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@thewharfdc - The Wharf DC Patio Dining

Great Patios for Eating & Drinking in Washington, DC

Discover the best restaurants and bars for outdoor dining in the nation’s capital.

From street-side seating to riverfront views, enjoy outdoor dining options throughout the city. Additionally, check out our content on the Georgetown waterfront, the Capitol Riverfront and The Wharf for even more of the city's best riverfront patios. A reminder that most patios are subject to closing if there is inclement weather.



Discover French flair on this Lafayette Square patio adorned with plant life, umbrellas and fire pits. Opaline Bar & Brasserie, located at Sofitel Washington, DC Lafayette Square, features delicious items like French onion soup and escargots.


Fig & Olive

Fig & Olive

The heated terrace at Fig & Olive is an idyllic location inside CityCenterDC, Downtown’s luxury shopping destination. Spend an afternoon under sunshine while enjoying Fig & Olive’s menu, which includes delicious small plates, outstanding seafood and pasta selections.


Café du Parc

Café du Parc

Café du Parc

When it comes to finding the perfect al fresco locale, it’s tough to top the terrace at Café du Parc on Pennsylvania Avenue, aka America’s Main Street. The Parisian-style restaurant is located at the Willard InterContinental hotel, just steps from the National Mall. Prime people-watching and sightseeing can all be done from your table while tucking into French-inspired fare, from croqué madame during Sunday brunch to mussels and beef bourguignon for evening mains.


Right Proper Brewing Company – Shaw Brewpub & Kitchen

Two beers doing a cheers at Right Proper Brewery

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 featuring heaters and tents that will let you get more acquainted with the scenery. Located 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 beer battered cheese curds, a fried chicken sandwich and Cajun shrimp & grits.


Osteria Morini

Osteria Morini patio

Situated near Yards Park in Capitol RiverfrontOsteria 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. 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.


Le Diplomate

You’ll truly feel like you’ve left DC and landed on the Champs Élysées when you dine at Le Diplomate, renowned restaurateur Stephen Starr’s wildly popular French bistro. Authentic French fare (think: onion soup gratinée, steak frites) at “Le Dip,” as the locals call it, is best enjoyed on the outdoor brick patio. 


All-Purpose Pizzeria Capitol Riverfront

This Italian-American eatery is an ideal destination if you’re craving artisanal pizzas from a deck oven. Seated along the Anacostia River, the vast patio and rooftop deck make for the perfect spot for a pre-game drink, family dinner or date night.


Lupo Verde

Lupo Verde

This classic 14th Street establishment dishes out delectable rustic Italian dishes in an intimate setting, including burrata and calamari antipasti and homemade pizzas and pastas. A meal under the Edison bulbs on the outdoor patio – a tough seat to come by in the District – makes for the perfect people-watching/dining activity.


The Salt Line

A visit to chef Kyle Bailey’s The Salt Line on the Capitol Riverfront transports diners from the District to an idyllic New England setting straight from a postcard. The outdoor patio, which offers heaters and blankets for every table, overlooks the Anacostia River. You can also cozy up to the bar and traverse the Eastern seaboard, sampling oysters from Virginia to Maine.


Residents Café & Bar

Enjoy chic cocktails and flavorful bites among the quaint patio at Residents Café & Bar in Dupont Circle. Elevate your open-air dining experience with an ambiance featuring decorative pillows, fans and heaters and adorned in lush, seasonal décor covering the outdoor roof (think: spring cherry blossoms, autumnal leaves, wintry pine).


Fiola Mare

Fabio 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.



Chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s Masseria presents an unforgettable dining experience in the midst of the buzzworthy Union Market. With a menu consisting of 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 restaurant's courtyard area, complete with firepits.


Blue Duck Tavern

Located in West End near Georgetown, neighborhood restaurant Blue Duck Tavern serves creative American cuisine crafted from the region’s freshest ingredients. Its menu reflects the chef’s creative mood and also updates frequently with the seasons, giving locals and travelers classic American cuisine with a fresh flavor attitude. The full menu is available outside, as the restaurant features a 45-seat sunken outdoor garden terrace, bordered by the chefs' herb garden. Seating is first-come, first-served in the terrace but reservations are offered for indoor dining. A pro-tip, explore the wine list complete with exceptional wines from its glass-encased, floor-to-ceiling cellar.


District Winery

District Winery

The 17,000-square-foot District Winery is home to a restaurant specializing in unique new American dishes. Start your wine-filled day with a tasting at the bar before settling down for seasonal fare and waterfront views on the outdoor patio, where there’s space for 80 diners.


Villa Yara

Villa Yara, a Lebanese restaurant located in Georgetown, has a beautiful garden that is one of the largest outdoor seating areas in Georgetown. Stepping into this garden takes you out of the city and into a whimsical oasis where guests are surrounded by flowers with a running fountain in the center of the patio. It’s the perfect place to sip on a specialty cocktail and eat traditional Mezza dishes with friends during the warmer months. Villa Yara was built on the nostalgic tale of Yara, a character inspired by the famous Lebanese singer Fairouz. As you walk through the restaurant and garden, you see a tale of Yara taking over the old Georgetown home, turning it into a piece of Lebanon. Villa Yara’s food is made to be shared and is served in the Lebanese tradition of Mezza.


RPM Italian

Located in Mount 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. Take advantage of the outdoor patio with a glass of wine in hand from RPM’s extensive list.



Maketto effortlessly combines a cafe, a fashionable retail outlet and a restaurant into one of the most unique locales in the District. Chef Erik Bruner-Yang’s kitchen churns out Cambodian and Taiwanese-style dishes that linger in your memory, especially the fried chicken and bread, which has quickly become one of the most talked-about meals in a city filled with buzzworthy creations. Head straight to the back of Maketto to dine on the scenic outdoor patio.


Wet Dog Tavern

The Wet Dog Tavern near U Street is the ideal spot to enjoy a cold one al fresco. The small tavern leads to a vast dog-friendly patio complete with all the lawn games your heart desires. Choose from an extensive beer list and make sure to grab a burger from the outdoor grill. 



Founded by former investment analyst Andre McCain, HalfSmoke combines a gastro pub, restaurant and café. The Florida Avenue hot spot is obviously well known for its namesake, a beloved DC dish cooked on a wood-fired grill. However, the menu goes much deeper than that. The Snack Time and Muncheez offerings include fun items like crab fries, garlic knots and fried pickles, while the dinner menu fills you up via dishes like baby back ribs, skillet mac n' cheese and shrimp and grits. HalfSmoke also offers loaded breakfast sandwiches and bottomless brunch.



Tucked into the bustling and evolving Shaw neighborhood, Supra brings cuisine from the Republic of Georgia to the nation’s capital. Prepare yourself for a feast that cannot be replicated anywhere else in the District, a joyous celebration featuring khachapuri (housemade bread filled with cheese), knikali (soup dumplings), a multitude of meats, kebabs, hand-crafted cocktails and wine and beer selections that pair perfectly with what’s on your plate. 



Jaleo in Penn Quarter Chinatown - José Andrés Bib Gourmand Restaurant in Washington, DC

José Andrés' Jaleo first opened in the same Penn Quarter neighborhood back in 1993, helping to enliven DC’s downtown along the way. The sleek and stylish eatery serves up some of the finest tapas in the District, as well as Spanish paellas. Drinks pair perfectly with the plates, as you can choose from Spanish wines, sherries, sangria and cocktails to make your (affordable) meal perfect.



Continue your culinary journey around the world with Andrés at Zaytinya, another Penn Quarter treasure from the renowned chef. This time, you’ll visit the Mediterranean, as Zaytinya’s mezze menu winds through Greek, Lebanese and Turkish cuisine. These small plates are meant to be enjoyed among friends, so gather up your group and tack on some specialty cocktails or scour the extensive wine list for the perfect pairing. It’s officially party time. The restaurant's patio features comfortable outdoor seating.


Wunder Garten

Wunder Garten brings an outdoor brew patio with pop-up vibes to the NoMa neighborhood. The beer menu sports local brews as well as German and Austrian flavors, and you can also order up wine, cider and food from a featured food vendor. The mod plaza is dotted with turf, potted trees and rough-hewn wooden tables, along with a fire pit that features a make-your-own-s’mores station in the colder months.


Hook Hall

It’s one big party at Hook Hall, a 13,000-square-foot space near Petworth where you could spend all day eating, drinking and playing games. Outside you’ll find a turf-lined beer garden with more than 30 draught lines, a rotating cast of food trucks and vendors, Adirondack chairs for relaxing and private cabanas available for rent. For the latest info on reserving an outdoor table or a fire pit, please go to Hook Hall's website.



Among the vibrant murals of Blagden Alley, you’ll discover the hidden gem that is Calico. The lively backyard bar features nostalgic options like adult juice box cocktails and tater tots, along with a variety of tomato pies (think rectangular pizza with extra sauce) and sandwiches. 


Colada Shop

Experience bright colors and Cuban flavors at Colada Shop. Soak up the sun at the 14th Street location, which offers patio and rooftop seating. We recommend not leaving without trying staples like the Cuban sandwich or the guava and cheese pastelitos.


El Rey

El Rey’s outdoor garden is bursting with pinata décor, flavorful food and margarita pitchers. This U Street taqueria features a hefty taco selection, including a DC taco with fried chicken, crispy potatoes and a house-made mumbo sauce. Satisfy your cravings seven days a week and note that the patio is open rain or shine, as it features a retractable roof.


Dirty Habit

This distinctive restaurant and bar in Chinatown, located inside the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC, blends Gotham-inspired decor and classical architecture into a stirring patio experience complete with curated cocktails. The open-air courtyard features an array of cozy fire pits.


Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

Venture just beyond Chinatown and you'll discover Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, which brings Havana vibes to 9th and H Street NW. Sit amid palms and verdant plant life on the patio, and sip on a minty mojito. Feast on the chorizo- and shrimp-packed paella mixta or put down a crave-worthy Cuban, inspired by the kind that made Tampa's Ybor City famous.


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