The Best Patios for Eating and Drinking Outside in Atlanta

For outdoor dog-friendly drinking and patios with live music, these are your best bets for al fresco dining in Atlanta.

The sun is shining, the breeze is balmy, and it’s the perfect time to gather your friends and sip and nosh to your heart’s content at one of Atlanta’s many outdoor dining destinations. Like many of the city’s restaurants, Atlanta’s outdoor dining options offer something for everyone. You can keep it intimate with a slice and a glass of your favorite red at Varuni Napoli or enjoy a chic night under the stars at Buckhead’s Gypsy Kitchen. No matter what your preferences are for outdoor dining, here are just a few of the city’s best spots for dining al fresco.

Raging Burrito

Downtown Decatur
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At Decatur’s Raging Burrito, you get to dine under the careful gaze of Mona Lisa as she sips on what we can only assume is a margarita. Known for its larger-than-life Mona Lisa mural, the outdoor dining area at Raging Burrito has long been a favorite of those in the neighborhood. Partially shaded in some areas, it’s the perfect spot for indulging in a Raging Margarita as you wait for your Pineapple Jerk Burrito or another one of the restaurant’s flavor-packed, specialty burritos.

Rina

Old Fourth Ward
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Conveniently situated on the Atlanta BeltLine, Rina’s outdoor dining area is the perfect place to observe as people skate, stroll and bike down the BeltLine, an immensely popular walking trail. With a convenient to-go window, Rina makes it super simple to get in your order so you can get quickly back to that all important task of people-watching. And if you do plan on dining outside at Rina, their The Hilton cocktail is a must. This frozen sip is a boozy combination of rum, coconut, pineapple, lime, and anessette.

Gypsy Kitchen

Buckhead
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With a newly-revamped rooftop patio, now is the perfect time to pay a visit to Buckhead’s Gypsy Kitchen. If Gypsy Kitchen’s exotic menu doesn’t immediately tranport you to a swanky beach town in Spain, the patio’s lush greenery, majestic woven rugs, and tapestries are sure to do the trick.

Available for Reservations

A Mano

Old Fourth Ward
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A Mano offers full-service dining on their patio where you can enjoy their classic dishes, like the bucatini with beef ragu and ricotta. Check out their Instagram to see which pop-ups they have coming up with guest restaurants and chefs.

Available for Reservations

The Chastain

Buckhead
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Are we in Napa? No, but the Chastain might have you briefly thinking so with its swoon-worthy patio that’s large enough to seat almost as many people outside as the dining room does inside. In the morning, you can order coffee and a breakfast treat from the coffee bar and sit anywhere you’d like (may we suggest the fire pit?). In the evening, you can make a reservation for a seat in the tent or you can grab a first-come-first-serve seat on the terrace for dinner and/or drinks.

Available for Reservations

Forza Storico

West Midtown
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Channel Italian street dining vibes from the interior courtyard of Westside Provisions District. Forza serves up classic Roman fare like carbonara and cacio e pepe and appetizers like grilled octopus and pork meatballs. There are also, of course, Italian beverages at the ready, like the spritz and Negroni.

Available for Reservations

Grindhouse Killer Burgers

Multiple locations
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Grindhouse makes a mean burger and delicious accouterments like onion rings, cheesy poofs, and milkshakes. Each of its four Atlanta locations has a killer patio, too. The Brookhaven and Decatur locations also have rooftop patios that are for the 21 and up crowd—so go ahead and add booze to that milkshake.

Hen Mother Cookhouse

Johns Creek
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If you know, you know that Hen Mother Cookhouse is worth the drive from whatever part of Atlanta you’re in. People flock to this suburban gem for breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch. You can't go wrong, but whatever you do, try to order one of the pastries like a strawberry cream kolache or cinnamon bun.

Nick’s Westside

West Midtown
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We know, you’re sick of the word “pivot,” but that’s exactly what chef Nick Leahy did when he realized that his fancy French restaurant Aix wasn’t going to work in this pandemic life. So, he reinvented his restaurant as Nick's Westside, which is more approachable but still features a stunning patio with a beautiful outdoor fireplace. Menu items include baked oysters, roasted beet salad, burgers, and Carolina pork schnitzel.

Available for Reservations

West Egg Café

West Midtown
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Bring on the brunch feast. You’ll find all of your breakfast favorites at West Egg Café, from Shrimp & Grits to Banana Bread French Toast. And be sure to head to their covered patio to enjoy your breakfast bite of choice while sipping on one of their signature mimosas.

Whiskey Bird

Morningside
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The patio at Whiskey Bird is a lovely way to go if you want to enjoy its Asian-inspired eats. This Morningside restaurant currently serves up a combination of both hearty and light bites, including their hunger-halting Roasted Pork Tenderloin and the guilt-free Gyoza Tacos.

Available for Reservations

Varuni Napoli

Morningside
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The Morningside location of pizza joint Varuni Napoli has a serene patio in the back. Order at the counter and make your way out the backdoor for a sweet, shady table to enjoy that bastardo pizza (topped with mozzarella, pepperoni cups, nduja, and pecorino) and a glass of Montepulciano.

Lia Picard is an Atlanta-based freelance writer whose work appears in the New York TimesWashington PostWine Enthusiast, and more. You can keep up with her daily adventures and projects on Instagram.

Danielle Harling is a contributor for Thrillist.