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Jonathan Phillips

20 Atlanta Restaurants Perfect for Solo Dining

Grab a seat at the bar with a good book or a table for one by the window

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Bread and Butterfly in Inman Park.
| Jonathan Phillips

There is sometimes an unwarranted stigma associated with solo dining — that it’s an isolating experience. For most people who regularly dine out alone, that’s simply not the case. Dining solo is often a deliberate choice to provide a person with downtime after a busy day or a chance to unwind with a good book and a meal or to catch up on work while enjoying a bite to eat with a glass of wine. Thankfully, many Atlanta restaurants have created spaces to make solo dining a pleasurable experience. Every solo diner has their favorite spot, too, but here are just a few restaurant suggestions around Atlanta to consider for some alone time paired with a great meal.

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Boggs Social & Supply

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This friendly West End neighborhood bar and restaurant is a solid spot to dine solo in the evenings. Grab a seat at the bar and order up a beer or a cocktail and whatever food is on the menu from the rotating list of pop-ups that frequent the kitchen here or wings on Wednesday. There’s often live music at Bogg’s, too. Be sure to check out breakfast pop-up Ria’s Baby Bird on the weekends.

El Viñedo Local

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Located in Midtown, both the small bar and community table at South American coffee, wine, and tapas restaurant El Viñedo Local were built for solo dining. Order arepas, empanadas, sandwiches, and ceviches paired with coffee and wines leaning into South American producers using sustainable and organic wine practices. During the warmer months, the restaurant throws open the large front windows to give the space an indoor-outdoor vibe.

How Crispy Express

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Serving a menu dedicated to fried chicken paired with sides like collards, mac and cheese, and yucca fries, How Crispy Express is a great restaurant to grab a quick and casual solo meal at lunch or for an early dinner. Order at the counter and take a seat on the covered patio with a good book or to do some work. Afterwards, head over to Little Tart Bakeshop for a latte and a pastry or a soft serve ice cream cone next door at Big Softie.

Talat Market

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This buzzy Thai restaurant in Summerhill features a fantastic bar perfect for solo dining. Start off a meal here with a glass of wine or the martini with a choice of vodka, pisco, or gin mixed with vermouth, madeira, pandan, and artichoke. Then, order a bowl of crispy shrimp chips for snacking, spicy papaya salad, and an entree, including beef red curry and seafood noodles. Don’t skip dessert at Talat Market, like the banana ice cream laced with palm sugar atop coconut sticky rice. Seating is available on the patio and at the rail outside, too.

Lucian Books and Wine

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Reservations are hard to come by at Lucian, especially during dinner. That’s why lunch at the bar is a pro move for those seeking somewhere for solo dining paired with a great glass of wine. Served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., order everything from oysters with strawberry mignonette and chicken liver pate to crispy polenta and even steak au poivre with fries. Make sure to peruse the back shelves lined with books on food, art, culture, and architecture for purchase. Reservations encouraged for lunch and highly recommended for dinner.

The bar at Noni’s on Edgewood is frequented by solo diners looking to indulge in a heaping bowl of pasta just like grandma used to make or a hearty sandwich, including a meatball sub paired with garlic parmesan fries. Order a beer, a glass of natural wine, or a cocktail and enjoy the vibe, music, and people watching.

Aria might not be the first place people think of when considering a restaurant for solo dining, but it’s the tiny bar here that makes this restaurant perfect for enjoying a fancy meal for one. Located just off of the dining room, the bar and lounge serves Aria’s full menu, including its popular burger, paired with the restaurant’s epic wine list and stellar cocktails. Reservations encouraged for the bar.

Staplehouse Market

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Seeking sunshine and patio time while reading or doing a little work? Consider Staplehouse Market on Edgewood a go-to, solo spot for afternoons (or evenings) on the patio. Pop inside to order fresh pastries, cheese and charcuterie, or any of the daily dishes listed on the menu board from the kitchen. Then, order a glass of wine, a beer, or a cocktail and head out back to the garden or covered patio.

MetroFresh

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Located in the Midtown Promenade complex across from Midtown High School, MetroFresh serves freshly made soups, salads, and sandwiches, along with wine and larger entrees in the evenings. Opened by former actor Mitchell Anderson, this small restaurant blends casual dining with seriously good food. Seating options range from two- to four-top tables, including on the patio in front of the restaurant.

Red's Beer Garden

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For solo diners in search of beer, German-style pretzels, and hot dogs, Red’s Beer Garden is the place for that. While Red’s does offer indoor seating, the garden is where it’s at here. It’s often filled with tables full of friends as well as folks dining solo while reading or working in the evenings.

JenChan's

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This friendly Asian-Southern restaurant in Cabbagetown includes seating on the sidewalk and at the bar for alone time with a great meal. Begin with an order of duck egg rolls, before diving into a bowl of coconut curry noodles topped with Vietnamese pork, panko fried shrimp, or chicken katsu or a small pizza, like the MikChan topped with burrata and mozzarella, Boston butt, and caramelized onions.

Petit Chou

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The bar at Petit Chou was made for solo dining. This congenial French-American bistro in Cabbagetown features breakfast and brunch fare in the mornings, followed by dinner paired with wine and cocktails in the evening.

BoccaLupo

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BoccaLupo’s roots may be Italian, but its heart sits right in the middle of Inman Park as a casual, neighborhood restaurant. Specializing in handmade pastas and seasonal dishes, chef Bruce Logue changes up the menu frequently here to keep it fresh. It’s not unusual to see folks dining solo with a book in hand at the bar, while indulging in the restaurant’s 20-yolk tagliatelle or black spaghetti and a glass of barbera.

Daily Chew

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Owned by Stop Think Chew chef Julia Kesler Imerman, this cafe includes multiple seating options inside and out for a morning or afternoon of reading or working while dining on protein bowls, toasts, fresh pastries, and rotisserie chicken dishes and pitas. Try the harissa roast cauliflower, too. Order a latte or cup of tea and take a seat for a bit of solo respite with a refreshing meal.

Bread & Butterfly

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For a quaint and quiet experience, grab a small table in the dining room or a bar stool at Bread and Butterfly, an all-day Parisian cafe in Inman Park. Bread and Butterfly excels at the simple and savory French classics. The laid back ambiance, friendly service, and French cafe vibes make it easy to settle into a corner nook with an espresso and a freshly baked croissant or a glass of champagne and steak frites.

ParkGrounds

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ParkGrounds in Reynoldstown is popular with people looking for a quiet place to work or relax with a good book. Grab a seat inside or out on the covered or shady garden patios behind the cafe with a cup of coffee and breakfast in the mornings or a beer, cocktail, or frozen beverage paired with a sandwich in the afternoons. The garden patio is super dog friendly, too.

Atlanta Chinatown

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The food court inside Atlanta Chinatown mall serves quick, counter meals that are flavorful and affordable. Go all in on one dish or sample a few from the various food stalls, which include everything from hand-pulled noodles and barbecue duck to soup dumplings and spicy hot pots on the menus. When finished, take a stroll through the shops in the mall. There’s also a peaceful courtyard patio here.

Kang Nam

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Head to the sushi bar at this Buford Highway Japanese restaurant for solo sushi, sashimi, and sushi rolls. The menu also features udon, lunch and dinner specials, and teriyaki and tempura selections.

Rising Son

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Whether eating at the bar or at a two-top table in the dining room, Rising Son is a warm and welcoming restaurant for solo diners. Head in for breakfast or lunch during the week to dine on fried trout and grits, chorizo tacos, or a fried chicken and bacon biscuit paired with coffee. The breakfast dumplings filled with pork, ginger, and cilantro in a soy maple glaze and the three-egg frittata ensalada are both must-try dishes. Rising Son also serves a Southern-style supper with cocktails, Wednesday through Friday, starting at 5 p.m. Follow on Instagram for menu updates.

Gilly Brew Bar

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Located in the oldest house in Stone Mountain Village, Gilly Brew Bar serves coffee and innovative cocktail-style coffee and tea drinks on its menu, along with dishes prepared by chefs in residency in its kitchen called the Mayor’s House. This is the spot in Stone Mountain for a solo diner looking to work or read quietly while sipping on clever coffee concoctions and dining on meals served by some of Atlanta’s next-generation chefs. Indoor seating is available, but it’s hard to resist the views and vibes on Gilly’s ground-floor patio or the wraparound covered porch upstairs.

Boggs Social & Supply

This friendly West End neighborhood bar and restaurant is a solid spot to dine solo in the evenings. Grab a seat at the bar and order up a beer or a cocktail and whatever food is on the menu from the rotating list of pop-ups that frequent the kitchen here or wings on Wednesday. There’s often live music at Bogg’s, too. Be sure to check out breakfast pop-up Ria’s Baby Bird on the weekends.

El Viñedo Local

Located in Midtown, both the small bar and community table at South American coffee, wine, and tapas restaurant El Viñedo Local were built for solo dining. Order arepas, empanadas, sandwiches, and ceviches paired with coffee and wines leaning into South American producers using sustainable and organic wine practices. During the warmer months, the restaurant throws open the large front windows to give the space an indoor-outdoor vibe.

How Crispy Express

Serving a menu dedicated to fried chicken paired with sides like collards, mac and cheese, and yucca fries, How Crispy Express is a great restaurant to grab a quick and casual solo meal at lunch or for an early dinner. Order at the counter and take a seat on the covered patio with a good book or to do some work. Afterwards, head over to Little Tart Bakeshop for a latte and a pastry or a soft serve ice cream cone next door at Big Softie.

Talat Market

This buzzy Thai restaurant in Summerhill features a fantastic bar perfect for solo dining. Start off a meal here with a glass of wine or the martini with a choice of vodka, pisco, or gin mixed with vermouth, madeira, pandan, and artichoke. Then, order a bowl of crispy shrimp chips for snacking, spicy papaya salad, and an entree, including beef red curry and seafood noodles. Don’t skip dessert at Talat Market, like the banana ice cream laced with palm sugar atop coconut sticky rice. Seating is available on the patio and at the rail outside, too.

Lucian Books and Wine

Reservations are hard to come by at Lucian, especially during dinner. That’s why lunch at the bar is a pro move for those seeking somewhere for solo dining paired with a great glass of wine. Served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., order everything from oysters with strawberry mignonette and chicken liver pate to crispy polenta and even steak au poivre with fries. Make sure to peruse the back shelves lined with books on food, art, culture, and architecture for purchase. Reservations encouraged for lunch and highly recommended for dinner.

Noni's

The bar at Noni’s on Edgewood is frequented by solo diners looking to indulge in a heaping bowl of pasta just like grandma used to make or a hearty sandwich, including a meatball sub paired with garlic parmesan fries. Order a beer, a glass of natural wine, or a cocktail and enjoy the vibe, music, and people watching.

Aria

Aria might not be the first place people think of when considering a restaurant for solo dining, but it’s the tiny bar here that makes this restaurant perfect for enjoying a fancy meal for one. Located just off of the dining room, the bar and lounge serves Aria’s full menu, including its popular burger, paired with the restaurant’s epic wine list and stellar cocktails. Reservations encouraged for the bar.

Staplehouse Market

Seeking sunshine and patio time while reading or doing a little work? Consider Staplehouse Market on Edgewood a go-to, solo spot for afternoons (or evenings) on the patio. Pop inside to order fresh pastries, cheese and charcuterie, or any of the daily dishes listed on the menu board from the kitchen. Then, order a glass of wine, a beer, or a cocktail and head out back to the garden or covered patio.

MetroFresh

Located in the Midtown Promenade complex across from Midtown High School, MetroFresh serves freshly made soups, salads, and sandwiches, along with wine and larger entrees in the evenings. Opened by former actor Mitchell Anderson, this small restaurant blends casual dining with seriously good food. Seating options range from two- to four-top tables, including on the patio in front of the restaurant.

Red's Beer Garden

For solo diners in search of beer, German-style pretzels, and hot dogs, Red’s Beer Garden is the place for that. While Red’s does offer indoor seating, the garden is where it’s at here. It’s often filled with tables full of friends as well as folks dining solo while reading or working in the evenings.

JenChan's

This friendly Asian-Southern restaurant in Cabbagetown includes seating on the sidewalk and at the bar for alone time with a great meal. Begin with an order of duck egg rolls, before diving into a bowl of coconut curry noodles topped with Vietnamese pork, panko fried shrimp, or chicken katsu or a small pizza, like the MikChan topped with burrata and mozzarella, Boston butt, and caramelized onions.

Petit Chou

The bar at Petit Chou was made for solo dining. This congenial French-American bistro in Cabbagetown features breakfast and brunch fare in the mornings, followed by dinner paired with wine and cocktails in the evening.

BoccaLupo

BoccaLupo’s roots may be Italian, but its heart sits right in the middle of Inman Park as a casual, neighborhood restaurant. Specializing in handmade pastas and seasonal dishes, chef Bruce Logue changes up the menu frequently here to keep it fresh. It’s not unusual to see folks dining solo with a book in hand at the bar, while indulging in the restaurant’s 20-yolk tagliatelle or black spaghetti and a glass of barbera.

Daily Chew

Owned by Stop Think Chew chef Julia Kesler Imerman, this cafe includes multiple seating options inside and out for a morning or afternoon of reading or working while dining on protein bowls, toasts, fresh pastries, and rotisserie chicken dishes and pitas. Try the harissa roast cauliflower, too. Order a latte or cup of tea and take a seat for a bit of solo respite with a refreshing meal.

Bread & Butterfly

For a quaint and quiet experience, grab a small table in the dining room or a bar stool at Bread and Butterfly, an all-day Parisian cafe in Inman Park. Bread and Butterfly excels at the simple and savory French classics. The laid back ambiance, friendly service, and French cafe vibes make it easy to settle into a corner nook with an espresso and a freshly baked croissant or a glass of champagne and steak frites.

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ParkGrounds

ParkGrounds in Reynoldstown is popular with people looking for a quiet place to work or relax with a good book. Grab a seat inside or out on the covered or shady garden patios behind the cafe with a cup of coffee and breakfast in the mornings or a beer, cocktail, or frozen beverage paired with a sandwich in the afternoons. The garden patio is super dog friendly, too.

Atlanta Chinatown

The food court inside Atlanta Chinatown mall serves quick, counter meals that are flavorful and affordable. Go all in on one dish or sample a few from the various food stalls, which include everything from hand-pulled noodles and barbecue duck to soup dumplings and spicy hot pots on the menus. When finished, take a stroll through the shops in the mall. There’s also a peaceful courtyard patio here.

Kang Nam

Head to the sushi bar at this Buford Highway Japanese restaurant for solo sushi, sashimi, and sushi rolls. The menu also features udon, lunch and dinner specials, and teriyaki and tempura selections.

Rising Son

Whether eating at the bar or at a two-top table in the dining room, Rising Son is a warm and welcoming restaurant for solo diners. Head in for breakfast or lunch during the week to dine on fried trout and grits, chorizo tacos, or a fried chicken and bacon biscuit paired with coffee. The breakfast dumplings filled with pork, ginger, and cilantro in a soy maple glaze and the three-egg frittata ensalada are both must-try dishes. Rising Son also serves a Southern-style supper with cocktails, Wednesday through Friday, starting at 5 p.m. Follow on Instagram for menu updates.

Gilly Brew Bar

Located in the oldest house in Stone Mountain Village, Gilly Brew Bar serves coffee and innovative cocktail-style coffee and tea drinks on its menu, along with dishes prepared by chefs in residency in its kitchen called the Mayor’s House. This is the spot in Stone Mountain for a solo diner looking to work or read quietly while sipping on clever coffee concoctions and dining on meals served by some of Atlanta’s next-generation chefs. Indoor seating is available, but it’s hard to resist the views and vibes on Gilly’s ground-floor patio or the wraparound covered porch upstairs.

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