A Guide to the Greatest Outdoor Eateries in Bethesda, MD

Updated: Mar 20, 2019

With the much-anticipated National Cherry Blossom Festival right around the corner, Washingtonians are all abuzz this time of year with the arrival of Spring. But you don’t have to be in the heart of the city to be able to enjoy the favorable temperatures that the Spring months bring with it. As the days of feeling cabin fever from countless snow days come to an end and the milder temperatures, sunny skies and longer days are upon us, it’s only natural to want to be outside every chance you get.

While duty still calls and the inside walls of a cubicle or office may be your view for most of the day, there’s no better feeling than getting out into the fresh air to enjoy a nice lunch with friends, happy hour with coworkers, or a date night with that special someone. We’ve provided you with a list of great restaurant options for every occasion in the Bethesda area, that all provide great outdoor patio options so you don’t feel like you’re missing out on the gorgeous weather that comes with springtime in the DC metro area!

Mon Ami Gabi

7239 Woodmont Ave

Bethesda, MD 20814

For a date night out or a special occasion, Mon Ami Gabi is a popular destination for Washingtonians.  A French-style restaurant that boisters everything from Onion Soup Au Gratin and Steak Frites to decadent Profiteroles, Mon Ami Gabi offers something to satisfy all tastes. For those looking to indulge in a unique dish, the Escargots de Bourgogne with garlic-herb butter is an experience you can’t miss. When the weather’s nice, sit on their beautiful outdoor patio and pour back a glass of wine while watching passersby.

Duck Duck Goose

7929 Norfolk Ave

Bethesda, MD 20814

This French tapas-style restaurant is as sophisticated as it is small. What it may lack in size, it more than makes up for in taste and experience. They offer a quaint Parisian style patio area that would be great for a date night. This spot is also hugely popular for its Happy Hour, offering an array of craft cocktails for prices as low as $6.50 (unheard of)! Come for the drinks, stay for the delicious food, including Beef Tartare and Foie Gras French Toast.

True Food Kitchen

7100 Wisconsin Ave

Bethesda, MD 20814

If you’re looking for a healthier option, than look no further than True Food Kitchen. This casual establishment offers an array of vegetarian and vegan options. Sit out on the patio for lunch and enjoy the charred cauliflower and kale guacamole with some friends.  Offering a variety of healthy bowls, sandwiches, pizza and salads, there is something vegans and non-vegans alike can enjoy.


7187 Woodmont Ave

Bethesda, MD 20814

If you’re in the mood for seafood, you will not want to miss Passionfish. Another hot spot for Happy Hour, Passionfish provides an elegant yet low-key atmosphere that attracts everyone from businessmen and woman to couples and families, with a beautiful indoor and outdoor space. If you are one to order from the raw bar, then you must try the oysters here, which are always fresh and briny. They also offer a beautiful variety of sushi, as well as fish, lobster, crab and more. To top it all off, you must try their to-die-for creme brulee. This is worth coming for alone.

Woodmont Grill

7715 Woodmont Ave

Bethesda, MD 20814

On a beautiful spring evening opt for dinner on the outdoor patio at Woodmont Grill. Offering modern American comfort food with a focus on simplicity and great taste, this steakhouse serves up delicious fish, pork, chicken and beef entrees that will have any meat-lover salivating. Fear not, they also offer a variety of fish dishes for a vegetarian option. To top it off, they feature live jazz music every night!

Whether a longtime native of Bethesda, have just moved to the area, or just passing through, we hope you’re able to break out of the hibernation of winter and enjoy the beautiful blossoming trees and glorious temperatures, all while enjoying a one-of-a-kind meal with your friends or loved ones. We’re sure it’ll have you coming back to the Bethesda area!

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