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.
Not sure where you live but having recently moved from Dupont Circle i can tell you that there are a gazillion patios there. Just walk around the area and you'll see many. Some of the ones we liked the most (not always for food but sometimes just for drinks) were Circa, Kramerbooks, Raku, La Tomate (don't eat there tho), Sette, and the greek place who's name escapes me (on the same side as Sette on CT). Or you can always grab some carry out and find a bench directly on the circle and people watch. I saw some 'free sprited' types out there one time cooking a full course vegan meal on some little hibachi thing. it was quite entertaining!
if you're a DC resident the pool and clubhouse are gratis in East Potomac Park and only a few bucks for non-residents (it's hard to find by car down in SW but there's a direct bus from Foggy and maybe L'Enfant) and almost no one goes. BIG pool no shade, but classic dumpy road/club food. it feels private. Eat-Rite type fare.
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)
...wow...after reading everyone's posts I wonder why we ever eat indoors duing DC's nice weather!
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.
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...
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.