If your go-to restaurant doesn’t offer outdoor dining and you like to take advantage of the season’s warmth and fresh air, why not change it up? We asked our friends at Sandy Springs Hospitality & Tourism for some of their favorite summer haunts. It’s their job, after all, to tell the world what a fine place Georgia’s sixth largest city is (which is not news to us!). Tell them Perimeter North Lifestyle sent you!
5 Seasons Brewing – For the best local craft brew
Beer lovers unite at 5 Seasons Brewing at The Prado. The brewery currently has eight featured beers, from Hefeweizen and IPA to Tripel and Coffee Milk Stout. 5 Seasons’ patio is the perfect dog-friendly afternoon or evening gathering place with a menu of little plates, salads, grilled pizzas and unique dishes like sweet tea brined southern fried organic chicken and Georgia rabbit enchiladas. 5600 Roswell Rd NE #21
Food 101 – For the best open air bar
Serving modern Southern cuisine with farm-to-table freshness, Food 101 features a rustic covered patio for indulging in some comfort food. The restaurant’s bar also becomes an open-air venue with sliding doors to bring the fresh air and sunshine indoors. Farm-to-table menu favorites include Springer Mt. Farms Fried Chicken, Labelle Farms Duck Ramen, Georges Bank Scallop and more. 4969 Roswell Rd #200
Nancy G’s Café – For the best doggie dining
For casual and cozy neighborhood dining, Nancy G’s welcomes the whole family, including dogs with their “Doggie Dining” menu, on the patio. Spend an afternoon outdoors with the café’s menu of fresh salads, sandwiches and “fork and knife” entrees. The homemade banana pudding is also a must-try. 4920 Roswell Rd.
Ray’s on the River – For the best view overlooking the Chattahoochee River
Recently named to OpenTable’s “100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America,” Ray’s on the River is not-to-be-missed for celebrated outdoor dining. The scenic patio overlooking the Chattahoochee River is perfect for enjoying delectable gourmet bites from the extensive menu. The award-winning Sunday brunch menu features more than 80 items, including a carving station with prime rib, an omelet station and homemade desserts. 6700 Powers Ferry Rd NW.
Savor bar & kitchen – For the best after work outdoor happy hour
Located at The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, Savor bar & kitchen specializes in dishes influenced by the Bayou, Gulf Coast and Low Country. Diners at the restaurant’s partially shaded patio can sit at rustic tables or lounge on modern couches overlooking the lake. Happy Hour is 4 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and the dinner menu delights with crawfish beignets, pecan crusted flounder and much more. 7 Concourse Pkwy
Teela Taqueria – For the best urban scene
Enjoy tacos with a twist at Teela Taqueria at the City Walk. The restaurant’s vibrant atmosphere is complete with a patio that seats 40 and offers a trendy and fun-filled environment for sipping margaritas. Pair one with unique tacos recipes, including Southern BLT, Thai, Greek Gyro and more. 227 Sandy Springs Place #506
(three) sheets – For the best rooftop patio with music
With chic yet classic décor, (three) sheets adds luxury to a night out with its rooftop patio, and assortment of signature cocktails and gourmet small plates. The venue showcases its house DJ every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, plus Guitars Under the Stars with live acoustic sets from the area’s rising musical acts. 6017 Sandy Springs Cir.
Under the Cork Tree – For the best wine and tapas
Opened in January at The Prado, Under the Cork Tree is a modern spot for Mediterranean tapas and entrees. The global wine list is a must-try on the restaurant’s outdoor, partially covered patio with couches and heat lamps, a great space for day or night. Drink specials are available throughout the week, including half-priced bottles of wine every Monday. 5600 Roswell Rd NE #2