Everyone Outside! 10 Spots for Patio Dining

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Some of us have kids who have never eaten in a restaurant yet, and it’s a safe bet that it’s been a minute for nearly all of us since we’ve taken the whole family out dinner in a restaurant. So why not ease back into dining in public with your kiddos by starting off with these Atlanta restaurants with perfect patios for family dining? Keep reading for the best patio seats for outdoor family dining in and around Atlanta’s obvious (across from the Aquarium) and not-so-obvious (xcc) spots.

Howell's Kitchen & Bar

This eclectic American restaurant and bar serves up shareable snacks, delectable pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and modern takes on the classics you know and love, and 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 have plenty of after dinner options to choose among, as well.

1962 Howell Mill Road, Suite 100
Atlanta, Ga 30318
Online: howellskitchenbar.com


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

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 dogs, too, still). Casual and with a neighborhood feel, the patio has lots of plants that somehow makes it enjoyable well into the summer heat. Brunch is especially good here, but expect a wait unless you get up early.

7 Kings Cir NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
Online: treehouseatlanta.com


The Companion

This neighborhood bar in Bolton on the upper west quadrant ITP 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 the actual restaurant, too. 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 that makes them happy.

2316 Marietta Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
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, 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


Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft

From the bright orange tuk tuk (little open air cars they use like cabs in Thailand) when you enter to the cool use of lights in the interior, your kids (and you) will be dazzled by this Thai street food emporium. But one of the best things about Tuk Tuk is the second story patio outside. Located just south of Brookwood Hills, you've got an incredible view of the midtown skyline lights if you look south on Peachtree. For the kiddos, be sure and order an extra basket of sticky rice.

1745 Peachtree Rd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
Online: tuktukatl.com

Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall

Located in Atlanta's historic Old Fourth Ward, Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall is the first outdoor-oriented bar and restaurant to open along the BeltLine's Eastside Trail, at mile marker 9.25. An in-town home away from home for Atlanta's adventure seekers, Ladybird offers elevated campfire cuisine for dinner, lunch, and weekend brunch, and focuses on shareable dishes that rotate based on local availability. The beverage program features craft cocktails, wine, and local beer. And, while there's no kids menu and the scene at night is decidedly adults-on-dates and adults-dining-with-friends, you can snag a table anytime during the day or early evening with your kids in tow and feel perfectly comfortable ordering a hot dog, hamburger, or side of mac-n-cheese for your kiddos.

684 John Wesley Dobbs
Atlanta, GA 30312
404-458 6838
Online: ladybirdatl.com

The Brake Pad

Brake Pad Restaurant and Bar is located in Historic Downtown College Park in a converted old service station. With plenty of retro flare, its talents don't stop at the ambiance. You can get a killer burger, plus everything from ahi tuna to collard greens, cooked by someone who knows what they're doing. The patio is relaxing and the people are nice, and there is in fact a very pleasing (if standard) kid's menu.

3403 Main St.
College Park, GA 30337
Online: brakepadatlanta.com

Ponce City Market

With 30 different places you can eat at Ponce City Market, you might be tempted to try a little here, try a little there, but head to the handful that share the patio space. You'll not only have your pick from some of the best Italian, seafood, Indian, Chinese, and Mexican food in the city, but you'll also have the best (outdoor) seat in the house.

675 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
Online: poncecitymarket.com


Fellini's Pizza

This local chain dishes up seriously good pizza, salads, and calzones at multiple locations—all of which have outdoor seating options. And for families dining with little kids, rejoice! You can order a special or a white pizza or anything you'd like—they have pizza by the slice so everyone will be happy!

7 locations around Atlanta
Online: fillinisatlanta.com

—Shelley Massey

\Featured photo: iStock


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