Whether it’s a picnic in the park, a backyard cookout, or a leisurely meal at a sidewalk cafe, we all love to dine al fresco. But views of the White House, the Washington Monument, the U.S. Capitol, and D.C.’s other amazing sights take outdoor dining to another level. Here are the top 10 Washington spots to dine outdoors.
1. P.O.V. Roof Terrace
On the 11th floor of the ultra-elegant W Hotel, the P.O.V. Roof Terrace requires reservations and “casually sophisticated” attire, but it offers the ultimate bird’s-eye views of the White House, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial. Get comfy on plush banquettes and sample cocktails like the gin with house-made citrus marmalade and small plates like spiced chicken samosas as you watch the city lights blink on.
Sequoia, a restaurant and bar on Georgetown’s bustling Washington Harbor, is impressive for both its menu and its architecture: Just ask anyone who’s watched the sun slip slowly into the Potomac from a table on the tri-level outdoor terrace. The raw bar and seafood tower are justifiably famous, as is the applewood-smoked New York strip.
Outdoor dining at Sequoia (credit: Facebook/Sequoia)
The authentic bocce ball court and aperitifs at the bar in the outdoor plaza at Vinoteca transport diners to the Tuscan countryside. With a menu made up largely of small plates and cheese and charcuterie boards that are perfect for sharing, this gem in the U Street Corridor also has a nice wine selection and an inventive cocktail menu. They fire up the outdoor grill during happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. daily.
4. DNV Rooftop Lounge
The DNV Rooftop Lounge, the crown atop the sophisticated Donovan House hotel, becomes a cool, adults-only oasis at night with a stunning view of the historic National City Christian Church and the traffic lights ringing Thomas Circle. Find a comfortable spot on the patio surrounding the small, glowing pool and enjoy a selection of Asian-inspired dishes from the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, Zentan, as well as some of the most innovative cocktails in the district.
5. Biergarten Haus
If you’re feeling particularly festive, check out Biergarten Haus in Capitol Hill’s up-and-coming Atlas District. Like the restaurant itself, the patio is huge, as is the beer selection and, perhaps just as important, the beer steins. Picnic-style tables help to foster a convivial spirit, and live oompah bands roll out the barrel on Friday and Saturday nights. And one more thing – their wursts are the best.
Life doesn’t get much better than dining in the courtyard garden at French brasserie Poste, where executive chef Dennis Marron cultivates an assortment of herbs, fruits, and vegetables for the restaurant and bar. With its abundant greenery and shady nooks and crannies, it’s hard to believe that this enchanting getaway is in the heart of Penn Quarter. Try the onion soup burger or the steak frites with blue cheese butter, bernaise, or tomato jam.
7. Kafe Leopold
The sun-dappled brick courtyard at Georgetown’s charming Kafe Leopold has an unmistakably European vibe. Tucked off of M Street in Cady’s Alley, the courtyard – with its tables sprouting umbrellas like sunflowers – invites diners to slow down and savor the food, and they do. The café has a surprisingly extensive menu and gets everything right. Try the wild mushroom tart with carmelized onions or the apple strudel with hot vanilla sauce.
The courtyard at Kafe Leopold (credit: Facebook/Kafe Leopold)
The rooftop terrace at Perry’s is a great place to sample a variety of sakes while taking in the sights of Adams Morgan. With a canopy of lights lending a golden glow in the evenings, the place takes on a decidedly romantic tone, and while popular, it generally attracts a mellow crowd. The restaurant has an extensive sushi menu and also specializes in Japanese cuisine, including luscious pork belly grilled on bamboo skewers and served with house-made teriyaki sauce.
9. Art and Soul
Even the dogs in D.C. like to schmooze, and the pretty, dog-friendly patio at Art and Soul offers a special pooch menu featuring non-alcoholic Bowser beer, raw bones, and other delicacies for its four-legged patrons. Those on the other end of the leash enjoy a great view of the Capitol, Southern-inspired dishes like duck and Andouille gumbo and, for dessert, the Great Debate Cocktail, consisting of Frangelico, vanilla vodka, cinnamon, coffee, and cream.
10. Taverna Cretekou
One of the most charming patios in the D.C. area also happens to be at one of the best Greek restaurants — Taverna Cretekou, just across the Potomac River in historic Old Town Alexandria. With tables shaded by grape arbors and flowers overflowing their pots, the family-owned restaurant feels both homey and special. The service is outstanding and the food is glorious. You can’t go wrong with any of their braised or roasted lamb shanks and the saganaki (kasseri cheese sauteed until crispy and then flamed at the table in a final triumphant flourish), is a must.
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Washington comes alive in the spring and summer, and there’s nothing we love more than day drinking outside. We figured that might be a high priority for you too, so we’ve compiled the best patios and rooftops for brunching this season. The great thing about D.C is you can find patios in all shapes, sizes, neighborhoods, and price points. Some are small and intimate, while others are extravagant and crowded. No matter your mood or party size, you’ll be sure to find an outdoor brunch with our guide below. (Need a spot specifically for your furry friend? We’ve got a guide for dogs too!)
Bangin’ burgers? Check. Dog-friendly patio? Check. Our new go-to spot for a lazy day brunch? Check. Lucky Buns is the perfect spot for the weekend when you just want to roll out of bed, walk the dog, and grab a delicious burger. Read our brunch review, here. 2000 18th St NW, Washington, D.C.
A spacious patio with large umbrellas and a bottomless option? Sign us up. Whether you branch out for an Afghani meal (try the karayee) or stick to the brunch classics, there’s something for everyone here. Read the Bitches review, here . 1847 Columbia Road N.W., Washington, D.C.
Ain’t nothing sweeter than the Tupelo Honey patio in the summer. Cool off with the Mega-mosa (a 10:1 ratio of Prosecco to OJ). It was basically made for brunching Bitches. The Shoo Mercy sweet potatoes pancakes are stellar, too. Read the whole review here . 1616 North Troy St. Arlington, VA
Bravo, Brabo! Celebrate a special occasion on the upscale brick patio. The various savory waffle options on the brunch menu will blow your mind. Read the Bitches review, here . 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA
Hummingbird is situated on a scenic outdoor terrace overlooking the waterfront outside Hotel Indigo. The upscale seafood restaurant nails the grilled octopus and hearty farm fresh salads. Grab a spiked slushee in the green courtyard before you go. Read our review, here . 220 South Union St., Alexandria, VA
Junction Bakery & Bistro
Take your pup for a walk and post up on the sidewalk outside one of our favorite bakeries. Junction is a super cute, casual spot with dynamite pastries, fresh-baked breads and savory brunch entrees. Read our full review here . 1508 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA
You can literally perch atop the town on the balcony at this Bethesda spot. There’s a little something for everyone at this family-friendly restaurant. We can’t stop telling people about the pastry basket. Read the full Bitches review here . 11830 Grand Park Ave suite b, North Bethesda, MD
Okay we know that Millie’s is definitely not in Bethesda (in fact, it’s well within NW D.C. limits) but it’s worth trekking to Spring Valley to hang out on the patio here. It’s super dog- and family-friendly, there’s a walkup ice cream window, and it’s home one of our favorite summer cocktails of all time, the Triple 888 blueberry lemonade. Read the Bitches review here . 4866 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Need a lowkey brunch spot? Pop a squat on one of the picnic tables on North Capitol outside The Pub and The People, one of our favorite neighborhood bars. It’s dog-friendly, come-as-you-are vibes are great for days you’re just too harried to deal. Be sure to treat yourself to a s’moreffle and a local brew. Read the Bitches review, here . 1648 N. Capitol St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
This wine bar gets seriously creative with a pizza oven. Enjoy a relaxed brunch on the ivy covered patio as you dig into a massive cinnamon bun skillet. Plus, if bottomless mimosas are getting old, you can opt for bottomless rose! Read the Bitches review here . 84 T St N.W., Washington, D.C.
Enjoy a delicious and dependable brunch from Lavagna on the intimate, dog-friendly patio. You can’t beat the locally sourced and freshly made fare from this Barracks Row staple. Choose from mascarpone pancakes, eggs Florentine, or $12 bottomless mimosas. Read our most recent review here . 539 8th St. S.E., Washington, D.C.
Intimate and palm leaf lined, the patio at Joselito is a charming way to spend your weekend afternoon. Soak in the sun with the best sangria in D.C. in hand and an assortment of family style of tapas menu items to choose from. Read the review, here. 660 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E.Washington, D.C.
Get ready for a game at the Capital One Center by enjoying brunch on the restored rooftop at Bar Deco. Bitches recommend ordering the chicken & waffles, Hot Brown Benedict, street tacos, and the French toast. Read the Bitches review here . 717 6th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Schedule a brunch date on the sexy new patio at Dirty Habit before shopping downtown. Enjoy a trendy experience coupled with strong libations and satisfying food. Sip everlasting brunch cocktails including a rotating punch and mimosas priced affordably at $16. The Bitches loved lobster poutine, Elvis French toast, and carrot cake. Check out the full review here . 555 8th St N.W., Washington, D.C.
For a parent-approved meal after church, look no further than Zaytinya for an impeccable Mediterranean brunch. The outdoor seating is equipped with a bright sculpture to set the backdrop. Zaytinya is calming and upscale with fantastic food, flavors, and service. We couldn’t get enough of the falafel burger, goat cheese loukoumades, or Duck Shakshuka. Read the review here . 701 9th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Iron Gate has one of the best and most beautiful ivy-covered patios in Washington. Bitches loved their appetizers, like the phyllo pastry, and feta bites. The lemon-ricotta pancakes and steak & eggs are solid mainstays as well. Read our latest review here . 1734 N St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Head downtown to Central for a prix fixe Sunday brunch. The pancrepes are decadent, the goat cheese Caesar is tasty, the chicken & waffles are juicy, and the frittata is refreshing. There is also French onion soup, croque madame, chocolate mousse, and much more. It’s a great spot to relax before or after a day exploring the National Mall. Read the Bitches review here –we gave it an A. 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Take in all that CityCenter has to offer with a posh brunch under the bright umbrellas at Fig & Olive. Choose between the blood orange Bellini, Americano or Piscine cocktails. Keep it light with an heirloom and burrata summer salad or opt for the scrambled eggs with cremini and black trumpet mushrooms. Read about our fabulous experience here . 934 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, DC
THE INN AT LITTLE WASHINGTON
Style / Ambiance: Having twice graced the Forbes List of most expensive restaurants in the United States, the Inn at Little Washington is luxurious dining at its best.
With its sumptuous interior design, award-winning wine list, and inspired, delectable dishes, the restaurant is a Mecca for foodies and wine critics alike. Dine among fellow patrons in the intimate dining room or book a spot at the chef’s table for a more exclusive experience.
Patrick O’Connell, Head Chef
Middle and Main Street, VA 22747
There are three hourly, self-park garages within one block of the restaurant. Numerous metered spaces are also available on Pennsylvania Ave. and the streets just north of the restaurant.
Two Metro stops are nearby, both on the Blue and Orange train lines:
900 18th St. NW: Exit onto I St. NW and walk toward 18th St. NW for about .1 miles, turn left on 18th St. NW
Walk about 410 feet, turn right at H St. NW and walk about 0.1 miles, and take a slight right onto Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Continue on Pennsylvania Ave. for about 230 feet and Founding Farmers will be on your left
23rd St. NW & I St. NW at The George Washington University Hospital: Exit the station
Walk on I St. NW east about 0.3 miles toward 22nd St. NW, take a slight right at Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Founding Farmers will be on your right after about 270 feet
The red DC Circulator stops at three nearby locations: 19th St. NW & K St NW, 20th St. NW & K St. NW, and 21st St. NW & Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
All of our restaurants are well equipped to provide excellent hospitality for all of our guests. Please let us know if you have any access concerns or needs in dining with us. You can make note when making your online reservation, contact us in advance of your reservation, or let us know when you arrive.
The Best Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken in Washington, DC
Peruvian rotisserie chicken (pollo a la brasa) inspires all kinds of infighting. There's the question of what spices belong in the marinade, which chain cooks the juiciest bird, how the skin should be—and that's all before we get to the sauce.
There is one essential truth about the dish: Everyone who loves it knows their favorite place to get it. And with Washington, DC's sizable Peruvian population, there is no shortage of excellent Peruvian pollerias to argue about.
Peruvian chicken is made distinct from the typical spit-roasted bird through the emphasis of charcoal and live fire, which impart a smokier, more woodsy flavor than a gas oven or electric heating element. Seasoned with a marinade of the likes of garlic, cumin, paprika, black pepper, and myriad other spices shrouded in proprietary secrecy, Peruvian chicken is a lot like DC's other signature dish, the half-smoke, in that most iterations share the same fundamentals with subtle twists. Also like the half-smoke, chefs with Peruvian heritage beyond the fast casual pollerias have brought their takes into up-market restaurants.
When done well (not to be confused with well done), Peruvian chicken has a crisp, herb-encrusted skin and a moist, juicy interior. It should spin constantly on the spit so it's crisp all over, and every bite should have a pleasant juicy rejoinder of schmaltz, spice, and smoke.
Then there's the sauces: typically one green and one yellow aji chili sauce, both made with sunny aji amarillo pepper and grassy jalapeno. The green one usually adds cilantro for an herbal note and mayo for creaminess, while the yellow is more streamlined. These sauces bring heat and creaminess while an accompaniment of crisp yucca fries turns a bargain meal into a gut-busting one.
Pollo a la brasa is rarely bad, but many restaurants have consistency issues. Shops that don't make the grade generally tend to do so because birds either cook too long or not long enough. Too much time on the spit chars skin and dries out meat birds left to languish in the warming tray develop soggy skin.
With all of this in mind, here is what is sure to not drum up any controversy whatsoever: Our own survey of the best Peruvian chickens DC has to offer, from strip mall shops to high end restaurants.
El Pollo Rico
Unsurprisingly, we're kicking off our list with the name that's more or less synonymous with Peruvian chicken in the DC area. While plenty of shops vie for the top spot, EPR retains its dominance for its consistency. EPR nails juicy flesh and crispy, spice-and-herb-flecked skin every time, and it's a bankable spot to see what pollo a la brasa is all about. EPR's skin comes reliably crackly, and every square centimeter is generously apportioned with garlic, cumin, and citrus for a harmonious, balanced spice blend.
Better still: A half chicken and EPR's housemade sauces (a chile verde that pops with heat and a creamy aji mayo consider mixing them together) come for just $8.25. It's an easy recommendation to make.
The Chicken Rico cooks massage the house marinade both on the skin and underneath, and the trick works for bringing even more flavor to the flesh of the bird. A half chicken with two sides and the requisite green and yellow sauces is $9.89, which leaves you some wallet space for a wide array of Peruvian dishes like lomo saltado, a worthy marinated beef stir fry seasoned with soy sauce, aji peppers, and cilantro, then heaped over rice and french fries.
Despite the similarity in naming conventions, Chicken Rico is separate, though also popular, chain of pollerias from EPR. Coming from decades of family tradition (their first restaurant opened in Peru in the '70s by the current owner's grandmother), Chicken Rico keeps growing with a new shop on H Street. And I give it the edge over EPR for the marinade treatment that brings so much extra flavor to the skin and meat. Spice, salt, and fresh herbs reach down to the bones, and this extra bite keeps me coming back to Chicken Rico.
Chef Victor Albisu's take on the Argentine asado is replete with grilled meats of all kinds, so there's little surprise that he's included his take on Peruvian chicken ($24 for a half bird). The key to Del Campo's chicken actually comes from another member of the poultry family. Albisu rubs healthy portions of duck fat (infused with cumin, onion, garlic, paprika, and Albisu's own secret ingredients) under the chicken's skin before applying a marinade to the skin. He then broils the bird until the skin achieves the golden luminescence of the best Korean fried chicken, largely thanks to the extra fat and oil applied underneath.
This technique makes the chicken richer, more fatty, and buttery than it'd otherwise be, and the added fat turns the skin turn extra-crisp. The chicken is served with an aji amarillo mayo and a green chili and cilantro purée (that come pre-mixed together) and perfectly crispy, starchy yucca fries, for something that's both excellent comfort food but also a little refined. True, you'll pay more than twice than the price at the spots above, but the ingredients and technique make the premium worth the splurge.
A newly opened Peruvian restaurant on H Street, Ocopa is somewhat of an unconventional inclusion to this list. The menu includes pollo a la brasa ($18 for 3-and-a-half-ounce portions of breast and thigh), but the chicken never sees the inside of a rotisserie. That'd be impractical to install in the under-30-seat restaurant, so instead chef Carlos Delgado cooks his boned chicken sous vide for an hour before finishing it on a gas grill.
His birds are marinated in the same mixture of Peruvian peppers, cumin, garlic, and other spices that you'll find elsewhere, but the meat takes on a different texture from other rotisseried or broiled birds: even more tender and moist, a little less firm. The dish is completed by the familiar aji amarillo, chimichurri, and yucca, along with bits of roast cauliflower and red onions for good measure. Purists may scoff at the modernized presentation, but Delgado makes a compelling case for sous vide, turning an already wonderful dish into something even more chin-drippingly juicy.
18 Farm-to-Table Restaurants to Check Out in Washington, DC
The word “locavore” (defined as, “one who eats foods grown locally whenever possible”) was added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary a few years ago it’s also a concept that rules at many Washington, DC restaurants. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of must-try places to eat that source what’s on their plates from nearby states.
Blue Duck Tavern
Dinner at the Blue Duck Tavern - Michelin-Starred Place to Eat in Washington, DC
Tucked inside the Park Hyatt Washington, this fine American restaurant serves the bounty of the Mid-Atlantic with refreshingly little pretension. Diners enter through the grand front door or like family through the open kitchen. Almost all of the produce – from eggs to crabs (when they're in season) – are locally sourced. Each purveyor receives equal billing to its starring dish on breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. The results are as American as apple pie, and pie just so happens to be its signature dessert.
Chef Matt Baker has turned a former tomato cannery in Ivy City into the Michelin-starred Gravitas, which highlights delicious farm-to-table fare from the Chesapeake Bay watershed in modern space with plenty of exposed brick. You can choose your own culinary adventure with the flexible five- or seven-course tasting menu options, allowing you to sample a range of Baker’s popular dishes (think yellowfin sashimi and an exceptional chocolate ganache that snakes across your plate). Green thumbs can get their kicks sipping on cocktails upstairs at the Conservatory, which includes a greenhouse and garden alive with flowers, fruits and vegetables.
A Rake's Progress
Experience the culinary prowess of acclaimed chef Spike Gjerde at A Rake’s Progress in The LINE Hotel. The James Beard Award-winning chef's airy, mezzanine-level restaurant is devoted to sourcing Mid-Atlantic ingredients, which are cooked to perfection in the large wood-fired hearth. Diners rave about the “trout on a log” (smoked trout with potato dumplings), but it’s hard to go wrong with any dish crafted by Gjerde and his team.
If you’ve never had plant-based tacos – or think you already have an idea of how they would taste – then check your misconceptions at the door of Chaia. This District favorite with locations in Georgetown and Chinatown exudes light-and-airy positive vibes paired with "farm to taco" fare. Chaia’s sustainable focus pays homage to local producers with delightful combinations like roasted butternut squash with goat cheese, chipotle yogurt and mint pressed between a corn tortilla. The tacos pair nicely with an array of fresh sides, including the fan-favorite green rice with feta, herb pesto and pepitas.
Produce and meat from family farms both regional and national (North Dakota beef!) show up on the menu at this Foggy Bottom favorite, where crowds line up for corn bread, deviled eggs, hearty salads, made-from-scratch pastas and signature dishes like chicken and waffles. Drinks, many powered by house-squeezed juices, are also a star in cocktails poured in the rustic-mod, high-ceilinged space.
Farmers Fishers Bakers
Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Washington Harbour in Georgetown, Farmers Fishers Bakers takes the same farm-first approach to dining as Founding Farmers, but with a distinctive menu that makes for a truly different, but just as satisfying, experience. Farmhouse sushi, house-made pizzas, a range of mussel pots and jambalayas are highlights, and do your best to catch First Bake, when customers can enjoy breakfast selections (to-go, if they’d like) and casual seating for a relaxed setting, complete with waterfront views and Wi-Fi access.
Birch & Barley
555 beers. That should be the leadoff to any conversation regarding Birch & Barley and its upstairs partner, ChurchKey, located on vibrant 14th Street. Of course, Birch & Barley also provides an exciting, upscale dining experience, with a menu sporting local and regional ingredients, informed by the flavors comprising beer sommelier Greg Engert’s immaculately curated beer list. And you can bet the best way to enjoy the menu is with the requisite beer pairings.
With locations across much of the Western United States, this healthy fast-casual chain debuted in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood with much fanfare. The brainchild of James Beard Award nominee Sam Fox, Flower Child was created to provide affordable, made-from-scratch dishes that cater to every diet. So yes, you can bring your vegetarian, vegan and paleo friends here for everything from creative salads and small plates to organic grain bowls and wraps.
A vet of acclaimed Charleston spots like McCrady’s, James Beard Award-winning chef Jeremiah Langhorne explores the cuisine of Maryland and Virginia at this Michelin-starred hot spot in Shaw's Blagden Alley, where an open kitchen featuring a wood-fired stove turns out grits milled nearby, Chesapeake seafood and dishes based on historic regional recipes. The throwback setting – a candlelit restored rowhouse – is romantic and relaxing.
Shilling Canning Company
Reid Shilling, the former sous chef at The Dabney, spent two-plus years setting the wheels in motion for his own spot to showcase the delicious bounty of the Mid-Atlantic region. The result is Shilling Canning Company on the Capitol Riverfront, named for the chef-owner’s family company that operated in the Baltimore area during the mid-twentieth century. The oft-updated menu features a raw bar selection, snacks, a range of small plates and large shareable plates like the dry-aged duck crown with preserved plums and black walnuts. The thrice-cooked thick-cut fries are a fan favorite, so make sure to order them on the side if your meal doesn’t include them.
This restaurant located in the Four Seasons Hotel captures the spirit of Georgetown with its lush patio, craft cocktail menu, and attentive service. While it certainly has the upscale atmosphere this neighborhood is known for, the 47-seat outdoor area keeps patio-dwellers cozy with sofas and fire pits. Patrons can enjoy the full cocktail menu from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. each day.
This is one of those patios where it just feels like vacation, all the time. This is a particular favorite for pre-Nats game drinking.
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Chef Charles Phan&rsquos vaunted Vietnamese restaurant at the Ferry Building has a large terrace with a view of the bay and the Bay Bridge.
Rhum agricole-lover Thad Vogler, who designed the cocktail menus for Beretta and the Slanted Door, co-owns this airy, rustic-industrial tavern with a supermodern outdoor patio. Chef Brandon Jew sources ingredients from local farms for seasonal dishes like sweet yellow corn soup with charred peppers.
The restaurant was built by Henry Willard (who also built the famous Willard Hotel) in 1906. The Occidental is known for its photos of presidents, cabinet members, senators, sports heroes, literary greats, and celebrities. It was renovated in 2007 in celebration of its 100th anniversary.
The Washington landmark that dates back to 1958 is located in the U Street corridor, which was once known as "Black Broadway." Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Redd Foxx, Martin Luther King Jr., and even President Barack Obama have been seen eating and just "hanging out" at Ben’s. The casual dining establishment has won many awards and is recognized as a “must go” place to eat when visiting Washington.
Patio pleasures: Some of the best outdoor dining in DC
WASHINGTON — The warm weather is here, and one of the best ways to spend the hot and hazy days (and nights) of summer is on a patio with a cold beverage in hand.
Here are some places to check out if you’re looking to dine alfresco.Calico, an urban backyard tucked away in Blagden Alley, features a 3,000-square-foot patio with communal tables surrounding a large vintage greenhouse. The Eastern Shore-inspired fare created by Chef Nathan Beauchamp is elevated by a beverage program that includes craft cocktails, plus a wide variety of beer and wine. (Courtesy Calico) Casolare’s outdoor patio “The Deck” sits right outside the Glover Park Hotel. The raised patio features boozy Sno-cones in flavors like Blue Passion Lagoon (with vodka, triple sec, blue passion) and serves draft cocktails and bottled sparkling cocktails as well. The menu includes summer favorites like peel-and-eat shrimp, barbecue chicken pizza and smoked pulled pork sliders. (Courtesy Casolare) At Fabio Trabocchi’s Fiola Mare, be transported to the Italian Riviera while really dining on the Georgetown waterfront. The expansive patio offers a variety of sitting options that allows for wonderful views. Fiola Mare is known for highest quality seafood, expertly prepared with an incredible wine list to match. (WTOP/Mike McMearty) Fish by José Andrés at MGM National Harbor has opened its patio for the season. With sweeping views of the Potomac River and communal tables outfitted with built-in beverage coolers, the patio at Fish by José Andrés offers a vibrant setting to try local favorites such as Maryland blue crabs, lobster and shrimp. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) Fix, the outdoor patio at Morris American Bar, debuts just in time to welcome warmer temperatures. The new concept from beverage guru David Strauss celebrates “fix-style” cocktails — drinks, which came into popularity in the 19th century, are basically boozy Sno-cones. Fix Bar’s casual and dog-friendly patio is a departure from Morris’ sophisticated interior. (Courtesy Morris American Bar) Hanks On The Wharf, from Chef Jamie Leeds, is right off the entrance of the new bustling Wharf area. Grab a seat in the wrap-around patio that has dock-level views of all the yachts, boats and passers-by. It’s the perfect place to slurp oysters and snack on lobster rolls and fried Ipswich clams. (Courtesy Hank’s Oyster Bar on the Wharf) Hazel boasts a fun and funky patio, complete with AstroTurf, potted plant-lined brick walls, broad wicker seating and fire pits to keep guests cozy in cooler temperatures. A bright, hand-painted floral mural serves as the centerpiece of the urban garden oasis. (Courtesy Hazel) The Tavern at Ivy City is the outdoor space to whack away at steamed crabs, peel-and-eat shrimp and crack into a fresh Maine lobster. Ivy City’s first neighborhood restaurant, The Tavern at Ivy City, smokes its own seafood and serves the freshest local and seasonal fish available. Its parent company is Profish, one of the biggest seafood purveyors on the East Coast. (Courtesy The Tavern at Ivy City) Primrose has a sunny patio where dinner, weekend lunch and drinks can all be enjoyed. The wine list features hand-selected wines from France, as well as several local options. (Courtesy Primrose) Whaley’s Rosé Garden is the outdoor bar with incredible river views in Yard’s Park. It features more than 10 different rosés, plus frozen drinks, high balls and beer. There’s also a special menu of snacks, including oysters on the half shell, smoked catfish rillette and warm hush puppies. (Courtesy Whaley’s Rosé Garden) Whiskey Charlie is perched atop the 10th floor of the Canopy Hotel at The Wharf. Step outside “The Cabin” — Whiskey Charlie’s indoor lounge — while having a glass of whiskey (duh?) or one of the seasonal cocktails and take in views of the U.S. Capitol, Southwest waterfront, Reagan National Airport and Jefferson monument. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)