In the warm weather, there's nothing better than dining outdoors. Find a patio, courtyard, or sidewalk café and enjoy a meal at a Washington, DC restaurant with scenic views or prime people-watching. Here are some of the city's top restaurants with outdoor seating. (Arranged by Neighborhood)
Cashion's Eat Place - 1819 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC. Elegant dining for the casual Adams Morgan neighborhood. Outdoor patio.
Lauriol Plaza - 1835 18th Street, Washington, DC.(202) 387-0035. Tex-Mex restaurant with rooftop patio and sidewalk tables.
Reef - 2446 18th Street, Washington, DC. (202) 518-3800 Casual dining with an enormous rooftop deck and bar.
Art and Soul - Liaison Capitol Hill, 415 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, DC (202) 393-7777. The award-winning restaurant has an outdoor patio with a dramatic view of the U.S. Capitol Building.
Belga Cafe - 514 8th St., SE Washington, DC (202) 544-0100. Authentic Belgian restaurant with a small outdoor patio.
Johnny's Half Shell - 400 North Capitol St. NW Washington, DC (202) 737-0400. The award-winning seafood restaurant has an open-air, roof-covered terrace with a large bar and comfortable seating for 125 people.
701 Restaurant - 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC. (202) 393-0701. Outdoor patio with view of Pennsylvania Avenue and the US Navy Memorial Plaza.
Ardeo - 3311 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC. (202) 244-6750. Modern American cuisine, incorporating Asian, Mediterranean and traditional French flavors with 20 seats available for outdoor dining.
Asia Nine - 915 E Street NW. Washington, DC (202) 629-4355. This Asian-Fusion restaurant has a quaint patio, where guests can enjoy Thai, Japanese, Chinese, and Vietnamese dishes.
Blue Duck Tavern - Park Hyatt, 24 & M Streets, NW. Washington, DC. (202) 419-6755. Farm-fresh meats and seafoods slow roasted on a wood-burning oven. Garden terrace seats 40. Outdoor fountain.
The Bombay Club - 815 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC.(202) 659-3727. Portuguese and Indian cuisine served at 10 tables overlooking Lafayette Park.
Brasserie Beck - 1101 K St., NW Washington, DC (202) 408-1717. French Belgian cuisine with outdoor seating for 70.
Busboys and Poets - 1025 5th St. NW Washington, DC (202) 789-2227.
Restaurant and bookstore with outdoor seating.
BLT Steak - 1625 Eye Street NW. Washington DC (202) 689-8999. Located a block from the White House, the umbrella-covered patio is the perfect place to spot DC's power players.
Café du Parc - 1401 Pennsylvania, Ave., NW, Washington, DC (202) 942-7000. French cuisine. Guests can dine outside during the spring and summer months.
Del Frisco's Grille - 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington DC (202) 450- 4686. The restaurant features a diverse menu and a 100-seat patio in the heart of Downtown.
Equinox - 818 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, DC. (202) 331-8118 Fine dining with a view of DC landmarks from an outdoor patio or glass-walled atrium.
Fiola - 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC. (202) 628-2888. The Italian restaurant has expanded its outdoor seating to accommodated 70. Decorated with comfortable seating and heat lamps for the occasional brisk evening.
Occidental Grill - 1475 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC (202) 783-1475. Right along the historic and vibrant Pennsylvania Avenue, the restaurant seats 85 people in the main patio dining area and easily another 15+ in the patio lounge.
The Oval Room - 800 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, DC. (202) 463-8700. Outdoor dining available April thru September (weather permitting)
Pinea - W Hotel, 515 15th Street, NW Washington DC (202) 661-2400. Located next to the White House, this elegant restaurant has a 76-seat patio offering great food and a prime spot for people watching.
Proof - 775 G Street, NW. Washington, DC. 202-73-PROOF The wine-centric restaurant located in DC’s Penn Quarter neighborhood, has a 50-seat patio, one of the largest outdoor dining spaces in Downtown DC.
Rosa Mexicano’s - 575 7th St. NW Washington, DC. (202) 783-5522 Upscale Mexican dining with a sidewalk café.
Zaytinya - 701 9th St, NW Washington, DC. (202) 638-0800. Greek, Turkish and Lebanese with outdoor seating for 75.
Agora Restaurant - 1527 17th St. NW. Washington, DC. (202) 332-6767. European and American cuisine.
Bar Dupont and Cafe Dupont - The Dupont Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC (202) 939-9596. The seasonal outdoor patios have a relaxing lounge-like atmosphere that allows for a great neighborhood gathering place serving modern American and French cuisine.
Casa Nonna - 1250 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Washington DC. (202) 629-2505. The outdoor 26-seat patio offers a relaxing atmosphere in the heart of Dupont Circle.
Hank¹s Oyster Bar - 1624 Q St. NW, Washington, DC. (202) 462-HANK (4265). Serves a selection of seasonal New England beach favorites which are available outside on their 20 seat patio.
Ping Pong Dim Sum - 1 Dupont Circle, NW Washington DC. (202) 293-1268. Contemporary twists on Chinese small plates; fresh new spring specials; two options - street side or bar side patios. The patio seats 94 people.
Sette Osteria - 1666 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, DC.(202) 483-3070 Neopolitan pizza parlor with a sidewalk café.
Bourbon Steak - Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC. (202) 944-2026. The restaurant has a tucked away, full-service outdoor dining patio complete with comfortable arm chairs, umbrellas and gardens. Known for its signature slow-poaching method of cooking, Bourbon Steak delivers a modern menu that focuses on the meat and seafood.
Cafe Milano - 3251 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC (202) 333-6183. A fixture in Georgetown for more than 20 years, the restaurant serves Southern Coastal Italian cuisine. During warm-weather months, the front wall of floor-to-ceiling windows open onto an outdoor sidewalk patio.
Mai Thai - 1200 19th St NW, Washington DC. (202) 452-6870. Located in the heart of Georgetown the restaurant offers patio seating during the summer months.
Old Glory - 3139 M St. NW Washington, DC. (202) 337-3406. Situated in the heart of Georgetown, Old Glory’s lively rooftop patio is considered a coveted Georgetown gem and offers a wonderful outdoor dining experience. The restaurant offers genuinely slow cooked meats and an array of regional housemade barbecue sauces and dry rubs that reflect the styles developed in some of the country's greatest barbecue locales.
Peacock Cafe - 3251 Prospect Street NW. DC (202) 625-2740. The contemporary American restaurant and bar has outdoor sidewalk seating open seasonally.
Inside, the interior offers a view of a charming courtyard.
Sea Catch - 1054 31st St. Washington, DC. (202) 337-8855 Seafood restaurant with a charming lovely patio overlooking the C&O Canal.
Sequoia - 3000 K St. NW. Washington, DC. (202)944-4200. Restaurant is located along the edge of the beautiful Georgetown waterfront. There is an outdoor bar, and you can dine outside as well. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Tony & Joe’s - 3050 K St. NW Washington, DC.(202) 944-4545 Seafood restaurant with outdoor seating along the Georgetown waterfront.
Lost Society - 2001 14th Street NW Washington, DC. (202) 618-8868. The steakhouse has a rooftop deck with great views of the city.
Vinoteca - 1940 11th Street NW Washington, DC. (202) 332-9463. The wine bar and Bistro features the Plaza at Vinoteca, an outdoor courtyard, bar and bocce court, which has an old world European feel in an urban setting.
See also, Rooftop Bars in Washington DC