Kid-friendly outdoor dining in the DC area

This bustling Navy Yard restaurant wants people to feel like they’re a thousand miles away on an endless summer island. Reggae blasts from the speakers on the heated terrace, while Maydan alums Chris Morgan and Gerald Addison deliver a Caribbean-inspired menu. Sunny sups for youngsters include Chilli Fried Chicken, Macaroni Pie and Crispy Conch Fritters. Moms and dads can take the island vibe to another level with painkillers and margaritas or warm up with a ginger toddy, while the kids can run around the waterfront boardwalk undisturbed person’s meal. 301 Water Street SE; 202-599-4400; Entrees $15-$22.

If you have a splurge-worthy occasion coming up — like a special birthday — consider one of the charming wooden chalets that dot the courtyard of the Four Seasons. Kids will love glamping in the heated microcabins, which are set up like a cozy living room or cozy dining room and can accommodate two to six guests (rentals start at $200 with a minimum of $100 of food and drinks). drinks, and are available until mid-March). Each comes with a Bluetooth speaker, so you can set the soundtrack to your mealtime, and chunky blankets to encourage hugs. There’s plenty of comfort food on the menu – from a trio of duck fat fries and truffled macaroni and cheese to a big steak burger and a jaw-dropping s’more-inspired dessert under a smoke-filled glass dome that’s swept away at side of the table for ooh, aah and Instagram. 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 202-944-2026; Entrees $36-$148.

This craft brewery on the edge of the Mosaic District in Fairfax is popular with pint lovers and the pint-sized set. A large patio is first-come, first-served, though tables, as well as a fire pit, can be reserved for a fee on Caboose’s website. Executive chef David Rabin offers plenty of kid-specific dishes — grilled cheese, chicken tenderloins, a burger — though more adventurous eaters may be drawn to nori-speckled avocado toast, nachos dipped in cheese and hummus enhanced with harissa. When the temperature dips below 50 degrees, it’s cause for celebration here, as happy hour specials and prices go into effect in the outdoor area for Caboose’s “Crappy Hour.” 2918 Eskridge Rd., Fairfax, Virginia; 703-663-8833; Children’s menu $7-$9; entrees $10-$18.

It looks like spring is already here on the garden terrace of this Penn Quarter restaurant, home to half a dozen private outdoor dining structures dazzled by luxurious floral arrangements. (Holiday-themed arrangements will switch to spring flowers in mid-March.) The all-day brasserie, kitty corner of the National Portrait Gallery, has a kids’ menu with the usual suspects: buttery pasta, grilled cheese , burger. But there’s plenty for more open-minded little eaters on the regular menu, like butternut squash soup rich in coconut milk, roast chicken and an omelet oozing with creamy Vache cheese. 900 F St. NW; 202-788-2800; Children’s menu $9-$12; entrees $19-$34.

Cozy up under one of the umbrella-covered patio tables next to the propane heaters at this memorable “fine-casual” Mexican restaurant in Takoma Park. The kids’ menu includes options for budding vegetarians, such as crispy cheese quesadillas and cheese enfrijoladas dressed in black bean sauce and cashew cream, as well as meatier options. Zero-proof drink choices include sweet and tangy hibiscus agua fresca and silky cinnamon horchata, so toddlers will feel as sophisticated as grown-ups who fend off margaritas at jalapeno and basil. 7056 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland; 301-755-0833; Children’s menu $8-$12; entrees $12.75-$20.

This Del Rey garden center turned beer garden stays in bloom all winter long. The massive sunken fire pit and heated igloos allow families (and their dogs) to gather despite snow, sleet or rain. Be sure to get there early, because it’s first come, first seated, and people love to hang out. The menu is full of chef Justus Frank’s shareable dishes – from pepperoni dotted pizza sticks and cheeseburger sliders to ice cream sandwiches and salty sweet peanut butter squares. While parents can choose from more than a dozen draft beers and spiced hot cider, kids can feel great ordering a non-alcoholic cranberry-flavored Moscow Mule.

1503 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, Virginia; 571-970-2791; Children’s Chicken Nuggets $7; entrees $10-$14.

With a breathtaking view of the hustle and bustle of the quay, the new American restaurant offers both a patio that can be closed in the event of bad weather and an entirely outdoor patio reinforced with heaters. The Grill’s substantial kids’ menu includes grilled pork chops, fish and chips, skirt steak with fries, buttery pasta and more, each served with a drink and dessert. For those who want their little ones to get bigger portions of vegetables at mealtime, there are plenty of plant-based side dishes to complement, such as green beans in pesto sauce, roasted sweet potatoes and spinach with cream.

99 Market Square South West; 202-916-5996; Children’s menu $10-$14; entrees $21-$67.

There’s something for everyone at this Capitol Hill food court — and you don’t have to go inside to access it. Stay outside on the pet-friendly heated patio and use your phone to order from the vendors: braised carnitas tacos with orange soda by Hi/Fi and pizza the way you like it with the kind courtesy of Slice Joint, or the meatballs of Yoko & Kota and decadent sundaes by State Fair. Shelter is home to a carefully curated beer list, as well as solid selections of natural wines and low-alcohol cocktails, while Cameo offers all the caffeine parents could need, plus delicious little treats for everyone. . 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; Prices vary by seller.

It’s a slice of Switzerland on H Street NE. Families can snuggle up on the terrace, where each table is equipped with a heater and Swiss military blankets for extra warmth. To maximize the alpine vibe, order the kid-friendly raclette experience for brunch or dinner (4-12 people; reservations required). Switzerland’s signature cheese is melted at the table, then used to smother baby potatoes and pickles. If you’re going for dinner or brunch, the fondue feast — a bubbling pot of cheese accompanied by bread, potatoes, and pickles — is available without a reservation (minimum two guests). 1324 H St. NE; 202-733-4604; Raclette experience $35 per person; fondue $27-$30 per person.

Punctuated by a scenic gazebo and a charming bridge, the rolling lawn of this newly opened beer garden – picking up the historic Mrs. K’s Tollhouse – offers a pair of outdoor dining options. On the website, guests can reserve an outdoor fire pit for 2-12 people or a table for 2-8 people on the uncovered patio with propane heaters. Chef Katie Juban offers many dishes that appeal to children: grilled cheese, chicken fingers, pasta marinara and mac and cheese (all served with fruit or fries). End your visit with a DIY s’mores kit that will delight young and old alike. 9201 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Maryland; 301-704-6653; Children’s menu $10; entrees $15-$40.

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