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Guide to Al Fresco Dining in Georgetown

By Lauren Kessler


The best outdoor dining in Georgetown.
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High Street
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Beloved by both locals and visitors, this Georgetown brasserie with a Latin flare wouldn’t feel out of place in a high fashion city like Paris. The expectations are freshness and innovated dishes. Opening in 2016, the owner Iguina wanted a place “where everyone knows your name and the food is accessible. It’s not high end. It’s not a dive. It’s right in between”. Entrees ranging from roasted pork shoulder to pasta carbonara, to sweet plantain lasagnas, High Street Café menu embodies the spirit of this international city. A favorite are the pizzas, which come piping hot from a wood-fired oven. If you so desire, they are meant for sharing, so come with a large group, and call ahead to reserve a table.

1303 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007; 202-333-0256; Photo Credit: Manuel Iguina

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Kafe Leopold
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With Kafe Leopold you no longer need a plane ticket to experience the charms of European courtyard dining. The unique Austrian eatery will transport you to the streets of Vienna and take your taste buds with you, offering an internationally inspired menu complete with a coffee shop, bakery and bar. The menu offers a wide range of continental delicacies, from Leoppold’s signature Schnitzel, to casual savories, cured meats, assorted tea sandwiches and an endless assortment of Austrian desserts. With a mouth-watering pastry selection featuring freshly prepared tortes, esterhazy (five-layer hazelnut cake) and Apfelstrudel (warm apple strudel), you’ll be sure to keep coming back. Kafe Leopold is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon coffee and treats.

3315 Cady's Alley NW, Washington, DC 20007;202-965-6005;Photo Credit:Rachel Buckly

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Peacock Café
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Located in the beating heart of Georgetown, the Peacock Café presents a sleek blend of the casual and elegant. With a menu which takes you on a journey from classic American staples to the flavors of the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern delights, it’s an indispensable visit for any self-respecting foodie. The sidewalk seating offers the chance to people watch whilst savoring their celebrated seafood selection including roasted Scottish salmon and pistachio crusted cod. You won’t be left thirsty either as the café boasts a full service bar, an extensive wine list, as well as an exotic list of fresh juices and smoothies. Offering brunch, lunch and dinner and open late into the night, your palette will be catered to on any occasion. Not to be missed is the 30% discount on bottles of wine every Monday.

3251 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007;202-625-2740;Photo Credit:Lauren Kessler

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Dyllan’s Raw bar and Grill
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One of DC’s favorite seafood hotspots, Dyllan’s Raw bar provides a hub of delicious food, relaxing ambience and top quality service. Housed in a 19thcentury warehouse, the exposed timbers and modern interior present an ensemble of the past and present. The ornate presentation of dishes compliments your surroundings and embodies the best of DC seafood has to offer, featuring expertly prepared fish, oysters, clams and as well as an assortment of meats and salads. With secluded courtyard dining and outdoor seating offering charming views of the canal, it’s the perfect setting for dinner with that special someone. The bar offers brunch, lunch and dinner, and has offers a comprehensive selection of spirts and wine.

1054 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007; 202-470-6606; Photo Credit:Erin Hill