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Patio Brunch Guide: D.C.

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The cherry blossoms might have withered, but the sunshine is just getting brighter in D.C. In fact, last weekend was so glorious it took all our effort not to run about with cheeky grins, sunnies on.

Before it gets too swampy-hot, take full advantage of D.C.’s glorious spring by booking your next few brunches only at great restaurants with glorious patios. Here are our recommended spots.

Central Michel Richard

Michel Richard’s Central is somewhat of a D.C. institution. Situated right on Pennsylvania Avenue, across from the Old Post Office Trump Tower, it’s one of those patios that you need to frequent. Plus the $27 bottomless prix fixe can’t be beat. Click here for our review. 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

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Chez Billy Sud

The Georgetown spot from the likes of Marvin and Satellite Room is an absolutely beautiful space with great cocktails and top-notch food. Plus, the patio is like French heaven. Click here for our review. 1039 31st St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

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There is plenty of patio space in Arlington, but Guajillo serves authentic Mexican cuisine in a fun, unpretentious, and family-friendly environment. Great for patio bottomless with your girlfriends—or your girlfriends and their toddlers if you’re a Virginia mama. Click here for our review. 1727 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va.

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Glen’s Garden Market

For a quick brunch pit-stop, nip by Glen’s Garden Market for your choice of brunchy food, including bagel breakfast sandwiches that are the best outside of New York. Plus, the lovely market and shop has a few outdoor tables to snag, first-come, first-serve. Grab your bagel and your paper plate and make it a picnic. Click here for our review. 2001 S St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

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La Tomate

High-quality Italian cuisine and bottomless mimosas are a staple at this Dupont Circle spot. Now that they patio is open, we can hardly resist. Besides, those frittatas are best enjoyed with some sunshine. Click here for our review. 1701 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

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Our favorite Italian spot in Barracks Row has a tiny front patio with just a few tables for brunch and people-watching. Lounge there with your bottomless mimosas and chicken and waffles. Tell Steve we sent you for the sun. Click here for our review. 539 8th Street SE, Washington, D.C.

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Lupo Verde

Now one of 14th Street’s most sought-after patios, the Italian spot serves up epic cheese plates and gorgeous brunch cocktails. Make sure you snag a table under a fancy umbrella, and enjoy the people-watching. Click here for our review. 1401 T St. N.W. Washington, D.C.

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  1. Deborah!
    Thank you for the tip. We will add Taqueria El Poblano to our list of places to brunch. It looks delicious. Thanks for reading!
    Cori Sue

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