Washington comes alive in the spring and summer, and there’s nothing we love more than day drinking outside. We figured that might be a high priority for you too, so we’ve compiled the best patios and rooftops for brunching this season. The great thing about D.C is you can find patios in all shapes, sizes, neighborhoods, and price points. Some are small and intimate, while others are extravagant and crowded. No matter your mood or party size, you’ll be sure to find an outdoor brunch with our guide below. (Need a spot specifically for your furry friend? We’ve got a guide for dogs too!)
Venture to Adams Morgan for brunch under the covered patio at Southern Hospitality. We recommend the shrimp & grits, the chicken & waffles, the fried chicken Benedict, and the mac & cheese. Basically all the delicious, hearty Southern goodness, and they’re dog-friendly! Read more about our experience, here. 1815 Adams Mill Road N.W., Washington, D.C.
A spacious patio with large umbrellas and a bottomless option? Sign us up. Whether you branch out for an Afghani meal (try the karayee) or stick to the brunch classics, there’s something for everyone here. Read the Bitches review, here. 1847 Columbia Road N.W., Washington, D.C.
If you’re hungry for Mexican, Pepita is your spot. For just $19, you get bottomless chips, salsa, and tacos. You’ll need to eat four or five to make it worth it, so come with an empty stomach. This colorful, covered patio is good even in dicey weather. Read our full review, here. 4000 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA
Ain’t nothing sweeter than the Tupelo Honey patio in the summer. Cool off with the Mega-mosa (a 10:1 ratio of Prosecco to OJ). It was basically made for brunching Bitches. The Shoo Mercy sweet potatoes pancakes are stellar, too. Read the whole review here. 1616 North Troy St. Arlington, VA
Bravo, Brabo! Celebrate a special occasion on the upscale brick patio. The various savory waffle options on the brunch menu will blow your mind. Read the Bitches review, here. 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA
Hummingbird is situated on a scenic outdoor terrace overlooking the waterfront outside Hotel Indigo. The upscale seafood restaurant nails the grilled octopus and hearty farm fresh salads. Grab a spiked slushie in the green courtyard before you go. Read our review, here. 220 South Union St., Alexandria, VA
Junction Bakery & Bistro
Take your pup for a walk and post up on the sidewalk outside one of our favorite bakeries. Junction is a super cute, casual spot with dynamite pastries, fresh-baked breads and savory brunch entrees. Read our full review here. 1508 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA
You can literally perch atop the town on the balcony at this Bethesda spot. There’s a little something for everyone at this family-friendly restaurant. We can’t stop telling people about the pastry basket. Read the full Bitches review here. 11830 Grand Park Ave suite b, North Bethesda, MD
Okay we know that Millie’s is definitely not in Bethesda (in fact, it’s well within NW D.C. limits) but it’s worth trekking to Spring Valley to hang out on the patio here. It’s super dog- and family-friendly, there’s a walkup ice cream window, and it’s home one of our favorite summer cocktails of all time, the Triple 888 blueberry lemonade. Read the Bitches review here. 4866 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
The Pub & The People
Need a lowkey brunch spot? Pop a squat on one of the picnic tables on North Capitol outside The Pub and The People, one of our favorite neighborhood bars. It’s dog-friendly, come-as-you-are vibes are great for days you’re just too harried to deal. Be sure to treat yourself to a s’moreffle and a local brew. Read the Bitches review, here. 1648 N. Capitol St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Tyber Creek Wine Bar
This wine bar gets seriously creative with a pizza oven. Enjoy a relaxed brunch on the ivy covered patio as you dig into a massive cinnamon bun skillet. Plus, if bottomless mimosas are getting old, you can opt for bottomless rose! Read the Bitches review here. 84 T St N.W., Washington, D.C.
Spend time on Barracks Row at the Garrison for an A+ fancy-pants brunch. Don’t miss the buttermilk and ricotta pancakes, the steak & eggs, or the bison tartare toast. Bitches recommend the Eggs Hussard and the beef and pork sausage. Read our review here. 524 8th St. S.E., Washington, D.C.
Enjoy a delicious and dependable brunch from Lavagna on the intimate, dog-friendly patio. You can’t beat the locally sourced and freshly made fare from this Barracks Row staple. Choose from mascarpone pancakes, eggs Florentine, or $12 bottomless mimosas. Read our most recent review here. 539 8th St. S.E., Washington, D.C.
Enjoy a Belgian brunch outdoors at Belga Café on Barracks Row. Belga serves killer waffles, moules frites, and artfully crafted Belgian fare. You can enjoy it on the larger front patio, or the adorable, chicken-themed back patio and gin bar Betsy. The brunch is reliable and delicious, with tons of options for tastes. The Nutella crepes are a must! Read the review here. 514 8th St. S.E., Washington, D.C.
Intimate and palm leaf lined, the patio at Joselito is a charming way to spend your weekend afternoon. Soak in the sun with the best sangria in D.C. in hand and an assortment of family style of tapas menu items to choose from. Read the review, here. 660 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E.Washington, D.C.
Get ready for a game at the Capital One Center by enjoying brunch on the restored rooftop at Bar Deco. Bitches recommend ordering the chicken & waffles, the Deco Benedict, the B.D. sliders, and the chocolate cake. Read the Bitches review here. 717 6th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Schedule a brunch date on the sexy new patio at Dirty Habit before shopping downtown. Enjoy a trendy experience coupled with strong libations and satisfying food. Sip everlasting brunch cocktails including a rotating punch and mimosas priced affordably at $16. The Bitches loved lobster poutine, Elvis French toast, and carrot cake. Check out the full review here. 555 8th St N.W., Washington, D.C.
For a parent-approved meal after church, look no further than Zaytinya for an impeccable Mediterranean brunch. The outdoor seating is equipped with a bright sculpture to set the backdrop. Zaytinya is calming and upscale with fantastic food, flavors, and service. We couldn’t get enough of the falafel burger, goat cheese loukoumades, or Duck Shakshuka. Read the review here. 701 9th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Iron Gate has one of the best and most beautiful ivy-covered patios in Washington. Bitches loved their appetizers, like the phyllo pastry, and feta bites. The lemon-ricotta pancakes and steak & eggs are solid mainstays as well. Read our latest review here. 1734 N St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Between Dupont and Logan Circles lays Siren patio, just off Rhode Island Ave. The views are much but the location is stellar and the upscale seafood from Chef Robert Wiedmaier more than makes up for it. The cocktails are as stunning as they are smooth and we’d never say no to the caviar bar. Read the full brunch review here. 1515 Rhode Island Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Head downtown to Central for a prix fixe Sunday brunch. The pancrepes are decadent, the goat cheese Caesar is tasty, the chicken & waffles are juicy, and the frittata is refreshing. There is also French onion soup, croque madame, chocolate mousse, and much more. It’s a great spot to relax before or after a day exploring the National Mall. Read the Bitches review here–we gave it an A. 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Fig & Olive
Take in all that CityCenter has to offer with a posh brunch under the bright umbrellas at Fig & Olive. Choose between the blood orange bellini, Americano or Piscine cocktails. Keep it light with an heirloom and burrata summer salad or opt for the scrambled eggs with cremini and black trumpet mushrooms. Read about our fabulous experience here. 934 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, DC
Chez Billy Sud
Enjoy brunch in Georgetown on the intimate patio of Chez Billy Sud. The Bitches loved the brunch cocktails, the muffins, the Benedict, and the brunch burger. This French spot is perfect for an upscale brunch date. Read our thoughts here. 1039 31st St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Catch some rays down at the Georgetown waterfront at Fiola Mare next to the Potomac River. Take in the scenic views while enjoying their signature brunch menu. The $45 pre-fixe includes a warm basket of homemade pastries, a brunch cocktail and selection from a three-course menu. Read the Bitches review here. 3050 K St NW, Washington, D.C.
H Street NE & Ivy City
One of the hippest spots in the city is on the two level patio at Maketto. This combo restaurant, bar, coffee shop and clothing store serves up a dynamite dim sum brunch with some of the best fried chicken in town. Read our full review, here. 1351 H St N.E., Washington, D.C.
Sally’s Middle Name
The roofdeck at Sally’s Middle Name is a hot spot in the Atlas District. This H Street farm-to-table restaurant offers an ever-changing menu. We loved inventive items like the Thai rice porridge with pork, choux doughnuts, and more. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Read our review here. 1320 H St. N.E., Washington, D.C.
The Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse
Spend a lazy afternoon on the rooftop patio at The Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse. You’ll find some of the freshest seafood in D.C., and camaraderie over cocktails from local brewers and distillers.The fried shrimp po’boy, oysters, and crab cake sandwich ranked high on our list. The tavern also offers Ivy City craft cocktails, featuring bevs using spirits from neighboring Cotton + Reed and Green Hat Gin. Read about our brunch experience here. 1356 Okie Street N.E., Washington, D.C.
Logan Circle & 14th Street
Barcelona Wine Bar
Barcelona is a chic hot-spot on 14th Street with great Spanish tapas and sangria. Bitches loved the lobster eggs Benedict, steak & eggs, and pancakes. Choose from many tapas options such as tortilla and croquetas and more brunch options such as French toast. We love it so much, we hosted our 5th birthday party there! Read the Bitches review here. 1622 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Head to 14th for a quintessential Washington patio brunch at Le Diplomate. Try the steak & eggs, the moules frites, or French toast with vanilla poached pineapple. The bread basket, French toast, multiple omelets, Benedicts, and cheese selections are all top notch–you can’t go wrong. Make sure to save room for dessert! Read what the Bitches had to say here. 1601 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Hideaway from the hustle and bustle of 14th Street with brunch at Radiator. Life-sized games such as Connect Four and quirky wooden bird houses provide a much needed urban escape. Radiator offers steak and eggs, huevos rancheros, Brussels sprouts and more. Read the review here. Washington, D.C. 1430 Rhode Island Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Ana at District Winery
With striking views of the Anacostia, and D.C.’s first winery, Ana is a bustling spot to see and be seen. Sip on the locally made wines (including a new rose!) and nibble on the scones. Read our review here. 385 Water Street S.E., Washington D.C
This Navy Yard brunch is set to the backdrop of a modern space with an eclectic menu of upscale fare. It’s definitely not a rowdy brunch spot, but a great place to catch up with a friend, date, or family. The churros steal the show. Read about our visit here. 1331 4th St SE, Washington, D.C.
The Salt Line
Whether you’re filling up before a Nats game, or looking for some stellar New England-style seafood, The Salt Line is definitely one of our faves. Our best advice? Don’t skimp on the drinks —The Perfect Storm Bloody Mary and the milkshakes are both feasts for the eyes. Read our review here. 79 Potomac Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.
Enjoy an Instagram worthy brunch at Whaley’s while overlooking the Capitol Riverfront. The seafood-centric restaurant is chic, bright, and exudes charm. We raved about the oysters, arctic char crudo, and buttermilk pancakes. After brunch sip a variety of rosés and frozen cocktails in the seasonal Rosé Garden. Read our glowing review here. 301 Water St. S.E. #115, Washington, D.C.
Book your rezzie at The Bird if you’re craving a poultry-centric brunch. Choose between the brightly colored patio and a rooftop oasis. We loved the Elderflower cocktail, “When the Rooster Crows.” We also raved about the truffle mac and cheese, fried chicken sandwich, and eggs Benedict with fried chicken. Read the full review here. 1337 11th St N.W., Washington, DC
Bring your furry friend for a dog-friendly brunch at Dacha Beer Garden. For a no-frills experience, keep it simple with a Bullfrog Bagels sandwich and a refreshing radler. You can also choose between the chicken and waffles, home fries and more. You can spend all day soaking up the rays with friends here. Read the Bitches review here. 1600 7th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
If you’re looking for an “adult treehouse,” El Techo owns the “fun in the sun” space. Perched up about Rito Loco, is a hip roof deck that blends Latin American flavors with fresh ingredients. Try the dynamite Bloody Marys and the spicy margaritas from the bar, and grab a few breakfast tacos to pair. You might be tempted to stay all night. Read the Bitches review here. 606 Florida Ave, Washington, D.C.
Grab a crew with adventurous taste buds for brunch on this spacious patio. This authentic Mexican fare with a modern twist wowed us and satiated our sweet, savory, and spicy cravings. The cocktails, including the mezcal selection, are spectacular. Read the Bitches review here. 1250 9th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Gather your best pals for a ‘Dim Sunday’ filled with inventive, American fare at Hazel. The playful patio is lined with artificial turf flooring, and a bright, floral mural sets the perfect backdrop. We raved over the delicious zucchini bread served with whipped foie gras, bee pollen and a chamomile gelee. You can order the whole menu filled with 11 inventive small plates for $95, and share between 3-4 people, making it an affordable dining experience. Read about our incredible experience here. 808 V St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
With two waterside patios, and a balcony that overlooks The Wharf, Mi Vida is a prime spot for people watching. This upscale Mexican restaurant serves up killer cocktails and delightful chips and guac. Read the Bitches review, here. 98 District Square S.W., Washington, D.C.
There’s a reason we always recommend 801 as the best place for a birthday brunch in D.C. The bottomless deal brings bottles of cava straight to your table, and the service is incredibly accommodating to large groups. If you’re looking for a space to get lit, 801 is your best bet. Read the Bitches review, here. 801 Florida Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C
The bright shipping containers, piñatas, and open air atmosphere are sure to put you in a good mood at El Rey. The focus here is on beer and burritos; an affordable option for anyone looking for a chill brunch in the sunshine. Read the Bitches review, here. 919 U St. N.W. Washington, D.C.
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