8 Must Visit Patios & Rooftops in DC
It’s patio season in Washington, DC. Make the most of summer by dining and drinking on scenic rooftop terraces, picturesque patios, in lush courtyards, and beer gardens.
Kick back on the rooftop at this casual Cuban café. Born from a love of the Cuban coffee tradition, founder Daniella Senior aims to bring people together over great food, drinks, and conversation. You’ll find seasonal empanadas, classic Cuban sandwiches, guava BBQ, Havana coffee, and rum-based cocktails.
Join Masseria beneath the pergola, an all-season, enclosed patio with a retractable roof. Chef Nicholas Stefanelli crafts a 6-course tasting menu inspired by the flavors of his native Puglia. Think rustic, yet elegant, coastal Italian dishes paired with wines made by off-the-beaten-path producers.
Hook Hall is a traditional tavern with an expansive beer garden and rotating pop-up experiences. The space has recently been converted into an immersive safari park, complete with private tents, a wild drink menu, and food options from Federalist Pig. Start with a Savanna Spritz or a pitcher of Safari Sangria.
Transport yourself to the glittering coastline of Spain. It’s apt that Del Mar, chef Fabio Trabocchi’s Spanish seafood restaurant, is situated on the waterfront overlooking the river. In fact, it was designed by a team of Spanish artisans to celebrate Spanish craftsmanship and lifestyle. The best time to go? At sunset.
Queen’s English specializes in modern Hong Kong cuisine and natural wine. It’s exactly the kind of thing best enjoyed on a palm-filled patio on a warm day. Order chicken & foie gras shumai, drunken chili noodles, crispy whole red snapper, and a bottle of funky, refreshing wine. Daily Natty Wine Hour goes from 5-7 p.m.
Officina at The Wharf
The terraza is calling. Perched above the Potomac, this third floor retractable rooftop oasis is inspired by the terraces of Rome and aperitivo culture. Officina is the perfect place to enjoy seasonal cocktails, champagne, small bites, and stunning views.
Special occasion? Reserve a group of picnic tables at Hi-Lawn, a fun, laid-back, and welcoming green space with retro vibes. Here you can enjoy Coney dogs, creative draft cocktails, adult “juice boxes,” lawn games, and live music. Reservations are available for groups of 15+ guests.
Mount Vernon Triangle
Grab a table beneath the black-and-white striped umbrellas. RPM Italian is modern in approach and Italian in spirit. The menu features spritz cocktails, wood-oven pizzettes, handmade pasta, grilled prawns, and prime steaks. Go during 3-6 p.m. for aperitivo hour.