Weekend Inspiration – Alfresco Wining and Dining

16 Jul, 2021

Be inspired by the best alfresco dining restaurants in the world.

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Summer is here and there’s no better way to celebrate than by enjoying alfresco wining and dining. It’s time to reconnect with friends and family, support local restaurants, sip a glass of wine or two, and have some fun… You deserve it.

Here’s our selection of some of the best restaurants, bistros, pubs, and wine bars offering alfresco wining and dining in England, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and USA.


Coppa Club | Tower Bridge, London

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Coppa Club Tower Bridge restaurant serves European food from small plates and snacks to grilled mains, sourdough pizzas, and healthy salads. There’s a wide selection of weekend brunch dishes and the bar serves wines, beers, and cocktails.

Reservations: +44 20 8016 9227,

3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames St, London EC3R 6AH, United Kingdom

Blandford Comptoir, London

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Blandford Comptoir is a casual all-purpose restaurant. The menu showcases a delicious array of meat, seafood and vegetarian plates, served alongside a list of 250 wines.

Reservations: +44 20 7935 4626,

1 Blandford St, London W1U 3DA, United Kingdom

The Black Book, Soho, London

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At the Black Book you will find London’s largest ‘by-the-glass’ list stocked within their walk-in Coravin Cellar as well as an accompanying bar snacks and finer food menu.

Reservations: +44 20 7434 1724, The Black Book

23 Frith St, London W1D 4RR, United Kingdom

The Dove, Hammersmith, London

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Set right on the River Thames, it’s the best pub in Hammersmith for great atmosphere, wonderful fresh food and of course a quenching pint of ale.

Reservations: +44 20 8748 9474The Dove

19 Upper Mall, London W6 9TA, United Kingdom

Aquavit London, London

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This beautiful brasserie has a central bar, a warm atmosphere and smooth, attentive service. The menu lists all the Nordic classics and cooking is modern and understated.

Reservations: +44 20 7024 9848, Aquavit London

1 St James’s Market, Carlton St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 4QQ, United Kingdom

The Ship, London

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The Ship is one of the most famous landmark pubs in London. With undoubtedly one of the best and most famous beer gardens in London.

Reservations: +44 20 8870 9667, The Ship

41 Jews Row, London SW18 1TB, United Kingdom

Pitcher & Piano, Richmond, London

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Welcoming you from day to night with a sophisticated escape suited for every occasion, whether it’s bubbles over brunch or a relaxed Sunday roast, after work drinks or a night to remember.

Reservations: +44 1962 856301, Pitcher & Piano

11 Bridge Street, Richmond, TW9 1TQ, London, United Kingdom

Orasay, London

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A relaxed, contemporary bistro where small plates of modern British food rely on excellent seasonal ingredients.

Reservations: +44 20 7043 1400, Orasay

31 Kensington Park Rd, London W11 2EU, United Kingdom

Dalloway Terrace, London

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Dinner choices are taken from the all-day menu and include daily changing, international specials such as lobster and crayfish mac ‘n’ cheese. Patio heaters, decent food and pretty surroundings make this a cockle-warming experience.

Reservations: +44 20 7347 1221, Dalloway Terrace

16-22 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3NN, United Kingdom

Fordwich Arms, Fordwich, Kent

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Fordwich Arms sits in a delightful spot beside the River Stour and its wisteria-covered terrace affords wonderful views. Cooking is distinctly modern and the effort they put into sourcing excellent quality ingredients pays dividends.

Reservations: +44 1227 710444, Fordwich Arms

King St, Fordwich, Canterbury CT2 0DB, United Kingdom

Seabird, London

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A rooftop seafood restaurant boasting London’s longest oyster list, an impressive marble raw bar, and sprawling city views.

Reservations: +44 20 7903 3050, Seabird

40 Blackfriars Road 14th Floor, South Bank, London SE1 8NY, United Kingdom

Vicinity, London

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Roomy, modern kitchen with sweeping views offering global comfort eats, cocktails and afternoon tea.

Reservations: +44 20 7206 7562, Vicinity

St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1LD, United Kingdom

The Northgate, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

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From vegan dishes created with sustainably sourced regional produce to heritage dishes that minimise food waste; this is at the heart of all they do at The Northgate, Bury St Edmunds.

Reservations: +44 1284 339604, OpenTable

Northgate St, Bury St Edmunds, Bury Saint Edmunds IP33 1HP, United Kingdom

Chameleon, London

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The restaurant is formed of nine outdoor greenhouses (seating between four and 30) which will all be redesigned with the seasons (hence the name Chameleon). It’s billed as a “Tel Avivian gastro sharing style restaurant”.

Reservations: +44 20 7186 2444, Chameleon

1 Marylebone Rd, London NW1 4AQ, United Kingdom

The Ivy City Garden, London

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Located right by Liverpool Street station in serene Bishopsgate Gardens, the space incorporates a restaurant, bar, private dining room and the namesake garden, all decked out in the brand’s well-groomed, colourful interiors.

Reservations: +44 20 3146 7744, The Ivy City Garden

Dashwood House, 69 Old Broad St, London EC2M 1QS, United Kingdom

The Ivy Tower Bridge, London

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The riverfront-facing restaurant is a more casual version of the Covent Garden original, but the stunning views of Tower Bridge add to its wow-factor. An intimate alfresco terrace is perfect for those looking to get the full riverside experience.

Reservations: +44 20 3146 7722, The Ivy Tower Bridge

One Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2AA, United Kingdom

Sabine Rooftop Bar, London

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With an outside terrace and a glass domed roof, Sabine Rooftop bar is the place to be for a great night out. It is an oasis from The City, allowing guests to transport to a hidden space away from the busy London streets, where you can enjoy beautiful views of St Paul’s.

Reservations: +44 20 7074 1000, Sabine Rooftop Bar

10 Godliman St, London EC4V 5AJ, United Kingdom

Pantechnicon, London

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Go to Pantechnicon to explore creativity and craftsmanship from the Nordics & Japan through food, drink, design, and experiences.

Reservations: +44 20 7034 5425, Pantechnicon

19 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8LB, United Kingdom


Le Vrai Prais, Montmartre, Paris

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Discover this beautiful bistro in the heart of the historic district of Montmartre and enjoy delicious French food.

Reservations: +33 1 46 06 02 42, Le Vrai Paris

33 Rue des Abbesses, 75018 Paris, France

Café de Flore, Paris

Café_de_Flore_Alfresco_dining_and_winingThe Café de Flore is one of the oldest coffeehouses in Paris. Taste the most iconic French delicacies, such as a simple quiche or duck confit.

Reservations: +33 1 45 48 55 26

172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France

Beefbar | Hôtel Lou Pinet

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In Saint Tropez, in the Hôtel Lou Pinet, Beefbar’s décor mimics the hotel’s style and extends outdoors. Tucked into the greenery, Beefbar welcomes you all way with its premium beef cuts.

Reservations: +33 4 94 97 99 50, Beefbar

70 Chemin du Pinet, 83990 Saint-Tropez, France

Café de l’Homme, Paris

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In summer, Café de l’Homme is one of tourists’ favorite spots. Within the Parisian Palais Chaillot, facing the Eiffel Tower, the restaurant delights taste buds and eyes.

Reservations: +33 1 44 05 30 15, Café de l’Homme

17 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75016 Paris, France

Camélia | Mandarin Oriental, Paris

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Overlooking a peaceful garden, Camélia is a light-filled space with beautiful stonework, chic furnishings and intricate detailing. Using the freshest locally-sourced and sustainable ingredients possible, Chef Thierry Marx has invented a choice of delicious dishes inspired by Parisian food markets.

Reservations: The Fork

251 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris, France

Le Domaine de la Corniche, Rolleboise

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Le Domaine de la Corniche’s top cuisine, paired with a high-quality service, offer a wide range of meals coming from the French culinary tradition, wisely updated and served together with a fine selection of wines. The restaurant offers an oustanding setting with one of the most breathtaking views over the meanders of the River Seine in the region.

Reservations: Le Domaine de la Corniche

5 Route de la Corniche, 78270 Rolleboise, France


Nice N Easy, Mykonos

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Nice n Easy proudly carries forward the vision of its creators by offering its visitors traditional Mediterranean dishes, with fresh organic products as well as tasty vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Reservations: +30 2289 025421, Nice n East Mykonos

Alefkandra Sq., Mykonos Chora, 846 00, Greece


Nessun Dorma, Manarola

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Bruschetta, meat & cheese platters, drinks, and local wines are served at this restaurant with an incredible view of the sea. Together with enjoying delicious food, at Nessun Dorma people can participate in cooking classes and learn how to make their very own pesto.

Reservations: +39 340 888 4133

Localita Punta Bonfiglio, 19017, 19017 Manarola (SP), Italy

La Terrazza | Splendido, A Belmond Hotel, Portofino

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Showcasing fine regional wines and delicious local produce, La Terrazza boasts some of Portofino’s best-known venues.

Reservations: Ristorante La Terrazza

Salita Baratta 16, 16034 Portofino (GE), Italy

Terrazza Celè, Positano

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Terrazza Celè offers a refined ambience surrounded by a secluded garden terrace facing the sea. An experience remaining in the heart and inviting you to return.

Reservations: +39 089 875130, Terrazza Celè

Via Cristoforo Colombo, 50, 84017 Positano (SA), Italy

La Fontelina, Capri

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Classic, seafood delicacies such as spaghetti with clams, fried paranza, and seafood salad are served together with an excellent selection of wines and the famous Fontelina’s iced sangria.

Reservations: La Fontelina

Via dei Faraglioni, 2, 80073 Capri (NA), Italy

Locandina Cappello, Verona

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Located at only 100 metres from Juliet’s House, Locandina Cappello offers delicuous Italian cuisine. Customers can enjoy tasty tartines and gnocchi paired with local prosecco or amarone wine.

Reservations: +39 045 803 5218, Locandina Cappello

Via Cappello, 16, 37121 Verona (VR), Italy

Osteria Fonterutoli, Castellina in Chianti

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The Osteria di Fonterutoli respects Tuscan heritage, serving dishes made exclusively with fresh, seasonal local produce.

Reservations: +39 0577 741125, The Fork

Via Gaetano Donizetti, 2, 53011 Fonterutoli (SI), Italy

Particolare Milano, Milano

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This gem of Porta Romana offers tasty Italian food paired with delicious wine in a cosy atmosphere.

Reservations: 02 4775 5016, The Fork, Best Menù

Via Gerolamo Tiraboschi, 5, 20135 Milano (MI), Italy

Trattoria Sull’Albero | Borgo Santo Pietro, Siena

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Designed around a large spreading oak tree with rustic interiors that evoke an elegant expansive tree house, Trattoria Sull’Albero offers a laid-back lounge and dining ambience. The classic Tuscan menu of their ‘farm to plate’ fare showcases their organically cultivated ingredients sourced from their farm.

Reservations: +39 0577 75 1222, Trattoria Sull’Albero

Borgo Santo Pietro, 110, Loc. Palazzetto, 53012 Chiusdino (SI), Italy


Bairro Do Avillez, Lisbon

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This multi-restaurant concept is home to Taberna, Páteo, Mercearia (food store), Mini Bar and Pizzaria Lisboa, featuring different types of cuisines.

Reservations: Taberna – + 351 210 998 320, Pateo – +351 215 830 290, Pizzaria Lisboa – +351 211 554 945, Mini bar – +351 211 305 393, Bairro do Avillez

Rua Nova da Trindade, 18, 1200-303 Lisbon, Portugal

Restaurante Clube de Jornalistas, Portugal

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In an 18th century building, an unpretentious green door is the entrance to the Clube de Jornalistas, a space open to the public where the crew awaits you to offer an incredible dining experience.

Reservations: Restaurante Clube de Jornalistas

R. das Trinas 129, 1200-857 Lisbon, Portugal 

Lumi Rooftop Bar and Restaurant | Lumiares, Lisbon

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Recently refurbished, the Lumi rooftop is part stylish indoor lounge and part beautiful open-air terrace, where you get some amazing views over the Lisbon skyline. Open daily from early morning to late night, the rooftop menu includes both refreshing cocktails and delicious, locally sourced, seasonal food – with a focus upon fresh authentic ingredients.

Reservations: +351 91 174 42 65

R. de São Pedro de Alcântara 35, 1250-237 Lisbon, Portugal

ALIBI by YoursPort, Porto

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The perfect ALIBI for dining out and getting to see Porto from our secret garden with a glass of wine in your hand after tasting some of the best food Porto can offer.

Reservations: ALIBI

Rua dos Caldeireiros 135, 4050-140 Porto, Portugal


El Olivo | La Residencia, A Belmond Hotel, Mallorca

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Embark on a gastronomic journey in the fine-dining restaurant El Olivo. Enjoy the enchanting ambience created by flickering candlelight and taste the delicious Mediterranean cuisine of Executive Chef Guillermo Méndez and his team.

Reservations: El Olivo

Son Canals s/n, 07179 Deià, Mallorca, Spain

The Barcelona Edition | The Roof, Barcelona

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The Roof is an iconic destination in Barcelona’s social life and an intimate oasis in the heart of the city. The Mediterranean terrace offers a panoramic view of the city and serves light dishes.

Reservations: +34 93 626 33 30,

Av. de Francesc Cambó, 14, 08003 Barcelona, Spain


Lulu’s Winegarden, Washington DC

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A communal, bottle-driven winegarden, with two lush garden patios, reimagined dinner party fare, and a fun and affordable under-$50 wine list. Choose your favourite wine from a 50-bottle list and stay for the creative and shareable dishes.

Reservations: +1 202-332-9463, Lulu’s Winegarden

1940 11th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Temple Court, New York City

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Acclaimed chef and restaurateur Tom Colicchio pulls inspiration from the rich history of the building and his own culinary journey to provide a menu of classics, old and new, reinvented with his signature, seasonal touch.

Reservations: +1 212-658-1848, Temple Court

5 Beekman St, New York, NY 10038, United States

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