Outside patio of Polo Lounge
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10 of the finest places to dine al fresco

September 03, 2020

As the weather gets warmer, our thoughts naturally turn to the delights of eating outdoors. Dining al fresco magically makes everything taste just that little bit better so here’s our pick of the best restaurants.
La Cour Jardin at Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris

La Cour Jardin

The spectacular inner courtyard at Hôtel Plaza Athénée is a haven of peace in the city. The place to be for sunny celebrations under beautiful Parisian skies. Surrounded on all sides by sweeping greenery, this restaurant is a popular choice from May to September with those in the know. Enjoy seasonal delights created by talented chef Mathieu Emeraud.

Hôtel Plaza Athénée
25 avenue Montaigne,
8th arrondissement


Bistrol Paul Bert

If you’re looking to visit a classic bistro in Paris, this is a great option. You’ll find platters of oysters, steak frites, tarte tartin and crème caramel, as well as their board of specials highlighting the latest seasonal produce. Have a chat with owner Bertrand, who’s always happy to take you through his wine list.

18 rue Paul Bert,
11th arrondissement

Le Bistrot Paul Bert exterior with diners seated
The Barn exterior during Summer

The Barn at Coworth Park

Set amongst 240 acres of parkland just an hour outside of London, Coworth Park is a glorious location to dine al fresco. Enjoy a unique, custom-made picnic in your favourite spot in the gardens or opt for an outside table at The Barn restaurant, served with far reaching countryside views and chilled rosé. Bliss on a summer’s day.

Coworth Park
Blacknest Road, Ascot, Berkshire

Explore The Barn


Luca is an Italian restaurant from the owners of The Clove Club, and uses seasonal British produce in its dishes. As you walk in, you might recognise the bar from magazines and Instagram accounts, and it’s no surprise – the place is stunning. It’s an ideal hang-out for a long lunch with friends or date night.


Luca corner of restaurant, London
Outside patio of Polo Lounge

Polo patio at The Polo Lounge

With its spectacular array of palm trees and flowers, the patio area of the famous Polo Lounge is one of Los Angeles’ premier and prettiest outdoor dining settings. Equally wonderful for a sunny breakfast or a twinkling night of soft music and familiar faces. This place was made for relaxed LA-living.

The Beverly Hills Hotel
9641 Sunset Boulevard,
Beverly Hills, CA 90210



Spago is an LA classic and just as popular with Beverly Hills residents as it is with visitors. Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant always attracts a crowd, especially the celebrity clientele who come to try his ever-changing menu and famous pizza with smoked salmon and caviar.

176 N Canon Dr,
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Spago by Wolfgang Puck, Los Angeles
Dining table inside the Acanto Restaurant Il Salotto Principe Bar at the Hotel Principe di Savoia

Acanto Restaurant

Dinner at Acanto Restaurant is the ultimate experience at Hotel Principe di Savoia, and in summer it’s well worth trying to get a table in their picturesque garden – a rare delight in Milan. Feast on local seasonal ingredients with a wonderfully modern twist.

Hotel Principe di Savoia
Piazza della Repubblica 17


Paper Moon Giardino

Evoking a feeling of walking into a grand private residence, Paper Moon Giardino is situated in the 200-year-old Palazzo Reina. It’s the second Paper Moon in Milan, following its 40-year-old sister restaurant just a few steps away. This is a favourite with the fashion and entertainment crowds.

Via Bagutta 12

Paper Moon Giardino, Milan
Il giardino salads at Hotel Eden Rome

Il Giardino Ristorante

Dine on classic Italian food and healthy options with incredible city views from this enticing rooftop restaurant, complete with an outside terrace area that’s one of Rome’s most sought-after spots. Savour the simplest things – a plate of proper Roman cacio e pepe pasta, courgette blossoms stuffed with ricotta and taleggio.

Hotel Eden
Via Ludovisi 49


Madre Roma

Madre is a sprawling garden terrace in the middle of Rome specialising in Italian and South American dishes such as pizza, ceviche and tacos. A fun place to relax with friends or enjoy a summer’s evening.

Largo Angelicum 1/A

Madre interior, Rome

For more exceptional dining ideas take a look at our #DCmoments Food Guides, which is full of delicious suggestions in all our destinations.

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