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Apr 17, 2009 09:50 AM

Al fresco dining in NW DC?

With springtime in the air, its time to start getting serious about outdoor dining again. I am interested in moderate or inexpensively priced options in the Woodley Park, Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant, Dupont, or U-street areas. Any recommendations?

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  1. Red Rocks, Vinoteca, Islander Carribbean, Upstairs at Cleveland Park Bar and Grill, Alero in Cleveland Park, Zorba's, Sette Osteria, Afterwords at Kramer Books, Circa, Upstairs at Straits of Malaya, James Hobans, Front Page, Cafe St. Ex...

    1. Cafe St. Ex, Cork, Bourbon (AM), Sette Osteria, Kramerbooks and Afterwords, Vapiano, Sakana, Grill from Impanema, L'Enfant, and Open City.

      Not sure what you consider moderate--but you can also add Cashion's Eat Place and Tabard Inn to the list if that fits the bill.

      1. great patio at commonwealth in columbia heights and reasonably priced satisfying british food. love the scotch eggs, bubble & squeak, also good solid bangers and mash. second the recommendation for bourbon, the patio there is adorable and the food is unexpectedly good.

        1. I just had a great meal at Ardeo in Cleveland Park and sat on their rooftop patio. The patio itself is very nice but my only complaint is that it doesn't have the greatest view.

          1. Dino has outside seating (right?)

            in Dupont, I love the patio at Zorbas - very inexpensive and great people watching.

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            1. re: Jeserf

              Does Dino have outdoor seating? I've never seen it. Maybe you are thinking of that tapas place next foor that has a huge outdoor area.

                1. re: dcandohio

                  Oh cool. I didn't know that. Where are they exactly?

                  1. re: Elyssa

                    outside of Dino. You come from the metro, walk across the street, you pass the tables and chairs on the left when you are on your way to the door (when they are set up based on weather).

                    Will add that Palena also has outside seating, obviously, but I've never eaten outside there because I don't find sitting on CT Ave next to a gas station to be delicious

                    1. re: Jeserf

                      Oh Good to know.

                      Btw, I feel the same way about Palena's outdoor seating.

                      1. re: Elyssa

                        I actually feel that way about all of Cleveland Park.

                        The only place I ever liked outside in that area was Foster Brothers, which is now yet another overpriced frozen yogurt shop.

                2. re: Elyssa

                  No, I'm thinking of the tables next to Dino outside.