In previous years, Atlanta patios came alive in the spring. With infectious disease experts recommending people eat outside to prevent further spread of Covid-19, many restaurateurs are planning to keep their patios open year-round. Here’s where to go to stay warm this winter. (Note: Be cautious when dining any enclosed spaces, including enclosed patios. Wear a mask when you’re not eating or drinking and wash/sanitize your hands frequently.)
Go for: Views of Bobby Jones Golf Course and Tanyard Creek that will make you forget you’re in the heart of the city
Stay for: Wine by the fire
2205 Northside Drive Northwest, 770-835-4267
Go for: The signature goat cheese balls with cracked pepper and honey can’t be beat
Stay for: Fireplace warmth and drop-down walls make this patio weatherproof
3586 Peachtree Road Northeast, 404-347-9558
Go for: Grana opened during the pandemic, and its rooftop quickly became one of the most popular places to drink and dine. Partially covered with heaters in place, the rooftop patio offers couches for lounging and high-tops for dining.
Stay for: Pizza, pasta, and craft cocktails
1835 Piedmont Avenue, 404-231-9000
Go for: The options. With three outdoor spaces—including a new, 20-seat, garden party area—Kyma has pandemic dining covered. All spaces feature heaters, and one is covered, in case of rain.
Stay for: The outdoor mezze menu, which includes Kyma staples like lamb pie and octopus, takes you overseas without hopping on a plane.
3085 Piedmont Road, 404-262-0702
The White Bull
Go for: The brand-new patio is bigger than the interior. Executive chef/owner Pat Pascarella transformed a swampy parking lot into a gravel-filled, lantern-lit paradise. The tables are well spaced, the firepits are built for s’more-making, and the drinks are flowing.
Stay for: The menu changes often but the pasta is always fresh
123 East Court Square, Decatur, 404-600-5649
The General Muir
Go for: Executive chef and partner Todd Ginsberg’s house-made pastrami
Stay for: Coffee on the covered, heated patio overlooking the Emory Point green
1540 Avenue Place, 678-927-9131
Char Korean Bar & Grill
Go for: Korean barbecue favorites like crispy Brussels with brown sugar bacon jam, fried mint and nori, and kimchi fried rice with a sunny side up egg.
Stay for: The covered patio with an indoor/outdoor bar and plenty of heaters
299 North Highland Avenue Northeast, 404-525-2427
Best End Brewing Co.
Go for: The location—a 17,500-square-foot refurbished warehouse space within the Lee + White complex, just off the Southside BeltLine, Best End opened last year boasting ales, pilsners, lagers, IPAs and sours.
Stay for: The sprawling patio featuring tiki-inspired craft cocktails and organic wines
1036 White Street Southwest, 404-590-3681
Go for: Spanish tapas and flowing drinks
Stay for: The cityscape. With an L-shaped, covered and heated patio on 11th Street and Crescent Avenue, Bulla is in the middle of it all
60 11th Street Northeast, 404-900-6926
Go for: On Friday nights, nine roped-off areas are available for rent for $40 each. They include firepits and couches, seating four to six people. There’s also live music.
Stay for: Takeout from Colony Square restaurants, such as Brown Bag Seafood and Sukoshi. Pro tip: the pods are first-come-first-serve and free to the public every Saturday through Thursday.
1197 Peachtree Street Northeast, 404-879-2250
Go for: Fresh pasta made in-house by executive chef and partner Craig Richards, formerly of St. Cecilia
Stay for: Enjoy the views of Midtown while sitting by the fire.
693 Peachtree Street Northeast, 404-963-2637
Go for: The Neapolitan pizza. We’re partial to traditional margherita.
Stay for: The surprise oasis that is hidden behind Varuni Napoli. The patio comes complete with heaters, booths, and plenty of greenery.
1540 Monroe Drive Northeast, 404-709-2690
Nine Mile Station
Go for: Wide views of the city from Ponce City Market’s rooftop, especially at sunset, and plenty of space to spread out. There are also enclosed plastic “igloos” for private dining for six.
Stay for: Drink and dine, then play some old-fashioned carnival games at adjacent Skyline Park, or take advantage of the seasonal ice-sating rink.
75 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, 770-999-1532
Superica at Krog Street Market
Go for: The festive atmosphere and heated indoor/outdoor bar that makes safe socializing easy.
Stay for: The house salad—really. Packed with avocado, cucumber, roasted corn, pickled onion, cheese, and tortilla strips, it’ll fill you up without making you feel full.
99 Krog Street, 678 791-1310
Go for: The oysters, as well as beverage director Miles Macquarrie’s twists on classic cocktails
Stay for: People-watching from the heated patio
99 Krog Street, 404-254-0141
Go for: The four-, seven-, or 10-course tasting menu, with vegetarian options available
Stay for: The wine pairings, perfect for the patio. Get cold? Shawls are available upon request.
1530 DeKalb Avenue Northeast, 404-975-3692
New Realm Brewing Co.
Go for: The beer will warm your body from the inside while the space heaters warm it outside. Retractable walls keep the 21-and-up rooftop bar cozy in any weather, while the BeltLine-adjacent location allows neighborhood folks to avoid the “whose turn is it to be the designated driver” argument.
Stay for: Wagyu beef burgers, gourmet grilled cheese, and hand-twisted Bavarian pretzels
550 Somerset Terrace Northeast, 404-968-2777
Southern Belle and Georgia Boy
Go for: Executive chef/owner Joey Ward serves unique small plates at Southern Belle and a gourmet tasting menu at Georgia Boy.
Stay for: The hidden, heated patio near the historic Plaza Theatre
1043 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, 404-698-3961
Go for: Old favorites and new seasonal options from O-Ku’s freshly minted executive chef Masatomo Hamaya
Stay for: The O-Ku rooftop patio is a place to see and be seen no matter the temperature, with weatherproof walls, heaters, a retractable overhead cover
1085 Howell Mill Road Northwest, 404-500-2383
Go for: The steaks, but come ready to spend. A 30-ounce porterhouse for two costs $128.95.
Stay for: The cigar program, available only on the covered, heated patio. There’s a welcoming fireplace area, too.
170 Howell Mill Road, 404-665-4555
Go for: Award-winning chef Steven Satterfield’s farm-fresh cuisine—especially the ever-changing vegetable plate
Stay for: The socially distanced covered patio seating and carefully crafted cocktails like the Miller Thyme (Miller’s gin, lemon, and thyme)
999 Brady Avenue Northwest, 678-733-8550
Biltong Bar – Avalon
Go for: Work-live-play development Avalon offers wide-open spaces for distanced socializing. Biltong Bar has three patios, including a rooftop bar and lounge, each of which has heaters and firepits to keep the community warm through the winter.
Stay for: The restaurant’s namesake South African, dry-aged beef jerky
700 Avalon Boulevard, Alpharetta, 678-459-2423
Lapeer Seafood Market
Go for: The coastal cuisine inflected with Caribbean and Asian flavors
Stay for: The greenhouse-inspired, temperature-controlled patio with glass ceiling and walls, overlooking the Alpharetta City Center courtyard.
12 North Broad Street, Alpharetta, 678-691-9400
Persian Basket Kitchen & Bar
Go for: Authentic stews, slow-cooked lamb shanks, and beef stroganoff, made to keep you warm.
Stay for: The charming patio with string lights and a gas heater. A retractable, glass encasing is in the works, too.
2100 Ray Moss Connector, Johns Creek, 770-674-2779
Go for: The people-watching—overlooking the City Springs Green, the patio features 65 seats, plus several couches, making it a comfortable spot to hang out.
Stay for: The warmth. Owner Dave Green installed 12 propane heaters, four infrared heaters, and a gas firepit. You’ll even be able to shed your coat.
6405 Blue Stone Road, Sandy Springs, 770-637-2240
Go for: The waterside views. Known for its intimate setting along the Chattahoochee River, Canoe is a special occasion restaurant built for the outdoors. It has a covered terrace with ample heaters, as well as tents for additional rainy-day seating.
Stay for: Brunch or dinner. Executive chef Matthew Basford uses seasonal ingredients to elevate traditional seafood and poultry dishes.
4199 Paces Ferry Road, 770-432-2663
Muss & Turner’s
Go for: The Evil Cookies. Sure, this is a restaurant, not a bakery, but these quarter-pound, pecan and chocolate chunk treats are known around the city.
Stay for: The new patio. Rebuilt right before the pandemic began, the socially distanced patio features a metal roof, cedar walls, overhead heaters, and drop-down curtains, in case of a monsoon.
1675 Cumberland Parkway Southeast, Smyrna, 770-434-1114
Paces & Vine
Go for: The neighborhood vibe. With a recently expanded patio, Paces & Vine is a go-to for Vinings residents, who tend to gather around the fireplace—at a respectable distance, of course.
Stay for: Dinner—the jumbo lump crab cakes are pure meat with grapefruit butter for a sweet finish
4300 Paces Ferry Road Southeast, 404-205-8255