Covered Patios to Drink and Eat in DC

Circa Foggy Bottom has a covered patio. Picture by author from 2014.

Last Updated: June 8, 2020

During Phase 1 of ReOpenDC, which began Friday, May 29th, restaurants/bars can serve food and drink in outdoor spaces such as sidewalk cafes, beer gardens, and roofdecks only. However, even if it rains, patrons are not allowed to go inside (they’re only allowed inside to transit to outdoor space or goto bathroom; retractable roofs are not allowed to close), so you may want to look for patios that are covered (usually with an awning as umbrellas can help but aren’t the best in a huge storm) in order to keep your meal or night out going strong. Now and in normal times you might also want to be shaded from direct sunlight during the day.

So, here’s an (incomplete) list of spots with covered patios (space must be either fully covered or there are significant number of seats such that you will likely avoid uncovered seating).

** are currently only open for takeout and/or delivery,
*** are not open at all,
? is unclear.

Dupont and Woodley Park are the neighborhoods with tons of covered seating.

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Dupont Circle (17th Street is the best at this)

  • Floriana (new tent)
  • Trio’s
  • Agora
  • Astoria
  • J&R’s**
  • Annie’s
  • Duke’s
  • Magnolia
  • Bua Thai
  • Lauriol Plaza (but now huge parking lot overflow, so not guaranteed)
  • Sette Osteria
  • Pizzeria Paradiso

Shaw

  • Espita
  • Hazel** (NRG Provisions)

U St/14th/Logan

  • Dukem
  • Sette Osteria

Adams Morgan

  • Lucky Buns
  • Soussi

Columbia Heights

  • Lou’s City Bar

Capitol Hill

  • Union Pub
  • Tunnicliff’s (tables have been extended in uncovered space for now)
  • Cava
  • Ophelia’s***

H Street

  • Cusbah**
  • Nomad***
  • H St County Club

Navy Yard

  • El Bebe
  • Circa
  • Scarlet Oak

The Wharf

  • Cantina Bambina
  • Watering Hole

Georgetown/Foggy Bottom

  • Reverie**
  • Martin’s Tavern
  • Circa

Woodley Park

  • Mayahuel
  • Hot n Juicy Crawfish**
  • Macintyre’s
  • Woodley Cafe
  • Rajaji

Tenleytown

  • Cactus Cantina

Brookland

  • Menomale