Outdoor Dining In Alexandria: Our Roundup of the Best Places in Town
The warm weather is here (hopefully to stay). It’s the perfect time to enjoy it with outdoor dining or enjoying a drink at one of Alexandria’s many outdoor dining options. From rooftop decks to expansive patios with Potomac views, from cozy courtyards to charming porches, there is an outdoor dining spot in Alexandria for every palate and budget.
In Old Town
Chart House, 1 Cameron Street
The Chart House may have the best river view of any Old Town establishment. Situated on the waterfront near the Torpedo Factory, it provides stunning panoramic views of the Potomac and DC. Offering lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, the Chart House can’t be beat if you need a special setting for a big date or event. If you’re looking for a casual Happy Hour option, visit the Chart House on Wednesdays for “Corks and Forks.” For $15, you can enjoy a flight of wine and one of their amazing appetizers.
Blackwall Hitch, 5 Cameron Street
This coastal inspired bar and restaurant is one of Old Town’s newer dining establishments. Blackwall Hitch‘s Potomac Patio displays breathtaking views of the river from every table. Cozy firepits allow guests to enjoy the patio no matter the temperature! Stop by for happy hour every weekday from 3-7pm. Be sure to try their Grapefruit Wine Crush (Grapefruit Vodka, Lillet Blanc, Fresh Grapefruit Juice & Agave Nectar) for a refreshing drink this summer. Blackwall Hitch also offers live music from both local and touring musicians four nights a week.
Sonoma Cellar, 207 King Street
Sonoma Cellar brings a taste of California to 22314. Its outdoor dining space is landscaped to replicate a rural and rustic California wine garden, with a tasting table, dining tables with umbrellas, a community table, and a welcoming firepit (dogs welcome!). Sonoma Cellar offers a great lineup of live music as well. Visit happy hour every Monday – Friday from 4 – 6:30pm to sample from their fabulous selection of wines from the finest Sonoma County (and Virginia) vintners.
Vola’s Dockside Grill, 101 N. Union Street
Part of the Torpedo Factory and one of Old Town’s newest restaurants, Vola’s is a great Alexandria stop for outdoor dining, especially for seafood lovers. Enjoy Vola’s deck space or tiki bar. Be sure to check out their signature cocktails such as the “Hi Thai Swizzle” and other classic tiki-inspired drinks. Vola’s is a popular spot for a weekend brunch, workday lunch, or for happy hour. Named for Vola Lawson, the first female City Manager of Alexandria and passionate citizen-advocate, Vola’s is a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike.
Daniel O’Connells, 112 King Street
Old Town’s authentic Irish restaurant and pub features a fabulous rooftop deck. Check it out for weekday happy hour (with drink specials and $3 off all starters) from 3-7pm or Sunday brunch. Bring the kids Monday – Wednesday evenings and enjoy a free kids meal (ages 10 and under) with the purchase of an adult dinner, including Irish staples like fish and chips, Corned Beef & Cabbage, or Shepherd’s Pie. O’Connells offers a wide range of international beers and offers a great lineup of sports to watch (for other great places in Alexandria to watch sports, click here).
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Lena’s Wood Fire, 401 E. Braddock Road
Lena’s is a fabulous option for serious al fresco fans, as its outdoor space is open all year long thanks to a fabulous firepit. Known for its authentic Neapolitan pizzas straight from a 900 degree wood-burning oven, diners can also enjoy a variety of craft beers from local breweries. Lena’s brunch Bellini special is worth the trip – $7 for the first Bellini; $3 for each subsequent one, with several varieties to choose from such as “The Pope’s Mimosa,” made with cointreau, prosecco, orange juice, and lemon juice.
Evening Star Cafe, 2000 Mount Vernon Avenue
The Evening Star Cafe’s Front Porch is open daily at 5pm, weather permitting. Stop by this funky Del Ray gathering spot for a beverage with friends or a loved one. The Evening Star also offers an astounding selection of nearly 1,200 wines (available next door at Planet Wine) and 20 craft draught and cask beers. The Front Porch offers a nice array of appetizers and small meals such as loaded tots or a bahn mi sandwich.
Del Ray Cafe, 205 East Howell Avenue
Situated in a classic 1925 Del Ray house, this casual, neighborhood spot offers French country cuisine made with local and organic ingredients. Enjoy a classic French meal like crepes, duck cassoulet, a crôque monsieur, or a tartine on the screened wrap-around front porch. This charming spot is also open for weekday breakfasts and weekend brunch. Del Ray Cafe has an extensive wine list, featuring wine from many French vineyards.
Northside 10, 10 East Glebe Road
Northside 10, is the new kid on the block in Alexandria (and sister restaurant to Southside 815 in Old Town). Northside 10 offers warm weather patio dining – dogs welcome! With 22 beers, a full selection of wine and liquor, and signature cocktails such as a black cherry sangria, there truly is a drink for every palette. With intriguing menu offerings like short rib poutine, bacon-wrapped meatloaf, and peach pound cake with homemade butterscotch sauce, we’ll be checking it out soon!
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