Outdoor Dining in Cardiff

Outdoor Dining in Cardiff

You can still eat out if you're visiting Cardiff. Plus, with summer approaching, we are all keen on some alfresco eating. There are plenty of places for outdoor dining South Wales and many Cardiff restaurants that have seats outside. Here's everywhere you can eat outdoors in Cardiff City Centre and Cardiff Bay.

Safety First

COVID-19 is still about, so there are some rules – even dining outside – that need to be followed. Many of the Cardiff open restaurants will ask you to take a temperature check on arrival. You may also be asked to use the anti-bacterial gel provided and complete Track and Trace. Tables have been placed so there is sufficient space between you and other diners. You should not move any tables or chairs. Follow any directional or one-way systems in place.

Most of the outdoor food in Cardiff will allow you to use their indoor bathroom facilities, but a face mask should be worn. You will need to book in advance to eat out, and some establishments may ask for a deposit. Up to six people from mixed households can dine together outdoors, Monday – Sunday. Only table service is allowed, and most Cardiff restaurants will require you to make a card payment.

Outdoor Dining Cardiff Bay

Our Cardiff Bay hotel is a short walk to the tourist attractions plus outdoor food places Cardiff. Here are some of the Cardiff Bay restaurants where you can enjoy some fresco dining.

Thomas Restaurant

Thomas Restaurant at Future Inn Cardiff is our outdoor space. The terrace is a sun trap. Here you will be able to relax and enjoy a refreshing beverage or meal.

Join us for lunch, light bites or dinner. Our homemade Taste of Wales Afternoon Tea, including gluten free options and a vegan offering, is also being served. This can be upgraded to our Bottomless Afternoon Tea, which includes 2 hours of free-flowing Prosecco for £29 per person.

Tel: 02920 487111 Email: thomas@futureinns.co.uk

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Eli Jenkins

If you have been craving pub grub, Eli Jenkins outdoor terrace is where you can enjoy a few rounds, a spot of lunch or a cosy meal. Prime steaks, pizza, burgers or pub classics are on the menu, plus build your own kids meals. There's something for all the family.

Eli Jenkins


The brand-new restaurant had to delay its opening due to lockdown but got there eventually. Hubbox is a little bit of Cornwall in Cardiff Bay. You can expect decent burgers, mac and cheese, and dirty fries alongside west country beers and ciders and an impressive cocktail menu. They even have different flavoured lemonades and coolers, which can be pimped with alcohol. It is also dog friendly.

Hubbox Cardiff

Cosy Club

One of Cardiff Bay's most popular bars, The Cosy Club, offers a few pretty outdoor tables. From breakfast through to dinner, you'll find light salads to comfort food classics, from coffees and smoothies to some indulgent cocktails. If that's not enough, there are comprehensive brunch, gluten-free and vegan menus, so there's something for everyone.

Cosy Club

Las Iguanas 

The Cardiff Bay restaurant overlooks the water and brings the spirit of Latin America to the popular location. With authentic food that includes tapas, enchiladas, burritos and fajitas. Plus, Happy Hour cocktails that are 2 for 1 all day, every day. 

Las Iguanas Mermaid Quay


Cardiff Bay


Coffi Co

There are several Coffi Co locations in Cardiff Bay with outdoor seating, including Gin and Bake in Mermaid Quay. All of the venues have a spectacular view, and the outdoor tables are undercover and are heated. Open for breakfast, lunch, coffee and homemade cakes or drinks – including cocktails and gin and tonics.

Coffi Co

The Dock

An impressive pub and restaurant in Cardiff Bay, The Dock is home to not one but two outdoor terraces. Both offering gorgeous views across the water, it's the ideal spot for you to dig into traditional pub food. Alongside great beers, cocktails and a fabulous wine selection.


Pre-lockdown Depot was famous for its weekly Bingo Lingo events. Now it is the place for covered outdoor dining in Cardiff. Daily you can attend their Street Food Social between 12pm-4pm or 4.15pm-8pm. There are seven street food traders that you can choose from, as well as a fully licensed bar. All food and drink is ordered at the table and delivered by the team. It is one of the coolest venues in Cardiff, with colourful umbrellas decorating the ceiling and funky art installations.

Depot Cardiff

Outdoor Dining Cardiff City Centre

Why not make the most of the sunshine and the warm weather? From chic patios to picturesque terraces, luckily, there are plenty of restaurants with outdoor seating Cardiff City Centre.

Slug and Lettuce

The beautiful bar on St Mary's Street is known for its Instagrammable Martini trees and birdcage booths. You can book outdoor dining for your morning coffee, breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can also sit and enjoy drinks from the extensive cocktail menu.

Slug and Lettuce Cardiff Central


There is a small outdoor seating area at Brewdog on Westgate Street, in the shadow of the Principality Stadium. You can expect craft beer from one of their 25 taps. They also offer "Pints To Go". You can expect finger foods such as wings, pizza and dirty fries.

Brewdog Cardiff


The restaurant and nightlife hotspot has been in the city for 30 years. It has a vast range of cocktails, wine, craft and local beers. Food is served daily, with something to suit all tastes. With starters, mains, desserts, and even sharing boards. Plus, a children's menu.

Henry's Cardiff

Coconut Tree

The Sri Lankan street food restaurant is new to Mill Lane. Pick a picnic bench that seats up to four guests and something spicy off the menu. Popular dishes include goat curry and diced belly pork. Or, sip cocktails in the sunshine.

Las Iguanas Cardiff

The Mill Lane restaurant and bar is in a quirky spot in the heart of the city. Las Iguanas Happy Hour menu offers 2 for 1 on cocktails all day, every day. The menu is inspired by Latin American, with tapas, enchiladas, burritos and fajitas being the most popular choices.

Las Iguanas

The Philharmonic 

Before lockdown, The Philharmonic was popular for drinks, dining and dancing. At least we can still do two out of the three. There are a few tables outside as well as a top floor terrace. From brunch to light bites, burgers to desserts, you can even have a bottomless brunch or roast on Sunday.

Philharmonic Cardiff


Cardiff City Centre


The Botanist Cardiff

The rooftop terrace is an ideal spot to eat out. You can expect a botanical garden vibe, with plant-adorned walls, cosy seating – ideal for sunset drinks, cocktails in the sunshine or al fresco dining. The Botanist caters for all dietary requirements and is inspired by home comforts. Expect hanging kebabs, baked camembert to share and mix and match deli boards.

The Botanist

Turtle Bay 

The food and extensive cocktail list are inspired by the Caribbean. From fragrant jerk marinades to slowly simmered curries, your tastebuds will be ignited. Wash the food down with a cocktail, often on 2 for 1, and enjoy the views of St Mary's Street and Cardiff Castle from the outdoor dining space.

Turtle Bay Cardiff

Old Havana

Near the iconic castle, Old Havana is the place for a laid-back Cuban cocktail or to eat all of the flavours of Cuban cooking. Locals know the bar for their offers; 3 for £10 tapas, 3 for £10 cocktails and 3 for £10 beers.

Old Havana Cardiff

Juniper Place

The craft gin makers, Cygnet Gin, are behind the restaurant. You can expect some imaginative drinks, and they even use the gin at times in the cooking. The Juniper Place Cardiff outdoor dining tables have a view of Cardiff Castle. Serving British food from brunch to lunch, and then dinner.


In the shadows of the world-famous Cardiff Castle is Pasture. The restaurant serves Welsh beef, ready to be cut and cooked on charcoal grills – over coal and cherry wood for extra flavour. The extensive bar menu includes craft beers, award-winning wines and cocktails.

Pasture Cardiff

Cardiff Castle Outdoor Dining

During the summer, a new experience space was created for outdoor dining on Castle Street in conjunction with Cardiff Council. With roads starting to reopen, Castle Quarter Cafe has been moved inside the grounds of Cardiff Castle. 

Situated on the Castle's spacious terrace, the Keep Dining Experience offers a selection of hot meals, light bites and sweet treats, plus a range of coffees and blends of tea. You can also drink at Lone Stag Spirits Bar. Relax in the covered, outdoor seating area and take in the spectacular views of the Norman Keep and the Castle grounds. 

Cardiff Castle

Outdoor Bars Cardiff

There are many beer gardens also open if you just fancy a drink. Take a walk around the city centre, and you'll find pubs and bars, especially on Mill Lane and St Mary's Street. In the nearby suburb of Pontcanna, near Bute Park and Sophia Gardens, you'll also find plenty of places to have a refreshment. Plus, at Cathedral 73, you'll find outdoor dining pods in Cardiff.

Stay at Future Inn Cardiff 

If reading this has left you feeling tempted to book your trip, then look no further than Future Inn Cardiff Bay. The city centre is close by and easily accessible via public transport or by bike.

Alongside free parking and free WiFi, there is a whole host of home comforts. All bedrooms can sleep up to four, which are ideal for families. Under 12's even stay for free! Plus, you can even dine on homemade, fresh, local food in Thomas Restaurant.

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Book your stay with confidence

Many new or improved procedures have been introduced with our safeguarding measures, and we are welcoming guests safely. You can also book with confidence, with our super flexible hotel rates. Book direct for the best available rates on our website or by contacting the Reservations Team on 02920 487111 or email reservations.cardiff@futureinns.co.uk.

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