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Some of Washington, D.C.'s best spots to dine outside
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Everyone has an opinion in Washington D.C. So we've settled the debate for you on the best places to talk politics while also working on your summer tan. No matter your party affiliation, we can all agree that dinner just tastes better when enjoyed outside.

Here are some of the best spots to take advantage of all the great outdoor dining D.C. has to offer.

① Fiola Mare: If stunning views of the Potomac aren't enough for you, the seafood selection at Fabio Trabocchi's waterfront restaurant should sweeten the deal. The raw bar alone will make any fish lover's mouth water.

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② Blue Duck Tavern: For those three-martini lunches or a special night out, the simple, yet innovative food at Blue Duck Tavern delivers. Enjoy soft-shell crabs from the Chesapeake Bay or wild king salmon with English peas on the serene and shady patio. 

③ Iron Gate: The patio in trendy Dupont Circle is nothing short of magical—and so is the food. Order everything family style, from charred octopus to grilled asparagus and sesame-crusted feta. 

④ Le Diplomate: Classic French is the name of the game at this cozy Logan Circle café. Order a glass of rosé to go with a round of fresh oysters or moules frites, all of which are best enjoyed outdoors like a true Parisian.

⑤ Del Campo: Forget what you know about steak. This South American spot is taking meat to a whole new level and puts the outdoors smack in the middle of the D.C. action. Start with wagyu sirloin empanadas, then follow up with one of more than a dozen asado choices, from dry-aged ribeye to slow-roasted and smoked lamb shoulder.

⑥ Centrolina: If rustic Italian is what you're craving, look no further. The sleek dining room inside CityCenterDC reflects the sleek, seasonal dishes that dot the menu—but you'll find us enjoying dinner outside on the sidewalk.

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