Atlanta is a place meant to be spent outdoors — downing cold beers, scarfing down delicious appetizers and enjoying our enjoyable weather. We’ve done extensive, painstaking research in order to find you the best Atlanta patios to enjoy an al fresco meal spent with great friends and great fare. Hey, it was a tough job, but someone had to do it! Here are some of our favorite Atlanta patios!
1600 Piedmont Road, Atlanta, GA 30324 • (404) 874-3751
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight
There is no better people watching than at Cowtippers. This LGBT-friendly restaurant sits right on Piedmont Road, perfect for enjoying the great weather and checking out upcoming events at Piedmont Park. Cowtippers also has a large projection screen, so customers can catch up on broadcasts and themed movie nights while enjoying Midtown’s lovely scene (Tuesdays are music video night and Thursdays are “mooooooovie night”). Oh, and they have really delicious steaks, burgers and all things meaty and grilled!
500 10th St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 • (404) 249-0001
Hours: Monday through Friday, 4:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Some restaurants boast of a good Piedmont Park view, being right “by,” “near,” “adjacent,” etc. But it’s pretty hard to beat Park Tavern — it’s literally inside the park. And watching people fly kites, play soccer and just socialize among nature is so much better when you can do it with your best friend, Spot. Park Tavern’s huge, dog-friendly patio offers a great way to enjoy Truffled Tater Tots and Gruyere Fondue Sauce without leaving your pup back at the house. There’s also a gorgeous screened porch, usually reserved for private events, which would be perfect if you’re trying to plan a work party or fundraising event.
1842 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30324 • (404) 254-2273
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Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Grindhouse Burgers has been grinding out delicious burgers, veggie burgers, milkshakes and other delectable treats for more than 10 years. But one of our favorite parts of this local burger chain is the covered patio at the Piedmont Avenue location. Enjoy Midtown’s bustling neighborhood while you bust that bustline (and beltline) with some seriously delicious treats (two words: onion rings). FYI: The upcoming Decatur location will have a rooftop patio as well!
Old Fourth Ward
740 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 • (470) 225-6162
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday dinner, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and bar until close; Friday dinner, 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and bar until close; Saturday brunch, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., dinner, 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and bar until close; Sunday brunch, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Venkman’s is a cool hybrid: part gourmet restaurant, part music venue … all fun! Their newly constructed patio just opened last month, so guests can enjoy Venkman’s wonderful food and music sitting at both large and intimate tables, surrounded by the beautiful greenery that ensconces the patio. So what to chomp on while absorbing Atlanta’s warm rays? Try the spring pea hummus and smoked trout beignets, while guzzling down house cocktails like Beam Me Up and Vertigo.
668 Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30312 • (404) 781-0931
Hours: Monday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
As Across The Street’s owners like to put it, this is the “best patio on Freedom Parkway.” There’s something that’s just right with the world when sipping a tangy margarita on the rocks while relaxing with your peeps on a cool patio. Besides the awesome patio, another thing that sets ATS apart from other Mexican restaurants is their attention to vegetarian-friendly entrees, including goat cheese enchiladas, pumpkin and corn chowder, and harvest salad.
870 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306 • (404) 815-1820
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 3 a.m.; Friday, 12 p.m. to 3 a.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
If you like your patio full of good food, drinks, friends and brains, you need to visit Diesel Filling Station. OK, so the brains are part of their “The Walking Dead” viewing parties, but we heard the tater tots are just as good! Diesel sits in the heart of Virginia-Highlands, a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood that appreciates a good patio. The food is great all week long, but since Atlantans love a good brunch, make sure to come by weekends and try the Death Muffin. For $6.66 (get it?), you enjoy “bacon explosion, topped with cheddar and a poached egg on an English muffin with blackberry jam served with home fries.” (We probably didn’t have to write anything past “bacon explosion,” huh?)
1077 Juniper St., Atlanta, GA 30309 • (404) 876-7925
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
I speak from experience — I’ve taken almost every out-of-towner that visits me to Einstein’s for brunch (the bourbon and bananas French toast is legit). Whether you come for brunch, lunch, dinner, happy hour or just a gourmet snack, Einstein’s always delivers in the taste department. But the really cool thing about this Midtown hot spot is the massive patio that sits on Juniper Street. It’s a great place to enjoy the warm weather and a delectable mimosa.
1198 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30318 • (404) 355-2252
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. till close (restaurant hours differ)
Chef Ford Fry put down his roots at JCT Kitchen, the restaurant that started it all. The upstairs bar, part of the two-story establishment, offers killer views of the Westside neighborhood and the city as a whole. The JCT Bar menu is obviously full of tasty drinks and cocktails to whet your whistle (I die for the Little Havana, featuring rum, local strawberries and lime), but also great bites that include modern interpretations of Southern staples like deviled eggs and pimento cheese.
903 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 • (404) 347-3335
Hours: Monday & Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday & Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
There aren’t too many things that evoke total joy, but hearing about an all-you-can-eat cereal bar enjoyed at one of the largest patios in Midtown, well, it’s pretty much the bee’s knees to me. Hi-Five Diner offers the Cereal Killer special, among other delicious items, as part of its all-day breakfast. And if breakfast cocktails are more your thing, make sure to order the Luigi Wallbanger the next time you’re at Hi-Five Diner. Along with traditional diner food and more gourmet options, you and Fido (the patio is dog-friendly) will have a great time at this Midtown spot.
1545 Peachtree St., Ste. 101, Atlanta, GA 30309 • (404) 549-3954
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Not even open for a year, Tavernpointe is getting people talking over its wonderful, creative menu focused on fresh produce and local, sustainable protein. Tavernpointe’s storefront patio offers a lovely way to enjoy the warmer months, housemade jerk soda or specialty draft in one hand, and fried oysters in the other.
969 Marietta St., Atlanta, GA 30318 • (404) 607-8226
Hours: Daily, 11:30 a.m. to late
The Westside is bursting with lots of cool, delicious restaurants to grab a bite and hang with friends, but the patio at Bartaco’s Midtown location is pretty enviable. In fact, sometimes I feel like the patio is bigger and more packed than the under-roof section of the restaurant. The whitewashed and blue banquette dining is almost always crowded, whatever time of day or week you visit. Sit with your friends or make some new ones at Bartaco’s long, extended seating, but whatever you do, fill up on tacos (I recommend mahimahi or duck) and drinks (Spring Caipirinha features tropical liquors and fresh citrus).
437-C Memorial Drive SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 • (404) 577-3997
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight
Rooftop patios are nice; rooftop patios that overlook famed Oakland Cemetery are just plain rad. One of Grant Park’s huge draws, night and day, is Republic Social House. Pair fried pickles with a Hard Root Beer (craft root beer, vanilla vodka and Frangelico with or without a scoop of ice cream) and hang out upstairs, watching one of the many TVs broadcasting various sporting events. Oh, and they have brunch — sweet, merciful, delicious brunch.
7 Kings Circle, Atlanta, GA 30305 • (404) 266-2732
Hours: Lunch, Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; dinner, daily until 11 p.m.; and brunch, Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If Swiss Family Robinson had access to a kegerator, the result might resemble that of Buckhead’s Treehouse Pub. This bar/restaurant recently celebrated its 30th anniversary and continues to serve delicious food and drinks on its huge patio deck. The Treehouse Pub offers a ton of burgers and sandwiches, including a blackened grouper Rueben and grilled bison sliders, as well as the brunch, which has endeared the eatery to so many Atlantans. If the Robinson family had had these delicious morsels, they might have been quite content being deserted on an island.
Try one, some or all of these wonderful Atlanta restaurant patios and get to know Mother Nature a little better, ideally at happy hour! Cheers!
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