If you need kid-friendly things to do in Baton Rouge, we have you covered. There is everything from indoor Baton Rouge family fun, Baton Rouge Summer Camps, to weekend day trips, all pre-approved by our team here at Red Stick Mom! Whether you live in Baton Rouge or are traveling to Baton Rouge with kids, there is plenty to do in this friendly Louisiana city with the family.
This is where this guide to: Baton Rouge’s Best Outdoor Dining comes in to make things easier when wanting to eat outside and enjoy the beautiful weather!
Baton Rouge’s Best Outdoor Dining
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.
City Pork – Love BBQ, a great environment, and a menu that brings upscale dishes? You would love City Pork then! Located off Jefferson near the Town Center, this is the perfect place to grab a meal for breakfast, brunch (Saturdays and Sundays), and dinner.
Bin77 Bistro & Sidebar – Not only does Bin 77 offer wines from around the world, but they also serve great food in a comfortable, inviting atmosphere. The food menu delivers the perfect dish to fully enjoy all that wonderful glass of wine has to offer. Their beautiful outdoor patio is a great backdrop for live music by local artists. Order from the menu, enjoy some wine or one of our specialty cocktails and stay for the live music beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday & Thursday and 7:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday!
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.
BRQ Seafood and Barbecue – Designed and developed by Executive Chef and Co-Owner Justin Ferguson, BRQ Seafood and Barbeque is a family owned and operated restaurant specializing in upscale BBQ, local seafood, craft cocktails, patio dining, and weekend brunch. It was recently voted Best BBQ in Baton Rouge!
BLDG5 – BLDG 5 is located right under the Perkins Road Overpass. The atmosphere is all about the details. Each item found in the nook and crannies of this restaurant tells a story, from 1930’s dated leather chairs to the long tables that have made the trek from German beer garden to this very place. This doesn’t even compare to the food. They offer a wide array of flavor infused grazing boards, shareable plates and a drink menu that includes signature cocktails, beer and wine.
Mid City Beer Garden – Mid City Beef Garden is located off of Government Street. The menu offers both brunch and easy eats: soups, salads, wrap, burgers, you name it! Great food and over 50 beers on tap. You can also find specialty frozen drinks and craft cocktails alongside classic bar fare, fresh bites. A menu that is locally inspired eats in the heart of Mid City Baton Rouge.
Beausoleil – Inspired Louisiana cuisine, Beausoleil Coastal Cuisine is a haven for making memories around their table with fresh seafood, constantly being re-inspired into new and original dishes to love by Chef David Dickensauge! If you are looking for good seafood, cocktails, sushi and filets, then you need to check out Beausoleil.
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.
SoLou – SoLou offers delicious southern food with a twist! SoLou’s food and drink menu can speak for itself as can the great outdoor patio. A great way to enjoy Southern Louisiana food and the beautiful weather. Located on Perkins Road.
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.
The Overpass Merchant – Good food and good drinks is what you will find at The Overpass Merchant. From snacks, salads, plates, and sandwiches is what you will find on their delicious menu as well as great signature drinks.
Parrain’s Seafood – Located in the heart of Baton Rouge in mid-city district, Parrain’s Seafood offers fresh seafood made to order menu items. They are open Sunday through Thursday 11am to 10pm and on Friday and Saturday from 11am to 11pm.
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.
Cocha – Located in Downtown Baton Rouge, Cocha is a place for harvest inspired meals, wine tasting and community events. Cocha puts importance on feeling at home, a place where you know you will be cared for and that every detail has been carefully thought through.
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.
Willie’s Restaurant – Willie’s is a family owned business where you will find Louisiana style foods as well as seafood dishes with a twist. Can’t forget to mention their meat options have the perfect amount of flavor from the smoker! During season, Willie’s offers some of Baton Rouge’s best tasting boiled crawfish!
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.
Superior Grill-Highland Road – There are several Superior Grills around Baton Rouge, but if you’re looking for outdoor seating, the Highland Road location is the best! It boasts not one, but two outdoor seating areas—the more traditional covered patio area on the side and a fenced-in open-air area at the front next to the entrance. If you’re looking for traditional Tex Mex, Superior Grill can’t be beaten (The Steak Superior Nachos are *chef’s kiss*) and their margaritas are a local icon.