Patio dining is all the rage in Atlanta these days. Pick your al fresco locale and chow down.
Midtown Patio Dining
The tastes at Lure will reel you in.
Escape to this seafood haven on the summer patio for yellowfin tuna ceviche and chilled shrimp with homemade cocktail sauce plus a signature cocktail. Try entrees such as steelhead trout, Georges Bank sea scallops with pork belly and a tomatillo salsa verde, or fried Louisiana catfish with summer succotash.
1106 Crescent Ave. NE
The Original El Taco
Find this popular spot in Virginia Highland. (📷 The Original El Taco)
This taqueria serving Tex-Mex with a twist offers bold dishes, beer and wine to-go. In-house meals are served on an expansive patio with plenty of space for distancing. Taco plates such as fried chicken and pork carnitas are on the menu as well as enchiladas, nachos and frozen drinks.
1186 North Highland Ave. NE
Buckhead Patio Dining
Find yourself in a Parisian bistro in the middle of Buckhead at Bistro Niko. When the patio beckons, there are few better places to watch life go by. Share a mushroom and cheese tarte flecked with Gruyere and fontina, or classic coq au vin with steamed potatoes and pearl onions. During brunch, hanger steak with eggs and pommes frites or a quiche Florentine can be paired with either French roast coffee or a festive champagne cocktail to toast the day.
265 Pharr Road NE
Craving Italian food? Taverna will satisfy. (📷 Taverna)
Italian dining is what you'll find at Taverna in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. The inviting patio is perfect for antipasto with a cocktail. Traditional dishes beckon for lunch and dinner daily, as well as brunch. Taverna mixes up delicate pastas and indulgent risottos, plus hearty pizzas baked in a Wood Stone oven. Plenty of vegetarian options are offered including ravioli maremmani, filled with spinach, Swiss chard and ricotta in a sage and Parmesan sauce. The seasonally-inspired menu is available for pickup and delivery as well.
280 Buckhead Ave. NE
If it's Greek food you like, Kyma is your place. (📷 Galina Photography)
This Buckhead gem is a contemporary seafood tavern highlighting the flavors of chef/owner Pano Karatassos’s Greek roots. Settle in the secluded patio to order Mediterranean staples like eggplant and cucumber-yogurt spreads, grilled octopus and signature spicy lamb pie. Also try seafood delicacies like prawns saganaki (giant prawns braised in tomato sauce with ouzo and feta) and the restaurant’s specialty: grilled, whole roasted fish basted with olive oil and lemon.
3085 Piedmont Road
Alma Cocina Buckhead
Alma's patio is tucked away so you can, ah, relax. (📷 Alma Cocina)
Here, you’ll find authentic dishes reflecting contemporary Mexican and Latin cuisine. Cloaked in greenery, this secluded patio overlooking Peachtree Road is perfect for viewing busy city life from a social distance. Molés are made in-house, and blistered shishitos and flaky empanadas make nice accompaniments to Alma’s cantarito with el Jimador Reposado, fresh citrus juice and Tajin. Takeout is also available for this Latin experience to-go.
3280 Peachtree Road NE
West Midtown Patio Dining
Bold Monk Brewing Co.
Enjoy a taste of Europe when you enter this peaceful respite on Atlanta’s upper Westside. With a beer hall-inspired dining space in the protected entry area, a wooded beer garden accessed by bridge and a wide selection of house-brewed Belgian-influenced beers, Bold Monk Brewing Co. transports guests to the centuries old villages found throughout Europe. Bold Monk is open for indoor dining, to-go and delivery with a menu featuring Belgian fries, pizzas, mussels and the famous Abbot sandwich–a stack of pastrami, grilled knockwurst and Gruyere cheese.
1737 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. NW
Old Fourth Ward Patio Dining
This upbeat Tex-Mex dining joint at Krog Street Market makes a mean queso fundido, which will pair nicely with your not-so-sweet Texas Star margarita. Follow up with an order of Tacos al Pastor and house-made guacamole. The patio and dining room are both open with social distancing measures in place, and curbside pickup is also available.
Many of Atlanta’s restaurants are open and ready to serve visitors safely. Workers follow a set of state-mandated guidelines such as dining room capacity limitations, increased sanitation and gloves and masks for servers in order to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Liesl Merkel is editor of Atlanta Now magazine, the Official Visitors Guide of Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.