Everyone Outside! 12 Spots for Patio Dining

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Are you looking for the best kid-friendly places to eat outside in Atlanta? We’ve got you covered whether you’re looking for fire pits, open green space or a river view. Keep reading for the best patio seats for outdoor family dining in and around Atlanta’s family-friendly dining spots.

Howell’s Kitchen & Bar

This eclectic American restaurant and bar serve shareable snacks, delectable pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and modern takes on the classics you know and love. The outdoor patio feels protected from the traffic on Howell Mill. For cooler nights, plan to hang out around their gas fire pits after dinner while the kids play in the courtyard. Stocked with 24 taps and a roster of craft beers and cocktails, you’ll also have plenty of after-dinner options.

1962 Howell Mill Road, Suite 100
Online: howellskitchenbar.com


This Vinings institution sits on the banks of the Chattahoochee; not only does it have patio dining and an outside bar, but it also has a lawn, a river, and usually a duck or two. Canoe’s patio can’t be beaten for special occasions that might take longer than your usual shovel-and-shove restaurant dining experience with toddlers, especially in tow.

4199 Paces Ferry Rd. SE
Online: canoeatl.com

Treehouse Restaurant & Pub

This Garden Hills institution welcomed 20-somethings and their dogs to their laid-back patio decades ago, and they’re equally as welcoming to the same now 40-somethings and their kids (and fur babies, too). Casual and with a neighborhood feel, the patio has lots of plants that somehow make it enjoyable well into the summer heat. Brunch is delicious here, but expect a wait unless you get up early.

7 Kings Cir NE
Online: treehouseatlanta.com

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The Companion

This neighborhood bar in Bolton is a gem with a cute patio and courtyard that opened without much fanfare during the pandemic. However, good grows, and it’s developed a buzzy following of people who ordered online at first but have now become devotees to their patio dining. The food is elevated bar food, so it’s a solid bet for kids who like kid food but don’t mind taking a few risks. Plus, they can run around, so everyone is happy.

2316 Marietta Rd NW
Online: thecompanionatl.com

Bar Taco

If you’re feeling like tacos, this neighborhood drop-in place for lunch, a casual supper or anything in between is hard to beat. The kids’ menu makes your life easy, with not spicy guac, $2 tacos, and plenty of sides that aren’t fries (corn wheels, broccoli, fruit, and cucumbers are our favorites). The adult menu is fresh and delicious and also has a robust adult beverage menu. With three locations in Chastain Park, Inman Park, and West Midtown, you’re never too far from a Bar Taco, which is a good thing.

3802 Roswell Rd.

299 N. Highland Ave.

969 W. Marietta St.
Online: bartaco.com

Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria

Hop over a picnic table bench, and enjoy the twinkling patio lights while you wait for your hand-tossed pizza. Topped with fresh ingredients, the in-house made dough is fantastic. This spot is super kid-friendly and usually full of little ones. After your family meal, you can take a quick 3-minute walk to Centennial Olympic Park for some splash pad fun. 

300 Marietta St., NW
Online: maxsatl.com

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Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House

You and your crew should head straight to the rooftop patio of this bustling seafood house. Named for its somewhat creepy location across from a cemetery, this restaurant offers tons of kid-friendly dishes on and off the kid’s menu. Expect to wait for a table upstairs, but the view is well worth it. 

685 11th St NW
Online: sixfeetunder.net

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