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Mar 14, 2008 08:57 AM

Best Patios in the DC Metro


I'm new to the area and with summer approaching and the weather warming up, i was wondering if anyone might know of some good places to go and enjoy a meal and a few drinks outside. Be it on a riverfront, or just a regular patio, i'm not picky, i just want to find some places to sit and enjoy the nice weather.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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  1. My absolute favorite outdoor spot in DC is at the Tabarn Inn. They place this parachute type thing over the top so you don't get pounded by the hot DC sun. It's just so enchanting and romantic. I nice refuge from the city.

    Other places with nice patios/outdoor seating is Dupont Grille, Bourbon (AM location), L'Enfant, and The Reef.

    I also hear Perry's has a great roof top deck but I've never been.

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    1. re: Elyssa

      Bourbon in Glover Park also has outside seating in front (but it's not as "cool" as the back patio in Adams Morgan)

      1. re: Elyssa

        Wanted to add one more--Sette Osteria in Dupont Circle.

      2. Morton's downtown has a great patio I like to do business lunches at in the Spring on nice days.

        The Reef in Adam's Morgan has a nice rooftop deck.

        In Northern Virginia Sette Bello has a nice normal patio space, Clarendon Ballroom has a rooftop deck.

        If you can get a seat at Zaytinya's patio I think it is the nicest way to experience it.

        Rumors has a good patio for weekday brunch, although the food isn't anything special.

        Rhodeside Grill in Courthouse has a large patio area and is good for what Fiance has coined General Purpose food.

        Oh how I miss the Hotel Washington Terrace, it was the best 4th of July spot ever...

        There are so many I can't think...

        Does the Charthouse in Alexandria have outdoor seating? The one in Annapolis has a nice brunch that might be a nice spot if they did.

        Then so many places have one or two outside tables those you just kind of luck into...

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        1. re: ktmoomau

          The Charthouse has a spectacular deck overlooking the river and docks. In fact, just about all of the restaurants on King. St. do outdoor dining. There's also a great deck atop Daniel O'Connell's.
          It feels like one of those days today!

          1. re: monavano

            The Charthouse does have a great deck, but I wouldn't recommend the food there at all. That area has some excellent restaurants and I would not consider the Charthouse one of them.

            1. re: dcfoodie13

              I agree, but for drinks and a view, it's fantastic. An app. wouldn't be too bad. I just don't blow money on a full dinner there. Way, way overpriced.

        2. In order of preference:
          Poste in Hotel Monoco
          St Regis (previously Sheraton Carlton) at 16th and K
          Citronelle at Latham Hotel
          Cafe du Parc at Willard Hotel
          Les Halles

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          1. re: Pappy

            I 2nd Poste, but only after the sun is low enough to not blast you, say 6 or 7. it's cool, because there's nothing but sky in sight, no context, no buildings except the hotel itself like a James Turrell "sky room"

            across the street the National Portrait Gallery serves on the South Portico.

            I don't think either open until around Memorial day.

          2. The foods not great, but its always nice to go sit by the river down at the waterfront in georgetown. Just be aware that it often gets standing room only packed by the outdoor bar for happy hours.

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            1. re: DCHill19

              I was afraid to suggest this one, but you're right. It's a total zoo on a nice day, but I think a great place for a drink.

            2. Oops, forgot to add that Ingido Landing will be re-opening March 20th. Just south of Reagan Airport, the entire place has good views, but the deck is really popular.

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              1. re: monavano

                Add these to everyone's great suggestions:
                In/near Dupont: Iron Gate (food is not great, but the patio is LOVELY), Straits of Malaya (and laugh at the crowds trying to get into Lauriol across the street), Sette Osteria, Trio/Fox and Hounds, Bar at Hotel Helix.

                On/near U Street: Tabaq top level, Nellie's Roof (gay sports bar), Marvin's 2nd floor deck at U and 14th, Islander Carribbean.

                Adams Morgan: L'Enfant Cafe, Napolean.

                Southwest: Cantina Marina on Maine Avenue by the Fish Wharf (live music in the summer!)

                Penn Quarter: Jaleo, Cafe Atlantico and Ella's pizza. I think Acadiana also provides outdoor seating in season.

                Southeast: Tunnicliffs, Sonoma (a few tables), the Mexican/Salvadorian place on Pennsylvania, Banana Cafe (food is bad, patio is great)

       reading everyone's posts I wonder why we ever eat indoors duing DC's nice weather!