no. 246. Sail right past the brick wall, over the handsome salvaged-wood floors and make your way to no. 246's Backyard. The name perfectly describes the atmosphere of this al fresco patio, complete with a shade awning, stringed lights and pingpong tables. www.no246.com. 129 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur.
Parish. You probably know The Brasserie, but you may have missed the patio at The Neighborhood Café. Rolling community picnic tables, cushy leather seating and exposed brick with industrial metals compliment gourmet sandwiches and lattes. Find a spot out of the sun and tucked under the roofline, or soak up some vitamin D in the open-air seating area. www.parishatl.com/p/the-neighborhood-cafe.html. 240 N. Highland Avenue, Atlanta.
Stone Soup Kitchen. When you enter Stone Soup Kitchen, you can't see the patio. Don't panic; just head to the back. The enclosed four-season patio allows sunshine to penetrate, with grand glass windows on two sides and a clear roof. Tropical plants and bright orange swags melt away the stress of the day. The food is fresh and locally-sourced when possible. Even carnivores will appreciate the vegan rancheros. stonesoupkitchen.net. 584 Woodward Avenue, Atlanta.
The Garden at Community Smith. Community Smith takes off its tie this year, loosens its collar and invites you to dine al fresco on their rooftop patio. Inspired by German Biergartens, you'll find craft beers on tap, cocktail creations and a bar menu with the same classy spin offered downstairs. Both table seating and conversation corners offer spectacular views of midtown for your spring and summer evenings. www.communitysmithatl.com/garden.html. 866 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta (corner of W. Peachtree & Abercrombie.)
The Optimist. Beach food classics taste best when noshed outdoors. Patio seating at The Optimist treats you to benches, lounge chairs and quaint dining tables, skirting a made-for-fun putt-putt lawn. Try east coast oysters, west coast oysters and everything in between. Grab a pitcher of Fish House Punch, and (mini) golf the night away. theoptimistrestaurant.com. 914 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta.