There’s something about outdoor, open-air restaurants that we can’t get enough of. The light wind in the air during the dinner or the sun-kissed portraits during lunch, outdoor or rooftop restaurants give us the best ambience, don't you feel?  Moreover, in the post-covid world, people are slowly moving towards open places considering lesser risk. Delhi, being the food capital of the country is dotted with restaurants and cafes serving the best of gastronomy along with a stunning ambience to diners.  

If you are someone who always prefer to soak in the sun during early summers or enjoy the light wind during autumn, we’ve got the best of outdoor/rooftop restaurants in the capital city:

1. Rustique  

A cutesy café with a sweeping open-air space in its garden transforms into a magical world at night with gorgeous fairy lights. Rustique is located right in the Essex Farms and serves everything from baked treats such as pizzas and cookies along with pastas, sandwiches and more.

 


2. Dramz 

Is there anything better than a view of the majestic Qutub Minar while you dine at a luxury open air restaurant? Dramz offers a view of the magnificent minaret and its surroundings that simply amp up the romantic quotient of the place for a dinner date. And in the afternoons, you can always soak up the sun with your friends and family over soul-satiating soups, spring rolls and cocktails.

  

3. Olive 

No list of outdoor restaurants is complete without the mention of the legendary Olive in Mehrauli. It has not only been living up to its aura and vibe since 15 years, but also makes sure you are impressed each time you visit. With its signature white pebbled courtyard that also houses three restaurants, Olive is a must visit. Its Mediterranean and Italian fare is unmissable. Do try their mezze platter, braised scallops and smoked salmon salad.

 


4. Jugmug Thela 

A chai-lover's nook, Jugmug Thela at Champa Gali is packed with those working from cafes, artists and just about anyone and everyone who loves all things natural.

  


5. Unplugged Courtyard 

Another stunning courtyard in the heart of Delhi. Unplugged with its shack-like seating, live music and a selection of delicious North Indian, Asian, and Continental food has been winning hearts for quite some time now. 

  


6. Diggin 

One of Delhiites all-time outdoor favourites, Diggin is always gorgeously decorated with hanging flowers, lit up with beautiful fairy lights during the evening. All of it makes it a lovely romantic spot, besides a place you would want to catch up with your friends all the time. Their grilled chicken, zucchini fries, and pasta are something that never disappoints.

  


7. FIO Cookhouse 

A perfect date spot in town, FIO is a sight to behold in the evenings with pretty fairy lights in place along with live performances. Pro tip: A combination of Sangria and pastas are quite a hit here.

  


8. Diablo 

Love Mediterranean food paired with incredible cocktails? Diablo is the place to be. From Mimosa to classic G&T, mezze platter to grilled fish, Diablo tops it all. And their outdoor area, in the evening is a sight you don’t want to miss out on. 

 

So, which one of these are you ticking off from your bucket list next?