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Restaurants Where You Can Escape the Heat in DC


When you’re seeking a break from the heat, these DC restaurants will cool you off.

  • American Capitol Hill
    Johnny's Half Shell Map None 400 N Capitol Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia | 202-737-0400
    Food21 Decor20 Service20 Cost$47

    Good to know: This spot has an outdoor courtyard that can be air-conditioned.

  • American Columbia Heights
    Meridian Pint Map 3400 11th Street Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia | 202-588-1075
    Food20 Decor19 Service21 Cost$24

    Good to know: This restaurant has lodge-like decor, and the downstairs features pull-your-own taps. Check out the outdoor space, too.

  • American Penn Quarter/Chinatown
    NoPa Kitchen + Bar Map 800 F Street Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia | 202-347-4667
    Food- Decor- Service- CostE

    Good to know: This airy space has a raw bar.

  • Seafood Dupont Circle
    Pesce Map 2002 P Street Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia | 202-466-3474
    Food26 Decor17 Service23 Cost$50

    Good to know: This restaurant features an airy dining room and a temperature-controlled wine cellar.

  • New American Friendship Heights
    RANGE Map 5335 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia | 202-803-8020
    Food- Decor- Service- CostM

    Good to know: This space is glassed-in and airy.

  • American Downtown
    The Hamilton Map 600 14th Street Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia | 202-787-1000
    Food20 Decor25 Service18 Cost$36

    Good to know: This restaurant has hunting lodge decor, so you can get cozy even in the summer.

  • American Reston
    Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro Map 11750 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia | 703-234-3550
    Food23 Decor22 Service22 Cost$45

    Good to know: This spot boasts a secluded outdoor patio.

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