It wasn't so long ago that the only way you could dine outdoors in Atlanta was to grab a hot dog at the stadium. Now, every restaurant with a front stoop claims to have patio dining. The best outdoor dining in Atlanta is at CANOE
on the banks of the Chattahoochee. Once a risque dance club where Buckhead white kids could go to hear soul music in the segregated South, it's now host to society weddings. Besides the loveliest river view in Atlanta, you get very competent regional cuisine with seasonal ingredients. Recommended: roasted rabbit, yellow fin tuna with coriander, Vidalia onion soup and peeky toe crab fritters with pickled onions.
4199 W. Paces Ferry Road, 770-432-2663.