While the heat can sometimes be overbearing, there are plenty of months during the year when dining outside in Orlando and Anaheim can be quite pleasant!
Readers and Facebook Friends chimed in on the best places to eat OUTSIDE in Disney World and Disneyland via the Disney Food Blog’s Facebook page. The top votes went to Flame Tree Barbecue, Rose & Crown, and Casey’s Corner at Walt Disney World for their outdoor ambiance. The most suggested outdoor locations at Disneyland were Cafe Orleans, Carnation Cafe, and Hungry Bear!
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It can get hot in Orlando, but throughout much of the year it can be lovely to dine outside! Here are the restaurants that took the top spots for outdoor dining in Disney World:
Flame Tree Barbecue
The Animal Kingdom’s attention to detail is exemplary, so it’s no surprise that Flame Tree Barbecue was the most mentioned outdoor locale!
The best seats are found near the water overlooking the Discovery River, where a water-side pavilion provides a shady respite. Despite the beauty of this location, Lori W., Heather W., and D.J. R. warned about the “aggressive birds” looking to partake of your counter-service meal.
John G. remarked “No seating is better than that at Flame Tree Barbecue at Animal Kingdom!!”
Rose & Crown
The lagoon-view tables at Rose & Crown in Epcot’s World Showcase were also highly recommended by our Facebook Friends, including Jennifer Y. and Ruth P. This one’s a good choice, because you do get a bit of air conditioning from the restaurant, many of the tables are covered, and there’s a great view of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.
Amber J. exclaimed “My favorite meal outdoors was on the patio of Rose & Crown. We had such an amazing, relaxing lunch right next to the lagoon.” As you’ll see in our Rose and Crown Restaurant review, outdoor tables are extremely popular leading up to the IllumiNations fireworks display, which is shown every night of the year!
This quick-service location is situated at the end of Main Street, U.S.A., in the Magic Kingdom. At Casey’s Corner, the fare includes an American favorite — hot dogs!
This is a great spot to watch Magic Kingdom parades and fireworks, too!
Tony B.’s fave outdoor location is “at Casey’s, enjoying a hot dog & people watching.” Facebook Friends Heather P. and Gale M. agreed! Check out our recent review of specialty hot dogs on the menu!
Anaheim’s year-round nice weather means there are lots of opportunities to enjoy a sunny California afternoon dining on Disney goodies! Here are some of the best spots to plan for when the sun is shining and you have time for a munch:
The atmosphere of New Orleans Square at Cafe Orleans was the overall favorite outdoor dining location at Disneyland.
Nancy M. states that her fave is “at Cafe Orleans in Disneyland overlooking Tom Sawyer Island and the Rivers of America.” Try the Pommes Frites with Spicy Remoulade while seated at umbrella-shaded tables.
Our review of Cafe Orleans highlights the indoor and outdoor seating.
This beautiful location on Main Street, U.S.A., was mentioned by Cindy R. because of “the cute tables and the great food.” We agree that it’s a wonderful spot to grab any meal of the day (especially breakfast!). You can also catch a glimpse of the parade from here!
The Hungry Bear recently re-opened with a new menu. Perched on the banks of the Rivers of America, this locale offers casual, outdoor seating.
Debra H-K. agrees “I like the Hungry Bear at Disneyland…Kids always love the ducks there.”
Thanks to everyone who chimed in!! Don’t forget to read the rest of our Best Disney World Restaurants series!
Where’s YOUR favorite place to dine al fresco at WDW or Disneyland? We know there’s many more locations, so give a shout-out to your favorite in our comments section below!