These High-Style DC Patios Are Perfect for Day Drinking

Grab a spritz—or a pouch—under the sun.

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!).

Park View’s Mr. Braxton Bar & Kitchen (3632 Georgia Ave., NW) serves lemongrass-scented spritzes on its patio, which is painted like a spiraling rabbit hole. Trippy!

Prefer your booze in Capri Sun–like pouches? Order a gin lemonade or three at Calico (50 Blagden Alley, NW) in Shaw—just make sure you show up with a reservation.

And when you spend an afternoon on the hopping patio at Le Diplomate (1601 14th St., NW), things almost feel . . . normal? Maybe that’s the Provençal rosé talking.

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.

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.

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.