Dining Al Fresco on I-Drive

Thursday, February 16, 2023
The only thing better than enjoying a delicious meal on I-Drive is enjoying a delicious meal outside in the beautiful Orlando spring weather.
Cheers to the perfect season for outdoor dining in Orlando! If you’re visiting Orlando, chances are you’ll want to spend as much time soaking up the Florida sun and enjoying the beautiful weather during your visit. If that’s you, be sure to check out these fan-favorite spots for an al fresco dining experience on I-Drive!

Pointe Orlando

Pointe Orlando is home to many dining destinations with beautiful outdoor seating where you can enjoy a meal, or many - in the heart of the action. Here are a few favorites:
Hampton Social: If you’re looking for the perfect place to imbibe and enjoy the feeling of summer days in an expansive outdoor patio seating area, where there is plenty of wine and rose to go around, The Hampton Social is a great spot! Order fresh and tasty brunch and lunch specials with a Southern twist.
Oceanaire Seafood Room: If you’re looking to indulge in some of the freshest seafood Orlando has to offer, Oceanaire is it! Oceanaire’s dishes are made using seafood that is fresh and flown in daily from around the world. Find your seat in their large outdoor seating area and enjoy!
The Pub Orlando: Drool-worthy British-inspired pub grub with a pour-your-own-beer wall - there’s no doubt that a meal at Pub Orlando will be the highlight of your day. Take your dining experience outside to their quaint outdoor seating area to enjoy a shady patio looking out to Pointe Orlando’s courtyard.
Taverna Opa: Go GREEK! This unique dining spot is a go-to spot for authentic greek cuisine and entertainment! From flaming apps and belly dancers to greek music that will have you stomping on the tables and tossing napkins into the air, it is a dining experience to remember. Plus, with a large covered outdoor seating area, no matter the weather, you can always enjoy a delicious meal al fresco at Taverna Opa.


Because what’s better than enjoying a meal with a stunning view of The Wheel in the heart of Orlando?
ICON Park is also home to some fan-favorite al fresco dining destinations. Here are just a few:
YardHouse Orlando: Whether you’re looking for a spot with beautiful sights to sip on your favorite brew, or want to order up something from a massive menu featuring tasty American fare, Yard House has something for everyone. Find your seat on their outdoor patio and enjoy the lively atmosphere of one of Orlando’s Largest outdoor complexes.
Tin Roof Orlando: Live entertainment inside, or you can head outside to their spacious outdoor seating area to enjoy views of the courtyard at ICON Park, as you dig into better-than-bar-bites, sip on ice cold beer, and enjoy the sound of music filling the air.
Sloppy Joes: Everything at Sloppy Joes is over the top, from adding a pound of bacon to their world-famous BLT to mixing your favorite tropical libation in a mind-blowing 32 oz "Fish Bowl.” Luckily, when you dine outside, getting a little sloppy is okay. As you look around to see palm trees swaying in the Orlando breeze, and snap a pic at the large bayou here, you’re sure to feel like you’ve just enjoyed a delicious meal in your own slice of paradise, right in the heart of Orlando.
Shake Shack: Enjoy a classic, juicy burger and fries as you feast your eyes on the massive observation Wheel at ICON Park. Shake Shack is a fan-favorite burger joint, and nothing says, “vacation mode” like enjoying the ultimate cheat day meal with ICONic Orlando views!

5-Star Dining at Rosen

Rosen Hotels and Resorts is one of the most respected names in the hospitality industry, and that reputation extends to their dining accommodations. You don’t have to stay at Rosen to dine at these delicious destinations found within their many properties along I-Drive, but you’ll probably want to!
Harry’s Poolside Grill & Bar: A dining experience to satisfy all your senses. Take a step into the sun at Rosen Centre Hotel with a dining experience that puts you in the center of a tropical oasis, from the Orlando sunshine rays to the palm tree-lined resort pool area, and the taste of delicious Caribbean-Cuban infused cuisine.
'39 Poolside Bar and Grill: Located at Rosen Plaza on I-Drive, find a lounge chair around the pool, and enjoy all the ‘vacation vibes’ with a poolside meal featuring an impressive à la carte menu prepared by the renowned 3NINE chefs, and sip on your favorite frozen cocktail while soaking up the beautiful Florida sunshine.
Cala Bella Italian Restaurant: Take your taste buds on a trip to Italy with authentic Italian dishes as you look over Rosen Shingle Creek’s lush pool deck and pristine 18-hole golf course from the second-floor balcony outdoor seating area. This is an al fresco meal that combines elegance and energy for a dining experience to remember. 

Eating Al Fresco Along I-Drive

With hundreds of dining destinations along International Drive and beautiful weather year-round, there are many spots to enjoy an al fresco meal along I-Drive. Here are just a few favorites:
Bahama Breeze Island Bar and Grill: Enjoy an al fresco meal on the massive outdoor deck seating area at Bahama Breeze that will have you on island time, in no time! Bahama Breeze combines the laid-back, no-worries atmosphere of the Caribbean with an incredible selection of food and drink. So sit back, enjoy the beautiful weather, and sip on a Bahamarita next time you’re craving a relaxing al fresco meal in Orlando.
Joe’s Crab Shack: Strap on a bib because things can get a little messy at this local-favorite spot for fresh seafood. Head to the covered outdoor patio where you’ll find picnic tables with everything you’ll need to dig into some seriously delicious seafood. The outdoor dining area here is large and spacious and even features a playground for your little ones to enjoy while you wait for your meal.
Saltgrass Steakhouse: Whoever said fine dining has no place outside has never dined at Saltgrass Steakhouse. Enjoy a cool breeze under their spacious outdoor dining section, and enjoy views of the World’s Tallest Swing Ride, the Orlando Stayflyer, as you cut into a perfectly seasoned piece of meat. Saltgrass Steakhouse recaptures the flavor of an open campfire and offers a variety of bread, soups, and desserts - all made from scratch daily. Take your next date night outside for unforgettable fine dining experience in Orlando.
When it comes to dining, there’s no shortage of variety of food and unique dining experiences on I-Drive. But, if you’re looking to make the most of your time in the City Beautiful, be sure to head to these special spots to enjoy an al fresco meal you won’t forget.