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A Running List of D.C. Restaurants and Bars Reopening for Outdoor Seating

Patios, rooftops, and gardens will start hosting customers on Friday, May 29

Daikaya Group’s Haikan starts limited patio seating on Friday in Shaw.
John Cole/Haikan

D.C. restaurants and bars with patios, rooftops, and gardens can officially reopen to eaters and drinkers on Friday, May 29. The outdoor dining option — the city’s first go at sit-down service since COVID-19 led D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to order a dine-in ban in mid-March — was officially approved Wednesday.

There are a few restrictions: tables will have a six-person maximum and must be spaced at least 6 feet apart. Everything from restaurants with brand new patios (King Street Oyster Bar) to Michelin-rated spots (Gravitas) to mainstays (Cafe Milano) plan to reopen right out of the gate.

Here’s a running list of restaurants that have shared their plans on social media or confirmed them directly with Eater. Send us a tip at dc@eater.com to be included.

Agua 301: The waterfront eatery in Navy Yard will open Friday with a maximum of 10 tables (four-tops) at a time. 301 Water Street SE

Chef Geoff’s: The vet D.C. chef will reopen his sprawling upper Northwest patio for sit-down service from noon to 9 p.m. 3201 New Mexico Avenue NW

Maxwell Park: The Shaw wine bar will open its patio at 2 p.m. (and until 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays), with sit-down service on bottles (only) of wine and a Middle Eastern menu from Michael Rafidi. Co-owner Brent Knoll expects his Navy Yard patio to reopen the following Friday. 1336 9th Street NW

King Street Oyster Bar: The NoMa newcomer will unveil its patio for the first time, outfitted with eight tables. 22 M Street NE

Seven Reasons: Starting Sunday, May 31, the 14th Street Latin hot spot has a detailed game plan for rebooting its summer patio (Tuesday to Sunday, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.). 2208 14th Street NW

Reservations must be made online and require a $50 per person deposit, which can be applied towards a food and drink minimum. Reservations may be cancelled 24 hours in advance. After that, the ticket won’t be refundable unless there is a health reason; tickets can also be transferred. There will be a time limit of two hours and 15 minutes for tables of four, and two hours for tables of two. In lieu of tips, a 22 percent service fee will be added to every check.

Immigrant Food: For fast-casual global fusion bowls from Seven Reasons chef Enrique Limardo in a downtown patio. 1701 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Gravitas: The Michelin-rated tasting menu destination in Ivy City will start service on its newly expanded first-floor patio lounge and upstairs rooftop bar, with tasting menus served across both. 1401 Okie Street NE

Espita: For Oaxacan-style dishes in Shaw 1250 Ninth Street NW

Rasika West End: For acclaimed Indian dishes in Foggy Bottom (weather permitting). 1190 New Hampshire Avenue NW

Sababa: For Israeli salatim, kebabs, hummus, and shared plates in Cleveland Park. 3311 Connecticut Avenue NW

Equinox: For destination Mid-Atlantic eats from chef Todd Gray. 818 Connecticut Avenue NW

Cafe Milano: For scene-y Georgetown vibes (though reservations across its 10 outdoor tables are already all booked up for Friday and Saturday nights). 3251 Prospect Street NW

Ankara: For Turkish bites in Dupont Circle. 1320 19th Street NW

Farmers Fishers Bakers: For seafood on the Georgetown Harbor. 3000 K Street NW

Nina May: For seasonal soft shell crab in Shaw. 1337 11th Street NW

Duffys Irish Pub: For Irish pub fare on H Street. 1016 H Street NE

Copycat Co: For back patio cocktails on H Street. 1110 H Street NE

Walters Bar: For a Navy Yard sports bar staple. 10 N Street SE

Mr Henrys: For a familiar Capitol Hill corner pub. 601 Pennsylvania Avenue SE

Canopy Central Cafe and Bar: For hotel cocktails on the Wharf. 975 7th Street SW

Mortons: For downtown steaks (but not cigars) starting at 4 p.m. 1050 Connecticut Avenue NW; Landry’s sister spots Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse and The Palm also unveil patio seating on Friday.

Medium Rare: For dry-aged sirloin and salads in Cleveland Park. 3500 Connecticut Avenue NW

Sette Osteria: For plenty of pastas on two visible D.C. strips. 1634 14th Street NW; 1666 Connecticut Avenue NW

La Piquette: For an upscale French bistro in Cathedral Heights. 3714 Macomb Street NW

Napoli Pasta Bar: For coastal Italian in Columbia Heights. 2737 Sherman Ave NW

Karma Modern Indian: For Indian-leaning dishes and cocktails in Chinatown. 611 I Street NW

Belga Café and The Betsy: For Belgian bites and rooftop gin elixirs on Capitol Hill. 514 8th Street SE

Silver New American Brasserie: For a lengthy list of all-day diner classics in Cathedral Heights. 3404 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Al Dente: For pastas and pizzas in upper Northwest. 3201 New Mexico Avenue NW

Brasserie Beck: For mussels and Belgian beers across a spacious patio (up to 50 can be seated at a time) 1101 K Street NW; opens Saturday

Centrolina/Piccolina: Chef-owner Amy Brandwein’s wood-burning Italian restaurant and sibling all-day cafe in CityCenter are taking patio reservations on Tock. Centrolina reservations offer a $52, prix fixe with two options for each course, like a 10-layer crab cake, ricotta ravioli, or a peach crostata. Dinners are limited to 1 hour, 45 minutes. Piccolina reservations require pre-ordering off an a la carte menu ($25 minimum) and time limits for brunch (1 hour) and dinner (1 hour, 45 minutes). 974 Palmer Alley NW; 963 Palmer Alley NW

Mikko: For Nordic cafe fare in Dupont. 1636 R Street NW

Et Voila! Restaurant: For reliable European eats in the Palisades. 5120 MacArthur Boulevard NW

Dacha Beer Garden: For al fresco beers, bratwurst, and burgers in Navy Yard and Shaw (reopening day hours are 2 p.m. to midnight). 79 Potomac Avenue SE; 1600 7th Street NW

Red Bear Brewing: For brews and bites in NoMa. 209 M Street NE

Biergarten Haus: The German bar in the Atlas District will be opening its roof deck and patio starting at noon over the weekend. 1355 H Street NE

Public Bar Live + Sauf Haus: The pair of Dupont bars open their rooftop patios from noon to midnight. 1214 18th Street NW; 1216 18th Street NW

Teddy & The Bully Bar: For whiskey cocktails and American eats in Dupont. 1200 19th Street NW

Cinder BBQ: The meaty Petworth destination opens at 4 p.m. with discounted bottles of wine, cocktails and spirits and weekend food specials. 800 Upshur Street NW

City Winery: For rooftop wines in Ivy City (plus branded face masks for sale). 1350 Okie Street NE

Fiola Mare, Sfoglina Downtown, Sfoglina Van Ness: For a trio of Fabio Trabocchi’s seafood and Italian spots spread across the city. Multiple locations

Proper 21: For an upscale sports bar in the heart of downtown. 1319 F Street NW DC

The Eastern: For al fresco wines on Capitol Hill. 360 7th Street SE

Convivial: For a French favorite in Shaw. 801 O Street NW

Haikan: For cocktails and quick Japanese snacks from chef Katsuya Fukushima in Shaw. 805 V Street NW

Residents: For a palm-filled Dupont patio serving expert espresso martinis. 1306 18th Street NW

Ambar: The Balkan brand’s Clarendon location is opening up 38 patio seats with reservations through OpenTable. 2901 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia

Buena Vida Social Club: Ambar’s sibling Mexican restaurant is opening up its rooftop (weather permitting) and the patio at Tacos Tortas Tequila on the ground floor. 2900 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia

Valor Brewpub: For a veteran-owned brewery on Barracks Row. 723 8th Street SE

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