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)
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)
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.
Le Jardin de Russie
Via del Babuino, 9 (Popolo)
06 32 88 88 70
If you’re after the classic hotel club sandwich or a light meal in a lush garden setting, head to Le Jardin de Russie at Hotel de Russie, right on the haute couture shopping street of Via del Babuino. During the good season, immerse yourself in the garden area for a brunch or light lunch, and sit back, relax and enjoy the tranquil oasis this hotel has to offer. It’s the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the Eternal City.
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.
Piazza Carlo Forlanini, 10 (Monteverde)
06 5327 0586
The well-known Momò Republic promises “Everything you want that no one has given you”. And who would’ve thought that this restored palazzo-lounge bar would throw in one of the best Japanese fusion restaurants in town right on its stunning outdoor space? That’s right, Me Geisha sits right outside Momò Republic’s beautiful garden. Tropical vibes, background music and the perfect Japanese fusion menu await you. It’s the perfect place to dine al fresco during the good season.
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)
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)
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.
Via delle Zoccolette, 22 (Campo de’Fiori)
06 8957 2296
Original in concept and creativity, Pianostrada is the brainchild of four talented women who sought to bring quality, delectable street food to Rome’s center. Using both organic and local products, the team prepares delicious Roman and Italian delicacies that range from gourment panini to inventive pasta dishes and perfect main courses. The atmosphere at Pianostrada lives up to its menu, apart from the trendy interior design you can dine al fresco in their charming courtyard immersed with plants.
Via Monte dè Cenci, 9 (Jewish Quarter)
06 6880 6629
Tucked away in a quaint piazza in the Jewish Ghetto, this historical restaurant has been around since 1860, making it older than the unified Italian Republic. The restaurant offers exquisite, traditional Roman fare under the 19th century fresco painted ceilings. After a stroll in this beautiful neighbourhood, Piperno is the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy lunch or dinner al fresco on its charming cobblestone street. Don’t leave without ordering their fried antipasti and their costolette di abbacchio.
Via Monte della Farina 28/29 (Campo de’ Fiori)
06 6476 0475
Go to Emma to taste the real Roman thin and crispy-crusted pizza inside a modern interior space. Ingredients are as fresh as they get, and the quality is sky high. During the good season, sit down in their charming outdoor area and enjoy the Roman weather. Just a stone’s throw away from Largo Argentina, Emma is the perfect place for post sightseeing lunch, or for a yummy dinner before diving into Roman nightlife. The must-orders? Their margherita with buffalo mozzarella! Simple but golden!
Largo Angelicum, 1A (Monti)
06 678 9046
Walking into this up-and-coming restaurant feels like walking into a dream. The modern decor is juxtaposed against the vines that hang down from the ceiling of the terrace, against the candles flickering on tables and a romantic, intimate feeling. From Italian to South American, the food is extremely appealing, both to the eyes and the plate. During the good season, there’s no better place to dine that in their wonderful garden-terrace-courtyard immersed in green.
Via della Madonna dei Monti, 28 (Monti)
06 699 0968
An intimate space designed for dinner, aperitif, or to simply browse through their impressive offering of products. We’re talking chutneys and chocolates; olive oils and meats; Sicilian, Tuscan and Piedmont cheeses and a very decent selection of beverages. Come by for dinner to indulge in authentic dishes from Puglia and Piedmont. If you want to taste a perfectly-made parmigiana this is the place. And don’t leave without trying the riso patate e cozze.
Cuoco e Camicia
Via Di Monte Polacco, 2 (Monti)
06 8892 2987
Tucked away in a quiet corner, just a stone’s throw away from the heart of Monti, you’ll find the cozy Cuoco e Camicia. Seasonal products, a lovely service and a delicious menu that stays true to Italian origins while giving them a creative twist. Definitely don’t leave without having tried the ravioli filled with carbonara! And if the weather allow its, sipping a glass of wine on Cuoco e Camicia’s charming al fresco tables sitting on a cozy cobblestoned street is just the cherry on top of the cake.
Via Madonna dei Monti, 95 (Monti)
If you need to fulfil that pizza craving, search no more. Footsteps from the Roman Forum in a cobblestoned street in the Monti district, you’ll find the renowned Alle Carrette. Delicious thin-crust pizza cooked in a wooden oven, fast and friendly service and a great price-quality ratio. Once you’ve tried their fritti, it’s a guarantee you’ll be back for more. And the best part? It’s one of the few places in Monti where you can eat al fresco both in the winter and in the summer. Cheers to that!
VIA VENETO / BARBERINI
Fiore Flexitarian Cuisine
Via Boncompagni, 31/33 (Via Veneto)
Footsteps from Via Veneto in the heart of the dolce vita, you’ll find Fiore, a flexitarian restaurant with a menu that will satisfy any taste and diet. From the meat and seafood lovers to the conscious vegan and vegetarian, everyone will be pleased at Fiore! And even though the chef experiments with innovative cooking techniques (raw food, low temperature frying, steamed food and cooking with a salt block) he always stays true to Italian traditions. If you’re into nice views, don’t miss out on their incredible terrace on the top floor of the restaurant!
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.