The Best Views at Orlando Restaurants

From by Ashley Dickey
The Best Views at Orlando Restaurants

Photo by Hillstone/Facebook

When it comes to Orlando’s dining scene, the food isn’t the only thing to admire. There are also beautiful views to enjoy with your meal. Where are the best views? What should I order? And how much will I pay? Those questions and more will be answered as I guide you through the best views at Orlando restaurants.


Price Point: $$$
Order: Hillstone Burger, Jumbo Fried Shrimp, Campfire Barbeque Pork Ribs
Address: 215 S Orlando Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

Kick back on the roomy outdoor lounge and take in the waterfront view of Lake Kilarney at Hillstone, a charming Winter Park restaurant with stunning sunset views. There are Adirondack chairs on the lawn, where guests are encouraged to sit and sip. Want a closer view of the scenery? Reserve the dining dock that overlooks the lake. Seasonal menus rotate selections at Hillstone, consistently creating something delectably new to try, while an extensive wine list provides the perfect accompanying drink.

California Grill Photo by  joiseyshowaa/Flickr

Photo by joiseyshowaa/Flickr

Price Point: $$$
Order: Pine Island Roasted Prawns, Atlantic Swordfish, Pork Two Ways
Address: 4600 North World Dr., Orlando, FL 32831

There’s more to Disney World than just theme parks; award-winning restaurants dot the resorts as well. At California Grill, located on the 15th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, views of the sunset as well as Disney World’s nightly fireworks make for an exceptional experience. The outdoor observation deck provides unobstructed views of the Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom. Combine all this with inventive Pacific Coast cuisine and you have one of the best Orlando restaurants, hands-down.

Spice Modern Steakhouse Photo by Spice Modern Steakhouse/Facebook

Photo by Spice Modern Steakhouse/Facebook

Price Point: $$
Order: Cranberry & Goat Cheese Salad, New York Strip, Blackened Mahi
Address: 407 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801

Head to Downtown Orlando, on the shores of Lake Eola, and you’ll find Spice Modern Steakhouse. The restaurant is a prime spot for tableside sunsets and enchanting views of the colorful fountain show, which happens nightly at 8pm and 9:30pm. Try to claim a seat on the outdoor patio – it’s the ideal spot to watch the show. A scratch kitchen serves classic favorites with a modern twist.

Gargi’s Lakeside Photo by Gargi’s Lakeside/Facebook

Photo by Gargi’s Lakeside/Facebook

Price Point: $$
Order: Veal Saltimbocca, Gnocchi Gorgonzola, Lasagna, Italian Panini
Address: 1414 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32804

Craving Italian and a side of scenery? Day or night, you can sit on the patio at Gargi’s Lakeside for outstanding views of Lake Ivanhoe. As the day fades, watch vivid sunsets paint the evening sky. The setting is perfect for an outdoor date. The menu, peppered with contemporary and classic choices, is broad enough that both lunch and dinner are popular with guests.

Norman’s Photo by The Ritz-Carlton Orlando

Photo by The Ritz-Carlton Orlando

Price Point: $$$$
Order: Yucca Stuffed Crispy Shrimp, Pork Havana, Florida Yellowtail Snapper
Address: 4012 Central Florida Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32837

Named after Norman Van Aken, the founding father of New World cuisine, Norman’s has quite the reputation and foodie following. The Ritz-Carlton hotel restaurant offers the best fine dining in Orlando, with an emphasis on service, quality, and unique flavors. As the head chef is the only Floridian listed in the acclaimed James Beard list of “Who’s Who,” the eclectic menu fuses Latin, Caribbean, and Asian recipes. Large windows offer panoramic views of the lake, golf course and gardens. However, the outdoor terrace is the most coveted spot as its views are paramount to the rest.

Enjoy the best views at Orlando restaurants at these exceptional eateries. From daytime views of shimmering lakes to evening sunsets and nighttime fireworks, the scenery at these Orlando restaurants is truly spectacular.

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