Learn about seven of the best restaurants with outdoor dining in Orlando, including Paddlefish at Disney Springs® (pictured), part of Walt Disney World® Resort.
Updated Feb. 5, 2021
In Orlando, cooler months bring a significant spike in demand for al fresco dining. Fortunately, the number of culinary hotspots in Orlando with outdoor seating is eclipsed only by the array of cuisines they offer. Once daytime temperatures dip into the 70s, and nights into the 50s, it’s the perfect time to enjoy a gourmet meal and a craft cocktail (or two) while taking in Orlando’s sights and sounds, starting with these seven delicious options.
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You can also dine with confidence thanks to enhanced health and safety measures at these and other restaurants throughout Orlando, including reduced capacity, face-mask and social-distancing requirements, increased sanitization and more. Plus, many have takeout and delivery services in addition to al fresco dining options if you want to take your feast back to your hotel, resort or home. Bon appétit!
Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified or closed. Learn more about healthy travel and what’s open in Orlando, and check with your favorite attractions for their current status.
Outdoor Dining in Orlando’s Tourism District
This culinary sensation at Disney Springs® at Walt Disney World® Resort is one of the best reasons to visit, particularly for seafood and steak lovers. After boarding the iconic paddleboat that’s anchored on Lake Buena Vista, grab a seat on Paddlefish’s deck to feast on such delicacies as Alaskan king crab, market-fresh oysters, sizzling steaks or even lobster guacamole, which is prepared tableside for unbeatable freshness.
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The Cowfish® Sushi Burger Bar
Located at Universal CityWalk, The Cowfish is one of Orlando’s most eclectic eateries. Yes, you can get sushi, and yes, you can get burgers, but what really set them apart are imaginative mashups of the two that sound wild and taste wonderful. Bask in the picturesque view from their expansive outdoor patio as you try two great tastes that, surprisingly, go great together.
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A crown jewel of Sand Lake Road’s renowned Restaurant Row, SLATE is technically an indoor restaurant. But once the cooler weather arrives, they throw open their windows to create a semi-outdoor experience without the worries of inclement weather. While seated, treat yourself to a local draft beer or handcrafted cocktail, and prepare to be dazzled by inventive takes on American classics.
Outdoor Dining Throughout Orlando & Winter Park
Canvas Restaurant & Market
Influenced by Florida’s Southern and Latin American roots, Chef Bryan Thoman dreams up delectable, new American dishes with an emphasis on seasonal and regional produce, not to mention an ocean of fresh Florida seafood. You can savor it all from Canvas’ tranquil deck, which offers a dynamite view of beautiful Lake Nona, just 20 minutes from Orlando International Airport.
Relax Grill at Lake Eola
Boasting what is arguably the most urban-bucolic view of any al fresco restaurant in the area, the Relax Grill at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando is also home to some extremely tasty American-Mediterranean fare. Joggers, dog-walkers and swan boats provide a feast for the eyes, as do the stunning sunsets over Lake Eola. What’s more, weekday happy-hour specials make it even easier to truly relax and enjoy your outdoor dining experience.
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À La Cart
Thanks to this small, funky food court providing various street foods, craft beer and special pop-ups, the Milk District isn't just one of Orlando’s trendiest neighborhoods — it's a one-stop shop for authentic, local food! Perfect for date night or family outings, or just spending the evening with friends, the event features a rotating mix of gourmet, food truck-style vendors serving flavors from around the world. Mix and match? Focus on a favorite? That’s up to you.
Take in a stunning sunset on the banks of Lake Killarney at Winter Park’s Hillstone. Whether you choose a table on the covered patio or waterside on the lawn, you’ll be able to unwind from the comfort of an Adirondack chair. Sit back, enjoy a glass of wine or signature cocktail, and soak in the atmosphere as you dine on American-centric epicurean delights.
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