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Dine and Drink on a Relaxing Patio at These Atlanta Restaurants

From tucked-away beer gardens to restaurants with expansive outdoor spaces

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Patio season in Atlanta can last from March through mid-December, with a few warm winter days in between. The Atlanta area is loaded with plenty of amazing restaurant patios, too. It’s hard to find a restaurant, coffee shop, or bar and brewery without one here. From tucked-away beer gardens to restaurants with expansive outdoor spaces, these Atlanta establishments offer relaxing environments for al fresco drinking and dining.

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The Companion

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The Bolton neighborhood restaurant from Steinbeck’s chef Andy Gonzales features a large outdoor patio space complete with games, string lights for evenings, and seating at an outdoor bar. Order the double-stack burger known as the Tower of Power, the sandwich special of the day, or daily dinner specials ranging from fried chicken to lobster rolls. Menus are posted daily on Instagram and Facebook.

Sweeping views of the Chattahoochee River make Canoe an intimate, romantic spot for outdoor dinner and drinks at any time of day. Grab chairs by the river and relax with a glass of wine and good conversation.

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Brake Pad

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Located in a former auto garage, Brake Pad has a long list of burgers, and the house special is dressed with cheddar, bacon, and jalapenos. The patio is dog-friendly, too.

Boggs Social & Supply

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This neighborhood hangout, Boggs serves beers on draft as well as a selection of Korean spirits and cocktails and a rotating list of pop-ups, including Seoul Chikin, Jimmie’s Jerk Chicken, and Heaps ATL hand pies. There’s plenty of seating on the open-air patio to enjoy food and drinks with friends and for listing to live music, too. Be sure to check out breakfast pop-up Ria’s Baby Bird on the weekends. Follow on Instagram for updates and menu updates.

The patio at Boggs Social and Supply in West End Atlanta with three picnic tables covered in green checked plastic table cloths, spray bottles filled with sanitizing spray. String lights are hung above and the windows to the to-go bar are open Ryan Fleisher

Bold Monk Brewing Co.

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The sprawling Underwood Hills brewpub features plenty of seating options indoors, but its beer garden is the place to dine and drink on a pleasant day in the A, surrounded by mature trees and complete with fire pits for cool evenings.

Best End Brewing Company

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Located at the Lee and White complex, brewpub Best End Brewing features ales, pilsners, porters, lagers, IPAs, and sours on its beer list to pair with sandwiches, charcuterie boards, wings, and even pizzas and fish and chips. The bar also serves cocktails, milkshakes and slushies, and natural wines. Happy hour takes place Tuesday through Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Find a seat on the beer garden patio out back, which is also dog friendly. But, honestly, all of the patios along this Westside Beltline trail complex, including at neighboring breweries Wild Heaven and Monday Night, are equally splendid.

Best End Brewing Company

Nick's Westside

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Chef Nick Leahy closed his French restaurant and wine bar Aix and Tin Tin in 2021 and reopened the Brady Avenue space as a more casual neighborhood spot called Nick’s Westside. Now people dine on shrimp ceviche, smoked chicken wings, burgers, short rib sandwiches, and daily pasta specials paired with local beers, wine, and original and classic cocktails. The sunroom with its cozy fireplace and large windows opening to the outside and the restaurant’s sunny patio remain dining focal points at Nick’s.

Forza Storico

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The Roman Italian restaurant and bar at Westside Provisions District expanded its patio space in 2020 to include covered seating, seating in the grassy courtyard out front, and seating along the railroad tracks which divide the Howell Mill Road complex in two.

Forza Storico

The Chastain - New American Bistro

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Open for counter-service biscuits and pastries at breakfast and table service during lunch and dinner, this neighborhood bistro from chef Christopher Grossman includes outdoor seating arrangements that are hard to beat. Expect everything from a casual conversation area by the stone fire pit to seating in the garden under an old oak tree. Reservations required for garden seating on the Old Oak Terrace.

Wood’s Chapel BBQ

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The Summerhill barbecue restaurant opened inside a 1930s building along Georgia Avenue in 2010. The menu includes smoked meats by the pound, barbecue sandwiches, brisket tacos, and smoked sausage hot dogs, along with sides like potato salad, mac and cheese, and beet and jalapeño slaw. Wood’s Chapel debuted a to-go window on the side of the building in 2020 and offers seating on its sunny, open-air patio in front of the smokehouse.  

People enjoying barbecue socially distanced at picnic tables with red, black, and white umbrellas at Wood’s Chapel Barbecue in Summerhill, Atlanta. The gray-black painted brick exterior of Wood’s Chapel in the background with a young family standing and ordering at the to-go window Ryan Fleisher

El Viñedo Local

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This all-day South American coffee, wine, and tapas bar in Midtown features arepas and perfectly baked empanadas and guava pastries as well as a selection of ceviche, sandwiches like a choripan, and plates of fried plantains, rice, and beans on its menu. Order a meal or coffee, cafe con leche, or a glass of wine from the lengthy list of South American producers here and sit outside on the breezy front patio overlooking Peachtree Street.

The patio at El Vinedo Local in Midtown Atlanta with orange metal chairs and wood tables. A dark metal sign etched with the El Vinedo Local wraps around the wooden wall entrance to the restaurant patio El Vinedo Local

Empire State South

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Top Chef Hugh Acheson’s Midtown restaurant not only offers a long, covered patio for dining but a bocce ball court, too. Grab a seat and relax outside while enjoying food from the restaurant’s always seasonal Southern menu. Currently, the restaurant is serving happy hour bites daily, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with a coursed-out tasting menu experience, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Empire State South also offers up one of the city’s most diverse wine lists, thanks to sommelier Steven Grubbs.

The bocce ball court outside Empire State South in Midtown Atlanta Empire State South

Anis Cafe & Bistro

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This charming French bistro in the Garden Hills neighborhood offers a rambling patio of covered and open-air spaces with dishes and wines on the menu inspired by the Provence region of southeastern France.

The patio at Noni’s is a quiet spot off of busy Edgewood Avenue to grab a beer, spritz cocktail, or even a glass of natural wine while dining on seriously large sandwiches or homey pasta dishes. Don’t skip the garlic fries here.

Noni’s

Willow Bar

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Dine outside at Willow Bar, the rambling bar and restaurant on the ground floor level of the Kimpton Sylvan Hotel in Buckhead. Some covered is seating available, too. Order spritzy cocktails, G&Ts, and rose and sparkling wine by the glass at this secret garden restaurant paired with charcuterie, boquerones, oysters, and even a fancy cheeseburger.

Georgia Beer Garden

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This bar on Edgewood dedicates most of its drinks menu to beer, hence the name. But there’s wine and cocktails here, too, along with food and bites from the occasional pop-up. Walled off and much quieter than one might think for an Edgewood Avenue spot, the patio at Georgia Beer Garden is great for grabbing drinks with friends any day of the week. Follow on Instagram for menu and pop-up updates.

Biggerstaff Brewing Company

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Located next door to Staplehouse, this brewpub features one of the liveliest (and sunniest) patios on Edgewood. Open for coffee in the morning and beer and wine in the afternoon, expect charcuterie and shareable snacks on the menu, like smoked Vidalia onion rings, crispy cornbread bites, pork belly atop creamy farrow, and beets and brats. There’s also burgers, sandwiches, and salads to pair with Biggerstaff’s beers, which include IPAs, sours, coffee brews, and a smoked pale ale.

Biggerstaff Brewing Company

Staplehouse

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This neighborhood market and counter-service restaurant sells pantry staples, wine, and beer alongside dishes from the kitchen by chef Ryan Smith and his team. Order the popular (and beautifully presented) chicken liver tart, smoked brisket and pork tacos, or hearty grain bowls here. Don’t skip the Italian grinder if its listed on the menu. Then, grab wine and beer by the glass or bottle or a cocktail and find a seat outside in the sunny garden or on the covered patio out back.

Red's Beer Garden

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Located in Benteen Park, Red’s Beer Garden includes both deck seating and seating beyond in the backyard at picnic tables. It’s a great spot to grab hot dogs, sandwiches, or weekend brunch while sampling Red’s vast beer selection.

This cozy, wood-laden neighborhood bistro in the Old Fourth Ward serves a tight menu of pastas with a bit of Southern flare on its menu paired with plenty of in-season vegetables. Order the classic cacio e pepe or try the fusilli with diver scallops, chard, and mushrooms tossed in a light cream sauce. A Mano added lunch service recently and offers restaurant pop-ups in its parking lot on weekends. Grab a seat on the covered deck or on the front garden patio below for great people watching while sipping cocktails or drinking natural wine.

A mano

Table & Main

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Enjoy a whiskey cocktail from the bourbon bar on the front porch or dine in the garden patio with its stone fireplace at this charming Southern restaurant, one of many in downtown historic Roswell featuring beautiful alfresco spaces.

Fellows Cafe

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A recent addition to downtown Roswell’s restaurant scene, Fellow’s Cafe resides inside a historic yellow bungalow on Green Street just off of busy Canton Street. Open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch, find a seat on the small front porch or underneath the old oak tree along Green Street.

Muchacho

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Muchacho in Reynoldstown features more than few outdoor seating options on its sprawling pation along the Beltline. Grab a table on the brick patio or seating in casual conversation areas or take a seat on the partially covered deck patio for great people watching as folks stroll the Eastside trail below. The newly expanded menu here now offers even more breakfast bowls and tacos in the morning and street tacos in the afternoon, along with a surfer’s burrito stuffed with carne asada and crispy fries and several sandwiches and snacks. The bar serves coffee, beer, wine, and plenty of margaritas and other patio sipping cocktails.

Midway Pub

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Midway Pub is an East Atlanta favorite known for its “Friday night flights” under the stars on its low-key neighborhood patio. No matter the time or day, the patio here is just a solid place to relax and hang out with beer and pub grub.

Floataway Cafe

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Chef Anne Quatrano opened this quaint cafe and bar near Emory Village over 20 years ago. Located in a renovated warehouse, Floataway offers several places to dine quietly on dishes filled with French, Italian, and Spanish influences, including at the small bar and out on the charming and dog friendly courtyard patio.

El Tesoro

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The Edgewood neighborhood Mexican taqueria continues to up its patio game and now features seating throughout the sprawling property, complete with fire pits and conversation areas. It’s become a real neighborhood gathering spot. Counter service.

The outdoor patio at El Tesoro in Edgewood

Southbound

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Located in an old factory in Chamblee, Southbound includes everything from deviled eggs and fried green tomatoes to daily selected vegetable plates and smoked short rib on its menu. Come here for the large whiskey and bourbon selection and whiskey-laced cocktails. The side patio complete with string lights in the evening is hard to beat on pleasant days. Looking for coffee in morning? Moonbird Coffee operates out of Southbound, too.

Atlanta Chinatown

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Head to Atlanta Chinatown and its food court to partake in everything from hand-pulled noodle dishes and hot pots to succulent roast duck and dumplings. While the food court does offer indoor seating, grab a seat outside in the garden courtyard and enjoy a meal.

The White Bull

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Italian-American restaurant the White Bull, owned by chef Pasquale “Pat” Pascarella, underwent a renovation in 2020 to redo the kitchen, add floor-to-ceiling glass windows in the front of the restaurant, and create a garden patio out back to expand its outdoor seating options. It’s a quiet spot to dine on pasta with wine and cocktails just off of busy Decatur Square.

Waller's Coffee Shop

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The coffee house and live music venue is located just outside of Decatur. Waller’s Coffee Shop, owned by Jason Waller, is part-coffee house and part-music room for local musicians, spoken word artists, poets, and other entertainers to perform. The family-friendly shop hosts live music three to four times a week as well as wellness events and support groups for those battling mental illness and addiction. Waller’s now features an expansive outdoor seating area along a wooded stretch behind the building with fire pits and a stage for live music and other performances. Pop in for coffee, biscuits sandwiches, pastries, and sandwiches. 

Waller’s Coffee Shop

The Companion

The Bolton neighborhood restaurant from Steinbeck’s chef Andy Gonzales features a large outdoor patio space complete with games, string lights for evenings, and seating at an outdoor bar. Order the double-stack burger known as the Tower of Power, the sandwich special of the day, or daily dinner specials ranging from fried chicken to lobster rolls. Menus are posted daily on Instagram and Facebook.

Canoe

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Sweeping views of the Chattahoochee River make Canoe an intimate, romantic spot for outdoor dinner and drinks at any time of day. Grab chairs by the river and relax with a glass of wine and good conversation.