Unwind over gourmet meals and craft cocktails at some of Orlando’s coolest outdoor dining spots (The Wellborn in downtown Orlando pictured).
When temperatures begin to drop, there’s no better way to heat things up than with outdoor dining in Orlando. Enjoy daytime temperatures in the 70s and evenings in the 50s at some of the coolest patios in town, from lakefront locales and rooftop bars to dockside dining and beer gardens. Featuring diverse culinary hotspots throughout our vibrant neighborhoods and tourism districts, here’s our guide to some of the best places to dine alfresco in Orlando. Bon appétit!
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If sweeping city views are more your style, head up to AC SkyBar at the AC Hotel by Marriott Orlando Downtown for artisanal cocktails and Spanish-inspired bites. We’re not just talking small plates here. AC SkyBar features everything from flatbreads to strip steak, plus an elevated weekend brunch, all served with a premium view of downtown Orlando.
Bites & Bubbles
Adjacent to downtown Orlando in the eclectic Mills 50® district, Bites & Bubbles has not one, but two romantic patios for your dining pleasure. Aside from an intimate bar area, most of the restaurant features open-air seating, perfect for lingering over cocktails and bar bites with someone special.
Canvas Restaurant & Market
Part of Orlando’s Lake Nona community and 25 minutes north of our main tourism districts, Canvas Restaurant & Market boasts fresh, seasonally inspired cuisine with beautiful lakefront views. The entire restaurant can be made open-air thanks to rolling garage-style windows, so you’ll be able to soak up the sun no matter where you sit. Choose between the screened-in patio, open-air deck or cheery indoor dining area and enjoy the breeze.
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East End Market
A staple of the Audubon Park Garden District, East End Market is home to several fantastic shopping and dining options. From vegan chicken sandwiches and MICHELIN Guide dining to cocktails inspired by Orlando’s vibrant neighborhoods, East End Market is an awesome introduction to Orlando’s local culinary scene. Head out to the courtyard to try a little of everything, or enjoy your finds in the market’s sun-soaked front yard.
Enzo’s on the Lake
Along with beautiful waterfront seating and made-from-scratch Italian cuisine, Enzo’s on the Lake has a beautifully landscaped patio made for watching the sunset with a drink in hand. Bar service, live music and lakeside bites are available on the dock on Friday and Saturday nights. Discover this romantic local favorite in Longwood, just 35 minutes north of our main tourism districts.
For even more classic Orlando cuisine with stunning sunset views, look no further than Hillstone Restaurant in Winter Park. The nature-inspired patio features exposed wood beams and other organic materials — a truly stunning combination that pulls inspiration from its lakeside locale. It’s perfect for date night or any other intimate gathering, with a from-scratch menu of salads, sandwiches and beautifully prepared house specialties.
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Relax and take it breezy at The Monroe, a colorful eatery with two distinct outdoor spaces in Orlando’s Parramore District. Dig into nostalgic comfort fare on the main patio, seen above, or kick back with light bites, beer, wine and cocktails on the Front Porch, a new outdoor offering overlooking Orlando’s Creative Village and Luminary Green Park.
The Ravenous Pig
Unwind in a spacious beer garden at The Ravenous Pig, a MICHELIN Bib Gourmand gastropub and attached brewery in Winter Park. The beer garden menu includes locally inspired beer and not-so-basic bar bites like oysters, roasted bone marrow, steak tartare and lamb lasagna.
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Nestled between Orlando’s Ivanhoe Village and Mills 50 districts, Reyes Mezcaleria serves regionally inspired Mexican cuisine with over 150 types of agave spirits. The bold, bohemian interior is something to behold, with a vibrant covered patio to match. Settle in with a signature cocktail and savory small plates and watch the city go by.
Escape to an intimate garden oasis at the Sonder Wellborn Hotel, a historic hotel and eatery in downtown Orlando. Whether you’re visiting for brunch or grabbing a bite before a night out in Orlando, The Wellborn has you covered with Floribbean-inspired bites, seasonal cocktails and a lush atmosphere where all are welcome — even pups!
The Whole Enchilada
For more laid-back patio vibes, head up to the second level of The Whole Enchilada in historic Winter Garden, 30 minutes west of our main tourism districts. Casual, irreverent and bold, this playful eatery is a fantastic spot to kick back with tasty “fresh Mex” fare and a margarita or two. The rooftop views of downtown Winter Garden don’t hurt, either.
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Drink in lively waterfront views at The Boathouse, an upscale seafood restaurant at Disney Springs®, part of Walt Disney World® Resort. The back deck features plentiful seating and lounge areas, a floating dockside bar, and premium waterfront views, along with a collection of fully restored Dream Boats from the 1930s – ‘50s. If you’re feeling inspired, you can even board a vintage Amphicar for a paid 25-minute tour of Disney Springs’ most noteworthy sights.
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The Cowfish® Sushi Burger Bar
Great views and even better food combine at The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, an innovative culinary offering with two outdoor spaces at Universal CityWalk. Cowfish is best known for their signature Burgushi and sushi-inspired handhelds, which combine elements of burgers and sushi for a mouthwatering new take on fusion fare. No matter what you eat, you’re sure to have a great time.
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The Hampton Social
If sunny days sipping rose are your thing, you’ll love The Hampton Social. They have a full menu of coastal-inspired food and cocktails begging to be enjoyed outdoors, so oblige them and head out to the patio for your daily dose of Vitamin D. The Hampton Social is part of Pointe Orlando, a lively shopping, nightlife and dining destination on International Drive.
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The JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa has several lovely outdoor areas, including the sleek rooftop lounge at illume, where you can spot nearby fireworks at Walt Disney World. It’s primarily a sake and cocktail bar, but they do offer sushi, small plates and shareable dishes if you’re looking for a relaxed yet sophisticated dinner experience.
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JoJo’s ShakeBAR Orlando
If you prefer to kick it old school, JoJo’s ShakeBAR Orlando is a fun, retro-themed diner with plenty of ‘80s and ‘90s touches. Visit this bold Pointe Orlando eatery to snap some fun photos, then unwind outside with modernized comfort fare, jumbo milkshakes, boozy popsicles and more nostalgic fun.
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Board a reimagined steamboat and savor waterfront dining with a twist at Paddlefish Restaurant at Disney Springs. Choose from two spacious outdoor seating areas with premium 360-degree views of the surrounding area.
Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant
Also at Disney Springs, Raglan Road has a lively patio with a full menu, an outdoor bar and stage, and people watching aplenty. You can also catch live Irish dancing and music inside, or enjoy happy hour at the Hole in The Wall bar around the corner. After all, what kind of pub would this be if it didn’t have two outdoor bars?
The Wilson Cocktails & Seafood
Finally, The Wilson Cocktails & Seafood has an especially charming patio space nicknamed the Backyard. You can enjoy the full coastal-inspired menu inside or relax in the backyard bar with a tasty selection of burgers, salads, appetizers and vacation-worthy cocktails. It’s all just minutes from Walt Disney World at the Meliá Orlando Celebration.
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