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Soup Feb 21, 2011 04:29 PM

It may be cold and wet right now but great sunny spring days are sure to follow (soon I hope).

So I looking for places where I and the mrs. can spend a long lunch sitting outside in the warm spring sun eating, drinking, talking and watching scenary/people . Can you recommend a place in NOVA or DC?

  1. woodleyparkhound May 31, 2011 06:34 AM

    The Standard on 14th St. is great for sitting outside and having a brisket sandwich, onion rings or hush puppies and a beer. Be forewarned, it's crowded. Almost all their seating is outside though.

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      hamster May 31, 2011 10:56 AM

      Just did this exact thing on Sunday night and it was sublime! We got lucky and snagged a seat right away for the two of us. I thought the brisket sandwich and onion rings were solid and very large servings actually. Also enjoyed my beer. Very pleasant with a nice breeze! Will be returning if I can ever get a table again!

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        VaPaula May 31, 2011 12:33 PM

        Did this exact thing Saturday afternoon! We liked the place a lot and before we left, were talking about trying this or that "next time" so that's always a good sign. We had no problem getting a couple seats, but it did crowd up at some point. The service was excellent, and I love that there is plenty of shade, although clearly they are prepared for any type of weather.

        We figured out that it had probably been 4 or 5 years since we had onion rings, so while we're not connaisseurs, these were among the best - fried perfectly with a tasty batter.

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      hamster Feb 28, 2011 05:30 PM

      Leopold's in Georgetown has a really nice patio in a quiet alley. It's really pleasant.

      I love love love the grape vine-covered patio behind the Firehook in Cleveland Park. That is my favorite spot on weekend afternoons. Always sunny and quiet. More for coffee than food, but they do serve some passable sandwiches.

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        nytdct Feb 28, 2011 04:54 PM

        Also Levante on 19th just below Dupont Circle - good people watching, nice outdoor patio

        1320 19th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

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          VaPaula May 26, 2011 06:28 AM

          I had the envie for outdoor drinks and dining last night. My husband and I went to Barcode, and there were dining tables available outside (drinks tables were packed), but we did not feel like eating at 5:30, so we had a couple drinks inside. By the time we were ready to eat, all of the tables were full, so we wandered, and ended up at Levante's. Yes, great people watching and good outdoor space, but I can't say much else positive. Oh that's a lie - the bread was really good, as was the baba ghanoush. The hummus were ho-hum, the dolmas were bland (my husband makes better dolmas and he uses a boxed tabouleh mix!) and the falafel was truly the worst I ever had in my life. I had it on a salad, and I think the dressing had turned as well, but perhaps it was just a flavor I didn't like. But the falafel - yeah, no flavor and harder than a hockey puck. The service was good, though, especially given the fact that they were slammed.

          Anyway, I'm glad I found this thread! I am going to try out some of the other places mentioned. And coming from Southern Louisiana, no it's not too hot for us to eat outside. ;-)

        2. hill food Feb 24, 2011 08:01 PM

          for drinks I like the courtyard at Poste or the South Portico of the NPG/AAM

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            Elyssa Feb 25, 2011 07:17 AM

            Yes the Courtyard at Post is great on a warm spring night. A few good cocktails and an order of their delicious french fries...what else do you need?

          2. DanielK Feb 24, 2011 06:53 PM

            Sea Catch in Georgetown has a deck overlooking the canal.

            Sea Catch Restaurant & Raw Bar
            1054 31st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007

            1. ktmoomau Feb 24, 2011 11:05 AM

              I think you are also on DR... there should be a long thread there, but to add here:

              In NOVA:
              3 Bar and Grill, Northside Social, Liberty Tavern, Lyon Hall, Willow, Grand Cru, O'Connell's (Alex), Jackson 20 (but food is meh), Nam Viet (in back so no people watching), Boulevard Woodgrill, (lots of places have a table or two I am not naming those). Taqueria Poblano (Del Ray), Screwtop Wine Bar.

              In DC: Cava (hill), Matchbox (hill), Zaytinya, Morton's (has nice outside balcony at 19th St. location), Teaism (H St NW), Breadline (although not very nice). Do they serve food at POV now?? Haven't been since it is a W.

              2009 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009

              Grand Cru
              Arlington, VA, Arlington, VA

              Nam Viet Restaurant
              3419 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., washington, dc, DC 20008

              Jackson 20
              480 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

              701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

              3 Bar and Grill
              Arlington, VA, Arlington, VA

              The Liberty Tavern
              3195 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201

              Taqueria Poblano
              2400 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301

              Screwtop Wine Bar
              1025 N Fillmore St, Clarendon - Courthouse, VA 22201

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                nytdct Feb 23, 2011 09:17 AM

                Blue Duck Tavern has great outdoor seating (nice setting but not much people watching) - not a fan of the food there (though many are)

                Ris has outdoor seating but on a busy street and not a people watching spot

                For people watching and great view (though don't recommend for much else) Sequoia and the other palces at Washington Harbor in Georgetown

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                  Raids Feb 23, 2011 10:33 AM

                  Love Blue Duck's patio, but no people watching. Order fried chicken and apple pie. I know that it doesn't look like the kind of place where you'd order that, but that's what you want, trust me.

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                  Elyssa Feb 23, 2011 06:22 AM

                  One more to add: PS7. The outdoor patio area is covered which is nice when it gets really warm outside. There is nothing like enjoying one of Gina's summertime libations, while snacking on some of Chef Smith's tuna tartar sliders and sitting outside with friends.

                  Is it summer yet!?!?!

                  PS7 Restaurant
                  777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

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                    Raids Feb 23, 2011 10:32 AM

                    Where is the outdoor patio at PS7? In the back? Finally had cocktails there last weekend by the way - friends were holding down a table area. The gin drink was pretty good but that salted caramel cocktail was killer. I have a craving for it right now. Might be that another trip is in order.

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                      Elyssa Feb 25, 2011 07:02 AM

                      Yes it's out back. It doesn't look out on to the street but to a side walkway type of area---which makes it a little more secluded and nice.

                      I'm so glad you finally got a chance to check it out. I'll have to try that salted caramel cocktail. I had the La Parisian the last time I was there---delicious. The Gnome's Water is also very good if you like Gin (which I do :) ).

                      Did you get a chance to eat anything...in particular the tuna tartar sliders!?

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                    dcandohio Feb 22, 2011 01:21 PM

                    Acadiana has a great patio, and it has Friday crawfish boils in the spring.
                    Dino has outdoor seating, though it's only open for lunch/brunch on Sundays, I believe.
                    Islander Carribbean on U Street has a small patio that can be a lot of fun.
                    In the spring Zaytina's outdoor area opens.
                    Vinoteca, but it's not open for lunch (correct?)
                    Sette Osteria in Dupont

                    Sette Osteria
                    1666 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

                    1940 11th street NW, Washington, DC 20001

                    901 New York Ave NW Ste 200A, Washington, DC 20001

                    U Street Cafe
                    1301 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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                      Elyssa Feb 22, 2011 12:27 PM

                      Some of my favorite outdoor spots:

                      Cafe du Parc
                      Cafe St. Ex
                      Tabard Inn (although it's a gorgeous court yard in the back, so no people watching)
                      Sette Osteria
                      Cashion's Eat Place

                      Sette Osteria
                      1666 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

                      Tabard Inn
                      1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

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                        nytdct Feb 22, 2011 11:02 AM

                        Bombay Club (Rasika' sister resturant) has great outdoor space (block between Lafayette and Farragut Squares) and teh food is quite good

                        Bombay Club
                        815 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006

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                          Raids Feb 22, 2011 10:08 AM

                          I finally went and checked out the patio at Tabac. Gorgeous. Great view of the city.

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                            Elyssa Feb 22, 2011 12:27 PM

                            I agree...too bad the food is only eh.

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                              Raids Feb 23, 2011 10:31 AM

                              Didn't eat anything. The bartender - the guy with the really well-maintained colorific tattoo up his arm? - is an awesome guy and makes great drinks.

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                                Elyssa Feb 25, 2011 07:00 AM

                                I agree though the drinks are really good. I remember the mojito in particular. I haven't been there in ages though. 4+ years ago I went on a first date there and they guy apparently enjoyed the drinks too much---he ended up hammered and fell asleep at the table. Classy. :) haha

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                                  hill food Feb 25, 2011 06:10 PM

                                  so he wasn't a keeper? (smirk)

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                                    Elyssa Mar 1, 2011 06:15 AM

                                    The moral of that lesson was: Never schedule a first date on Cinco de Mayo. :)

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                            katecm Feb 22, 2011 09:02 AM

                            I think 14th street is great for this. Cork, Masa 14, Saint Ex has GREAT outdoor seating.

                            Masa 14
                            1825 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

                            1. Dennis S Feb 22, 2011 02:14 AM


                              Cafe Montmartre at Lake Anne; great martinis and escargots

                              Reston Town Center: Jackson's, Mon Ami Gabi, Uncle Julio's.

                              327 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

                              Uncle Julio's
                              231 Rio Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

                              Mon Ami Gabi
                              7239 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

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                                foodtrip Feb 21, 2011 07:22 PM

                                Cafe du Parc

                                Tabard Inn

                                Tabard Inn
                                1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

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