Happy January (almost February!)- the best weather for eating at restaurants in Atlanta…with patio heaters.
Yes, it’s chilly and dark outside right now- not exactly the optimal outdoor dining season. Except here in Atlanta, we don’t tolerate the cold, and we’re always finding outdoor patio restaurants with heaters and fire pits to stay warm.
Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of January or February- love to be outdoors, and the cold weather makes that tough. One of my favorite things about Atlanta, though, is how easy it is to find places to eat outside, and luckily there are so many restaurants with patio heaters in Atlanta!
In fact, most restaurants have been pulling out little heaters this year, and if you are lucky your favorite dinner spot has followed the trend! But in case you aren’t sure where to eat outside right now….here are some of my favorites, and some were even submitted by readers on Instagram (thank you all!!)
Here are some of my favorite patio restaurants to sit outside in Atlanta when it’s chilly- patio heaters mandatory, cute fire pits optional…I recommend bringing a coat for the walk to your car. 😉
Restaurants on the Beltline with Patio Heaters
If you’re going out on the Beltline, be aware of crowds- certain restaurants have been facing criticism this week for large crowds with a lack of social distancing.
- New Realm (a brewery with a bar vibe and great food- one of my favorite Beltine spots because its so big, so there’s never a wait!)
- Nina & Raffi (deep dish pizza!)
- Hawkers (Get the Pad Thai)
- Bell Street Burrito
- Lingering Shade (a fun spot for drinks & snacks!)
- Estrella Rooftop
Restaurants around Atlanta with Patio Heaters
- Beetlecat (go for brunch and get their homemade donuts!)
- Eventide Brewing
- El Tesoro (has fire pits)
- Forza Storico
- White Bull
- Novo Cucina
- Hampton + Hudson (the chicken and waffles is my favorite in Atlanta!)
- Nuevo Laredo
- Dr. Scofflaw’s Brewing
- Barcelona Wine Bar
- JCT Kitchen & Bar
- Joy Cafe (the best brunch in Atlanta)
Restaurants in Cobb County with Patio Heaters
Cobb County has so many amazing restaurants with heaters to sit outside! This list was very nicely provided by Cobb County Tourism (at my request- so sweet!- so I could get y’all more places to stay warm!) and has a lot of great options for outdoor dining.
- Ray’s on the River
- Muss & Turner’s
- South City Kitchen
- Seed Kitchen & Bar
- Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar
- Stockyard Burgers and Bones
- The Nest Kennesaw
- Meehans Public House
- Zucca Bar & Pizza
- Cinco Mexican Cantina
- The Melting Pot Restaurant
- 101 Steak
- Yard House
- Good Kitchen + Market
- Trackside Grill
Restaurants in Atlanta with Igloos & Private Enclosures
Y’all loved the igloos I wrote about in my Christmas guide, and many are still here in Atlanta! They are a great choice if you want to stay warm and festive! Call ahead to reserve your igloos to make sure they still have them- most restaurants haven’t published when they are taking them down.
- Park Tavern: Park tavern has free igloos that are first come, first serve in their outdoor seating area. These are the only free igloos in ATL, and their ice rink is open until President’s Day.
- Publico: Publico in Midtown has igloos that you can reserve with a minimum order amount for your bill.
- Holidays on the Roof of Ponce: Ponce City Market has three igloo options: 9 Mile Station, Family igloos, and 21+ igloos for reservations. The views are incredible but they are a bit expensive FYI.
- Ruby Chows: This Asian restaurant next to Ponce City Market has dining bubbles on their patio if you are looking for an amazing budget igloo option this year! There is a limit of five so be sure to request them when you make a reservation.
- Clermont hotel rooftop bar: The roof of the Clermont usually has a themed heated tent on the roof- it was designed to look like Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
- Minnie Olivia Alpharetta: This pizza spot OTP has cute dining pods that sit right on the street of downtown Alpharetta- call ahead for reservations.
- Ladybird: The official Beltline day drinking destination (kidding, sort of!) has green houses that you can reserve- they have decor and twinkling fireplaces!