Dinner With a View: Scenic Outdoor Dining Spots Around the World
Updated: Apr 6
Al fresco dining has been increasing in popularity all over the world. From lake front meals to dishes in the desert, there are plenty of places to enjoy an outdoor culinary experience, where the view is almost as good as the food!
Fregate Island At Fregate Island, one of the most revered hideaways in the Seychelles, dinner can be served almost anywhere, even on a mountaintop! With 17 beautifully crafted villas spread across the pristine natural environment of the island, guests’ personal butler can arrange a wide variety of outdoor dinning spots, from the terrace of a private villa overlooking the Indian Ocean, to dinner in the treetops among the birds, or on a picnic at one of the island's the seven beaches, including the Anse Macquereau — the only privatizable beach in the Indian Ocean.
Singita Serengeti House
Located in the western corridor of Tanzania’s magical Serengeti, Singita Serengeti House offers a wide variety of outdoor dining options from it’s location high on the slopes of the Sasakwa Hill. While relaxing on the outdoor dining pavilion, guests can take in the breathtaking views of the Serengeti plains and observe wildlife as they visit the nearby watering hole. With innovative menus inspired by Singita’s to conservation, community, and sustainability, Singita and award-winning Cape Town-based chef Liam Tomlin, have taken safari dining boldly into the future with fresh ingredients gathered from on-site gardens. Many recipes most loved by guests can be found in the specialist safari cookbook — Singita: Our Food Journey.
Every moment of every meal at Tswalu reflects the culinary heritage of South Africa and is carefully designed to be as inclusive as possible. Sustainability is key: Tswalu forages for Kalahari ingredients and work with local suppliers who share their low-impact ethos. The dinning offered at Tswalu helps tell the story of the reserve and is inspired by and captures the essence of the Kalahari. Meals are served in the outdoor dining areas at Tswalu’s Motse and Tarkuni Homestead, both offering a view of the sprawling Kalahari.
Ellerman House is an iconic Relais & Châteaux hotel located in Cape Town, South Africa overlooking spectacular Bantry Bay. Formerly the summer home of shipping magnate Sir John Ellerman, the property is a pristine example of Cape Edwardian architecture.
In addition to a large dining room, Ellerman House also offers three beautiful outdoor terraces overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Robben Island and passing whales. As guests enjoy panoramic views, a team of dedicated chefs, led by Executive Chef Rudolph Blaauw and Culinary Director Peter Tempelhoff, delight with vibrant South African inspired recipes.
Hotel Lou Pinet
Hôtel Lou Pinet, a luxury hideaway in Saint-Tropez offers guests the famous Beefbar. A sophisticated concept based on premium cuts of meat, Beefbar was created by Riccardo Giraudi in 2005. Beefbar at Lou Pinet includes indoor and outdoor seating, but with the coastal setting and atmosphere of Saint-Tropez, outdoor dining is preferred and recommended. With large terraces, the restaurant naturally extends outdoors and blends in with the garden, overhanging the pool. Tucked into the greenery, the various tables are scattered for a natural sense of privacy. Guests can bask in the fragrant Mediterranean nature at lunch and dinner – special moments at their own pace in a private refuge where time seems to stand still. Sheltered by a wooden pergola, the outdoor bar faces a stone pine that protects the neighboring tables from the sun with its gentle shade. After nightfall, the garden is lit with fairy lights and lanterns for magical evenings under the stars. A successful mix of quality produce and chic, super modern simplicity, Beefbar brings a touch of excellence to one of the most beautiful places on the planet. While the Black Angus Prime, Wagyu WX and Kobe beef remain the menu’s guest stars, other less carnivorous and more Mediterranean influences bring some added flavor. Think grilled fish, ceviche, carpaccio, risottos, salads and pasta. For the 2020 season, the menu is being enriched with a signature dish created exclusively for Lou Pinet, the Bao Bun (steamed Korean buns, chamomile smoked Black Angus).
The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa
The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa offers onsite gourmet restaurants including the Terrace, a causal outdoor space that serves a varied selection of light meals, snacks and drinks throughout the day. The Terrace is set within the heart of the Saxon, a superb setting for any social gathering providing views of the magnificent indigenous gardens and infinity pool. Sarapana, the hotel’s herb and vegetable garden inspires the innovative culinary journey at the hotel, as the chefs set out to spoil guests daily with hand-picked ingredients and seasonal dishes. The culinary creations offered at the terrace combines the freshest ingredients, hand-picked Sarapana and the richest local flavors. The Terrace open from early morning to night and an excellent restaurant for a relaxed snack, breakfast or lunch in the glorious African sunshine and or dinner and after dinner drinks at dark.
Hotel Arts Barcelona
Hotel Arts Barcelona features Marina, a seasonal outdoor restaurant with stunning views and featuring an eclectic seafood menu influenced by coastal cuisine from around the globe. With views of Hotel Arts Barcelona ’s terraced gardens and the Mediterranean Sea, Marina provides guests with not only an al fresco atmosphere, but a characterful culinary experience as well. Marina’s eclectic menu is influenced by coastal cuisine from around the world. Serving dishes that are selected from international coastal shores, Marina’s menu includes notes of Peruvian and Asian fare alongside local Mediterranean specialties. Dishes at Marina are meant to be shared during the daytime for a casual dining experience, with a more intimate feel at night. When the sun sets, guests can expect to find Marina’s dining menu focused more on meats, grilled fish and rice dishes. Relaxed and spacious, Marina is all about bringing people together to enjoy a unique and entertaining experience. Whether guests chose to indulge in sharing plates during the day or enjoy a more tranquil atmosphere at night, Marina’s culinary offerings and refined backdrop evoke the spirit of the seaside.
The Glasshouse Hotel - YTL Hotels
The Glasshouse Hotel, located in Scotland's beautiful and historic capital of Edinburgh, offers an unforgettable and delicious outdoor dining experience on its 2-acre rooftop garden. Providing breathtaking views of Edinburgh's historic Calton Hill, which is included in the city's UNESCO World Heritage Site, guests are escorted to the tranquil lawn on the rooftop garden where they are presented with a rug and picnic basket filled with an assortment of fresh Scottish produce, such as freshly baked baguettes, quiche, scones with cream and jam, Scottish macaroons, and more. This al-fresco experience is perfect for a romantic retreat, an afternoon with friends and even a relaxed celebration of a special occasion. The rooftop also boasts an outdoor bar as another fun option for guests preferring to enjoy a cocktail.
La Casetta - Hotel Eden Roc/Tschuggen Hotel Group
Perched on the shores of Lake Maggiore in Ascona sits Hotel Eden Roc, the perfect retreat for a lakeside getaway. The property boasts four outstanding restaurants ranging from haute Mediterranean cuisine to casual bites. La Casetta, Hotel Eden Roc's small, idyllic open-air lake house, offers the freshest and finest seafood around. Guests dine on fresh salads, homemade pasta and grill specialties, and get to choose their dinner from the freshly stocked fish vitrine - all while enjoying unparalleled views of the lake and surrounding mountains.
M/Y Grace - Quasar Expeditions
Quasar Expeditions offers unforgettable cruises around the remote Galapagos Islands, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador on their two small yachts. Having undergone renovations in 2017, the M/Y Grace, known as Princess Grace Kelly and Rainier's honeymoon yacht and a gift from Aristotle Onassis, now boasts a reinvented outdoor dining area and lounge. Located at the stern of the vessel, guests can watch the sunset as they sip caipirinhas and enjoy fresh ceviche and Ecuadorian delicacies such as Locro de Papa while taking in beautiful views, wildlife sightings and island landscapes as they sail by.