With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, countless things have changed at Walt Disney World as compared to how everything operated before March 2020. While there are still many changes in place to ensure guests safety and enjoyment, there are still countless experiences to be enjoyed throughout each vacation. One such experience that guests love to indulge in is dining in a delicious and unique restaurant in Walt Disney World. While many guests are feeling comfortable enough to travel and visit Walt Disney World thanks to the safety measures that are in place, many guests still feel most comfortable with outdoor seating when it comes to dining. Thankfully, Walt Disney World still has plenty of table service dining locations that are offering outdoor seating to allow guests to still enjoy amazing meals while feeling safe and comfortable. Here are the top table service restaurants with outdoor seating for guests to enjoy in Walt Disney World!
1. Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
The Magic Kingdom is home to several table service restaurants that are currently operating, however only one of them offers guests the chance to dine outdoors. Tony’s Town Square Restaurant is modeled after the famous restaurant from Lady and the Tramp where the two dogs shared their first spaghetti kiss. While there is a large indoor dining room, there is also an outdoor patio where guests can dine on traditional Italian cuisine while taking in the sights of Main Street’s Town Square including the character cavalcades that work their way by guests. Those who are able to get a reservation at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant for lunch or dinner can enjoy dishes such as Fried Mozzarella, Caprese, Shrimp Scampi, Chicken Parmigiana, Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo, Spaghetti, Roman-Style Steak, Gelato, Tiramisu, and more. Being a table service restaurant, the location is also one of the only places to enjoy alcohol while in the Magic Kingdom as well.
2. The Boathouse
With a large expansion and re-theming in the last few years, Disney Springs has quickly become one of the most popular locations in Walt Disney World for guests to enjoy dining at. The Boathouse in The Landing area of Disney Springs welcomes guests to dine on a large outdoor patio with beautiful views of the lake, complete with amphicars and boats gently gliding past. Open daily for lunch and dinner and brunch on the weekends, The Boathouse’s menu focuses on a mix of surf and turf with flavors inspired by Florida and fresh ingredients. Those who enjoy a meal outdoors at The Boathouse can choose from extensive options including Oysters on the Half Shell, Coriander-Seared Ahi Tuna, Shrimp & Andouille Mac & Cheese, Steamed Florida Clams, Filet Mignon Sliders, NY Steak & Fries, Boneless Ribeye, Lemon Sorbet, S’mores Baked Alaska, and more.
3. Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
Also found in The Landing area of Disney Springs is another popular table service restaurant that serves up traditional Southern cooking with flavors and ingredients inspired by Florida. Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ has been a very popular restaurant since its opening and it continues to be a favorite of guests throughout the pandemic thanks to outdoor seating areas. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner and brunch on the weekends and aims to keep guests relaxed and in vacation mode with extensive cocktail options including popular moonshine concoctions on tap. Guests can also indulge in delicious menu options that include items such as Church Lay Deviled Eggs, Bunch of Puppies, Cuban Sandwich, Fried Chicken & Doughnuts, Country Fried Steak, Fried Catfish, Chopped Pork Barbecue Plate, Hummingbird Cake, Hamilton County Chocolate Pecan Pie, and much more.
4. Wine Bar George
Proving that Disney Springs is an amazing location to head to for dining is a third popular table service eatery in The Landing area that has outdoor seating. Wine Bar George is run by Master Sommelier George Miliotes and welcomes guests into an industrial yet welcoming dining area where they can enjoy small bites and delicious wines from an extensive list. Wine Bar George features mainly indoor seating, however there is an outdoor patio on the second level that guests can request and dine on to feel more comfortable. Open for brunch on the weekends and lunch and dinner daily, Wine Bar George offers delicious plates including Grilled Octopus Salad, Burrata, House-Made Meatballs, Crispy Mac & Cheese Bites, Hummus, Frisee Salad, and Shishito Peppers. Guests who are looking to truly indulge can also order The Big Board which is a large assortment of delicious meats and cheeses.
5. Nomad Lounge
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to a relatively new table service restaurant that had quickly gained popularity, especially since the pandemic thanks to its outdoor seating. Nomad Lounge is connected to Tiffins Restaurant and is located on Discovery Island just before the bridge that leads into Pandora – The World of Avatar. The location features a curved outdoor seating patio that offers up beautiful views of the river below which pair perfectly with a menu dedicated to flavors from around the world. Open throughout each day, Nomad Lounge features a small yet delicious menu with options including Impossible Sliders, Togarashi-Spiced Tuna Nomad Bowl, Tiffins Bread Service, Chicken Manchurian Nomad Bowl, and Churros. Guests can also sip on specialty cocktails including the Boto-Rita, Annapurna Zing, Spice Trader Classic, Mustang Coffee, Hightower Rocks, and Snow Leopard Salvation.
6. The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge
Disney’s Hollywood Studios also offers several table service restaurants that are currently open for guests, but only one of them features outdoor seating. The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge is located right on the side of the main restaurant and features an open air patio with comfortable tables shaded by umbrellas. Facing Hollywood Boulevard, guests who score a spot at The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge can enjoy great people watching views while sipping on signature cocktails and dining on American classics. Open throughout each day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests who stop in for a bite can enjoy menu options such as Artisanal Cheeses and Charcuterie Board, Andouille-Crusted Shrimp, and the Famous Derby Cobb Salad in addition to specialty beverages including Grapefruit Cake Martini, Absinthe Minded, Pomegranate Whiskey Sour, and Spiked Sangria.
7. Rose & Crown Dining Room
No view in Epcot is as stunning as looking out across World Showcase Lagoon and taking in the beautiful architecture of the eleven different pavilions as well as Spaceship Earth in the distance. Guests who find themselves in the park can enjoy outdoor dining at the popular Rose & Crown Dining Room in the UK Pavilion which offers up these unforgettable views from a rear patio. Open daily for lunch and dinner, the Rose & Crown Dining Room serves up a menu of British pub favorites that pair perfectly with the authentic atmosphere and beautiful views. Guests who dine at the table service restaurant can enjoy menu items such as Scotch Egg, Coronation Salad, Bangers and Mash, Welsh Pub Burger, Shepard’s Pie, Fish and Chips, Chicken Masala Curry, Sticky Toffee Pudding, and English Trifle. In addition, guests can enjoy classic pints and pub blends poured fresh from the taps in the bar located just inside.
8. Three Bridges Bar and Grill at Villa del Lago
One of the most recent construction projects at a Disney Resort has been completed at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort with the addition of several new dining options as well as the new Gran Destino Tower. One new dining addition is the popular table service location Three Bridges Bar and Grill at Villa del Lago which can be found in the center of Lago Dorado offering up beautiful water views on all sides of a covered open air dining patio. The menu at the restaurant focuses on a fusion of Spanish and American flavors and guests can enjoy a dinner menu that includes popular options such as Warm Manchego and Oaxaca Cheese, Roasted Corn Dip, Elotes, Marinated and Grilled Sirloin, Villa del Lago Salad with Chicken, Braised Pork Tacos, Harissa Lamb Chops, Crispy Chicken Biscuit Sliders, an d Three Bridges Signature Burger. With unforgettable views from the outdoor dining area, Three Bridges Bar and Grill at Villa del Lago is a wonderful meal to enjoy in Walt Disney World!