Rome’s divine weather and wealth of stunning piazzas make it an ideal spot to dine al fresco. Whether it’s basking in the sunshine over lunch, or sipping Prosecco by candlelight, our round-up of the city’s best outdoor dining experiences let you savor the Roman summer in all its glory.
OUTDOOR RESTAURANTS IN ROME
Piazza S.Calisto, 7 (Trastevere)
This traditional, Roman trattoria in the heart of the Trastevere neighborhood offers outside dining with a view of the bustling Piazza San Calisto. Family-owned since it was founded in 1890, the charming Paris offers Roman dishes passed down through generations. The outdoor seating area, separated from the street with an array of shrubbery, gives diners the opportunity to people watch as they eat. Hugely popular among tourists and locals alike, it is worth booking ahead during the warmer months.
Piazza dei Ponziani, 7 (Trastevere)
This popular trattoria is also located in Trastevere, but unlike Ristorante Paris, is tucked away in a quieter corner of the neighborhood. Da Teo opens up onto a quaint little piazza where tables are arranged underneath a dreamy canopy illuminated with white lights. Enjoy the classic primi and secondi dishes like amatriciana, carbonara, and saltimbocca, and except friendly and efficient service.
Via Garibaldi, 18 (Trastevere/Gianicolo)
Typical Roman dishes made from lovingly sourced ingredients make up this restaurant, housed in a grain storehouse that once belonged to the neighbouring Papal State. Its dining rooms have been graced by a whole host of celebrities in its time, and it remains a landmark for traditional Roman cuisine in the city. Its outdoor, terraced garden rounds out your elegant dining experience.
Piazza di Santa Cecilia, 24 (Trastevere)
Hailed by chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain as having “the best cacio e pepe in Rome” (their version is served in a crispy parmesan cheese bowl) this lovely little trattoria in is a must for any good foodie. Their outdoor seating overlooks Piazza di Santa Cecilia in a tranquil part of the Trastevere neighborhood. Make sure to make a reservation – it’s nearly impossible to snag a table without one!
La Maisonnette Ristrot
Via Giacinto Pullino, 103 (Garbatella)
Situated in the foodie yet not so touristy Garbatella district, this aptly named restaurant and bistrot combination offers creative Mediterranean cuisine with a particular emphasis on fresh fish. Unwind on their candlelit garden terrace, or grab a table overlooking the Avant-garde Ponte Settimia Spizzichino, reminiscent of a spiraling strand of DNA. Standout dishes include orecchiette pasta with cod, pine nuts, and fennel, and salmon confit with a yogurt dill sauce.
Piazza Geremia Bonomelli, 9 (Garbatella)
Open Tues-Sat, 10am-2am; Sun 10am-12midnight
Part restaurant part bar, Latteria Garbatella dishes out fresh, seasonal dishes and top-notch cocktails all summer long. Favorites on their drink list include their French 75 (gin, sugar syrup, lemon juice, and Franciacorta wine) and Hugo (sambuca, prosecco, and soda) which are scattered among classics like the Negroni and Bloody Mary. Their walled-in,outdoor patio offers a laid-back oasis to locals and tourists alike – if you’re around on Sunday, check out their courtyard brunch.
Necci dal 1924
Via Fanfulla da Lodi, 68 (Pigneto)
This rustic haunt in Pigneto found fame when it appeared in the 1961 film, Accattone. It has been popular ever since with its no fuss approach to simple, traditional recipes, cooked to perfection. With dishes served from dawn until dusk you can grab anything from breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, aperitif, and of course, a hearty dinner. We recommend sipping your morning cappuccino on their outdoor garden patio before your day of sightseeing begins.
Via Bartolomeo d’Alviano, 65 (Pigneto)
Found in the hip, up-and-coming neighbourhood of Pigneto, this is a restaurant suitable for every occasion. Open from breakfast through dinner and diverse enough for kids and couples alike, Rosti offers it all. Boasting a large 700 square meter garden as well as an open plan interior, it’s a perfect escape from the hectic nature of the city. Don’t miss their tempting international breakfast menu, and be sure to sample some pizza from their wood-fired oven.
POPOLO / FLAMINIO
Lungotevere Arnaldo da Brescia (Popolo)
If you are after something on the unconventional side, look no further than Baja. A boat, a restaurant, and a cocktail bar all wrapped up in one, Baja floats on the Tiber River, and its sought after location makes for an exotic and luxurious dinner. Set sail on a mini-vacation from Rome, while you sip expertly mixed cocktails and nosh on Italian cuisine.
Via Flaminia, 226 (Flaminio)
Open Tues-Sun, 11am-3pm, 6pm-1am; Sat-Sun, 12.30pm-3.30pm
A slice of the countryside amidst the city, Tree Bar offers a delightful outdoor patio shaded by greenery. Grab one of their signature, home-brewed beers or glass of vino along with a burger on homemade bread or a signature Roman classic, all prepared with locally-sourced ingredients. On Mondays stop by for their #welikemonday, an “aperi-dinner” with a DJ set, live music, cocktail bar, and buffet from 6.30pm onwards.
MONTEVERE / PAMPHILJ
Via Vitellia, 102 (Villa Pamphilj)
If you love nature and want to swap the bustling city for a serene park, then take a visit to Villa Pamphili, home to Vivi Bistrot. Nestled amongst sloping hills and lush trees, Vivi offers a terrific American-style brunch (think pancakes and scrambled eggs), perfect for those of us who like to sleep late on Sunday. The bistrot will also prepare a picnic for two in an old-fashioned wicker basket, letting you decide where exactly on the park’s grounds you’d like to lunch.
Trattoria Da Cesare al Casaletto
Via del Casaletto, 45 (Monteverde)
Tucked away in the Monteverde district, Da Cesare remains one of Rome’s best kept secrets. Locals flock to this well-established trattoria for its fabulous Roman cuisine, easy going hospitality, and cosy outdoor patio. Try their homemade tonnarelli and fettuccine pasta, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, their classic trippa alla romana.
CAMPO DE’ FIORI / NAVONA / JEWISH GHETTO
Piazza de Ricci, 144 (Campo de’ Fiori)
A favorite of A-list celebrities and moguls like Charlize Theron, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jamie Foxx, Pierluigi is where to go if you want to see and be seen. Besides its impressive clientele, the restaurant is also known for its outdoor seating on the historic Piazza de Ricci, as well as a spectacular menu that specializes in seafood. Reservations are a must!
Osteria alle Coppelle
Piazza delle Coppelle, 54/55/56 (Navona)
Open daily, 12.30pm-3.30pm; 6.30pm-2am
If you’re looking somewhere authentic to eat in the historic center (a notoriously difficult task) this is your restaurant. Coppelle dishes out Roman classics like rigatoni alla gricia, saltimbocca alla romana, and polpette al sugo, but if you’re craving lighter fare to balance out the July heat, look for their tuna tartare with avocado; fennel, orange, parmesan, and black olive salad; or seared salmon with seasonal vegetables. People watch at the outdoor tables overlooking the characteristic Piazza delle Coppelle.
Via del Portico d’Ottavia, 21a (Jewish Quarter)
Open Tues-Sun, 12.30pm-3pm; 7.30pm-11pm
This longstanding culinary institution specializes in classic Roman-Jewish cuisine, and are particularly hailed for their carciofi alla giudea, or whole-fried artichokes. If you choose to eat outside, you’ll have an unparalleled view of the Portico of Octavia, a 2,000 year old archway commissioned by Augustus in honor of his sister Octavia. The restaurant also overlooks a rather quiet street for Rome, a relief if you’re craving a respite from the chaos of city life.
La Veranda at Hotel Columbus
Borgo Santo Spirito, 73 (Prati)
Open Tues-Sun,12.30pm-3pm; 7.30pm-11.30pm
Restaurant La Veranda is located inside Hotel Columbus, which makes up a part of Palazzo Della Rovere, a short walk from St. Peter’s Basilica. The restaurant is in the left wing of this 15th century palazzo whose ceilings display ornate frescoes painted by Renaissance painter Pinturicchio. La Veranda’s outdoor garden, however, is pretty spectacular too: an exclusive courtyard lush with trees, a fountain, and fairy-lights, diners are invited to indulge in seasonal dishes like red prawn tartare with burrata cheese; linguine with sea bass, lemon, and arugula; grilled citrus swordfish; and even Mojito cheesecake.
Viale Aventino, 121 (Circus Maximus)
Open Mon-Sat, 6.30pm-1am
Michelin-starred chef Marco Martini is at the helm of The Corner, an upscale restaurant whose menu presents imaginative dishes along with reinterpretations of Italian classics. Cacio e pepe gets a gourmet makeover with the addition of charred eggplant and clams, while rhombus fish is paired with a silky carbonara sauce. Their garden terrace is a verdant oasis of plants, flowers, and trees, and plush sofas and arm chairs are perfect for sipping a drink or unwinding with an aperitivo.
Via di Pietralata, 159a
Open daily, 6.30pm-2am
Tucked between the Aniene River and Via Pietralata, hotspot Lanificio 159 doubles as a top-notch restaurant and bar/club in the evenings. Besides live music and concerts, the venue also presents audio visual and performative experiences. In the warmer months, Lanificio (formerly a wool factory) opens its outdoor rooftop terrace to diners in the mood for a meal al fresco – and they also put on aperitivi with cocktails, a BBQ, and a DJ and live set throughout the week. The space features a lovely “tent” of lights, an on-site bar, and plenty of tables and squashy armchairs to lounge in. Check their website for more details.