Taking your date to Walt Disney World for a romantic dinner is a recipe for happily ever after. Whether you venture into the Disney theme parks for some romance or would rather explore Disney Springs there are lots of romantic spots at Walt Disney World. Our quick guide to Disney World restaurants with outdoor dining includes options outside of the theme parks – no theme park ticket required, as well as our top picks within the parks' gates.
Updated January 2024 by Meghan Roth.
Disney World Restaurants with Outdoor Dining: Disney Springs
You can easily experience the magic without going into the parks. These restaurants at Disney Springs have great outdoor seating so you can enjoy the lively atmosphere with a touch of romance.
Savor California-style cuisine and breezy beach vibes at this lively lakeside eatery—where summer never ends at this new dining spot at Disney Springs. Step into an inviting restaurant reminiscent of a beach house. Dine inside amid charming coastal ambiance—or dine al fresco on one of the outdoor patios. It’s an idyllic place to share a relaxing meal with family, friends, or that special someone. While the atmosphere is casual sophistication with lots of neutral tons and natural light, there are some kid-friendly elements.
Summer House on the Lake brings sunshine to the table year-round—with a menu that showcases garden-fresh foods and seasonal Florida ingredients. Satisfy your appetite with flavorful salads, sandwiches, pizzas, and more at lunch and dinner. And on Saturdays and Sundays, delight in a special brunch menu.
Don't forget to stop by The Cookie Bar, a dessert-focused market within this space serving up freshly baked cookies and house-made pastries, wine, beer, handcrafted cocktails, nonalcoholic beverages, and more—all available to go, so you can sip, savor and stroll around Disney Springs.
What is great about the outdoor dining area at Wine Bar George is that it is elevated on the second floor of the restaurant providing a beautiful view of Disney Springs. Whether or not you choose to snack on some boards or small plates or enjoy a glass of wine, Wine Bar George is a great place to relax.
Small plate offerings include Crispy Mac & Cheese Bites ($16) and Burrata ($22).
Tip: Check your favorite weather app to see what time sunset will be, then book your reservation about 45 minutes before sunset so you can enjoy colorful views. The outdoor dining at Wine Bar George is a favorite spot to enjoy the sunset in Orlando.
If you’re looking for a more upscale restaurant, The BOATHOUSE at Disney Springs is the perfect place. The outdoor seating area is stunning and overlooks water which makes for a very picturesque backdrop.
The outdoor bar is surrounded by the water and a great choice for something a little more casual, without skimping on the romance. If you’re lucky, you may even see a vintage amphibicar make its way out into the water while eating some delicious seafood.
The Coriander Seared Yellowfin Tuna ($36) and the Cedar Planked Gulf of Maine Salmon ($31) are some wonderful options.
If you’re looking to enjoy some southern comfort food while doing some people-watching at Disney Springs, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ is the perfect place for you!
The outdoor patio portion of the restaurant is stunning and covered so there is no need to worry if a couple of raindrops make their way through the area while you’re enjoying your meal.
Our featured image at the top of this article shows off the outdoor dining at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to dine on a steamboat? Paddlefish provides diners with the opportunity to do just that. You can start your meal with an appetizer such as Crab-topped Fries ($18) or Calamari ($18).
Paddlefish is known for their seafood offerings such as the Snow Crab ($60) and Whole Maine Lobster ($70) to name a few.
Although this restaurant does have indoor seating, the outdoor seating area is beautiful, especially at night with the strings of lights that hang above the seating area.
Many guests overlook the outdoor dining at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant at Disney Springs. After all, this Irish pub in Orlando is known for its wonderful atmosphere.
However, when the weather is pleasant it's a great way to get a table quickly without missing out on all the made-from-scratch authentic Irish food.
And on the weekends there is often live music performed on the outdoor patio. What could be better than a cold Irish beer or craft cocktail with the breeze blowing by?
Disney World Restaurants with Outdoor Dining: Inside the Parks
If you're spending the day together inside the magical gates of a Disney theme park, plan a meal at one of these restaurants with outdoor dining. Booking a reservation can be tough, especially in Disney theme parks. Here's what to do if you can’t get a Disney Dining Reservation.
Tony’s Town Square Restaurant – Magic Kingdom
If you’re looking for a table-service restaurant at Magic Kingdom with a theme park view, Tony’s Town Square is a great option. Although a majority of the tables are located indoors, there are a couple of tables outdoors that provide a great view of the Town Square section of Magic Kingdom.
If you are dining at this restaurant around 3:00pm, we recommend requesting an outside table for a great view of the Festival of Fantasy parade. However, if you’re dining at another time, you may catch a cavalcade filled with some Disney pals making its way through the area while you’re enjoying some Italian cuisine.
Katsura Grill at the Japan Pavilion – EPCOT (quick service)
If you’re looking to grab a quick bite to eat along with a view while in EPCOT, Katsura Grill at the Japan Pavilion in Epcot is the place to go.
You can enjoy a plethora of sushi rolls including California Rolls ($12) and Vegetable Rolls ($10) in addition to other offerings such as Shrimp Tempura Udon ($14), and Chicken Cutlet Curry ($15.99).
The serene setting with decorative lanterns and umbrellas make for a wonderful date night location.
Spice Road Table is a wonderful tapas-style lounge located in the Morocco Pavilion at EPCOT.
This eatery serves various Mediterranean small plates including House-Made Hummus Fries ($10), Pomegranate-Chili Crispy Cauliflower ($11), and Tiropitakia ($9) has a considerably large outdoor covered dining area with tables overlooking the World Showcase Lagoon as well as the icon of the park which is home to the Spaceship Earth attraction.
Firework dining packages with a pre-fix menu are available for purchase as well.
Rose and Crown Dining Room at the United Kingdom Pavilion – EPCOT (request an outdoor table)
Although the Rose and Crown Dining Room at the United Kingdom Pavilion in Epcot has a fairly large indoor dining area, the outdoor patio must not be overlooked.
The patio tables provide a wonderful view of the World Showcase Lagoon and the surrounding pavilions.
You can enjoy a variety of British pub favorites such as Fish and Chips ($28), Bangers and Mash ($25), and Shepherd’s Pie ($27). You shouldn’t leave this restaurant without trying the Sticky Toffee Pudding ($9.50)!
If you are able to snag a reservation close to fireworks time and request an outdoor table, you are in one of the best spots to view the show.
The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge – Hollywood Studios
Make your way over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to enjoy The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge outside of the iconic full-service restaurant. This lounge provides an old-timey feel with its elevated tables, cushioned chairs, and red umbrellas.
We recommend trying the Famous Cobb Salad ($25) as well as the Magical Star Cocktail ($17.50), or a margarita flight!
This outdoor dining location makes for a great spot to people-watch or even catch a glimpse of a character cavalcade. You can usually get a table just by walking up to the entrance and checking with the Cast Member. Important note, all the tables are relatively small so this makes for an intimate experience, but the table can get a little cramped.
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge – Hollywood Studios (quick service)
If you’re looking for table-service restaurant quality food at a quick-service location, Docking bay 7 Food and Cargo at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is the place to go.
You can munch on entrees including Batuuan Beef and Crispy Topato Stir-fry ($19), Fried Endorian Chicken Tip Yip ($16.29), and Smoked Kaadu Pork Ribs ($17).
This themed dining location has outdoor seating space, which is great for taking in the ambiance of Galaxy’s Edge. You never know what you might see!
Nomad Lounge – Animal Kingdom
If you’re looking for a casual dining spot at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Nomad Lounge is a great choice. The outdoor tables are right next to the water which means you may even see a couple of flotillas pass by with some Disney characters while enjoying some small plates and cocktails.
Small plate offerings include Tiffins Bread Service ($16) as well as the Grilled Chicken Satay ($14). Specialty cocktails include the Spice Trader Classic ($15) and the Leaping Lizard ($17).
Nomad Lounge used to be considered a hidden gem at Disney World, but the word has gotten out about this great spot.
More Disney Date ideas…
- Disney Monorail Pub Crawl
- Favorite Spots for Disney Springs Happy Hour
- Brunch at Disney – No Park Ticket Required