17. Spice Road Table
Another excellent venue located within EPCOT’s World Showcase is this table service pick, proudly dishing out traditional Mediterranean/Middle Eastern cuisine. Rightfully located within the Morocco Pavilion, guests have the option to choose from either indoor dining room seating or an open-air, outdoor setting that affords premium waterfront views of the World Showcase Lagoon. This location is an absolute ideal pick for EPCOT’s nighttime spectaculars when they are occurring.
16. Tutto Italia
There’s something enchanted about dining al fresco in a classic Italian setting. And fortunately for fans making their way to EPCOT’s Italy Pavilion, such experiences are not to be missed. One option for either a luxurious lunch or enticing evening meal is none other than Tutto Italia. Offering both indoor dining room seating and outdoor table services on their patio, this is the place to savor the masterful creations of award-winning chef and restaurateur Joachim Splichal, as presented by personal takes on Italian traditions along with unique house specialties you’re sure to love.
15. Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
Don’t leave Italy just yet! There’s another outdoor dining destination that delivers on distinguished table service accommodations to visitors so opting for an open-air experience. It’s Via Napoli—a well-loved tradition for families, boasting a broad range of Italian favorites including that ultimate specialty we like to call “pizza.” What’s more, the pizza here offers profuse possibilities for those with food allergies and dietary sensitivities as well. Then of course there are all those other classics like spaghetti and other pasta dishes in addition to unique house exclusives. All this plus the option to choose to dine either inside or out makes this place both casually convenient and ideal in every sense.
14. Planet Hollywood
If you head on over to Disney Springs the options for outdoor dining are much more plentiful. And one best-loved dining destination is Planet Hollywood, a renowned restaurant chain themed after Hollywood heyday glamor and laden with unique show biz relics, amongst many other brag-worthy points. Here at the Disney Springs location you’ll find an impressive four-story edifice to dine within along with expansive outdoor patio seating options available. Whichever designation you opt for, the same full service table menu, which features a host of celebrity chef features and conventional comfort cravings alike, is offered in its entirety.
13. House of Blues Restaurant & Bar
This cool, rhythmic restaurant chain, with a location conveniently housed in Disney Springs, is a savory and soulful longtime hit. Known for dishing out Southern-inspired classic cuisine picks along with renowned global specialties alike, House of Blues is equally famous as a well-established entertainment venue. And while the current times being what they are have put certain limitations on some of the traditional operations and entertainment happening here, you may rest assured knowing that outdoor dining is still being offered out in the restaurant’s Courtyard seating area. And yes, the full menu is still being offered to guests along with select entertainment happenings that follow up-to-date safety protocols.
12. City Works Eatery & Pour House
Many sports fans flock to the large indoor spacing at City Works Eatery, with its boasting bounty of HD televisions and the chance to catch all your games from myriad vantage points. And the hearty helpings of classic American cuisine conventions along with more than 90 beers and other spirits on tap work in tandem in excelling this venue’s popularity. But aside from the inside scene, you should know that they also sport an expansive 1,731 square-foot outdoor patio space with plenty of ample seating, offering open-air relaxation via fully accommodating table service, for those choosing to go this route.
11. Splitsville Luxury Lanes
Guests of all ages take delight in coming out to this extensive gaming hall in Disney Springs to enjoy that renowned time-tested family-friendly pastime known as bowling. Also note there are many other onsite diversions and amusements here as well. With so much to see and do, you won’t want to leave for even a second to search out satisfactory dining venues elsewhere. Fortunately, you don’t have to, because Splitsville offers an impressive onsite table service restaurant boasting an extensive menu that outranks any of those typical quick service bowling alley food scenes. Even those casual cuisine favorites you may choose have been amplified, given a classier overall customization and presentation. But rest assured there’s much more than just casual cuisine—even sushi and delectable desserts, no less! There’s something for everyone here. And on that note, ample seating is available both indoors and out, allowing for the option to escape the hustle and bustle inside for a little al fresco respite before getting your game back on.
10. Frontera Cocina
This authentic Mexican establishment located in the heart of Town Center at Disney Springs is best known for its classic regional cuisine offerings and one-of-a-kind house specialty originals. With Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless working his culinary magic on the Frontera frontline you can be sure that the traditional And those restaurant original specials never disappoint! Something else that never disappoints is the ample seating available at this establishment, which is to be expected given the popularity for this table service favorite. Fortunately for those looking to set the mood with an open-air dining experience, the restaurant’s recently renovated patio with covering makes opting outdoors possible in all kinds of weather.
9. Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas
It’s a bi-continental food and drink flight and beyond at this Disney Springs favorite, known for dishing up the works in the regionally renowned cuisine classics from South, Central, and North America. The classy interior of the restaurant provokes an ambiance of travel with its vintage poster and stamp memorabilia motif, but the outdoor setting delivers on a transcending experience all its own, paired with premium waterfront views that evoke a sense exploration and world wonder. The latter also offers up a sense of freedom and fresh air as guests are served in full table service format from the same savory table service selections.
8. Jaleo by José Andrés
Many fans are already favoring this still relatively young restaurant venue that came onto the Disney Springs scene back in March of 2019. But that’s to be expected, seeing as it is another of the numerous establishments by renowned award-winning chef and humanitarian José Andrés. While the distinguished dining delights draw on traditional regional specialties direct from chef’s home nation of Spain, fresh local ingredients and neighborly hospitality make the overall feel here uniquely Disney. While the interior décor and design motifs work well with the surrounding Spanish vibes, an open-air al fresco experience awaits those looking to dine outdoors within the restaurant’s patio section. As always, those opting for the latter are treated to the same fully accommodating table services that are also offered indoors.
7. STK Orlando
There is nothing standard about this modern chic steakhouse haunt located in Disney Springs. The emanating ambiance of refinement and eclectic lively style is of course demonstrated in the overall décor of this two-story dwelling. But it’s really the premium picks offered on the menu here that echo sentiments of originality and call out the fact that this is not your typical American steakhouse. Even those items that are considered more conventional steakhouse staples come presented in an upgraded format of sorts. And then there are all those house exclusive enticements to boot. And while dining inside the lively atmosphere is always a joy, take note of the restaurant’s delightful, more relaxed outdoor patio seating options as well—an experience that affords you both comfort and stellar views overlooking surrounding Disney Springs.
6. Wine Bar George
Renowned for its impressive collection of refined wines, spanning well over 140 different varieties, this establishment in Disney Springs also stands in recognition for being the only wine bar in the state to be owned by a Master Sommelier. In this case Master Sommelier George Miliotes is the brainchild behind it all. But this isn’t just an elite upscale wine bar offering simple small plate pairings and light bites. Wine Bar George is also praised for offering full table services and delectable in-house dining. There’s also a quick service carryout adjoining alternative known as The Basket at Wine Bar George. Whether you come out for lunch, dinner or decide to attend one of the bountiful brunches offered on weekends, there are plenty of tantalizing specialties just waiting to tickle your taste buds. And while dining within one of the restaurant’s interior dining rooms is always a pleasant experience, opting for seating on the outdoor terrace can be an absolutely enchanting endeavor to partake in, enjoying all the same services in a charming al fresco atmosphere.
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5. Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
From their scrumptious Southern-style cuisine classics to their famed moonshine marvels, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ has been a pretty popular place since first opening its doors back in 2016. Whether you’re a longtime fan of the renowned celebrity chef himself or discovering this famed food haven on your own, you’ll be hooked from the very first bite, the very first sip. While the signature spin on classic Southern-inspired offerings and house originals alike are enough to praise this establishment with standing ovations, the creatively derived concoctions featuring moonshine and other spirits are what drive this place to even more phenomenal heights. As far as seating goes, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ has always sported plenty of full table service accommodations, both within the restaurant’s interior as well as al fresco via patio seating. But now the outdoor scene is even better with the addition of the new Shine Bar & Social—an expansion that recently took place this past summer but was conceptualized much earlier.
4. The BOATHOUSE
Everything about this famed Floridian favorite at Disney Springs rings exceptional, from the phenomenal food to the scenic views. And the extra indulgent boating experiences you may consider in addition to dining here (including those unique Amphicar Tours most have already heard about and many have witnessed firsthand) score even more points in bringing in new diners and securing an ever-growing fan base. As the riparian remnants and nautical décor motif inspire an elaborated dining scene wherever you decide to sit, outdoor dockside options overlooking the surrounding waterfront are most optimal. More than 200 tables grace the dock with overhead coverage to make open-air dining mingled with fresh sea breezes a reality in all kinds of weather.
Another savory seaside endeavor is none other than that iconic signature establishment known as Paddlefish Restaurant. Paddlefish is perhaps most renowned for its unique housing within the permanently anchored vessel in Disney Springs once christened “The Empress Lilly” in honor of Walt Disney’s wife Lillian. While the imitation paddleboat edifice has served as the location to many different restaurants over the years, elegant eating and engagements currently comprise of the experiences you may expect here as well as what’s been hailed by many to be the finest seafood around. In pairing with pleasures to the palate, al fresco dining has never been more alluring than when you’re enjoying roof-top level seating overlooking the tranquil surrounding waters below.
2. Olivia’s Café
Heading over to Walt Disney World Resorts, this exceptional table service venue at Disney’s Old Key West Resort has been a longtime hit. Island fusion classics and in-house exclusives alike are just waiting to tingle the taste buds. Come for the food as well as the atmosphere, which emanates a breezy, layback feel that’s perfect for hungry families pursuing hearty eats in a more relaxed, casual setting. And options for dining indoors as well as al fresco via a nice patio setup make this eatery a most enticing endeavor.
1. Trattoria al Forno
Rediscover the timeless tastes of old world Italian traditions, done up elegantly while maintaining a family-friendly acquiescence that keeps the proper balance of casual comfort needed to be a mutual success for all the diners in your party. Found along Disney’s BoardWalk, Trattoria al Forno presents a fine feast of possibilities. Whether you so choose to dine here for a decadent evening meal with wine pairing or enjoy a hearty breakfast comprising of familiar favorites and house specialties alike, this is the place to be if you want to enjoy an indulgent meal. And while indoor dining is always a quaint and comfy consideration, do note the available outdoor seating options here as well, with overhead protection to allow for dining on an al fresco note for those so choosing to do so.
Many restaurants at Disney are still in the process of reopening. So as mentioned previously, the current list for outdoor dining may in fact be longer than what we’ve covered. Even so, do take note that some outdoor services, including certain entertainments and open bar options may remain closed for the time being. But one thing that’s certain is that dining at Disney is still alive and thriving, much to the delight of guests. What’s more, magical mealtimes will continue on, however you so choose to pursue them.