Best Atlanta patios for viewing fall foliage

Across the Street's patio
Across the Street's patio

By Eileen Falkenberg-Hull

If you like your patio with a side of leaf peeping, you'll want to check out these Atlanta patios that are primed for fall foliage.

Across the Street (668 Highland Ave. N.E., Atlanta). Featuring one of the best patios in Atlanta, the Old Fourth Ward restaurant backs up to the Freedom Trail offering a prime view of the tree-lined paths and, in the evenings, the setting sun.

Across the Street's patio
Across the Street's patio

Republic Social House (437 Memorial Drive S.E., Atlanta). Whether you come for the 45-cent wings, $2 tacos or brunch, you won't want to miss the opportunity to see Oakland Cemetery and Memorial Drive's changing leaves from Republic's rooftop.

Cypress Street Pint & Plate (817 W. Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta). You'll be hard pressed to find an autumn evening when the Midtown hot spot's patio isn't filled with diners grabbing bites and beer while they enjoy the great outdoors next to flame-filled gas fire pits. As a bonus, the tree-lined streets surrounding the restaurant complete the fall feeling.

Monday Night Brewing (670 Trabert Ave. N.W., Atlanta). Get your view of fall foliage with a side of beer at Monday Night Brewing. While not huge, their backyard offers a comfortable landing place for you to sip a beverage and enjoy the company of friends during one of the brewery's regular tour and tasting events.

Chattahoochee Coffee Company (6640 Akers Mill Road S.E., Atlanta). Tucked into a neighborhood on the Chattahoochee River, Chattahoochee Coffee Company's deck offers vast views of the river and vibrant fall foliage at its banks. Before you head there, be sure to check their website for the secret code you'll need to get in the gate.

Park Tavern (500 10th St. N.E., Atlanta). Relax, grab some drinks with friends and enjoy the view of the changing leaves at Piedmont Park. When it starts to get chilly, order the molten lava hot chocolate cake to help you warm up.

Nikolai's Roof (255 Courtland St. N.E., Atlanta), The Sun Dial (210 Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta), Polaris (265 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta). Each of these Atlanta restaurants offers a sky-high view of the city's canopy. For added dining ambiance, reserve a table near a window at sunset when the setting sun augments the fall colors.

Makan (130 Clairemont Ave., Decatur). The Decatur restaurant's large communal side patio is begging for you to visit this autumn. Picnic tables, exposed lighting and a tree-filled patio make Makan a must-visit when you're ready to enjoy a big bowl of ramen to help you warm up.

Ray's on the River (6700 Powers Ferry Road N.W., Sandy Springs). Spend your lunch or dinner grabbing some of the cuisine that has made Ray's a go-to destination for years -- all while overlooking the colorful foliage on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.

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