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A Running List of D.C. Restaurants and Bars That Will Reopen for Outdoor Seating

Eater logo Eater 5/28/2020 Tierney Plumb
a store inside of a building: Agua 301 will jumpstart outdoor sit-down service starting Friday, May 29. © Jill Collins/Agua 301 Agua 301 will jumpstart outdoor sit-down service starting Friday, May 29.

D.C. restaurants and bars with patios, rooftops, and gardens can officially reopen to eaters and drinkers on Friday, May 29. The outdoor dining option — the city’s first go at sit-down service since COVID-19 led D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to order a dine-in ban in mid-March — was officially approved Wednesday.

There are a few restrictions: tables will have a six-person maximum and must be spaced at least 6 feet apart. Everything from restaurants with brand new patios (King Street Oyster Bar) to Michelin-rated spots (Gravitas) to mainstays (Cafe Milano) plan to reopen right out of the gate.

Here’s a running list of restaurants that have shared their plans on social media or confirmed them directly with Eater. Send us a tip at to be included.

Agua 301: The waterfront eatery in Navy Yard will open Friday with a maximum of 10 tables (four-tops) at a time. 301 Water Street SE

Chef Geoff’s: The vet D.C. chef will reopen his sprawling upper Northwest patio for sit-down service from noon to 9 p.m. 3201 New Mexico Avenue NW

Maxwell Park: The Shaw wine bar will open its patio at 2 p.m. (and until 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays), with sit-down service on bottles (only) of wine and a Middle Eastern menu from Michael Rafidi. Co-owner Brent Knoll expects his Navy Yard patio to reopen the following Friday. 1336 9th Street NW

King Street Oyster Bar: The NoMa newcomer will unveil its patio for the first time, outfitted with eight tables. 22 M Street NE

Seven Reasons: Starting Sunday, May 31, the 14th Street Latin hot spot has a detailed game plan for rebooting its summer patio (Tuesday to Sunday, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.). 2208 14th Street NW

Reservations must be made online and require a $50 per person deposit, which can be applied towards a food and drink minimum. Reservations may be cancelled 24 hours in advance. After that, the ticket won’t be refundable unless there is a health reason; tickets can also be transferred. There will be a time limit of two hours and 15 minutes for tables of four, and two hours for tables of two. In lieu of tips, a 22 percent service fee will be added to every check.

Immigrant Food: For fast-casual global fusion bowls from Seven Reasons chef Enrique Limardo in a downtown patio. 1701 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Gravitas: The Michelin-rated tasting menu destination in Ivy City will start service on its newly expanded first-floor patio lounge and upstairs rooftop bar, with tasting menus served across both. 1401 Okie Street NE

Espita: For Oaxacan-style dishes in Shaw 1250 Ninth Street NW

Rasika West End: For acclaimed Indian dishes in Foggy Bottom (weather permitting). 1190 New Hampshire Avenue NW

Equinox: For destination Mid-Atlantic eats from chef Todd Gray. 818 Connecticut Avenue NW

Cafe Milano: For scene-y Georgetown vibes (though reservations across its 10 outdoor tables are already all booked up for Friday and Saturday nights). 3251 Prospect Street NW

Ankara: For Turkish bites in Dupont Circle. 1320 19th Street NW

Farmers Fishers Bakers: For seafood on the Georgetown Harbor. 3000 K Street NW

Nina May: For seasonal soft shell crab in Shaw. 1337 11th Street NW

Duffys Irish Pub: For Irish pub fare on H Street. 1016 H Street NE

Copycat Co: For back patio cocktails on H Street. 1110 H Street NE

Walters Bar: For a Navy Yard sports bar staple. 10 N Street SE

Mr Henrys: For a familiar Capitol Hill corner pub. 601 Pennsylvania Avenue SE

Canopy Central Cafe and Bar: For hotel cocktails on the Wharf. 975 7th Street SW

Mortons: For downtown steaks (but not cigars) starting at 4 p.m. 1050 Connecticut Avenue NW

Medium Rare: For dry-aged sirloin and salads in Cleveland Park. 3500 Connecticut Avenue NW

Sette Osteria: For plenty of pastas on two visible D.C. strips. 1634 14th Street NW; 1666 Connecticut Avenue NW

La Piquette: For an upscale French bistro in Cathedral Heights. 3714 Macomb Street NW

Napoli Pasta Bar: For coastal Italian in Columbia Heights. 2737 Sherman Ave NW

Karma Modern Indian: For Indian-leaning dishes and cocktails in Chinatown. 611 I Street NW

Belga Café and The Betsy: For Belgian bites and rooftop gin elixirs on Capitol Hill. 514 8th Street SE

Silver New American Brasserie: For a lengthy list of all-day diner classics in Cathedral Heights. 3404 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Al Dente: For pastas and pizzas in upper Northwest. 3201 New Mexico Avenue NW

Brasserie Beck: For mussels and Belgian beers across a spacious patio (up to 50 can be seated at a time) 1101 K Street NW; opens Saturday

Centrolina/Piccolina: Chef-owner Amy Brandwein’s wood-burning Italian restaurant and sibling all-day cafe in CityCenter are taking patio reservations on Tock. Centrolina reservations offer a $52, prix fixe with two options for each course, like a 10-layer crab cake, ricotta ravioli, or a peach crostata. Dinners are limited to 1 hour, 45 minutes. Piccolina reservations require pre-ordering off an a la carte menu ($25 minimum) and time limits for brunch (1 hour) and dinner (1 hour, 45 minutes). 974 Palmer Alley NW; 963 Palmer Alley NW

Mikko: For Nordic cafe fare in Dupont. 1636 R Street NW

Et Voila! Restaurant: For reliable European eats in the Palisades. 5120 MacArthur Boulevard NW

Dacha Beer Garden: For al fresco beers, bratwurst, and burgers in Navy Yard and Shaw (reopening day hours are 2 p.m. to midnight). 79 Potomac Avenue SE; 1600 7th Street NW

Red Bear Brewing: For brews and bites in NoMa. 209 M Street NE

Biergarten Haus: The German bar in the Atlas District will be opening its roof deck and patio starting at noon over the weekend. 1355 H Street NE

D.C. Restaurants Can Begin Seating Customers Outside This Week [EDC]


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