As the weather gets brighter and the days get longer, al fresco dining becomes more popular than ever. Here, is a round up the best spots in Belfast. From rooftop terraces and river views to the piazza at St Anne’s Square, there are lots of ways to relax in the fresh air.

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Fish City

The covered and heated terrace at Fish City is the perfect place to catch-up with friends. Choose from a menu of award winning fish and chips, gourmet dishes and burgers complimented with a wide selection of wine and beer.

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The Crafty Vintner

Enjoy, al fresco food and drinks at The Crafty Vintner’s fully heated and covered outside terrace. Open every day from 8:30 am. The Terrace is the perfect spot to catch up with friends or watch the world go by. Order a morning coffee or an evening bottle of wine.

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2Taps Winebar & Restaurant

Boasting one of the city’s largest outdoor heated terraces, 2Taps welcome family, friends, and admirers from across the world, to treat 2Taps like a holiday and home in one. Known not only for their freshly made paellas, but also meat, fish, vegetarian, and vegan tapas dishes, 2Taps caters for all tastes. With a fully equipped cocktail bar and specials complimentary to season and theme, they use the highest quality fresh produce and premium spirits.

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The National

Tuck into mouthwatering COQ Burgers (think chunky friend chicken burgers with all the trimmings and loaded fries on the side) in The National’s spacious beer garden. Their outdoor areas also plays host to entertainment and live music. No booking required.

Cutters Wharf

Ideal for a relaxing meal on a sunny evening, Cutters Wharf is a must-visit spot for outdoor dining! There are al fresco dining areas on terraces overlooking the River Lagan, offering stunning riverside views.

Coppi

Coppi

Sit out on the sunny piazza at St Anne’s Square and indulge in delicious Italian food at Coppi. Serving small plates, sharing platters, pizza and pasta dishes alongside decadent cocktails, this is the perfect spot to catch up with friends in a stylish and contemporary setting.

Buba

Buba

Take a seat in Buba’s intimate outdoor seating area, set in the quiet piazza of St Anne’s Square. Expect a menu full of eastern Mediterranean delights (including their famous halloumi fries), sharing platters and lots of vegan options. Then relax and watch the world go by with a colourful cocktail.

The Bone Yard

If you’re looking for casual dining and street food fare, look no further than the Bone Yard. This dedicated outdoor pub and food place offers tasty burgers, fries, tacos and more from their on-site food trucks, pairing perfectly with a cold pint from the bar! No booking is required for standard picnic tables outside or under the marquee, but you can reserve VIP booth for special occasions by emailing hello@theboneyardbelfast.com.

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Cultra Inn at Culloden Hotel

The Cultra Inn is open for outdoor dining – no bookings necessary. Located in the beautifully landscaped grounds of the Culloden Estate and Spa the Cultra Inn is one of County Down’s finest bars and restaurants.

House of Zen

House of Zen

The House of Zen blends a little bit of the Orient into the traditional cobbled streets and cosy bars of the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast. We’re sure the aromas of slowly barbecued, tender ribs, chicken fillet or wings, wild mushrooms or asparagus and succulent steaks slowly cooking on the outdoor barbeque will tempt you. Perfect for summer al fresco dining. Call 028 90278688 or email info@houseofzenbelfast.co.uk to book your table.

Ten Square Hotel Jospers Bar and Restaurant

Jospers Steakhouse & The Linen Bar at Ten Square Hotel is a steakhouse restaurant located directly behind City Hall. For more than 11 years this Belfast restaurant has served only the finest quality foods, featuring Northern Ireland reared prime-aged beef, fresh fish and seafood, hand-picked produce and delicious appetisers. Reserve a terrace table on their website.

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Whites Tavern

Step back in time down Winecellar Entry where you’ll find Whites Tavern’s hidden outdoor garden. Dating back to 1630 this is one of the oldest taverns in the city and the entry is said to be the home of Belfast’s first wine and spirit store. Soak up the history in the secluded alleyway while enjoying fresh, local and authentic Irish food.

Little Wing Pizzeria

What could be better than pizzas in the sun? Visit Little Wing Pizzeria on Ann Street for outdoor seating and mouthwatering Naples style pizzas. Lisburn Road, Lisburn Square, Whiteabby, Bangor, Hollywood and Newtownards locations.

Mourne Seafood Bar

Unwind in beer garden at Mourne Seafood Bar. Located in the secluded Bank Square this hidden gem offers a relaxing space to enjoy their casual street food menu from “The Shack” featuring premium seafood.  Book online now at mourneseafood.com.

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