7 Pretty Patios for Brunch Around DC

Skip noisy spots by the street for these atmospheric garden patios and hidden gems.
Iron Gate's outdoor patio is hard to beat. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

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.

Beuchert’s patio. Photograph via Facebook

Beuchert’s Saloon

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.

Centrolina’s CityCenterDC patio. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Centrolina

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.

The sunny patio at Chez Billy Sud. Photograph via Facebook

Chez Billy Sud

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.

Find a respite from the workday on Iron Gate's patio, open for lunch. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
Iron Gate’s garden patio. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Iron Gate

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.

Relax at Old Angler’s Inn. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Old Angler’s Inn

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.

Taverna Cretekou’s patio oasis. Photograph via Facebook

Taverna Cretekou

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.

Brunch and bocce at Vinoteca. Photograph via Facebook

Vinoteca

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.

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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.