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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Washington, D.C. Area

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining in Washington, D.C. Area? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Barca Wine Bar & Pier restaurant
4.5 (1609)
$30 and under
Old Town Alexandria
About the restaurant
BARCA is Old Town Alexandria's newest riverfront neighborhood restaurant. Located in Robinson, BARCA (Spanish for boat) styles shipyard chic and Catalonian coastal influence into a waterfront Pier and Wine Bar. Both indoor and outdoor locales serve up Spanish-Mediterranean small plates, wine, sangria, and cocktails plus weekend brunch.
Top review
Dined 6 days ago
One of my favorites in Old town. Food is excellent. It’s always fun to sit outside by the water. Usually bring my out of town guests here.
A photo of The Point - DC restaurant
4.5 (1379)
$31 to $50
Buzzard Point
About the restaurant
The Point brings the thrill and robust flavors of open flame cooking with the freshest seafood in the city. Perfectly situated at the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, our contemporary design, tranquil open-air patio and premium fire pits, compliment the picturesque and panoramic views. Although we cannot guarantee outdoor patio dining for all of our guests. We will try to accommodate as many requests as we can on a first come first serve basis.
Top review
Dined 5 days ago
We enjoyed it! The seafood risotto is incredible!
A photo of Bistro @ The Porch restaurant
4.5 (24)
$31 to $50
The Plains
About the restaurant
A small restaurant in beautiful The Plains Virginia. A Virginia Wine Country Bistro. You will love our well curated wine list, innovative coktail list and of course our locally sourced menu. Great food and service too! For parties of 6 or more please call 5402532018 Due to limited space we can not except parties larger than 10.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 9, 2024
Fabulous experience. Great service and awesome food.
A photo of Augie's Mussel House and Beer Garden restaurant
4.4 (610)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
PLEASE NOTE****The Patio is first come first serve...we do not reserve it as the weather is unpredictable. NO PATIO RESERVATIONS WILL BE MADE.

Inspired by St. Augustine, the Patron Saint of Brewers, Augie’s Mussel House and Beer Garden in historic Old Town, Alexandria blends traditional Belgium cuisine with a modern twist. Our creative mussel offerings can be thoughtfully paired with one of our extensive Ale selections. Whether you are sampling one of our many brews on the festive patio, or enjoying a waffle and frites in our bespoke dining room, Augie’s has you covered! We locally source the freshest and best ingredients to create our culinary offerings and our in-house beer Cicerones seek out both traditional and innovative brewers to provide a vast selection. The team at Augie’s is ready to take you on a culinary journey.

Top review
Dined 4 days ago
Great Food, drinks, service and is always dependable.
A photo of Not Your Average Joe's Woodbridge restaurant
4.3 (1774)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
Not Your Average Joe's Kitchen & Bar offers a menu inspired by American cuisine. Its menu is stylish, contemporary and includes fresh oysters, gourmet pizzas, rice bowls and a variety of burgers.

Along with an array of beers, its menu includes wines and a wide selection of specialty cocktails. You'll further enjoy a casual and pub-like experience at Not Your Average Joe's Kitchen & Bar. Its decor includes an open kitchen, bench seating and a separate bar area with mounted flat screen televisions all around for watching sporting events.

Located in Potomac Town Center, Not Your Average Joe's Woodbridge is close to a wide variety of shopping, lodging, and entertainment options. Stay nearby at the the Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites, shop at Potomac Mills Mall or Prince William Shopping Center, or watch a movie at the AMC Potomac Mills 18.

Top review
Dined 1 day ago
We've been coming here since the restaurant opened. Overall the food here is excellent and our server even asked if we had any food allergies they needed to know about. That said, I personally feel that they overcharge for a glass of sangria and most bar drinks.
A photo of Harry's restaurant
4.3 (97)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Welcome to Harry's!

Named for Harry C. Groome, the original owner of Airlie House, this signature smart casual Warrenton restaurant honors our agricultural heritage with true pasture-to-plate cuisine. Most ingredients travel just 400 yards from our production farm to our kitchen. And you get to savor these hyperlocal flavors in our cozy, winery-inspired dining room or al-fresco on our inviting lakeside patio.

House specialties include Harry’s Burger (made with our angus beef), smoke spiced wings, Airlie garden salad, and seasonal Flat Breads. Pair your favorite meal with a vast selection of mircobrews, Virginia wines or farm-to-table cocktails.

Please note, we do not accept reservations for our outdoor Patio. This is always on a first come first serve basis.

Top review
Dined 7 days ago
Will was an excellent Server! The Caesar shrimp salad was the best I have ever had! Highly recommend the crab dip too!
A photo of Chevys Fresh Mex - Arlington restaurant
4.2 (114)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Making the best Fresh Mex food from scratch, daily!
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
Great service and the food was good! Will come back.
A photo of Makers Union - Cathedral Commons restaurant
4.1 (28)
$30 and under
Cleveland Park
About the restaurant
Pulling inspiration from the infamous Katharine Hepburn quote muraled to the wall, “If you obey all the rules, you’ll miss all the fun”, we are doing just that. T. Executive Chef Dan Logan curated a brilliant menu featuring handmade pastas, savory dinner entrees and a lunch menu for those on-the-go or others looking for leisure. We offer a two hour parking validation in the Giant Grocery garage, so please make sure to bring your ticket with you.

A few standouts include a Black N’ White Clam Linguini, Grilled Branzino and Southern Surf N’ Turf which includes blackened filet, butter poached Maine lobster, and corn succotash. This location will also highlights a chef-driven brick oven menu featuring a variety of Oven-Fired Oysters, Baked Brie, Flatbreads and French Onion Soup. On the weekend, a brunch Family-Style Menu showcases culinary delights such as Maryland Crab Cake Benedict, Warren’s Fine Fried Chicken & Waffles, and bottomless Mimosas

Top review
Dined 3 days ago
The food was very fresh and good. A great server and a trainee took our order and served our food. The manager seemed to oversee the tables and provided additional items when the servers were occupied with other guests.
A photo of Rappahannock Oyster Bar at The Wharf restaurant
4 (187)
$30 and under
Oyster Bar
Southwest Waterfront
About the restaurant
Rappahannock Oyster Bar (Wharf) occupies the restored historic oyster shed (circa 1912) building at the Municipal Fish Market (the oldest fish market in the United States). The restaurant serves a line up of small plate offerings, wines, craft beers, unique cocktails, and of course, our very own celebrated shellfish.
Top review
Dined on Apr 26, 2024
This place is a decent value. Great ambience. Very good seafood. Deserves better than the reviews state, I think.
A photo of Capitol Square Bar & Grill restaurant
4 (54)
$30 and under
Capitol Hill
About the restaurant
Welcome to DC Capitol Square Bar & Grill!
We are pleased to announce that we are the first family restaurant serving the Hill East neighborhood. Located at the corner of E Capitol & 15th St on Historic Capitol Hill. The Cap Square Bar & Grill wants to be your place for reconnecting with friends and family as we reemerge from the pandemic.
DC Cap Square Bar & Grill is a reflection of our diverse community, and our cuisine aims to reflect that diversity, blending culture, great food, and ambiance for everyday dining as well as important celebrations such as birthdays, graduations, retirements, and rehearsal dinners. We hope that every visit to our restaurant will bring out the nostalgia of our historic Washington DC community and provide a relaxing place to enjoy fresh, healthy food, whether that is breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
We will strive to provide authentic American Cuisine and comfort food that will appeal to a broad variety of tastes with a touch of elegance and sophistication.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
My friend and I went here on Thursday at 6:30. We booked a reservation although it was not needed there were tables open. We were seated immediately and warmly greeted at the door. I started with the Ricky Froze cocktail which was Yummy ! And my friend had the “What a melon” cocktail which was good (just stir it up first) because then it won’t taste as strong lol. The setting was nice to sit outside under the covered patio. One suggestion I have is to have small plates on the table so food can be easily shared. We order the Crab Mac and Cheese which was delicious; full of crab meet and made with cavatappi pasta. I chose this based on other reviews and I was not disappointed! We had the shrimp and grits and the shrimp were meaty and big ! So good! The grits were a bit runny and the seasoning was mild but overall not bad! I ordered the Oxtail with Jollof rice. The oxtail was a bit fatty so not a lot of pieces of meat but the jollof rice was yummy! The inside has a nice bar but a small seating area. Overall ambiance is very fancy!
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