Whaley’s Rosé Garden Is Back With Rum-Filled Coconuts and Nasturtium Leaf Tacos

Plus lots of rosé, of course!

Whaley's Rosé Garden is covered in tropical plants and pink umbrellas. Photo by Rachel Maucieri.

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One of DC’s most popular outdoor drinking oases is back for another summer. The Rosé Garden at Navy Yard seafood restaurant Whaley’s debuts on Saturday (weather permitting) with tropical plants, pink-striped umbrellas, and even more rosé than last year.

The biggest new highlight, though, is off-menu. Each day, the Rosé Garden will offer around 20 whole coconuts filled with their water. Spike the coconut juice with your choice of rum, and when you’re done, they’ll refill it with a pina colada. The special will go for about $25 (or more depending on which rum you choose).

Whaley's Rose Garden pina colada
Drink a pina colada under a pink umbrellas. Photo by Sally Irmer.

Frozen pina coladas are also available sans coconut for $15, alongside frozen Cosmos. If you’re keeping with the Rosé Garden theme, 14 rosé wines will be sold by the bottle (mostly in the $40 range) and seven by the glass. Highballs and a couple beers round out the drink menu.

Whaley's Rose Garden 2018
Oysters and small snacks. Photo by Sally Irmer.

Chef Daniel Perron has whipped up a few snacks, including an oyster of the day, smoked blue catfish rillettes, and shrimp tacos that use nasturtium leaves in the place of tortillas. The menu also has its own contribution to the fancy toast trend: grilled ramp toast with whipped ricotta and Italian summer truffle for $18.

The 30-seat patio overlooking the Anacostia River will not take reservations. If last year is any indication, you’ll want to get there early.

Whaley’s. 301 Water St., SE, Suite 115. 202-484-8800. 

Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.