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DC's Best Restaurant Gardens

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.

  • L'Auberge Chez Francois
    • French
    • Great Falls
    Food
    27
    Decor
    26
    Service
    27
    Cost
    $84

    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
    • American
    • West End
    Food
    26
    Decor
    25
    Service
    26
    Cost
    $70

    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.

  • Bistro Provence
    • French
    • Bethesda
    Food
    25
    Decor
    24
    Service
    22
    Cost
    $80

    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.

  • BOURBON STEAK
    • Steakhouse
    • Georgetown
    Food
    25
    Decor
    24
    Service
    25
    Cost
    $94

    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).

  • Beuchert’s Saloon
    • American
    • Capitol Hill
    Food
    24
    Decor
    23
    Service
    23
    Cost
    $39

    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
    • Coffee Shop
    • Bloomingdale
    Food
    23
    Decor
    23
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $16

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

  • Vinoteca Wine Bar and Bistro
    • U Street Corridor
    Food
    22
    Decor
    21
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $36

    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
    Food
    21
    Decor
    23
    Service
    22
    Cost
    $52

    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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