Five Gorgeous Lunch Spots for Girlfriends in Dunwoody

Picture It. You’re outside eating a delicious meal, sipping from a nice glass, and socializing with your favorite girlfriends, all from a scenic patio. Now that the days are longer and livin’ is easier, this picturesque scene can become a reality yet again. Patio dining season is back, and in Dunwoody, it’s better than ever with an array of fun lunch spots, Now you can spend less time looking for the perfect restaurant and more time catching up.

If you've ever been to Dunwoody, chances are you've heard of Alon's Bakery & Market. It’s located in the center of town and is arguably one of the top places to eat in all of Atlanta. It's a restaurant. It's a market. It's a place to hang out. This European-inspired eatery has plenty of food, such as lump crab cakes or grilled salmon, to eat at a table inside or on its expansive patio. It also features a wine bar and an irresistibly large dessert counter stocked with fresh, baked sweet treats that are made in-house daily.

Looking for a transformative atmosphere? Look no further than Café Intermezzo. This bohemian spot makes a cozy place to lounge with your friends among the French decor at small round European tables, and the patio is to die for. Café Intermezzo truly has something for everyone with its robust menus. The restaurant's 50-page beverage book has hundreds of choices, including scores of coffee beverages, teas, beers, wines, liquors and liqueurs. The cuisine menus are replete with small plates, large plates, soups, salads, sandwiches and pastas. Known especially for their decadent desserts, Café Intermezzo presents a dramatic variety of pastries, including tortes, tarts, cheesecakes, pies, and other sinfully delicious choices. Don’t worry, you can ask for a dessert tour to help you decide.

Vino Venue is an ingenious spot for girlfriends to enjoy over 50 wines with its tapas, charcuterie and chef-inspired dishes. The bar includes an Enomatic (self-pouring) machine for visitors to sample wine. The venue also has specialized cooking classes where you and your girlfriends can learn wine pairings or the art of whipping up a romantic meal. The intimate wine bar environment showcases a relaxed yet modern ambiance, with subdued lighting, hand-scraped wood floors, and floor-to-ceiling wine racks showcasing the destination’s impressive collection of world-class wine. 

Novo Cucina is another popular wine bar with an Italian twist. Diners can enjoy the swanky interior of Italian mosaic floors, modern red chairs and rustic wooden tables. Although its authentic Italian pizzas, pastas and lasagnas are to die for, girlfriends are encouraged to try out the gelatos with fabulous flavors like stracciatella, cappuccino, pistachio and sea salt caramel. 

Located inside the beautiful Le Méridien Atlanta Perimeter, Portico Global Cuisine features a fresh menu of eclectic, globally inspired cuisine. It’s the perfect place inside The Perimeter for international palates seeking the very best from all over. The restaurant also overlooks a gorgeous pool and patio.

It’s amazing what heartfelt conversation over a great meal in a beautiful setting can do. Call the girls and head to Dunwoody for a lunch date you’ll want to schedule as often as you can. For a full list of patio dining spots or more fun things to do with your girlfriends, visit

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