Atlanta Spring 2023 Patio Guide — the best places to dine al fresco in Atlanta and Alpharetta (with more restaurants coming soon!)
Dining outdoors is especially popular in metro Atlanta. But we’re not just talking about a picnic on the grass — it’s possible to have a full restaurant experience al fresco, pretty much year round here.
The term al fresco is Italian for “in fresh air.” Dining al fresco generally carries the additional meaning of comfortable seating, good service, great food, and an attractive setting.
Around metro Atlanta, outdoor dining spaces often include amenities to improve seasonal comfort — like fans, space heaters, fire pits, patio umbrellas, shades, etc. Some include outdoor TV screens or speakers for music.
We’re putting together a pictorial guide to some of metro Atlanta’s best restaurant patios, decks, and rooftops. It will be a work in progress, and we’ll continue to add more venues and expand the list to include more suburbs.
Restaurateurs: If you’d like your outdoor dining space to be included, please email us with complete info and a high-res photo or two.
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The best restaurant patios for outdoor dining in metro Atlanta
Note: Much of this info comes from the restaurants themselves, in the form of press statements and media alerts.
Live! At the Battery
Photo Courtesy of Live! At the Battery
Description: An entertainment destination located in the heart of The Battery Atlanta, Live! at The Battery is the go-to spot for catching sports, dining in style and sipping cold beer and crafted cocktails. Guests can enjoy both the lower level patio and upper level wrap-around patio – both perfect for grabbing a bite before heading to a Braves game across the street or cheering on their favorite teams on one of many TVs. The two-story, 30,000-square-foot entertainment and dining space includes several district experiences, including Sports & Social – a sports bar, gaming parlor and social lounge, The Tavern at Sports & Social – a restaurant, and PBR Atlanta – Atlanta’s liveliest country bar with line dancing and bull riding.
Address: 825 Battery Ave SE #600
Phone: (404) 965-2511
Photo courtesy of Delbar
Description: The restaurant’s expansive outdoor patio seamlessly carries the open and natural interior to the outside. Seating in this area is first come, first served. Located in Inman Park and translating to ‘heart, captured’ in Farsi, Delbar, a Middle Eastern restaurant and bar, delivers a menu of classic Persian cuisine with Israeli, Turkish and Lebanese touches, many of which are drawn from owner and native Iranian Fares Kargar’s family recipes. Guests can enjoy shareable ‘Spreads’ such as Hummus garnished with chickpea & tahini; ‘Mazze’ (small bites) like Omani Shrimp with Persian dried lime, sour orange, herbs and labneh; ‘Meats’ like Chinjeh, Prime Beef Sirloin with saffron, onion & yogurt marinade; and ‘Greens & Grains’ such as Sabzi Polo, scallions, parsley, cilantro, and fenugreek basmati rice. House-made condiments and made-from-scratch taftoun bread and other bakery items are also offered. A bold beverage program is centered upon Persian flavors. The standout selection includes dynamic cocktails crafted with ingredients and spices imported directly from Iran.
Address: 870 Inman Village Pkwy NE Suite 1
Phone: (404) 500-1444
City Winery Atlanta
Photo Courtesy of Jamestown
Description: City Winery Atlanta features a spacious patio with umbrellas and lots of greenery to provide shade on warm summer days. City Winery delivers a unique culinary and cultural experience to urban wine enthusiasts passionate about music, offering intimate concerts, upscale dining, private event spaces, and a fully functioning winery.
Address: 650 North Avenue NE
Phone: (404) 946-3791
Photo Courtesy of Gypsy Kitchen
Description: Gypsy Kitchen is a place where guests can transport out of the everyday. Their beautiful rooftop patio space is filled with comfortable seating that can accommodate intimate dates, group dinners or casual meetings. The restaurant offers a variety of options from cocktails on the outdoor patio overlooking the sights of Buckhead, to the gorgeous indoor dining areas, as well as a chef’s table for a truly unique experience. The restaurant draws inspiration from the culinary riches of Spain, infused with Moroccan traditions from across the Gibraltar and Indian influences that traveled west along the same seas. Centuries of interplay between these food traditions and lands inspires their Iberian fusion plates.
Address: 3035 Peachtree Rd NE
Description: Le Bilboquet’s patio transports guests to a Parisian sidewalk cafe with traditional French bistro woven rattan chairs and tables. Reminiscent of a charming European square, Le Bilboquet is located at the center of Buckhead Village. Open daily for lunch and dinner, the bistro and bar offers a vibrant atmosphere paired with simple, classic French cooking, bringing a slice of Parisian café culture to the neighborhood and a natural gathering spot to enjoy a chilled bottle of rosé alfresco alongside classic bistro fare or a draft beer and croque monsieur at the bar.
Address: 3027 Bolling Way NE
Hampton + Hudson
Photo by Heather Notvotny
Description: Inman Park’s favorite community bar and restaurant features a covered patio with fans to keep guests cool in the warmer months. Hampton + Hudson offers elevated pub food, craft cocktails, beer and wine, all in a comfortable, neighborhood environment. Plus, it’s the spot for catching football, Atlanta United (they’re an official pub partner!) and any other sports matches, and the patio is pet friendly and has outdoor TVs.
Address: 299 N. Highland Ave NE
Nina & Rafi
Photo by Atlys Media
Description: The restaurant and bar offers patio seating right on the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail – perfect for a bite after walking Fido and watching the BeltLine action. Nina & Rafi is known for their pizzas, so don’t skip a Detroit style pie to go with meatballs, grilled artichokes, heroes and more. Guests can sip Italian beer and wine, cocktails and pours from the restaurant’s extensive Amara list.
Address: 661 Auburn Ave NE STE 220
The Southern Gentleman
Photo Courtesy of The Southern Gentleman
Description: The Southern-inspired gastropub offers a gorgeous top-floor space that is charming yet polished with a patio overlooking Buckhead. Guests can enjoy dinner and cocktails with a view while enjoying the breeze when the garage doors are open. The Southern Gentleman celebrates every aspect of what it means to be from the South with a fresh, modern take on traditional dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. The bar program explores the artistry and history of classic Southern cocktails – everything from barrel-aged cocktails to bottled libations to adult beverages on tap, along with New World wines and craft beers and the “perfect” mint julep. The modern American whiskey bar focuses on extensive dedication to the wide range of whiskeys that come from distillers all over the world with a concentration on American Bourbons and Ryes with over 120 selections for guests to explore.
Address: 3035 Peachtree Rd NE Suite A208
Phone: (404) 939-9845
Lapeer Steak & Seafood
Photo courtesy of Lapeer Steak & Seafood
Description: An 840-square-foot outdoor patio with a glass ceiling and walls flanks the restaurant and overlooks a courtyard in Alpharetta City Center. Designed for year-round outdoor dining, the expansive and airy patio is temperature controlled, allowing guests to dine comfortably no matter the season. Lapeer features a chef-inspired menu with steakhouse classics and fresh seafood. The beverage menu focuses on classic cocktails, and the wine list features an extensive reserve selection of full-bodied California cabernets and red blends, backed by a mix of Old World Italian and French varietals such as Barolo and Cabernet Franc.
Address: 12 North Broad Street, Alpharetta
Phone: (678) 691-9400
Nine Mile Station
Description: Located on The Roof at Ponce City Market, Nine Mile Station is a sleek indoor-outdoor, full-service restaurant specializing in delicious, shareable food. Offering sweeping views of the city, the restaurant offers more than two dozen craft beer selections, plus a unique wine list and classically prepared cocktails to compliment any experience.
Address: 1829, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Phone: (770) 999-1532
South Main Kitchen
Photo Courtesy of South Main Kitchen
Description: The restaurant is housed in a historic building built in 1902 and features a large and inviting patio space in the alley adjacent to the restaurant as well as a rooftop balcony and bar overlooking downtown Alpharetta. Located in the heart of Alpharetta’s Historic Downtown District, South Main Kitchen serves fresh, elevated Southern cuisine matched with welcoming hospitality. Housed in a century-old building in the heart of historic Alpharetta, South Main Kitchen serves fresh, elevated Southern cuisine matched with welcoming hospitality. Open daily for lunch and dinner with brunch on Sundays, the restaurant serves modern American fare made with the highest quality Southern ingredients. The menu changes frequently depending on seasonal availability from local farms. On the drink menu, guests can enjoy local draft beers and wine from small producers, plus creative craft cocktails made with ingredients like toasted pecan syrup, activated charcoal, mezcal spray and black walnut bitters.
Address: 9 South Main Street, Alpharetta
Phone: (678) 691-4622
Description: Aziza’s covered patio features lush greenery, offering a comfortable option for guests to enjoy Israeli cuisine outside. From Atlanta restaurateur Tal Baum, Aziza pays homage to Israeli cuisine – lauding the culture through the story their menu tells. Adhering to Israeli hospitality traditions in an authentic, alluring restaurant space while celebrating Atlanta’s local land.
Address: 1170 Howell Mill Rd NW, Ste P10B
Description: Situated directly on the Eastside BeltLine overlooking Ponce City Market, Rina’s open air patio offers Tel Aviv beach vibes all year long, upbeat Israeli tunes and fresh scents of falafel and sizzling skewers. Serving a selection of casual, fresh and bright plates, Rina puts a unique spin on traditional Israeli street food and hospitality traditions. Rina invites guests to order from a menu of house-made hummus, platters, mezze, pitas and sides at a walk-up window and grab a table under a colorful umbrella. Some recipes, including the falafel, have been passed down for generations through Owner Tal Baum’s family and were first served at Baum’s grandmother Rina’s own falafel stand in Israel in the 1950’s. Named after Baum’s grandmother and the Hebrew word for happiness, Rina is a love letter to the woman that inspired fond memories and the feeling Baum hopes to inspire in guests.
Address: 699 Ponce De Leon Ave., Suite 9
Photo Courtesy of Botiwalla
Description: Guests are welcome to enjoy chaat and cocktails outside Botiwalla’s bustling Ponce City Market location on their upgraded patio space, made perfect for people watching. Botiwalla brings the streets of India to life — the glowing charcoal sigris*, the sizzling meats, the aromas of chaat masala*, and the crispy, crunchy, multi-textured street snacks — in the most delicious way possible.
Address: 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, n134
Phone: (470) 225-8963
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