Best restaurants in Hong Kong with outdoor seating
With sweeping views of the Southside’s lush forestry and Deep Water Bay beach, Komune Above provides access to all the sunshine and fresh air that you’ve been missing. Offering creative cocktails served in paint-splattered vessels – all reasonable prices, too – and street art décor, this Southside rooftop bar comes with cosy terrace seating that also allows you to enjoy Komune’s South American cuisine, from downstairs, in pure comfort.
If you’re looking for a secluded spot while still being able to enjoy the breeze, Arcane should be at the top of your list. Wedged between two buildings in Central, this fine-dining restaurant is an inspired garden sanctuary. Award-winning chef Shane Osborn offers delicate modern European dishes amidst these supremely lush environs.
This Greek taverna comes from the same folks who brought us Ho Lee Fook, Belon and New Punjab Club. Styled as a casual neighbourhood hangout, Artemis & Apollo serves classic Greek dishes, from mezzes such as taramasalata, to grilled meat souvlaki. Another highlight is the charcoal-roasted Steki tou Ilia lamb chops on the bone. The taverna also features an exclusively Greek wine list, as well as an ample selection of ouzo. Another reason to visit? There's a courtyard in the back, making this the perfect spot for a breezy al fresco meal.
Set in a sprawling ground-floor shopfront next to Enoteca and conveniently nestled between Quarry Bay's glistening glass-encased office towers, this branch of Korean fusion joint Bib N Hops has become a favourite for power lunches and happy hours alike. Korean tacos, fried chicken bao and bibimbap burgers are the name of the game here. If you're coming for lunch, eat early and vacate your table by 12.30pm to score a 20 percent discount. And note the (very happy) 3pm-9pm happy hours, when a pint of Brooklyn IPA, a house red or white or Johnnie Walker Black will set you back only $58.
The Chase – which together with Hunter, its sister establishment upstairs, occupies the space formerly belonging to steakhouse The Shore – is a mercifully honest venue. The PR prattle may describe it as a ‘multi-faceted dining and mixology destination’ but there are no gimmicks here and the drinks menu is a straightforward list of wines, cocktails and some half-a-dozen beers. There’s plenty of room, making it ideal for groups, and The Shore’s excellent outdoor terrace remains and it’s still a great space for alfresco drinks.
A small chain, The Chop House is all about its casual setting, excellent steaks, burgers and pastas. But the biggest draw to its Tsim Sha Tsui branch is the gorgeous garden space flush with greenery and vertical gardens. Enjoy the food and signature draft beers surrounded by the bright lights of Kowloon. And once you’re done, you’re only steps away from Knutsford Terrace if you require a nightcap.
This beachfront restaurant decked out with white furniture serves fine French dishes in front of the breezy waves of Shek O. With Mediterranean cuisine and seafood as staples, Cococabana also offers an impressive selection of rosé wines. Whip out your sunglasses, slap on some sunscreen and enjoy the UV rays as you tuck in to succulent grilled dishes.
Cfrt Pit originally made a name for itself as a supplier of quality meat to Hong Kong restaurants and as an online retailer. Keen to allow more diners the opportunity to try their products, they now have a tasting room open every Saturday for brunch from 1pm to 4pm. Sink your teeth into awesome sausages, smoked salmon, Reuben sandwiches to die for and much more. Scoff it all down on the spacious terrace that looks over to Lamma Island.
Just a 30-minute ferry ride from Central is popular Lantau getaway Discovery Bay. There, restaurant complex D’Deck has the last word on oceanfront dining. The 180-degree sea vista provides a spectacular view of the waters and the wide array of restaurants here offers almost every kind of cuisine imaginable, including Thai, Korean, Spanish and Italian. This calls for a day trip.
A mix of fine art and fine dining, this expansive Central venue leaves most of its appeal to mystery. Boasting elegant, cosmopolitan interiors and a Michelin-starred Cantonese kitchen, Duddell’s also houses a trendy, garden-themed outdoor terrace ‘Salon’ bar. Grab one of the comfortable, cushy seatings and enjoy the excellent Chinese-inspired cocktails, dim sum and snacks.