9 Best Patios for Outdoor Dining in Atlanta

By Christopher Hassiotis  |  April 15, 2014
Credit: Holy Taco

It's spring, and that means it's flowers, it's leaves, it's warmer temperatures, it's outdoor eating and dining! (It's also pollen, but let's set that aside for a moment.) Take advantage of Atlanta's mild spring - it's always too brief - and check out some of the finest places in town to have a bite, have a drink and relax on a patio either at daytime or nighttime. After this past winter, you've earned it.

  • The Spot: Kevin Rathbun Steak

    The Neighborhood: Inman Park

    Why It's Great: Newly opened and facing the Beltline, this steakhouse's patio features a 16-ft.-tall reclaimed brick fireplace for ambiance and a six-ft.-wide ceiling fan for warmer hours.

    154 Krog St. NE; 404-524-5600

  • The Spot: Big Sky Buckhead

    The Neighborhood: Buckhead

    Why It's Great: Variety! This new Buckhead watering hole, with a bar menu crafted by chef Hector Santiago, has an entry-level patio downstairs as well as two upstairs patios that bracket an open-air bar (at least, when the weather's nice and the custom garage doors are up) and offer views of the neighborhood.

    3201 Cains Hill Pl. NW; 404-481-5188

  • The Spot: Apres Diem   

    The Neighborhood: Midtown

    Why It's Great: One of the tradeoffs of many Atlanta patios is you get to enjoy being outside but you also get a ho-hum view of a street. Tucked into the heart of the Midtown Promenade Center, Apres Diem has an expansive patio that feels accessible yet secluded at the same time.

    931 Monroe Dr.; 404-872-3333

  • The Spot: Flip Burger Boutique

    The Neighborhood: Poncey-Highland

    Why It's Great: The rooftop patio at Flip's newest outpost just opened last week, and it's already a popular neighborhood spot to watch the Highlands pass you by, enjoy a burger or boozy shake (or both) and sample a cocktail. The westward view gives you a dramatic view of the ATL skyline at sunset.

    664 N. Highland Ave.; 404-815-1127

  • The Spot: Holy Taco    

    The Neighborhood: East Atlanta Village

    Why It's Great: This large, pet-friendly patio isn't right in the heart of EAV, so there's not as much hubbub from passing foot traffic and shoppers. That means you can relax and enjoy a margarita - by the glass, sure, but why not go for a whole pitcher? You're gonna be here a while, right?

    1314 Glenwood Ave. SE; 404-230-6177

  • The Spot: Six Feet Under

    The Neighborhood: Grant Park

    Why It's Great: Location, location, location. Six Feet Under's Grant Park location benefits from its proximity to Oakland Cemetery, not just by taking naming inspiration but also by providing great views from the rooftop deck.

    1314 Glenwood Ave. SE; 404-230-6177

  • The Spot: JCT. Bar

    The Neighborhood: Westside

    Why It's Great: The upstairs cousin to JCT. Kitchen downstairs, this sprawling, circuitous patio complex offers great vistas of the Westside Provisions courtyard as well as the still-functional train tracks that offer a reminder of the fast-gentrifying neighborhood's industrial past. Bonus points for the bar menu, which isn't as extensive as the restaurant's full selection, yet still never disappoints.

    664 North Highland Ave.; 404-815-1127

  • The Spot: Joe's on Juniper

    The Neighborhood: Midtown

    Why It's Great: An afternoon or evening spent soaking in the sun and downing countless drinks on Joe's patio is an iconic ATL experience, whether you've spent an afternoon in Piedmont Park or are just looking for some alfresco experiences under Midtown's high-rises.

    1049 Juniper St. NE; 404-875-6634

  • Credit: Barcelona Wine Bar

    The Spot: Barcelona Wine Bar‎

    The Neighborhood: Inman Park

    Why It's Great: Want to be outdoors but cozy as well? The fireplace is what gives the patio its charm, and is a great place to people-watch while dining on the restaurant's extensive selection of wine and tapas.

    240 North Highland Ave.; 404-589-1010