Over the course of the pandemic, foodies across the world have embraced outdoor dining as a way to remain socially-distanced while indulging in delicious, chef-prepared food. As the winter months and cold weather have crept in, many of Cobb County’s restaurants have adapted their patios to create safe and comfortable spaces for diners to enjoy. Check out our list of impressive eateries bringing the heat to the al fresco dining experience with outdoor heaters, fireplaces, or fire pits.

Camps Kitchen and Bar

Elevated mix of Italian-inspired tavern fare. Try the stone-oven pizzas, fresh pasta with homemade sauces, or house grind burgers.

• Take a seat on a large outdoor patio overlooking an idyllic pond, perfect for a socially-distant bite in the fresh air. When making a reservation, there is an option to specify outdoor dining.

255 Village Parkway NE #310, Marietta, GA


Try unusual game like rabbit, kangaroo, or Australian Lamb. Canoe’s Duck and Beef Burger has been featured on Cooking Channel’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.”

• Canoe’s gorgeous patio overlooking the Chattahoochee River is the epitome of safe outdoor dining! They’ve got you covered with a terrace roof and space heaters to keep you cozy. Click here to see their other safety measures.

4199 Paces Ferry Road SE, Atlanta, GA

Cinco Mexican Cantina

Locals recommend the Carne Tropicale – grilled skirt steak and grilled shrimp served over sautéed spinach and corn risotto, topped with chihuahua cheese and served inside a pineapple – with a classic margarita of course!

• Cinco features a ground level outdoor patio with 5 heaters and a rooftop bar (21 and up) with heaters for the comfort and safety of their diners.

2851 Akers Mill Road SE, Atlanta, GA

Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar

Try their most popular dish: Pan-Seared Grouper on a bed of Sushi Rice with a Soy Citrus sauce. Enjoy it with a Smoked Old Fashioned Cocktail.

• Take advantage of their semi-covered patio with outdoor heaters when the weather permits!

4475 Roswell Road #1410, Marietta, GA

Meehans Public House

Enjoy popular dishes like fish and chips, Keto-style Salmon, Shepherds Pie, and Tuna Tacos. An extensive Mule menu, Spicy Paloma Cocktail, and local brewery offerings on tap, makes Meehans a great place to grab a drink.

• This winter, dine outdoors at Meehans covered patio with heaters and distanced tables. Uncovered tables outside of the patio are also available for those wanting maximum social-distancing.

2810 Paces Ferry Road #302, Atlanta, GA

The Melting Pot Restaurant

Enjoy a four-course fondue dinner for two.

• Take advantage of The Melting Pot Kennesaw’s heated and covered outdoor patio area. Call to make a patio reservation (recommended).

2500 Cobb Place Lane NW, Kennesaw, GA

The Nest Kennesaw

Dig your teeth into mouth-watering barbecue, and choose from 48 taps of the finest craft beer in the land.

• The Nest always has tons of outdoor patio seating available for their customers. This winter they are turning up the heat with outdoor heaters and a fireplace!

2921 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw, GA

Old Vinings Inn

Best known for their Buttermilk Fried Coleman Chicken Breast with white cheddar grits, pot likker collards, and thyme gravy.

• Take a seat at one of their socially-distanced tables on their heated, covered patio with open panels for constant fresh air flow.

3011 Paces Mill Rd SE, Atlanta, GA

Ray’s on the River

Serves hand-cut steaks and chops, as well as seafood flown-in fresh daily. Try the surf & turf special – filet mignon and a honey-glazed salmon fillet, paired with a classic Caesar salad.

• Ray’s on the River has expanded safety measures and shifted half their dining capacity outdoors, overlooking the Chattahoochee River, to ensure guests feel comfortable dining. They have installed fire pits to keep guests warm through colder months, alongside offering fleece blankets for sale.

6700 Powers Ferry Road NW, Sandy Springs, GA

Seed Kitchen & Bar

This award-winning restaurant never disappoints. Try their popular chicken schnitzel dish on a bed of arugula & parmesan with a miso mustard sauce.

• Take advantage of their semi-covered patio with outdoor heaters when the weather permits!

311 Johnson Ferry Road #504, Marietta, GA

South City Kitchen

Known for tasty southern favorites like Springer Mountain Farms fried chicken, shrimp & Marsh Hen Mill grits, banana pudding, pimento cheese, and fried green tomatoes!

• This covered outdoor patio with heaters is even more enjoyable in the winter time.

1675 Cumberland Parkway SE, Smyrna, GA

Stockyard Burgers and Bones

Dig into their Dirty South Burger or Coffee Rubbed Bone-In Ribeye. Pair it with a unique concoction from their signature cocktail list.

• Stockyard offers a large, dog-friendly, outdoor patio with heaters and socially-distanced tables for their patrons to enjoy!

2850 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA

Zucca Bar & Pizzeria

Try one of their signature pizzas like The Victory Pizza. Pair it with Garlic Knots and a Cranberry Mule.

• Grab a high top or table on Zucca’s partially-covered outdoor patio with overhead heaters.

2860 Atlanta Road, Smyrna, GA

101 Steak

High-end steakhouse known for their 16oz 101 Steak Delmonico, Crispy Shirmp & Calamari with ginger-soy glaze, and extensive wine list offering 80 wines by the glass.

• 101 Steak has covered their patio for the winter months, added three walls (leaving one open to allow for ventilation), and installed heaters to make the outdoor dining experience more enjoyable. Tables are socially-distanced, more than 6 feet apart.

3621 Vinings Slope SE, Atlanta, GA

Don’t forget to share sweet photos of your Cobb County Foodie adventures with us by using #CobbFoodie on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. Your photo could be featured on our social media pages! For even more ideas of places to dine, check out our ‘Off the Eaten Path‘ or ‘Cobb’s Most Notorious Eats‘ blogs. Don’t forget to come back and check out Cobb Foodie Week, for one whole week of meal deals September 11-18, 2021.

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