Patio dining can be overrated when it comes to tables near a noisy, busy street. Try one of these restaurants instead, which offer brunch in pretty (and quiet!) al fresco oases.
623 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
The pretty back patio of this Capitol Hill eatery is just as atmospheric as the inside (granted, its more about plants and string lights than stuffed buffalo heads). Chef Andrew Markert dishes up a satisfying brunch—we have our eye on a blue crab scramble with pickled chilies and homemade buttermilk biscuits.
974 Palmer Alley NW
It feels like summer but looks like autumn at CityCenterDC, whose corridors are newly-decorated with a canopy of leaves for fall. Enjoy the best of both seasons and snag an outdoor table at chef Amy Brandwein’s trattoria, which serves a lovely Italian brunch.
1035 31st St., NW
In warm weather, the brick-lined patio between Chez Billy and sister Bar a Vin is filled with guests tucking into French fare like croque madames and gruyere-stuffed omelettes. Swap out the traditional mimosa for a tasty kir royale.
1734 N St., NW
It’s hard to beat Iron Gate’s inner courtyard for outdoor dining, accented with century-old wisteria and dangling lights. Chef Anthony Chittum’s Mediterranean cooking is just as much as a draw, with dishes like baklava cinnamon rolls and eggs in spicy pomodoro sauce.
10801 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac MD
The garden patio of Old Angler’s feels like a country escape, even though it’s a short drive from DC and near the Billy Goat Trail—though you’ll want to change out of hiking clothes to fit the lovely ambiance. Sunday brunch brings a two-course prix-fixe for $32, with dishes like an artichoke salad and smoked salmon Benedict.
818 King St., Alexandria
For something a little different, try this Greek buffet brunch in Old Town, Alexandria. Patrons can fill their plates with salads, dips, spanakopita, and egg dishes, and then head out to a lush garden patio.
1940 11th St., NW
Pick between two patios for brunch at Vinoteca. Our favorite: the Italianate interior courtyard, with easy access to the bocce ball court and a bar for more brunch cocktails. The food is fun, too, with an eclectic mix that includes breakfast bagels alongside duck mole enchiladas.