Break free from the dining room and escape to a secret garden or courtyard in Orlando.
There’s something about sitting outside in a secluded space that makes date night feel extra special. I knew of a few Orlando restaurants with secret gardens and courtyards, but when I asked around it turns out that there are more than a dozen. Bookmark this list for those nights when you’re looking to turn up the romance dial and dine under the stars.
Rocco’s Italian Grille
400 South Orlando Avenue , Winter Park
Let chef/owner Rocco Potami share his passion for authentic Italian food as you sit sipping champagne by a bubbling courtyard fountain under strings of twinkling lights.
K Restaurant & Wine Bar
1710 Edgewater Dr, Orlando
Dine or just sip a glass of wine in K’s bountiful garden where Chef Kevin Fonzo picks provisions for his field to feast fare. K hosts a monthly wine event in the garden when guests can listen to live music and sample several wines paired with light appetizers.
6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando (CityWalk)
Sip a Fuzzie Leprechaun or Mint Julep in a setting that pays homage to New Orleans. A full menu, including wings and Creole chicken, is available.
463 W New England Ave, Winter Park
Enjoy rustic-chic Italian fare in the outdoor courtyard or on the bricked street in Hannibal Square.
Mon Petit Cheri Café (formerly Palmano’s Trattoria & Wine Bar)
333 S Park Ave, Winter Park
East End Market
3201 Corrine Dr, Orlando
Pick from scores of healthy, gourmet offerings from East End’s merchants then grab a seat in the outdoor courtyard where live music plays on select afternoons and evenings.
42 W Central Blvd, Orlando
Known most for its late-night bar scene, Ember also serves a full menu in its Mediterranean-style courtyard.
The Alfond Inn
300 E New England Ave, Winter Park
Cozy couches, fire pits and a pristine stretch of lawn make this hotel courtyard in Winter Park a lovely place to enjoy food and drinks day or night. It’s also the spot where the hotel’s much-loved Get Your Jazz On events are hosted.
118 S Park Ave, Winter Park
Serving breakfast, lunch and some of the best coffee in Central Florida, Barnie’s features a delightful bricked courtyard with a bubbling fountain and lots of shaded seating.
Imperial Wine Bar & Beer Garden
1800 N Orange Ave, Orlando
Order a charcuterie platter and a glass of wine before stealing away into the cozy beer garden at this Ivanhoe Village exotic furniture store.
Yellow Dog Eats
1236 Hempel Avenue, Gotha
Step inside the charming courtyard of Yellow Dog Eats to enjoy cafe fare (salads, sandwiches) and wine/beer plus live music on select nights.
Teak Neighborhood Grill
6400 Time Square Ave, Orlando
Nestled into southwest Orlando, this neighborhood favorite features more than 30 hand-crafted burgers and 60 different varieties of beer on tap and by the bottle.
8060 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando
Pharmacy is a true speakeasy with a secret unmarked entrance and impressive menu of handcrafted cocktails. They recently added an outdoor patio complete with twinkling lights and chandeliers, oozing with European charm. For date night, sit at the secluded table offering a peek-a-boo view of the bustling kitchen.
La Sirena Gorda Cabana (The Fat Mermaid)
118 Palmetto Ave, Sanford
Fresh Mexican fare and inexpensive drinks are what’s on the menu at this Sanford gem with lots of outdoor seating.
825 N Magnolia Ave, Orlando
Intimate Italian cafe set in a converted home with dining inside or in 2 outdoor courtyards.
OUTSIDE OF ORLANDO
330 Dora Drawdy Way, Mt Dora
Arguably Mount Dora’s best restaurant, this eclectic bistro offers an international elevated menu in quaint digs, including a secluded courtyard.
The Courtyard Wine Bar and Café
307 Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna
The Courtyard is tucked away in a lovely open garden area in the Shops of the Cloisters building on Flagler Avenue of New Smyrna Beach.
Third Wave Café
204 Flagler Ave, New Smyrna Beach
A cozy eatery with gourmet coffee, brick-oven pizza, global wines and craft beers, Third Wave boasts a spectacular garden patio.
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- Third Wave Cafe: Third Wave Cafe
- Goblin Market: Goblin Market
- Teak Neighborhood Grill: Teak Neighborhood Grill
- Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen: HypeOrlando
- Ember: Ember
- East End Market: Traveler Foodie
- Mon Petit Cheri Café: Orlando Sentinel
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