Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2019 and last updated May 18, 2022. Written by Jessica Pierson and Trisha Pintavorn
When the weather is as good as it’s been in Atlanta, you better believe we’re all eating outside! Enjoying a drink and a meal on a patio at a great restaurant just makes everything a little better. Check out one of these spots that offer the perfect patio atmosphere and even better food! List is in alphabetical order.
1. A Mano
We love the small but mighty patio at this cozy and intimate spot in Old Fourth Ward, perfect for date night. Their pastas are rich and authentic, and it just feels like a great neighborhood spot even if you trekked on over here from the other side of town.
When someone asks you to meet up and have a beer somewhere, Barleygarden should be the first spot to come to mind. While beer is Kraig Torres’ one true passion in life–and you can get over 50 drafts on tap at Barleygarden–every item on their menu is great as well. It’s gastropub grub at its best and the open-air patio at their Alpharetta location is patio perfection.
537 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
What is it about those bistro string lights that just make every patio a vibe?! Call us a sucker but we’ll fall for it every time. Sit under and enjoy the twinkling lights at this inviting Edgewood spot, and sip on their signature ales and lagers for a guaranteed good time.
4. Blue Top
5362 Peachtree Rd, Chamblee, GA 30341
We love the casual, indoor/outdoor vibes and live music at Blue Top in happening Chamblee. The food is unpretentious, delicious finger food It’s also family-friendly. Leon Bridges even played a secret concert there over the summer.
Canoe is a peaceful oasis located on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. If you want a little getaway without having to leave Atlanta, this is the place to be! Open for brunch, lunch, dinner, Canoe has all day views you don’t want to miss! If you’re there for brunch, get the smoked salmon eggs benedict and allow all your problems to go away!
6. The Chastain
The old Horseradish Grill has been revitalized and revamped into something more modern and absolutely stunning in terms of the patio. It’s pooch friendly, great for date night, and there are firepits as well when it gets chilly out.
For a fun little patio, check out Chiringa, located in Alpharetta. Grab some baja tacos and a couple cocktails for a fun dining experience. All of the cocktails are a steal as well, which will make Chiringa one of your new favorite places!
1197 Peachtree St NE Suite 517, Atlanta, GA 30305
Most Atlanta restaurants are charging cocktails at prices in the teens these days, but few drinks merit it unlike The Establishment in Midtown. Their cocktail menu is extensive with unique flavors, and the bar is generally pretty well-staffed too guaranteeing you get your drink in a timely manner. And the newly renovated and open-air patio make this place absolutely perfect for cocktail sippin’ in fair weather.
9. Fellows Cafe
1088 Green St, Roswell, GA 30075
Light bites and an earthy shaded patio with the cutest little bistro tables and chairs make this Roswell spot a favorite for brunch, coffee, and breakfast bites! Try the lemon ricotta hot cakes for the perfect start to the AM.
10. Forza Storico
1198 Howell Mill Rd #020, Atlanta, GA 30318
There’s a lot of great places for Italian food in Atlanta, but the truly lovely courtyard set-up that Forza Storico has going on is what sets it apart. Sink into their handmade pastas or creative cocktails and enjoy the weather.
11. Gypsy Kitchen
3035 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA
This beautiful rooftop space overlooking Buckhead is so dreamy. The menu is an eclectic mix of tapas with flavors from Spain and Morocco. It’s the perfect place for your next sangria!
12. Hampton & Hudson
299 N. Highland Ave NE
Hampton & Hudson has all the comfortable neighborhood sports vibes right in the heart of Inman Park. It’s great for sports lovers, and they also are great for trivia. Bring your pup to their patio!
661 Auburn Ave NE Suite 180, Atlanta, GA 30312
Hawker’s is Beltline fun! The decor is sexy and cool, underground Asian nightclub inspired with a smattering of pan-Asian cuisine. Their open-air bar is fabulous and they’ve now added ample patio seating. Their Korean fried chicken wings are excellent as is everything on the menu. Order the “That’s My Bag, Baby” cocktail, too–it’s like an adult capri sun. Hawker’s is temporarily closed for renovations, but we’re excited for when this place is back in action.
13. Juniper Cafe
2260 Marietta Blvd NW Suite 100
Juniper Cafe is so much more than a cafe, though they have excellent made-from-scratch pastries every morning too. It’s a wonderful spot for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that offers Vietnamese and fusion specialities like pho, banh mis, Vietnamese fried chicken and more. They have a full cocktail list that incorporates Vietnamese flavors and ingredients, wines, sake, makgeolli, soju, sochu, and great beer from Asia. The casual, colorful restaurant features a large patio, which is either enclosed or open-air depending on the weather.
14. King + Duke
3060 PEACHTREE RD NW at, W Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
King + Duke is a prime spot here in Atlanta! With a special patio menu full of bites and drinks, you’ll be feeling like a king! Order the Thomasville Tomme or the Out of the Ashes cheese plates to try cheeses made right here in Georgia! Pair it with one of their fabulous wines, and you’ve got the makings of a great night!
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Kyma recently celebrated 20 years in the biz, but the food and place feels as fresh as ever thanks in part to the fabulous patio addition they’ve added on. You’ll feel like you are steps away from the black sand beaches of Santorini on their covered Greek style patio, and the lamb pies and octopus cannot be missed!
684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Located on the Beltline, Ladybird is the perfect pit stop for some tasty food! Their large patio is covered in string lights, so you know it’s gonna be a good time! Split some pimento cheese fritters with all of your friends and take in the nice scenery. Ladybird is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, so there’s no excuse to miss out on this one!
What’s better than a great patio? A great dog-friendly patio! Casual and comfortable Lucky’s is a great place to go for a PAW-sitively good time. Owners Ernie and Diane’s golden retriever, Lucky, is the Inso behind this local watering hole for dog-loving folks. It’s family-friendly with locations in Brookhaven, Roswell, and Marietta Square Market. The patio at Roswell is particularly awesome!
18. Monkey 68
Monkey 68 is serving up pan-Asian excellence with a fusion of Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese and Korean-inspired food. Their cocktail menu is inspired by the Chinese zodiac signs and feature tropical ingredients. Both their Alpharetta and Roswell locations have patios, but the Roswell location near Canton Street is extra dreamy.
19. Nina & Rafi
It’s carbs + the Beltline, what more could you ask for? They serve a mean Detroit-style pie, perfect for all your carb cravings. You’ll love the sauciness and the thick and crispy yet chewy crust. Order their meatball appetizer, too and an aperol spritz for the perfect meal!
20. Park Tavern
Located in Piedmont Park, Park Tavern is the perfect place to enjoy a nice day outside. From chipotle beef tacos to the samurai sushi roll, this menu is full of variety and has something for everyone! So when you’re done playing frisbee in the park, walk over to Park Tavern for a great meal in a fun place!
1745 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
Thai food and a skyline view is the perfect combination for a great time! Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft has a rooftop that will make you want to stay all night long, or at least until they close! Order the Kao Moo Dang, a dish with bbq pork and thai sausage that is DANG good! Grab your friends and head on up to the Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft for some drinks tasty food!
22. The Select
It’s a restaurant that’s as much about the atmosphere as it is about the cuisine. This gorgeous Sandy Springs gem has impossibly chic interiors as well as a fantastic patio with bistro style chairs throughout.
The South knows how to do brunch, and Southern Porch is leaning into that with all your southern favorites from fried green tomatoes to pimento cheese to biscuits and sausage gravy. Dine on their screened in porch for the best experience!
1105 Canton St, Roswell, GA 30075
Local favorite Uncle Jack’s Meathouse has just opened up a gorgeous location in Roswell called Uncle Jack’s on Canton. There are plenty of patio heaters, patio umbrellas, and bistro lights to make an al fresco meal comfortable and special.
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25. The White Bull
Decatur Italian spot The White Bull now boasts an expansive patio that’s perfect for enjoying great pasta in great weather. If you’re dining with a big group, be sure to look into their family-style polenta parties!
Use our map below to find a patio near you!
A gastropub focusing on locally crafted artisanal beers, meats & charcuterie, with a rooftop bar.
Creative American fare & local brews served in a casual counter-serve space with a back patio.
Farm-to-table New American cuisine in an elegant garden setting overlooking the Chattahoochee River.
The old Horseradish Grill has been revitalized and revamped into something more modern and absolutely stunning in terms of the patio. It’s pooch friendly, great for date night, and there are fire pits as well when it gets chilly out.
Light bites and an earthy shaded patio with the cutest little bistro tables and chairs make this Roswell spot a favorite for brunch, coffee, and breakfast bites.
Their Korean fried chicken wings are excellent as is everything on the menu. Order the “That’s My Bag, Baby” cocktail, too–it’s like an adult capri sun.
Hip New American bar & restaurant offering a campfire-&-lodge theme, screened porches & local beers.
Literary-themed eatery with a huge open hearth serving old-school American fare in multilevel digs.
Chic Greek eatery offers a wide selection of seafood & wine in an airy, blue & white dining room.
Rustic Italian eatery & pizzeria with brunch & full bar including an extensive amaro collection.
Buzzy counter-serve nook for breakfast & lunch provisions along with coffee, tea & smoothies.
Set in a stone house, this eclectic bar/restaurant offers burgers, sushi & a patio with park views in Piedmont Park.
Street food classics get glammed up in this posh Thai restaurant, with skyline views & a patio.
Art Deco inspired restaurant plating modern European cuisine with an open kitchen & conservatory.
Local favorite Uncle Jack’s Meathouse has just opened up a gorgeous location in Roswell called Uncle Jack’s on Canton.