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There’s a slight nip in the air, the morning and evenings have become more pleasant, and that calls for just one thing when dining out—al fresco seating. Open-air and rooftop restaurants are the flavour of the season as we all scamper to make the most of this limited perfect weather. And here’s a round-up that can help. Here are the five best al fresco restaurants in Delhi to make a reservation at right away.

Cirrus 9

best al fresco restaurants in delhiSet in the heart of Delhi is Cirrus 9, the rooftop bar at The Oberoi. You’ll have the privilege of seeing a beautiful sunset—a rare sight in the city – that casts a beautiful orange glow on the forested golf course and UNESCO World Heritage Humayun’s Tomb in sight. Their innovative cocktails and an international food menu ensure that the evening is well spent.
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Fig & Maple

In one of the city’s food hubs, Greater Kailash II, Fig & Maple is ideal for a casual dine out. Each table has its own private ice bucket in the centre, which ensures that your beer, champagne, cocktails, all stay cool and fresh till the last sip. Their terrace seating is great for romantic dinners or intimate get-togethers, with their signature cocktails and comfort food making it all a charming package.
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Sevilla

Best restaurants for Valentine's Day in Delhi. Sevilla ClaridgesIf you want to feel like you’re not in Delhi, Sevilla is the place. The white tents, chandeliers, and candelabras make for a charismatic setting.  With Spanish and Italian cuisine, and a selection of over 150 wines from across the world, Sevilla is perfect for a romantic date. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it in a non-romantic setting – the tents seat large parties and are ideal for autumn, keeping the cool air out of your face yet allowing you to enjoy the weather.
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Summer House Cafe

If a lively evening or brunch is what you’re looking at, then the Summer House Cafe is your go-to place. The secret gig by Coldplay here in 2015 will be forever etched in Delhi’s memory, and its popularity for being one of the city’s most fun places hasn’t diminished since. Feel-good food and cocktails keep you company as their rooftop is livened-up by frequent performances. Go here when you want a no-fuss, breezy time out in the open.
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Olive Qutub

No, that’s not the name of a restaurant, but the neighbourhood that offers a whole bouquet of restaurants with great al fresco seating and food. We have four top picks here. If a view of the Qutub Minar is what you’d like, head for Lavaash or Bo Tai. The former offers unique and tantalising Armenian-Bengali food, while the latter does Asian cuisine along with some stellar cocktails. Lush trees punctuate your view of the monument at both the restaurants. There is also Delhi’s favourite, Olive Bar & Kitchen. You can never have enough of dining under their legendary tree, and the bonhomie that makes you never want to get up is supported by a new menu. And if looking for innovative Indian cuisine, Rooh with its view of Qutub Minar from the balcony and terrace is ideal. Great cocktails and a stellar tasting menu; serving both, intimate or large parties, seamlessly, you can’t have a bad evening here.
Address and other details here–Lavaash, Bo Tai, Olive, Rooh.
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Megha Uppal
Associate Editor
An innate love for travel and food has translated into many a trips since childhood for Megha; it also fed her curiosity to know about local cultures. When not writing, she is on the lookout for three things: A great dark chocolate dessert, a beautiful pool where she can practice her backstroke, and art that she can save up for.