After a very long winter, Washingtonians are ready to enjoy a restaurant meal outside in the sunshine (sans space heaters). D.C. restaurants have always embraced outdoor dining, but COVID-19 made dining in the fresh air even more of a necessity, with parklets popping up all over town. Here are a few picturesque patios for al fresco dining — from scenic spots near the C&O Canal to downtown D.C. to along the Potomac River.
Restaurants on this map may temporarily close due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, so check with a business before showing up. D.C. allows indoor dining at 25 percent capacity. Many restaurants offer outdoor seating, but this should not be taken as endorsement for dining out, 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.Read More