Food

11 New Restaurants Where You Can Eat and Drink Outside

Explore the patios, roof decks, and water-side tables of these recently-opened eateries.
Cool down with boozy frozen cocktails on Provision No. 14's outdoor patio. Photograph courtesy of Provision No. 14.

All Set

8630 Fenton St., Silver Spring

Order a lobster roll and a dark n’ stormy on the 24-seat patio of this nautical New England spot. Outdoor diners can also take advantage of weekend happy hour—think $1 oysters, $6 wines—which runs from 3 to 6:30 on Saturday, and all day Sunday.

Bar Civita

2609 24th St., NW

Chef Liam LaCivita’s Woodley Park Italian is tucked away off busy Connecticut Avenue, as is the 40-seat patio shaded by umbrellas. Order an herbaceous gin-cucumber martini and graze on house-made charcuterie and cheeses, or try the restaurant’s inaugural al fresco brunch on Sunday.

Sip local beers alongside oysters and wood-grilled fish on Brine’s patio. Photograph courtesy of Brine.

Barcelona Reston

12023 Town Square St., Reston

The patio of Barcelona 14th Street is typically hopping around the clock, and the Reston offshoot is promising to be no different. The spacious, wood-lined patio is a pleasant place to sip sangria and snack on tapas. More in the mood for Mexican? Sister eatery Bar Taco next door also has outdoor real estate.


Brine

2985 District Ave., Fairfax

Rappahannock River Oyster Co. co-owner Travis Croxton just debuted his Mosaic District eatery this week, which seats 70 guests on a wraparound patio. We can imagine a pretty pleasant weekend spent outdoors over raw bar fare and a pint of local beer. The restaurant is currently open for dinner, and all-day Saturday and Sunday starting at 11.

Maketto offers plenty of space to hang outside on H Street, from morning to late evening. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

Maketto

1351 H St., NE

Chef Erik Bruner-Yang’s new Southeast Asian spot has plenty of outdoor spaces to choose from. Grab a coffee and Cambodian sandwich during the day and hang on the upper balcony, or snag a seat around a big communal table in the courtyard at any hour. A rooftop area doesn’t have seating, but guests can mingle with cocktails.

Old Town Pour House

212 Ellington Blvd., Gaithersburg

This Chicago import in the Downtown Crown development goes big all around, offering 90-plus beers on tap and a roomy patio for 92 drinkers. Order a cold Optimal Wit from Alexandria’s Port City and a plate of mini Chicago dogs for a local-meets-midwest experience.

Orange Anchor, the newest spot on the Georgetown Waterfront, is the place to sip beers or orange crushes in the sunshine. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

Orange Anchor

3050 K St., NW

Few things say summer in DC like posting up on the Georgetown waterfront. Settle on the 48-seat patio of this nautical newcomer for a large selection of rums, orange crushes, and beach-y eats like crab fritters, tuna tacos, and shrimp-lobster rolls. Weekend crowds in the neighborhood are a sure bet, so it’s worth checking out a Monday summertime deal that includes $1 oysters and $5 glasses of bubbly ($25 for a bottle) from 7 to 10.

Provision No. 14

2100 14th St., NW

Groups are encouraged on the 61-seat sidewalk patio. Order one of the bar’s many shareable cocktails, such as a refreshing vodka-grapefruit-mint concoction served in a French press. The kitchen follows suit with a variety of communal small plates and platters, such as chili-braised short ribs or a whole suckling pig leg.

Pick between two outdoor spaces at Urban Heights: a dining patio off the first floor (pictured), or the roof deck. Photograph courtesy of Urban Heights.

SER

1110 N. Glebe Rd., Ballston

A bright patio with yellow chairs and flower boxes greets diners, fitting for the menu of Spanish drinks and dishes. Order sparkling sangria—available by the glass or one-liter bottle—and try a variety of paellas, tapas, and items from the Mediterranean-style seafood bar. A lengthy Saturday or Sunday brunch is the time to catch rays; service runs from 11:30 to 4. We like the idea of bloody Maria and a fried egg-jamon Serrano sandwich.

Sette Osteria Logan Circle

1634 14th St., NW

A 45-seat sidewalk patio is a prime spot for 14th Street people-watching at this new sibling to the original Sette Osteria in Dupont. A large menu hits all the Italian classics, from thin-crust pies to carpaccio, pastas and grilled fish.

Urban Heights

7940 Norfolk Ave., Bethesda

Chef Robert Wiedmaier’s new Asian/Filipino spot boasts two outdoor options: a 40 seat dining patio off the first floor, and a slightly larger roof deck above for sipping tropical cocktails like sake-spiked punch. More into live tunes? Sister music-centric bar/restaurant Villain & Saint also has outdoor space, equipped with speakers so guests don’t have to miss the show.

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Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.