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Al Fresco dining spots to enjoy the cooler weather in Orlando

The weather is finally a few notches below sweltering in Orlando which means Floridians are soaking up as much outdoor time as possible. The days and nights to enjoy a crisp autumn breeze are few and far between here in sunburn city, so everyone is embracing the seasonal change like a long lost friend.

Enthusiastic locals are breaking out their Ugg boots and plaid scarves to welcome the slight wind chill. Thankfully, Orlando is blessed with a bevy of unique restaurants that offer "al fresco" dining experiences for patrons to continue reveling in the cooler temperatures.

Here are a few selections...

1. Baoery Asian Gastropub – The outdoor patio features sleek umbrellas for comfortable shaded seating in a casual and contemporary atmosphere at Baoery Asian Gastropub. Strings of mini lantern lights adorn a red awning over a row of picture perfect picnic tables. Indulge in one of their signature baos or bowls of ramen while sipping on a cocktail during the lively buzz of happy hour for a spirited night out on the town this season.


2. Soco – Outdoor seating is available at Soco under a sea of striped umbrellas that make up their bistro-style terrace. Whether you’re in the market for an elegant evening meal or an upscale Sunday brunch, glasses of red wine and flutes of mimosas pair perfectly with the southern charm and inviting ambiance only found in Soco’s open air dining space.


3. Morimoto Asia. - The modern two story outdoor veranda offers seating both upstairs and downstairs for guests. Dinner under the stars is a must on the balcony at Disney Springs’ Morimoto Asia. The stunning venue is especially a sight to behold at night when the Japanese script on the restaurant’s glass front entrance is brilliantly illuminated. Feast on spicy salmon sushi rolls or chicken dumplings and treat yourself to a drink from Morimoto's specialty fall cocktail menu while savoring the cool night.


4. STK - The best way to unwind during this holiday season is with the Poisoned Apple mixed drink off of STK’s decadent seasonal cocktail menu while lounging on their rooftop deck overlooking the bustling crowds of Disney Springs. Stay for a full filet dinner or just pop in for appetizers and a night cap while basking in the fleeting fall breeze. Curl up by the roaring fire pit and sway to the beat of your favorite song crooning through the speakers.


5. Tutto Italia – Luxuriate in the fine al fresco dining at Epcot’s Tutto Italia on their intimate outdoor shaded patio for a romantic candle-lit dinner for two or for a gourmet lunch with friends. With a view of the Italy pavilion’s central piazza, guests have both a front row seat to the daily flag shows and a fabulous escape from the crowds for a relaxing meal.