You are quite spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants in Southampton, with dining all across the city for all tastes and budgets. Despite the British weather being a touch unpredictable(!), we know there’s nothing better than enjoying some al fresco dining in Southampton. With waterfront restaurants, historic streets and cosmopolitan areas, Southampton makes dining on the street a truly delightful experience.

Where to enjoy al fresco dining in Southampton

Guildhall Square – The Cultural Quarter

In the heart of the city surrounding Southampton Guildhall you’ll find this area of the city that’s rich in culture. Amongst the art galleries and studios you’ll find a wide selection of restaurants that spill out into the square. Inspired by Spanish kitchens around the world Tapas Barcelona can be found here offering it’s sharing plates and outdoor dining. You’ll also discover Turtle Bay, with it’s Caribbean themed menu and cocktails it offers a great vibe whilst dining al fresco.


Since the newly developed addition to Westquay opened its doors we’ve enjoyed a fantastic array of new restaurants in Southampton. What’s more the view of the Esplanade surrounded by the Old Town Walls can be over-looked whilst enjoying al fresco dining at many of the venues. Try authentic Greek cuisine at The Real Greek¬†whilst the sun sets on the city, or sample the fresh ingredients at Franco Manca, all in the comfort of knowing that if the temperature drops the covered and heated outdoor area will still allow you to enjoy the al fresco dining experience.

Oxford Street

As one of the most historic streets in Southampton Oxford Street offers a dining experience with a touch of class. Now with a large area of the street being pedestrianised you can really enjoy al fresco dining in style! Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner you can enjoy your meal at Simons at Oxfords out in the fresh air, and for something that will make you feel really continental enjoy authentic Italian al fresco style at Max’s Bar & Brasserie.

Ocean Village

What could be better than enjoying a delicious meal with the sound of the water lapping as you look out into a picturesque marina? Ocean Village offers a setting like no other for al fresco dining in Southampton. This waterside location is idealic with a wide choice of restaurants. Find a huge variety on the menu at Banana Wharf as you sit along side some magnificent yachts, whatever the time of day Maritimo Lounge provides you an exciting menu with a fantastic view.

Woolston Waterside

The newly developed Centenary Quay at Woolston Waterside is offering a new hot-spot for al fresco dining in Southampton with fantastic views across Southampton water. Home to one of Southampton’s favourite coffee houses Mettricks, where you can enjoy al fresco dining all day, and Vospers restaurant where you can enjoy real burgers and crafted cocktails with a great view.