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10 Hidden Restaurant Gardens Around DC

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Sidewalk cafes are wonderful when you want to be outside and enjoy the passing scene. But for summertime alfresco dining, it’s hard to beat a greenery-shaded garden that’s tucked away from the hustle and bustle on the street. Here’s a look at some of the nicest dining havens around DC.

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  • French Bethesda
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    Bistro Provence Map 4933 Fairmont Ave, Bethesda, Maryland | 301-656-7373
    Food26 Decor22 Service21 Cost$66
     

    Chef-owner Yannick Cam’s top-rated modern French cooking gets an added fillip when enjoyed in his Bethesda restaurant’s secluded courtyard. It's the perfect setting for  seasonal specialties like ratatouille and zucchini gateau dressed with crab.

  • American West End
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    Blue Duck Tavern Map 1201 24th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia | 202-419-6755
    Food27 Decor25 Service26 Cost$64
     

    It’s hard to believe that this restaurant's lush, fountain-centered courtyard, where ingredients for its New American fare are grown, is in DC’s busy West End. On weekends, dinner guests receive complimentary sorbet cones that use the fresh mint growing right in front of them.

  • Steakhouse Georgetown
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    Bourbon Steak Map 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia | 202-944-2026
    Food25 Decor25 Service25 Cost$70
     

    Tucked away beside the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown is a hideaway garden patio for drinks and light fare from this well-regarded New American. Celebrate the dog days of summer with its artisanal hot dog and beer specials ($9).

  • French Great Falls
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    L'Auberge Chez Francois Map 332 Springvale Rd, Great Falls, Virginia | 703-759-3800
    Food28 Decor27 Service28 Cost$81
     

    Dining alfresco at this beloved Alsatian in Great Falls transports guests to the French countryside. What's more, its less-formal Jacques Bistro has its own Gallic-feeling outdoor garden dining area.

  • American Potomac
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    Old Angler's Inn Map 10801 MacArthur Boulevard, Potomac, Maryland | 301-365-2425
    Food20 Decor24 Service20 Cost$58
     

    On the Maryland side of the river, this New American seats guests in lovely woodland setting. Perfect for when you've just completed the nearby bike and hiking trail, there's a beer garden out back with a pub menu.

  • French Penn Quarter/Chinatown
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    Poste Map 555 8th Street Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia | 202-783-6060
    Food20 Decor22 Service20 Cost$50
     

    In the heart of the Penn Quarter, this elegant courtyard serves as a retreat for diners and hosts a garden growing ingredients for the New American menu. Have your next party here - they do whole-animal roasts.

  • Wine Bar Georgetown
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    Puro Cafe Map 1529 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia | 202-787-1937
    Atmo.29 Decor27 Service25 CostI
     

    Walking past this Mediterranean coffee cafe on Georgetown’s brick-paved main thoroughfare, you’d never imagine that there is a tree-lined garden out back. For chic intimacy, book the patio cabana that can be closed off for private parties.

  • Dupont Circle
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    Tabard Inn Map 1739 N Street Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia | 202-785-1277
    Food25 Decor23 Service22 Cost$47
     

    Tucked away off Dupont Circle, this romantic New American’s garden is certainly no secret. Still, it's one of the most sought-after places to brunch.

  • Eclectic U Street Corridor
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    Vinoteca Wine Bar and Bistro Map 1940 11th Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia | 202-332-9463
    Food22 Decor21 Service21 Cost$35
     

    Here’s a U Street N.W.-area wine bar with a bocce court in its backyard. It grills hot dogs, pours vino and mixes serious drinks - what else do you need on a summer’s night?

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