With the perfect patio or rooftop to enjoy the warmth of a summer night while you feast on your favorite delicacies, eating out becomes a true epicurean experience. Here are a few of Alpharetta’s finest al fresco dining options:
Flatlands Bourbon & Bayou
52B North Main Street, Alpharetta
Located in historic downtown Alpharetta, Flatlands brings the bold flavors of the Louisiana bayou to Georgia. The restaurant’s cozy porch offers the perfect al fresco opportunity to transport the taste buds with house-made hot crab dip and a Cajun crawfish pistolet. Chef Francois Duquette’s “swamp to table” style of cuisine keeps menu items spicy, fresh, and full of flavor. Casual and open to a gust of a warm summer breeze on the porch, Flatlands Bourbon & Bayou is a must for your chill night out.
South Main Kitchen
No. 9, South Main Street, Alpharetta
South Main Kitchen has been on the must-eats lists of foodies everywhere since opening its doors in 2014. Housed in a stunning historic building downtown, guests are encouraged to engage in the social aspect of dining thanks to the dining room’s communal seating and the expansive second-level bar. Once outside, you’ll be poised to take in the gorgeous views of storied Downtown Alpharetta while sipping a local craft beer or one of South Main’s legendary barrel-aged Manhattans. For a more intimate al fresco situation, request the alleyway dining or bistro-style seating area to savor Executive Chef Christy Stone’s standout selections like Brussel sprouts with feta and bacon or Pork Oso Bucco with coriander grits. Stone prides herself on prepping healthy foods packed with flavor. Whether you hit South Main Kitchen up for lunch, brunch, or supper, you’re certain to taste American comfort food as you’ve never had it before.
Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bar
900 1st Street, Alpharetta
Imagine realizing just why they refer to it as “happy hour” on a sunny patio with your furry pal in tow. Or fancy yourself people-watching at a casual-cool rooftop bar, pint in hand with all of your cares far below where you’re posted up with your buds. Barleygarden prides itself on being the spot to discover a new favorite beer. With a serious tap selection and almost as many awesome canned brews to check out, this European-style beer bar sets the stage for making memories over sudsy sips and delicious, house-made hot dogs, brats, soft pretzels, and Trotter Dog Beef Jerky. With a pet-friendly patio and a rooftop bar featuring Europe’s best beers, guests can enjoy a pint of thirst-quenching ale alongside Barleygarden’s take on the quintessential summertime snack—aptly named “The Best Hot Dog You’ll Ever Eat.”
Atlantic Seafood Company
2345 Mansell Rd, Alpharetta
When it comes to fresh seafood, the North Point-area restaurant embodies a sea-to-table take on each dish, guaranteeing fresh flavors with refreshing creativity. Featured on the Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” the Passion Fruit & Fresh Berry Trifle has truly reached celebrity status! Sweeten up your summer with this next-level dessert on one of Atlantic Seafood Company’s two outdoor patios. And before dessert kicks off, treat yourself to the briny delights of oysters on the half shell. Complement your oyster slurping with sips of house-favorite the Hickory-Smoked Old Fashioned, then follow up with main course selections like Soy Honey-Glazed Chilean Seabass or the Surf N Turf roll. Whatever you try, be certain to let the dining experience culminate with the decadent trifle—the perfect punctuation to any summer evening supper!
The El Felix
130 Avalon Blvd., Suite 1030, Alpharetta
Nestled in Alpharetta’s Avalon development, The El Felix has become known as Tex-Mex that even true Texans swear by. With authentic bean-and-cheese nachos, life-affirming chicken tortilla soup, and perfect puffy tacos, The El Felix is upscale Mexican with a personality as big as Texas. The El Felix also holds coveted accolades like being named one of Georgia Eats’ “100 Best Plates” and the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s “100 Plates Locals Love.” The covered deck outside features a variety of seating, with its long tables delivering a like-you’re-at-momma’s vibe for large parties looking to get a little spicy during a group summer supper. Open, bustling, and as vibrant as a shot of tequila, make sure to show up early to cinch your spot outside!
For more awesome al fresco dining options available in Alpharetta, check out our complete list of restaurant selections.