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12 Great Patios for Eating & Drinking in Washington, DC
If you are into outdoor dining, the District is an ideal place to be.
Some of the city’s best and hottest restaurants offer sunny or shaded seating, so whether you are a foodie or just looking for some outdoor shine, there are great options for you. Check out our list below and also make sure to read up on rooftop bars and beer gardens in the area. A reminder that most patios are subject to closing if there is inclement weather.
Located at the Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel in Logan Circle, Radiator is a great place to bring a group to enjoy specialty cocktails, innovative and shareable small plates (think pork croutons and Wagyu steak) and locally crafted beers. Its outdoor patio lets you peer out into the hustle and bustle of the city while also providing luxurious tranquility.
Situated on the famous Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Occidental Grill & Seafood is a DC institution. The restaurant has served regional cuisine to DC power players since opening its doors in the early 1900s, and you can feel like a king or queen when you dine on its large outdoor patio. Savor views of Pennsylvania Ave. while enjoying the restaurant’s take on classic American cuisine.
Situated near Yards Park in Capitol Riverfront, Osteria Morini is a rustic escape to the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. After you take in the ragus, pastas and affordable wines, you can expose your taste buds to the wonderful dessert creations from pastry chef Alex Levin. Your meal will taste even better on the outdoor patio, where you can relax and experience the sights and sounds of one of DC’s emerging neighborhoods.
Chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s Michelin-starred Masseria presents an unforgettable dining experience in the midst of NoMa's buzzworthy Union Market. With an uncomplicated menu consisting of three to six courses, each plate is equipped with loads of Italian flavor and pristine culinary style. You will feel as if you’ve been transported to the Italian coast, especially when you take your meal outdoors in the patio/lounge area.
The Shaw neighborhood is a hotbed for DC dining, so it’s fitting that Right Proper Brewing Company hosts its brewpub and kitchen there, with an outdoor patio that will let you get more acquainted with the scenery. Situated next door to the historic Howard Theatre, the neighborhood abode offers a regularly rotating selection of house-made brews and a Southern-tinged menu featuring baby back ribs, fried green tomatoes and even grilled cheese!
The Alfresco terrace at Fig & Olive is an idyllic location inside CityCenterDC, Downtown’s luxury shopping destination. Spend an afternoon under sunshine as you people-watch while enjoying Fig & Olive’s delectable menu, which includes delicious small plates, outstanding seafood and pasta options and even a prix fixe option.
Sophisticated ambiance resounds throughout Dirty Habit, which blends Gotham-inspired decor and classical architecture to create one of the city’s most distinctive restaurants. Its stylish atrium is fit for lounging and dining. For the latter, choose from a cocktail list that offers classics and modern-day concoctions, like the Pancho & Lefty (tequila, vermouth, lemongrass, citrus, egg white, black lava salt).
A recent addition to Mt. Vernon Square, RPM Italian is owned by celebrity couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic. The eatery is great for a date night, with Italian classics dotting the menu crafted by acclaimed chef Doug Psaltis. Warm weather means you can take advantage of its outdoor patio, and we highly recommend adding a glass of wine from RPM’s extensive list to your dining experience.
The patio at Acadiana becomes a downtown outdoor dining destination, outfitted with a TV and plenty of tables and lounge space for primo relaxation. Chef Jeff Tunks’ menu is a tribute to the Bayou, with spectacular seafood dishes like New Orleans-style barbeque shrimp available. You can also order from the patio’s happy hour menu, with all items priced at $5 from 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
This seasonal outdoor bar, which seats up to 30 guests on a first-come, first-served basis, is a fresh addition to one of Capitol Riverfront’s most popular seafood restaurants. You will be able to catch beautiful views of the Anacostia River while sipping on a variety of rosé wines, or frozen drinks and beers, if that is your flavor. Snack selections include poached shrimp, Maryland crab toast and oysters on the half shell.
Fabio and Maria Trabocchi’s Italian seafood eatery rests right along the Georgetown waterfront, combining acclaimed offerings with stunning optics. The Kennedy Lounge is the restaurant’s outdoor dining area, where you can indulge in Fabio’s famous takes on antipasti, pasta and locally sourced seafood, whether it’s for lunch, brunch or dinner.
An elegant indoor-outdoor vibe and cozy patio overlooking bustling 14th Street make this Spanish tapas restaurant and wine bar a hotspot —even on nights when the patio's fireplace isn't roaring. Go light with a pitcher of floral and fruity white sangria and Spanish cheeses or heavy with a Rioja and paella, either way you’re in for a treat.
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