Summer in Atlanta is the perfect time to take advantage of all the city has to offer. There are so many great neighborhoods to explore, and what better way to take in a neighborhood than eating your way through it! On a beautiful Atlanta summer day, the best way to enjoy a meal is outside. Patios and outdoor seating allow for a well-rounded experience of not only what the restaurant has to offer, but all of the quirks and charms of the neighborhood in which the restaurant calls home. Whether you’re right next to the action on a patio street-side, or observing a bird’s-eye view of the city from a rooftop patio, these restaurants are the perfect way to experience Atlanta this summer.
The first spot is Colletta in Alpharetta, an Italian restaurant located in Avalon that brings family style, Northern Italian dining to the next level with its outdoor experience. Even in the peak of pollen season, Colletta’s outdoor patio is know as relaxing, clean, and refreshing. Being right off of the bar, it’s easy to enjoy their extensive wine and cocktail menu. Want to take a cocktail to go? Colletta’s bar window allows guests to take a little treat with them as they spend their day at Avalon.
In Buckhead, Big Sky not only has one entry level patio, but two more upstairs making it impossible to pick a table! The fusion between Latin food and contemporary American food is a perfect combination for an exciting summer meal. The second floor patio has a spectacular view of the Buckhead skyline and creates the perfect atmosphere to watch the sunset with your favorite cocktail.
W. Midtown is home to Bartaco, a cool mix of delicious, casual Mexican food and a hip lounge where you can sit back, relax and enjoy a refreshing margarita with friends and family. This must see patio has a combination of regular tables and comfy couches, and on a nice day, the vintage style garage doors stay up for covered seating with a nice summer breeze.
Park Tavern’s beautiful patio makes any stress from the week seem like a distant memory. The garden theme, entry-level outdoor seating overlooks Piedmont Park with the impressive Atlanta skyline in the distance. Their large menu and brewery is the perfect combination for a sunny weekend afternoon. In the heart of Midtown, you’ll lose track of time in this charming and historic setting.
Love exploring Atlanta, but can’t leave your loving pooch at home? No problem! No. 246’s patio scene is pet friendly! This Italian restaurant comes with a huge outdoor patio with fully equipped ping- pong tables, perfect for visitors with a competitive spirit. Next time you’re in Decatur, put No. 246 on your list of places to go!
Krog Street Market in Inman Park is home to lots of fun, eclectic markets and restaurants. For great people watching, Superica has the perfect street-side patio to truly experience the market. The décor of the patio compliments it’s “Tex- Mex” menu with a bright, modern style and the iconic Superica sign drawing you in from the street. Take a trip to Krog Street Market and end your day at Superica.
Known for its spectacular rooftop view, Six Feet Under’s modern, rustic style mixed with garden inspired greenery in Grant Park is definitely one of the hottest patios to hit this summer. The patio overlooks the beautiful, historic Oakland Cemetery, which is a very unique experience for restaurant goers. The delicious seafood and spectacular view puts Six Feet Under on the top of the list for a perfect summer spot.
Our last stop, in the heart of East Atlanta Village, Holy Taco’s pet friendly, cozy patio is the perfect way to spend the evening with friends, sipping on an organic house margarita. A great addition to this ever- growing neighborhood, Holy Taco cuisine is inspired by Mexican, Ecuadorian, and South American style cooking, and won’t disappoint!