Where to Find Outdoor Dining – Part 2
Welcome to Part 2 of my look at where to find outdoor dining at Disney World! This post will focus on the best places in the theme parks and at the resorts. Some of the theme parks offer a large number of table service locations, while others have a good variety of quick service spots with outdoor seating.
Theme Parks – Magic Kingdom
Tony’s Town Square Restaurant can be found right at the entrance to the park. Themed after the restaurant in Lady & The Tramp this spot serves traditional Italian dishes such as spaghetti and meatballs, chicken parmigiana and pizza. In pre-COVID days, the front porch is the perfect spot to catch the parade while dining. At the current time, however, it’s a great place for a sit down meal outdoors.
Located in Frontierland is one of the most beloved quick service locations, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe. Known for Tex-Mex items, burgers and a legendary fixins bar, this location offers large seating areas – both inside and outside.
Theme Park – Epcot
In the World Showcase section of Epcot, there are many locations for outdoor dining. These locations were built with fireworks viewing in mind, but now are giving people who want to stay outdoors that option.
Our first stop on the left side of the World Showcase is Mexico and La Cantina de San Angel. This quick service location serves up great nachos, tacos and empanadas. A kids menu is also available. Don’t miss the margaritas! The seating area is very large and gives guests looking to social distance the room to do so.
Heading around the World Showcase, in Morocco we find Spice Road Table. The menu here features Mediterranean inspired small plates and entrees. Adult beverage options include several signature cocktails and a great sangria. The view of the lagoon is spectacular and gives guests a fantastic outdoor option.
Over in the United Kingdom is one of the most popular outdoor spots, The Rose and Crown. Traditional British fare such as fish and chips, bangers and mash and sticky toffee pudding for dessert are all fan favorites. Guests looking for adult drinks have a vast array to choose from – beers, ciders, specialty cocktails and scotch flights – are all on the menu.
Theme Park – Hollywood Studios
One of my favorite outdoor dining spots is The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge. Located not far from the park entrance this is a smaller location, but one that offers outstanding food options, especially the famous Cobb Salad and Grapefruit Martini. For the best choice of seats, I recommend getting there close to opening time.
Theme Park – Animal Kingdom
Both locations in this park at quick service locations and both offer some really great food choices.
Flame Tree BBQ is a longtime fan favorite. Large portions of ribs, chicken, pulled pork and more are what brings guests back year after year. Many of the selections are big enough to share. This is also an excellent choice for guests looking for various allergy-friendly menus as well. There is a large outdoor seating area located next to the restaurant.
Satu’li Canteen which can be found in the Pandora section is a newer dining location that opened in 2017. Building your own “bowls” is the star attraction here. Guests can select their protein, base and sauces for their custom meal. The Cheeseburger Puffs also offer a twist on this staple. This is a fantastic quick service meal and a must-do for me every trip! In addition to indoor seating, It has a large covered outdoor space for dining.
There are other options for outdoor dining within Disney World’s theme parks, but these would be my recommendations based on the menu and the available seating.
Some of the best dining choices are often found at the resorts and that includes great spots for outdoor dining. Not all resorts or restaurants at resorts are currently open, but these 3 are worth traveling to.
Trattoria al Forno – Boardwalk Resort
The Boardwalk resort can be found between Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Guests spending the day in either of these parks can either walk over or take a Friendship boat. Hearty Italian dishes such as calamari, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken parmigiana and a very nice steak offer something for everyone. The outdoor area is not a large one, but it does offer great views and an opportunity for people watching on the Boardwalk.
Olivia’s Cafe – Old Key West Resort
Olivia’s is one of my favorite “hidden gem” locations. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner Olivia’s puts a Florida Keys spin on classic dishes. Banana Bread French Toast is a breakfast standout. While conch fritters, fried chicken and seafood are featured on the lunch and dinner menus. If Prime Rib is your thing, this is also one of the few locations at Disney World that has prime rib on the daily menu. Seating on the covered patio is available by request.
Geyser Point Bar & Grill – Wilderness Lodge
Geyser Point opened in 2017 as part of a major redesign of the Wilderness Lodge resort. Since then, this gorgeous open air location has become very popular. Both the food and beverage menu keeps with the resort’s Pacific Northwest feel. With Oregon and Washington state beers and wines featured prominently, they compliment the salmon entrees and the bison cheeseburger menu options. This location does not take reservations and often has a bit of a wait, but it’s worth it. This is a great spot to see the higher fireworks from Magic Kingdom and the Electrical Water Pageant when they are offered.
Reservations are recommended for any table service locations that offer them. At the current time, reservations can be made 60 days prior to resort check in.
As you can see, there are a ton of options for outdoor dining at Disney World. Between all the locations at Disney Springs in Part 1 to these theme park and resort locations, there are choices for everyone. If you do try one of these spots, please report back in the comments and let me know what you thought!