The area around the pantheon is also famous for coffee, gelato and wine-bars. so I have separate pages about them.
Restaurants Near Rome Pantheon with Outdoor Dining
There are quite a few restaurants near Rome pantheon where you can eat outside. If you eat right on the piazza where the pantheon is, Piazza della Rotonda, you will pay for the privilege, i.e. it will be expensive. And it's pretty touristy. And the food is not likely to be anything great.
But I know this can be a special thing, to eat while gazing at this amazing building. So by all means if you feel like doing it, you should!
Piazza della Rotonda with tables with a perfect view of the Rome Pantheon
For me, the quality of a place to eat should always be about the food. But ambiance, location, service and cost can also play a part.
And when the weather gets even a little nice, people want to eat outside. Many places I recommend on this page have some form of outdoor seating, and I've included this info for each of them.
You can certainly find wonderful Roman food near the Pantheon. Plenty of Romans live in the historic center also, and a lot of typical Rome restaurants near Rome pantheon have a local clientele.
Yes, you will run into other tourists there, especially if you go on the early side (7 or 7:30pm.) But if you book for 9 or later (or for a 2pm lunch), you will not only be eating where the Romans eat, but also with them!
Armando al Pantheon
Armando is truly a local Roman restaurant, with typical Roman cuisine. Established in 1961 by Armando Gargioli (whose sons Claudio and Fabrizio now run the place), it's one of the most traditional restaurants near Rome pantheon.
It does not get much more traditional Roman than chicken with peppers. Simple is key. And at Armando, it's delicious.
I eat here when I can, including for lunch. They have all the classic Roman pastas, but sometimes I like to get whatever their special is. They also have wonderful, simple soups.
At Armando, you will sometimes find the traditional Roman dish of skate-broccoli soup. It is heavenly.
But no matter what you do, save room for dessert and try their ricotta pie. It is out of this world.
Do NOT miss the ricotta pie at Armando. You will thank me.
Details and hours: Salita dè Crescenzi, 31. Open lunch and dinner Mon-Fri, lunch only Sat, and closed Sunday. Closed most of August and also over the Christmas/New Year holidays. About 40-45 Euros per person.
Outdoor seating: None
Booking: Tel: 06 6880 3034. Reservations are a must, and usually days in advance. You may have an easier time getting a booking for lunch. (A caveat: Often you can only get a booking for 7 or 7:30pm, or 9:30 pm or later.)
How to get there: While facing the pantheon, up close, with the fountain to your back, look to your right. You will see a little street with a newspaper kiosk. That is Salita dè Crecenzi. Walk about 30 feet.
Bombolotti all'amatriciana, perfectly made at Osteria del Sostegno
I almost never come here without getting a pasta. I'm often torn between the amatriciana (above) and the tagliolini with truffles (below.)
This half-portion of tagliolini with truffles at Del Sostegno is one of the dishes I get here almost every time. I cannot resist!
My go-to dish here is their chicken cacciatora, made the old-fashioned way: no tomatoes, just white wine, rosemary, garlic and vinegar.
This traditional version of chicken cacciatora, with oven-roasted potatoes, is one of the reasons I love Osteria Del Sostegno so much!
I also highly recommend their eggplant parmesan which is simply divine.
A caveat: Be prepared for the Roman way of slow service: they get very busy especially in high season, so you might feel ignored. Just relax and enjoy the food.
Details and hours: Via delle Colonnelle, 5. Open Tue-Sun for lunch; Tue-Sat for dinner. Closed Sunday night and all day Monday. About 35-40 Euros per person.
Booking: Tel 06 679 3842. Bookings are strongly recommended and a must in high season and on weekends. One nice thing about this restaurant is they do NOT engage in the 2-seating schedule. So you can book for the time you want.
Outdoor seating: There is outdoor seating but...you either sit in the covered space next to the main (very small) restaurant, which is not really outside (except people feel they can smoke, and do), or, you can sit in one of the two-top tables they put along the alley leading up to the restaurant.
How to get there: With your back to the pantheon, you see two streets leading straight in the other direction from it. Take the one on the right, via del Pantheon. At Piazza della Maddalena, take a right, onto via delle Colonnelle. You can spot Del Sostegno by the green neon sign that says simply "Trattoria."
One of the last of the truly old-fashioned restaurants near Rome pantheon, Settimio is a hidden gem. Next door to Del Sostegno (above), you'd almost walk by it if you didn't know it was there.
Settimio al Pantheon is a Rome institution. And I love the old-fashioned signage outside!
At Settimio, you will find a family-run place with a delicious, Roman menu...including some typical fall-winter items like game and polenta. They are also known for their pasta with white truffles (it is amazing!)
Settimio himself sliced my white truffles onto that steaming pasta. What a treat!
But don't worry, you can find plenty of lighter fare as well.
Sadly Settimio himself passed away a couple of years ago, at the age of 91. But his wife and son are still there, and the quality of the food has not changed.
Details and hours: Via delle Colonnelle, 14. Open Tue - Sat for lunch and dinner. Closed Sun and Mon. Closed in August and some days around Christmas. About 30-50 Euros per person (depending on whether you order truffles!)
Outdoor seating: None
Bookings: Phone: 06 678 9651. Reservations strongly suggested especially in high season.
How to get there: See the directions for Del Sostegno (above.) Settimio is literally next door.
Da Fortunato is a Roman classic. I'd almost insist you eat here just to have that old-world Rome experience. The restaurant has been a fixture on the local must-eat-at scene, since 1975. One of the last of the original restaurants near Rome Pantheon (long with Armando, Da Gino and Settimio to name a few), Da Fortunato is frequented by politicians, Roman elite and in-the-know long-term visitors to Rome.
The dining room is elegant, old-fashioned and spacious. The outdoor area is not that big but it's literally a stone's throw from the pantheon, without being right on the square.
The killer view from Da Fortunato, with the pantheon literally next-door.
The waiters, all old-school, are gracious, unobtrusive and professional.
But let's talk about the food: I have almost melted over their pasta with white truffles (about 45 Euros, although that is what real white truffles cost), and they specialise in fish, which, when it's good and fresh, is never cheap. Their clams/mussels sauté is ok, but other fish dishes are divine, especially when combined with pasta. They also have plenty of meat and veggie choices. And frankly, they are experts at realRoman cuisine like cacio e pepe (which is actually reasonably priced, as it should be.)
It's an experience to eat here, and it's special if you get to eat outside and look at the Pantheon.
Just be prepared to spend a bit more than at some of the other trattorias listed in this section.
Details and hours: Via del Pantheon 55. Open Tuesday - Sunday for lunch and dinner. On Monday, open for dinner only. About 35-45 Euros per person.
Outdoor seating: Yes and with a (partial) view of the pantheon!
Booking: Tel - 06 679 2788. Reservations strongly recommended, especially for outdoor dining.
How to get there: With your back to the pantheon, walk a little ways up the street that leads directly away from the pantheon on the right side. That is via del Pantheon.
It does not get much more Roman than this. In fact, they only take cash (trust me that is very Roman.) But come for the food, and the friendly service. And the bustling ambiance, and the totally kitschy décor!
How fun is the interior of Dal Cavalier Gino?
This is another one of the best restaurants near Rome pantheon for the basic Roman dishes like spaghetti cacio e pepe, amatriciana or carbonara. On Fridays they have classic Roman fish specialties, like oven- baked baccalà (cod) with potatoes.
I love this Roman classic at Dal Cavalier Gino: oven baked cod - baccalà - with potatoes. Yum!
You will also find old-style dishes like squid with peas, oven-baked rabbit and involtino alla romana...
You will find the most simple Roman classics at Dal Cavalier Gino, like this involtino alla Romana.
... and my personal favorite - baked anchovies gratin:
Baked anchovies gratin at Dal Cavalier Gino - one of my faves!
This is another one of those hidden restaurants near Rome Pantheon, so you'll have to look for it.
The entrance to Dal Cavalier Gino is on a tiny alleyway not far from Parliament. You will have to look for it.
Details and hours: Vicolo Rosini, 4. Open Mon-Sat lunch and dinner (from 8pm.) Closed Sundays and most of August and Christmas holidays. About 30 Euros per person.
Outdoor seating: None
Booking: Tel - 06 687 3434. An absolute must, even at lunch. Dinner reservations are for either 8pm when they open (and often they tell you you must be done by 9:30pm), or 9:30 or later.
How to get there: With your back to the pantheon, walk straight away from it, up Via del Pantheon, and continue through Piazza della Maddalena, and walk to the end of this street. At the very end, on via degli Uffici del Vicario, make a quick right and then left again on via di Campo Marzio. Walk about almost to the end, and you will see a tiny alley on your left. That's vicolo Rosini. About a 5 minute walk from the Pantheon.
Enoteca di Sardegna Pigna is a tiny shop specialising in Sardinian food products. But the owner Stefano (who is Roman but loves Sardinia) also has about 3 little tables, inside or out, where you can plop down and sample some food.
Outdoor seating at this little shop/wine bar...a lovely informal place to eat near the pantheon.
And Sardinian wine! It is definitely not a restaurant, but you will get yummy, if carby and cheesy, dishes. I also wrote more about this on my lunch page.
Buffalo mozzarella with bottarga...on a plastic plate, with Sardinian wine! Yum!
Details: Via della Pigna, 3/3A. Open Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 8pm non-stop. Closed Mondays.
Outdoor seating: Yes, a few small wooden tables.
Booking: 06 678 9374 Not necessary, just show up.
How to get there: Facing the pantheon, walk straight ahead of you down the street on the left side of the pantheon (via dei Cestari.) Pass the plaza with Bernini's elephant (with the obelisk on top) - piazza della Minerva. Keep walking until you come to a small street on your left, via della Pigna. Take this street and you can easily spot the enoteca on the right side.
This one is also not a restaurant per se, it's a bakery.
Antico Forno la Stelletta is the perfect stop for a quick delicious sweet or savory take-away snack.
As its name suggests, Antico Forno is one of those old-style Roman bakeries, with all the specialty and seasonal products along with the standard yummy breads, fresh savory pizzas and pastries.
A delectable array of breads at Antico Forno la Stelletta
One of my favourite things about it is the aroma that wafts down the street as you approach it. I always come to it while shopping along via della Stelletta, and I love when I get so close that I can actually look inside the laboratory itself.
A peek inside the bakery of Antico Forno la Stelletta
If you want a sweet or savory carb splurge, this is the spot!
For a quick, delicious, inexpensive snack near the pantheon, you can't go wrong with a slice of pizza from Antico Forno La Stelletta
Details: Via della Scrofa 33. Open daily 8am - 8pm. No seating, take-out only.
How to get there: Facing the pantheon, very close to it, you see to your right salita dei Crescenzi. Take this short street to the end, and turn right onto Via della Dogana Vecchia. Walk a little over 100 yds/meters. The street changes name and becomes Via della Scrofa. Antico Forno della Stelletta is on the corner of via della Scrofa and via della Stelletta.
Enoteca Corsi is one of those simple, casual restaurants near Rome pantheon that's perfect for lunch in between sight-seeing. It's logistically central to other sites too, like Piazza Venezia and Piazza Navona. And, you can enjoy a Roman lunch and not break the bank.
Enoteca Corsi is one of the best options for an inexpensive, casual lunch near the pantheon
Baked calamari and oven-roasted potatoes makes for a yummy, simple, inexpensive lunch at Enoteca Corsi
Details: Via del Gesù, 87/88. Open Mon - Wed, and Sat lunch only. Thu-Fri also for dinner. Closed Sundays.
Outdoor seating: None.
Booking: 06-679-0821.Not necessary, just show up, but you may have to wait in high season.
How to get there: Facing the pantheon, walk straight ahead of you down the street on the left side of the pantheon (via dei Cestari.) Pass the plaza with Bernini's elephant (with the obelisk on top) - piazza della Minerva. Keep walking until you come to a small street on your left, via della Pigna. Take this street to the end and you will see Enoteca Corsi on the cross street in front of you.
Details: Piazza di Firenze, 25-26. Open 9:30am - 10:30pm. No seating, take-out only.
How to get there: With your back to the pantheon, walk straight away from it. Keep walking straight on Via della Maddalena. Take it all the way to the end (you will see Grom gelateria on the left.) Make a quick left (onto Via degli Uffici del Vicario), and then a quick right again and keep going on Via Metastasio. Continue until you reach Piazza di Firenze.
With its high ceilings, widely spaced tables and a soft warm light glowing from the stained glass on the ceiling, Casa Bleve is one of the most romantic restaurants near Rome pantheon.
Casa Bleve is one of my favorite restaurants near Rome Pantheon for a romantic evening, or just for sampling some excellent wines.
Eating at Casa Bleve is a sublime experience for the gorgeous ambiance and wine options alone, but the food is also very good. It's a little pricey, but worth it if you want a special dinner.
Details and hours: Via del Teatro Valle, 48. Open Mon-Sat lunch and dinner. Closed Sundays. About 35-45 Euros per person not including wine.
Outdoor seating: None
Booking: Tel 06 686 5970
How to get there: While facing the pantheon, close up to it, make a right and walk along Salita dè Crescenzi. At the end of this very short street, turn left onto Via della Dogana Vecchia. Keep going a bit until the street changes name to via del Teatro Valle.
This is one of the best overall restaurants near Rome pantheon for ambiance, location and food, and one of the first places I recommend when someone asks me for a romantic restaurant in Rome.
I love the soft look and soothing, warm colors of Osteria dell'Ingegno
Grilled vegetables gratin with mint and greek yoghurt, one of many innovate and delicious dishes at Osteria dell'Ingegno
Mezze maniche alla gricia at Osteria dell'Ingegno - they are also very good at slightly re-touched Roman recipes
I love Osteria dell'Ingegno for these reasons (yes I have a list):
Their food is excellent. It's innovative yet distinctly Italian, always fresh and delicious. Their menu changes, so I get to try new things over time.
Their location is wonderful, right on the piazza overlooking the ruins of Hadrian's palace. If you sit in the front section, you can see this ruin just outside. Not too shabby!
They are one of the few restaurants in Rome that get lighting, ambiance and music just right.
They have a pastry chef. Trust me when I tell you not to miss dessert here!
Osteria dell'Ingegno sits right on Piazza di Pietra - a stunning view day or night!
Details and hours: Piazza di Pietra 45. Open daily from 10am to 1am. About 30-35 Euros per person.
Outdoor seating: They used to. At the time of this writing, there is no outdoor seating. Who knows if it will return. Just go for the food.
Booking: Tel 06 6780662. Reservations recommended, especially for dinner.
How to get there: Facing the pantheon, look to your left. You will see the Hotel Senato. To the left of that is via dei Pastini. Walk down this street all the way until you come to Piazza di Pietra. You can't miss it, there is a huge ruin on the right side. Osteria dell'Ingegno is on the far left end.
Restaurants Near Rome Pantheon - something different
If you are looking for restaurants near Rome pantheon, but maybe not a typical Roman meal, you might try these options for something different.
Retrobottega is one of the most innovative restaurants near Rome pantheon, if not in all of Rome.
Chicken cacciatore dumplings with peanuts, another scrumptious invention from the culinary geniuses at Retrobottega
Billed as a "laboratory where food happens", the chefs cook behind a counter, visible to everyone.
Making food happen in the open kitchen at Retrobottega
You can sit at the counter and watch them while you eat (I love doing this!), or try to grab a spot at one of the tables in the room or along the wall.
A sweet cozy, minimalist dining area at Retrobottega is one option - or you can sit at the counter and watch them make your food!
A blackboard up on the wall lists and describes the food available that day.
The chalkboard menu showing the current culinary inventions. In Italian, but they can help with translations.
I have never had the same thing twice, and there is nothing "simple" or "plain old..." about anything here.
Pasta with eggplant (I don't see it but it's in there), topped with ricotta salata, coriander and lime. Heaven!
Details: Via della Stelletta, 4. Open Tue-Sun noon to midnight. Closed Mondays.
Outdoor seating: None
Booking: Tel 06 68136310. You cannot reserve here (unless you book the back room for a 48€ tasting menu.) Best bet to avoid crowds is to come earlier than most people eat lunch or dinner, like at noon or 7pm.
How to get there: With the pantheon behind you, walk straight away from it. Keep walking straight until the end. Make a small left and keep following the street around until you come to via della Stelletta. A five minute walk.
Can you imagine going to a bar for mozzarella tastings? All laid out on a plate, each variety to be savored and enjoyed?
You came to Italy for this, didn't you? Buffalo mozzarella at its finest!
Yes. Lots of mozzarella. This is Italy, and perhaps you can imagine there is more than one kind. There is cow's milk mozzarella, buffalo mozzarella, smoked mozzarella...and oh so many more! It's a mozzarella bonanza!
There is also a regular menu with pastas and other dishes.
Sicilian pasta salad with tuna and green beans at Obicà
It's a fun, delicious, and healthy, and one of the restaurants near Rome pantheon I go to quite a bit for a light lunch.
Did I mention the best part (for me at least)? In summer, they serve you a little chocolate-covered ice-cream treat with your coffee! OMG does not come close to describing how fabulous this is. I'd come just for this!
Cold coffee with a little ice-cream treat at Obica
Obicà is a Slow Food restaurant, which means you can count on the quality, origin, and freshness of everything they serve.
Details: Via dei Prefetti, 26a, corner of Piazza Firenze. Open daily from 8:30 until midnight. (You can have coffee and pastries in the morning.) Daily happy hour from 6:30pm. About 30-40 Euros per person.
Outdoor seating: They have a lovely, fairly big covered piazza, with cooling fans to boot.
Booking: Probably a good idea but not always necessary, particularly at lunch.
How to get there: About 5 minutes' walk from the pantheon. With your back to the pantheon, walk straight away from it. Keep walking straight on Via della Maddalena. Take it all the way to the end (you will see Grom gelateria on the left.) Make a quick left (onto Via degli Uffici del Vicario), and then a quick right again and keep going on Via Metastasio. Continue until you reach Piazza di Firenze. Obicà is hard to miss!
Obicà now has locations all over Italy (a second location in Rome, at Campo dei Fiori), and also in New York, LA, Japan, Dubai, and London. But just because it's a world-wide chain does not mean it's not great. In fact, I think they were able to expand a lot because it is so great!
Ginger first came on the Rome scene when they opened on via Borgognona near the Spanish Steps. And the funny thing is I mostly find Italians eating there. I've said this before, but Italians often are looking for new/modern, and definitely for healthy and light things to eat, especially at lunch.
Recently they've opened a second outpost right near the Pantheon, on piazza Sant'Eustachio (where you can also find Sant'Eustachio coffee and Punto Gelato!) And this is one of several "healthy" restaurants near Rome pantheon (along with Ciao Checca, above.)
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