We're not going to lie: this list was hard. They all are, actually, but here in Orlando, where the weather is so often exceptional for dining out of doors, there are many venues from which to choose. Submitted here, a selection than runs the gamut from one dollar sign to four, venues suitable for 50th anniversary dinners and junior-high movie dates and everything in between. Their common thread, however, is that each boasts lovely outdoor seating areas where live music, trickling fountains, resplendent lakes and golf course views inspired lower blood pressure (as opposed to the high your game might inspire). For upscale occasions, Norman's is a no-brainer, whether dining inside its well-appointed Ritz-Carlton dining room or out on the beautiful porch. Hillstone, too, has its charms, with excellent food and an enviable setting alongside Winter Park's Lake Killarney. Want the same view without the fuss? Just up the street, Shake Shack beckons, not only via the smell of fryer-fresh onion rings, but water views that pair beautifully with its cold beer and simple, far less expensive fare. Nearby, tucked into a charming nook of Park Ave., Barnie's CoffeeKitchen offers a relaxing outdoor space whether you're visiting for a quick latte or a farm-to-fork weekend dinner. Try them all, we say. And then a bunch more we didn't have room to include.
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