Dine Outdoors for DC Restaurant Week

McCloone's Pier House patio at sunset.

McCloone’s Pier House patio at sunset. Photo by Dottie Cooper.

Dine al Fresco while taking advantage of DC Restaurant Week’s 3-course prix-fixe menus. This roundup includes many Washington, DC area restaurants with outdoor or patio seating that are also participating in DC Restaurant Week (August 13-19, 2012).

Washington, DC

701 Restaurant – In Penn Quarter, 701 has a dozen or more tables on their outdoor patio inviting patrons to linger over their DC Restaurant Week lunch or dinner prepared by the talented (and heavily inked) executive chef Ed Witt. Enjoy sweeping views of the Navy Memorial Fountain with a tranquil view in the heart of downtown DC. Outdoor tables may be reserved. 701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202.393.0701

Acadiana – Part of the Passion Food Hospitality Group restaurants, Acadiana specializes in Cajun, Creole, and Southern flavors. The dishes represent various cooking techniques from the colorful ethnic areas spanning southern Louisiana, serving up the rich and complex flavors for which the region is known and savored. For DC Restaurant Week all Passion Food Hospitality restaurants have a longstanding tradition of offering any entree on their regular menus while offering selected appetizers and desserts for the restaurant week prix-fixe menu. Enjoy a great deal on their beautiful patio as dappled sunlight breaks through the shade on the quiet K Street side of this contemporary Louisiana fish house, as Cajun music plays softly in the background and a cheerful clinking announces the arrival of buckets of beer at your table. Whether at lunchtime or for dinner, any one of the tables gracing Acadiana’s northern sidewalk, accommodating 60, offers the most relaxing seat in the house. 901 New York Avenue, NW; 202.408.8848

Ardeo + BardeoArdeo+Bardeo is located in the historic neighborhood of Cleveland Park. This neighborhood gem, offers an intimate roof terrace. While it’s good for the overall sensation of eating outdoors; however, there is no view but enjoy being outdoors, none the less. They are participating for DC Restaurant Week for dinner only. Their outdoor tables may be reserved. 3311 Connecticut Ave.,NW; 202. 244.6750 Link to Dining Review:

Art and SoulRecently named one of the Best New Restaurants in DC by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, this celebrated two-time James Beard Award winning Chef Art Smith as chef/owner serves up southern inspired regional cuisine while showcasing fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. Executive Chef, Wes Morton works closely with Chef Art and with local purveyors, farmers and vendors to bring guests the finest and freshest foods available. The chefs’ mission is to provide patrons with Food for the Soul – food made with love and special attention with southern-style hospitality. Enjoy the large open outdoor patio. Look for favorites on their restaurant week menu that are available on the regular lunch, such as Art’s famous fried chicken. This is a great opportunity to sample some of his extraordinary cuisine, prepared with love – at an exceptional value. 415 New Jersey Ave., NW; 202.393.7777

Beacon Bar and Grill – Located in Washington, DCs bustling Dupont Circle, the restaurant combines a festive, high energy two story high lounge, an open air patio, as well as an elegant dining room reminiscent of a 1930′s ocean liner providing a sense of upscale casual dining. One of the summer’s seasonal attractions available at the Beacon Bar & Grill is it popular roof-top Beacon’s Sky Bar. The popular alfresco cocktail lounge features spectacular views of the Dupont Circle neighborhood, Embassy Row and expanses of the city skyline in the heart of Washington, DC. Beacon is participating in both lunch and dinner for DC Restaurant Week, offering diners many opportunities to enjoy a fun rooftop atmosphere and innovative fare. Open Wednesdays to Saturdays: 1615 Rhode Island Ave., NW; 202.872.1126

Belga CafeCredited as the original Belgian restaurant in Washington, DC. Belga is a great place for authentic Belgian food and Beer. Combining an intriguing atmosphere with excellent, light & healthy interesting food, Belga Cafe is a little bit of Brussels on the Hill, with an open kitchen and sidewalk cafe. Enjoy a delicious DC Restaurant Week 3-course lunch or dinner on their sun-soaked terrace. They have just 7 tables available on a first come first served basis. Located near the Barracks row neighborhood: 514 8th St., SE.; 202.544.0100

Bombay ClubThis gourmet Indian restaurant offers authentic Indian cuisine in an adaptation of the Ayurvedic tradition. The elegant environment with pale pastels, ceiling fans, and a profusion of greenery is designed to create a warm and inviting gathering place for relaxation and regeneration. The cuisine is the finest of India, utilizing only the best quality ingredients to create a harmony of subtle flavors with Executive Chef Nilesh Singhvi at the helm. Also a great option for Vegetarians. The sophisticated cuisine is enhanced by refine service and live piano music. Take advantage of their DC Restaurant Week 3-course prix-fixe lunch or dinner menus while enjoying al fresco dining in an elegantly casual atmosphere. Outdoor tables may be reserved. 815 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202.659.3727

Cafe Du Parc Just footsteps from the White House, you’ll be instantly transported to Paris with authentic wrought-iron furniture and bright blue umbrellas. Cafe du Parc is only participating in DC Restaurant Week for dinner. Enjoy a special 3-course prix-fixe dinner menu on one of their  twos eparate seating areas, terrace located on Pennsylvania Avenue and Courtyard located between the Willard Hotel & the Willard Business Center. Bon Apetit! 1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202.942.7000

Dino – Every year, Restaurateur Dean Gold always gets into the spirit of restaurant week by going the extra mile. Dino serves excellent authentic Italian fare using the best seasonal ingredients at an exceptional value all year round with the Menu della Sera offering 3 courses for just $39!, but always kicks it up a notch for restaurant week, or shall I say month?! Dino will run their restaurant week promotion for an entire month, beginning August 1st and offers guests a gift certificate good on a return visit for September 6 thru September 30th. What a deal! Dino allows diners to reserve their outdoor patio tables, so call ahead to reserve.

J&G Steakhouse - Located in the W Hotel, J&G Steakhouse’s outdoor patio is open for al fresco dining and cocktails featuring their special 3-course prix-fixe DC Restaurant Week lunch and dinner menus. The 90-seat patio with expanded seating, and lounge areas with elegantly modern fire pit cocktail tables is open noon to 10:00pm, Sunday through Thursday, and noon to 11:00pm on Friday and Saturday. After dinner head up to POV for cocktails for an amazing view of the National Mall. 515 15th Street, NW; 202.661.2440

Johnny’s Half Shell – This award-winning seafood restaurant located on Capitol Hill, walking distance from Union Station, has an open-air, roof-covered terrace with a large bar and comfortable seating for 125 people. Using organic produce, poultry, meat and sustainable seafood, Johnny’s continues to delight DC Restaurant Week diners with its seafood specialties and strong drinks, especially with their specialty liqueur “Hum”. Participating in both DC Restaurant Week for lunch and dinner. With lively jazz and blues playing in the background, three happy hours Monday through Friday and free validated parking nightly (Hall of States Lot-E Street entrance, between N.Capitol Street and New Jersey Ave.), the Half Shell is rocking the Hill. 400 North Capitol St. NW; 202.737.0400.

Masa 14 rooftop at night. Photo by Michael Palmer.

Masa 14 - Come for their extraordinary offerings for DC Restaurant week Dinner and stay for their gorgeous rooftop, with lots of chic dark wood, and elegant lighting fixtures. Masa 14 offers an incredible value by offering diners 4-courses selections from their regular dinner menu. Diners chose from one of their first selections such as a Hand Roll, or my favorite, the Hijiki-Jimaca Salad. Follow with a second course such as a flatbread or steamed bun. For 3rd course, chose from Beef shortribs or Shrimp and Crab Lumpia and more! Also your choice of a dessert. Wash it down with a lighter version of the mojito using half of the normal sugar, Mojito Modesto. 1825 14th St., NW; 202.328.1414

Poste Modern Brasserie - In the heart of Penn Quarter, located in the luxurious Hotel Monaco, Poste offers guests an opportunity to dine in the outdoor courtyard within their own garden. About 20% of what the restaurant uses is grown in the garden, including heirloom tomatoes, herbs and strawberries. Poste is participating in DC Restaurant Week for both lunch and dinner, offering diners many opportunities to enjoy their delicious seasonal fare.  555 8th St., NW; 202.783.6060

J&G Steakhouse Patio.

PS 7’s - Chef Peter Smith’s irrepressible creativity spills out into the courtyard of his elegant Penn Quarter restaurant. Outdoor seating for 50 is surrounded by potted herbal plants and other foliage to seclude diners from the bustling neighborhood. In good weather, it is sure to fill up fast – especially at lunchtime. PS7′s is participating in both lunch and dinner for DC Restaurant Week (their menus  have not been posted online). Now that Anthony Rivera is shaking and stirring his good stuff behind the bar, it’s another great reason to visit! 777 I Street, NW; 202.742.8550

Westend BistroI love this restaurant, but not just because I think Eric Ripert is dreamy (but it certainly helps). Chef de cuisine, Joe Palma executes the American menu of simple signature dishes inspired by Chef Ripert’s family traditions and recipes with precision and great care. The focus is on using seasonal ingredients, culled from fresh, quality produce by local farmers in the Mid-Atlantic region. Even for a non foie gras or pate lover, the Duck Liver Mousse is to die for (pardon the pun). And don’t overlook the bar menu. The sliders, frites, and truffle popcorn will keep you up at night reminiscing. Another note: while I have advised against dining at restaurants that offer prix-fixe menus all year round as a general restaurant week no-no, since Westend Bistro offers a pre-theatre menu only between 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., an exception can be made here. Enjoy an amazing meal on their beautiful relaxing patio.



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