One of our favorite ways to celebrate summer is by dining outdoors – whether on one of our outdoor patios or at one of the many parks that dot the DC area.
Here are our favorite picnic spots – one for each Cava Grill location – to take your meal to go:
Bethesda: Elm Street Urban Park
Whether you like to dine stretched out on the grass or at a table, this local park is just the place. A short walk from our Bethesda location, this outdoor area supplements sprawling green space with a playground, basketball court, and gazebo.
Chinatown: Jazz in the Garden
Located in the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art, this weekly event happens only on Fridays in the summer from 5-8:30pm. Guests can bring food and blankets to sit back and enjoy the company, music, and art.
#ProTip: Some of our team members attended a few weeks ago, and this event gets seriously crowded seriously fast. Make sure you arrive early or send a friend with a blanket. And don’t forget a pitcher or two of sangria.
Columbia Heights: Meridian Hill Park
As a part of the National Parks Service, this green space showcases some of DC’s unique statues – including ones of Joan of Arc, the Statue of Diplomacy, and Dante Alighieri – making this perfect picnic spot a cultural draw, too.
Kamp Washington (Fairfax): Great Falls Park
At the northern end of the George Washington Parkway is the beautiful Great Falls Park. It’s worth making the 30-minute trip to this notable park. The park contains numerous sweeping overlooks and a large picnic area. Stop along the way to check out the scenic Falls.
#ProTip: Be sure to brush up on your history and check out the Patowmack Canal – the first canal in the US that used locks to raise and lower boats.
Kentlands: Kentlands Lakes
These easy-to-walk hiking trails and calming man-made lakes are located in the heart of the Kentlands, and provide a beautiful backdrop for a picnic. Like most things in the Kentlands community, they are in walking distance, so you can easily grab a quick lunch to go then head over to enjoy the lakes.
Montgomery Mall: Cabin John Parkway
With designated picnic areas, hiking, and biking trails, this large park that runs from DC to MD is the perfect place to camp out for an outdoor bite. You’ll even find shelters, restrooms, and sport equipment provided – everything you need to enjoy an afternoon in the park.
Mosaic District: Strawberry Park
Located in the heart of the Mosaic District, this sunny spot is a great place to enjoy your lunch. Make evening of it by bringing your Cava meal to one of the free Friday evening outdoor movies!
Tenleytown: Fort Reno Park
Once a Civil War battleground, this historic site is now an ideal picnicking spot nestled just across the street from Woodrow Wilson High School. Keep an eye out for evening music performances, outdoor movies, and more.
Tysons Corner: Scott’s Run Nature Preserve
Though Tysons Corner Center itself offers plenty of outdoor seating options (make sure to check out the newly renovated outdoor plaza), Scott’s Run Nature Preserve is a 10-minute drive away and is one of the most scenic picnicking spots around. Check out the rare plants and rushing waterfalls on a post-meal hike.