While not as notable or as much of a popular culture reference or as influential as New York or Chicago, Atlanta has a beautiful skyline in its own right. The beautiful simplicity of a Southern oasis coupled with the urgency and highly populated dens of urban dwellers, the views of Atlanta are calming, breathtaking and they show the effort, hard work and potential that the city continued to establish itself as one of the most in-demand and fruitful cities in the country. Whether day or night, fall, winter or spring, you are guaranteed to be mesmerized by an abundance of Southern beauty. Sit back and enjoy the best places in Atlanta to catch a picturesque view of Atlanta.
1 Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View
Yes, it is a fabulous restaurant with excellent cuisine, superior service and exquisite décor. However, every Atlantan knows that the major selling point of the Sun Dial is the absolutely state-of-the-art view of the city. Seated from anywhere inside, you have a deluxe panoramic view of Atlanta in all its’ glory. Located a whopping 73 floors and perched atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza; people come from miles around to experience the legend first-hand. The only tri-level dining spot in the city that features such amazing elements as a constantly revolving restaurant, a rotating cocktail lounge and an observatory view level offering 360 degree glimpses of the Atlanta skyline. A constant fixture on local television shows, magazines spreads and “best of” lists, if you are an Atlanta resident you already know how magnificent this place is and if you’re visiting you must put this on your list of places to see while here. Whether it be date night, proposal, anniversary, birthday, prom, etc. there is always a perfect time to stop in an enjoy one of Atlanta’s crown jewels.
210 Peachtree St.
2 Nikolai’s Roof
A classic Atlanta staple, Nikolai’s provides a true fine dining experience coupled with the elegance and decadence of French and Russian cuisine. Inside the downtown Atlanta Hilton hotel, seated extravagantly on the 30th floor, you will find this restaurant with an incredible view of all the city has to offer. Winner of the highly coveted AAA Four Diamond award for well over 20 years, this culinary masterpiece spares no expense when it comes to impressing patrons. Consistent floor to ceiling windows are sprawled throughout, providing 180 degree views of Atlanta. What better way to enjoy a five star meal than to look out upon the Atlanta landscape for ambiance. This is a special place, worthy of a special occasion or a surprise of some sort. Do yourself a favor and get all dressed up and experience something that will leave you speechless.
255 Courtland St. NE
3 TWO Urban Licks
Compared to the other entries on our list, this Old Fourth Ward hot spot is fairly new, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not capable of having a great skyline view of the Atlanta landscape. Located inside a revamped warehouse, TWO has a rustic, homey feel to it that is both welcoming and super comfortable to customers. The innovative courtyard has both a retractable roof, vast, roll-up industrial sized windows and patio back doors which aid in the gorgeous skyline view it provides. A great experience is when you combine the lovely live jazz that plays regularly during the week with a choice seat to visually indulge in the beauty of the Atlanta night sky.
820 Ralph McGill Blvd.
Tucked away nicely within the confines of the Vinings area, Canoe was made for visitors who appreciate scenic pleasures. The lush, natural beauty that Atlanta has to offer can be seen on display at this lovely restaurant that is a favorite among many local culinary critics. Imagine overlooking a beautiful garden oasis that looks like something sketched or painted because it is so surreally beautiful. That’s what it’s like to dine here and experience a feast before your eyes. A peaceful waterfront view of the historic Chattahoochee River is among the setting and the backdrop for maximum impact to patrons. Elements like these are just a few of the reasons why it has become a choice venue for wedding rehearsals, ceremonies and receptions. Be sure to visit any season of the year, the views are beautiful year-round.
4199 Paces Ferry Rd. NW
5 Ray’s on the River
It seems as if all Atlanta special events are celebrated at this MVP of Atlanta restaurants. From proms to birthdays, anniversaries and rehearsal dinners, if you have an important occasion this is the place to go. Let’s discuss the one of a kind view. When you sit down to eat there is a jaw-dropping view of the Chattahoochee River, which expertly sets any mood. Nature’s ambiance is the perfect way to begin a meal that leaves a lasting impression. One of three Ray’s restaurants that also include Ray’s in the City and Ray’s Killer Creek speaks volumes to how successful and in demand this franchise is. It is impossible to go wrong with a visit to this legendary Atlanta mainstay. Also, enjoy the live music or the award-winning Sunday brunch featuring over 80 selections.
6700 Powers Ferry Rd.