Balmy nights are the perfect setting for a night out—outdoors, that is. Grabbing a bite to eat or enjoying a sweet drink on the patio is one of the telltale signs of summer. For an unforgettable alfresco experience, these six outdoor eateries will have you coming back for seconds.
The rustic kitchen at Lupe Verde will transport you to Italy. Their menu stretches from brunch to dinner, offering dishes like Agnolotti del Plin and Toast al Tiramisu. This brick corner restaurant’s charming façade is lined with blooming plants around a patio where diners can sit during the spring and summer months.
As one of Washington, D.C.’s newest Japanese restaurants, Zeppelin serves Shaw with charcoal-grilled yakitori and sushi. As an Omakase bar, diners put their trust in the chefs—and it is trust well-earned since Chef Minoru Ogawa has years of hands-on experience. Making their home in one of D.C.’s trendiest neighborhoods, Zeppelin offers outdoor seating on the corner of 9th Street NW.
If you like fried chicken, oysters, and late nights, then Roy Boys is your every wish come true. This Shaw restaurant offers a delicious menu, which includes Nashville hot chicken and peel-and-eat shrimp until as late as 3 a.m. on the weekends. Roy Boys’ indoor-outdoor bar is made possible with convertible glass doors along the perimeter.
For a fine dining experience that embraces a globalized culinary palette, look no further than Reverie. Owner and Chef Johnny Spero passion for an unforgettable dining experience took him as far as Spain while he studied. When he returned and purchased a piece of Washington, D.C. real estate, he brought everything he learned back with him and poured it into Reverie. Now, diners can enjoy scallop Crudo, kanpachi kama, and birch ice cream all in the same meal.
At Fiola Mare, fresh seafood is served with an Italian flare. Their patio overlooks the Potomac, and their seafood is towering. Although their menu does lean heavily on D.C.’s close proximity to the waterfront, it is easily adaptable to suit vegetarian needs. Keep in mind that although their dress code doesn’t require a jacket, they advise a smart casual attire that excludes any torn clothes and athletic wear. Don’t miss their champagne happy hour weeknights between 4 and 7 p.m.
Whaley’s offers a variety of incredible amenities, but watching the river run while sipping a glass of rosé is an experience you wouldn’t want to pass up on. The Rosé Garden’s outdoor bar is intimate, seating only about thirty at a time, and decorated with tropical plants that create a dreamy oasis and makes any day feel like a holiday. An abbreviated menu has been developed by Head Chef Daniel Perron for the perfect afternoon.
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