Enjoy the Atlanta skyline from the patio of 9 Mile Station. (Sarah Uhn)

Best Outdoor Patios for Winter Dining

A rainy day doesn’t have to keep you away. You can still enjoy al fresco dining in Atlanta thanks to covered patios, heaters and more. Here are the best patios for winter dining in Atlanta.


Buckhead is known for upscale shopping and trendy dining. Stroll the village, visit the governor’s mansion and Atlanta History Center, home to the famed Swan House and the Atlanta Cyclorama. Finish the day with a drink at one of Buckhead’s happening bars or lounges before turning in at one of the best of Atlanta hotels. 

10 Degrees South

Consistently rated a top dining establishment in Atlanta, 10 Degrees South is one of the country’s few South African restaurants. Its outdoor dining area is reminiscent of a luxury safari tent with comfortable furnishings and exotic decor.

Where: 4183 Roswell Road NE


Aria’s award-winning modern American cuisine can be enjoyed on the quaint, brick patio under a bistro umbrella. The patio, surrounded by manicured hedges, evokes the feel of a European cafe. 

Where: 490 East Paces Ferry Road NE

Bistro Niko

The patio at Bistro Niko offers a view of Peachtree Road while providing a comfortable space to enjoy topnotch French cuisine plus craft beer, wine and cocktails. 

Where: 3344 Peachtree Road NE

Boone’s Restaurant

Boone’s Restaurant overlooks Bobby Jones Golf Course, offering sweeping views of the golf course and Atlanta skyline. The comfortable shaded patio features plenty of space for enjoying Boone’s upscale American cuisine. 

Where: 2205 Northside Drive NW


The lush patio at Botica is reminiscent of a sidewalk cafe in Paris or Tuscany. Vibrant umbrellas offer respite from the elements as you enjoy a menu inspired by the chef’s flair for blending Mediterranean, Mexican and Spanish flavors.

Where: 1820 Peachtree Road NW


Grana offers cozy patio dining with firepits to keep you warm
Grana offers cozy patio dining with firepits to keep you warm. (Photo courtesy of Grana)

The Southern Italian Grana restaurant offers a beautiful rooftop bar complete with cafe lights, firepits and comfy couches. Enjoy cocktails or appetizers along with handcrafted Italian specialties in this popular space. 

Where: 1835 Piedmont Ave. NE

Gypsy Kitchen

Gypsy Kitchen aims to keep you warm as you dine outdoors this winter
Gypsy Kitchen aims to keep you warm as you dine outdoors this winter. (Photo courtesy of Gypsy Kitchen)

The rooftop at Gypsy Kitchen ticks all the boxes. Great views? Yep. Great food? Absolutely. Top that off with great drinks in a beautiful atmosphere and you’ve got a recipe for a fun and delicious experience. Gypsy Kitchen serves Spanish tapas with influences from India and Morocco, which are echoed on the colorful and comfortable rooftop.

Where: 3035 Peachtree Road NE


One look at the patio at Kyma and you’ll know you’re in for a Greek treat. The quintessential blue and white palette of Greece anchored by a large fireplace and marble columns creates a comfortable space to enjoy Greek specialties and seafood. 

Where: 3085 Piedmont Road NE

Little Alley Steak Buckhead

If you’re in the mood for a good steak, head to Little Alley Steak Buckhead. The comfortable patio is rich with texture, wood and intimate lighting interspersed with greenery, making it the perfect spot to dine on a fine aged steak and throw back one of LAS’s extensive offerings of whiskey and bourbon.

Where: Alliance Center, 3500 Lenox Road NE, No. 100


Art lovers will enjoy exploring Atlanta’s Midtown neighborhood, home to Atlanta Botanical Garden and known as the “heart of the arts” thanks to Midtown’s Arts District. Here you can find numerous locations to enjoy performing and visual arts in modern and historic venues. After filling your culture cup, head to West Midtown to shop Atlantic Station, a walkable district of shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Here are some of the best patios in Midtown for winter dining.


Ecco Midtown patio
Stay warm and enjoy modern Euro cuisine at Ecco. (Photo courtesy of Fifth Group Restaurant, Ecco.)

Ecco Midtown’s patio offers a covered portion with overhead and space heaters to keep you cozy while enjoying modern European cuisine. 

Where: 40 Seventh St. NE

New Realm Brewing Co.

The beer garden and rooftop dining at New Realm Brewing Co. overlook the Atlanta BeltLine, creating a picturesque spot to enjoy IPAs and pilsners alongside wood-fired pizza, burgers and other upscale bar food. Enjoy live music and family-friendly dining options. Dogs are welcome.

Where: Common Ground, 550 Somerset Terrace NE

TWO Urban Licks

Enjoy firepits and an outdoor bar at TWO Urban Licks
Enjoy firepits and an outdoor bar at TWO Urban Licks. (Photo by Henri Hollis)

TWO Urban Licks features an expansive patio with views of the Midtown skyline. The comfortable space offers firepits and an outdoor bar, adding to its ambiance. The space is surrounded with greenery, offers various dining and lounging configurations and is a great space to enjoy the restaurant’s offerings of wood-fired cuisine. Also, it is dog-friendly. 

Where: 820 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE

Firepit Pizza Tavern

Firepit Pizza Tavern in Grant Park has a cozy, dog-friendly patio with a modern firepit, patio tables and plush furniture perfect for enjoying a dinner with friends.

Where: Larkin On Memorial, 519 Memorial Drive SE

Eastside and Westside

Atlanta’s East and West sides lie along the renowned Atlanta Beltline, a path of multiuse trails that connect parks, neighborhoods and attractions. The area is oozing with history, from the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. Explore top rehab projects that have turned retired warehouses and factories into unique shopping/dining experiences like Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market or stop off to experience 200 species of animals at Zoo Atlanta. Stop by one of these restaurants with patio dining on the Westside or Eastside.


Canoe offers gorgeous views of the river and natural landscape
Canoe offers gorgeous views of the river and natural landscape. (Photo by James Camp)

Nestled on the banks of the Chattahoochee River is Canoe. This stunning eatery has received acclaim for both design and cuisine. While the restaurant itself offers huge windows for natural lighting, the patio is the true gem of this beautiful restaurant and features not only views of the river but also the incredible manicured yet natural landscape.

Where: 4199 Paces Ferry Road SE


Keep it cozy at Delbar while enjoying Middle Easter fare on the patio
Keep it cozy at Delbar while enjoying Middle Easter fare on the patio. (Photo courtesy of Delbar)

This Middle Eastern restaurant offers a variety of outdoor dining, from the climate-controlled sunroom to the beautiful terrace. Both spaces offer comfortable seating where you can enjoy the tasty menu.

Where: 870 Inman Village Parkway NE, Suite 1

Forza Storico

Gather your friends and commune in the outdoor dining area of Forza Storica
Gather your friends and commune in the outdoor dining area of Forza Storica. (Photo courtesy of Forza Storica)

The outdoor dining area at Forza Storica is conducive to a communal and party vibe. The busy patio space sports cafe umbrellas, greenery and twinkling lights accompanied by outdoor heaters for cooler temps. Dine on Italian fare in this fun environment. 

Where: 1198 Howell Mill Road

Kevin Rathbun Steak

Kevin Rathbun Steak offers BeltLine dining on its rustic patio, which adjoins its converted warehouse restaurant. Enjoy the finest meats, seafood and sides along with craft cocktails on the expansive patio with its open fireplace to keep you warm during cooler winter temperatures. 

Where: 154 Krog St. NE, Suite 200

Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall

Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall offers fun vibes and outdoor dining year-round
Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall offers fun vibes and outdoor dining year-round. (Photo courtesy of Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall)

This clever camp-themed patio has become one of the top outdoor spots in Atlanta to enjoy drinks and dining. Elevated campfire cuisine is served in a comfortable space that is pet-friendly, offers live music, great views and a fun atmosphere.

Where: 684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. NE

Lazy Betty

If you’re interested in world-class fare and cozy vibes more than a skyline view, head to Lazy Betty where the patio offers bench seating, heaters and blankets to keep warm. The romantic spot features a tasting menu rooted in the chef’s Chinese roots, Southern upbringing and classical French training.

Where: 1530 DeKalb Ave. NE

Miller Union

Miller Union offers a pretty porch that is ready to meet any weather condition. The light-filled, covered space features plenty of greenery and comfortable surroundings in which to enjoy the ever changing farmstead-inspired menu. 

Where: 999 Brady Ave. NW

Ponce City Market

Enjoy a beautiful view on the rooftop at 9 Mile Station at Ponce City Market
Enjoy a beautiful view on the rooftop at 9 Mile Station at Ponce City Market. (Photo by Evan West)

Ponce City Market offers numerous eateries and a large outdoor eating space that is shaded and fun. Head to The ROOF for incredible skyline views while enjoying cocktails, appetizers or even a meal at 9 Mile Station. In the coldest months, reserve an igloo for your party to celebrate the evening, play fur-coat minigolf and warm yourself at one of the firepits.

Where: Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE

Red’s Beer Garden

If you’re looking for a fun spot to enjoy cold brews and upscale bar food, Red’s Beer Garden is for you. With more than 200 varieties of beer and other libations, there is bound to be something you like. Head out to the garden to find a picnic table under a patio umbrella and enjoy camaraderie, game nights, entertainment and more.

Where: 1328 Boulevard SE

Patio dining is available year round in Atlanta. For more options check out our guide to the best patios in every Atlanta neighborhood.

Joleen Pete lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the family travel and lifestyle blogger behind Love, Joleen.

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