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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Washington, D.C. Area

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining in Washington, D.C. Area? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Scarlet Oak restaurant
4.6 (739)
$30 and under
Navy Yard
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of the newly developed Navy Yard area of DC right by the Washington Nationals Park. Located on the corner of New Jersey and K St, Scarlet boasts a large covered patio on both sides. Our menu is casual American fare with some Italian influence. We offer an extensive, rotating local beer list, an artisanal cocktail menu and daily happy hours all in a casual and modern space. It's all about brunch on both Saturday and Sunday with bottomless mimosas!
Top review
Dined on Mar 26, 2024
Great environment and value! Food was incredible…fresh and delicious! Hector was our Server, he was excellent and very friendly! We are going back tonight because it’s so good?
A photo of Barca Wine Bar & Pier restaurant
4.5 (1589)
$30 and under
Old Town Alexandria
About the restaurant
BARCA is Old Town Alexandria's newest riverfront neighborhood restaurant. Located in Robinson, BARCA (Spanish for boat) styles shipyard chic and Catalonian coastal influence into a waterfront Pier and Wine Bar. Both indoor and outdoor locales serve up Spanish-Mediterranean small plates, wine, sangria, and cocktails plus weekend brunch.
Top review
Dined 5 days ago
First time here with friends. Beautiful sitting at edge of water. Food, drinks, and service were very good! I will return.
A photo of Silver Social restaurant
4.5 (140)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Navy Yard
About the restaurant
Silver Social by Executive Chef Ype Von Hengst offers a creative menu of elevated comfort food and contemporary American sharing plates to complement our craft drink menu.
Located on the second floor above Silver Diner, Silver Social’s unique feature is a 50-seat covered outdoor terrace overlooking Nationals Park.

Rules & Restrictions: 16+ accompanied by an adult till 9:00pm. 21 and Up only after 9:00pm

Your table will be reserved for 1 hour 30 minutes for parties up to 6 people. The entire party must be present to be seated. If you can’t make your reservation, please cancel it 30 minutes in advance.

We accept online reservations for parties of 1 to 6 persons. For parties of 7 to 9 persons, please call the restaurant for availability. For any larger groups please contact our Event Planner Rebecca Morris at rmorris@eatatsilver.com

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
My boyfriend and I was our first time eating at your restaurant. Great service! Great food!
A photo of Cinco Soles restaurant
4.5 (34)
$30 and under
Columbia Heights / Brightwood
About the restaurant
Mexican Restaurant In Washington, DC
Welcome to Cinco Soles, the premier authentic Mexican restaurant in Washington, DC. Enjoy exquisite dishes crafted with care and experience, utilizing only the finest ingredients to provide an unforgettable dining experience. We have an array of specialty items, including Mexican food, high-end Mexican cuisine, and specialty drink specials that you won't find at the typical cheap Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurants. Experience why Cinco Soles has quickly become the go-to destination for locals and visitors alike in search of true, unique Mexican flavors.

Top review
Dined on Apr 12, 2024
Delicious food, and wonderful service. The team took great care of our group of eight diners including my elderly parents. We would come back any time.
A photo of Swan Point - The Point Grill restaurant
4.4 (87)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Swan Point - The Point Grill & Country Club is open to the public for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday in season and Wednesday through Sunday in the Winter, serving soups, sandwiches, salads, entrees and seasonal dishes made fresh daily.

Please call 301-259-0047, ext. 412 for reservation help.

Be sure to check out our website for upcoming special events, such as Brunch, Oyster Night, and more!

Top review
Dined on Mar 28, 2024
Great food and service! Always our go too for a relaxing evening…
A photo of Augie's Mussel House and Beer Garden restaurant
4.4 (601)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
PLEASE NOTE****The Patio is first come first serve...we do not reserve it as the weather is unpredictable. NO PATIO RESERVATIONS WILL BE MADE.

Inspired by St. Augustine, the Patron Saint of Brewers, Augie’s Mussel House and Beer Garden in historic Old Town, Alexandria blends traditional Belgium cuisine with a modern twist. Our creative mussel offerings can be thoughtfully paired with one of our extensive Ale selections. Whether you are sampling one of our many brews on the festive patio, or enjoying a waffle and frites in our bespoke dining room, Augie’s has you covered! We locally source the freshest and best ingredients to create our culinary offerings and our in-house beer Cicerones seek out both traditional and innovative brewers to provide a vast selection. The team at Augie’s is ready to take you on a culinary journey.

Top review
Dined 3 days ago
Best mussel house we’ve ever been to, will go back again.
A photo of Sushi Rock restaurant
4.3 (867)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Sushi Rock is a combination of love, passion and perspective. It is the love to eat good food and drink well while doing so with great people. In providing the place for people to do this, Sushi Rock represents the perspective that both can be done in a fun and entertaining environment full of energy. Sushi Rock embodies the opportunity to be the local watering hole, the destination, the cozy meet-up place, the big group place or the special event place. Whatever the patrons needs, we believe Sushi Rock is the one place where everyone can feel comfortable in any size group sharing themselves, sharing a drink, and/or sharing good food.
Top review
Dined on Apr 8, 2024
Quality sushi that I’ve been enjoying for years! Love that there are drink specials even on Sundays. Thank you Ali for your help and service! Will definitely be back.
A photo of Harry's restaurant
4.1 (93)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Welcome to Harry's!

Named for Harry C. Groome, the original owner of Airlie House, this signature smart casual Warrenton restaurant honors our agricultural heritage with true pasture-to-plate cuisine. Most ingredients travel just 400 yards from our production farm to our kitchen. And you get to savor these hyperlocal flavors in our cozy, winery-inspired dining room or al-fresco on our inviting lakeside patio.

House specialties include Harry’s Burger (made with our angus beef), smoke spiced wings, Airlie garden salad, and seasonal Flat Breads. Pair your favorite meal with a vast selection of mircobrews, Virginia wines or farm-to-table cocktails.

Please note, we do not accept reservations for our outdoor Patio. This is always on a first come first serve basis.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 13, 2024
We had dinner here before our kids all came to take prom pictures. We ended up staying and ordering a bunch of apps for the kids. The staff accommodated our growing group and took great care of us all. Thanks to everyone at Harry’s!!
A photo of Makers Union - Cathedral Commons restaurant
3.9 (20)
$30 and under
Cleveland Park
About the restaurant
Pulling inspiration from the infamous Katharine Hepburn quote muraled to the wall, “If you obey all the rules, you’ll miss all the fun”, we are doing just that. You will notice we broke the mold with this bold and energetic Makers Union build out. The menu at Makers Union Cathedral is an elevated blend of tradition and flare. Executive Chef Dan Logan curated a brilliant menu featuring handmade pastas, savory dinner entrees and a lunch menu for those on-the-go or others looking for leisure.

A few standouts include a Black N’ White Clam Linguini, Grilled Branzino and Southern Surf N’ Turf which includes blackened filet, butter poached Maine lobster, and corn succotash. This location will also highlights a chef-driven brick oven menu featuring a variety of Oven-Fired Oysters, Baked Brie, Flatbreads and French Onion Soup. On the weekend, a brunch Family-Style Menu showcases culinary delights such as Maryland Crab Cake Benedict, Warren’s Fine Fried Chicken & Waffles, and bottomless Mimosas

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Apr 9, 2024
Love the space. Great outdoor space. Excellent food. A repeat for sure
A photo of Kreole restaurant
3.7 (50)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
Seafood Experience “Where the Dirty South Meets the Far East”​

Kreole is a seafood experience that blends the vibrant flavors of Creole and Asian cuisine, offering a unique dining experience that excites and delights taste buds. Located in Fairfax, VA, Kreole promises a culinary journey that celebrates bold flavors and pays homage to two distinct culinary traditions, providing guests with an unforgettable dining adventure.

Guests are invited to choose from an array of delectable seafood options, including King Crab, Snow Crab, Blue Crab, Dungeness Crab, Lobster, Crawfish, Shrimp, Clams, Mussels, or Oysters, allowing them to tailor their dining experience to their preferences.

Top review
Dined on Apr 3, 2024
The dishes we tried were good especially the pot. Need to try some other dishes to give it a comprehensive review. Recommend giving it a try.
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