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24 D.C. Restaurants With Heated Patios to Keep Diners Warm All Winter

Restaurateurs are using city funds to winterize rooftops, sidewalk patios, and street seats during the COVID-19 crisis

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This might be a good year to invest in a warm parka, because restaurants need customers to continue eating outside throughout the winter. Expanded outdoor dining on streets and sidewalks has given D.C. businesses a small boost during the COVID-19 crisis. Many customers shy away from dining rooms to avoid air circulation in an enclosed space, which creates a hospitable environment for the virus.

With hopes of keeping its “streateries,” decks, and patios going throughout the winter, restaurants have added wind-shields, blankets, and heaters to warm up hardy diners. Here are a select group of 24 restaurants offering heated outdoor spaces. Many more have taken advantage of D.C.’s “winter streatery” grant program for help. Check the full list of over 500 recipients here.

Editor’s note: Every restaurant needs help right now. Don’t forget about neighborhood favorites while chasing the hot new thing. For a list of resources on how to help fight food insecurity in the D.C. area, go here.

A number of D.C. area restaurants have resumed dine-in service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. The Washington Post is tracking coronavirus cases and deaths in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. More information can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Menya Hosaki

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845 Upshur St NW 1st Floor
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 330-3977
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Petworth’s new ramen shop has a hidden courtyard available through the back with heatlamps that get a boost from warm bowls of broth.

Creamy pork paitan broth with homemade chile oil chashu from Menya Hosaki
Creamy pork paitan broth with homemade chile oil chashu from Menya Hosaki
Anne D. Kim/For Menya Hosaki

2. Hitching Post Restaurant

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200 Upshur St NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 726-1511
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The soul food standby with a handful of Guyanese-Indian flourishes has a patio with propane and infrared heaters.

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The patio at the Hitching Post
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3. Queen’s English

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3410 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

The heated patio is open six days a week (weather permitting) at Queen’s English, a Columbia Heights hit with a Hong Kong-style menu influenced by chef Henji Cheung’s childhood. Besides patio heaters, warm up with hot cocktails like a yau ma tei made with dark rum, chestnut orgeat, and star anise.

4. Provost

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2129 Rhode Island Ave NE
Washington, DC 20018
(202) 200-9852
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Located on on Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast, Provost’s inviting rooftop is now outfitted with multiple heaters to keep diners warm. The American restaurant serves burgers and organic chicken cordon bleu, with lots of options for vegans and vegetarians, too.

5. Napoli Pasta Bar

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2737 Sherman Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 588-8752
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Coastal Italian-themed Napoli Pasta Bar in Columbia Heights outfitted its patio with not just heaters, but a blast furnace that pumps out warm air for diners eating pear and pecorino ravioli outside.

A mural of Argentine (and Napoli) soccer legend Diego Maradona outside of Napoli Pasta Bar Tierney Plumb/Eater D.C.

6. Ghostline

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2340 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 347-7893
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Sushi, cupcakes, Indian khichdi, breakfast sandwiches, and now, Reubens, all co-exists at Glover Park’s new multi-restaurant “ghost kitchen.” Try it all in Ghostline’s Garden, an 80-seat heated space outside.

7. Seven Reasons

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2208 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 417-8563
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On 14th Street, Enrique Limardo’s experimental Seven Reasons debuted both a retractable roof system and a new heating system for the restaurant’s winterized garden patio. The chef’s other venture, downtown’s fast-casual spot Immigrant Food, also features a heated outdoor space outfitted with blankets, heaters, rugs, and festive lights.

8. Ben's Chili Bowl

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1213 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-0909
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U Street’s iconic half-smoke fixture keeps diners warm with heaters along its streatery and mural-lined alleyway. Its sister outpost on H Street (Ben’s Next Door) also has propane-fueled heating arrangements on its street-level patio.

A half-smoke from Ben’s Chili Bowl
A half-smoke from Ben’s Chili Bowl
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9. The Imperial

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2001 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 299-0334
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The Imperial, Jack Rose’s elegant sister restaurant in Adams Morgan, weatherproofed its rooftop for the winter with a heating system and tent with retractible sides for inclement weather.

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10. The Royal

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501 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 332-7777
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Shaw’s all-day cafe installed heaters next to its patio tables outside. Street seating is now heated and partially covered with a roof. Wood-grilled arepas and and a respected cocktail program will help customers combat the chill, too. Check out sibling spot Lulu’s Winegarden off U Street NW for whole bottles.

11. Pupatella

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1801 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 506-1999
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In October, Neapolitan-style pizzeria Pupatella added heaters to its 30-seat patio at the new Dupont Circle location. Over at its Virginia home on Wilson Boulevard, Pupatella added an outdoor space with a tented patio, fire pit, and patio heaters.

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12. O-Ku Sushi DC

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1274 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 888-8790
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The rooftop deck at this Union Market sushi spot boasts city skyline views and rooftop heaters.

13. Iron Gate Restaurant

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1734 N St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 524-5202
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Chef Anthony Chittum’s Greek-Italian restaurant Iron Gate has long been a spot for alfresco dining even in cold weather, thanks to its heaters, fire pit, wisteria vines, and twinkling lights.

14. Espita

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1250 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 621-9695
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Shaw’s Oaxacan-style restaurant Espita Mezcaleria recently added burgers to its menu, but it has always had a side patio with heaters and a permanent roof.

15. The Dabney

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122 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 450-1015
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James Beard Award-winning chef Jeremiah Langhorne’s the Dabney recently reopened its dining room, but will still offer seating throughout the winter on its heated outdoor patio.

16. Centrolina

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974 Palmer Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 898-2426
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In upscale CityCenterDC, Centrolina decked out its patio with heaters and blankets — and chef Amy Brandwein brought back her four-course Chef’s Tasting Menu this month for patio diners and dining room customers alike.

17. Café Riggs

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900 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 788-2800
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Euro-inspired brasserie Café Riggs serves omelets and herb-roasted chicken from chef Patrick Curran on its heated outdoor patio.

Roasted chicken from Cafe Riggs Cafe Riggs [official]

18. Jaleo

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480 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-7949
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A few of José Andrés’s ThinkFoodGroup restaurants in D.C., including Jaleo, are heating up their streatery spaces with warmer-blowers — and hot cocktails like boozy hot chocolate help, too.

19. Officina

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1120 Maine Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 747-5222
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The roof deck at stylish Italian restaurant Officina at the Wharf is ready for winter, thanks to a fire pit and heaters placed by the lounge seating areas. Meanwhile, sister restaurant Masseria (known for its tasting menu) boasts a heated pergola and fire pits in the lounge.

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20. The Roost

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1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

Throughout the fall, Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s new food hall The Roost has been rolling out options from pizza to sushi to creative German fare. Its outdoor dining space is equipped with plenty of heaters, and there are plans to tent the patio.

Shelter, the new beer garden at the Roost food hall in Capitol Hill, has 100 patio seats. Neighborhood Restaurant Group [official]

21. Colada Shop

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10 Pearl St SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 932-2980
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Winterizing the patio at Colada Shop’s Wharf location means diners will find twinkle lights and heat lamps (the original 14th Street Colada Shop outpost has heat lamps outside too). Both locations are offering happy hour deals for patio diners, including $2 empanadas, $8 slushees, and $8 wine by the glass.

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22. Basebowl Ramen

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1201 Half St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 975-1066
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New ramen shop Basebowl opened this month near Nats Park, with room for 45 diners in its outdoor seating area that already has heaters and will soon have a fire pit.

23. Bammy's

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301 Water St SE Suite 115
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 599-2400
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Navy Yard’s Caribbean-style spot Bammy’s is keeping guests warm outdoors with gas heaters and open-air tents, and warm drinks like mulled wine. To pretend you’re on island time, try a Blackberry Bramble or a Guava and Campari cocktail.

Bammy’s winterized patio
Photo: Jen Chase

24. The Salt Line

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79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 506-2368
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Heat lamps, tables with built-in fire pits, and a tent help ward off the chill at the waterfront outdoor patio at this seafood favorite known for its raw bar.

The outdoor bar at Salt Line features raw seafood, cold beer, and cocktails.
The outdoor bar at Salt Line features raw seafood, cold beer, and cocktails.
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1. Menya Hosaki

845 Upshur St NW 1st Floor, Washington, DC 20011
Creamy pork paitan broth with homemade chile oil chashu from Menya Hosaki
Creamy pork paitan broth with homemade chile oil chashu from Menya Hosaki
Anne D. Kim/For Menya Hosaki

Petworth’s new ramen shop has a hidden courtyard available through the back with heatlamps that get a boost from warm bowls of broth.

845 Upshur St NW 1st Floor
Washington, DC 20011

2. Hitching Post Restaurant

200 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011
Dining review - Hitching Post
The patio at the Hitching Post
Deb Lindsey/for The Washington Post via Getty Images

The soul food standby with a handful of Guyanese-Indian flourishes has a patio with propane and infrared heaters.

200 Upshur St NW
Washington, DC 20011

3. Queen’s English

3410 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

The heated patio is open six days a week (weather permitting) at Queen’s English, a Columbia Heights hit with a Hong Kong-style menu influenced by chef Henji Cheung’s childhood. Besides patio heaters, warm up with hot cocktails like a yau ma tei made with dark rum, chestnut orgeat, and star anise.

3410 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

4. Provost

2129 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, DC 20018

Located on on Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast, Provost’s inviting rooftop is now outfitted with multiple heaters to keep diners warm. The American restaurant serves burgers and organic chicken cordon bleu, with lots of options for vegans and vegetarians, too.

2129 Rhode Island Ave NE
Washington, DC 20018

5. Napoli Pasta Bar

2737 Sherman Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
A mural of Argentine (and Napoli) soccer legend Diego Maradona outside of Napoli Pasta Bar Tierney Plumb/Eater D.C.

Coastal Italian-themed Napoli Pasta Bar in Columbia Heights outfitted its patio with not just heaters, but a blast furnace that pumps out warm air for diners eating pear and pecorino ravioli outside.

2737 Sherman Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

6. Ghostline

2340 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Sushi, cupcakes, Indian khichdi, breakfast sandwiches, and now, Reubens, all co-exists at Glover Park’s new multi-restaurant “ghost kitchen.” Try it all in Ghostline’s Garden, an 80-seat heated space outside.

2340 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

7. Seven Reasons

2208 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

On 14th Street, Enrique Limardo’s experimental Seven Reasons debuted both a retractable roof system and a new heating system for the restaurant’s winterized garden patio. The chef’s other venture, downtown’s fast-casual spot Immigrant Food, also features a heated outdoor space outfitted with blankets, heaters, rugs, and festive lights.

2208 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

8. Ben's Chili Bowl

1213 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
A half-smoke from Ben’s Chili Bowl
A half-smoke from Ben’s Chili Bowl
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

U Street’s iconic half-smoke fixture keeps diners warm with heaters along its streatery and mural-lined alleyway. Its sister outpost on H Street (Ben’s Next Door) also has propane-fueled heating arrangements on its street-level patio.

1213 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009

9. The Imperial

2001 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
The Imperial/official photo

The Imperial, Jack Rose’s elegant sister restaurant in Adams Morgan, weatherproofed its rooftop for the winter with a heating system and tent with retractible sides for inclement weather.

2001 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

10. The Royal

501 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Shaw’s all-day cafe installed heaters next to its patio tables outside. Street seating is now heated and partially covered with a roof. Wood-grilled arepas and and a respected cocktail program will help customers combat the chill, too. Check out sibling spot Lulu’s Winegarden off U Street NW for whole bottles.

501 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

11. Pupatella

1801 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Pupatella/official photo

In October, Neapolitan-style pizzeria Pupatella added heaters to its 30-seat patio at the new Dupont Circle location. Over at its Virginia home on Wilson Boulevard, Pupatella added an outdoor space with a tented patio, fire pit, and patio heaters.

1801 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

12. O-Ku Sushi DC

1274 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

The rooftop deck at this Union Market sushi spot boasts city skyline views and rooftop heaters.

1274 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

13. Iron Gate Restaurant

1734 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Chef Anthony Chittum’s Greek-Italian restaurant Iron Gate has long been a spot for alfresco dining even in cold weather, thanks to its heaters, fire pit, wisteria vines, and twinkling lights.

1734 N St NW
Washington, DC 20036

14. Espita

1250 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Shaw’s Oaxacan-style restaurant Espita Mezcaleria recently added burgers to its menu, but it has always had a side patio with heaters and a permanent roof.

1250 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

15. The Dabney

122 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001

James Beard Award-winning chef Jeremiah Langhorne’s the Dabney recently reopened its dining room, but will still offer seating throughout the winter on its heated outdoor patio.

122 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001

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16. Centrolina

974 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001

In upscale CityCenterDC, Centrolina decked out its patio with heaters and blankets — and chef Amy Brandwein brought back her four-course Chef’s Tasting Menu this month for patio diners and dining room customers alike.

974 Palmer Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001

17. Café Riggs

900 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Roasted chicken from Cafe Riggs Cafe Riggs [official]

Euro-inspired brasserie Café Riggs serves omelets and herb-roasted chicken from chef Patrick Curran on its heated outdoor patio.

900 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004

18. Jaleo

480 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

A few of José Andrés’s ThinkFoodGroup restaurants in D.C., including Jaleo, are heating up their streatery spaces with warmer-blowers — and hot cocktails like boozy hot chocolate help, too.

480 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

19. Officina

1120 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024
The outdoor patio at Officina Officina/official photo

The roof deck at stylish Italian restaurant Officina at the Wharf is ready for winter, thanks to a fire pit and heaters placed by the lounge seating areas. Meanwhile, sister restaurant Masseria (known for its tasting menu) boasts a heated pergola and fire pits in the lounge.

1120 Maine Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024

20. The Roost

1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003
Shelter, the new beer garden at the Roost food hall in Capitol Hill, has 100 patio seats. Neighborhood Restaurant Group [official]

Throughout the fall, Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s new food hall The Roost has been rolling out options from pizza to sushi to creative German fare. Its outdoor dining space is equipped with plenty of heaters, and there are plans to tent the patio.

1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

21. Colada Shop

10 Pearl St SW, Washington, DC 20024
Photo: Colada Shop

Winterizing the patio at Colada Shop’s Wharf location means diners will find twinkle lights and heat lamps (the original 14th Street Colada Shop outpost has heat lamps outside too). Both locations are offering happy hour deals for patio diners, including $2 empanadas, $8 slushees, and $8 wine by the glass.

10 Pearl St SW
Washington, DC 20024

22. Basebowl Ramen

1201 Half St SE, Washington, DC 20003

New ramen shop Basebowl opened this month near Nats Park, with room for 45 diners in its outdoor seating area that already has heaters and will soon have a fire pit.

1201 Half St SE
Washington, DC 20003

23. Bammy's

301 Water St SE Suite 115, Washington, DC 20003
Bammy’s winterized patio
Photo: Jen Chase

Navy Yard’s Caribbean-style spot Bammy’s is keeping guests warm outdoors with gas heaters and open-air tents, and warm drinks like mulled wine. To pretend you’re on island time, try a Blackberry Bramble or a Guava and Campari cocktail.

301 Water St SE Suite 115
Washington, DC 20003

24. The Salt Line

79 Potomac Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
The outdoor bar at Salt Line features raw seafood, cold beer, and cocktails.
The outdoor bar at Salt Line features raw seafood, cold beer, and cocktails.
Greg Powers/Greg Powers Photography

Heat lamps, tables with built-in fire pits, and a tent help ward off the chill at the waterfront outdoor patio at this seafood favorite known for its raw bar.

79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

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