Where To Eat Outside In Covent Garden

This central gem is made up of pretty marketplaces, colourful courtyards and some seriously stunning alfresco dining locations. Whether you're in the mood for a sky-high rooftop, a sushi feast on a suntrap terrace or seasonal British dishes surrounded by foliage, there are plenty of beautiful locations to indulge. Explore our guide to the best outdoor restaurants in Covent Garden for a gorgeous day out.

Last edited by Lauren Cole

Last updated on 13th March 2024

Temper Covent Garden

When it comes to meat, temper does it best. From bottomless BBQ brunches to steak supper clubs, this swish joint is unmissable for outdoor dining in Covent Garden. Perfectly perched on Mercer Walk, the restaurant's spacious terrace is a brilliant spot for chomping away on hearty grilled plates of beef brisket and sour macha mussels while soaking up the sun. Witness a fiery spectacle as the chefs work their magic on meaty delicacies right in front of your eyes while you down a delish smoky mezcal negroni or a top-quality glass of vino from their extensive wine list.

Boulevard Brasserie

Looking for a fancy French food fix? Boulevard Brasserie has been serving the crème de la crème of French goodies in London's West End since '91. Bringing a slice of chic Parisian dining to the heart of Covent Garden, thanks to streetside tables and an indoor-meets-outdoor feel from the swish French doors, this retro dreamland spans three floors that'll transport you way back to 1960's Paris Theatreland. Choose between a variety of afternoon tea, lunch or dinner menus, with signature dishes including moules et frites, boeuf bourguignon and coq au vin.

Bow St Tavern

Nestled in the heart of Theatreland, Bow St Tavern is a Covent Garden rooftop restaurant with lush outdoor seating and gorgeous views of the Royal Opera House. While this cosy joint may be a historical boozer at heart, having been around since 1763, it offers a modern menu featuring goodies like Korean chicken burgers, Longhorn beef pie and kebabs up for grabs. And the best part? The rooftop is available all year round with an awning, outdoor heaters, and a seated space inside if the weather is unkind.

Honest Burgers Holborn

If you're craving a good ol' fashioned burger, look no further than Honest Burgers in nearby Holborn. Located just a hop, skip and a jump away from Covent Garden tube station, this restaurant touts an outside dining space in the form of street side tables, so you can scoff hearty buns of Honest beef with crispy parma ham, mozzarella and Baggio Burger salsa verde as well as bacon plant burgers with rosemary fries while people-watching. 

The Petersham

A den of British fine dining tucked away at Floral Court, The Petersham boasts pretty alfresco tables alongside plenty of foliage and sophisticated furniture. Sporting Italian-inspired decor, this restaurant offers an all-day dining experience, serving goodies like slow-cooked beef in merlot sauce, pumpkin risotto and succulent roasted duck paired with radicchio tardive. Soak in the avant-garde artwork and exquisite Murano glassware that adorns the interiors of this eatery or revel in the lush greenery outside; either way, this is one alfresco joint not to be missed.

Tuttons Restaurant

A top choice for Covent Garden restaurants with a view, Tuttons offers dining overlooking the stunning historic piazza, giving guests a front-row seat to all the hustle and bustle of the city centre. A Covent Garden fixture for over 30 years and a sought-after destination come summer, this brasserie is a love letter to great British suppliers and seasonal produce, specialising in classic dishes like confit pork belly and seafood linguine, with an extensive selection of cocktails like the strawberry gimlet and mango margarita to wash everything down.

Barrafina Drury Lane

With a successful sister site in Soho, Barrafina is a staple for delicious tapas and wine in the heart of Covent Garden. Boasting five locations sprinkled around the city, the Hart Brothers are bringing the fiesta to the West End with this Spanish gem decked out in red leather bar stools, marble counters, and Michelin stardust. Pull up a chair across the outdoor seating area and tuck into plates of seafood, cold meats, croquetas, tortillas and grilled specials with a glass of their signature sherry (or two). Just be prepared to queue for those first-come, first-served seats.

Mrs Riot

50% off Mrs Riot Cocktails & Food and 2 other offers

When you need cheap outdoor dining in Covent Garden with cocktails galore, Mrs Riot has your back. A hidden treasure chest of fun, this quirky haunt is a cocktail bar and experience-led bistro located on the lively Henrietta Street. Decorated with a fusion of vintage and funky art pieces by none other than Hollywood film designer Sonja Klaus, this bistro offers an amusing experience for locals and tourists alike, bringing you delish bites like pizza Romana, truffle mac 'n' cheese and arancini balls, all with a side-order of live music each night.

La Goccia

Want to try some delicious sharing plates with a view? La Goccia is a beautiful Italian destination on Floral Court where cocktail masterclasses, sublime food, and British ingredients meet in a stunning outdoor space. Boasting an open grill and wood-burning oven, adding some drama and theatre to its already gorge ambience, this botanical wonderland is the perfect place to indulge in some tasty plates. Tuck into tempting organic dishes like golden dough balls topped with sweet Gorgonzola, Cornish mackerel with cucumber salad and nature-inspired cocktails while surrounded by greenery in a secret heated garden and glass-walled restaurant.

The Oystermen Seafood Bar and Kitchen

Flaunting a brick-walled, bistro vibe that will make you feel right at home, this Henrietta Street haunt is owned by Rob Hampton and Matt Lovell, two seafood lovers who started off their journey at markets and festivals with oyster stands. Bringing the best British seafood by the bucket-load, The Oystermen is the ideal swish stop-off in Covent Garden when you fancy shellfish bites like mussels and South Coast crab. Not only that, but there are also quaint street side tables to revel in for when the sun is out. Not in a fishy mood? They also offer goodies like dumpling-sized gnocchi topped with brown crab meat and spiked with chilli.

Cora Pearl

Named after the 19th century's most notorious party queens, Cora Pearl is a beautiful Michelin-recommended restaurant taking inspiration from both British and French cuisine, serving elevated comfort grub in the heart of Covent Garden. Boasting a cosy, bistro ambience, this sophisticated joint is well-known for its fresh and boldly flavoured delicacies. As for outside space? The street side tables here will sort you for alfresco dining as you munch on fish stew and croutons as well as Neapolitan ice cream.

SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden

A stunning pick of cheap outdoor restaurants in Covent Garden and a global institution to boot, Sushisamba is an essential visit for its unique blend of Peruvian, Brazilian and Japanese cuisine. Think refreshing tipples and innovative dishes like the chucumber cocktail and kobe beef ishiyaki, alongside lush decor that simply must be Instagrammed; we're talking sleek and stylish interiors featuring a spiral staircase decked out in their signature bright orange hue, plush velvet booths and a foliage-adorned ceiling. Head over to this swish joint overlooking Covent Garden's stunning piazza for tasty food and a brilliant atmosphere.

Da Henrietta

A Covent Garden hotel restaurant with stunning outside seating, Da Henrietta is run by the Italian Supper Club, serving up delicacies like Yorkshire herb-fed chicken with Paris browns, Ligurian pancakes made from chickpeas and warm madeleines with Chantilly cream. Expect to eat your way through dishes from the west coast of Italy, all swilled down by wine from lesser-known producers.

Radio Rooftop

After Covent Garden restaurants with a view? Check out Radio Rooftop located on the 10th floor of the ME London hotel, where you can indulge in a boozy brunch overlooking the River Thames and beyond. From sunrise to sunset, enjoy the changing views of the capital with glimpses of The Shard, St Paul's, London Eye and Big Ben as you revel in carefully-curated cocktails and seasonal dishes hand-picked by the chef like crispy calamari with the Ruby Spark cocktail.