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Where to Eat in Rome in August
Updated for 2016

Wondering where to eat in Rome in August, when many restaurants shut their doors for some or all of the month? 

cul de sac - open all through august!Enjoying lunch outside in Rome in August at Cul de Sac

Where to Eat in Rome in August - listed by type

Running a boutique hotel in the center of Rome since 2001, I've created (and keep updating) a rather large database of our favorite restaurants in Rome over the years. And every July, we call them and find out when they will close (and reopen) for their summer holidays.

Every year, I find more and more restaurants are staying open for part or all of August.

In fact, it's getting easier every year to find out where to eat in Rome in August all month long, even on August 15. Times are indeed a-changing.

On this page, I'll give you a great selection of some of my favorite places to eat in Rome. Let's start with the ones that are open the entire month, including August 15.

Below that, I have grouped some great places where to eat in Rome in August, by cuisine, along with the closing and reopening dates.

What's new on this page and where to eat in Rome in August 2016:

Da Fortunato, Caffè dell'Opera, Taverna dei Quaranta, Roscioli, L'Uliveto

Where to Eat in Rome in August - My Faves, and open all month long!

These restaurants are open all during August, including on August 15 (ferragosto.)

bruschetta with burrata at baccano

Il Baccano - This modern, bright, bistro-style restaurant near the Trevi Fountain is a great place to eat, first and foremost because the quality of the food is fantastic. But another great thing is the ambience which I find warm and relaxing.

Via delle Muratte, 23; Tel: 06 6994 1166. Outdoor seating available.

Pizzeria Emma - Ever since discovering this place near Campo dei Fiori, I've been there more times than I can count. And have tried pretty much the whole menu. And it's all fantastic. But if you ask me where to get a superb pizza in the center of Rome? This is the place.

Via del Monte della Farina; Tel: 06 6476 0475. Reservations essential. Outdoor seating available.

mezzemaniche alla norma at san marco in rome

San Marco - this is one of our favorite pizzerias in Rome that also serves up excellent Roman cuisine. The bright, open, minimalist atmosphere just off the via Veneto make this a winner with Romans who enjoy their standard Roman fare in a modern setting.

Via Sardegna, 38; Tel: 06 4201 2620. Outdoor seating available.

creative seafood at crispi 19

Crispi 19 - Of our favorite seafood restaurants in Rome. Between the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Barberini and the Spanish Steps, Crispi19 is very central. The chef is a genius when it comes to the right balance of flavours, textures and even colors. The food is always fresh, exquisite and newly delightful each time. The menu is nearly all seafood, but just in case, there are a few non-seafood items. 

Via Crispi, 19; Tel: 06 678 5904. No outdoor seating.

homemade ravioli at flavio al velavevodetto

Flavio Velavevodetto - a real Roman trattoria with authentic local cuisine. This homemade ravioli with herbs and ricotta is one of their signature dishes, and a perfect summer meal. You can get all the traditional Roman cuisine here including rabbit, lamb, amatriciana and other Roman pasta dishes. Open all year, no closing dates!

Via di Monte Testaccio, 97; Tel: 06 574 4194. Outdoor seating available.

salumi at cul de sac

Cul de Sac - One of my favorite wine bars in Rome. Tucked in a little square just behind Piazza Navona, Cul de Sac has a fantastic wine list, and scrumptious food, including cheeses, cold cuts and patés, but also hot dishes such as coda alla vaccinara (ox-tail stew), pollo alla romana (chicken with red and yellow peppers), and pastas.

Piazza di Pasquino, 73; Tel: 06 6880 1094 (no reservations). Outdoor seating available.

fried meatballs at da cesare al casaletto

Da Cesare al Casaletto - This local favorite has become very popular, despite their location at the end of the Tram 8 line (a bit far from the city center), due to their wonderful, local Roman cuisine at very affordable prices, and relaxing, friendly atmosphere. Along with typical Roman favorites, you can get their specialties like fried gnocchi with cacio e pepe, or these fried meatballs with pesto. Book very early for August 15!

Via del Casaletto, 45; Tel: 06 536015. Large outdoor seating area. 

seafood appetizer at il corallo

Il Corallo - I'd call this a great little pizzeria behind Piazza Navona, but actually they have wonderful Roman dishes too. They have very good, wood-burning oven, thin-crust Roman style pizza, but a full menu as well. Nice service, outside tables, a good wine list... What more can you ask for? 

Via del Corallo, 11; Tel: 06 6830 7703. Outdoor seating available.

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Where to Eat in Rome in August - Roman Trattorias

It may be a paradox to say you can eat Roman food in a real Roman trattoria during August, since one of the things that makes a Roman restaurant traditional is the traditional full-month closing at August.

But there is good news for us foodies! I've already listed two of the very best Roman trattorias in Rome, that are open all through August, above (Flavio al Velavevodetto and da Cesare al Casaletto.)

Where to eat in Rome in August when you want some traditional Roman cuisine? Try these too:

Don't look for artichokes in Rome in August. They are not in season!

outside dining at da fortunato near pantheon in augustEnjoy outdoor dining, a view of the Pantheon, and traditional Roman cuisine at Da Fortunato, open all month long
  • Da Fortunato - in 2016, for the first time, this old-fashioned Roman institution with a view of the Pantheon and outdoor seating will be open throughout August, including August 15. Book early!! 
    Via del Pantheon, 55. Tel: 06 679 2788
  • Taverna dei Quaranta - I only recently tried this place and am glad I did! It's very homey and local, with excellent, fresh food and great, honest prices. And only about 5 minutes' walk to the Colosseum. Open throughout August, lunch and dinner. 
    Via Claudia, 24. Tel: 06 700 0550
  • Hosteria Grappolo D'Oro - Also known as Zampanò, this Roman trattoria is a stone's throw from Campo dei Fiori but just off of it to avoid the nightly chaos there. They also own Ditirambo, just across from them, which is another favorite (and closed for part of August.) Open daily for lunch and dinner (Wednesday only, closed at lunch), and all through August. 
    Piazza della Cancelleria, 80. Tel: 06 6897080
classic carbonara at roscioli in romeEnjoy delicious carbonara and other Roman specialities at gourmet deli and restaurant Roscioli, open most of August in Rome
  • Roscioli Restaurant (not to be confused with the caffe, bakery and other outposts) is one of the most charming places in Campo dei Fiori to enjoy carbonara, cold cuts, anchovies and wine. Set inside a deli/gourmet food emporium, with squished tables in the back, Roscioli has become famous for their fabulous pasta. I personally love their anchovy and sardine dishes. Closed Sundays. No outdoor seating. Open throughout August except August 15. 
    Via dei Giubbonari, 21/22. Tel: 06 687 5287
  • Sora Lucia - This is one of our favorite mom and pop Roman trattorias, just blocks away from the Trevi Fountain. Inexpensive, local, fresh and always yummy. Open Tuesday - Sunday lunch and dinner, closed Monday. Open all through August.
    Via della Panetteria, 12. Tel: 06 679 4078
  • Taverna della Scala - an old-fashioned, simple Roman trattoria in heart of Trastevere (yet on a quiet street), Taverna della Scala is a great option for Roman food. They also have outdoor seating. If you want to know where to eat in Rome in August in Trastevere, at a typical Roman restaurant, this is a great option. Open daily from noon - 11pm, including all during August.
    Piazza della Scala, 19. Tel: 06 581 4100
  • Otello alla Condordia - one of the few excellent dining options at the Spanish Steps, Otello has been a long-time favorite with Romans and tourists alike. Open Monday - Saturday lunch and dinner. Closed Sundays. Open throughout August.
    Via della Croce, 81. Tel: 06 679 1178
  • Il Falchetto - A slightly upscale restaurant serving excellent, fresh Roman cuisine (and other Italian fare as well.) Il Falchetto is super central, tucked in a small street between the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon (just on your way to the beautiful church of Saint Ignatius.) There is a small outdoor seating area (no view), and a spacious bright dining room. Service is friendly and the prices are very reasonable. Open daily for lunch and dinner throughout the year, including August 15.
    Via di Montecatini 12. Tel: 06 679 1160
  • i Clementini - This is one of those rare finds: a great, affordable local restaurant, right by the Colosseum, where you can have authentic Roman food, like cacio e pepe, gricia, carbonara and fried zucchini flowers...but also some fantastic fresh and slightly innovative dishes too. I always get their fried calamari and shrimp platter, light, crispy and fabulous! Open daily from 12-midnight, including all of August.
    Via di San Giovanni in Laterano, 106. Tel: 06 4542 6395

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Where to Eat in Rome in August - Italian Modern

I am calling these restaurants Italian modern because they all serve Italian food, sometimes even Roman food, but in an innovative and often modern way. Here's where to eat in Rome in August if you are looking for a great meal, with interesting and well-prepared cuisine.

pasta with zucchini and ricotta at dell ingegnoHomemade pasta with zucchini, zucchini flowers, fresh mint and ricotta and Osteria Dell'Ingegno
  • Osteria dell'Ingegno - this is one of my favorite restaurants overall in Rome. Combine a fantastic setting right in front of Hadrian's Palace, near the Pantheon, with beautiful, warm inviting decor, soft jazzy background music, and most of all a fresh, fantastic, always interesting and delicious menu. Oh yes, and a great wine list and friendly staff. This is why I come here so often. Open daily for lunch, and nightly for happy hour and dinner. Closed August 13-22. 
    Piazza di Pietra, 45. Tel: 06 678 0662
  • Glass - a special place with amazing food, and gorgeous decor, and probably should be saved for a special meal out. Chef Christina Bowerman has turned this Trastevere gem into a 1-star Michelin restaurant and it's well deserved. Open Tuesday - Sunday from 8-11:30pm. Closed Mondays. Open all through August. 
    58, Vicolo del Cinque. Tel: 06 5833 5903
  • Trattoria Moderna - tucked in a little plaza not far from Campo dei Fiori, this warm and inviting trattoria serves Roman and Italian food, with a modern twist. The owner and chef are super friendly and accommodating and the staff is also helpful and nice. There is a small area to eat outdoors. Prices are very reasonable and the food is delicious. Open daily for lunch and dinner, and throughout August. 
    Vicolo dei Chiodaroli, 16. Tel: 06 6880 3423
in august, enjoy a shaded lunch by the pool at l'uliveto at cavalieri waldorf astoria in romeEnjoy a shaded lunch by the pool at the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria. A great way to spend an August day in Rome!
  • L'Uliveto - Want to know where to eat in Rome in August and spend a day by the pool? Head to the Roma Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria and enjoy lunch by chef Fabio Boschero, under shaded umbrellas. A bit of a splurge but a great way to spend a hot August day in Rome, and eat very well! 
    Via Alberto Cadlolo. Tel: Phone: 06 35091
  • Moma -  I really love this restaurant near Via Veneto, for its decor, ambiance, lovely aperitif and great, friendly service. But of course, the main reason I am including it is because the food is outstanding. I like to say it's a Michelin-quality restaurant but without the star and without the high prices. The cuisine is nouvelle Italian, and always fresh and changing with the seasons. Perfect for a romantic dinner, an intimate dinner with friends, and definitely perfect for foodies! Open Monday - Saturday for breakfast, casual lunch, and dinner. Closed Sundays. Closed August 13-16 only.
    Via San Basilio, 42. Tel: 06 4201 1798

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Where to Eat in Rome in August - Pizzerias

I've listed some excellent pizzerias above, (Il Corallo, Emma and San Marco), and they are open all of August. You may also try these:

pizza at Bonci PizzariumThe pizza at Bonci Pizzarium is some of the best in Rome, hands down. And they are open throughout August!
  • Pizzarium - unlike the other pizzerias listed on this page, this place serves pizza by the slice (priced by weight and varying by topping), and is best for lunch. Expect to eat standing up, elbow-to-elbow with fellow pizza lovers. Bonci Pizzarium (named for Gabriele Bonci, the mastermind behind this insanely wonderful pizza) is a special pizza-by-the-slice place in Rome, coveted by foodies and anyone wanting fantastic, interesting, unique and light-crusted pizza for lunch. Add their intriguing supplì (rice balls), and their proximity to the Vatican, and you have a great option for pizza in Rome in August (or really any time.) Open throughout August including August 15. 11am - 10pm.
    Via della Meloria, 43. 
  • Da Francesco - right next to Il Corallo, i.e. behind piazza Navona, in one of the most hip Roman-night-life squares. Superb pizza, and also other Roman food. Outdoor tables. Open daily for lunch and dinner, and also all through August.
    Piazza del Fico, 29. Tel: 06 686 4009

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A Special Place Where to Eat in Rome in August - ONLY

How exciting! Seafood lovers have a fantastic option for outdoor dining, in a wonderful setting underneath the awning of Rome's Opera House. 

dining under the awning of rome's teatro dell'operaThis setting under the awning at Rome's Teatro dell'Opera is a lovely place to enjoy an outdoor aperitif of seafood and bubbly (or vodka!)

Caffè dell'Opera is open only in summer of 2016 (closing September 1 2016), and offers bubbly, caviar, raw-bar seafood and some cooked goodies.

silky, buttery caviar with vodka at caffe dell'operaThis silky, smooth, buttery caviar, served with ice-cold Polish vodka was like nothing I've ever tried before. You eat it right off your hand, and chase with vodka. What a taste sensation!

The best part? You are eating creations by one of Rome's most talented (and nicest) chefs, Alba Esteban Ruiz, of Marzapane, arguably one of the best restaurants in Rome.

two of the creators of caffe dell'opera, mario sansone and chef alba esteban ruizTwo of the creators of Caffè dell'Opera, Mario Sansone and wonder-chef Alba Esteban Ruiz of Marzapane Rome.
raw white fish plate at caffe dell'opera romeThis white fish "crudo" plate was perfect, like everything else, at Caffè dell'Opera in Rome

Open Mon - Sat from 6pm - 11pm. Closed Sundays. Open all August except Sundays and August 15. Piazza Beniamino Gigli, 7. Tel: 06 4816 0504

Where to Eat in Rome in August - various other options

I am lumping these all together just to give you some more choices where to eat in Rome in August. All of the below are open throughout the month of August.

  • Hard Rock Cafe - American fare on via Veneto, always open.
  • Almost all 5-star hotel restaurants, including La Terrazza dell'Eden, Le Jardin de Russie, The Raphael Rooftop Bramante Restaurant, and many more.
  • Some ethnic restaurants including Chinese and Indian, such as Il Guru, i the Monti neighbourhood.
  • RistorarteVegetariana Margutta - Nice arty vegetarian restaurant near piazza del Popolo. Via Margutta, 118.

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Where Not to Eat in Rome in August - closed for vacation

armando al pantheon closed throughout augustMy guess is you will always find Armando al Pantheon closed for the entire month of August

I have seen a lot of restaurants changing their August policies, and staying open more and more, even on August 15. And on this page, I've included quite a lot of very classic Roman trattorias where to eat in Rome in August. For example, this year Da Fortunato is staying open all month long! Hurrah!

But there are still a few holdouts. These very traditional Roman trattorias close the entire month of August...and sometimes into the first week of September. Don't plan to come to Rome and eat at these wonderful restaurants in August. 

  • Armando al Pantheon 
  • Colline Emiliane
  • Hostaria Romana
  • Trattoria Monti
  • Nino
  • Checchino dal 1887
  • Dal Cavalier Gino
  • Roberto e Loretta

This is not a comprehensive list of restaurants in Rome that close almost the entire month of August. But it is a good representation of those really Roman restaurants I know are on the foodies' radar. 

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