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20 Covered Patios Around D.C. for Outdoor Dining Rain or Shine

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Want to dine outside without constantly checking the weather report? Restaurant owners across the District, Maryland, and Virginia have invested in patio setups that can shield diners from rain and sun. Here’s where to find covered patios, including temporary streetside structures — the cubbies at Le Diplomate and St. Anselm are particularly impressive — as well as outdoor dining spaces covered with permanent roofs, like at Shaw staple Espita, Colada Shop’s new location in Potomac, Maryland, or recently opened Dauphine’s downtown.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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1. Bark Social

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935 Prose St
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(240) 253-6060
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People can shelter under a covered patio at this fancy dog park and beer garden in North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose complex while their pets play outside regardless of the weather. In addition to food, Bark Social serves espresso drinks from Annapolis roaster Ceremony and pour-your-own beers from Montgomery County breweries like Denizens, Astro Lab, and Waredaca.

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2. Colada Shop (Potomac)

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7993 Tuckerman Ln
Potomac, MD 20854
(240) 332-8870
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Fast-casual Cuban cafe Colada Shop expanded to Potomac this spring, and its fourth location includes tables under a covered patio.

3. Aracosia McLean

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1381 Beverly Rd
McLean, VA 22101
(703) 269-3820
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This local favorite for vegan-friendly Afghan cuisine dressed up its McLean location with a covered outdoor dining space featuring a canopy and string lights.

4. Makan

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3400 11th St NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20010
(202) 730-2295
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Awnings provide shade for sidewalk tables on the patio at Makan, a Columbia Heights destination for Malaysian cuisine with memorable homemade condiments.

5. The Midlands Beer Garden

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3333 Georgia Ave NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20010

There’s an indoor/outdoor feel to this sprawling beer garden in Park View thanks to covered patios and plenty of umbrellas shield patio drinkers from the rain. Stick around for flights of German, Belgian, and local beer.

6. Service Bar DC

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926-928 U St NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20001
(202) 462-7232
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This U Street cocktail bar added outdoor seating with a corrugated metal roof this winter. Order drinks like a rhubarb vodka soda or an old fashioned. Fried chicken is the go-to here, but a beefed-up menu now includes options like crab mac and cheese, eggplant Parm, and steak frites.

7. The Royal

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501 Florida Ave NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20001
(202) 332-7777
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The Royal went all out building its covered patio, adding greenery, light fixtures, and even colorful butterflies as decor. The all-day cafe with a Latin bent serves everything from Bullfrog bagels and cream cheese to beef arepas.

8. Other Half Brewing: DC

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1401 Okie St NE, Washington
D.C., DC 20002
(202) 747-0050
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A wooden structure shields drinkers at this Brooklyn brewery’s new-ish D.C. taproom and production facility in Ivy City, which boasts 20 draft pours at a time. Seats are available on first-come, first-serve basis on the covered outdoor deck.

9. DCity Smokehouse

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203 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 733-1919
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Order pit-smoked wings with a side of cilantro ranch at this popular barbecue spot, which added a tent for dining outdoors in inclement weather. 

10. Annie's Paramount Steak House

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1609 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 232-0395
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Opened in 1948, this James Beard award-winning landmark for D.C.’s LGBTQ community serves up classics like steaks, chicken parmesan, burgers, and fried clam strips in a decorated covered patio space. Annie’s takes up multiple blocks on 17th Street NW, but neighbors like Agora, Astoria, and (recently reopened) the Commodore all have similarly strong setups.

11. Nina May

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1337 11th St NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20001
(202) 518-3609
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In March, Nina May debuted a covered, all-weather patio with a roof that retracts and glass sides that can lower depending on the weather. The farm-to-table restaurant in Shaw offers multiple outdoor dining spaces, including a covered roof deck.

Nina May’s patio
Photo: Nina May

12. St. Anselm

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1250 5th St NE, Washington
D.C., DC 20002
(202) 864-2199
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St. Anselm built an impressive covered, cubicle-like structure on its patio near Union Market for outdoor dinners, lunches, and brunches starring buttermilk biscuits, cinnamon roll monkey bread, and NY strip steak.

13. Espita

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1250 9th St NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20001
(202) 621-9695
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This Oaxaca-influenced restaurant responded to the pandemic by launching a Ghostburger pop-up and relying on its fully covered side patio.

14. Tiger Fork

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922 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 733-1152
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Tiger Fork serves Hong Kong delicacies and snacks in Blagden Alley, with a metal roof shading its patio dining space. 

15. Dauphine’s

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1100 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 758-3785
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Long Shot Hospitality spared no detail in the design of its highly anticipated New Orleans-style restaurant, which includes an entirely covered garden patio within the Midtown Center development downtown. The menu includes “muffaletta boards” full of charcuterie, po’ boys with fried oysters and beef cheek debris, and shellfish gumbo, all complemented by high-level cocktails that nod to the Big Easy.

16. Union Pub

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201 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington
D.C., DC 20002
(202) 546-7200
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Sports bar Union Pub, a Capitol Hill fixture, seats guests outside on a shady patio with an awning and a menu featuring Jello shots, mini corndogs, and buckets of Buds.

17. The Grill

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99 Market Square SW, Washington
D.C., DC 20024
(202) 916-5996
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At The Grill, climate controlled patios look out on the Southwest waterfront. American classics and wood-fired steaks are served alongside a vibe that’s meant to evoke South Florida.

18. Cantina Bambina

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960 Wharf St SW, Washington
D.C., DC 20024

This covered dock bar at the Wharf is open on the weekends, serving local beers and drinks with beachy names like Bananarama alongside a very short list of snacks.

19. Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap

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401 E Braddock Rd
Alexandria, VA 22301
(703) 683-5330
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In Del Ray, Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap turned a bland parking garage into Lena’s Oasis. The top floor of the parking deck is now a 5,200-square-foot tented space with elaborate decor. (Inside, the theme at The Loft at Lena’s is “Full Bloom,” with spring florals everywhere.)

The spring theme at The Loft at Lena’s is “Full Bloom”
Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap

20. BARCA Pier & Wine Bar

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2 Pioneer Mill Way
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 638-1100
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A former shipping pier in Old Town Alexandria is home to a bar made out of retrofitted industrial freight containers. Order passion fruit frojitos looking out on the Potomac while shaded from the sun.

1. Bark Social

935 Prose St, North Bethesda, MD 20852
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

People can shelter under a covered patio at this fancy dog park and beer garden in North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose complex while their pets play outside regardless of the weather. In addition to food, Bark Social serves espresso drinks from Annapolis roaster Ceremony and pour-your-own beers from Montgomery County breweries like Denizens, Astro Lab, and Waredaca.

935 Prose St
North Bethesda, MD 20852

2. Colada Shop (Potomac)

7993 Tuckerman Ln, Potomac, MD 20854

Fast-casual Cuban cafe Colada Shop expanded to Potomac this spring, and its fourth location includes tables under a covered patio.

7993 Tuckerman Ln
Potomac, MD 20854

3. Aracosia McLean

1381 Beverly Rd, McLean, VA 22101

This local favorite for vegan-friendly Afghan cuisine dressed up its McLean location with a covered outdoor dining space featuring a canopy and string lights.

1381 Beverly Rd
McLean, VA 22101

4. Makan

3400 11th St NW, Washington, D.C., DC 20010

Awnings provide shade for sidewalk tables on the patio at Makan, a Columbia Heights destination for Malaysian cuisine with memorable homemade condiments.

3400 11th St NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20010

5. The Midlands Beer Garden

3333 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, D.C., DC 20010

There’s an indoor/outdoor feel to this sprawling beer garden in Park View thanks to covered patios and plenty of umbrellas shield patio drinkers from the rain. Stick around for flights of German, Belgian, and local beer.

3333 Georgia Ave NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20010

6. Service Bar DC

926-928 U St NW, Washington, D.C., DC 20001

This U Street cocktail bar added outdoor seating with a corrugated metal roof this winter. Order drinks like a rhubarb vodka soda or an old fashioned. Fried chicken is the go-to here, but a beefed-up menu now includes options like crab mac and cheese, eggplant Parm, and steak frites.

926-928 U St NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20001

7. The Royal

501 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C., DC 20001

The Royal went all out building its covered patio, adding greenery, light fixtures, and even colorful butterflies as decor. The all-day cafe with a Latin bent serves everything from Bullfrog bagels and cream cheese to beef arepas.

501 Florida Ave NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20001

8. Other Half Brewing: DC

1401 Okie St NE, Washington, D.C., DC 20002

A wooden structure shields drinkers at this Brooklyn brewery’s new-ish D.C. taproom and production facility in Ivy City, which boasts 20 draft pours at a time. Seats are available on first-come, first-serve basis on the covered outdoor deck.

1401 Okie St NE, Washington
D.C., DC 20002

9. DCity Smokehouse

203 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Order pit-smoked wings with a side of cilantro ranch at this popular barbecue spot, which added a tent for dining outdoors in inclement weather. 

203 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

10. Annie's Paramount Steak House

1609 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Opened in 1948, this James Beard award-winning landmark for D.C.’s LGBTQ community serves up classics like steaks, chicken parmesan, burgers, and fried clam strips in a decorated covered patio space. Annie’s takes up multiple blocks on 17th Street NW, but neighbors like Agora, Astoria, and (recently reopened) the Commodore all have similarly strong setups.

1609 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

11. Nina May

1337 11th St NW, Washington, D.C., DC 20001
Nina May’s patio
Photo: Nina May

In March, Nina May debuted a covered, all-weather patio with a roof that retracts and glass sides that can lower depending on the weather. The farm-to-table restaurant in Shaw offers multiple outdoor dining spaces, including a covered roof deck.

1337 11th St NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20001

12. St. Anselm

1250 5th St NE, Washington, D.C., DC 20002

St. Anselm built an impressive covered, cubicle-like structure on its patio near Union Market for outdoor dinners, lunches, and brunches starring buttermilk biscuits, cinnamon roll monkey bread, and NY strip steak.

1250 5th St NE, Washington
D.C., DC 20002

13. Espita

1250 9th St NW, Washington, D.C., DC 20001

This Oaxaca-influenced restaurant responded to the pandemic by launching a Ghostburger pop-up and relying on its fully covered side patio.

1250 9th St NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20001

14. Tiger Fork

922 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001

Tiger Fork serves Hong Kong delicacies and snacks in Blagden Alley, with a metal roof shading its patio dining space. 

922 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001

15. Dauphine’s

1100 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Long Shot Hospitality spared no detail in the design of its highly anticipated New Orleans-style restaurant, which includes an entirely covered garden patio within the Midtown Center development downtown. The menu includes “muffaletta boards” full of charcuterie, po’ boys with fried oysters and beef cheek debris, and shellfish gumbo, all complemented by high-level cocktails that nod to the Big Easy.

1100 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

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16. Union Pub

201 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, D.C., DC 20002

Sports bar Union Pub, a Capitol Hill fixture, seats guests outside on a shady patio with an awning and a menu featuring Jello shots, mini corndogs, and buckets of Buds.

201 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington
D.C., DC 20002

17. The Grill

99 Market Square SW, Washington, D.C., DC 20024
Read Review |

At The Grill, climate controlled patios look out on the Southwest waterfront. American classics and wood-fired steaks are served alongside a vibe that’s meant to evoke South Florida.

99 Market Square SW, Washington
D.C., DC 20024

18. Cantina Bambina

960 Wharf St SW, Washington, D.C., DC 20024

This covered dock bar at the Wharf is open on the weekends, serving local beers and drinks with beachy names like Bananarama alongside a very short list of snacks.

960 Wharf St SW, Washington
D.C., DC 20024

19. Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap

401 E Braddock Rd, Alexandria, VA 22301
The spring theme at The Loft at Lena’s is “Full Bloom”
Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap

In Del Ray, Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap turned a bland parking garage into Lena’s Oasis. The top floor of the parking deck is now a 5,200-square-foot tented space with elaborate decor. (Inside, the theme at The Loft at Lena’s is “Full Bloom,” with spring florals everywhere.)

401 E Braddock Rd
Alexandria, VA 22301

20. BARCA Pier & Wine Bar

2 Pioneer Mill Way, Alexandria, VA 22314

A former shipping pier in Old Town Alexandria is home to a bar made out of retrofitted industrial freight containers. Order passion fruit frojitos looking out on the Potomac while shaded from the sun.

2 Pioneer Mill Way
Alexandria, VA 22314

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