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DC's Best Restaurant Gardens

Sidewalk cafes are wonderful when you want to be outside and enjoy the passing scene. Here’s a look at some of the nicest restaurant gardens around DC.

L'Auberge Chez Francois

FrenchGreat Falls
4.7
Food
4.6
Decor
4.7
Service

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.

Blue Duck Tavern

AmericanWest End
4.6
Food
4.5
Decor
4.6
Service

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.

BOURBON STEAK

SteakhouseGeorgetown
4.5
Food
4.4
Decor
4.5
Service

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).

Bistro Provence

FrenchBethesda
4.5
Food
4.4
Decor
4.2
Service

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.

Beuchert’s Saloon

AmericanCapitol Hill
4.4
Food
4.3
Decor
4.3
Service

The outdoor patio at this modern American has doubled in size and received finishing touches in the way of cherry-wood fencing, flower boxes and stringed lights.  

Big Bear Cafe

Bloomingdale
4.3
Food
4.3
Decor
4.0
Service

This local-favorite coffee shop is well known for its beautiful outdoor patio.

Vinoteca

U Street Corridor
4.2
Food
4.1
Decor
4.0
Service

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?

Old Angler's Inn

Potomac
4.1
Food
4.3
Decor
4.2
Service

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.

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