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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Washington, D.C. Area

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining in Washington, D.C. Area? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of The Island Hideaway restaurant
4.9 (569)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
Welcome to the Island Hideaway. A family owned and operated restaurant offering an assortment of fresh New American Cuisine ​on Solomons Island! We have done our best to create a warm environment that offers a variety of tasty food.

Please note:
-All reservations are based on a 2 hour seating time
-Reservations outside are NOT guaranteed.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
Staff was wonderful, food was excellent, setting was perfect!
A photo of Meze Restaurant restaurant
4.7 (738)
$30 and under
Adams Morgan
About the restaurant
we have 2 patio up to 60 people sit ..Saturday & Sunday all you can eat &drink brunch. $45 per person .everyday tapas vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, nut free,Halal. menu.full bar, 16 different mojito .
Mediterranean bounty, beauty and modernity. All around the Eastern We will Mediterranean, “meze” (pronounced “MEH-zay”) are small dishes designed to complement a beverage, tease the tastebuds, and encourage diners to linger around the table for good companionship and conversation. On behalf of the owners and staff at Meze, we extend our heartfelt welcome and encourage you to eat, drink, and relax in the Turkish way of having a good time and enjoying life. Private room. Semi private room. If you group bigger than 10 people call the restaurant we can help large groups up to 50 people , patio or indoor .up to 10 people brunch or dinner fix menu only ....
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Enjoyed vibe of Adam Morgan, and the Lamb was excellent!
A photo of Barca Wine Bar & Pier restaurant
4.6 (1660)
$30 and under
Old Town Alexandria
About the restaurant
BARCA is Old Town Alexandria's newest riverfront neighborhood restaurant. Located in Robinson, BARCA (Spanish for boat) styles shipyard chic and Catalonian coastal influence into a waterfront Pier and Wine Bar. Both indoor and outdoor locales serve up Spanish-Mediterranean small plates, wine, sangria, and cocktails plus weekend brunch.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Love this spot. Lovely ambiance, great food & drinks!
A photo of Blackwall Hitch - Alexandria restaurant
4.4 (3920)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Blackwall Hitch is a coastally inspired concept that creates a local connection, blending the area’s finest in ambiance, taste, and talent. Here you’ll find seasonally driven and locally sourced food and spirits, great live music, and the area’s friendliest staff. With just one visit to Blackwall Hitch, you'll be hooked on the flavor!
Blackwall Hitch promotes a comfortable, family friendly and welcoming atmosphere for everyone. We ask guests to support this atmosphere by not wearing clothing with offensive graphics or language, midriff-baring outfits, exposed undergarments, cut-off shorts or tank tops. Blackwall Hitch is a Drug Free Zone, and we prohibit all illicit substances on our property at all times.
Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Amazing service, great food, great prices, and great ambiance!
A photo of Bistro @ The Porch restaurant
4.3 (26)
$31 to $50
The Plains
About the restaurant
A small restaurant in beautiful The Plains Virginia. A Virginia Wine Country Bistro. You will love our well curated wine list, innovative coktail list and of course our locally sourced menu. Great food and service too! For parties of 6 or more please call 5402532018 Due to limited space we can not except parties larger than 10.
Top review
Dined 6 days ago
We set outside under a shady spot. The Porch provides delicious choices for brunch. I had the best ever corned beef hash with eggs over easy and home fries. I can't wait to go back for dinner sometime soon.
A photo of Chevys Fresh Mex - Arlington restaurant
4.2 (116)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Making the best Fresh Mex food from scratch, daily!
Top review
Dined on May 31, 2024
We made a reservation a couple hours before a graduation ending for 20 people, they got us right and took great care of us
A photo of Rappahannock Oyster Bar at The Wharf restaurant
4 (201)
$30 and under
Oyster Bar
Southwest Waterfront
About the restaurant
Rappahannock Oyster Bar (Wharf) occupies the restored historic oyster shed (circa 1912) building at the Municipal Fish Market (the oldest fish market in the United States). The restaurant serves a line up of small plate offerings, wines, craft beers, unique cocktails, and of course, our very own celebrated shellfish.
Top review
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
Perfect day to be sitting on the deck for lunch. The raw oysters were great, fried were good but too much breading for our taste. Salads and tuna tartare rounded out the dishes for our group of four. Service was outstanding
A photo of Lucha Rosa restaurant
3.9 (12)
$30 and under
Mount Vernon Square
About the restaurant
Roof Top Bar located at 11th and K on top of the Moxy Hotel.
Specializing in craft cocktails, agave spirits and selected Latin Americana menu items with flare!
Admittance only for guests 21 and over. Physical ID's must be presented prior to entry. (no photos or digital accepted)

All reservations that grow to be more than 10 people the day of, must speak with a manager. Accommodations will be at management discretion and venue availability.

No outside food and allowed
Corkage fee for wine $50
Plating fee for outside cake $5 per person
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
A total vibe!! Loved my experience! The atmosphere was amazing.
A photo of Capitol Square Bar & Grill restaurant
3.8 (56)
$30 and under
Capitol Hill
About the restaurant
Welcome to DC Capitol Square Bar & Grill!
We are pleased to announce that we are the first family restaurant serving the Hill East neighborhood. Located at the corner of E Capitol & 15th St on Historic Capitol Hill. The Cap Square Bar & Grill wants to be your place for reconnecting with friends and family as we reemerge from the pandemic.
DC Cap Square Bar & Grill is a reflection of our diverse community, and our cuisine aims to reflect that diversity, blending culture, great food, and ambiance for everyday dining as well as important celebrations such as birthdays, graduations, retirements, and rehearsal dinners. We hope that every visit to our restaurant will bring out the nostalgia of our historic Washington DC community and provide a relaxing place to enjoy fresh, healthy food, whether that is breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
We will strive to provide authentic American Cuisine and comfort food that will appeal to a broad variety of tastes with a touch of elegance and sophistication.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 16, 2024
My friend and I went here on Thursday at 6:30. We booked a reservation although it was not needed there were tables open. We were seated immediately and warmly greeted at the door. I started with the Ricky Froze cocktail which was Yummy ! And my friend had the “What a melon” cocktail which was good (just stir it up first) because then it won’t taste as strong lol. The setting was nice to sit outside under the covered patio. One suggestion I have is to have small plates on the table so food can be easily shared. We order the Crab Mac and Cheese which was delicious; full of crab meet and made with cavatappi pasta. I chose this based on other reviews and I was not disappointed! We had the shrimp and grits and the shrimp were meaty and big ! So good! The grits were a bit runny and the seasoning was mild but overall not bad! I ordered the Oxtail with Jollof rice. The oxtail was a bit fatty so not a lot of pieces of meat but the jollof rice was yummy! The inside has a nice bar but a small seating area. Overall ambiance is very fancy!
A photo of Water Bar restaurant
3.4 (29)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
In the heart of National Landing’s Water Park exists a haven that celebrates the essence of life itself – Water Bar. A place where time slows, and worries wash away. Relax on our open air terrace, gaze at the infinity fountain waters and savor locally-sourced seafood, crafted cocktails and an eclectic selection of wine and craft beer. Every corner of Water Bar celebrates coastal traditions and pays tribute to the element that nurtures our very existence.
Top review
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
Great experience! Highly recommend them! Great service, food and conversation. Staff really cares about the customers experience.
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