Washington, DC (March 21, 2011) – As the first signs of spring begin to appear, the long-awaited warm weather brings the return of a favorite way to dine: alfresco dining season. From scenic rooftop decks and charming patios to exotic outdoor terraces, DC area restaurants offer several exciting open-air dining options to celebrate the end of snow and sweaters and return of sunshine and flip flops.
From umbrella-covered prime people-watching spots to cozy, intimate meals under the stars, six of Washington, DC’s most desirable outdoor eateries are reopening their gorgeous patios for the alfresco dining season with seasonal cocktail and food specials, weekly patio pig roasts and beautiful scenery.
Perrys restaurant: located in the heart of colorful Adam’s Morgan. Initially, Perrys served traditional Japanese cuisine and sushi, but has continually pushed the envelope of that trend and is now considered the destination in DC for both its contemporary American cuisine with an emphasis on sustainable and local seafood and full sushi bar.
Their rooftop dining and bar is the perfect setting to enjoy an evening under the stars with magnificent views of the city. As a toast to the new season, try their “Ahh Spring,” with gin, blood orange, simple syrup, cucumber and strawberry.
Café Saint-Ex: A neighborhood mainstay on DC’s popular 14th Street, Café Saint-Ex’s relaxing patio is often full of hungry brunch-goers, leisurely lunchers and those merely looking for a delicious meal under the sun. Drawing a diverse mix of neighborhood locals and visitors alike, Saint-Ex’s 54-seat umbrella-decorated terrace offers an expansive corner location perfect for people-watching along the busy 14th Street.
Saint-Ex’s full ever-changing menu is available on the patio and utilizes seasonal ingredients from local farmer’s markets, in springtime dishes like the light Tuscarora Beet Salad, satisfying Fried Green Tomato BLT and fresh grilled fish options. The restaurant also offers an extensive menu of refreshing libations including creative cocktails and of course, the best way to keep cool during warmer months, their signature seasonal Poptails, icy booze-infused cocktail popsicles.
Cork Wine Bar: One of the most coveted seats during the warmer months, Cork Wine Bar‘s charming patio is the perfect spot to spend a warm spring evening over delicious food and interesting wines. Situated on lively 14th Street near Logan Circle, Cork’s quaint patio offers guests an exquisite alfresco dining experience within one of the trendiest neighborhoods in DC. Cork also brings out the heat lamps when the temperature dips in the evenings.
Cork’s full menu of tasty, shareable plates and unique, hand picked wines is available on the intimate 12-seat patio. To celebrate spring, the restaurant will also begin serving their signature Cork Spiced Lemonade ($3), a creative and refreshing blend of fresh squeezed lemon juice, star anise, coriander, white pepper, bay leaves and cinnamon, which can also be spiked and made for adults. With the arrival of spring, Cork will also start offering Rosé Flights ($15-$20), a monthly-rotating selection of juicy roséwines.
Old Glory: Situated in the heart of Georgetown, Old Glory‘s lively rooftop deck is considered a coveted Georgetown gem and offers a wonderful outdoor dining experience overlooking the neighborhood. Often hosting exciting events like weekly Trivia Night and group entertainment, Old Glory’s 50-person rooftop is the perfect place to gather with friends and enjoy a home-cooked meal of award-winning smoked ribs and of course, their famous complimentary basket of fresh corn bread muffins.
To salute the essence and diversity of the nation’s regional cooking styles, Old Glory offers genuinely slow cooked meats and an extensive array of regional housemade barbecue sauces and dry rubs that reflect the styles developed in some of the country’s greatest barbecue locales. Guests can also sip some of the world’s rarest and most unique bourbons, as Old Glory’s 80+ bourbon menu is one of the largest in the city.
Paolo’s Ristorante: With the perfect corner location to people-watch along the bustling Wisconsin Avenue, Paolo’s Ristorante offers an intimate yet lively dining experience during all hours of the day. Merging traditional Italian with fresh Californian cuisine in the heart of Georgetown, Paolo’s 35-seat patio is one of Georgetown’s best spots to enjoy an outdoor Sunday brunch, sunny happy hour, or dinner on a warm spring evening.
Diners can enjoy light spring fare on the sunlit patio with a wide selection of inventive brick-oven pizzas, light salads and fresh seafood dishes, or just relax with a revitalizing cocktail and Paolo’s signature house-made breadsticks and olive tapenade. Keeping guests cool on warmer spring days, Paolo’s serves up its famous Frozen Bellinis ($10), any icy mix of champagne, Peach Schnapps, peach nectar and a refreshing touch of mint.
Time to peel back the layers, put on some shades and enjoy what DC has to offer!