24 Places to Brunch Outdoors
Hit these patios and enjoy Benedicts, mimosas and waffles al fresco.
Now celebrating 45 years in business. the Falls Church mainstay on Route 50 recently added outdoor seating for 12 in its parking lot. Whitefish salad, crab cake omelets and crispy potato pancakes are among the weekend brunch highlights when the doors open at 9 a.m. Those with hearty appetites will enjoy The Ten, a scramble of three eggs, home fries, sausage and cream cheese. While some restaurants have added surcharges during the pandemic, Celebrity Delly is offering 20% off to customers who order online for pick-up. //7263A Arlington Blvd. (Graham Park Plaza), Falls Church
Snag a table on the sprawling patio, which offers seating for more than 100. Omelets—including lobster and French Dip versions—are guest favorites, but don’t overlook the strawberry shortcake French toast with amaretto whipped cream, or the breakfast gnocchi with pesto, sausage and fried egg. Coccoli, a classic Italian snack of creamy Stracchino cheese, prosciutto and truffle-honey doughnut balls, is worth the calories. The restaurant is also packaging its entire weekend brunch menu, including cocktails, to go. //1600 Wilson Blvd. Arlington (Rosslyn)
The Arlington outpost of this local chain has been serving its popular $28 weekend brunch to go since March—sending along a bottle of sparkling wine with your order of steak, housemade “secret” sauce (which you can also buy by the quart, to go) and extra crispy fries. On site, the price drops a dollar, and you can add bloody Marys, screwdrivers and mimosas for a quarter each. There are 60 seats available on the eatery’s Virginia Square patio. Co-owner Mark Bucher has been donating meals to the elderly, first responders and elementary school children and their families across the DC-area since the pandemic began. You can support that effort here. //3601 Fairfax Drive, Arlington (Virginia Square)
It’s easy to forget you’re in Virginia once you’ve found a spot on Oby Lee’s large, tropical-plant-filled patio. Savory and sweet crepes—including the option of a gluten-and-dairy-free buckwheat batter—come stuffed with a variety of fillings, from figs, goat cheese and duck to a s’mores-style treat with marshmallow fluff, graham crackers and chocolate. Mimosas are $6 and come in a rainbow of colors, from pink grapefruit to tangerine and mango, and are also served by the carafe. All brunch items also available to go or for delivery. //3000 Washington Blvd., Arlington
Courthaus Social is offering its entire menu for takeout and delivery, including Nutella pancakes, chicken and waffles, and tots with add-ons like beer cheese, bratwurst and steak. But the restaurant’s over-the-top Bloody Stein—a turbo bloody Mary that comes with bacon-wrapped shrimp, a fried chicken strip and meat-and-cheese skewer—is best imbibed on the restaurant’s expansive, dog-friendly patio, which offers room for 140 guests. //2300 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington
Chef Tracy O’Grady joined Green Pig at the end of May and has retooled its menus, but the bistro’s ever-popular fried chicken, tucked between two waffles on sausage gravy, remains. So do fan favorites like shrimp and grits, housemade cinnamon rolls (served in cast-iron skillets) and pulled-pork huevos rancheros. New additions include a frisee salad with bacon lardons, parmesan croutons and poached egg; and a sweet waffle served with sliced pecans, caramel sauce and whipped cream cheese. The restaurant has outdoor seating for 100, and is offering brunch to go by phone orders only. Coffee lovers will catch a nice buzz with an iced Morning Moonshine—a caffeinated cocktail made with Belle Isle cold-brew-coffee moonshine, sweetened condensed milk and housemade cold brew coffee. //1025 N. Fillmore St., Arlington (Clarendon)