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Alexandria's Hidden Gems

Alexandria's Hidden Gems OF OUTDOOR DINING

Story by Jeanette Wages | Photography Courtesy of Featured Restaurants Wandering the quaint streets of Old Town or Del Ray, it’s hard not to notice all of the wonderful boutique shops and restaurants lining them. Locals and tourists alike are treated with a variety of cuisine, atmosphere and drink options. During the warmer months the real treasures are the outdoor dining spaces, which have recently expanded to include sidewalk and street seating up and down King Street.


Walking up to this brightly colored building with unique window displays that change with the seasons, the average passerby would never imagine there is a wonderful garden dining option out back. But once you get there you are instantly transported to a village in Greece where you will find dancing and plates breaking (yes, this does happen). Make sure to try the Saganaki and Exohikon!

818 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 548-8688 www.tavernacretekou.com

Happy Hour on a Half Shell


Carlyle District is most known for office buildings and Alexandria highrises but they also have a few true gems of dining. Whiskey & Oyster offers a unique and delicious seafood selection including Bourbon Shrimp N Grits, Wild Rockfish, Tacos, and, of course, Oysters. Whiskey lovers will be in heaven with a vast selection of whiskeys displayed on an old dry cleaner conveyor system.

301 John Carlyle St, Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 567-1533 www.whiskeyandoyster.squarespace.com

Come for the Food, Stay for the View CAFE 44

Cafe 44 offers balcony and terrace seating, providing guests with a panoramic view of the Potomac River, National Harbor and the Washington Monument. But the breathtaking views are just the beginning. Their chef driven menu, craft cocktail selection and intimate ambience make it the stylish American eatery you've been searching for.

44 Canal Center Plaza Ste 401, Alexandria, VA 22314 (571) 344-9100 www.cafe44.com

One Location, Two Outdoor Spaces LENA'S WOOD FIRED PIZZA + TAP

Off the beaten path of busy King St., located near the Braddock Metro Station, Lena’s recently surprised summer patrons with two new, unique outdoor dining alternatives. A neighborhood favorite, with delicious pizza and pasta options, Lena's is now home to The Oasis and The Beer Garden. The Oasis pulls in resort-style vibes with cabana drapes and a misting system to keep everyone cool and relaxed in the beautiful space that was once a parking lot while the Beer Garden is located on their previous patio offering local favorites like Port City (703) 721-3970

beer to thirsty visitors.

401 E Braddock Rd, Alexandria, VA 22301 (703) 683-5330

Brews, Chews + Good Grooves


Slip away from the waterfront and find yourself following the sound of live music to the gates of Augie’s Mussel House and Beer Garden, where outdoor dining is available year round (beneath of the shade of trees or heat lamps). Beyond the delicious mussels and beer, Augie’s hosts local musicians on TuesdaySunday evenings making it an absolute favorite amongst locals to gather with friends and family or for great date nights.

1106 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314 www.lenaswoodfire.com



Has there ever been a city that is more dog friendly than Alexandria? We think not! When you walk up to most restaurants in our city, pups are welcomed with pets, shade, cool water and, in some cases, their own menu or 'Yappy Hour' options (non-alcoholic, of course)! Be sure to check out next edition of 'V.I.P.s (Very Important Pups) event spread in the August issue... come soon!


Mount Vernon Ave. in Del Ray is lined with eclectic shops and restaurants. Barely a mile away, and a cornerstone to this bustling area, is Junction Bakery and Bistro. You can pop in for a quick coffee and pastry, delicious toast or quinoa bowl and, of course, enjoy weekend brunch with friends. Sit outside and watch families and pups on their daily strolls while sipping a Raspberry Beetroot Latte or an Adult Iced Coffee.

1508 Mt Vernon Ave #1718, Alexandria, VA 22301 (703) 436-0025 junctionbakery.com