About Open-Air Dining
The height of a DC summer isn’t when we’d typically put together a guide to eating alfresco. Nowadays, though, a restaurant’s plant-filled rooftop or charming patio feels as important as its food. If you’re ready to get out, here are 77 favorite ways to dine under the sun, shade, and stars (and stay six feet apart!) right this very moment.
Part of our series of 77 favorite ways to dine under the sun, shade, and stars (and stay six feet apart!).
1. Dogfish Head Alehouse (Gaithersburg, Fairfax, and Falls Church)
Go for the double patty basted in barbecue sauce and amped up with bacon, cheddar, and onion rings.
2. Garden District (1801 14th St., NW)
The snug beer garden’s classic, just-messy-enough cheeseburger is a candidate for best in town. Don’t forget the fried pickles, too.
3. Green Pig (1025 N. Fillmore St., Arlington)
The secret to this cheeseburger’s decadence? Bacon is ground into the patty—and served on top of it.
4. Lucky Buns (2000 18th St., NW)
The Southwestern-style El Jefe’s hatch-green-chili relish is mellowed by shredded lettuce and Gouda and cotija cheeses.
5. Red Derby (3718 14th St., NW)
This Columbia Heights hangout serves the quintessential bar burger, with standard-issue condiments but a juicy and thick patty.