Outdoor dining in Southampton: Alfresco style

Outdoor dining in Southampton: Alfresco style

This summer, dine the al fresco way to soak up the sunshine whilst enjoying a nice meal! To help you get the most out of all this great weather, we've compiled a list of local bars, restaurants, and cafes offering outdoor seating across the city. Scroll through this page to see where to make your next dinner reservation.

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Bedford Place and Carlton Place

With improvements now complete, why not head down to Bedford Place and Carlton Place for a couple of drinks or an evening meal. Boasting an open, piazza-style area at the centre of Carlton Place and Lower Banister Street, plus a spacious buildout area on Bedford Place, it really is one of the 'places' to be for outdoor dining.

Bedford Place and Carlton Place Al Fresco Dining 2023

Places you will find

In the area you will also find some great local restaurants, pubs, cafes and nightclubs including...

Oxford Street

Oxford Street - the home of Southampton's independent dining scene. From authentic Italian cuisine to refreshing artisan cocktails, there is something for everyone in this pedestrianised area. With almost every business offering outdoor seating, the only trouble you'll have is to choose which place to visit first.

Al fresco dining on Oxford Street 2023

Places you will find


Westquay not only houses many of the UK's national retailers but also a wide selection of restaurants too. For outdoor eats, head over to Westquay South for that perfect mid-shopping break.

Westquay fountains 2023

Places you will find

Looking for something cold on the go? Hotel Chocolat offer some ice cold scoops to help you tackle the heat.

Plus, don't miss out on the action over on the Esplanade's big screen! Sip on a refreshing pint or mocktail from the Esplanade bar which is open daily from 12pm - 10pm until 3rd September.

Westquay Bar on The Esplanade 2023

Cultural Quarter

Fancy a few pre-show drinks? Or how about a late night meet up with friends? Southampton's Cultural Quarter is brimming with lots to see and do, especially when it comes to the arts: museums and galleries are just a few steps away from O2 Guildhall afterall. You'll find plenty of bars, cafes, and restaurants with many of them taking the fun outside.

Southampton Alfresco dining blog article Guildhall Square Cultural Quarter

Places you will find

High Street/City Centre

Old mixed with new - the heart of Southampton is home to key landmarks connecting the city's present to the past. From old walls to medieval vaults, there is lots to see in the way of history. While you are out exploring, plan to stop by one of these local spots to relax and watch the world go by.

Gods House Tower

Places you will find

Ocean Village

In Southampton's Maritime Quarter, you'll discover a bustling scene of sophistication, with hotels, restaurants and shops paired with waterfront views.  Here are a few spots with outdoor areas to enjoy the summer heat.

And if you are further afield there's also Brewhouse & KitchenSobar SouthamptonThe Shooting Star and The Winston.

Ocean Village boats on the water

Picnic worthy takeaways

Southampton has amazing green spaces! In fact, the city has five central parks each with their own unique charm. If you fancy a picnic, there are plenty of local spots that offer takeaways. Mexigo, Roosters Piri Piri, Miss Millie's, Kokoro, German Doner Kebab, and Co Sushi are just some places to try.

Picnic outside in a Southampton park

How will you be spending the summer?

There are SO many places to choose from! Where ever you decide to wine and dine, we hope you have a great time out. If you haven't already, be sure to check out our free SO card for offers and discounts around the city here.

Plus, don't miss out on exciting shows and family events taking place throughout the summer. Visit our 'What's On' page here to learn more.

Guildhall Square summer 2023 1

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