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The Resy Guide to Outdoor Dining in D.C.


Washington, D.C. is a height-restricted city — meaning there are few buildings to block those awe-inspiring views from roof decks and patios. We have, in other words, the perfect city for outdoor dining.

Whether you’re looking for a rooftop bar and restaurant with monumental views on Capitol Hill, a brunch alongside the Potomac River, or wine in a backyard garden in Park View, options abound to eat and drink al fresco.

This time of year, when the weather cooperates, it’s almost a given to book a table outside. To help you enjoy it all, here are a dozen of our favorite bars and restaurants that embrace the great outdoors in our nation’s capital.