Dining al Fresco in Northern Virginia

Dining in the great outdoors is catching on all over. After all, what could be more enticing than savoring a spring salad under the sun or pleasing your palette with a wood-fired pizza by moonlight? Perhaps a romantic evening imbibing by an outdoor fireplace is an enticing scene, or if indulging in local fare with family and friends is more your style, the area has several breweries with outdoor patios that serve farm-to-table fare. Whatever piques your appetite, here are a few of the area’s al fresco restaurants to help you summer in style.

Caboose Brewing Company

520 Mill Street NE
Vienna, VA 22180

New location at Mosaic opening late spring/early summer

Beat the heat this summer with a skillfully crafted brew in an industrial setting. Tucked away in Vienna, this off-the-beaten-path pub with a small-town feel serves American farm-to-table delights that will satisfy your palette and the outdoor patio creates a fun atmosphere for those hot summer nights.

To find out more, visit www.caboosebrewing.com or call 703-865-8580.

Café Deluxe

at Tysons Corner

1800 International Drive
McLean, VA 22012

Dine European style at this bustling bistro that serves fresh, innovative American classics. Take advantage of the robust menu and wide selection of cocktails and desserts. There are also plenty of choices for kids and a bounty of gluten-free options. Luncheons and large parties are welcome.

To reserve a table or view the menu, visit www.cafedeluxe.com or call 703-761-0600.


at South Lakes Village
Shopping Center

11130 South Lakes Drive
Reston, VA 20191

This quick-serve, casual Italian-Mediterranean bistro is ideal for lunch and dinner for people on the go. The covered patio creates a shaded stop off perfect for hot summer days and the extensive menu offers light fare with gluten-free and vegetarian options.

Visit www.cafesano.com for more information or call at

Barrel & Bushel

at VITA Tysons Corner Center

7901 Tysons One Place
Tysons, VA 22102

Sophisticated-rustic early morning until late night dining that serves seasonal American dishes using regional ingredients. Savor craft beer and an extensive bourbon section with complementary dishes prepared in the kitchen’s wood burning oven. If you’re looking for a place to entertain large groups, this might be just the place. B&B offers large group dining and entertainment options tailored for parties up to 300 guests.

For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.hyatt.com/corporate/restaurants/barrel-bushel/en.html or call 703-848-6340.

Dolce Vita Ciccheti Wine Bar

10824 Fairfax Blvd,
Fairfax, VA 22030

Located in the heart of Fairfax, Dolce Vita is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant and wine bar that has been proudly serving fine Italian cuisine to the community for over 20 years! With their Executive Chef and Certified Sommelier, they offer a large range of menu options, weekly specials, robust wine selection, happy hour and catering. Dolce Vita Ciccheti Wine Bar, has an array of boutique and rare wines. Wine aficionados can savor a glass or bottle of Australia Yangarra Shiraz, Californian Cabernet or French Merlot with Italian cuisine pairings. Wonderful patio offers diners a warm and secluded outdoor setting. Very popular. 

Call (703) 385-1226 or visit dolcevitaitaliankitchenandwinebar.com.

Dog Money Restaurant and Brewery

50 Catoctin Circle NE
Leesburg, VA 20176

Embrace summer at this rustic-mod bistro and brewery with house-made ales and lagers. This full service brewpub offers American comfort fare and serves brunch on Sundays. Named after the town-issued currency used during the Civil War, this place has a unique vibe worth checking out.

For more information, visit dogmoney.squarespace.com or call 703-687-3852.

Fire Works

at Market Station LLC

201 Harrison Street SE
Leesburg, VA 20175

Wood-fired pizzas, craft beer on tap, and soup and sandwiches in historic downtown Leesburg. Fire Works uses farm-grown and raised ingredients from Loudoun County. Open daily, this spot has plenty of outdoor seating in the sun and under big shade umbrellas. Inside is cozy and familiar.

To learn more and see the extensive beer menu, visit www.fireworkspizza.com/leesburg or call 703-779-8400.

Hen Penny

at Reston Town Center

1820 Discovery Street
Reston, VA 20190

Love chicken? Then this might be the place for you. Get it by the piece, the bucket or in a sandwich. Hen Penny also offers farm-fresh meatless garden bowls and traditional American sides.

Visit www.hen-penny.com for online ordering and delivery or call 571-267-7633.


at Hilton McLean
Tysons Corner

7920 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22102

Farm to table locally sourced ingredients 365 days a year. The menu incorporates organic produce and herbs grown in their own organic garden, including 10 of the world’s hottest peppers. Härth also harvests its own honey from beehives located on the rooftop. The outdoor patio has a large gas fireplace that provides a great environment for networking or relaxing.

To learn more, visit www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/virginia/hilton-mclean-tysons-corner-MCLMHHH/dining/harth.html or call 703-847-5000.

Le Pain Quotidien

Multiple locations:
Mosaic District, Reston Town Center, and Tysons Corner Center

Grab a quick bite or an organic cup of coffee at this cozy spot that offers perfectly mastered bread and simply exquisite meals with Belgian flare. The seasonal outdoor patio is perfect place to take in the warmth of summer and sunshine and recharge with a light lunch.

To learn more about the daily bread, visit www.lepainquotidien.com or call 571-423-0983 (Tysons), 571-392-5023 (Reston), or 703-462-9322 (Mosaic District).

MOD Pizza

Multiple locations:
Ashburn, Fairfax, Reston, and Vienna

Want artisan-style pizza superfast? MOD pizza made its debut in Seattle in 2008 and has spread across the US and UK. MOD offers on demand pizzas customized and baked to perfection in their wood burning ovens. In addition to great za and salads, MOD serves hand spun milkshakes and draft beer and wine in most locations, perfect for outdoor dining, also offered at most locations.

To find out more, visit modpizza.com.

Earls Kitchen and Bar

at VITA Tysons Corner Center

7902 Tysons One Place
Tysons, VA 22102

Rooftop, upscale-casual lunch, dinner, and late night dining with American and international inspired cuisine. Offers premium seafood and certified humane raised and handled Angus beef. Gluten aware and vegetarian options available.

Check out their menu or make a reservation online at earls.ca/locations/tysons-corner or
call 703-847-1870.

Taco Bamba

Multiple locations:
Falls Church, Springfield, and Vienna

Looking for a no-frills, modern but delicious Mexican taqueria with a lot of meat favorites? Look no further. Taco Bamba is the answer for tasty, tangy tacos, tamales, and tostadas. Taco Bamba also offers savory servings for breakfast. Patio dining adds to the fun atmosphere and makes this a great stop off any time of day.

Find a Taco Bamba near you at www.tacobamba.com.

Tavern 64

at Reston Town Center

1800 Presidents Street
Reston, VA 20190

Live music every Friday, happy hour every weekday, and local libations and American fare from several local farms. From breakfast to late night desserts, Tavern 64 covers traditional favorites, savory seafood, and gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options.

For more information or to make a reservation, visit tavern64.flavorplate.com or call 703-925-8250.

Tuscarora Mill Restaurant

203 Harrison Street SE
Leesburg, VA 20175

This beautifully restored former 1899 grain mill makes dining at Tuskie a unique experience. The gorgeous patio makes soups, salads, and sandwiches perfectly divine on a summer’s afternoon.

For more information, visit www.tuskies.com or call 703-771-9300.

Not Your Average Joe’s

at Reston Town Center

1845 Fountain Drive
Reston, VA 20190

Creative comfort food from every corner of the globe with a twist. The extensive menu offers diverse lunch and dinner selections that will satisfy a wide variety of cravings. Quell your thirst and bask in the summer heat under expansive umbrellas on the outdoor patio.

Check out the offerings at www.notyouraveragejoes.com/locations/virginia/reston.

Restaurant Bonaroti

428 Maple Avenue E
Vienna VA 22180

Classic Italian cuisine includes a vast menu of handmade pastas and a unique selection of wines from around the world that has been ranked among the best in the Washington, DC area. Open for lunch and and dinner during the week, and dinner only on the weekends.

For more information, visit www.bonarotirestaurant.com or call 703-281-7550.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant

19870 Belmont Chase Dr.
Ashburn, VA 20147

Handcrafted wine and modern, upscale, casual American fare. The restaurant has a private barrel-aging room and a Napa-style tasking room. Gluten-free options, happy hour menu, and options for carryout, catering, and kids. Opens at 11 AM daily.

Visit chwinery.com for more information.

Greenhouse Bistro

2070 Chain Bridge Rd.
Vienna, VA 22182

This modern spot with American and Italian farm-to-table, garden-to-plate fare, a tea lounge, and bar has a retractable-roof patio for dining in the summer sun or in the moon light. Enjoy happy hour, have Sunday brunch or watch the game on Sunday, while chefs prepare your meal with items picked from the garden.

Get details at greenhousetysons.com.

Phoenicia Resto & Lounge

2236 Gallows Rd.
Vienna, VA 22181

Phoenicia’s unique dining atmosphere and entertainment lounge offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience that matches its equally palate pleasing Lebanese cuisine that infuses traditional bites with modern flare. Open daily.

Find out more at www.phoeniciaresto.com.

Ireland’s Four Provinces

105 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046

A modern take on a traditional Irish pub with Irish-inflected food in the heart of Falls Church. Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as happy hour, and live music and entertainment most weekend evenings. Opened daily until 2 AM.

For more information, visit www.4psva.com.

L’Auberge Chez Francois

332 Springvale Rd.
Great Falls, VA 22066

Elegant dining with classic French fare in a farmhouse setting and garden patio makes Chez Francois one of the most romantic restaurants in the area. The family-owned, garden-to-table restaurant has extensive lunch, dinner, dessert, and wine menus, hosts numerous culinary and special events, and offers space for corporate events and weddings.

To learn more, visit www.laubergechezfrancois.com.


8411 Old Courthouse Rd.
Vienna, VA 22182

Old-traditional Mediterranean food, hookahs, and entertainment in a modern restaurant and lounge atmosphere. Satisfy your hunger with tasty appetizers, light soups and salads, and main courses any day of the week.

For more information, visit www.levantva.com.

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