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Mi Casa’s matte black patio is outfitted with plenty of heaters.
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18 D.C. Restaurants With Heated Patios to Keep Diners Warm All Winter

Dine outdoors across these reliable patios and rooftops, fancy nooks, and next-level streateries

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Mi Casa’s matte black patio is outfitted with plenty of heaters.
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D.C. restaurants are back to full indoor capacity this winter, but there’s still plenty of diner demand for appealing outdoor seating options during an ongoing pandemic.

With help from the city’s 2020 winterization grants, restaurants spruced up existing rooftops and spilled service into the sidewalk and the street. While plenty of longtime perches and patios remain top destinations for dining outdoors in the cold, this list also includes innovative streatery setups and stylish alfresco additions that came online over the past year.

Here are a select group of 18 restaurants that step it up with their heated outdoor spaces.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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1. Queen’s English

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3410 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

The small Columbia Heights hit expands outside with a heated patio (weather permitting), where diners can sample its Hong Kong-style menu influenced by chef Henji Cheung’s childhood. Besides patio heaters, warm up with a hot Kowloon redeye espresso cocktail with cognac, clove, and coconut. The Northwest strip is ripe with heated options from The Coupe and Makan, too.

2. 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.

3. Glover Park Grill

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2505 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 625-5400
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Glover Park Grill recently debuted a renovated, temperature-controlled patio. If the actual dining space is full, the expansive new space is merely a stone’s throw next door.

4. Seven Reasons

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2208 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 417-8563
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On 14th Street NW, 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.

5. 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. A few doors up, beloved whiskey bar Jack Rose offers a pair of heated outdoor options: a reliable rooftop terrace with a retractable glass roof and jazzed up streatery situation below.

A rooftop with a shielded cover and soft seating.
The Imperial’s rooftop is perched above the bustling Adams Morgan corridor.
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6. Lulu’s Wine Garden

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1940 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 332-9463
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The restaurant formerly known as Vinoteca features three garden patios, all outfitted with heaters capable of seating 120 in total. Hot cocktails arrive in a thermos, and there’s also lots of wines by the glass and bottle to go along with comfort snacks like hatch chile mac and cheese and hot queso.

7. Gravitas

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1401 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 763-7942
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The Michelin-rated pioneer in Ivy City added a sophisticated seating area to compliment chef Matt Baker’s elegant tasting menus. The enclosed addition, adorned with hanging greenery, adds 25 seats across an industrial-chic vestibule and 30 in the front part of the restaurant. Its glassy rooftop structure, the Conservatory, will return in the spring.

Lounge chairs and a modern table topped with plated dishes.
The enclosed addition to Gravitas adds room for 55 guests.
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8. MI CASA

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1647 20th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 450-4595
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Dupont’s Tex-Mex restaurant and tequila bar opened last summer with a stylish, matte black patio filled with leafy accents, retractable windows, and soft booths. The enclosed extension, illuminated by string lights, is joined by a heated, open air deck out front. Head to Bistro du Jour, Knead Hospitality + Design’s new French-themed sister on the Wharf, for a heated, wraparound patio with prime waterfront views.

The black patio with string lights and palm print booths at Mi Casa.
Mi Casa’s enclosed patio offers cozy, boho-chic vibes in the heart of Dupont Circle.
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9. 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.

10. St. Anselm

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1250 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 864-2199
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Restaurateur Stephen Starr spent big bucks during the pandemic to build out rows of elaborate dining booths out front of steakhouse St. Anselm and French sister spot Le Diplomate in Logan Circle.

11. 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.

12. BOURBON STEAK

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2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 944-2026
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Michael Mina’s popular steakhouse built a fancy little ski village across its stone terrace this winter. Sturdy wooden chalets, named after famous Four Seasons ski resorts around the world, are filled with fancy furniture, candles, and blankets. Diners can park inside each Aspen-inspired nook and order from chef Robert Curtis’s entire menu, including smoked s’mores for dessert. Book here for parties up to six.

13. Urban Roast

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916 G St. NW suite c-2
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 393-1111
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The day-to-night Penn Quarter cafe makes use of its outdoor real estate right near Capital One Arena with rows of fire pits fit for roasting s’mores and staying warm.

14. Dirty Habit

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555 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 449-7095
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For a huge patio in the middle of the city, consider Dirty Habit’s 10,000-square-foot outdoor area out back. Saddle up to a sleek camp fire pit and order an assortment of global plates from its Mexico City-born chef Edgar Escalante.

15. Belga Café

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514 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-0100
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Hiding in a sea of restaurants in Barracks Row is “Top Chef” alum Bart Vandaele’s Belgian-themed mainstay Belga Cafe, where guests sit inside a whimsical greenhouse and order steak tartare, branzino, and a venison rack. Each glass-enclosed structure fits dinner parties up to four.

16. 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 and an enclosed area. Meanwhile, sister restaurant Masseria (known for its tasting menu) boasts a heated pergola and fire pits in the lounge.

The outdoor patio at Officina
The upstairs patio at Officina.
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17. 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 waterfront fixture keeps guests warm outdoors with gas heaters and warm drinks like mulled wine. To pretend you’re on island time, try a Blackberry Bramble or a Guava and Campari cocktail.

An icy red cocktail sitting on a bar
A tropical cocktail at Bammy’s pairs well with waterfront views outside.
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18. 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 helps ward off the chill at the waterfront outdoor patio at this seafood favorite known for its raw bar.

A photo of Salt Line’s outdoor seating area.
The outdoor bar at Salt Line features raw seafood, cold beer, and cocktails.
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1. Queen’s English

3410 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

The small Columbia Heights hit expands outside with a heated patio (weather permitting), where diners can sample its Hong Kong-style menu influenced by chef Henji Cheung’s childhood. Besides patio heaters, warm up with a hot Kowloon redeye espresso cocktail with cognac, clove, and coconut. The Northwest strip is ripe with heated options from The Coupe and Makan, too.

3410 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

2. 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

3. Glover Park Grill

2505 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Glover Park Grill recently debuted a renovated, temperature-controlled patio. If the actual dining space is full, the expansive new space is merely a stone’s throw next door.

2505 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

4. Seven Reasons

2208 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

On 14th Street NW, 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

5. The Imperial

2001 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
A rooftop with a shielded cover and soft seating.
The Imperial’s rooftop is perched above the bustling Adams Morgan corridor.
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. A few doors up, beloved whiskey bar Jack Rose offers a pair of heated outdoor options: a reliable rooftop terrace with a retractable glass roof and jazzed up streatery situation below.

2001 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Lulu’s Wine Garden

1940 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

The restaurant formerly known as Vinoteca features three garden patios, all outfitted with heaters capable of seating 120 in total. Hot cocktails arrive in a thermos, and there’s also lots of wines by the glass and bottle to go along with comfort snacks like hatch chile mac and cheese and hot queso.

1940 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. Gravitas

1401 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Lounge chairs and a modern table topped with plated dishes.
The enclosed addition to Gravitas adds room for 55 guests.
Gravitas/LeadingDC

The Michelin-rated pioneer in Ivy City added a sophisticated seating area to compliment chef Matt Baker’s elegant tasting menus. The enclosed addition, adorned with hanging greenery, adds 25 seats across an industrial-chic vestibule and 30 in the front part of the restaurant. Its glassy rooftop structure, the Conservatory, will return in the spring.

1401 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002

8. MI CASA

1647 20th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
The black patio with string lights and palm print booths at Mi Casa.
Mi Casa’s enclosed patio offers cozy, boho-chic vibes in the heart of Dupont Circle.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Dupont’s Tex-Mex restaurant and tequila bar opened last summer with a stylish, matte black patio filled with leafy accents, retractable windows, and soft booths. The enclosed extension, illuminated by string lights, is joined by a heated, open air deck out front. Head to Bistro du Jour, Knead Hospitality + Design’s new French-themed sister on the Wharf, for a heated, wraparound patio with prime waterfront views.

1647 20th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

9. 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

10. St. Anselm

1250 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Restaurateur Stephen Starr spent big bucks during the pandemic to build out rows of elaborate dining booths out front of steakhouse St. Anselm and French sister spot Le Diplomate in Logan Circle.

1250 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

11. 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

12. BOURBON STEAK

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007

Michael Mina’s popular steakhouse built a fancy little ski village across its stone terrace this winter. Sturdy wooden chalets, named after famous Four Seasons ski resorts around the world, are filled with fancy furniture, candles, and blankets. Diners can park inside each Aspen-inspired nook and order from chef Robert Curtis’s entire menu, including smoked s’mores for dessert. Book here for parties up to six.

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007

13. Urban Roast

916 G St. NW suite c-2, Washington, DC 20001

The day-to-night Penn Quarter cafe makes use of its outdoor real estate right near Capital One Arena with rows of fire pits fit for roasting s’mores and staying warm.

916 G St. NW suite c-2
Washington, DC 20001

14. Dirty Habit

555 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

For a huge patio in the middle of the city, consider Dirty Habit’s 10,000-square-foot outdoor area out back. Saddle up to a sleek camp fire pit and order an assortment of global plates from its Mexico City-born chef Edgar Escalante.

555 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

15. Belga Café

514 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Hiding in a sea of restaurants in Barracks Row is “Top Chef” alum Bart Vandaele’s Belgian-themed mainstay Belga Cafe, where guests sit inside a whimsical greenhouse and order steak tartare, branzino, and a venison rack. Each glass-enclosed structure fits dinner parties up to four.

514 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

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16. Officina

1120 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024
The outdoor patio at Officina
The upstairs 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 and an enclosed area. 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

17. Bammy's

301 Water St SE Suite 115, Washington, DC 20003
An icy red cocktail sitting on a bar
A tropical cocktail at Bammy’s pairs well with waterfront views outside.
Bammy’s/official photo

Navy Yard’s Caribbean-style waterfront fixture keeps guests warm outdoors with gas heaters 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

18. The Salt Line

79 Potomac Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
A photo of Salt Line’s outdoor seating area.
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 helps 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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