Best Outdoor Dining

Iron Gate Restaurant
1734 N St. NW, (202) 524-5202
History buffs, nature enthusiasts, and hopeless romantics will all be happy dining in Iron Gate’s courtyard. While the inside of the restaurant has historic gravitas because it’s housed in what were once stables for a cavalry officer during the Civil War, the patio is preferable because it’s shrouded in grapevines and 100-year-old wisteria, creating a secret garden canopy effect. Chef Tony Chittum recently switched things up, making it possible to get the restaurant’s tasting menu al fresco, which should make diners want go to go all-in instead of sticking to Greek-inspired small plates. The patio is even enchanting in the winter when it’s dotted with fire pits.