The Best Al Fresco Restaurants In Delhi

Photo of Shreyas Kulkarni
9 February 2017

Delhi is the food capital of India, with every cuisine and every type of restaurant on offer. From street food to fine dining, historic dishes to fusion cuisine, there is something for everyone. Pair those amazing flavors with some equally impressive views with our list of Delhi’s best al fresco bites.

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Sevilla

Restaurant, Diner, Mediterranean
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Sevilla is fine dining Delhi-style. It’s a popular spot for dates and other celebrations, with its romantic landscaped setting providing an urban oasis in the center of the city. Service is unobtrusive, and the restaurant really allows diners to take their time, but without ever feeling as if you are waiting for a course. There are glassed-walled cabins and open-air tables with or without an overhead awning. The restaurant has an exhaustive wine menu along with good tapas offerings to supplement its impressive Mediterranean dishes.

Tonino

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Ubuntu: Cheesecake
Ubuntu: Cheesecake | © Larry Halff/Flickr
Inspired by the beauty of Sienna and Sam Gimignano, Italian owner Tonino Generale has flipped this house in Delhi to resemble a beautiful Tuscan villa. The restaurant is warm, with plenty of light flooding in, lots of open spaces and a courtyard shaded by pretty fruit trees. The food is 100 per cent Italian. Tonino doesn’t only offer the usual pasta and pizzas but dishes from all across the region too. It’s a great place for intimate candlelight dinners.

Fio

Restaurant, Bar, Indian, Vegetarian, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, $$$
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The outside seating area at Olive's Qutab
The outside seating area at Olive's Qutab | © Shonali Burke/Flickr
A pebbled pathway with potted greenery along a tidy lawn takes you to the entrance of Fio Cookhouse. Awash with natural light during daytime, the garden restaurant is delicate and pretty with a gazebo surrounded by beautiful flowers. Prompt and attentive staff serve well-prepared dishes such as New Zealand grilled lamb chops, best followed by a tipple from the impressive single malt and wine collections.

Olive Bar and Kitchen

Bar, Restaurant, Diner, Italian, Mediterranean, European
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The trailblazer of al fresco dining in India, Olive Bar and Kitchen is a classic on the Delhi dining scene. It’s popular for its wood-fired oven (used for baking the fresh and hot bread), salads, pizzas and great Mediterranean dishes. Dinner is far grander than lunch, so head over as the sun sets to indulge in plates such as goat’s cheese souffle, twice-baked with chilli caramel pecan nuts, balsamic reduction and cheese salsa.

Cherie

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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With a stone-cobbled path, lovely mood lighting, wrought iron furniture, flowing drapes and a wood-fired oven, Cherie is a romantic sunset spot. It has a lovely outdoor seating area surrounded by lush greenery. The restaurant serves European, Italian and Continental cuisine. Must trys include the artichoke, aubergine, and cherry tomato ragout.