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Spring temps have finally arrived in Atlanta and that means the patios of some of the city's best restaurants will be opening soon. There are several great spots for outdoor dining in Atlanta, and here are a few of my favorites:
1. Canoe. The prime location right on the Chattahoochee River is what makes Canoe my No. 1 pick for best outdoor dining. The rear of the restaurant, including its large patio, overlooks the river and its banks, as well as the restaurant's garden. And its Song of the South outdoor concert series takes place right on the river every Wednesday night beginning April 10.
2. Park Tavern. It's pretty tough to beat the huge outdoor patio at Park Tavern. It spills out into the main lawn at Piedmont Park, so it's always packed on the weekends once the weather warms up.
3. JCT. Kitchen. I also love the terrace at JCT. Kitchen. It's a cozy spot on the Westside where you can hear live, local music every Thursday night. There are always great drink specials and the menu features small Southern bites from ATL fave, Ford Fry.
4. Six Feet Under. The Grant Park location of Six Feet Under has a killer rooftop bar and patio that overlooks historic Oakland Cemetery. It's a laid-back spot with a cool vibe, and they have one of my favorite Bloody Marys in town.
5. Krog Bar. This Mediterranean-inspired spot from chef Kevin Rathbun has an outdoor patio that seats about 25. It's cozy and chic, with exposed brick and custom wooden tables. The menu features small plates and tapas, which makes Krog Bar's patio a perfect spot to unwind with a glass of wine and warmer temps.
There are plenty of outdoor dining options in Atlanta -- and I'll take you through several different cuisine options for some of the better places to head to.
Aja is one of Atlanta's best Asian restaurant concepts, and has been around since 2008. Yes, it's one of these see-and-be-seen places (you've likely caught a heated argument happening there from one of your guilty pleasure reality TV shows!), but the food and the atmosphere holds up.
They boast sophisticated sushi and seafood, inventive cockstails and they also have a private dining room that'll seat up to 50 people (should the outside weather prove to be too brutal!).
The patio gives diners views of the Buckhead skyline, and if you catch a breeze on the right day, it makes for the most perfect al fresco dining area.
Another great option is Canoe -- it's pricier, but well worth every bit of it. It offers a rare, outdoor seating option in Atlanta that gets you so close to water, you'll think you're ... well, you'll think you're not in Atlanta. The food is fantastic -- that almost goes without saying -- but it should be noted that this place serves rabbit and a smoked salmon with goat cheese, and both are out of this world.