It's centuries of history, located in the heart of Italy, makes it more than worth the trip. If you want to truly experience the taste of Italy, maybe starting with its capital city is the best idea.
But what's a good trip without a decent meal? Italians are known for their excellent taste in food and wine, so joining the locals for a meal is possibly the best idea one can have when in Rome. And contrary to expectations, it is a wonderful way of practicing your skills in Italian language, while observing their native cuisine.
Delicious dinner is great, but a delicious dinner with exceptional wine and a breathtaking view is even better. And luckily there are plenty of Rome restaurants with view to choose from.
But back to food and vistas:
Here are the best rooftop restaurants Rome that are worth a visit.
Combining a Michelin restaurant with up close and majestic views of the Colosseum, does it get more Rome than that? And does it get any better? It is hard to imagine.
The intimate 28 seat restaurant at the luxurious Palazzo Manfredi serves amazing classic italian dishes, created by Roman-born Chef Di Lorio. Choose between á la carte or go for a tasting menu with the option of a sommelier picking out the perfect wine for each dish.
It is pricey, yes, and reservation is required, but you will have a meal, memories and photos for a lifetime. Enjoy a gastronomic journey and top class in everything, from presentation to service.
This 5th floor venue is truly a top pic among the restaurants in Rome with a view. Open year-round thanks to retractable walls and roof, and also open for both breakfast, lunch and dinner. A bit more casual during daytime, smart casual (and very romantic) at night.
Via Labicana, 125, 00184 Roma
Daily: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Main: ~€55 / Tasting menu: €180
It’s romantic. It’s beautiful. It’s Italian. Raphaël Hotel ranks amongst the top romantic places to visit, but is also in the leading chart of the best rooftop restaurants in Rome.
The Italian hotel is located on Piazza Navona, and up top you find the Mataer Terrae restaurant. Stylish seating come both inside and out on the multi-level and classic rooftop terrace, exposing a fantastic 360-degree view of Rome’s skyline.
Serving fine Italian cuisine, the restaurant has a unique touch: it only serves organic, vegetarian and vegan dishes, all made with natural seasonal products.
Along with the remarkable and delicious biological and biodinamic food-menu, the hotel’s terrace restaurants provides a list of fine wines that go perfectly well with the dishes.
Open daily for both lunch and dinner, you can enjoy a fantastic Rome-meal with a view either as á la carte or as a tasting menu. Highly recommended to make reservations before visit.
Largo Febo, 2, 00186 Rome
Daily: 12 noon-10pm
Vegetarian & Vegan Italian
Main: ~€32 / Tasting menu: €105
Set in the outskirts of the beautiful Villa Borghese park, the newly re-furbished Sofitel Roma is equipped with one of the very best rooftop restaurants in Rome.
The rooftop restaurant is also re-styled, both with a new name (SETTIMO Roman Cuisine & Terrace instead of La Terrasse Cuisine & Lounge) and a modern and stylish decor. The stunning views over the park and Rome skyline is however just the same.
Here you can enjoy fantastic Italian cuisine, both as lunch and dinner. There are new daily specials each day of the week, and an á la carte menu with some true Roman classics. The nightly menu also includes some fine smaller bites, like Beef Tartare and Settimo Tempura.
While the food at Settimo rooftop restaurant is great, the cocktails served up here are also worthy of an honourable mention. Creative and crafted to perfection, they help make this venue the perfect start or end to an unforgettable and romantic Roman night.
Via Lombardia, 47, Rome
Daily: Lunch & Dinner
Italian / Small bites
The hotel Sina Bernini Bristol is located right by Piazza Barberini, close to Fontana di Trevi. Eight floors up, the hotel offers one of the highest Rome rooftop restaurants, called The Flair.
There is a rooftop bar and bistro open daily, but Flair rooftop restaurant is a venue for dinner visits. Very fine dinner visits, as the restaurant, that comes with both indoor and terrace seating, is modern stylish in decoration and comes with amazing views over the Italian capital.
Run by Executive Chef Alessandro Caputo, the restaurant offers a nice á la carte menu, but the real treat is the 5- or 7-course tasting menu. Called "Buio" (Darkness in Italian), the menu is a bit of a secret thanks to the different flavors, variations and surprises. As the Chef says: savor the food with closed eyes.
High quality food and high quality views, The Flair rooftop restaurant is really a stylish oasis above the hectic streets of Rome.
Piazza Barberini, 23, 00187 Roma
Mon-Sat: 7pm-11pm (rooftop bar & bistrot from 12.30pm)
Main: ~€35 / Tasting menu: €100
Finishing the list of amazing Rome rooftop restaurants is Acquaroof: a modern fine dining restaurant and bar, set on top of the fantastic boutique hotel The First Roma Arte. It is har to say what is most pretty, the decoration or the amazing views over Rome.
Up here you can enjoy creativity, both in terms of food and drinks. The cocktail experience is something extra, with crafted creations taking inspiration from both the classics and the ocean.
And the touch of ocean continues in the restaurant with a Fishbar Menu. Lots of Italian seafood is mixed with other (less seafoodish) dishes from the Roman tradition. Oh, and of course, an Oyster-menu.
The food is served as both á la carte or tasting menus, but the most unique part are the 'Drops', similar to tapas. Available both as smaller ones and large, they are perfect to share.
Open from lunch through late dinner daily, Acquaroof is a great venue for a fine meal with amazing Rome views anytime of the day. Just make reservations. Or drop (no pun intended) by the rooftop bar for amazing cocktails in a modern and chic atmosphere.
Piazza Barberini, 23, 00187 Roma
Main: ~€25 / Drops: €15