Up & Out


Photo: Equinox Restaurant

Spring has sprung in our DC area and those daffodils are not the only things popping up. Look here, there, and everywhere for all the new outdoor settings at your favorite places. We are pretty sure this is just the beginning. As the days grow longer so will the offers. Check back here for the latest in al fresco dining:

Al Dente Al Fresco
Al Dente offers an expansive dog-friendly patio for you to enjoy their favorite Italian classics. Vist during their daily happy hour from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., which includes half-priced pizzas, $5 glasses of wine, $4 beers and more. 3201 New Mexico Avenue NW; 202.244.2223; aldentedc.com

Apero Patio & Parklet
Find the perfect spot to sip Champagne on Apero’s back patio or on their cozy 12-person parklet. Go on a weekday morning for coffee and pastries, or drinks beginning at 4:00 p.m. Full menu is available from 5:00 p.m. 2622 P Street NW; 202.525.1682; aperodc.com

Bammy’s Breeze Bar
Bammy's riverside patio is open 4:00 pm Wednesday to Friday and at noon on Saturdays and Sundays. In celebration of the patio opening and return of Nationals baseball, co-executive chefs Gerald Addison and Chris Morgan are offering a special Washington Nationals Game Day menu on the riverside. The menu features jerk chicken wings, crispy jerk pork belly, jerk chicken sausage with coleslaw on a potato roll, roasted and salted peanuts with fried thyme, fried green banana chips, and more. Drinks include rum and coke, tropical sangria, and Red Stripe Beer with a shot of Appleton. The full menu is also available to any and all guests. The game day menu is specific to the Breeze Bar. 301 Water Street SE; bammysdc.com

Brasserie Liberté Double Patio
Brasserie Liberté has both a front and a side dog-friendly patio with heat lamps for chilly evenings and string lights. Dine in historic Georgetown, with lunch Monday through Friday and dinner served nightly, along with brunch on Saturday and Sunday. 3251 Prospect Street NW; 202.878.8404; libertedc.com

Café Riggs Garden Terrace
Constructed as six separate outdoor dining rooms, each Garden Terrace hideaway features private seating, cooling fans for those hot DC summer days (and nights) and lavish designs by DC-based florist Amaryllis. The Café Riggs menu, from Chef Patrick Curran (previously of David Chang’s Momofuku D.C.), features the Café Riggs Plateau with oysters, cucumber and caviar, scallop ceviche, shrimp, and crab salad. Café Riggs also recently debuted a lovely Rosé menu, offering a hand-picked selection of rosé wine and rosé champagne by the glass or bottle, to sip this summer outdoors. 900 F Street NW; 202.788.2800; sevenrooms.com/reservations/caferiggs

Colada Shop Rooftop
Colada Shop on 14th Street has reopened its newly revamped rooftop and will be taking resrvations 
via Tock to adhere to socially distanced protocols. The rooftop features a new addition to the repertoire of iconic murals by artist Kilia Llano (@kiliallano). The space will be open seven days, while the upstairs bar will be open for service Wednesday through Fridays from 3:00 to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 1405 T Street NW; coladashop.com

Columbia Room Spritz Garden
Columbia Room has launched The Spritz Garden, an homage to the outdoor cafes in Italy. The Spritz Garden offers a menu of unique spritzes, apéritif cocktails, and snacks to graze on between sips. The Spritz Garden drink list features its namesake drink in a few forms: the Aperol Spritz with Cinzano Prosecco, sparkling mineral water, and aperol; and the Cynar Spritz bolstered with housemade salted grapefruit soda. Other apéritif cocktails will include a Negroni with gin, campari, and sweet vermouth. 124 Blagden Alley NW; 202.316.9396; columbiaroomdc.com

Conrad DC Summit Rooftop
The Conrad rooftop’s new concept is driven by an eco-friendly and socially conscious approach to food and drink. Summit places an emphasis on supporting community partners through local sourcing across the mid-Atlantic region, along with support of local and regional distillers and brewers and female winemakers. Some of executive chef Josh Murray's dishes, like the house pork BBQ, are derived from family recipes and will be prepared using an eco-friendly solar oven. The beverage menu puts a spotlight on the local and regional community of distillers and brewers. A collaboration with DC’s Up Top Acres allows for a “garden to glass” approach to cocktails. The local company creates urban food producing landscapes, so guests can expect garnishes right from the rooftop planter garden that weaves throughout the space. In addition to the social distancing measures in place, there are enhanced cleaning measures in place throughout the hotel. The rooftop venue can also safely and comfortably accommodate groups (within DC capacity guidelines) with a rooftop Pod reservation in the lounge area for a $500 minimum. The Summit Rooftop at Conrad is open Thursday from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4:00 to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6: 00 p.m. 950 New York Avenue NW; 202.844.5900.

The Patio & Parklet at Cork Wine Bar
Cork's outdoor patio and parklet are fully open and taking reservations. Enjoy wine and nosh on snacks al fresco on 14th Street NW. All delivery and take-out options are still available as well. In the coming weeks, Cork will also be hiring staff & getting everything ready to open the downstairs bar & dining room to full capacity.  Outdoor seating available Wednesday through Saturday. 1805 14th Street NW; corkdc.com

The Taproom & Beer Garden at DC Brau 
DC Brau is welcoming back visitors to its taproom at the brewery on Bladensburg Road. In addition to a limited number of tables inside, the brewery is creating an outdoor beer garden in the parking lot between the two silos that will accommodate seating up to 50 visitors at a time. To begin, the taproom and beer garden will be open on Fridays from 4:00 to 10:00 pm, Saturdays from noon to 10:00 p.m, and on Sundays from noon to 6:00 p.m. Curbside pick-up will be available during taproom hours, as well as on Thursdays from noon to 4:00 p.m. Delivery will also continue to be available throughout the District and parts of Northern Virginia. Once at the table, guests will be able to order beer to enjoy on site and to go via a posted QR Code system. As in “pre-pandemic times,” guests are welcome to bring in their own food, and there will be a rotating line-up of food trucks on site on Fridays and Saturdays to enjoy. dcbrau.com

The Doyle Terrace by The House Of Suntory at Dupont Circle Hotel
The Doyle bar’s sprawling terrace is an ideal oasis for cocktails and people watching. This summer, the Doyle is being transformed with a partnership between the hotel and the House Of Suntory, the famed Japanese spirits brand. A special cocktail menu will be available featuring the spirits, including The Secret Garden with Roku Gin, absinthe, and cucumber; the Hokey Toki with Toki Whisky, strawberry shrub, and egg white; and the Ice Cream Parlor with Haku vodka, passion fruit, Morenko’s honey lavender ice cream. These libations can be enjoyed with a menu of light bites such as herb falafel, oysters, tuna tostadas, and cheese and charcuterie boards, as well as heavier fare. The terrace installation will be on through the summer. The Doyle opens at 2:00 p.m. daily and closes at 11:00 p.m. 1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW; doylecollection.com

The Patio at  Equinox
Equinox Restaurant offers a tented and ventilated patio with socially distanced seating for 20 people. Besides the plant-based, locally sourced menu, the patio is also pup-friendly for your furry best friends. 818 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202.331.8118; equinoxrestaurant.com

Foxtrot Patio Pleasures
Foxtrot, DC’s new corner store and local wateringhole, has patio seating at both its Georgetown and Mount Vernon Triangle locations. Through Foxtrot's perks program, members can shop happy hour prices on beer, wine and cocktails in select stores all day long. Grab a bottle of one of Foxtrot’s over 200 wines and two glasses, a charcuterie board, and a dessert for the perfect night out, or bring your furry friends for a puppuccino.650 Massachusetts Avenue NW; 1267 Wisconsin Avenue NW; foxtrotco.com

Martinis & Vibes at The Grill 
The Grill, a sophisticated steak and seafood restaurant with a South Florida vibe (and an impressive array of martini supplies!) is serving up dishes on their Southwest Waterfront patio. Chef Roberto Santibañez and Knead Hospitality and Design's open kitchen sends out steak, seafood, and vegetable plates cooked over charcoal and pecan wood from a Josper Basque Grill, made in Barcelona. 99 Market Square SW; thegrilldc.com 

Masseria Courtyard Experience
Head to the courtyard for a micro Masseria Moment or extend your La Cucina experience with the 'Aperitivo' or 'Dolce' experience.  The Aperitivo experience is a small collection of savory bites and antipasti. If you like a little bit more luxury, add on a caviar service and foienoli to enhance the experience. The Dolce experience begins with a composed cheese bite and is followed by a series of sweet bites. This is an excellent way to enjoy some after dinner drinks and desserts outdoors. If you are a cheese lover, add a cheese plate to your order, or a chocolate lover, add an additional chocolate course as well. Both experiences have the option of adding on pairings (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), cocktails, or wines. Masseria is  taking extra measures to ensure the safety of you and their employees. This includes contactless ordering, distanced tables, and 2-6 guests by the fire pit. Learn more here. 1340 4th Street NE; masseria-dc.com 

Mi Vida on the Water
Chef Roberto Santibañez, in partnership with Knead Hospitality + Design, raises the bar for Mexican cuisine in Washington, DC, with a menu that is inspired by street food and traditional Mexican home cooking. Take in the distinctive and historic Mexican décor (including a modern take on “Árbol de la Vida”) as well as waterfront patio seating while you soak up the sun along with the cuisine. 98 District Square SW; mividamexico.com

Officina Trattoria & Terrazza At The Wharf
A gathering place for all occasions, the doors to the Trattoria have reopened offering the full Officina dining experience within the comfort of their second-floor restaurant. Seating on the rooftop Terrazza continues to be available at the firepits or couches for guests seeking a more relaxed dining experience. Soak in views of the Potomac paired with a selection of seasonal cocktails and lite bites available from the full service bar. Reservations are available online for the Trattoria & Terrazza with bar seating offered on a first-come-first-served basis. 1120 Maine Avenue SW; exploretock.com/officinadc

Turkish Dining on the Ottoman Taverna Patio
Ottoman Taverna offers a vast dog-friendly patio for you to enjoy their signature Turkish cuisine in Mount Vernon Triangle, with lunch available Monday through Friday, dinner nightly, and Saturday and Sunday brunch. 425 I Street NW; 202.847.0389; visitottomantaverna.com

Rose’s Luxury Choose Your Own Adventure Patio & Rooftop Garden
Visit the Rose’s patio for their newest menu format. Everyone at the table chooses two dishes from the menu (so, 3 guests = 6 dishes, 4 guests = 8 dishes, and so on), plus dessert. Menu items may include pork & lychee salad, ice cream and caviar, oxtail barbacoa with fresh tortillas, and more. Prepaid reservations for parties of 2 to 5 are available for $75–$95 per person. Or, experience an upgraded prix fixe menu on their private roof garden with five of your closest family or friends. Minimum & maximum party size is six people, with prepaid reservations at $95 per person. 717 8th Street SE;

Succotash Harbor Dining
Knead Hospitality + Design's Succotash retained their Bib Gourmand for the third year in a row, serving up chef Edward Lee's southern specialties with an Asian twist. Get a taste of the south on their patio at Succotash National Harbour. 186 Waterfront Street, Forrest Heights, MD; succotashrestaurant.com

Yardbird Patio Dining
Enjoy the lovely spring weather on the patio at recently opened Yardbird in Mount Vernon. With seating for up to 170, Yardbird's two patios are the perfect spot to enjoy brunch with friends or an evening cocktail and a bite to eat. Yardbird is known for its farm-fresh dishes like the heirloom field pea hummus, and Southern-inspired fare like Lewellyn's fine fried chicken and the fried green tomato BLT. With an extensive bar menu, and signature cocktails like the Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade and the Yardbird Old Fashioned, Yardbird pleases whiskey and wine drinkers alike. The patio is open during all operating hours with a portion covered in the event of inclement weather. 901 New York Avenue NW; runchickenrun.com 

Deck 11 at Yotel
One of the largest roof decks in DC is kicking summer into high gear with a big splash. The 8,000-square-foot rooftop oasis features a variety of highly stylized spaces including an 800-square-foot pool, private sun decks, top-of-the-line resort cabanas equipped with charging stations, communal fire pits, yard games, DJ booth, VIP section and lounge offering full food and beverage service featuring craft cocktails, local beers, wine, appetizers, salads, crab cakes and sandwiches. The rooftop lounge offers guests a relaxing vibe where they can socialize and unwind in a sophisticated setting that overlooks the U.S. Capitol dome. Enjoy a wide selection of craft cocktails, wine and beer in addition to an exquisite al fresco dining menu created by Chef Danny Chavez, who also serves as chef for Art and Soul, the renowned restaurant on the main level. Deck 11 is open daily and offered complimentary for hotel guests while public day passes are available at $50 per person. Cabana rentals are offered for both hotel guests and the public at $300 per day. 415 New Jersey Avenue NW; Deck11rooftop.com