Seven Posh Spots for an Outdoor Meal

Outdoor seating at Barcelona Wine Bar

With this gorgeous weather lately, now is the perfect time to enjoy some nice outdoor dining. Below, we list seven local favorites. Bon appétit!

Bar Civita
2609 24th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 588-1211

New to Woodley Park, this spot boasts delicious seafood pasta and mussels and is the perfect place to unwind after a long day. One diner raves, “The happy hour is awesome; the patio is great as well as sitting inside.”

Lost Rhino Retreat
22885 Brambleton Plaza
Ashburn, VA 20148
(703) 327-0311

Enjoy a bottle of beer fresh from their brewery and dine on delicious entrees from Pan Seared Salmon to the Island Jerk Chicken sandwich. One customer says, “Brambleton has needed this spot for quite some time.  This location sat empty for quite some time before Lost Rhino came into the Town Center. It is a beautiful location with outdoor seating as well as indoor.”

Barcelona Wine Bar
12023 Town Square Street
Reston, VA 20190
(703) 689-0700

Chicken and Jamon Croquettes and Chorizo y Aroz, to name a few, await you at this Spanish-themed restaurant in Reston. Katie S. on Yelp says, “I love the look of the restaurant! It is very unique to Reston Town Center, in that it is a nice warm space and rich dinning area that blends the outside patio space seamlessly with the inside.”

Big Bear Cafe
1700 1st St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 643-9222

Big Bear Cafe sources fresh food from local farms, dairy producers, and vendors that is sure to please your taste buds. A quaint cobblestone garden patio is perfect for outdoor dining. Yelp foodie Erica C. raves, “I love Big Bear. It’s been one of my go to place since it opened. My friends and I love the feel of this cafe…The coffee never disappoints and the sandwiches are to die for, the Reuben is the one you must try.”

Blackwall Hitch
5 Cameron Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(571) 982-3577

Outdoor seating at Blackwall Hitch boasts a view of the water in scenic Old Town Alexandria. Serving up Chesapeake-inspired food and live music from local and touring musicians, this is one place you have to try. The menu offers gluten-free options, an oyster bar, and even a late night menu. Blackwall Hitch is sure to please diners.

Don Tito
3165 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 672 5395

What could be cooler than rooftop dining? Well, Don Tito offers just that. One yelp foodie says, “This place is great. Out of the countless rooftop bars in the area, this one is by far the best. Located conveniently by the metro, this Latin inspired restaurant is truly a gem.” With Latin inspired meals like Fried Avocado with Tomato-Jalapeño Salad Tacos and Blackened Ribeye, Don Tito offers something for everyone.

Empress Lounge at Mandarin Oriental
1330 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, D.C. 20024
(202) 787-6868

Complete with fire pits that add a warm vibe to the new patio, Empress Lounge at Mandarin Oriental is sure to please. The summer terrace menu offers tantalizing dishes like Goat Cheese Skewers and Kobe Beef Sliders that are the perfect pairs to Hazelnut Shrimp or Roasted Brussels Sprouts. After dropping by for afternoon tea, Nandini M. on Yelp raved, “I FINALLY tried afternoon tea at the Mandarin and it was amazing!  The pastries were light and fresh;  the sandwiches were savory and filling; the jam, honey, cream and lemon curd plentiful; the tea was loose leaf; and the setting was pretty and relaxing.”

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