Despite the ability to reopen since the end of April, many Atlanta restaurant owners have chosen to take more measured or creative approaches to opening back up to the public. Some restaurants are reopening with takeout first, before slowly moving into dine-in service, while others are limiting dining room service to just a few tables or only offering outdoor seating.
Here, Eater highlights a few restaurants that have recently reopened for takeout, delivery, and modified dine-in service around Atlanta. Be sure to check an individual restaurant’s hours or social media accounts for continuing updates.
Disclaimer: A few Atlanta restaurants listed have resumed some form of dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the Georgia Department of Health. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines
Ba Bellies: Ba Bellies reopened September 1 after a quick renovation in August, including revamping the deck to provide more outdoor space. The reopening also sees the launch of a new menu for the Vietnamese restaurant on Peachtree Parkway. Ba Bellies is open for limited dine-in service, takeout, and delivery via UberEats. Order online. Follow on Instagram for updates.
Battle and Brew: The gaming gastropub on Roswell Road recently opened a 21+ outdoor parking lot patio. Called Battle and Brew After Dark, the new outdoor space features 30-foot projector screens, weekly events, food and drink specials, and other activities on Friday and Saturday nights. Trivia takes place every Wednesday at 8 p.m. Open for limited dine-in service, takeout, and delivery via Postmates, GrubHub, DoorDash, and UberEats. Family meals available. Curbside pick-up available. Follow on Instagram for updates.
Piastra: The Italian restaurant just off of Marietta’s historic town square is open for cafe-style dining inside and outside, along with takeout, curbside pick-up, and delivery via DoorDash. Piastra recently added a chef’s table tasting menu to the mix, which includes a four-course meal at $65 per person and the option to pair wines for an additional $20. Call 770-425-9300 to order takeout. Social distancing enforced. Masks encouraged but not required.
Golden Eagle: The old school-style diner’s club reopened for dinner and cocktails on September 3 along the Eastside trail and Memorial Drive in Reynoldstown. The restaurant includes a large, shady outdoor patio just off of the Beltline. Order online for takeout. Masks required. Open Thursday through Saturday. Follow on Instagram for updates.
Pin and Proper: The Grant Park game bar at the Beacon is currently only open for in-person pinfall (bowling-football game combo) and food and drinks Fridays at 5 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m., and Sundays at 12 p.m. Limited dine-in and bar service available on these days. Order online for takeout. Follow on Instagram for updates. Social distancing and other COVID-19 measures strictly enforced. Masks required.
Twain’s Brewpub and Billiards: The brewpub and billiard hall is back open in Decatur for patio dining, takeout, and delivery. Twain’s recently expanded its outdoor space to offer more outside seating during the pandemic. For dine-in service, order at the counter inside, and food and drinks will be brought to the table. Limited indoor seating is planned for the near future. Take a look at the current beer list here. Check out the menu here. Order online for takeout. Follow on Instagram for updates. Strict social distancing enforced. Masks required.
The General Muir: The patio and dining room at the Jewish deli and restaurant, owned by Ben and Jen Johnson and Shelley Sweet (West Egg Cafe) and chef Todd Ginsberg, reopened earlier this month for limited seating. Reservations are required on the weekends and strongly encouraged on other days. Check out the restaurant’s weekly fried chicken special on Saturdays. The Sandy Springs location is still on track to open by the end of the year. Order online for takeout or delivery via DoorDash. Follow on Instagram for updates. Masks required.
Momonoki/Momo Cafe: Brush Sushi Izakaya’s Midtown sibling reopened the patio and dining room this summer for limited seating. The Japanese fast-casual restaurant includes ramen, katsu sandos, rice bowls, and sushi on the menu. Order online for takeout or delivery via DoorDash or GrubHub. While Momo Cafe is closed for dine-in service, the coffee shop features a walk-up window along 8th Street. Order coffee, pastries, and Momo Cafe’s popular soft serve ice cream to-go or take a seat on the patio out front. Masks required.
Full Commission: The restaurant and covered patio reopened for limited dine-in service and drinks during dinner and weekend brunch in late July. But, people can still order dinner, brunch, coffee, breakfast items, and pastries online for takeout. Bulk pastry ordering is also available for pick-up the next day. Check Instagram and the restaurant’s website for daily updates. Masks required.
Halfway Crooks Beer: The rooftop bar at the Summerhill brewery reopened in mid-August for beer and food. Halfway Crooks offers contact-free ordering, too. Check in required at the host stand before entering. Limited seating enforced and parties of no more than six people may sit together. Order beer and food online for takeout. Follow on Instagram for updates. Masks required.
Home Grown: The popular breakfast and lunch spot in Reynoldstown reopened for dine-in service earlier in the summer and now features a large outdoor patio in the parking lot, complete with socially distanced picnic tables and umbrellas. The menu is as good as ever, and still includes Home Grown’s famous “Comfy Biscuit” — an open-face fried chicken biscuit sandwich smothered in pork sausage gravy. The restaurant offers online ordering for takeout, too. Follow on Instagram for menu and hours updates. Masks required.
Ration and Dram: The restaurant and bar reopened for limited dine-in service during dinner and weekend inside and on the shady patio out front. The menu is limited, but typically includes a few popular favorites, like Ration and Dram’s chicken and dumplings and the McDowell sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit during brunch. Takeout, curbside service, and delivery to the immediate neighborhood are available. Order online. Check Instagram for menu and hours updates and for weekly specials. Masks required.
Mela Ethiopian Kitchen: The Ethiopian restaurant and coffee bar, located in the former Janet’s Kitchen space on Clairmont Road, is back open for dine-in service. Seating is limited inside. Curbside takeout and delivery are still available. Call 404-343-2130 to order takeout. Order online for delivery via UberEats. Check out the menu here. Masks required.
Persian Basket Kitchen and Bar: Co-owned by Max Lofti of Divan Restaurant in Buckhead and Arezoo Armaghan, this new Johns Creek Persian restaurant opened its doors right before the pandemic began. Now, the restaurant is back open for limited dine-in and patio service and curbside takeout. Reservations are highly encouraged. Call 770-674-2779 to order takeout. Lofti and Armaghan also own online Persian grocery store Persian Basket, which ships Iranian foods and ingredients straight to Atlantans’ doorsteps. Read more about the online market here. A permanent market location is planned next door to the restaurant and should open this fall. Follow on Instagram for updates.
Fellows Cafe: This quaint cafe located on Green Street in historic downtown Roswell reopened for dining room and patio service earlier in the summer and is in the process of expanding its outdoor seating options. Limited reservations are available. Fellows Cafe also offers online ordering for takeout and a contactless pick-up option from its porch. Delivery available via UberEats and DoorDash. Follow on Instagram for updates.
Ms. Icey’s Kitchen and Bar: The popular brunch spot on Clairmont Road reopened in July for limited dine-in service. Reservations are strongly encouraged and parties are limited to no more than four people. Ms. Icey’s continues to offer online ordering for takeout and curbside service, too. Follow on Instagram for updates.
Parlor: This intimate Castleberry Hill bar opened in mid-June for drinks and light bites. Parlor recently moved some of its plush indoor seating outdoors for socially distanced hangs, cocktails, and cigars. For those wishing to sip Parlor’s cocktails at home, the bar offers bottled cocktails which can be ordered online for pick-up. Follow on Instagram for updates.
Old Fourth Ward
Ruby Chow’s: The latest restaurant from chef Guy Wong reopened for curbside takeout over the summer and just recently reopened the dining room for limited seating. Ruby Chow’s now includes some outside seating on the covered patio, too. Reservations are highly encouraged. Takeout and curbside service are available. The takeout menu features two prix fixe dinner options, with the option to add a wine pairing. Order online. Follow on Instagram for updates.
Muchacho: The restaurant located along Memorial Drive reopens August 5 for takeout and outdoor seating on the Beltline-adjacent patio. In addition to tacos, toasts, and brunch bowls, Muchacho also serves beer, wine, slushies, and bottled cocktails. Order online for takeout and curbside pick-up or at the counter inside. Delivery via DoorDash available soon. Follow on Instagram for updates. Golden Eagle next door remains closed.
Buteco: The charming Brazilian restaurant and coffee bar reopened in July, following a three-month closure at the Beacon complex. Buteco is currently open for patio seating and takeout. Order food, coffee, cocktail kits and “Capri Sun” cocktail pouches, and household staples online for pick-up. Follow on Instagram for updates.
Gunshow: Chef Kevin Gillespie’s flagship restaurant reopens August 5 with a few changes to the dining room, including Plexiglas dividers between people seated at the communal tables. Patio dining available for walk-ins only. The patio serves an a la carte menu and drinks. Gunshow’s dining room remains reservation only and at limited capacity. The prix fixe menu includes eight to 10 dishes and feeds two people for $99 per person. Guests are asked to wait in their car until their table is ready. Mask required inside until seated. Follow on Instagram for updates.
Cheshire Bridge Road
The Colonnade: After being closed for nearly four months, the venerable Southern restaurant reopens on Friday, July 31. Expect the Colonnade to run its comfort food operation with fewer tables in the dining room to limit capacity and offer curbside takeout of its famous fried chicken. Read the full story for details on the reopening here.
The Painted Duck: The 26,000-square-foot, old school “gaming parlour” from Justin Amick and William Stallworth reopened July 24 on Brady Avenue with several adjustments to operations and customer requirements due to the pandemic. Capacity is limited inside and social distancing rules apply with signs and floor markers throughout the common areas, gaming areas, and restaurant and bar areas. All patrons are required to wear masks to enter and when in common areas. Cash is no longer accepted and a 20 percent auto-gratuity is now added to checks. Read the full list of COVID-19 safety guidelines for the Painted Duck and the Painted Pin in Buckhead here.
Old Fourth Ward
Ladybird Grove and Mess Hall: While still operating as takeout only, the patio and outdoor areas are now open for seating, Wednesday through Sunday, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Order food and drinks at the to-go window, which includes Plexiglass dividers and contactless ordering and payment options. Patrons are required to wear masks when not eating or drinking. Ladybird also offers online ordering for takeout and curbside pickup via the Electric Provisions marketplace. The virtual market includes prepared meals, like a weekend breakfast plate, taco kits from Muchacho, or whole smoked chicken dinners from Golden Eagle, along with beer and wine.
Cold Beer: Chef Kevin Gillespie’s Eastside Beltline restaurant reopened the ground-level and rooftop covered patios for seating and limited dine-in service. Cold Beer also includes a “low-contact” beer garden underneath the Edgewood Avenue bridge. Takeout is available. Order online from the patio menu for pickup or the beer garden menu. No food is served in the beer garden. Cold Beer is currently open at 4 p.m. on Fridays and at 12 p.m. on the weekends. Check Instagram for updates.
Lazy Betty: The Candler Park restaurant offers a late-night patio menu on Saturdays, from 12 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Seating capacity is limited and masks are highly encouraged. Check out the menu here. Lazy Betty offers takeout and in-home private dining experiences with curated menus. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. The restaurant is currently open for limited dinner service. Reservations required. Follow on Instagram for updates.
East Atlanta Village
The Earl: The East Atlanta Village lounge and music venue reopens July 31 for takeout and outdoor seating. The food menu is limited, but does include a couple of the Earl’s more popular burgers. Masks are highly encouraged.
Sweet E’s Vittles pop-up at The S.O.S. Tiki Bar: The Caribbean-Southern-style barbecue, seafood, and comfort food pop-up is back in the kitchen at the Decatur tiki bar with an abbreviated menu. Order online for takeout or limited dine-in service, Wednesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. S.O.S offers a walk-up bar and outside seating only on its alleyway patio, which is limited to one hour per table. Masks are required.
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