friends for happy hour and sharing their coveted appetizers such as fried burrata and charcuterie board. You can’t go wrong ordering a blueberry mojito and relax while enjoying the breeze.

fire and oak

 

Chart House at Golden Nugget 

With sweeping views of the golf course and bridge and signature Chart House menu items such as fresh fish specialties and slow-roasted prime rib, they have created a unique menu and dining experience with both traditional and local flavors.

chart house