Where to Dine Outside in Washington, D.C.

With colder weather firmly in the rear view, outdoor dining is literally heating up in Washington, D.C. Across the city, restaurants are turning sidewalks, patios, and backyards into cool socially distanced set-ups where diners can enjoy D.C.’s diverse mix of cuisine with a dose of much anticipated sunshine.

Whether you’re in the mood for tacos on a rooftop or a platter of well-prepared sushi, here are the best spots to comfortably dine outdoors in Washington, D.C. this spring and summer, with links to booking on OpenTable.

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Bombay Club

$$$$·Indian·
Downtown
4,577 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Quiet Conversation

Head downtown to enjoy refined Indian cuisine on Bombay Club’s umbrella-filled patio overlooking Lafayette Park. The large menu spans the country’s various regions, offering standards such as tandoori...

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Modena

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
467 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List

Modena goes beyond the traditional standards of handmade pastas, partnering with an organic farm in Maryland to procure grains that are then milled in-house. These fresh flours serve as the base for t...

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Casta's Rum Bar

$$$$·Cuban·
West End
266 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch

For a tropical vacation without leaving D.C., head to West End Cuban spot Casta’s Rum Bar. The covered patio offers a comfortable place to knock back classic rum drinks such as mojitos and daiquiris, ...

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The Salt Line - Navy Yard

$$$$·Seafood·
Navy Yard
1,756 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront

New England vibes abound at The Salt Line, a sustainable seafood spot on the Anacostia River. Feast on oysters, clam chowder, lobster rolls, crab dip, seafood boils, stuffies (baked clams topped with ...

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Mi Vida

$$$$·Mexican·
Southwest Waterfront
1,226 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date

Mexico City native chef Roberto Santibañez is known as an ambassador of regional Mexican cooking in the U.S., and his Mi Vida furthers that. On the covered balcony facing District Pier, dine on dishes...

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Vola's Dockside Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
Old Town Alexandria
1,526 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Waterfront

With close-up views of the Potomac river and the waterfront breeze keeping diners cool beneath bright red umbrellas, Vola’s Dockside Grill is a welcome respite for outside dining on warmer days. The a...

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Cork Wine Bar & Market

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Logan Circle
403 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem

Run by a husband and wife team who live in the neighborhood, this Logan Circle wine bar aims to create a welcoming, familial atmosphere where diners can learn about wine in an unpretentious setting. P...

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Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
10,776 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies

From renowned restaurateur Stephen Starr, Le Diplomate — affectionately referred to as “Le Dip” — feels like being transported to Paris. All the brasserie classics are here, from steak frites and stea...

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Farmers & Distillers

$$$$·American·
Mt. Vernon Square
6,840 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual

The menu at Farmers & Distillers combines American ingredients — the restaurant is co-owned by the North Dakota Farmers Union — with international inflections, creating a vast menu that ranges from cl...

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