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Atlanta’s Most Exciting Summer Restaurant Openings

Nothing says “summer in Atlanta” like trying out a cool new spot while sweating through your shirt.

In Atlanta, we never let the summertime humidity get us down. It’s the perfect season for rooftop bars, patio brunches, and outdoor concerts. But our absolute favorite summer activity? Exploring the newest restaurants to hit the scene. After all, nothing says “summer in Atlanta” like trying out a cool new spot while sweating through your shirt—only to find they’ve cranked the AC to freezing inside. So, don’t forget to bring a sweater and enjoy eating out in the coolest new spots around town.


Bryan Furman BBQ

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Opening: August 2024

If you remember and loved BBQ spot B’s Cracklin, put on your smiley face because the pitmaster behind it is set to open a new BBQ restaurant, Bryan Furman BBQ. It’ll open this August in the old Herb’s Rib Shack in Cobb County and will start off as take-out only.

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Chicken tacos with blue corn tortillas, toppings, and limes.


Opening: July 2024

If you miss the vibes Sound Table brought to Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward, then this one's for you. DJ Ree De La Vega, who's behind the popular dance party, Chaka Khan Hacienda, is taking over the former Sound Table space. Set to open in July, Pisces will bring a mix of music, drinks, and Tijuana-style street tacos from Vice Taco Truck.

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Owners Steven Satterfield, Neal McCarthy and Tim Willard standing in front of a teal building.

Madeira Park

Opening: Late 2024

A new wine bar and restaurant is on the way to Poncey-Highland from the team behind Miller Union. The new restaurant won't be far from Tio Lucho's and will feature simple, thoughtful dishes with a wine-focused menu.

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White Windmill Bakery


Opening: Spring 2024

Expect coffee, tea, Korean baked goods, and more at the latest location of White Windmill Bakery and Cafe, located at Uptown Atlanta (the area around Lindberg MARTA Station).

Opening: Spring 2024

Bene Korean Steakhouse, promises an eclectic, upscale menu, and from the team behind Miss Gogi Korean Barbecue and Yuki Izakaya. It'll open at Uptown Atlanta across from White Windmill.

Opening: Mid-April 2024 From one of the owners of Oaxaca in Chamblee and El Valle in Midtown, Casa Balam will be a restaurant focusing on food from Northern Mexico and slow-cooked infused cocktails. It’ll replace Ted’s Montana Grill in Decatur.

Opening: Late April 

Expect speakeasy feels at Dixeebe, a Peruvian-Mexican fusion restaurant that will also offer mezcal-based cocktails. It’s set to open in late April in what was once Tapa Tapa in Midtown Promenade. 

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El Valle

Opening: Late Fall 

El Valle, a Mexican restaurant with a range of Latin wines to choose from, will open a second location in Brookhaven.

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Wild Heaven Beer

Opening: Late Spring

In late spring, Wild Heaven Beer is set to open a third brewery and taproom in Toco Hills. The new opening will feature a collaboration with Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, who will operate the kitchen. The brewery will also feature a farm winery program. 

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Highball at Signia by Hilton


Opening: May 2024

The idea of another rooftop pool in Atlanta is, as the great poet Big Boi would say, cooler than a polar bear’s toenails. Highball arrives in May at the Signia hotel and will feature cocktails and picnic-style Southern food.

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The Dumpling Factory

Opening: Summer 2024 

The Dumpling Factory comes from the team behind the popular Chinese restaurant Northern China Eatery on Buford Highway. The new space will replace Boxcar Betty’s in Westside Paper and will feature highlights from the Buford Highway location’s menu. 

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Rosie’s Coffee Cafe

Opening: Spring 2024

Students at the AUC will have a new brunch and coffee option to check out when Black-owned Rosie’s Coffee Cafe opens its fourth location in the historic, newly revitalized Roosevelt Hall.

Opening: Spring 2024

East Atlanta will get a new food hall with the arrival of Hallidum Eatery. It’ll kickstart with 11 restaurant stalls, including Mad Dads Phillys, Mango Indian Grill, Local Island Eats, Press Waffle Co., and Bar La Rose.

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Tray of chips and salsa

Little Rey


Opening: Spring 2024

After success in Morningside, Little Rey’s second location will open in the Northcreek Office Park complex on Northside Parkway. 

Opening: Spring 2024

From the chef of Toast on Lennox, Toast Noir Cafe will open in what used to be Garnet Gal’s Coffee Shop and Bakery space on Lenox Road.

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Opening: April 2024

After sadly closing its flagship restaurant in Virginia-Highlands, DBA will add tacos to its menu when it opens a new location in Clarkston. 

Opening: Spring 2024

Fawn arrives in Decatur in what was once Sweet Seed Salad. The wine and amaro bar comes from the chef behind award-winning restaurant, The Deer & The Dove.

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Finca To Filter


Opening: Spring 2024

The West End’s Finca to Filter will open a new location in Boulevard Heights, serving coffee, frozen desserts, and more.

Opening: Spring 2024

A 20-seat wine bar, focused on highlighting women-owned wine producers, will open next door to Finca to Filter from the same owner.

Cultivate Food and Coffee


Opening: Spring 2024

Chicken and waffles will arrive at The Battery this winter. Cultivate, a popular coffee and breakfast spot in West Midtown, is expanding to Braves country, and we already know they'll be batting a thousand.

Authentic Steak & Seafood


Opening: Winter 2023/24

Any old, old ATLiens, who still remember when Red Lobster once sat on Campbellton Road, will rejoice in the return of another shrimp and sirloin meal to this southside neighborhood. The new establishment takes over the 6,000-square-foot Deja Vu Sports Bar and Lounge space.

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Opening: Winter 2023/24

Downtown gets this new two-level restaurant and bar—from the husband-and-wife team behind Che Butter Jonez, a tiny but mighty sandwich shop on Cleveland Ave. Butter + Scotch will feature lamb ragu, whole snapper, and other Afro-Caribbean- and Bermudian-tinged dishes.

Opening: Winter 2023/24

DelBar, our favorite Inman Park restaurant, is plotting two new locations across the city. The chic Middle Eastern restaurant will take over the King + Duke space in Buckhead and join West Midtown’s booming expansion with a spot in the new Star Metals building.  

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Opening: Winter 2023/24

This Northwest Atlanta institution famous for its long lines and hefty takeout trays of whole fried fish and fries hasn’t had a brick-and-mortar operation since 2018. With the backing of Killer Mike and T.I., that changes when a new building finally opens later this year on the old spot’s footprint.

Opening: Winter 2023/24

Summerhill is adding underground parlor, Redacted, to its growing roster off Georgia Ave. The cocktail list will be inspired by conspiracy theories to go along with their basement digs. We like a good theme, and as long as it’s more Area 51-type theories than election-denying vibes, we might have a new bar to put on our rotation.


Opening: Late 2024

The team behind The Painted Pin and The Painted Duck plans another “eatertainment” concept called Painted Park. The new Inman Park restaurant will have indoor/outdoor space, lawn games, and views of the busy Eastside BeltLine trail, which we all know is enough entertainment in itself.

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