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The Best Outdoor Dining in Walt Disney World

Every corner of the Walt Disney World Resort is beautifully themed to immerse Guests in the stories being told all around them, and this is especially true with outdoor areas that utilize architecture, landscaping, music, décor, and more to whisk Guests away to places in time and fantasy. One of the best ways to enjoy the outdoor theming at the Walt Disney World Resort is by indulging in some delicious dining options that offer outdoor seating where Guests can kick back, dig in, and soak in the breeze and atmosphere.

From outdoor lounges to popular quick-service locations and more, here are the best outdoor dining options to be found throughout the Walt Disney World Resort!

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Rose & Crown Dining Room

EPCOT’s World Showcase is one of the most popular dining destinations at the Walt Disney World Resort, and there are countless options to choose from, including one location that serves up some fantastic food with incredible views. The Rose & Crown Dining Room is a table service restaurant in the UK Pavilion that features a lunch and dinner menu of British pub favorites served up in several indoor dining rooms or a beautiful outdoor patio. The back patio features stunning views of World Showcase Lagoon and the surrounding pavilions, and Guests can enjoy gentle breezes and a lively atmosphere while digging into menu options including Fish and Chips, Shepard’s Pie, Bangers and Mash, and Chicken Masala Curry.

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Three Bridges Bar and Grill at Villa del Lago

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is a stunning, moderate-level Disney Resort that features romantic grounds centered around the sprawling Lago Dorado. In the very center of the lake is Three Bridges Bar and Grill at Villa del Lago, which is only accessible by – you guessed it – three bridges that connect to the island. This table service restaurant features a cozy dining area that is open on all sides, offering up beautiful views of the water enjoyed from comfortable seating amongst modern fireplaces, bright pops of color, and stylish décor. Three Bridges Bar and Grill at Villa del Lago is open for dinner only and features a menu of Spanish-American cuisine including items like Roasted Corn Dip, Pan con Tomate, Braised Pork Tacos, Poke Bowl, Steak Frites, and Harissa Lamb Chops.

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Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace

Many Guests are familiar with the popular Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, which welcomes them into an intimate lounge setting filled with quirky props where special effects are triggered by each specialty cocktail order. While the antics and theming inside are lots of fun, many Guests are unaware that the same delicious menu of food and specialty cocktails are offered just outside at Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace. This open-air patio offers up a much more relaxing atmosphere with a water feature, live music, and glowing overhead lights. Guests who settle in at a table at Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace can relax amongst the wonderful theming of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort while digging into menu items including Kahlua Pork Tacos, Chicken Lettuce Cups, Kahuna Tuna Sushi Roll, and Pan-fried Dumplings.

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La Cantina de San Angel

The Mexico Pavilion in EPCOT’s World Showcase is extremely popular with Guests who love indulging in delicious margaritas, soaking in the festive atmosphere, and exploring the ancient pyramid where a bustling marketplace sells wonderful items. In the very front of the pavilion is La Cantina de San Angel, a quick-service restaurant with some of the best outdoor dining at the Walt Disney World Resort. The restaurant features a large open-air patio that overlooks World Showcase Lagoon and features some of the best vantages for Harmonious each evening. Open daily for lunch and dinner, the menu focuses on traditional Mexican cuisine with options including Tacos de Pollo, Nachos, Empanadas con Queso, and Arroz con Pollo Bowl, which Guests can enjoy while soaking in the breeze and beautiful views.

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BaseLine Tap House

Guests who are looking for the perfect spot to relax for a few and enjoy a laid-back atmosphere while sipping on delicious beverages in Disney’s Hollywood Studios should look no farther than BaseLine Tap House. This unique lounge location can be found in the Grand Avenue area of the Disney Park and serves up a menu of beer and wine options on tap that have been imported from California in addition to small plates like the California Cheese and Charcuterie Plate and Coffee-rubbed Rib-Eye Beef Puff. In addition to the small interior, BaseLine Tap House features a large outdoor patio that offers up comfortable picnic seating, overhead umbrellas and fans, and charming string lights that glow at night. This patio is the perfect outdoor dining spot in Disney’s Hollywood Studios for relaxing, people-watching, and sipping on delicious beverages.

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Nomad Lounge

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is also home to a wonderful outdoor lounge option that offers up a unique and inventive menu for Guests to enjoy on Discovery Island. Nomad Lounge is attached to the table service Tiffins Restaurant and features a small indoor seating area in addition to a large wrap-around deck that offers up views of the Discovery River as well as the bustling pathway that connects Discovery Island with Pandora – The World of Avatar. Guests will love nestling into comfortable seating outdoors at Nomad Lounge and sipping on specialty cocktails like the Hightower Rocks, Lamu Libation, Night Monkey, and Annapurna Zing while digging into small plates like the Tuna Poke Bowl, Honey-Chili Glazed Pork Belly, and Tiffins Bread Service.

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The Boathouse

Disney Springs is home to several dining locations that offer outdoor seating, but none is as popular as The Boathouse, which can be found in The Landing. This table service restaurant is located right on the shores of Lake Buena Vista and features a large interior with airy nautical theming in addition to several outdoor decks that are situated right on the water and offer up beautiful views and breezes throughout each day. Guests who score an outdoor table at The Boathouse for lunch and dinner can order from the extensive menu with popular items including Oysters on the Half Shell, Maine Lobster Tail Oscar, Hand Breaded Coconut Shrimp, Grilled Mahi Tacos, Filet Mignon Sliders, and NY Steak & Fries. The Boathouse is also a fabulous outdoor dining location for Guests who are looking to cap off each day at the Walt Disney World Resort with specialty cocktails that pair perfectly with beautiful views.

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Flame Tree Barbecue

Some of the best barbecue at the Walt Disney World Resort can be found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at a wonderful quick-service location on Discovery Island. Flame Tree Barbecue is open daily for lunch and dinner and features a menu of barbecue favorites with over-the-top flavors, including options like the Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich, Baked Macaroni & Cheese with Pulled Pork, St. Lois Ribs Dinner, and ½ Chicken. After ordering at the convenient counter, Guests can head behind Flame Tree Barbecue, where a series of outdoor patios offer up comfortable seating that is shaded by overhead vegetation. Those who wander all the way to the farthest patios are rewarded by some of the best outdoor dining views looking out across the Discovery River to Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain.

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The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge

The final outdoor dining location that Guests shouldn’t miss out on at the Walt Disney World Resort is a relaxing lounge location found at the end of Hollywood Boulevard in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge is attached to the table service restaurant of the same name and features a small area with tables shaded by umbrellas that overlook the main thoroughfare of Hollywood Boulevard just in front of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Guests can enjoy the perfect people-watching spot while sipping on specialty cocktails and enjoying a selection of lounge entrées including BLT Sliders, Our Famous Cobb Salad, Tuna Carpaccio Nicoise, and Shrimp Cocktail.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane has been visiting Walt Disney World since she was a child and has developed a deep love and appreciation of the Disney Parks with a particular interest in the small details and history that can be found all around. Visiting every chance she gets, Caitlin loves to enjoy the ambiance of the Disney Parks and try something new every time. She can often be found eating and drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, riding the Haunted Mansion, sipping on a Lapu Lapu, pretending Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was still in existence, and enjoying seeing the magic through the eyes of her children. When not in WDW, Caitlin can be found at home in New York dreaming of a ride on Living with the Land and counting down the days until her next trip.