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25+ Best Restaurants In Rome (2024 Edition)

Eat like a Roman emperor: Explore our top picks of Rome's best places to eat in 2024.

Written by Giulia Bianchi

Updated on June 16, 2024

Ever wondered where Rome's heart beats strongest? It's all in the food. Picture yourself walking down narrow cobblestone streets. Each corner turns into a new taste adventure - from the deep, earthy smell of truffles to the soft, melting feel of gelato on your tongue. Welcome to our handpicked list of Rome's best restaurants for 2024.

Get ready for a journey that's more than just eating. It's about unforgettable meals. Our list includes fancy Michelin-starred spots and small, family-run places that capture the true taste of Roman food. With us, you'll find flavors, stories, and places that show off Rome's long history and new ideas.

Looking for a romantic dinner outside, something new and exciting, or a cozy place that feels like home? Our guide to the 25+ Best Restaurants in Rome has something for every food lover. Step into a world where every dish has a story of tradition, love for food, and top cooking skills. Eager to discover Rome's best tastes? Let's dive in together.

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How we choose the best restaurants in Rome

Our team independently selects every restaurant on this list. A journalist familiar with Rome and who has dined at the restaurant does the writing. Our criteria focus on high-end places delivering an authentic feel of the city. Stand-out dishes, prime location, and warm service are key. We also value notable reputations. The list gets an update monthly to reflect new openings and changes in existing ones.

The best restaurants in Rome

Elegant dining area of All'Oro Rome restaurant with chic blue and yellow chairs, arched doorways, and stylish, dim lighting.

Photo credits: All'Oro

(4.6)

1. All'Oro

What is it? All'Oro is a cozy spot in Rome's stylish Parioli area. It gives classic Italian food a fresh, new twist. From the moment you walk in, you feel welcomed. Its design blends old and new gracefully. Perfect for a quiet dinner or a special event.

Why we love it: All'Oro stands out because it mixes Italian cooking traditions with something new. It uses the freshest ingredients in imaginative ways. This makes for dishes you won't forget. The staff is friendly and knows their stuff, making your meal even better. For a special dining experience in Rome, All'Oro is the place to go.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

23/25 Via Giuseppe Pisanelli, 00196 Rome

Elegant interior of Dal Bolognese restaurant in Rome with well-set tables, art-adorned walls, and warm lighting.

Photo credits: Dal Bolognese

(4.5)

2. Dal Bolognese

What is it? Dal Bologese in Rome's lively Piazza del Popolo offers a true taste of Italian food, lovingly maintained by the Tomaselli family for years.

Why we love it: This place is more than just food; it's an experience. The restaurant combines classic style and modern comfort, perfect for enjoying meals outdoors. From fresh, handmade pasta to delicious cured meats and the famous "Carrello dei Bolliti," every dish invites you into the deep flavors of Italy, all set in one of Rome’s most beautiful squares.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Piazza del Popolo, 1, 00187 Rome

Alt caption: Elegant rooftop dining at Terrazza Borghese in Rome, featuring stylish white seating, dome-shaped lounges, and panoramic city views.

Photo credits: Terrazza Borghese

(4.5)

3. Terrazza Borghese

What is it? Terrazza Borghese is a beautiful rooftop spot in Rome. It offers amazing Italian food with views of the city, including St. Peter's Basilica. It's a blend of new and old beauty.

Why we love it: As the evening comes, everything glows warmly, and music fills the air. It's welcoming for everyone, both locals and those visiting. The food is full of flavor and goes great with their wine selection. At Terrazza Borghese, you're not just having a meal, you're experiencing Rome with every bite, under a historic sky.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

45 Via Campania, 00187 Rome

Interior of Glass Hostaria, a modern restaurant in Rome, showcasing elegant, contemporary design with sleek furniture, soft lighting, and a visible staircase leading to an upper level.

Photo credits: Glass Hostaria

(4.5)

4. Glass Hostaria

What is it? In the heart of Rome's Trastevere, Glass Hostaria is a gem. Led by Michelin-star chef Cristina Bowerman, it offers a menu that mixes old and new, all with fresh, eco-friendly ingredients. Its stylish, modern look goes well with the creative dishes, creating a full sensory delight.

Why we love it: Glass Hostaria is more than a place to eat; it's an adventure. The romantic music and warm lights make it cozy and welcoming. It attracts both locals and tourists with its mix of elegance and comfort. Step in and get ready for a taste journey that will stick with you.

Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

58 Vicolo del Cinque, 00153 Rome

Elegant interior of Ambrosia Rome Restaurant with a modern dining setup, illuminated by stylish lighting, showcasing a well-stocked bar and a vibrant, inviting atmosphere.

Photo credits: Ambrosia

(4.5)

5. Ambrosia

What it is: Ambrosia is a top-notch eating spot on 22 Via Nazionale in Rome. It gives stunning rooftop views of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Vittoriano with a modern touch. It's a cozy, stylish place under the stars and gentle lights, all with cool jazz music.

Why we love it: Ambrosia is not just eating; it's an adventure through Italy's tastes. You get everything from soft octopus carpaccio to rich, homemade pasta. Each dish shares a mix of old and new flavors. Enjoy great cocktails and wines from Italy's famous vineyards, making every second at Ambrosia special. It's a warm, magical spot for everyone to taste a bit of Italian heaven.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

22 Via Nazionale, 00184 Rome

Nobu Rome restaurant at twilight, featuring elegant outdoor seating with sophisticated lighting and a panoramic view.

Photo credits: Nobu

(4.4)

6. Nobu

What is it? Nobu Rome sits in the vibrant Trastevere area, close to the stunning Fontana dell'Acqua Paola. This place is a feast for the senses, mixing cool sushi with classic flavors in a chic yet warm setting. Here, food becomes more than just a meal - it's a piece of art.

Why we love it: Nobu Rome is where old meets new. It shines with its mix of fresh sushi and timeless dishes, all in a space that’s both fancy and inviting. The carefully chosen music makes the atmosphere even better. Ideal for food enthusiasts and those looking for a new experience, Nobu Rome offers a remarkable mix of flavor, culture, and quality.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Via Goffredo Mameli, 5, 00153 Rome

Vibrant nightclub scene with joyful crowd dancing and raising hands under warm, ambient lighting.

Photo credits: The Sanctuary

(4.4)

7. The Sanctuary

What is it? In the middle of Rome, there's a magical place called The Sanctuary. It's like stepping into Tulum, Mexico, and Thailand all at once. But it's more than a night spot. It's a lively village where every night is a colorful, tasty, and musical party. The Tropic-Asian Restaurant stands out with its new mix of old recipes and worldwide tastes, creating exciting meals.

Why we love it: The Sanctuary shines with its mix of music, well-being, and togetherness. Top DJs play great music, and there are yoga and massage sessions to help you relax and feel new again. The Sanctuary is a movement. It opens its arms to everyone looking to celebrate life, art, and being mindful. Here, you're encouraged to connect, freshen up, and enjoy a place where cultures meet and create a special getaway.

Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

4A Via delle Terme di Traiano, 00184 Rome

"Cozy evening at Profumo Spazio Sensoriale in Rome, with people dining under warm lights and large umbrellas, surrounded by lush greenery."

Photo credits: Profumo Spazio Sensoriale

(4.4)

8. Profumo Spazio Sensoriale

What is it? In the heart of Rome, Profumo Spazio Sensoriale is a special place that brings together a restaurant, lounge bar, and event space all in one. You can find this unique spot on Via di Villa Lauchli. It's a mix of fun and elegance.

Why we love it: It's more than just a place to go; it's an experience that touches all your senses. With its beautiful garden, delicious Mediterranean food, and joyful cocktails, Profumo is perfect for any occasion. Whether it's hanging out with friends, a romantic date, or a stylish event, this place makes every moment unforgettable. Plus, it's easy to get to and simply stunning to be in.

Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

1 Via di Villa Lauchli, 00191 Rome

Rooftop dining at Les Etoiles in Rome, with guests enjoying meals under parasols, surrounded by lush greenery and city views at sunset.

Photo credits: Les Etoiles Rooftop

(4.4)

9. Les Etoiles Rooftop

What is it? Les Etoiles Rooftop is a magical spot in the heart of Rome. Enjoy stunning views, from the grand Cupola di San Pietro to the busy Piazza Venezia, all from a beautiful rooftop garden.

Why we love it: This place is a hidden gem. It's more than just pretty views. It's an adventure for your senses. Imagine being surrounded by the lush green of a garden, tasting Italy's best flavors, and sipping on special cocktails. All this with a backdrop of soft music and stars above. Whether you're hanging out with friends or looking for a memorable evening, Les Etoiles Rooftop makes every moment special.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

1 Via dei Bastioni, 00193 Rome

Elegant rooftop dining at Mirabelle Rome Restaurant, showcasing beautifully set tables and twinkling fairy lights with a panoramic city view at dusk.

Photo credits: Mirabelle

(4.3)

10. Mirabelle

What is it? Mirabelle is your getaway in Rome, set on a rooftop. It combines luxury with Italian tradition on Via di Porta Pinciana. This stylish spot is perfect for experiencing Italy from day to night.

Why we love it: At Mirabelle, every seat comes with a view— from the green Villa Medici to the famous domes of San Pietro. The food sings with flavors, matched with soft music and friendly service. Every meal here celebrates the magic of Rome, making each visit feel special.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Via di Porta Pinciana, 14, 00187 Rome

Interior of Il Pagliaccio restaurant in Rome, featuring a sophisticated design with wooden tables, checkered floor, and modern art.

Photo credits: Il Pagliaccio

(4.3)

11. Il Pagliaccio

What is it? Il Pagliaccio is more than just a restaurant in the heart of Rome. It's a magical place that blends dreams with reality. Every bit of the restaurant, from the soft lights to the bright paintings, adds to an amazing dining experience.

Why we love it: We love Il Pagliaccio for its tasty, eco-friendly food and its magical atmosphere. It has a cozy private dining room perfect for special events. Every visit here is unique and unforgettable, making it a real highlight in Rome’s lively culinary scene.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 129/a, 00186 Rome

Elegant rooftop bar at SEEN Rome with ornate gold detailing, plush colorful chairs, and lush greenery, illuminated by warm ambient lighting.

Photo credits: SEEN

(4.3)

12. SEEN

What's up? SEEN is a cool spot right in Rome's heart, where food meets amazing views. It's dreamed up by the famous Olivier da Costa. It's not just food here – it's a show. You get Asian and Mediterranean dishes, all super tasty. And the drinks? Like music in a glass. The view? It's Rome, but way better.

Why we dig it: SEEN is buzzing. It’s classy yet fun, perfect for any night out. Got a date, a big event, or just hanging with friends? SEEN is the spot. It's more than just eating; it's about feeling fancy and having a blast. If you want a slice of the good life in Rome, this is your place.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

48 Piazza della Repubblica, 00185 Rome

Sunny rooftop restaurant with blooming flowers, elegant seating, and panoramic city views, featuring a bartender at the counter.

Photo credits: Terrazza Flavia

(4.3)

13. Terrazza Flavia

Terrazza Flavia sits on top of the Marcella Royal Hotel, offering a special rooftop dining spot. You can see famous places like the Colosseum and the Vatican from here. Right in Via XX Settembre, it combines luxury with a welcoming vibe. Here, modern Italian tastes blend with old traditions.

We love Terrazza Flavia because it's more than just a place to eat; it's where memories are made. It's perfect for romantic dates or celebrating with friends under the stars. The menu is a tribute to Italian food, with delicious seafood and pastas that will delight you. Enjoying a cocktail as the sun sets isn't just about the drink—it’s about experiencing the beauty of Rome.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

106 Via Flavia, 00187 Rome

Terrazza Cielo Rooftop Restaurant in Rome showcases elegantly set dining tables under a modern retractable roof, offering a panoramic view of the city's skyline bathed in sunshine.

Photo credits: Terrazza Cielo

(4.3)

14. Terrazza Cielo

What is it? On the eighth floor of The Independent Hotel sits Terrazza Cielo, a beautiful rooftop spot in Rome. It offers amazing views and turns eating into an art. Imagine yourself there, watching the sunset, enjoying the best Mediterranean dishes made with local ingredients. Whether you prefer vegan or meat dishes, you'll find something great.

Why we love it: It's more than just a meal; it's an unforgettable experience. The mix of elegance, soft music, and creative Italian dishes makes every moment special. It's perfect for a romantic night or a fun party under the stars. Terrazza Cielo has a cool, relaxed style that makes everyone feel welcome. It's the heart of Rome.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

48 Via Volturno, 00185 Rome

Cozy outdoor dining at La Terrazza in Rome, showcasing a vibrant bar and patrons enjoying their meals under warm, hanging lights.

Photo credits: La Terrazza

(4.3)

15. La Terrazza

What it is: La Terrazza is more than a restaurant. It's a Michelin-star spot at 49 Via Ludovisi, Rome, offering stunning city views. From the moment the elevator doors open, Rome is all yours, setting up an amazing meal by Executive Chef, Fabio Ciervo.

Why we love it: It's where food meets art. Each dish is a mix of new ideas, local gems, and bold tastes. La Terrazza makes everyone feel welcomed and cared for. Every bite takes you through Italy’s rich food culture, all in a style that's fresh and lovely.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

49 Via Ludovisi, 00187 Rome

Rooftop dining at Cielo Terrace, Rome, with red-striped sofas under vibrant umbrellas, featuring a scenic city skyline at sunset.

Photo credits: Cielo Terrace

(4.3)

16. Cielo Terrace

What is it? At Hotel de la Ville, you'll find Cielo Terrace, a stunning rooftop spot in Rome. Enjoy your dinner under the stars, with amazing views of the city.

Why we love it: Cielo Terrace brings together Rome's charm and stylish vibes. Its menu is full of fresh seafood and farm-fresh dishes, along with great wines and cool drinks. It's ideal for a romantic date or a fun night out with friends, making your evening truly special with its fashionable, starry setting.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

69 Via Sistina, 00187 Rome

Alt Caption: Elegant rooftop dining at Aroma Rome Restaurant with candlelit tables, classical pillars, and a stunning view of the city skyline at dusk.

Photo credits: Aroma

(4.3)

17. Aroma

What is it? Aroma Rome is on top of Palazzo Manfredi and has amazing views of the Colosseum. It's cozy but fancy, with classic and new Italian foods. The menu has great Italian flavors and the meals look and taste great. Aroma also has over 600 wines to choose from, including many champagnes. The staff is friendly and dresses nicely.

Why we love it: Aroma Rome is more than just food; it's a whole experience. Celebrities and food fans love it for its unique vibe, creative dishes, and stunning views. If you're looking for a special night in Rome, Aroma has delicious food, beautiful scenes, and great service all in one place.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

125 Via Labicana, 00184 Rome

Elegant outdoor dining at Pierluigi Restaurant in Rome with patrons enjoying meals under warm lighting on a cobblestone street.

Photo credits: Pierluigi

(4.2)

18. Pierluigi

What is it? Pierluigi Restaurant is a top-notch dining spot in the heart of historic Rome. Known as the city's first seafood restaurant, it sits beautifully in the scenic Piazza de' Ricci.

Why we love it: Pierluigi offers more than just a meal—it's a whole experience. You can eat outside under the sky or inside with stylish decor. Each visit is a special event. The menu shines with the best seafood, meats, and fresh veggies, alongside a huge wine list of over 1,500 options. For a true taste of Italian luxury, Pierluigi delivers an unforgettable flavor of Rome.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Piazza de' Ricci, 144, 00186 Rome

Elegant dining setup at Zuma Rome, featuring tall red pillars and a sleek wooden table under warm lighting.

Photo credits: Zuma

(4.2)

19. Zuma

What is it? Zuma Rome - your next amazing rooftop dining spot at Palazzo Fendi. This two-level place offers stunning city views and a lively atmosphere. Here, every bite combines bold Japanese flavors with Italian charm.

Why we love it: Zuma isn't just about the memorable fusion food. It's about the feel - exciting, relaxed, and fancy without being too much. Whether it's a special occasion or just a treat, Zuma Rome gives you an unforgettable experience. A visit here is a must for the heart and soul.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

48 Via della Fontanella di Borghese, 00186 Rome

Rooftop dining area at Terrazza Monti in Rome with comfortable seating, elegant decor, and panoramic city views.

Photo credits: Terrazza Monti

(4.2)

20. Terrazza Monti

What is it?

Terrazza Monti sits high up on The Glam Hotel, offering amazing views of Rome - you can see the famous Colosseum and Cupolone. It's a cozy yet stylish spot perfect for love or hanging out with friends.

Why we love it:

Terrazza Monti is all about "La Dolce Vita" - it mixes cool looks, tasty food, and great views. It’s where the city's cool crowd comes to relax, listening to chill music with the Roman skyline around them. The place takes classic Roman dishes and adds a modern twist, served with creative drinks made by skilled bartenders. It's not just eating; it's about enjoying Rome's timeless charm, one delicious bite and drink at a time.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

82 Via Nazionale, 00184 Rome

Final word

Welcome to our handpicked list of over 25 amazing restaurants in Rome! From classic meals to new food wonders, our guide makes every bite in your Rome journey unforgettable.

Dive into this guide, and get ready for a tasty adventure. Each restaurant gives you a bite of Rome’s rich flavors, all made with care and ready for you to enjoy.

And there’s more to explore after this guide. Think of it as your first step into Rome’s endless food journey. For more great travel and dining tips, keep following us. Your next amazing meal in Rome is just waiting to be discovered. Enjoy the journey and happy eating!

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