15 Kid-Friendly Restaurants with Outdoor Seating Near DC

Have fun on the patio at True Food Kitchen. Photo by @classicchickenspicymomma
Have fun on the patio at True Food Kitchen. Photo by @classicchickenspicymomma

For families with young children, eating at a restaurant can sometimes seem like more trouble than it's worth. But when the weather is nice and you can dine outside, a restaurant meal with little ones suddenly becomes way less stressful.

Luckily, there are so many family-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating near DC, it would be impossible to list them all. Instead, we've picked 15 great restaurants for kids with outdoor patios, gardens, or rooftops where they can stretch their legs, soak up the fresh air, and even (at some of them) run around. A few of these restaurants with outdoor seating near DC also offer extras like lawn games and dog menus.

For more yummy restaurants for kids and families, including restaurants near DC where kids can play and great breakfast restaurants near DC for kids and families, check out our Kid-Friendly DC Restaurants Guide.

Kid-Friendly Restaurants with Outdoor Seating in DC

1. Farmers Fishers Bakers

This popular restaurant on the Georgetown waterfront has a great patio where families can enjoy a meal al fresco and then take a stroll along the water. Though there's no kids' menu, children will find plenty to love on its extensive lunch and dinner menus, including burgers, pizza, chicken tenders, and more. Farmers Fishers Bakers also serves breakfast, but its claim to fame is its huge brunch buffet served on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am-2pm. There, families can indulge in a variety of foods, including a dessert spread featuring homemade donuts, cinnamon rolls, and more. You certainly won't leave hungry!

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Enjoy pizza outdoors on the riverfront. Photo courtesy of All-Purpose Pizzeria

2. All-Purpose Pizzeria

Sit on the large patio of All-Purpose Pizzeria's Capitol Riverfront location and enjoy a variety of deck-oven pizzas and small bites like garlic knots and fried mozzarella. Adults can enjoy an extensive drink menu featuring beer, wine, cocktails, and boozy Italian water ices. With its location across the street from Nationals Park, it's the perfect place to grab a bite before or after a Nats game. All-Purpose also as a restaurant in DC's Shaw neighborhood that does not have outdoor seating.

3. Boardwalk Bar & Arcade

Inspired by the coastal boardwalks of the past and present, the Wharf's Boardwalk Bar & Arcade offers beachy bites such as corn dogs and carnival-style pretzels, creative takes on classic cocktails for the grown-ups, shuffleboard, and a wide range of arcade games. The kids' menu includes burgers, tacos, mac and cheese, grilled cheese, and—you've been warned—ice cream sandwiches and cotton candy. Boardwalk Bar also serves a bottomless brunch. The covered patio is open all year long.

4. Hi-Lawn

Located on the Rooftop of Union Market, Hi-Lawn is one of DC's largest, most expansive rooftops for outdoor dining, drinking, and socializing. Guests can enjoy a variety of Lawn Dogs made from beef or chicken as well as hot pretzels, curly fries, and other small bites on a large artificial turf picnic area with plenty of picnic tables and lounge seating. Kids can enjoy chicken tenders or grilled cheese from the kids' menu, then play a variety of lawn games while the grown-ups sip fun drinks like adult juice boxes, wine cans, beers and seltzers, and more. At 8pm, Hi-Lawn transforms into an adults-only venue.

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Immigrant Food offers a fun twist on grilled cheese.

5. Immigrant Food

This fast-casual restaurant near the White House has a menu that blends various cuisines from around the globe, all of which can be enjoyed on a beautiful outdoor patio overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue. There are a variety of bowls, salads, and sandwiches to choose from; grilled cheese and Belgian fries are the most kid-friendly options. Immigrant Food is also open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-3pm in the spring and summer. There are two other locations at the Planet Word museum and at Union Market District.

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6. Republic — Takoma Park

This restaurant in the heart of Old Town Takoma Park serves a seasonally changing menu using ingredients sourced mainly from local farms and the Chesapeake watershed. The kids' menu features burgers, mac and cheese, chicken fingers, and crispy gulf shrimp. Republic also offers an extensive beer, wine, and cider menu and is open for Sunday brunch. The casual back patio is perfect for outdoor dining.

7. Zinnia — Silver Spring

Formerly Mrs. K.'s Toll House, Zinnia is a beer garden/tavern/cafe/restaurant. Its charming gardens have more than 150 seats spread across them that are first come, first served, while the stone patio is reservations-only. The menu changes seasonally and includes a variety of shareable plates and fresh, light garden fare. The kids' menu serves up favorites like ham-and-cheese sandwiches and pasta. Grown-ups can indulge in specialty cocktails, craft beers, and a wide wine selection while the kids explore the small pond, gazebo, and bridge.

8. MoCo's Founding Farmers — Potomac

Founding Farmers is a family-friendly restaurant with a similar menu to its sister restaurant, DC's Farmers Fishers Bakers (see above), but its daily breakfast/brunch is served a la carte and not buffet-style. Its beautiful outdoor patio is perfect for families looking to dine al fresco. Founding Farmers also has two Northern Virginia locations (Tysons and Reston Station) and one DC location in Georgetown, all of which offer outdoor seating.

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Dogs are welcome—and even have their own menu—at Lia's Restaurant.

9. Lia's Restaurant — Chevy Chase

This neighborhood gem has a large outdoor patio where families can enjoy house-made pasta, steak, seafood, salad, and pizza. Though the main dishes on the kids' menu don't disappoint, the creative desserts are its highlight—Dirt & Worms (chocolate crumble, chocolate pudding, and gummy worms), Froyo Push Pop, and more. There's even a dog menu with Fido's Brew (pork and beef bone broth, ginger, and turmeric); Scooby Snacks; a Doggy Bowl with turkey, rice, and veggies; and a Doggie Donut for pups to enjoy on the patio. Lia's is open for lunch and dinner all week long and brunch on the weekends.

10. Guapo's — Bethesda and Gaithersburg

This Tex-Mex restaurant has a huge menu of items that will please any palate, from tacos, burritos, and quesadillas to seafood and steak platters. The brunch menu features Mexican favorites like huevos rancheros and breakfast burritos. The large patios at both locations are the perfect place for grown-ups to enjoy a margarita and for kids to cool off with some fried ice cream. Guapo's also has locations in Arlington and Fair Lakes in Virginia and in Tenleytown and Georgetown in DC.

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11. Lena's Oasis — Alexandria

Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap is an Italian restaurant and pizza joint near Old Town and Del Rey. Its tropical-themed outdoor tent, Lena's Oasis, overflows with lush greenery and plenty of photo ops and is cooled on hot days. The kids' menu offers several options for young diners, including pasta, cheese or pepperoni pizza, grilled or fried chicken strips, and steak frites. Lena's Oasis is also open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-3pm with a menu including house-made donuts, breakfast pizza, and more. Mangia!

12. True Food Kitchen — Arlington, Fairfax, and Reston

This popular restaurant chain offers a healthy menu that can accommodate many special diets, including vegan, gluten-free, keto, and paleo options. Its extensive menu runs the gamut from burgers (both meat and vegan) and pizza to salads and seafood. There's also a kids' menu with pizza, a grass-fed burger, and a chicken teriyaki bowl, and the restaurant serves brunch on weekends. All three True Food Kitchen locations in Virginia—as well as its three Maryland spots in Annapolis, Bethesda, and Gaithersburg—have large outdoor patios.

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Stoll the Old Town Alexandria waterfront after your meal at Blackwall Hitch. 

13. Blackwall Hitch — Alexandria

This coastal-inspired restaurant on the Old Town Alexandria waterfront serves up seafood, meats, house-made pastas, sandwiches, and more, as well as a kids' menu with classic kid fare such as cheeseburgers and chicken quesadillas. On Sundays, enjoy an all-you-can eat brunch from 10am-3pm. The restaurant's fabulous patio offers breathtaking views of the Potomac River from every seat, with a mix of tables and lounge dining that includes fire-pit coffee tables.

14. Shoe's Cup & Cork — Leesburg

Shoe's Cup & Cork is all about using sustainable, local ingredients and serving Virginia craft wine and beer. It offers extensive breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, as well as brunch from 9am-4pm on Saturdays and 9am-5pm on Sundays. There's a kids' menu with items like grilled cheese, steak frites, and Fluffernutter sandwiches, but kids will find plenty to love on the regular menus as well. The outdoor patio is gorgeous and can be enjoyed all year long, as it's heated in the winter.

15. Trattoria Villagio — Clifton

This Italian restaurant in Old Town Clifton—known for its extensive wine selection, hand-crafted pasta dishes, and salumi—has a gorgeous outdoor patio with heaters and fire pits in the winter and plenty of umbrellas providing shade in the warmer months. Its kids' menu offers child-sized portions of grilled salmon and filet mignon along with more traditional choices like spaghetti and chicken tenders. The whole family will also love the large selection of New York-style pizzas. The weekend brunch menu, served 11:30am-3pm, features unique options like breakfast lasagna, fried chicken toast, and homemade cinnamon rolls.

All photos courtesy of the restaurants unless otherwise noted.

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