Where to Eat in Rome in August - updated for 2023

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 created (and keep updating) a rather large database of our favorite restaurants in Rome over the years.

Every July, we call them and find out when they will close (and reopen) for their summer holidays.

Each 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.

At the bottom of this page, you'll find a map of all the restaurants I've listed on this page for where to eat in Rome in August.

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.)

Pizzeria EmmaEver 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.

Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 12:30–15:30, 19:00–23:30 | Saturday-Sunday: 12:30–15:30, 18:30–23:30

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.

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 12:30–15:00, 19:45–23:30

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.

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 12:00–24:00

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 flavors, 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.

Opening hours: Monday: 12.45–14.30, 19.00–22.15 | Tuesday CLOSED | Wednesday-Sunday: 12:45–14:30, 19:00-22:15

Osteria der Belli has quickly become one of my favorite places to eat in Rome, thanks to my friend Maria (HeartRome), who introduced it to me as one of HER faves. This Sardinian seafood spot smack in the heart of Trastevere's busiest thoroughfare serves fresh, fabulous seafood and never disappoints. Open throughout August, including the 15th. Closed Mondays.

Piazza di Sant'Apollonia, 9-11; Tel: 06 5803782. Reservations strongly suggested. Large outdoor seating area.

Opening hours: Monday CLOSED | Tuesday-Sunday: 12:30–15:00, 19:30–23:30

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.

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 12:00–24:00

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. 

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 12:30–15:00, 19:30 – 23:00 

bruschetta with burrata at baccano

Baccano - This modern, bright, bistro-style restaurant near the Trevi Fountain is (usually) a great place to eat. There is something for everyone, and the food is quite good. One of the best things is the ambience which I find warm and relaxing.

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

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 12:00–24:00

Rimessa Roscioli - What a treat to know this branch of Roscioli is open daily. Come for a Roman lunch, or for the perfect wine-tasting evening. Fantastic food, and an airy, casual ambiance make for an excellent choice in August. 

Via del Conservatorio, 58; Tel: +39 06 6880 3914. No outdoor seating.

Opening hours: Monday-Saturday: 17:00–23:00 | Sunday: 12:00–23:00


Unique al Palatino - An absolutely beautiful choice for breakfast, lunch, or dinner in this special hotel just next to the Palatine Hill. Enjoy delicious cuisine in a quiet garden in the back.

Via di S. Teodoro, 48; Tel: +39 06 699 21077. Outdoor seating available.

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 19:00–22:00

Fernanda - One of my favorite places for innovative cuisine in Rome. Everything here is unusual and wonderful. The setting is understated elegance, and the service is just right. 

Via Crescenzo del Monte, 18; Tel: 06 5894333. No outdoor seating.

Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 19:30–23:00 | Saturday-Sunday 12:30-15:00, 19:30–23:00

Ristorarte Vegetariana Margutta - Nice arty vegetarian restaurant near piazza del Popolo.  Excellent option for a romantic and/or gourmet vegetarian meal in the evenings. Outdoor seating available.

Via Margutta, 118. Tel: 06. 32650577.

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 10:30-23:00

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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:

I used to say "Don't look for artichokes in Rome in August. They are not in season!"

But it seems I would be wrong. More and more restaurants are serving artichokes year round in Rome. If out of season, they won't be from Rome, but that does not seem to be as much of an issue as it once was.

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 - This old-fashioned Roman institution with a view of the Pantheon and outdoor seating will be open most of August, closing only August 1-8. 
    Via del Pantheon, 55. Tel: 06 679 2788 | Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 12:30–16:30, 19:00–23:30
  • Taverna dei Quaranta - If you want something simple, this homey, unobtrusive, local spot has excellent, fresh food and great, honest prices. And they are only about 5 minutes' walk to the Colosseum. Open throughout August, lunch and dinner. 
    Via Claudia, 24. Tel: 06 700 0550 | Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 11:00–23:30
  • 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 | Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 12:30–15:00, 19:00–23:00
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 cafe, bakery and other outposts) is one of the most charming places near 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. No outdoor seating. Open throughout August except August 15. 
    Via dei Giubbonari, 21/22. Tel: 06 687 5287 | Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 12:30–16:30, 19:00–23:30.
  • Lo Scopettaro - one of my favorite authentic Roman trattorias, and easily one of my favorite places for carbonara, Lo Scopettaro is a great option for where to eat in Rome in August if you want truly Roman food. In Testaccio. There is no outdoor seating, but there is a/c! Closed July 25 - August 1.
    Lungotevere Testaccio, 7. Tel: 065757912 / 065742408 | Monday-Sunday: 12:30–14:45, 19:30–22:45.
  • 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 Rasella, 138. Tel: 06 679 4078 | Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 12:30–15:00, 18:45–23:00.
  • Otello alla Concordia - 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 August 12-19.
    Via della Croce, 81. Tel: 06 679 1178 | Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 12:30–15:00, 19:30–23:00.
  • 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 throughout August except August 14 and 15, when they will be closed.
    Via di Montecatini 12. Tel: 06 679 1160 | Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 12:00–23:00.
  • i Clementini - This is one of those rare finds: a great, affordable local restaurant, right by the Colosseum, and close to San Giovanni in Laterano, 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 all of August.
    Via di San Giovanni in Laterano, 106. Tel: 06 4542 6395 | Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 12:00–24:00.
  • Trattoria Epiro - I'm loving the new formula at this hip trattoria. Once the hottest of the new-style Roman experimental trattorias, Epiro has changed it's direction just a little. Still offering quality, interesting dishes, but in small sizes and at a fraction of the previous prices, Epiro is now packed nightly with young locals enjoying the cozy outdoor space in the back. Closed 12-26 August. Piazza Epiro, 26; Tel: +39 06 6931 7603 | Opening hours: Monday CLOSED | Tuesday-Sunday: 19:30–22:30.


Of course it goes without saying that you will easily find gelato in Rome in August.

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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.

  • 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. Closed August 8-22.
    Piazza di Pietra, 45. Tel: 06 678 0662 | Opening hours: Monday -Sunday 12:00–24:00.
pasta with zucchini and ricotta at dell ingegnoHomemade pasta with zucchini, zucchini flowers, fresh mint and ricotta and Osteria Dell'Ingegno
  • Glass - A special place with amazing food, and gorgeous decor, Glass 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 all through August.  
    58, Vicolo del Cinque. Tel: 06 5833 5903 | Opening hours: Monday Tuesday CLOSED | Wednesday-Friday: 19:00–22:30 | Saturday-Sunday: 12:30–15:00, 19:00–22:30
  • 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! 
    Via Alberto Cadlolo. Tel: Phone: 06 35091 | Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 07:00–10:30, 12:00–23:15
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!
  • 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. And its recently awarded Michelin star proves just that. 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 daily for breakfast, casual lunch, aperitivo, and dinner, except August 15.
    Via San Basilio, 42. Tel: 06 4201 1798 | Opening hours: Monday-Saturday: 12:30–15:00, 19:30–23:00 | Sunday CLOSED
  • If you want a Michelin-star chef, Italian modern in a gorgeous setting, with an even more stunning outdoor seating area to boot, All'Oro is a must! I would recommend this wonderful spot, not far from Piazza del Popolo, any time of year. And since they are open throughout August, this would be a great place to come if you want something special, something romantic, or just amazing food, lovingly prepared by Michelin-chef Riccardo Di Giacinto.
    Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 18:00–23:00 
    Via Giuseppe Pisanelli, 23/25. Tel: 06 9799 6907
outside dining area at all'oro in RomeOutdoor dining at All'Oro restaurant in Rome - Here's where to eat in Rome in August when you want something special or romantic.
  • Pro Loco Trastevere - A fantastic place in Trastevere serving quality Roman food, this little spot is open for just part of August, but it's worth going if you are around when it's open. Via Goffredo Mameli, 23; Tel: 06 4559 6137

Where to Eat in Rome in August - Pizzerias

I've listed two excellent pizzerias above, Pizzeria Emma and San Marco, and where to eat in Rome in August. You may also try these:

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.  

  • Via della Meloria, 43. 
  • Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 11:00–22:00
pizza at Bonci PizzariumThe pizza at Bonci Pizzarium is some of the best in Rome, hands down. And they are open throughout August!
  • 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. Open all through August, even August 15. Outdoor seating available. Via del Corallo, 11; Tel: 06 6830 7703. | Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 12:00–16:00, 19:00-24:00
  • Pro Loco Pinciana - Although they get their ingredients from the same suppliers, this excellent spot is not to be confused with Proloco Trastevere (above.) Pro Loco Pinciana is on the other side of town, not far from Termini or Via Veneto. They also have a different menu from the Trastevere restaurant. And they have pizza to die for. Closed August 12-17. From August 18 - 1 September, open for dinner only. Via Bergamo, 18; Tel: +39 06 841 4136 | Opening hours: Closed Monday| Tuesday -Sunday: 12:30–15:00, 19:30-23:00
  • Forno Campo de' Fiori - This iconic bakery right on Campo dei Fiori is a Roman institution, serving up top-quality baked bread, pastries and most importantly, pizza by the slice. Simply choose from the different toppings on offer, tell them how big a slice you want and then enjoy your pizza to-go - perfect lunch stop during a busy day of sightseeing. Open all through August. Campo de' Fiori, 22; Tel: +39 06 6880 6662 | Opening hours: Monday-Friday 08:00-14:30, 16:30-19:30 | Saturday 08:00-14:30 | Sundays Closed

Where to eat in Rome in August - a refreshing treat

Did you know Rome has a proper English Tea room

special summer cocktails at babington's tea room in romeSpecial summer cocktails at Babington's Tea Room at the Spanish Steps in Rome. Photo credit - Babington's

Babington's has been an institution in Rome since 1893. And the descendants of the founders are still running it today.

Wondering where to eat in Rome in August near the Spanish Steps? It does not get any nearer than this.

babington's tea room in rome, right next to spanish stepsBabington's Tea Room is right next to the Spanish Steps. Photo credit - Babington's

You can enjoy brunch, club sandwiches, burgers and a variety of delicious foods served all day. 

victorian happy hour at babington's romeThe Victorian Happy hour at Babington's is an experience on its own. Photo credit - Babington's

Opening hours: Monday: 12:00–00:00 | Tuesday CLOSED | Wednesday-Sunday: 12:00–24:00

Non-stop, including August 15.  Piazza di Spagna, 23; Tel: 06 678 6027

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Where to Eat in Rome in August - various other options

I am lumping these all together 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.

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 classic Roman trattorias where to eat in Rome in August.

But there are still a few holdouts. These super 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
  • La Campana
  • 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. 

Where to Eat in Rome in August - a Map

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