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Mar 31, 2010 10:48 AM

Outdoor lunch spot near DuPont Circle area and others?

We will be in DC for the weekend and while I am extremely familiar with the city and the tons of amazing restaurants I am hoping to try something new. That being said I was hoping you could recommend some hidden gem lunch spots for Friday and Saturday. Since it will be so nice out, I would love outdoor dining. We are very flexible with cuisine but are hoping for gourmet sandwiches, burgers, etc but would like something nicer than an in and out type diner. We are staying between DuPont Circle and Georgetown but will be spending both days walking around the city so are open to other areas. Please let me know- thanks!

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  1. You can sit outside at Good Stuff Eatery, between Capitol South and Eastern Market Metros. They have wonderful burgers and the best shakes in the city. It might be more casual than what you are looking for, though. Also, on Sat. afternoon in nice weather it can be a zoo as it's very popular (and for good reason). I'd say make it an early lunch if you want to go here - or go on Friday - or make it an early lunch on Friday!

    Good Stuff Eatery
    303 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC

    1. It will be crowded, but one of the nicest places to set outside is on the north side of Penn Ave at 15th. You have Cafe du Parc which is excellent, and Occidental which is fine. The nice thing is that you have real tables, linen, silver, crystal, waiters, wine list etc. Not to mention a nice view. You might have to order carefully to keep the check down, but it might be worth it.

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      1. re: Pappy

        And in Dupont, the patio at the Tabard Inn is, in my view, the best outdoor location in that neighborhood. The food is great, and the space is off the street, so you don't have to inhale exhaust fumes while enjoying it.

        Tabard Inn
        1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

      2. Thank you all so much for the suggestions! I am looking them up now. I really appreciate it :)

        1. Sette has a very nice outdoor space and good, reasonably priced food. Tabard Inn is a solid suggestion. Circo and Raku also good options.

          Tabard Inn
          1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

          1. Friday = CF Folks on 19th south of DuPont. It's only open weekday lunches. Get something from the specials menu only.