best restaurants to dine al fresco in rome

Outdoor Restaurants in Rome

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.



Unique al Palatino Garden Restaurant: an oasis in the heart of Rome

Unique al Palatino Garden Restaurant
Via di San Teodoro, 48 (Palatine)
06.6992 1077

Step inside Unique al Palatino Garden Restaurant to immerse yourself in a dreamlike atmosphere: ancient olive trees and citrus trees hidden by the clamor of the city. From breakfast, to lunch, to candlelit dinner, this restaurant will be your oasis of peace to taste delicious flavors. Order the delicate lemon scented tagliolini with shrimps and ginger, or the flavor-packed buffalo mozzarella ravioli with truffled vegetables and pecorino cheese.

i sofa via giulia restaurant terrace

I Sofà Bar Restaurant & Roof Terrace
Via Giulia, 62 (Centro Storico)
+39 066866184.6/5

I Sofà Bar Restaurant & Roof Terrace provides a gastronomic treat for guests and visitors alike. Diners can eat in different locations of the hotel, from the rooftop terrace, to the inner courtyard. To compliment this diversity, the menu also changes, offering a mix of produce and dishes specifically tailored to the time of year. From Thursday to Saturday from 7pm, I Sofà also organizes dinner with live music.

RESTAURANTS / Dining Al Fresco in Rome

Piazza de Ricci, 144 (Campo de’ Fiori)
06 6861302

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!

Maccheroni restaurant Rome

Piazza delle Coppelle, 44 (Centro Storico)

Right across from “osteria delle coppelle” you will find this hidden gem. Named after the familiar pasta style known all around the world, Maccheroni is your typical Roman restaurant with a diverse selection of dishes to choose from. With an outside seating area as well, you’ll be feeling like a local in no time.

Da Gigetto

Giggetto al Portico d’Ottavia
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 giudia, 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.

pianostrada roma

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.  

piperno ristorante rome

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.

Emma Pizzeria in Rome

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!

osteria delle coppelle

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.

Ginger Sapori e Salute
Via Borgognona 43-46 (Via del Corso) | Piazza Sant’Eustachio, 54-55 (Pantheon)
06.96036390 | 06.6864995

A favorite place among locals of all ages, Ginger is a healthy option that you can rely on when in Rome. With two locations, Ginger has been a solid eatery option while cruising the centro storico. Especially great vegetarian and vegan options, this is a location you’ll want to try if you’re looking for big salads, rich soups, and healthy beverages to accompany your meal.

The best seafood restaurants in Rome

Ristorante Due Ladroni

Piazza Nicosia, 24 (Centro Storico)

This dining spot footsteps from Piazza Navona is a guarantee when it comes to seafood. The setting is simple and elegant, and has remained the same through the decades. Order the tuna tartare with avocado as a starter, followed by the juicy spigola in crosta di patate. The wine selection is spectacular, with the best of Italian wine labels to choose from. The atmosphere, the food and the friendly service make it a must-stop for seafood lovers. Reservations are musts.

Piazzetta Alfredo: outdoor dining in Rome's centro storico

Piazzetta Alfredo

Via della Scrofa, 104/A (Centro Storico)

Just in front of the iconic Alfredo alla Scrofa restaurant you’ll find “Piazzetta Alfredo” – a fresh, brand-new outdoor oasis that was once a parking lot and a meeting point. Not only can you lunch or dine there, but also sit down, relax, and write poetry while sipping a cocktail (the exclusiv Alfredo’s Cup is a great one). It’s the perfect place to enjoy these beautiful summer evenings. Order the legendary Fettuccine Alfredo, the beef tartare or the yummy tuna with asparagus.



madre restaurant rome monti

Largo Angelicum, 1A
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.

fafiuche restaurant wine bar roma monti

Via della Madonna dei Monti, 28
06 699 0968

An intimate space designed for dinner, aperitif, or to simply browse through their impressive offering of products, with only few tables outside. 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 restaurant Rome

Cuoco e Camicia
Via Di Monte Polacco, 2
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.  

Alle Carrette pizzeria Monti, Rome

Alle Carrette
Via Madonna dei Monti, 95

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 Jacopa de’ Settesoli, 7

Jacopa is the restaurant and cocktail bar located in Trastevere’s Hotel San Francesco. During the summer, the contemporary locale moves to its splendid rooftop offering 360 degree views of Rome, especially of the Aventine and over the Roman rooftops of Trastevere. To accompany your drinks you’ll find an aperitivo menu that comprises a la carte options that range from happy hour boards and mini buns, to sardines and steamed octopus, all the way to pasta,180g hamburgers and desserts.

trattoria da teo roma

Da Teo
Piazza dei Ponziani, 7
06 5818355

This popular trattoria 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.

RESTAURANTS / Dining Al Fresco in Rome

Antica Pesa
Via Garibaldi, 18
06 5809236

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.

Roma Sparita

Roma Sparita
Piazza di Santa Cecilia, 24

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!



piano alto roma

Pianoalto Open Space / Aria Contemporary Restaurant
Lungotevere Portuense, 200 (Testaccio)

Using both organic and local products, Pianoalto’s team prepares delicious Roman and Italian delicacies that range from inventive pasta dishes to perfect main courses. The atmosphere definitely lives up to the menu, the restaurant is set on two floors, including an outdoor terrace immersed in plants, fruits and pastel colors, perfect for dining al fresco with a view, or enjoying an aperitivo with a view.


Via Antonio Pacinotti 83 (Ostiense)
06 8892 3791

Latta is a fermentation lab, bar, brewery, gourmet bistrot and regional winery with an ample outdoor space, ideal for aperitivo, brunch or a relaxed dinner. The kitchen stays open till 1am!

Testaccio guide: The Real Rome

Angelina a Testaccio

Via Galvani, 24 (Testaccio)
06 5728 3840

Angelina a Testaccio offers a lovely terrace overlooking the old Testaccio market with Mediterranean accents, lemon trees and olive trees, creating the perfect relaxing setting. For lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch you can order from delicious traditional Roman dishes and different types of beef in various cuts to choose from.

Latteria Garbatella

Latteria Garbatella
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.


RESTAURANTS / Dining Al Fresco in Rome

Necci dal 1924
Via Fanfulla da Lodi, 68
06 97601552

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.

RESTAURANTS / Dining Al Fresco in Rome

Cucina Rosti
Via Bartolomeo d’Alviano, 65
06 2752608

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.


RESTAURANTS / Dining Al Fresco in Rome

Lungotevere Arnaldo da Brescia (Popolo)
06 94368869

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.

Tree bar Restaurant & winebar Rome

Tree Bar
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.

mediterraneo roma

Mediterraneo @MAXXI
Via Guido Reni 4/A (Flaminio)

MAXXI’s Mediterraneo restaurant has lots in store for its guestsstarting with a fantastic menu that’s a mix between Mediterranean cuisine, street food and sushi. Traditional food yes, but with a modern twist, from meat to seafood, and with a lighter take. If you want to dine outdoors you can reserve your “homy” an igloo-looking area made with bamboo!

dining al fresco in Rome

Lungotevere Arnaldo Brescia, 2 (Popolo)

Inside the luxurious Palazzo Dama you’ll find Pacifico restaurant, in between your traditional Italian lunch and Peruvian inspired dinner. Crystal chandeliers dominate the atmosphere but you may also dine outdoors in the beautiful poolside garden. The must-order? The ceviche.

hotel de russie lunch

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.

Via del Vantaggio, 14 (Popolo)

Linger over lunch, enjoy a perfectly-mixed cocktail for aperitivo and stay on for dinner at Acquaroof while taking in the breathtaking views of Rome. Located on the rooftop of The First Hotel, this restaurant offers stunning panoramic views of the Eternal City, paired with a sweeping menu. The focus is on seafood, with a rich selection of caviar, oysters, seafood cruditè and more from their fish bar.



vivi bistrot villa pamphili estate

Vivi Bistrot
Via Vitellia, 102 (Villa Pamphilj)
06 5827540

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.

RESTAURANTS / Dining Al Fresco in Rome

Trattoria Da Cesare al Casaletto
Via del Casaletto, 45 (Monteverde)
06 536015

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.

me geisha roma

Me Geisha
Piazza Carlo Forlanini, 10
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.


fiore ristorante roma

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!

Mirabelle roof garden restaurant and cocktail bar in Rome

Mirabelle @ Hotel Splendide Royal

Via di Porta Pinciana, 14 (Via Veneto)
06.42168838 – 06.42168837

Mirabelle is a romantic roof garden footsteps from Via Veneto where you can indulge in a menu entirely characterized by Italian produce.  Set on the 7th floor of Hotel Splendide Royal – an ancient monastery turned luxury hotel by the Roberto Nardi Collection in 2001 – Mirabelle’s panoramic view goes from Villa Medici to Trinità dei Monti, all the way to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Gianicolo. As the sun sinks into the horizon, the setting comes to life with a magical romanticism. Executive Chef Stefano Marzetti’s creations paired with the 900 wine labels and the 360-degree panoramic views over Rome make Mirabelle the perfect culinary and sensory experience.


marco martini the corner

Marco Martini Restaurant
Viale Aventino, 121

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 with oriental influences. 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.


lanificio feria roof

Lanificio Roof
Via di Pietralata, 159a

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.

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