Your Five, Our Five: Outdoor Dining

On the Discover Atlanta Facebook page, we asked our fans about their favorite Atlanta spot to eat outdoors, and we have compiled the top-five list for you. Not just that, but we’ve also given you a bonus – the top five spots of the editorial team. 

Canoe sports a stupendous Sunday brunch.
There are plenty of great outdoor options in Buckhead, like Bistro Niko (pictured) or Cowtippers.
Or... skip the outdoors entirely and get a naked dog at The Varsity. (photo ©2015, Gene Phillips,

We asked and you answered! On the Discover Atlanta Facebook page, we asked our fans about their favorite Atlanta spot to eat outdoors, and 57 suggestions later, we have compiled the top-five list for you. Not just that, but we’ve also given you a bonus – the top five spots of the editorial team.

So without further ado, the top five fan picks:

  1. Broad Street
    Broad Street in downtown Atlanta is just three blocks long, but two of them are chock full of eateries. Frequented by Georgia State University students and business people out for a weekday lunch, Broad Street is sometimes blocked off, creating a pedestrian friendly zone with plenty of seating for lunchtime meals.

  2. Canoe
    Situated on the banks of the Chattahoochee, Canoe offers the best of fine dining and rustic outdoor space. From an outdoor bar with lounge chairs along the river to patio seating for dinner, this Vinings icon is a perfect place to breathe in the fresh air while noshing on some of the best food in Atlanta. Pro tip: Check out Sunday brunch and take a stroll along the water afterward!

  3. Six Feet Under
    Don’t be confused by the name – Six Feet Under is more like two stories above. The Grant Park location features a rooftop seating area with a fully stocked bar and full restaurant menu. The restaurant is located across the street from historic Oakland Cemetery where some of Atlanta’s most-famed residents, including golf-legend Bobby Jones and “Gone with the Wind” author Margaret Mitchell, are buried. After dinner and cocktails, take some time to explore the cemetery – you never know who you will find! 

  4. Cowtippers
    Just around the corner of Piedmont and Monroe, Cowtippers expansive patio beacons passersby to stop in for a Buckhead beef steak or their award-winning Metrotainment Bakery desserts. For those wanting to expand their tequila tastes, Cowtippers is also known for stocking 100 different tequilas. Pro tip: When the sun goes down, walk next door to Smith’s Olde Bar to continue the party with live music!

  5. Picnic in Inman Park AND The Varsity
    It’s a tie! But the people have spoken, and who are we to leave anyone out? We’ll make it quick. Grab your picnic basket, a bottle of wine and your favorite person and head out to Inman Park for a weekend picnic in one of Atlanta’s most-prized neighborhood green spaces. OR, skip the picnic and head to the most iconic restaurant in Atlanta – The Varsity. Pull in for a naked dog and FO to get your day going!

Now that we know what our Facebook fans are fond of, it’s time to share some of the team’s faves:

  1. TWO Urban Licks
    "Travel + Leisure" just named TWO Urban Licks one of “America’s Best Outdoor Restaurants,” and who are we to argue? Its location right on the Atlanta BeltLine means diners can watch runners and cyclists pass by as they enjoy small plates. Two other points: TWO Urban Licks has live music Tuesday through Saturday, and it also hase a 26-foot wine-on-tap wall. That’s right, we said “wine on tap.” 

  2. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

    After a storm caused a massive tree to fall and take out their dining room, the boys at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q are back and better than ever with an expanded patio complete with a little shade in the warmer months. Sit back, catch wafts of deliciousness from the smokehouse, grab a margarita and indulge in some of Atlanta’s best bbq

  3. Googie Burger
    When you’re talking about eating outdoors, it’s hard to not mention Googie Burger. This burger joint sits right in the middle of Centennial Olympic Park. Make an afternoon of it – grab a burger, fries and shake, people watch at the Fountain of the Rings (or hop in yourself!), then head over SkyView Atlanta for a 15-minute round on the new Ferris wheel.

  4. Park Tavern
    Located in the heart of Piedmont Park, the people watching at Park Tavern is something to behold, and then there’s the breathtaking view of the Midtown skyline. Sit back on the patio and enjoy craft beer brewed on-site. Pro tip: On dreary days, keep an eye on Park Tavern’s social media channels. When it rains, they pour $1 beers. Grab an umbrella, some rain boots and wait on the announcement. 

  5. Treehouse Pub
    Tucked back in the Peachtree Hills neighborhood, Treehouse Pub is definitely a locals’ hideaway. Hang out on the quaint patio at this neighborhood bar and restaurant and feel like you’re sitting on your own back porch. Under the shade of oaks and umbrellas, grab a drink, some food and catch up with friends and family.

Think this is a great list? Did we miss your favorite? Head over to our Facebook page and let us know what you think!

Born and raised in Alabama, Ashley O'Dell has lived in Atlanta since 2008. She has a love for all things culinary and enjoys writing about Southern food culture on her blog, Dash and Dine Atlanta. When she's not writing, Ashley can be found exploring Atlanta's neighborhoods, restaurants and live music venues.