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20+ Great Patios for Eating & Drinking in Washington, DC
Discover the best restaurants and bars for outdoor dining in the nation’s capital.
Many of the city’s best restaurants and most exciting bars offer outdoor seating, so if you're looking for a safe, socially distanced meal in the city, there are plenty of options. Just make sure to check in on the restaurant's protocols before making a reservation. 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.
The al fresco 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 menu, which includes delicious small plates, outstanding seafood and pasta options and even a prix-fixe option. Please review some changes to their payment options and how they are keeping their guests safe by visiting their site.
The brightly colored Colada Shop near 14th Street is a photographer’s dream. This Cuban cafe-bar hybrid is packed with pastel hues and good vibes, which extend to the dog-friendly patio. Reasonably-priced empanadas and sandwiches bring to life diverse flavors and are best paired with a bold Cuban coffee by day and a cocktail by night. Their new location on The Wharf is now offering outdoor dining while their 14th street location is offering take-out and delivery.
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. 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 baby back ribs, fried green tomatoes and even grilled cheese. They are taking reservations for indoor seating only. Outdoor seating is first-come, first-serve during the second phase of reopening.
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. 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.
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.
Le Diplomate is now open daily for patio service walk-ins, as well as reservations. They are asking that visitors only pay by credit card payment at this time.
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 patio is open 11 a.m. to midnight, every day.
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 that overlooks the Anacostia River can’t be beat on a warm spring or summer evening, so belly up to the bar and traverse the Eastern seaboard, sampling oysters from Virginia to Maine.
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. You can view their menu here.
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.
They are open to outdoor seating right now with a walk-in service. Please visit their site to learn more.
Chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s Michelin-starred Masseria presents an unforgettable dining experience in the midst of NoMa's buzzworthy Union Market. With a 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.
They will start taking reservations for patio seating starting Saturday, August 8.
The 17,000-square-foot District Winery is home to Ana, 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.
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 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.
Please make reservations to enjoy RPM Italian indoor and outdoor dining.
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 in the scenic outdoor patio.
Visit their reservations page for more information before dropping by.
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.
They are taking reservations by phone only for patio seating. Call (202) 234-3334 to make your reservation today.
Industrial chic design is at its finest at American Ice Co. just off U Street. Settle in at the picnic tables on the front patio, sip your suds out of a mason jar and be sure to order the popular swachos (nachos with pulled pork). The vibe is equally hipster on the inside, as garage-style doors lead to the happening exposed brick-cement floor bar.
Check out their site for the new patio hours.
With the slogan "bringing the beach to you," you can't help but want to know more about Shaw's new outdoor bar, Electric Cool-Aid. This parking lot now has a backyard feel with large murals and outdoor seating. Check out their menu before you go to get a feel for all of their options, and cool off with drinks named Frozen Painkiller, Bullpen and Orange you Glad I Didn't Say Banana.