There’s no doubt that the best part about winters lies in basking under the glory of sunlight with your loved ones and gorging on some good food (of course!). Being hopeless lovers of the sun in sweater weather, we can’t deny the importance of good outdoor restaurants. And so we’ve culled out the best ones in town, so scroll on peeps!

1. Lodi - The Garden Restaurant 

Set in the middle of the historical Lodhi Gardens, this restaurant has a mesmerizing outdoor area with landscaped gardens, a charming swing and stony pathways which all adds to the soothing and relaxing experience here. This restaurant specializes in European, Italian and Lebanese food. You must try their New Zealand Lamb Chops, Garden Kebab, and Grilled Chicken Supreme and there are lots of choices for the vegetarians out there as well! 

Where | Lodi - The Garden Restaurant - Opposite Mausam Bhawan, Near Gate No 1, Lodhi Road
Call Them | +91 11 3958 5266
Timings | 11 - 1 AM
Meal For Two | Rs 2,600
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/Sewara.LodiTheGardenRestaurant/

2. Olive Qutub

Located near the Qutub Minar, the ethereal Olive Qutub is a place where subtlety takes priority with a gorgeous outdoor seating area laid out on white pebbles & twinkling fairy lights and offers wonderful views of the nearby historical monuments. The restaurant serves great Mediterranean and Italian fare; you must try their Goat’s Cheese Souffle, Foie Gras, Confit of Duck Leg and Potato Gnocchi in Walnut Cream Sauce. They also have a great selection of wines for you to indulge in when you land up here!

Where | Olive Qutub - One Style Mile, Haveli No. 6/8, Kalka Das Marg, Mehrauli
Call Them | +91 11 2957 4443
Timings | 12:30 PM - 12:30 AM
Meal For Two | Rs 4,000
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/OliveAtTheQutub/

3. Tonino Ristorante

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Tonino is the perfect place to enjoy an indulgent and leisurely outdoor meal; the place whisks you far away from the madness and bustling crowds of Delhi and transports you straight to the villas of Italy with its rustic and cosy environment, its greenery and unparalleled Italian fare. When there, you have to try their crisp and delicious range of pizzas *drooling already*!

Where | Tonino Ristorante - Khasra No.76/27, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, Near Metro Pillar No.38, New Manglapuri, Mehrauli
Call Them | +91 11 2680 2633
Timings | 12:30 PM - 1 AM
Meal For Two | Rs 3,500
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/ToninoRistorante/

4. Thai High 

Thai High has a beautiful outdoor dining area which is wonderfully landscaped, where guests get to enjoy the great view of the Qutub Minar and the surrounding greenery. Their Chicken Penang Curry, Steamed Fish Garnished with Lemon Grass Tamarind and Chicken Red Curry are simply delicious! They specialize in Thai cuisine and are really good at it. Head on over for some scrumptious eats and a good view!

Where | Thai High - 1091/1, 3rd Floor, Ambawatta Complex, Kalkadass Marg, Mehrauli
Call Them | +91 7669 896 564
Timings | 11 AM - 12 Midnight
Meal For Two | Rs 2,200
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/thaihighqutab/

5. FIO - Country Kitchen & Bar

This is a restaurant that is absolutely stunning and especially charming for those who prefer al fresco dining! The grandiose décor of this place is almost awe-inspiring, set in the midst of a perfectly-kept garden that welcomes you under the open skies. Most of the garden area is covered under a well-structured shed or small umbrella sheds on individual tables that prove useful during the rainy season. The cuisines featured here are Italian and North Indian, with a deeper focus on Italian. Go try!

Where | FIO - Country Kitchen & Bar - Gate No 1, Garden Of Five Senses, Saidulajab, Mehrauli
Call Them | +91 9971 004 530
Timings | 12 Noon - 12:30 AM
Meal For Two | Rs 3,000
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/fiocountrykitchenandbar/

6. Sevilla - The Claridges Hotels & Resorts

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This restaurant is rated as one of the best outdoor restaurants in Delhi besides being the ultimate romantic haven. Sevilla captures the magical setting of the Mediterranean landscape crystallized by streams and pebbles amidst beautiful foliage. Sevilla specializes in the Mediterranean, Spanish and Italian cuisines and their Fried Sardine Fillets, Tapas Platter, Paella and Cheese Croquettes are all very original and delicious!

Where | Sevilla - The Claridges, 12, Near Lodhi Road, Aurangzeb Road
Call Them | +91 11 3955 5096
Timings | 3 - 10 PM
Meal For Two | Rs 4,500
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/TheClaridgesHotelsResorts/

7. Rose Cafe 

One of the prettiest cafes in the city, Rose Cafe can drive you to heaven in absolutely no time. Every element of the cafe drives you back to a calm and peaceful era which nudges you to let your hair down and just revel in the small pleasures of life. Their garden is a tranquil place to soak up the sun while devouring their delish pizzas and sumptuous waffles. Come drop by for a fabulous evening or brunch date!

Where | Rose Cafe - 2 Westend Marg, Saidulajab, Near Garden Of Five Senses, Saket
Call Them | +91 9810 088 762
Timings | 12 Noon - 9:30 PM
Meal For Two | Rs 1,000
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/rosecafenewdelhi/

8. Amalfi 

A one of a kind Italian restaurant, Amalfi is the place for all vintage and antique lovers. With gorgeous baubles and chairs hailing from a bygone era, curtains that remind one of the Victorian epoch, their outdoor area is absolutely beautiful, making it a perfect haunt for a romantic date night. So head on over with your bae, enjoy your time and gorge on their utterly scrumptious pizzas and pastas! 

Where | Amalfi - M-82, M-Block Market, GK II
Call Them | +91 11 2922 9229
Timings | 12 Noon - 12 Midnight
Meal For Two | Rs 1,800
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/amalfigk2/

9. Dramz Delhi

One of the poshest restaurants in town, Dramz Whiskey Bar oozes a classy European aura through their ambience, vibe, music and the food, of course! Their outdoor restaurant gives you a breathtaking vista of the Qutub Minar and its surrounding area. So steer your wheels to Dramz Whiskey Bar for a rejuvenating night with your loved ones. Don't forget to try their cocktails or their mind-boggling whiskey selection - and you'll be sorted!

Where | Dramz Delhi - 1580/1, KD Marg, Near Qutab Minar, Mehrauli
Call Them | +91 11 2664 6702
Timings | 12 Noon - 11:45 PM
Meal For Two | Rs 2,400
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/Dramz-470363416398575/

10. Le Bistro Du Parc

Having won the ‘Best French Casual Diner - 2015 Times Food Award’ and known for hosting lively music gigs on Wednesdays and Fridays, Le Bistro Du Parc is a mesmerising French cafe that is bound to bowl you over. Their outdoor seating area has a convivial and cosy ambience overlooking the lush greens of the environs. Drive down here for some peaceful time and authentic Italian food!

Where | Le Bistro Du Parc -  A-57, 58, 59, Moolchand Market
Call Them | +91 11 4678 0080
Timings | 12 Noon - 12:30 AM
Meal For Two | Rs 1,700
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/Le-Bistro-du-Parc-410950332345427/

11. Qla

Luxurious yet minimalistic is what best describes this haunt. QLA is nestled prettily in a haveli courtyard, bedecked with huge glass windows and lovely decor. Their outdoor setup is really gorgeous and will make you feel like you're dining sitting in Europe. Woah! Enticed already? So go get your SO and head here for an indelible romantic night being transported to Europe!

Where | Qla - 4-A, Near Qutab Minar, Seven Style Mile, Kalka Das Marg, Kila, Mehrauli
Call Them | +91 8527 098 766
Timings | 12 Noon - 12 Midnight
Meal For Two | Rs 3,000
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/QlaOfficial/

12. Laidback Cafe

Beautiful would be an understatement for this gorgeous cafe located in the posh market of GK I's N Block. Standing true to its name, the cafe oozes that 'laidback' vibe that all you people crave for in the midst of monotony. So head on over to bask under the sun while stuffing your faces with their scrumptious Continental cuisine. See you there!

Where | Laidback Cafe - 11, N Block, GK I
Call Them | +91 11 4103 2280
Timings | 12 Noon - 1 AM
Meal For Two | Rs 2,700

13. Lakhori - Haveli Dharampura

Located at Haveli Dharampura, this restaurant is a place that is a must to visit to just appreciate their ethnic ambience and attempt towards bringing street food to the gourmet table. They promise to satiate your palate with Chandni Chowk delicacies and rich Mughlai cuisine. They’ve got a beautiful outside seating area that overlooks the iconic Jama Masjid. This haveli-turned-restaurant is the perfect place to have a satisfying meal while drinking in the sights and sounds of Old Delhi!

Where | Lakhori - Haveli Dharampura - 2293, Gali Anar, Bazar Gulian Road, Dharam Pura, Chandni Chowk
Call Them | +91 11 2326 1000
Timings | 7:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Meal For Two | Rs 3,000
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/HaveliDharampura/

So drive down to these places and make your days memorable!