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Orlando’s 10 best sunset spots to eat with a view

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Sunsets make us pass out. Few would argue that. When a reader of the Orlando Date Night Guide reached out to us and asked us to blog about where to dine at sunset in Orlando (thanks, Ian), I was thrilled to do so. I love a good sunset too!

Since we are inland residents, we don’t have the pleasure of watching the ocean slowly swallow the sun. We would have to travel to our beautiful Gulf Coast to enjoy these incomparable views. But on clear nights, our local sunsets can smear our skies with a kaleidoscope of colors.

For Ian and all sunset lovers, here’s a list of the best places in Orlando to kick back and watch the sun go down in color.

Note: This post was originally published in 2016 and updated for 2021

1. Hillstone

Located on the shores of Lake Killarney, Hillstone has an expansive alfresco lounge with Adirondack chairs perched on the grassy hillside for guests to have a drink with their cocktail or glass of wine as the sun sets.

Hillstone Winter ParkHillstone Restaurant in Winter Park by Kristen Manieri

2. Enzo is at the lake

This charming Italian villa in Longwood sits on the shores of Lake Fairy with sunset views from a few tables. However, the best views are from the sculpture garden and the outdoor terrace, where you can start your romantic evening with a champagne toast at sunset.

3. Canvas

Lake Nona is full of fabulous restaurants for couples to choose from. Our top pick, however, is canvas, which not only offers breathtaking sunset views, but also spectacular food! Sit outside by the water to dine at maximum sunset.

Photo credit: Canvas Restaurant & Market

4. Knives & Spoons, Grande Lakes Orlando

Knife & Spoon took over Norman’s former home in the Ritz-Carlton Orlando in late 2020. Large windows and a spectacular outside deck (currently only used for larger groups) offer breathtaking sunset views that make this quaint 500 acre property in Grande Lakes glow. In addition, the JW Marriott next door (also on the Grande Lakes property) has a fabulous outdoor lounge perfect for lavish cocktails and a colorful sunset view.

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5. California Grill

The breathtaking sunset views go well with the award-winning California Grill on the Pacific coast. The dining room, lounge and observation deck of the restaurant are located on the 15th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort and offer great views of the sunset and Disney’s nightly fireworks display (temporarily during break).

6. Grills Lakeside Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar

This casual waterfront spot has a huge outdoor deck, live music, a dock, and a menu of beach cocktails and seafood dishes. During breakfast you can enjoy a fantastic view of the sunrise, although the sky puts on a colorful show during the sunset.

Po Tip: For the best sunset views, book a pre-dinner private sailing tour aboard a 25-foot sailboat with Sailing Orlando to see the sunset from Lake Fairview. Then look out over the same lake over dinner! The tours cost $ 59 per person and last 2 hours.

Sunrise at Grills Lakeside Orlando, a lovely sunset spot too! | Photo credit: Grills Lakeside Orlando

7. Pfauengasse

This lobby bar in the Royal Waldorf Astoria Orlando offers fun cocktails and live piano music. Take your drink outside onto the outdoor deck, where the view of the sunset over this stunning property will take your breath away. Similar views can be found at the resort’s Bull & Bear Restaurant, popular with couples looking for a secluded and romantic dinner.

8. The thirsty fish

Enjoy a glass of wine with assaggini (small plates) in this Italian bar on the harbor piazza of the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. Live entertainment on select evenings as well as the famous Musica della Notte show in the piazza (every evening at sunset) create an exponential romantic atmosphere.

Note: The Musica della Notte show is temporarily closed. Check here for the latest details.

The Hafenpiazza at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at sunset

9. Paddlefish

A staple of the ever-evolving Disney Springs, paddlefish offers excellent seafood, refreshing cocktails and spectacular sunset views. Visit the rooftop terrace and enjoy the breathtaking views of the water at Disney Springs with a cocktail or a glass of wine.

10. Pack a picnic!

There is no need to reserve a table at any of these outdoor spaces, although you may want to pack a picnic dinner. Some of our favorite picnic spots with a view are:

  • Cranes Roost Park
  • Lake Ivanhoe Park and Gaston Edwards Park
  • Lake Eola Park

Or, you can opt for a full picnic setup from a local company like Orlando Picnic or Our Dream Date Greater Orlando. For more full-service picnic options and romantic spots, see our guide to everything you need to know to plan a romantic Orlando picnic. We also love Wine Bar George’s take away picnic basket, which is filled with goodies (minimum spend of $ 60) for takeout.

Bonus option: Citrus Club

Hues of pink and amber pour through the large windows of this member-only restaurant and social lounge, located on the 18th floor of the BB&T building downtown. It is best to sit in the bar / lounge and enjoy the sunset view. Not a member? No fear. Selected events occasionally give non-members access to the haughty locale of the club.

Photo credit: Canvas Restaurant & Market

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Janet Smith