Many restaurants in Orlando take advantage of the sunny climate with outdoor dining. As a matter of fact, there are nearly as many open-air eateries here as there are diverse cuisines! Sip a fizzy cocktail in the sunshine or linger over dessert with a side of people-watching at one of the many venues with a view. With daytime temperatures in mid-70’s and 80’s F, now is one the best seasons to take your dining experience to the next level with one of these restaurants in Orlando:
Want some tequila with your fresh air? Take a break from the theme parks and head on over to International Drive to enjoy the tropical atmosphere of Rocco’s Tacos’ terrace. Overlook the not-so-little “Little Sand Lake” as you enjoy guacamole handmade right at your table and have your pick from 400 varieties of tequila.
You can’t go wrong at a place with the word “relax” in the title. The Relax Grill and Bar at Lake Eola invites locals and visitors alike to slow down and enjoy the beauty of downtown Orlando. This is prime real estate for people-watching as joggers, dog walkers and swan boats pass by, but the fresh American fare and cold drinks are also a draw. Don’t miss the sunset over Lake Eola to top off your al fresco experience.
Only a hop over from the Disney parks, STK is an upscale steakhouse found in the newly rejuvenated Disney Springs. Although primarily known for its decadent grilled meat selections, STK offers rooftop patio dining that’s become a star attraction in its own right, with VIP views of Disney Springs.
Looking for authentic local food? Every Tuesday between 6:30 and 10 p.m. the Milk District hosts a variety of food trucks in one convenient outdoor spot. Go from truck to truck, savoring dishes from around the world, or stick to one favorite and order the whole menu. Everyone’s invited, so bring your kids, dogs and empty stomachs for some casual dining in the moonlight.
Winter Park has so many fabulous outdoor restaurants and patios that it’s hard to choose one. From casual to fine dining, the elegant stretch of Park Avenue has got it all, but if you’re looking for a more intimate setting, make a reservation at Prato to savor some authentic Italian food in the perfect date night atmosphere.
If you are into quirky food combinations and al fresco dining, this is the place for you! The Cowfish offers an assortment of popular sushi and hamburger dishes, including weird and wonderful combinations of the two, while showing off picturesque views of Universal CityWalk from its spacious outside patio.
Eating outdoors may seem more casual, but there’s nothing casual about the quality of food at Nova. Head just beyond downtown for their farm-to-table dining, where all of the food is locally grown and sourced right here in Florida. Come for the fresh flavors and stay for the elegant open-air ambiance, right across from Lake Ivanhoe.
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