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

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Updated 05 February 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 analyses 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 book, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The Island Hideaway restaurant
4.8
4.8 (543)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Solomons
About the restaurant
Welcome to the Island Hideaway. A family owned and operated restaurant offering an assortment of fresh New American Cuisine ​on Solomons Island! We have done our best to create a warm environment that offers a variety of tasty food.

Please note:
-All reservations are based on a 2 hour seating time
-Reservations outside are NOT guaranteed.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on 22 Feb 2024
This is our go to place! Never let’s us down. From seafood to a nice steak. Wife had the Halibut special and I had the filet mignon. Cooked to a perfect med rare. We always spilt a home made dessert. Our go to is the toffee crunch. We had the special appetizer of the calamari. Thanks. See ya next time!
A photo of Ada's on the River restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3169)
$30 and under
American
Old Town Alexandria
About the restaurant
Built around a custom wood-burning oven and featuring stunning panoramic views of the Potomac River, Ada's on the River draws inspiration from the ingenuity of Ada Lovelace, one of the greatest mathematicians of the 19th century. Ada's menus feature a selection of wood-fired prime steaks, fresh seafood and vegetarian fare, in addition to an extensive beer, wine and cocktail list.
Top review
SharonD
Dined 7 days ago
Fantastic experience! Three of us went there to share our birthday, and the food was outstanding. We all really enjoyed it.
A photo of Barca Wine Bar & Pier restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1572)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
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
Jess
Dined 2 days ago
Atmosphere & food were phenomenal. Can’t wait to come back during the summer.
A photo of The Arsenal at Bluejacket restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1051)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Navy Yard
About the restaurant
The Arsenal is the 200-seat restaurant & bar housed within the brewery, Bluejacket. The menu updates, refines and extends the classic fare of beer halls and public houses by featuring the best locally sourced products available and highlighting reinterpretations of hearty classics such as steamed mussels, artisanal sausages and more. Gourmet sandwiches, seasonal salads & vegetables, alongside approachable bar snacks are the perfect accompaniments to a signature Bluejacket brew.


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Roxaroni
Dined on 25 Feb 2024
Loved the ambiance. The service was attentive without being too rushed. The food was great. Fantastic, homemade tater tots that were creamy inside and crunchy on the outside with excellent dipping sauces. My partner doesn’t usually like fish but I had to keep him from eating all the trout, which was super tasty. Wine and beer were excellent too. Overall was a great experience.
A photo of Iron Gate restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2833)
$50 and over
Mediterranean
Dupont Circle
About the restaurant
Iron Gate, located near Dupont Circle, stands as one of the district’s oldest continuously operating restaurants and is split between a sumptuous dining room, a wisteria covered patio and a handsomely enclosed carriageway that houses the bar.

Chef Anthony Chittum, a native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and his team have revitalized the space with a menu that takes inspiration for the cuisines of Greece, Sicily, Sardinian and Southern Italy, interpreting those traditions and techniques using the finest products and seasonal ingredients of the Mid-Atlantic.

Iron Gate also serves as an idyllic oasis for fine private events both large and small, so please consider us when planning your next fête, we'd love to have you as our guests.

Top review
RalphZvip
Dined 7 days ago
Wonderful food and service, nice rooms (indoor and out). A very historical restaurant with a new modern twist with their chef. Highly recommended…
A photo of Silver Social restaurant
4.5
4.5 (135)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Navy Yard
About the restaurant
Silver Social by Executive Chef Ype Von Hengst offers a creative menu of elevated comfort food and contemporary American sharing plates to complement our craft drink menu.
Located on the second floor above Silver Diner, Silver Social’s unique feature is a 50-seat covered outdoor terrace overlooking Nationals Park.

Rules & Restrictions: 16+ accompanied by an adult till 9:00pm. 21 and Up only after 9:00pm

Your table will be reserved for 1 hour 30 minutes for parties up to 6 people. The entire party must be present to be seated. If you can’t make your reservation, please cancel it 30 minutes in advance.

We accept online reservations for parties of 1 to 6 persons. For parties of 7 to 9 persons, please call the restaurant for availability. For any larger groups please contact our Event Planner Rebecca Morris at rmorris@eatatsilver.com

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CatriceS
Dined on 25 Feb 2024
Overall it was good. My first time brunching there and The shrimp and grit cakes were horrible. It taste like tomato paste with salsa and not mixed very well. Outside of that item on the menu. The drinks were very good.
A photo of Sushi Rock restaurant
4.4
4.4 (846)
$30 and under
Asian
Arlington
About the restaurant
Sushi Rock is a combination of love, passion and perspective. It is the love to eat good food and drink well while doing so with great people. In providing the place for people to do this, Sushi Rock represents the perspective that both can be done in a fun and entertaining environment full of energy. Sushi Rock embodies the opportunity to be the local watering hole, the destination, the cozy meet-up place, the big group place or the special event place. Whatever the patrons needs, we believe Sushi Rock is the one place where everyone can feel comfortable in any size group sharing themselves, sharing a drink, and/or sharing good food.
Top review
KarinRvip
Dined 2 days ago
The servuce was excellent, I would like to commend Eli, he was a great server.
A photo of Harry's restaurant
4.4
4.4 (86)
$30 and under
Farm-to-table
Warrenton
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
garys
Dined on 17 Feb 2024
Good service food choices good manager was great checking on guests would definitely recommend to others and return again.
A photo of Augie's Mussel House and Beer Garden restaurant
4.4
4.4 (588)
$30 and under
American
Alexandria
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Very loud, could use more noise softening. Very friendly waiter!
A photo of Swan Point - The Point Grill restaurant
4.3
4.3 (83)
$30 and under
American
Waldorf
About the restaurant
Swan Point - The Point Grill & Country Club is open to the public for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday in season and Wednesday through Sunday in the Winter, serving soups, sandwiches, salads, entrees and seasonal dishes made fresh daily.

Please call 301-259-0047, ext. 412 for reservation help.

Be sure to check out our website for upcoming special events, such as Brunch, Oyster Night, and more!
https://swanpointgolf.com/upcoming_events/

Top review
JanKvip
Dined on 28 Jan 2024
Great brunch! The shrimp and grits and prime rib were awesome.
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