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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Outdoor Dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Cityscape
Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall

Best Outdoor Dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Cityscape
The Brasserie at Bazati

Best Outdoor Dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Canoe (Featured)

Best Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall

Best Outdoor Dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Muchacho

Best Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Muchacho

Best patio dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Grindhouse Killer Burgers - Piedmont

Best patio dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall

Best patio dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Six Feet Under - Grant Park

Best patio dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Six Feet Under - Grant Park

Best patio dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Grindhouse Killer Burgers - Piedmont

Best patio dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Six Feet Under - Grant Park

Best patio for hoisting a brew BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
The Midway Pub
It's huge. Like, more than 25 tables and booths of varying sizes huge. So huge, that you'll almost never have to wait for a spot to sit down, though you may end up at opposite ends of a long table with a pair of strangers. But that's also one of the many charms of the Midway Pub patio - lots of smilingmore...
It's huge. Like, more than 25 tables and booths of varying sizes huge. So huge, that you'll almost never have to wait for a spot to sit down, though you may end up at opposite ends of a long table with a pair of strangers. But that's also one of the many charms of the Midway Pub patio - lots of smiling faces there to enjoy a beer (or three), just like you. More than just dog-friendly, Midway's staff and patio are downright dog-enthusiastic, all warm smiles, water bowls, and welcoming words of admiration. A wooden overhang protects from sun and precipitation, and it's adorned with assorted greenery. In fact, Midway boasts some of the finest bar plants around: succulents, evergreens, herbs (that are used in Midway's food), and various viney, flowering specimens that are going to be a joy to watch develop in the years to come. With 32 rotating drafts, more than 100 bottles, and a food selection that goes beyond standard pub grub, you might want to bring a sleeping bag - it's a little too easy to make yourself at home on this concrete slab. less...

Best Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Six Feet Under - Grant Park
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Best patio dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Wahoo! Grill

Best patio dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Six Feet Under - Grant Park

Runner-up: Holy Taco


1314 Glenwood Ave., 404-230-6177, www.holy-taco.com

Best patio dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Wahoo! Grill

Runner-up
Six Feet Under
415 Memorial Drive, 404-523-6664
685 11th St., 404-810-0040
www.sixfeetunderatlanta.com

Best Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Shaun's (Permanently Closed)
There's an Old World charm to the courtyard at SHAUN'S. Snugly enclosed by aged brick walls and climbing vines, the 50-seat patio is a fitting backdrop for chef Shaun Doty's classy, Southern-meets-Mediterranean cuisine. It's also a great place to delve into the restaurant's clever cocktail menu whilemore...
There's an Old World charm to the courtyard at SHAUN'S. Snugly enclosed by aged brick walls and climbing vines, the 50-seat patio is a fitting backdrop for chef Shaun Doty's classy, Southern-meets-Mediterranean cuisine. It's also a great place to delve into the restaurant's clever cocktail menu while whittling away a lazy Sunday afternoon (or hazy weekend night). The vibe is more relaxed than in the restaurant proper, evoking a slow, European pace more common to the piazzas of Rome. Patrons trend toward the young and hip, and the menu toward the chic but unfussy – the chicken-liver fettuccine and the sockeye salmon with Anson Mills grits are both standouts. The patio experience is complete when punctuated on the half hour by the clanging church bell at the 19th-century sanctuary next door, just like in the old country. less...

Best Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Wahoo! Grill

Best Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Six Feet Under - Grant Park

Best Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Canoe (Featured)
There’s nothing on Earth like a majestic Southern river, and no place in the city to eat overlooking one as beautiful as the patio at CANOE. The view of the Chattahoochee is breathtaking, as are the incredible gardens that surround the restaurant. Sometimes in a big city it’s easy tomore...
There’s nothing on Earth like a majestic Southern river, and no place in the city to eat overlooking one as beautiful as the patio at CANOE. The view of the Chattahoochee is breathtaking, as are the incredible gardens that surround the restaurant. Sometimes in a big city it’s easy to forget the great outdoors, but Canoe gives us a reason to reconnect with nature. less...

Best Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Canoe
4199 Paces Ferry Road 770-432-2663 http://www.canoe-atl.com There's nothing on Earth like a majestic Southern river, and no place in the city to eat overlooking one as beautiful as the patio at CANOE. The view of the Chattahoochee is breathtaking, as are the incredible gardens that surround the restaurant.more...
4199 Paces Ferry Road 770-432-2663 http://www.canoe-atl.com There's nothing on Earth like a majestic Southern river, and no place in the city to eat overlooking one as beautiful as the patio at CANOE. The view of the Chattahoochee is breathtaking, as are the incredible gardens that surround the restaurant. Sometimes in a big city it's easy to forget the great outdoors, but Canoe gives us a reason to reconnect with nature. less...

Best Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Taverna Plaka

Best Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Wahoo! Grill
The dining room at WAHOO is so adorably cozy that you may be tempted to take a table inside. But press on through the French doors to the enchanted garden patio out back. Paved with flagstones and bordered with hanging vines and flowering bushes, Wahoo’s outdoor dining area is nothing shortmore...
The dining room at WAHOO is so adorably cozy that you may be tempted to take a table inside. But press on through the French doors to the enchanted garden patio out back. Paved with flagstones and bordered with hanging vines and flowering bushes, Wahoo’s outdoor dining area is nothing short of divine. Heavy wooden tables nestled underneath a trellis accommodate families and groups. Farther out, the flagstones turn to gravel and the tables turn to wrought iron; a grassy area to one side is perfect for little ones who can’t sit still. A misting system keeps the patio cool and inviting even in the muggy depths of summer. less...

Best Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Pie Bar (Marietta)
Thank God someone finally did something interesting with the futuristic Trust Company bank branch that’s been decaying on Monroe for a decade. Local restaurateur Bob Amick has re-imagined the flying saucer-like building as chic pizzeria PIEBAR. The adjoining patio is particularly eye-catching.more...

Thank God someone finally did something interesting with the futuristic Trust Company bank branch that’s been decaying on Monroe for a decade. Local restaurateur Bob Amick has re-imagined the flying saucer-like building as chic pizzeria PIEBAR. The adjoining patio is particularly eye-catching. The building’s original drive-thru “pods” are now rooftop dining, covered by a giant white circus tent. At night, blue and purple lights illuminate the tent, creating an ethereal and undeniably glamorous vibe.
2160 Monroe Drive. 404-815-1605. www.piebar.com.

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Best Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Einstein's

Best Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Einstein's

Best OTP Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Wall Street Cafe

Best Intown Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Dish
Atlanta's muggy, mosquito-lovin' climate may not lend itself to frequent outdoor dining, but during select weeks in late spring and early autumn, the patio at DISH offers pure romantic bliss. The vine-covered arbor, moody lighting and warm service give the patio an intimate, yet airy feel. Highland Avenuemore...
Atlanta's muggy, mosquito-lovin' climate may not lend itself to frequent outdoor dining, but during select weeks in late spring and early autumn, the patio at DISH offers pure romantic bliss. The vine-covered arbor, moody lighting and warm service give the patio an intimate, yet airy feel. Highland Avenue could be miles away. Chef Sheri Davis draws on Asian, Italian and New American influences to create plates such as the wildly popular purple potato and goat cheese salad, a sexy freeform seafood lasagna, and her signature chocolate dessert, lush with plump, boozy cherries. "870 N. Highland Ave. 404-897-3463." less...

Best Intown Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Front Page News

Best Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Canoe
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 Buckheadmore...
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. " less...

Best Intown Patio Dining (TIE) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Brewhouse Cafe Inc.

Best Intown Patio Dining (TIE) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Einstein's

Best OTP Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Taco Mac Virginia Highlands

Best Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Virginia's
Atlanta is home to lots of patio restaurants, and rightly so. The weather's perfect for it. Unfortunately, most of them are marred by views of parking lots and traffic-clogged streets. But at VIRGINIA'S, located inside the wide-open entrance of The Stove Works, the alfresco spot is surrounded by viewsmore...
Atlanta is home to lots of patio restaurants, and rightly so. The weather's perfect for it. Unfortunately, most of them are marred by views of parking lots and traffic-clogged streets. But at VIRGINIA'S, located inside the wide-open entrance of The Stove Works, the alfresco spot is surrounded by views of architectural details tastefully rendered in corrugated steel, brick and wood lattice. Above the red and orange umbrella tables are strung colored lights, and tons of oversized tropical plants fill every nook and cranny. The centerpiece, a tile fountain, provides a soothing aural backdrop of continuous gurgles and splashes. And the food's not bad either. "The Stove Works. 112 Krog St. 404-827-9005." less...

Best Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Einstein's

Best Outdoor Dining BOA Award Winner

Canoe
4199 Paces Ferry Road 770-432-2663 http://www.canoe-atl.com Located at Vinings on the River, Canoe features a flavorful menu of contemporary American cuisine with both Southern and Asian influences, but the kitchen could serve charred Chia Pets and they'd still taste good if you're eating on the restaurant'smore...
4199 Paces Ferry Road 770-432-2663 http://www.canoe-atl.com Located at Vinings on the River, Canoe features a flavorful menu of contemporary American cuisine with both Southern and Asian influences, but the kitchen could serve charred Chia Pets and they'd still taste good if you're eating on the restaurant's outdoor patio. Patio diners not only enjoy a well-maintained garden rich with sculpture and flowers, but also can look out at a wide, babbling curve in the Chattahoochee River. If you succumb to the temptation to gorge yourself on, say, BBQ duck dumplings, you can enjoy an after-dinner walk in the charming river garden. less...

Best Outdoor Dining BOA Award Winner

Universal Joint

Best Outdoor Dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Canoe (Featured)
On those occasions when you have a hankering to pretend life is an impressionistic painting, Canoe is the only choice to support your delusion. Located amid a garden on a bend of the Chattahoochee in an old Vinings boating club, the restaurant serves New American cuisine that is much favored by the lordsmore...
On those occasions when you have a hankering to pretend life is an impressionistic painting, Canoe is the only choice to support your delusion. Located amid a garden on a bend of the Chattahoochee in an old Vinings boating club, the restaurant serves New American cuisine that is much favored by the lords and ladies of Buckhead. less...

Best Outdoor Dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Front Page News - Little Five Points (Permanently Closed)
With its flowing, five-tiered fountain, patio bar, flora and chattering crowd, the patio at Front Page is spacious and welcoming. The outdoor bar is another crowd-pleaser here, and the crowds do flow to this J.Crew-meets-Jaguar-meets-MTV section of town.

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