Here are ten of the best places to enjoy al fresco dining in and around Rome, whether it’s for the view, the food, or purely for the ambiance.
This traditional Mediterranean restaurant has a comfortable dining area, and is great for a quick and casual seafood meal right by the sea. Open for lunch and dinner from May-September, lunch only for rest of year. Located on Rome's coastline near Fiumicino. Via dei Noci 28/30, tel. 062314433, website.
Casa del Cinema
In the heart of Villa Borghese, this sophisticated and elegant restaurant is the place for a full meal or just a quick snack before enjoying a film at the Casa del Cinema theatre next door. Largo Marcello Mastroianni 1, tel. 0642016224, website.
La Baia (Fregene)
This beachside restaurant offers a terrace overlooking the sea, with a refreshing breeze in summer. Its menu, with a large assortment of fresh seafood dishes, makes it a great option for lunch and dinner. Closed Mon lunch. Via Silvi Marina 1, tel. 0666561647, website.
La Taverna degli Amici
The terrace is so small that booking is essential. This ivy-clad restaurant is in a tiny but beautiful square, hidden away down an alley a few minutes from Piazza Venezia. Mon closed. Piazza Margana 37, tel. 0669920637, website.
L’isola del Pescatore (S. Severa)
Known for its fresh seafood and daily specials, this restaurant is located right on the beach and offers spectacular views of S. Severa castle. Located about 50 km north of Rome, near S. Marinella. Closed Wed during winter. Via Cartagine 1, tel. 0766570145.
Roof Garden at Grand Hotel de la Minerve
Literally a stone’s throw from the vast dome of the Pantheon, this rooftop restaurant has a magical atmosphere on a summer’s evening. However it is far from cheap. Piazza della Minerva 69, tel. 06695201, website.
Buzzing surroundings and a superb view over the floodlit Fountain of the Naiads on Piazza della Repubblica give The Exedra’s rooftop bar and restaurant a glamorous edge. One of Rome's most expensive hotels. Piazza della Repubblica 47, tel. 06489381, website.
The more upmarket sister restaurant of Il Caffe Capitolino in the Musei Capitolini on the Campidoglio has an amazing terrace with views over the whole city. Mon closed. Piazzale Caffarelli 4, tel. 0669190564, website.
This is one place where the food, scenery and atmosphere are all on par. Sparkling white linen and candlelight in one of the charming squares on the edge of the Ghetto make this a choice for romantic dinners and special occasions. Wed closed. Piazza Campitelli, tel. 066864604, website.
Located in Rome’s largest park, Villa Pamphilj, this charming, barn-style restaurant allows guests to dine amidst the greenery while enjoying healthy, organic cuisine. Closed Mon in August. Via Vitellia 102, tel. 065827540, website.