ROSS Companies Top Five Outdoor Dining Locales Near Your Alexandria apartment
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This Summer’s Top Five Outdoor Dining Locales

July 3, 2018
Shot of a young group of friends enjoying a meal together while sitting outside around a table in a garden

Your Alexandria apartment is steps away from the best outdoor dining in the city.

Cooking any meal in your Alexandria apartment is a joy when its features are functional and beautiful. But sometimes, you just want a night out. Whether you’re planning the perfect birthday party or finally prioritizing that much-needed date night, you’ll find the outdoor dining you’re looking for at the restaurants below.

Vola’s Dockside Grill

This bistro meets every expectation set by its title. The restaurant dishes up quality seafood with casual style and serves it along the sun-spotted docks of the Potomac. Although it made this list for its sensational outdoor dining, Vola’s also features the Hi-Tide Lounge, a somewhat-hidden, retro-style cocktail lounge. The main dining area and this happy hour oasis make for an unconventional yet endearing pair.


It’s a bar and kitchen at the bottom of Union Street in Old Town, surrounded by orange blossoms in the summer and the ever-present murmur of the water. The menu is rooted in Chesapeake Bay food traditions, from clam bakes to crab cakes, but it also offers creatively modern bites for any time of day.

Virtue Feed & Grain

For a genuinely American eating experience, check out Virtue Feed & Grain. It’s a restaurant we’ve recommended before – and for good reason! In addition to its delicious and varied menu, it offers a cozy outdoor dining space that’s perfect for a summer night. Comfortable wicker chairs are scattered on their patio, surrounded by tall, historical brick walls and painted, old-timey logos.

Live Oak

The menu is unpretentious and delicious; the staff, friendly and dedicated. Best of all, Live Oak has an intimate patio for evenings out. Pale, big-bulbed lights crisscross the space and shine down onto small wooden tables. Although you wouldn’t host a party here, it’s ideal for a romantic one-on-one.

The Majestic

Positioned on Alexandria’s main thoroughfare, King Street, this restaurant has a prime location. A small, street-side dining area, which draws subtly from the interior’s art nouveau style, is perfect for people-watching. Although the building is historic, the Majestic is known for its daring menu choices. In particular, the brunch menu has several standouts: Monkey Bread, Stachowski Chicken Chorizo Sausage, Eggs Shakshuka and the Tuna Poke Bowl.

Your ROSS Alexandria apartment is surrounded by a beautiful, historic city. Take advantage of all it has to offer by visiting these beautiful patios for a bite. Looking for more ways to get the best of Alexandria? Take a tour today and find the perfect Alexandria apartment for you.