20 Orlando restaurants and bars with the best scenic views
It's not hard to find a sizable dining patio in Orlando, but not all outdoor seating is created equal. Whether you're looking for some waterfront seafood, drinks on a high-rise terrace or brunch overlooking the city, Orlando has a few key options to expand your dining-ambience horizons.
Here are 20 Orlando restaurants offering the best scenic views around.
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1000 W. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista
Located in the Gran Destino Tower at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Toledo specializes in tapas, steak and seafood wrapped in elegant decor with picturesque high-rise views.
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6100 Wave Hotel Drive, Orlando
Open for just over a year, Haven Kitchen & Lounge aims to give off an "exclusive nightlife experience," with dining packages and a swanky cocktail bar. The menu features tastes of Mediterranean cuisine to pair with the botanical-inspired drink menu. Haven serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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211 N. Lucerne Circle W., Orlando
This quaint neighborhood hangout spot and bar aims to offer a "taste of vacation." Guests can enjoy the scenic atmosphere, small plates, desserts and Sunday brunch on top of a plentiful wine and cocktail list.
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5601 Universal Blvd., Orlando
BiCE Ristorante brings a little taste of Italy to Florida. Located at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando, this Italian restaurant was designed to give guests the feel of a classic European eatery.
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6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee
Encased by the recognizable glass roof of the Gaylord Palms south of downtown Orlando, Villa de Flora offers Mediterranean and assorted dishes alongside a unique scenic view perfect for the ideal romantic date or evening out.
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348 N. Park Ave., Winter Park
This spot packs a punch with out-of-the-box flavor pairings like buffalo cauliflower and butternut squash & apple soup. Garp and Fuss is the place to be if you’re trying to treat your taste buds to something new. But the best way to do it is to grab a seat in the beautiful indoor patio-esque dining room, with greenery crawling up the walls and the sun (or moon) shining through the windows overhead.
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1080 Esplanade Ave., Lake Buena Vista
Located in the Riviera Resort, Topolino's Terrace offers French and Italian-style eats, for both breakfast and dinner. The restaurant also has an outdoor patio offering sprawling views and a high-end lounging atmosphere.
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119 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park
Shake Shack might not be your first thought when it comes to scenic patio dinig. But this location, located right on the edge of Lake Killarney, is a prime spot to down a burger and pretend you're on a lakeside vacation. FWIW, this is also the very first outpost of the New York City-based chain to open in Central Florida. And the prices aren't half bad, either.
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1580 E. Buena Vista Drive, Orlando
This modern two-story steakhouse, specializing in prime grilled meats, provides a breathtaking view from its sprawling rooftop patio. It's on the pricier side, but if elegant, carnivorous dining is what you're looking for, then STK's got you covered.
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1110 Virginia Drive, Orlando
Grape and the Grain is a quaint neighborhood wine bar that also offers frequent live music and some killer high-rise views. Plus, its patio has a completely covered portion, perfect for those unexpected bouts of Florida afternoon rain.