Patio pleasures: Some of the best outdoor dining in DC

WASHINGTON — The warm weather is here, and one of the best ways to spend the hot and hazy days (and nights) of summer is on a patio with a cold beverage in hand.

Here are some places to check out if you’re looking to dine alfresco.

Calico, an urban backyard tucked away in Blagden Alley features a 3,000-square-foot patio with communal tables surrounding a large vintage greenhouse. The Eastern Shore-inspired fare created by Chef Nathan Beauchamp is elevated by a beverage program that includes craft cocktails in drink pouches, along with a wide variety of beer, wine and other cocktails on draft. (Courtesy Calico)
Calico, an urban backyard tucked away in Blagden Alley, features a 3,000-square-foot patio with communal tables surrounding a large vintage greenhouse. The Eastern Shore-inspired fare created by Chef Nathan Beauchamp is elevated by a beverage program that includes craft cocktails, plus a wide variety of beer and wine. (Courtesy Calico) (Courtesy Calico)
Casolare's new outdoor patio “The Deck” sits right outside the Glover Park Hotel.  The raised patio features Boozy Sno-Cones in flavors like Blue Passion Lagoon (with vodka, triple sec, blue passion) and also serves draft cocktails and bottled sparkling cocktails as well.  The menu, includes summer favorites like Peel and Eat Shrimp, Saucy St. Louis Ribs, Sliders, Buffalo Chicken Pizza, and Smoked Brisket Mac and Cheese. (Courtesy Casolare)
Casolare’s outdoor patio “The Deck” sits right outside the Glover Park Hotel. The raised patio features boozy Sno-cones in flavors like Blue Passion Lagoon (with vodka, triple sec, blue passion) and serves draft cocktails and bottled sparkling cocktails as well. The menu includes summer favorites like peel-and-eat shrimp, barbecue chicken pizza and smoked pulled pork sliders. (Courtesy Casolare) (Courtesy Casolare)
At Fabio Trabocchi’s Fiola Mare, be transported to the Italian Riviera while really dining on the Georgetown Waterfront.  The expansive patio offers a variety of sitting options that allows for wonderful views. Fiola Mare is known for highest quality seafood, expertly prepared with an incredible wine list to match.  (WTOP/Mike McMearty)
At Fabio Trabocchi’s Fiola Mare, be transported to the Italian Riviera while really dining on the Georgetown waterfront. The expansive patio offers a variety of sitting options that allows for wonderful views. Fiola Mare is known for highest quality seafood, expertly prepared with an incredible wine list to match. (WTOP/Mike McMearty) (WTOP/Mike McMearty)
Fish by José Andrés at MGM National Harbor has opened their Patio for the season. With sweeping views of the Potomac River and communal tables outfitted with built-in beverage coolers, The Patio at Fish by José Andrés offers a vibrant setting to try local favorites such as Maryland blue crabs, lobster and shrimp. Additionally, The Patio features a Spanish cider experience, an array of hand-crafted cocktails and a carefully selected wine list. FILE. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
Fish by José Andrés at MGM National Harbor has opened its patio for the season. With sweeping views of the Potomac River and communal tables outfitted with built-in beverage coolers, the patio at Fish by José Andrés offers a vibrant setting to try local favorites such as Maryland blue crabs, lobster and shrimp. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
Fix, the outdoor patio at Morris American Bar, debuts just in time to welcome warmer temperatures. The new concept from beverage guru David Strauss celebrates “fix-style” cocktails — drinks, which came into popularity in the 19th century, are basically boozy Sno-cones. Fix Bar’s casual and dog-friendly patio is a departure from Morris’ sophisticated interior. (Courtesy Morris American Bar) (Courtesy Morris American Bar)
Hanks On The Wharf, the latest in Chef Jamie Leeds empire, is right off the entrance of the new bustling Wharf area. Grab a seat in the wrap around patio that has dock level views of all the yachts, boats and passerbys. Perfect place to slurp oysters, snack on lobster rolls and fried Ipswhich clams. (Courtesy Hank's Oyster Bar on the Wharf)
Hanks On The Wharf, from Chef Jamie Leeds, is right off the entrance of the new bustling Wharf area. Grab a seat in the wrap-around patio that has dock-level views of all the yachts, boats and passers-by. It’s the perfect place to slurp oysters and snack on lobster rolls and fried Ipswich clams. (Courtesy Hank’s Oyster Bar on the Wharf) (Courtesy Hank's Oyster Bar on th)
Hazel boasts a fun & funky patio complete with astroturf, potted plant-lined brick walls, broad wicker seating, and fire pits to keep guests cozy in cooler temperatures. A bright, hand-painted floral mural serves as the centerpiece of the urban garden oasis. This summer, enjoy table side Spritz service via a roving cocktail cart. (Courtesy Hazel)
Hazel boasts a fun and funky patio, complete with AstroTurf, potted plant-lined brick walls, broad wicker seating and fire pits to keep guests cozy in cooler temperatures. A bright, hand-painted floral mural serves as the centerpiece of the urban garden oasis. (Courtesy Hazel) (Courtesy Hazel)
The Tavern at Ivy City is the outdoor space to whack away at steamed crabs, peel and eat the shrimp and crack into a fresh Maine lobster. Ivy City's first neighborhood restaurant, they smoke their own seafood, and serve the freshest local and seasonal fish available. Really, their parent company is Profish one of the biggest seafood purveyors on the East Coast. (Courtesy The Tavern at Ivy City)
The Tavern at Ivy City is the outdoor space to whack away at steamed crabs, peel-and-eat shrimp and crack into a fresh Maine lobster. Ivy City’s first neighborhood restaurant, The Tavern at Ivy City, smokes its own seafood and serves the freshest local and seasonal fish available. Its parent company is Profish, one of the biggest seafood purveyors on the East Coast. (Courtesy The Tavern at Ivy City) (Courtesy The Tavern at Ivy City)
Primrose just opened its sunny patio where dinner, weekend lunch, or drinks can all be enjoyed.  The wine list — created by owner and DC Somm to the stars, Sebastian Zutant —  features hand-selected wines from France as well as Virginia, Sebastian currently makes his own wine with Early Mountain Vineyards, and offers 75 wines by the bottle and more than 15 wines by the glass. (Courtesy Primrose)
Primrose has a sunny patio where dinner, weekend lunch and drinks can all be enjoyed. The wine list features hand-selected wines from France, as well as several local options.  (Courtesy Primrose) (Courtesy Primrose)
Whaley's Rosé Garden is the outdoor bar with incredible river views in Yard's Park features over ten different rosés, plus frozen drinks, high balls and beer.  Chef Daniel Perron created a special menu of snacks, including oysters on the half shell, smoked catfish rillette and ramp toast. (Courtesy Whaley's Rose Garden)
Whaley’s Rosé Garden is the outdoor bar with incredible river views in Yard’s Park. It features more than 10 different rosés, plus frozen drinks, high balls and beer. There’s also a special menu of snacks, including oysters on the half shell, smoked catfish rillette and warm hush puppies. (Courtesy Whaley’s Rosé Garden) (Courtesy Whaley's Rose Garden)
When the garages are full, the executive director of The Wharf Community Association suggests drivers "think about parking up at L’Enfant Plaza and walking down the brand-new Banneker Overlook stairs. It's really easy and the view of the Wharf from the Banneker overlook is amazing." (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Whiskey Charlie is perched atop the 10th floor of the Canopy Hotel at The Wharf. Step outside “The Cabin” — Whiskey Charlie’s indoor lounge — while having a glass of whiskey (duh?) or one of the seasonal cocktails and take in views of the U.S. Capitol, Southwest waterfront, Reagan National Airport and Jefferson monument. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
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Calico, an urban backyard tucked away in Blagden Alley features a 3,000-square-foot patio with communal tables surrounding a large vintage greenhouse. The Eastern Shore-inspired fare created by Chef Nathan Beauchamp is elevated by a beverage program that includes craft cocktails in drink pouches, along with a wide variety of beer, wine and other cocktails on draft. (Courtesy Calico)
Casolare's new outdoor patio “The Deck” sits right outside the Glover Park Hotel.  The raised patio features Boozy Sno-Cones in flavors like Blue Passion Lagoon (with vodka, triple sec, blue passion) and also serves draft cocktails and bottled sparkling cocktails as well.  The menu, includes summer favorites like Peel and Eat Shrimp, Saucy St. Louis Ribs, Sliders, Buffalo Chicken Pizza, and Smoked Brisket Mac and Cheese. (Courtesy Casolare)
At Fabio Trabocchi’s Fiola Mare, be transported to the Italian Riviera while really dining on the Georgetown Waterfront.  The expansive patio offers a variety of sitting options that allows for wonderful views. Fiola Mare is known for highest quality seafood, expertly prepared with an incredible wine list to match.  (WTOP/Mike McMearty)
Fish by José Andrés at MGM National Harbor has opened their Patio for the season. With sweeping views of the Potomac River and communal tables outfitted with built-in beverage coolers, The Patio at Fish by José Andrés offers a vibrant setting to try local favorites such as Maryland blue crabs, lobster and shrimp. Additionally, The Patio features a Spanish cider experience, an array of hand-crafted cocktails and a carefully selected wine list. FILE. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
Hanks On The Wharf, the latest in Chef Jamie Leeds empire, is right off the entrance of the new bustling Wharf area. Grab a seat in the wrap around patio that has dock level views of all the yachts, boats and passerbys. Perfect place to slurp oysters, snack on lobster rolls and fried Ipswhich clams. (Courtesy Hank's Oyster Bar on the Wharf)
Hazel boasts a fun & funky patio complete with astroturf, potted plant-lined brick walls, broad wicker seating, and fire pits to keep guests cozy in cooler temperatures. A bright, hand-painted floral mural serves as the centerpiece of the urban garden oasis. This summer, enjoy table side Spritz service via a roving cocktail cart. (Courtesy Hazel)
The Tavern at Ivy City is the outdoor space to whack away at steamed crabs, peel and eat the shrimp and crack into a fresh Maine lobster. Ivy City's first neighborhood restaurant, they smoke their own seafood, and serve the freshest local and seasonal fish available. Really, their parent company is Profish one of the biggest seafood purveyors on the East Coast. (Courtesy The Tavern at Ivy City)
Primrose just opened its sunny patio where dinner, weekend lunch, or drinks can all be enjoyed.  The wine list — created by owner and DC Somm to the stars, Sebastian Zutant —  features hand-selected wines from France as well as Virginia, Sebastian currently makes his own wine with Early Mountain Vineyards, and offers 75 wines by the bottle and more than 15 wines by the glass. (Courtesy Primrose)
Whaley's Rosé Garden is the outdoor bar with incredible river views in Yard's Park features over ten different rosés, plus frozen drinks, high balls and beer.  Chef Daniel Perron created a special menu of snacks, including oysters on the half shell, smoked catfish rillette and ramp toast. (Courtesy Whaley's Rose Garden)
When the garages are full, the executive director of The Wharf Community Association suggests drivers "think about parking up at L’Enfant Plaza and walking down the brand-new Banneker Overlook stairs. It's really easy and the view of the Wharf from the Banneker overlook is amazing." (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

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