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Heated Outdoor Dining Options Available in Alexandria This Winter

Also, dining out on Christmas and New Year's

Photo: Chris Cruz for Visit Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Alexandria is known for its restaurants and delicious food. Though it’s getting colder, you can still go out and enjoy your favorite items on the menu. Many restaurants are offering heated outdoor dining this winter. Visit Alexandria has written a blog post with every option available to you. Below are a select few they highlighted in a recent email, sorted by location. Bon appetit!

Old Town:

  • Augie’s Mussel House & Beer Garden: Savor the crisp air in Augie’s string light-lit alley and pair an ale with one of ten mouth-watering mussel flavors.
  • BARCA Pier and Wine BarEnjoy a cozy meal at Old Town’s newest riverfront restaurant with heaters and Spanish-Mediterranean small plates.

Del Ray and Arlandria:

  • Evening Star CaféEnjoy heaters and fire pits all winter long as you dig into dishes from brand-new Evening Star Executive Chef Derek Colglazier, such as herbed gnocchi and roasted carrot risotto.
  • The Garden: Throughout the winter, The Garden offers heated igloos where parties can partake in an extensive drinks list and a family and pet-friendly atmosphere.
  • Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap: Lena’s offers two options for outdoor dining—tropical-themed, tented Lena’s Oasis and Lena’s Beer Garden on the patio, featuring a fire pit, additional heaters, live music on Tuesdays, and mulled wine, Lena’s Winter Warmer, and hot cider (spiked or non-alcoholic) to keep you warm.

West End:

  • Port City Brewing Company: Find a seat at Port City’s outdoor seating and sip your brews under a canopy of glowing lights.
  • Taqueria PicosoWarm up with heaters and tacos al pastor, elote and more street-inspired, chef-crafted Mexican food at Taqueria Picoso.

Carlyle/Eisenhower Valley:

  • Bistro Sancerre: Bistro Sancerre’s semi-enclosed overhang features built-in heaters to keep things cozy outside the upscale French American restaurant and wine bar.
  • Delia’s: In the mood for Mediterranean? Reserve an outdoor dining bubble at Delia’s and dig into dishes like chicken souvlaki and brick-oven pizzas. Ryobi fogger-misters disinfect the air within the tent between parties.

Also, take a look at the restaurants offering dining experiences during Christmas and New Year’s.

Christmas Eve

–        Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster BBQ: Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster BBQ in Old Town will be open for dining and takeout from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with their new holiday feast featuring the infamous smoked beef brisket.

–        Daniel O’Connell’s Irish Restaurant & Pub: Head to Old Town for a cozy lunch and Irish coffee on O’Connell’s heated patio or heated rooftop from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 –   Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap: Lena’s is decked out for the holidays and offers delicious Christmas specials on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day including Roasted Garlic Pork Loin and Slow-Roasted Prime Rib. They Christmas Family Meal To-Go – that has received rave reviews in the past – is just $69 for 4 and can be picked up Christmas Eve or Christmas Day ready to serve. They’re Holiday Wine list is also 50% off, so don’t forget to add a few bottles to your order.


–        Café 44Enjoy a festive Christmas Day brunch menu with waterfront views at Café 44 in Old Town from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

–        Ada’s on the River: Dine riverside at Ada’s on the River in Old Town with a $69 prix fixe Christmas menu featuring seared scallops, wood-fired prime rib and a cranberry tart. Special Christmas hours are 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

New Year’s Eve

–        Evening Star Café: Head to Del Ray and dig into a special multi-course dinner offering from brand-new Evening Star Executive Chef Derek Colglazier from 4 to 10 p.m. in the dining room, then head upstairs to newly reopened No. 9 Lounge for a ball drop party from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

–        Kaizen Tavern: In Del Ray, enjoy NYE specials curated by Chef Melvin as you dine on Kaizen Tavern’s heated outdoor patio from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Specials include Hamachi tartare leche de Tigre, foie gras burgundy and black truffle nigiri and more.

–   Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap: Lena’s is offering something for everyone on New Year’s Eve. Ring in the New Year in style at The Loft at Lena’s – Velvet & Rye’s Roaring New Year’s Eve Bash (9:00pm – 12:30am) or if you want to celebrate 2022 a little earlier, they’re offering a New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe Menu for Two that includes a complimentary bottle of Champagne to-go.

New Year’s Day

–        Oak Steakhouse: Celebrate the new year at Oak Steakhouse in Old Town North with the finest cuts of Certified Angus beef, farm-to-table sides and unique cocktails. Cozy up on their heated outdoor patio from 5 to 10 p.m. You can also enjoy holiday roasts and individual cuts from home with nationwide delivery (prices range from $150 to $300).

–        Chadwicks: Check out Chadwicks’ newly opened patio and balcony for your first 2022 brunch in Old Town from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more offerings, visit the Dining on Major Holidays page.

This story has been updated.


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