It’s no secret that getting a table at one of DC’s hottest restaurants on a Saturday night can be a challenge. Every Friday, we here at TheListAreYouOnIt.com check in with a select group of the area’s top-toques to let you know who is able to offer a Table for Two. Check back here every Friday at 4:30pm for a list of all open reservations at the area’s best restaurants. Here are available reservations for July 4th:

5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

100 New York Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Birch and Barley
1337 14th Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Bourbon Steak
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Casa Luca
1099 New York Avenue
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Chez Billy Sud
1039 31st Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

China Chilcano
418 7th Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

DBGB Kitchen and Bar
931 H Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Del Campo
777 I Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

818 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Fiola Mare
3050 K Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

707 6th Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Inn at Little Washington
309 Middle Street
Washington, VA
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available@

Iron Gate
1734 N Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
Fully Committed

2201 14th Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Kapnos Taverna
4000 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

1813 Columbia Road, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Osteria Morini
301 Water Street, SE
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

775 G Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Rasika West End
1177 22nd Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Rasika Penn Quarter
633 D Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
Fully Committed

Restaurant Eve
110 South Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

The Fainting Goat
1330 U Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

The Red Hen
1822 1st Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
Fully Committed

The Source by Wolfgang Puck
575 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

228 North Market Street
Frederick, Maryland
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
Fully Committed

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Another D.C. Fourth: Break Out the Red White and Blue

We’ve got three-plus pages of D.C. parties, picnics, and Independence-themed libations all right here on TheListAreYouOnIt.


Rounding Up Rickeys

July is our nation’s capital’s Rickey month, and D.C. mixologists are feeling inspired. Check out their latest variations on the traditional gin, lime, and soda drink.

Rickey Month – Dedicating 31 days to D.C.’s official cocktail, Cashion’s Eat Place hosts a pop up Rickey Bar throughout July. Featuring specials and flights of the staff’s own Rickey creations, Rickeys are available a la carte for $10 or by the flight for $12. Offerings include the Wild Thing (Jim Beam rye, a housemade “Northern Neck Farms two way tincture,” fresh lime, and Herout Cidre Cotentin organic sparkling cider); the Blue Shrub (Green Hat gin, fresh mint, house blueberry shrub, lime, soda); and the Green Shipman (Green Hat’s Navy strength gin, fresh basil, mint, simple syrup). (1819 Columbia Rd NW; 202.797.1819; cashionseatplace.com)

Retreat with a Rickey – McClellan’s Retreat offers up three original Rickeys all month long, crafted by three of their mixologists all participating in this year’s C/USBG Rickey Competition. Try out Megan Barnes’ creation (gin, preserved strawberries, toasted coriander, and ginger tea), Brian Nixon’s concoction (bourbon, chocolate, and orange soda), and James Brameyer’s libation (gin, cucumber, cilantro, soda). McClellan’s also serves up Rickey-inspired happy hour delights, like bourbon/lime pork jerky, a granita, and Jell-o shots. (2031 Florida Ave NW; 202.265.6270; mcclellansretreat.com)


Food News You Should Use: July Edition

1789 Summer Special – 1789 Restaurant offers the flavors of summer at a sensational price—now through September 11, dine on a showcase three-course menu for $48. Menu selections change daily to reflect the freshest ingredients and flavors of the season—with the exception of Saturday evenings, you’ll taste items like summer melon salad (housemade ricotta, cherry tomato confit, prosciutto, baby arugula and basil oil); chilled English pea soup (jumbo crab, crème fraîche and pea shoots); squid ink tagliarini (squid, jumbo lump crab, jalapeño, Thai basil, Meyer lemon confit and panko breadcrumbs); summer squash gâteau (golden lentils, ratatouille, goat cheese, mango-tomato compote and pea shoots); and desserts like the Rhubarb & Vanilla and the Campfire Sundae. (1226 36th Street NW; 202.965.1789; 1789restaurant.com)

Blasting Off into Summer – Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken has launched a new summer breakfast sandwich and an anytime doughnut ice cream sundae. The poached egg and savory doughnut sandwich (Monday to Friday 7:30A.M.-10:30A.M., Saturday 9:00A.M.-12:00P.M.) can include additional fried chicken ($5.00), Trickling Springs egg ($2), bacon ($0.75), Trickling Springs cheddar cheese ($0.50) and/or sausage gravy ($0.75). The Doughnut Ice Cream Sundae (Monday to Friday 1:30-4:00P.M., Saturday 12:00-3:00P.M.) features Trickling Springs ice cream (butter pecan, vanilla) and toppings on a brûléed vanilla doughnut. Toppings include caramel or hot fudge, whipped cream, and bacon ($.75). (1308 G St NW; 202.809.5565; astrodoughnuts.com)

Café Saint-Ex Returns to its Roots — Chef Justin Bittner has moved up the block from Bar Pilar to  return the venerable Saint-Ex to its French-inspired bistro roots (with help from his Maryland farm). New summer menus feature fresh, local ingredients in simple, classic bistro preparations. Spotlight dishes include crispy duck confit with soldier bean ragout; wild Alaskan halibut with spring peas, clams, and Serrano ham; and Teres major steak with roasted mushrooms and baked tomato. Lighter lunch fare includes  tuna tartine and a classic croque madame. (1847 14 St NW; 202.265.7839; saint-ex.com)

Better Burger Project – Del Campo takes on The James Beard Foundation’s Better Burger Project with its smoked mushroom burger, blending ground beef with cultivated mushrooms. Stop in through July 31 to try Chef Albisu’s burger, and if you’re so inclined, vote for Del Campo’s burger by using the hashtag #betterburgerproject and tagging @DelCampoDC and @ChefVictorAlbisu. (777 I St NW; 202.289.7377; delcampodc.com)

Cool New Treat for Summer Heat – RAMMY Best Pastry Chef of the Year, Chef Aggie Chin, unveils her new dessert creation this month at The Grill Room. Available for $12, the Bubble, Pop, Electric is a sensory experience featuring homemade strawberry sorbet made from champagne granite, Opalys cremeux, and champagne sabayon. (1050 31st St NW; 202.617.2424; thegrillroomdc.com)

Feasts and Fun – Enjoy two weeks of crab-filled fun at Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay during their crab “week,” August 7 to 22.  Sip Old Bay beer from Flying Dog Brewery,  indulge in a beachside crab feast, or try out the Feelin’ Crabby food truck. Crab-inspired recreation abounds throughout the resort, including River Marsh Golf Club’s Crabby Cup, a nine-hole golf tournament. Watch (or participate) in a crab-picking contest, join local watermen for a crabbing boat cruise on the Choptank River, or challenge other guests to a crab-inspired Family Iron Chef competition. Children’s activities include Krusty Krab’s Kreative Korner, filled with crab-themed arts and crafts, as well as a crabby tattoo parlor, seaworthy ‘dive-in’ movies, crab walk frenzy, catch-a-crab, and marine animal pool races. The annual Sea Plane Splash-In concludes the two-week long celebration, showcasing an impressive line-up airplanes engineered to taxi and take-off on water. (100 Heron Blvd, Cambridge, MD; 410.901.1234; chesapeakebay.hyatt.com/)

Snow Cones for Charity – Pop’s SeaBar will offer snow cones ranging from boozy to kid-friendly all summer long, but from July 1 to 7, the fresh fruit treats will benefit local youth nonprofit Brainfood. Three classics include Baltimore lemon stick, Earth ‘n’ Eats Strawberry, and Earth ‘n’ Eats Bing Cherry; grown ups can enjoy Baltimore Lemon stick (spearmint, lemon, Novo Fogo Cachaca); Earth ‘n’ Eats Strawberry (fresh strawberries, aged rum, cappelletti); and Earth ‘n’ Eats Bing Cherry (fresh bing cherries, Bulleit bourbon, Meletti amaro). (1817 Columbia Rd NW; 202.534.3933; popsseabar.com)

Beast of the Month – Red Apron Butcher has announced a Beast of the Month program that’s the opposite of beastly (available only at the Mosaic District location). The small-batch producer will showcase a heritage breed each month by featuring special cuts and charcuterie and finishing with a celebratory whole animal dinner the last Saturday of each month. Red Apron supports local farmers, full utilization of the animal, and responsibly raised animals, starting with a Russian Boar crossed with a Saddleback called Russaback from Leaping Waters Farm. Email to book your Beast of the Month celebratory dinner at reservations@redapronbutchery.com. (8298 Glass Alley Rd. Fairfax, VA; 703.676.3550; redapronbutcher.com)

Breaking: The Source by Wolfgang Puck Renovates and Revamps – After closing for two weeks, The Source will reopen at the end of August with a new look and menu. Executive Chef Scott Drewno will be offering a completely new lounge concept and dining room menu–The Source’s first floor bar and lounge will be completely renovated and will focus on offering guests a new menu of innovative takes on classic Chinese cuisine. Additions to the space include an open wok station and new seating throughout. Beginning in September, the upstairs dining room will become home to a hot pot table designed by Art Drauglis, offering guests a traditional Chinese hot pot experience in a tasting menu format. A roving tableside soup cart will also join the redesign. (575 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.637.6100; wolfgangpuck.com)


Summer Slugs and Swigs

Channeling the Deli Spirit into Happy Hour – At its newly opened Mosaic District store, DGS Delicatessen offers up playful happy hour bar bites like whitefish croquettes paired with old bay aioli, latke poutine smothered in sweet onion gravy and farmers cheese, and Reuben egg rolls served with spicy Russian dipping sauce, all for $5. Beverage Director Brian Zipin also offers a select list of beers, wines by the glass, and cocktails like the Schmoozer (ginger beer, mint and lime). Happy hour is daily from 3:00P.M. to 7:00P.M.; as always, ingredients are responsibly sourced, and the meat, seafood, and pickles are all brined, cured, and smoked in-house. (2985 District Avenue Suite 115; 202.293.4400; dgsdelicatessen.com)

Spirits of Summer – Le Diplomate’s cocktail menu features five seasonal libations to take the edge off summer heat. Drinks include Caraibes (rhum agricole, Punt e Mes, cherry liqueur, Fernet Branca, lime, and pineapple); Coup de Soleil (rye-based version of a grown-up Limeade with Aperol and bitters); and Le Papillon (lime, cardamom bitters, and basil), among others. (1601 14 St NW; 202.332.3333; lediplomatedc.com)

ENO’s Exclusive Summer Drink – ENO wine bar features the $12 Hugo cocktail from Western Austria this month, made by Italian barista Roland Gruver. Currently widely popular throughout Eastern Europe, ENO is one of the first wine bars to introduce the Hugo to the local D.C. community. Enjoy the ice, sparkling mineral water, prosecco, elderflower syrup, and fresh mint concoction with jalapeño lemon deviled eggs. (2810 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.295.2826; enowinerooms.com)

Sip ‘n’ Smoke – Combine cognacs and cigars (or sips and smokes) at 14K Hamilton Hotel every Wednesday night from 9:00P.M. to midnight. Enjoy cigars like the Montecristo (“Platinum Rothschild Tube (5 x 50) Montecristo Platinum Series Rothschild is a medium-bodied smoke that offers warm, nutty flavors and aromas in a creamy, rich smoke”) and the Ashton (“Often called “Red Dot” Cohibas, this exquisite smoke offers a medium-bodied flavor and a strong, smooth and incredibly rich character”) while sipping cognacs like the E&J Brandy Courvoisier and Remy Martin. (1001 14 St NW; 202.218.7575; hamiltonhoteldc.com)

barmini Tiki Week – barmini by José Andrés offers its second annual Tiki celebration, featuring a selection of over 10 Tiki-inspired cocktails, with ingredients ranging from aloe liqueur to guava ice, now until July 11. Highlights include Mohan Travels to Peru and Gets a Haircut (appleton vx rum, machu pisco peruvian pisco, chicha morada, lime, ginger syrup, don ciccio & figli walnut liqueur, vanilla syrup); Iz Kamakawiwo’ole (Bacardi, white rum, don ciccio & figli limoncello, simple syrup, lime, pernod rinse, guava ice); Goa Wedding Sangeet (appleton vx rum, honey-turmeric-hickory smoked powder, lime juice, pineapple, ginger juice); and Childhood in Paradise (bacardi 8 rum, mezcal vida, velvet falernum, simple syrup, mango puree, lime juice, chat masala, gram chipotle). (855 E St NW; 202.393.4451; barminibyjoseandres.com)

DuCard Vineyards Launches Pairing Program – Every Sunday in May, June, July, and August, DuCard will host a series of special dining events, pairing wine and food. Each menu, prepared by an in-house chef, will feature seasonal, farm-fresh dishes that perfectly complement each wine.  Additionally, guests will sample a not-yet-released vintage vino straight from the barrel. Held in DuCard’s Barrel Room, each event is limited to 10 people. (40 Gibson Hollow Ln. in Etlan, VA; 540.923.4206; ducardvineyards.com/barrelroomreservation.html)

Ooh, The Twisted Horn – Hank’s Oyster Bar presents The Twisted Horn this July, a weekly Wednesday pop up slinging craft drinks and small bites in the Up Bar. Sample the Louisiana Purchase (cognac, dry ansd red vermouth, muddled cucumber) and the Saboteur Sling (savory jalapeno, ramp infused gin), as well as Gordy’s Pickle Jar offerings alongside cheese and charcuterie. The permanent space is slated to open this Fall in the Petworth district. (1624 Q St NW; 202.462.4265; hanksoysterbar.com)

History of the Cocktail Series with Derek Brown – In conjunction with new exhibit Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History, the National Archives has hired its first-ever Chief Spirits Advisor, Derek Brown. Brown will curate a History of the Cocktail series, inviting writers, bartenders, and thinkers in spirits and cocktails to discuss the history of the cocktail. The series will coincide with a Bar Trail—participating bars include 2 Birds 1 Stone, Ambar, barmini, Bourbon Steak, Eat the Rich, El Camino, Tryst, and many more. The exhibit runs through January 2016. (National Archives Museum; archivesfoundation.org/event/founding-drinkers/)

Get in the Shark Spirit – Swim on up to Shark Week with a Blueberry Chum cocktail July 5 through July 12. Old Town Pour House will offer the Midori, Blue Curacoa, lemon juice, simple syrup, and blueberries concoction with a festive shark garnish for $9 each. (212 Ellington Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD; 301.963.6281; oldtownpourhouse.com)


Sandwich Madness Continues: Semi-Finals

We’ve seen Scott Drewno, Will Morris, Nycci Nellis, Bryan Voltaggio and more go sandwich to sandwich; now, we’re headed for the second semi-final round. Victor Albisu and Jonah Kim go head-to-head–the winner will move on to the final and face Nycci Nellis, who won last month’s banh mi battle against Scott Drewno. Cooking for the ALS Association, Victor Albisu offers The Juicy Cuban (100% Angus Beef burger, ham, roasted pork, Swiss, yellow mustard, shoestring fries, pickles). Cooking for Share Our Strength, Jonah Kim offers Juicy Korean (pulled pork, Korean chili glaze, crispy onion rings, creamy jardinière, provolone). G’s March Madness-style bracket features two guest chefs a month, who go head to head in a winner-takes all competition to benefit a charity of their choice. At the end of each month, the winning chef earns a dollar from each sandwich sold for a charity of his choice. (2201 14 St NW; 202.234.5015; gbymikeisabella.com/sandwich-madness-2015/)


Get Out of Town: Unforgettable Foodie Trips

For an unforgettable foodie trip from trusted travel agents, look to Art in Voyage. The travel boutique is offering a range of memorable voyages, such as a trip to Tuscany with Chef Kevin Fonzo; an Italian vacation with Chef Josh Henderson; and a rural France food and wine tour. Trips include airport transfers, seven nights in villas or hotels, wine tastings, cooking classes, and more. Click through to the site to learn more. (Tuscany  // Italy // France)


Events You Just Can’t Miss

Smithsonian Folklife Festival – Held annually on the National Mall, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival is a celebration of living cultural heritage and “tradition bearers” from more than “ninety nations, every region of the United States, scores of ethnic communities, more than a hundred American Indian groups, and some seventy different occupations” during its tenure. During the last week of June and the first week of July, expect daily and evening programs of music, song, dance, celebratory performance, crafts and cooking demonstrations, and storytelling with a focus on Peru. Festival hours are 11:00A.M. to 5:30P.M., with special events taking place most evenings beginning at 7:00P.M. (festival.si.edu/)

Taste of Frederick – From 12:00P.M. to 3:00P.M. on July 19, Marylanders can enjoy family fun and tastes from 15+ plus restaurants at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium. Buffalo Wild Wings, Noodles & Co., Pie Five, Starvin Marvin, and more will offer summer favorites. Tickets are $25 (kids are free), which includes unlimited tastes, a kids’ fun zone, fireworks, and a Frederick Keys baseball game. A portion of ticket proceeds will go to the Maryland ProStart Program. (21 Stadium Dr, Frederick, MD; click here for tickets)

Georgetown Sunset Cinema – Every Tuesday through August 4, enjoy free outdoor movies inspired by Georgetown at Georgetown Waterfront Park. Bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy a sunset and a movie—ranging from St. Elmo’s Fire to Burn After Reading. Admission is free; no chairs allowed! (georgetowndc.com/sunsetcinema)

Seventh Annual D.C. Beer Week – Craft beer fans, rejoice once more! D.C. Beer Week returns August 9-16 with a range of educational and tasting events. Like past years, dozens of venues in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland will host beer dinners, tastings, tap takeovers, and more. This year, DC Beer Week will kick things off with Brewers on the Block, an August 9 event bringing together 20 of the region’s best breweries at Suburbia at Union Market.  Tickets are $30. (dcbeerweek.net)

Silhouettes to Selfies: Slow Art, Fast Change – Through August 30, Tudor Place’s summer installation, Silhouettes to Selfies: Capturing Portraits Over Time examines how likenesses from long ago show not just how people looked, but how they saw themselves – and how they wanted us to see them. On all regular tours at Tudor Place, visitors will get a bonus look at artifacts and images over two centuries showing changes in the technology, custom, and attitudes of portraiture. Snap selfies and portraits using the outdoor photo frames for the duration of the installation. (1644 31 St NW; 202.965.0400; tudorpalace.org)

Food Truck Fans Join Curbside Cookoffs – Returning September 12, the DMV’s original food truck party now features a curbside fan face off: two fans, paired with their own sous chef, will compete against each other in the Curbside Cookoff chef battles. First held in 2010, Curbside Cookoff includes food trucks, fashion trucks, local beer, artisans market, kids zone, FTA All Star Awards, and live secret ingredient chef battles in the East Coast Customs Arena. The Curbside Cookoff benefits No Kid Hungry. To win a spot in the fan face off, share your best street food dish on Instagram with the hashtag #DMVFTA before July 31. Fans with the most likes will compete. Tickets are $8; admission for children under 5 is free. (DMVFTA.org/Curbside-Cookoff)

Twenty-Fifth Annual Rosslyn Jazz Festival – Attracting roughly 8,500 music fans every year, the free Rosslyn Jazz Festival features nationally and internationally acclaimed artists on September 12 in Gateway Park. This year’s feature performers include Funk/Afrobeat ensemble The Funk Ark, Sonny Knight & The Lakers, Ethiopian pop music-inspired Debo Band, and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, whose music has been featured on the HBO series Treme. Attendees will enjoy food, drinks, a beer and wine garden, and several on site Fashion Trucks. (rosslynva.org/jazz)

Fourth Annual Snallygaster – D.C.’s monstrous craft beer festival touches down on The Yards on September 12. Named for the fearsome and toothy mythical beast said to terrorize the region at the turn of the century, the festival has cemented itself as the largest, highly curated beer festival in the area. Benefiting the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture, they’ll be tapping no fewer than 300 unique craft beers, featuring D.C.’s finest food trucks and vendors, multiple musical acts, entertainment, games, family fun, and more. Guests can expect to find a number of beers rarely available in the district; an array of autumnal releases; German-inspired beers; a collection of cask ales; Franconian gravity-poured/rubber-clad kegs; brand-new Bluejacket small batch releases, and an artisanal cider garden. Tickets range from $10 to $60. (First St SE & N St SE; snallygasterdc.com)

Twelfth Annual Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair – Featuring handmade products and wares from across the country, Crafty Bastards is held in front of Union Market and features over 150 arts and crafters. Over two days–September 26 and 27–peruse wares ranging from bath and body care to fine art to accessories and more. Buy tickets online for $5 to $10. (1309 5th St NE; washingtoncitypaper.com/craftybastards)



Chef Mike Isabella Judges New Show – FYI’s new culinary competition series pits the world’s best chefs against child cooking prodigies. Fourteen one-hour episodes are set to premiere on Thursday, July 23 at 9:00P.M. In each episode a team of talented kids–Cloyce (13), Holden (14), Emmalee (12), Dylan (11) and Estie (7)–will challenge a prolific executive-level chef in the kitchen, where they will defend their culinary abilities. Will raw talent and imagination prove to be enough for the prodigies, or will decades of culinary experience win out? D.C.’s very own Mike Isabella, chef and restaurateur, will serve as one of the reoccurring judges and commentators for all fourteen episodes. (fyi.tv)



Lawrence DiJoseph – French bistro Chez Billy has announced Lawrence DiJoseph as its new Chef. A fourth generation Washingtonian, DiJoseph heads to Chez Billy after a storied career that includes stints at New York City’s Picholine, Bistro du Vent and, most recently, 8 & ½ in Richmond, VA. His menu of French bistro cuisine launched on June 16 and includes les moules, paillard de poulet, soupe de poisson, and more. (3815 Georgia Ave NW; 202.506.2080; chezbilly.com)

Steve Fowler — Cappella Washington, D.C., Georgetown has appointed Steve Fowler as its new Food & Beverage Director, overseeing a critically acclaimed roster of chefs and sommeliers. A University of Dayton graduate, Fowler worked as the Director of Operations for the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, where he oversaw nine restaurants and led the renovation and opening of Iron Gate. Fowler also held managerial roles at Bryan Voltaggio Restaurants and Jose Andres’ ThinkFoodGroup. He holds Wine and Spirits Educational Trust Advanced Level, Court of Master Sommelier Certificate Level, BarSmarts Advanced Certificate, and Cicerone Certification. (1050 31 St NW; 202.617.2400; capellahotels.com)

Kerry Brian Tate – Silo Restaurant has replaced Executive Chef Michael Walters with California-grown Executive Chef Kerry Brian Tate. Born and raised in California wine country, the chef attended Columbia College culinary school and worked with notable California chefs. On moving to D.C. in 2011, Tate joined EatWell D.C. and led in the kitchens of Grillfish and The Heights. He’ll add Southern cuisine with an Asian influence to Silo’s offerings, including urban bar snacks like crispy chickpeas and skillet mac ‘n’ cheese. (919 5 St NW; 202.290.2233; silodc.com)


Dining with a Side of Fresh Air: D.C. Patio Round Up

Acadiana – As Cajun music plays, sunlight breaks through the shade on the quiet K St side of this contemporary Louisiana fish house. Under the awning of the patio, guests can enjoy outdoor dining come rain or shine. (901 New York Ave NW; 202.408.8848; acadianarestaurant.com)

Bastille — Bastille welcomes guests on its spacious outdoor patio at its new Alexandria location. Bordering the grassy courtyard of The Asher apartments, enjoy a glass of rosé while the kiddos roam the yard. Guests will be delighted with Chefs Christophe and Michelle Poteaux’s soon-to-debut spring menu, specially designed with the new patio in mind. (606 N. Fayette St. Alexandria, VA; 703.519.3776; bastillerestaurant.com)

Bistrot Royal – Bastille’s sister restaurant’s quaint patio is surrounded by freshly planted flowers in honor of the season we’ve all been waiting for. Enjoy the Bistrot’s classic French menu with fresh spring additions. (1201 N. Royal St. Alexandria, VA; 703.519.9110; bistrotroyal.com)

Bayou Bakery Coffee Bar & Eatery – The two D.C.-area Bayou Bakery eateries take their vintage New Orleans charm straight outside, where weathered tin planters and comfy chairs and lounge seating create a casual “front porch” vibe. Authentic fare bursts with Louisiana flavor from seasonal crawfish boils on the patio to fast-bite favorites like Muff-a-lottas and beignets. (901 Pennsylvania Ave SE // 1515 N. Courthouse Rd., Arlington, VA; 703.243.2410; bayoubakeryva.com)

*NEW* Black’s Bar & Kitchen – Black’s Bar & Kitchen celebrates outdoor dining in style with an al fresco pig roast. On May 30, the patio opening event will offer Barren Island Oyster Company’s “Ugly Oysters” prepared three ways–raw on the half shell, grilled with lime barbecue butter, and etouffée style, as well as an ethically raised Berkabaw pig from Autumn Olive Farms in Virginia, served with sour orange rum mojo and chimichurri. Wash it down with “Feed the Monkey” Hefeweizen, and “The Infinite” from Maryland’s Jailbreak Brewing Company. Tickets are $45. (7750 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD; 301.652.5525; brgevents.wufoo.com/forms/patio-kickoff-party/)

BRABO — BRABO Tasting Room is opening the property’s courtyard for the first time. To celebrate the launch, the restaurant will host an event with Virginia winemaker Claude Thibaut of Thibaut-Janisson Winery on May 8. Enjoy light bites from Chef de Cuisine Harper McClure and Virginian wines. (1600 King St, ALexandria, VA; 703.894.5252; braborestaurant.com)

Brasserie Beck – A canopy of umbrellas and bistro seating bring a certain joie de vivre to bold-faced, Belgian-themed style hotspot Brasserie Beck. Boasting one of the largest patios in the city, guests can enjoy signatures such as spicy red Thai curry mussels, or sip on one of the many European beers from an extensive list. In Gaithersburg, MD, the Brasserie Beck Kentlands features live music and a spacious patio.  (1101 K St NW; 202.408.1717 // 311 Kentlands Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD; 301.569.4247; brasseriebeck.com)

Burger, Tap & Shake – BTS offers the perfect spot for guests to get their burger and shake fix while taking in the bustle of Foggy Bottom. While the fare may be fast, the housemade offerings are gourmet, like the boozy Shaketails. (2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.587.6258; burgertapshake.com)

Café & Bar Dupont — Café & Bar Dupont’s popular 52-seat outdoor patio is now open. Enjoy Café Dupont’s unique menu of French-influenced dishes with a modern twist, as well as perfectly mixed cocktails and fine vintages. (The Dupont Circle Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Ave NW; doylecollection.com/hotels/the-dupont-circle-hotel/dining)

Central — Central Michel Richard offers a full bar, romantic evening lighting, and fresh blooms alongside a new afternoon menu on its patio bar slash lounge. Bring on summer in the city! (1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.626.0015; centralmichelrichard.com)

*NEW* DBGB – Stop to smell (and sip) the rosés at DBGB—in a quiet enclave off H St, they’ve debuted a new patio. Sommelier Caroline Bowker’s lineup of pink drink includes a rosé on draft from Virginia’s Rosemont Winery, a sparkler from the Languedoc, Mas de Daumas Gassac Frizant, and bottles from California, Sicily, and Provence. All pair superbly with chef’s daily selection of oysters from War ShoreBarren Island, Battle Creek, and beyond. (931 H St NW; 202.695.7660; dbgb.com/dc)

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse – CityCenterDC serves guests on its picturesque courtyard patio, while at the downstairs bar, glass walls open to create the feel of being outdoors. The steakhouse serves bold, chef-driven cuisine alongside an award-winning wine list—perfect for an al fresco meal on a sunny afternoon or warm evening. (950 I Street NW, Suite 501; delfriscos.com)

Del Frisco’s Grille at Pike & Rose – At Del Frisco’s Grille, custom umbrellas with built-in misters and heaters provide guests with perfect outdoor temperatures from spring to fall. The Grille serves American comfort classics made with fresh seafood and local produce for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. (11800 Old Georgetown Rd, North Bethesda, MD; delfriscos.com)

District Commons – District Commons’ al fresco space opens with the blooming of spring. Guests can savor casual American fare from the enclosed area, or opt for one of the 99 American beers “on the wall” to accompany signature dishes like chef Jeff Tunks’ Nana Sue’s Meatloaf or daily raw bar treats. (2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.587.8277; districtcommonsdc.com)

härth — The Hilton McLean Tysons Corner invites guests to enjoy its soon-to-debut spring menu al fresco. Chef Luc draws inspiration for his menus from seasonal produce sourced from his on-site chef’s garden and local farms. With lounge seating for up to 50, the outdoor patio has a custom firewall and is the perfect backdrop for smoking cigars available for purchase at in the härth bar. (7920 Jones Branch Dr, McLean, VA; 703.847.5000; hiltonmclean.com/harth-en.html)

Iron Gate – Raise a glass to the end of winter at Iron Gate, with refreshing new cocktails like the At My Window (Green Hat Gin, Argiolas Mirto, Giffard Pamplemousse, and lime) and How to Fight Loneliness (Suerte Blanco Tequila, house hibiscus cordial, grapefruit, Lindera Farms honey vinegar). Enjoy in the carriageway, in the dining room, or on the patio. (1734 N St NW; 202.524.5202; irongaterestaurantdc.com)

Marcel’s – Elegant yet relaxed, the patio flanking the entrance to one of D.C.’s most beloved restaurants transports you to a seat along the sidewalks of Le Champs Élysée. The revamped patio, which debuted last May, features stylish outdoor furniture and accents that provide a relaxing urban oasis. Guests may enjoy seasonal tastes from Marcel’s lounge menu or opt for the complete menu to get the full experience Chef Wiedmaier’s award-winning cuisine. (2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.296.1166; marcelsdc.com)

Mussel Bar & Grille – The outside spaces at each DC area Mussel Bar & Grille reflect the casual essence of Robert Wiedmaier’s upscale “dive.” Indulge in lunch, brunch, or dinner served up with a side of fresh air. Besides the delectable Mussels are al fresco favorites like oysters on the half shell, jumbo lump crab cakes, and brick oven fired pizzas. (7262 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD; 301.215.7817 // 800 N. Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA; 703.841.2337; musselbar.com)

Occidental Grill – Relax with fabulous food and good company under the shade of willow oaks and blue umbrellas between the White House and the National Mall. Executive Chef Rodney Scruggs has crafted an exciting spring menu, featuring the freshest local ingredients from nearby farms and markets and fresh herbs, many from the restaurant’s own garden on the patio. Try a creative cocktail alongside the swordfish BLT on a thick crust brioche with tomato jam, or poached Eggs Benedict on an English muffin with garlic sausage and spring onion hollandaise. (1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.783.1475occidentaldc.com)

*NEW* Ocopa – Ocopa Peruvian Restaurant caters to your (cocktail and cebiche) needs all year round with its new, all-season patio. Expect the full Peruvian menu, as well as frozen (on request) Pisco cocktails and a cebiche bar. Try the Pisco Punch sorbet or the Tiki-themed drinks. (1324 H St NE; 202.396.1814; ocopadc.com)

PassionFish – As spring blossoms, the global seafood makes its seasonal debut at PassionFish in Reston, VA under the hand of DC’s master seafood monger Chef Jeff Tunks and Chef Chris Clime. The restaurant has unveiled a chic new lounge patio, which now extends to the side of the restaurant. (11960 Democracy Blvd., Reston, VA; 703.230.3474; passionfishreston.com)

Penn Commons – Located next to the Verizon Center, Penn Commons will soon unveil their new patio on the sidewalks in front of the American tavern for one of the best people-watching spots in the city. The outdoor space will function as a Beer Garden, featuring their extensive selection of 40+ beers representing nearly each ale-producing state in America, along with their signature craft cocktails. (700 6th St NW; 202.905.2999; penncommonsdc.com)

Roofers Union — Boasting one of the best rooftops in DC, the views at Roofers Union are only further enhanced by Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley’s locally-sourced and sustainable menu of classic American fare, as well as the bar program focusing on craft beers and cocktails. The covered open air rooftop, known for its 15-seat horseshoe bar, is the perfect setting for outdoor dining or drinks with friends. (2446 18th Street NW; 202.232.7663; roofersuniondc.com)

SER – WIth city approval, SER plans to extend patio seating from 40 to 100, but for now, guests can enjoy brunch or happy hour surrounded by bright decor complete with splashes of lemon yellow, turquoise, bright white, and rustic wood elements framed by vibrant flowers. (1110 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA; 703.746.9822; SER-Restaurant.com)

Vinoteca – The lively front patio and backyard bar have reopened alongside a new outdoor grill menu, cocktails, and, of course, old guest favorite bocce ball. New menu items include gourmet hot dogs, burgers, and a grilled squid roll, among other items. Spring libations include the Sparkling Rickey (Fords Gin, sparkling wine, lemongrass syrup). (1940 11 St NW; 202.332.9463; vinotecadc.com)