3 favorite outdoor brunches in Atlanta

If you’ve ever waited longingly for an outdoor table on a sunny weekend, you’ve witnessed the allure of patio dining in Atlanta.

That’s especially true in spring, as milder temperatures and lower humidity combine with beautiful blooming landscapes to create the perfect al fresco setting. These are three of our favorite brunch destinations, where the scenery is almost as important as the food.

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On the river at Canoe

Tucked away on the banks of the Chattahoochee, Canoe has the air of an upscale country lodge, with lush flower and vegetable gardens surrounding the elegant patio spaces. Chef Matthew Basford’s Sunday brunch menu features crave-worthy house-smoked salmon with a crispy potato pancake and goat cheese. The Georgia white shrimp salad with fried green tomato, avocado and poached egg is a perfect breakfast-meets-lunch hybrid, layering creamy, crispy, tangy textures and tastes.

4199 Paces Ferry Road S.E., Atlanta. 770-432-2663, canoeatl.com. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sundays

On the Beltline at Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall

Billed as “a base camp for the urban explorer,” Ladybird Grove can lay claim to being the first restaurant designed with Atlanta’s Beltline in mind. Decks with railing perches overlooking the Eastside Trail and a huge screen porch offer all sorts of airy options. The hip-meets-outdoorsy menu features the likes of avocado toast and breakfast tacos. The Woodsman Breakfast defines hearty, with house brisket, smoked potato-chorizo hash, green chile rajas, a fried egg and a biscuit.

684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-458-6838, ladybirdatlanta.com. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays

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In the city at Watershed on Peachtree

Maybe the ultimate patio oasis on Peachtree, Watershed does a Sunday jazz brunch with a certain kind of comfy urban sophistication. The well-dressed sunglasses crowd soaks up the laid-back atmosphere and jaunty music while enjoying chef Zeb Stevenson’s imaginative menu. City Ham Hash is a signature, served with a sunny side egg, sauteed greens and onion gravy. The baked banana French toast, made with cornbread soaked in coconut milk and served with local Banner butter, is pure decadence.

1820 Peachtree Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-809-3561, watershedrestaurant.com. 11:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Sundays

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