Spring technically began weeks ago, but that was a lie. After one whole week of above-freezing weather, we’re finally declaring the change of seasons here in D.C. and what better way to celebrate than with brunch outside? Here are five restaurants with great outdoor dining options for your brunch plans this weekend:
Be one of the first to enjoy brunch outdoors at Urbana, which just opened up their patio earlier this week. The Italian restaurant offers sophisticated paninis and pizzas, featuring duck sausage, goat cheese and all sorts of specialty ingredients. But for those of you who are feeling a little less adventurous, they offer a Nutella French Toast. Need we say more? (We will). Their drink menu is equally impressive, with three different kinds of Bloody Marys and bottomless Bellinis. And for those of you who had an especially rough Friday night, they’ve got their special Corpse Reviver.
Okay, so it’s not a patio, but a rooftop view is even better in some ways. Along with their regular brunch menu, which features American classics like Country Fried Chicken and Waffles and Shrimp and Grits, Marvin even has a special menu for rooftop diners. Although the selection is a little smaller, this menu offers enough to keep you satisfied and a view to match. Most importantly, however, the restaurant is hosting two rooftop events this weekend: a grilled cheese social on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. and their “Out on the Deck” party on Sunday at 3 p.m. with DJs Keenan and Smduge and all sorts of drink specials.
Ask anyone who’s walked into Le Diplomate (including us) and they’ll tell you that it’s like walking into Paris. And with an extensive menu of French specialties, this restaurant has one of the most impressive brunch offerings around. The star of the menu is the seafood, with assorted oysters, shrimp cocktail, lobster, Taylor Bay scallops, Little Neck clams, and Alaskan King crab leg served in plates that can serve anywhere from one to six people. And of course, you would be remiss if you didn’t order a few of their regional French cheeses. Their drink menu is just as impressive, with cocktails, beers and wines featuring alcohol from all over the world. And whether you choose to sit outdoors or even inside, you’ll be transported away from the harsh winter and into a new location.
Now for those of you brunch traditionalists who crave classic, home-style American dishes, don’t fear. Copperwood Tavern serves a full brunch out on their patio that features dishes like Buckwheat Banana Beer Pancakes, Fried Chicken and Biscuits and Duckfat Fried Potatoes. And while you might want it all yourself, they also offer dishes to share, such as their sliders and oysters. Comfort food at its finest, this brunch is the perfect hangover cure – and a little fresh air won’t hurt either. If you need something a little stronger though, their cocktail menu features Blood Marys, a seasonal bellini, mimosas and a special Spiced Milk Punch featuring a house-made vanilla syrup.
Of course, if you’re looking for prime real estate, you can’t forget this restaurant located by the waterfront in Georgetown. Open year-round (but only recently habitable), their patio overlooks the water and serves the full brunch menu. For a set $29.99 (read: $30) per person, the menu offers dishes for the butchers, carvers and gardeners of D.C. Perhaps more importantly, however, they also have a dessert bar with cakes, pies and other dishes made from scratch in their in-house bakery. Oh, and their drink menu features unique offerings like New York Egg Cream from their very own Farmacy. Seriously, this place takes fresh to a whole new level.