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Look Out for These New Patios This Spring

These new and expanded outdoor seating areas are debuting at restaurants all over town.

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The weather gods may have let us down on the first day of spring, but we're confident warmer temps will be soon upon us so we can lounge in sandals with cocktails in hand.  To prepare for that joyous day, here's a guide of new restaurants that will debut their patios any day now, as well as those that are expanding their outdoor space with additional seating.

Eater will update this guide again in April, so restaurants with new patios coming later this spring should send a note to dc@eater.com.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Big Bear Cafe

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1700 1st St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 643-9222
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Big Bear Café is expanding its cobblestone garden patio to accommodate more guests. Though the patio at the Bloomingdale coffee house and restaurant is open now on the warmer days, the expanded version will open by early May and seat 70.

2. Bastille

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606 N Fayette St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 519-3776
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Bastille promises to open its patio at its new location on the first nice spring weather weekend — so any day now. The enclosed patio seats 40 and borders the courtyard of apartment building The Asher.

3. Bistrot Royal

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1201 North Royal Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Bistrot Royal will also open its 24-seat patio as soon as warmer temperatures grace our region. The sister restaurant of Bastille, the French bistro opened in the former Bastille location.

4. BRABO Restaurant by Robert Wiedmaier

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1600 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 894-3440
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The courtyard will feature lounge-style seating, drinks and bites from the bar and small plates from Brabo Tasting Room starting May 8. The restaurant will host a free event on opening day with Virginia winemaker Claude Thibaut of Thibaut-Janisson Winery with light bites and Virginian wines.

5. Del Frisco's Grille

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11800 Grand Park Ave
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(301) 881-0308
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Del Frisco’s Grille opened its 54-seat patio March 20. Umbrellas with built-in misters will spray guests in the sultry summer months while heaters warm up guests when it’s chilly — like now.

6. PassionFish

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11960 Democracy Dr
Reston, VA 20190
(703) 230-3474
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PassionFish will debut its expanded 50-seat patio and lounge April 1. It includes new lounge chairs (seating 20) and four low coffee tables that now extend to the side of the restaurant. Order happy hour at the lounge and the complete menu on the patio.

7. Penn Commons

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700 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 905-2999
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Located next to the Verizon Center, Penn will unveil its patio April 1. Expect seating for about 15 set up along the sidewalks of 6th Street. It will also function as a beer garden, with a selection of more than 40 beers from across the U.S.

8. Summer House Santa Monica

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11825 Grand Park Ave
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(301) 881-2381
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The beachy, California vibes at Summer House Santa Monica will get more intense when the restaurant opens two patios April. One in the front will seat 24 featuring with house planters filled with boxwood plants, while the restaurant will plant a tree this summer in the back patio, which will seat 16.

9. Stella Barra Pizzeria

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11825 Grand Park Ave
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(301) 770-8609
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The sister restaurant of Summer House, Stella Barra will also its debut its patio April 1. Seating 30, the patio will sport an industrial design and feature fresh flowers.

10. Urbana

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2121 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 956-6650
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The Hotel Palomar’s Urbana is kicking off patio season with a free event April 7 to promote New Columbia Distillery. They’ll serve gin cocktails with New Columbia’s Green Hat gin — like the White Negroni and Cocchi Americano — at their 12-seat patio.

11. Dacha Beer Garden

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1600 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 524-8790
Dacha Beer garden expanded its patio. It's now a larger space with indoor bathrooms. They'll also move into the building next door later this spring. The patio is now open.

12. DBGB Kitchen and Bar

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931 H St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 695-7660
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13. Penn Commons

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700 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 905-2999
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14. Lost Dog Cafe

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808 N Henry St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(571) 970-6511
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15. Hunting Creek Steak

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1106 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

16. Ser

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1110 N Glebe Rd.
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 746-9822

1. Big Bear Cafe

1700 1st St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Big Bear Café is expanding its cobblestone garden patio to accommodate more guests. Though the patio at the Bloomingdale coffee house and restaurant is open now on the warmer days, the expanded version will open by early May and seat 70.
1700 1st St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

2. Bastille

606 N Fayette St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Bastille promises to open its patio at its new location on the first nice spring weather weekend — so any day now. The enclosed patio seats 40 and borders the courtyard of apartment building The Asher.
606 N Fayette St
Alexandria, VA 22314

3. Bistrot Royal

1201 North Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Bistrot Royal will also open its 24-seat patio as soon as warmer temperatures grace our region. The sister restaurant of Bastille, the French bistro opened in the former Bastille location.
1201 North Royal Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

4. BRABO Restaurant by Robert Wiedmaier

1600 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
The courtyard will feature lounge-style seating, drinks and bites from the bar and small plates from Brabo Tasting Room starting May 8. The restaurant will host a free event on opening day with Virginia winemaker Claude Thibaut of Thibaut-Janisson Winery with light bites and Virginian wines.
1600 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

5. Del Frisco's Grille

11800 Grand Park Ave, North Bethesda, MD 20852
Del Frisco’s Grille opened its 54-seat patio March 20. Umbrellas with built-in misters will spray guests in the sultry summer months while heaters warm up guests when it’s chilly — like now.
11800 Grand Park Ave
North Bethesda, MD 20852

6. PassionFish

11960 Democracy Dr, Reston, VA 20190
PassionFish will debut its expanded 50-seat patio and lounge April 1. It includes new lounge chairs (seating 20) and four low coffee tables that now extend to the side of the restaurant. Order happy hour at the lounge and the complete menu on the patio.
11960 Democracy Dr
Reston, VA 20190

7. Penn Commons

700 6th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Located next to the Verizon Center, Penn will unveil its patio April 1. Expect seating for about 15 set up along the sidewalks of 6th Street. It will also function as a beer garden, with a selection of more than 40 beers from across the U.S.
700 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

8. Summer House Santa Monica

11825 Grand Park Ave, North Bethesda, MD 20852
The beachy, California vibes at Summer House Santa Monica will get more intense when the restaurant opens two patios April. One in the front will seat 24 featuring with house planters filled with boxwood plants, while the restaurant will plant a tree this summer in the back patio, which will seat 16.
11825 Grand Park Ave
North Bethesda, MD 20852

9. Stella Barra Pizzeria

11825 Grand Park Ave, North Bethesda, MD 20852
The sister restaurant of Summer House, Stella Barra will also its debut its patio April 1. Seating 30, the patio will sport an industrial design and feature fresh flowers.
11825 Grand Park Ave
North Bethesda, MD 20852

10. Urbana

2121 P St NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
The Hotel Palomar’s Urbana is kicking off patio season with a free event April 7 to promote New Columbia Distillery. They’ll serve gin cocktails with New Columbia’s Green Hat gin — like the White Negroni and Cocchi Americano — at their 12-seat patio.
2121 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

11. Dacha Beer Garden

1600 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Dacha Beer garden expanded its patio. It's now a larger space with indoor bathrooms. They'll also move into the building next door later this spring. The patio is now open.
1600 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

12. DBGB Kitchen and Bar

931 H St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
931 H St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

13. Penn Commons

700 6th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
700 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

14. Lost Dog Cafe

808 N Henry St, Alexandria, VA 22314
808 N Henry St
Alexandria, VA 22314

15. Hunting Creek Steak

1106 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
1106 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

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16. Ser

1110 N Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22203
1110 N Glebe Rd.
Arlington, VA 22203

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