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 heated 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.
Fig & Olive
Outdoor patio dining in Washington, DC - Fig and Olive restaurant in CityCenterDC
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 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.
Right Proper Brewing Company – Shaw Brewpub & Kitchen
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 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.
Outdoor dining at Osteria Morini - Italian restaurant on the Capitol Riverfront in Washington, DC
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.
Nighttime dining on the outdoor patio at Le Diplomate - Stephen Starr French brasserie in Washington, DC
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. The restaurant's streetside chateaus ensure a safe and socially distant experience. Le Diplomate is 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. Heated outdoor seating is available.
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.
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. Heated winter igloos are also available for reservations of up to six guests. You can view their menu here.
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 restaurant's courtyard area, complete with firepits. Make a reservation now.
Outdoors at The Yards Park in front of District Winery - The Capitol Riverfront neighborhood in Washington, DC
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.
Their outdoor seating is available and now includes heated igloos for up to six guests. District Winery is strongly encouraging their visitors to make reservations beforehand. Learn more up-to-date information on their site.
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. You can take advantage of its heated outdoor patio now, and we highly recommend adding a glass of wine from RPM’s extensive list to your dining experience. Please make reservations to enjoy the restaurant's 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 on the scenic, heated 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. Currently, only outdoor seating is available. Reservations can be made by phone only at 202-234-3334.
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 offerings include fun items like crab fries and mac ‘n cheese bites, while the Main Event fills you up via dishes like jambalaya, shrimp and grits and butterfly chicken. The Butter Me Up menu is stacked with tasty sandwiches and HalfSmoke does brunch, too. The restaurant's current Winter Wonderland set-up includes igloos available to reserve.
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. Supra offers outdoor seating with heaters and blankets - visit the restaurant's website for more details.
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. Reservations are available for the restaurant's outdoor patio.
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 winterized patio features heated outdoor seating.
Wunder Garten brings an outdoor brew patio with pop-up vibes to the NoMa ‘hood. The beer menu sports local brews as well as German and Austrian flavors, and you can also order up wine, cider and snacks (chips or pretzels). 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. At this time, Wundergarten is not taking any table reservations. All tables are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, but the cabanas are available to rent. All tables and cabana rentals are limited to 6 people maximum. For more information, please go to Wunder Garten's website.
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. Make sure to check the events calendar for the latest happenings at this unique space. For the latest info on reserving a spot for the venue's Viking Village Experience, an outdoor table or a fire pit, please go to Hook Hall's website.
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