Sunsets make us swoon. Few would argue that. So, when an Orlando Date Night Guide reader reached out and asked us to write a blog about where to dine with sunset views in Orlando (thank you, Ian), I was thrilled to comply. I love a good sunset, too!
Being landlocked, we Orlandonians don’t get the pleasure of watching the ocean slowly swallow the sun. We’d have to travel to our lovely Gulf Coast for that unrivaled vista. But on clear nights, our local sunsets can smear our skies with a kaleidoscope of color.
So, for Ian and all you sunset lovers out there, here’s a list of some of Orlando's best places to sit back and watch the sun colorfully disappear.
Note: This post was originally published in 2016 and has been updated for 2021
Perched on the shores of Lake Killarney, Hillstone features an expansive outdoor lounge where Adirondack chairs dot the grassy knoll and give guests a place to drink in fabulous sunset views alongside their cocktail or glass of wine.
2. Enzo’s on the Lake
This enchanting Italian villa in Longwood sits on the shores of Lake Fairy and offers sunset views from a few tables inside. However, you’ll get the best views from the outdoor sculpture garden and patio where you can start your romantic night out with a sunset champagne toast.
Lake Nona is full of fabulous restaurants for couples to choose from. But our top pick goes to Canvas, which not only features amazing sunset views but spectacular food, too! Sit outside by the water for maximum sunset dining enjoyment.
4. Knife & Spoon, Grande Lakes Orlando
Knife & Spoon took over the former home of Norman's located inside the Ritz-Carlton Orlando in late 2020. Large windows and a spectacular outdoor terrace (currently only used for larger parties) offer stunning sunset views that set this picturesque 500-acre Grande Lakes property aglow. In addition, the JW Marriott next door (also on the Grande Lakes property) has a fabulous outdoor lounge perfect for sumptuous cocktails paired with colorful sunset views.
5. California Grill
Sweeping sunset views pair well with California Grill’s award-winning Pacific Coast cuisine. Located on the 15th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the restaurant’s dining room, lounge and outdoor observation deck all provide great sunset views as well as of Disney’s nightly fireworks (temporarily on pause).
6. Grills Lakeside Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar
This casual waterfront spot boasts a huge outdoor deck, live music, a dock and a menu comprised of beachy cocktails and seafood dishes. You'll enjoy fantastic sunrise views during breakfast, although the sky puts on its own colorful show during sunset.
Po tip: For the best sunset views, book a private sailing tour aboard a 25 foot sailboat with Sailing Orlando ahead of dinner to see the sunset from Lake Fairview. Then look out onto to the same lake during dinner afterwards! Tours are $59/person and last for 2 hours.
7. Peacock Alley
This lobby bar inside the regal Waldorf Astoria Orlando features fun signature cocktails and live piano music. Take your drink outside to the outdoor terrace where views of the sun setting over this stunning property will take your breath away. Similar views can also be enjoyed inside the resort's Bull & Bear restaurant, a favorite for couples looking for a secluded and romantic dinner locale.
8. The Thirsty Fish
Enjoy a glass of wine with some assaggini (small plates of food) at this Italian bar tucked into the Harbor Piazza of the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. Live entertainment on select nights, as well as the piazza’s famed Musica della Notte show (nightly as the sun goes down), exponentially up the romantic vibe.
Note: The Musica della Notte show is temporarily closed. Check here for the latest details.
A dining staple of the ever-evolving Disney Springs, Paddlefish features excellent seafood, refreshing cocktails, and spectacular sunset views. Head to the rooftop deck to take in stunning waterfront views of Disney Springs while sipping on a cocktail or glass of wine.
10. Pack a picnic!
There's no need to book a table at one of these outdoor spots, although you might consider packing a picnic dinner. A few of our favorite picnic spots with views include:
- Cranes Roost Park
- Lake Ivanhoe Park & Gaston Edwards Park
- Lake Eola Park
Or, you could spring for a full picnic setup from a local company like Orlando Picnic or Our Dream Date Greater Orlando. Find more full-service picnic options and romantic spots in our guide to Everything You Need to Know to Plan a Romantic Orlando Picnic. We also love Wine Bar George's to-go picnic basket, which can be filled with goodies (minimum spend of $60) and taken to-go.
Bonus option: Citrus Club
Pink and amber hues pour through the expansive windows at this members-only restaurant and social lounge located on the 18th floor of the BB&T building downtown. Your best bet is to sit in the bar/lounge area for sunset views. Not a member? Fear not. Select events occasionally give non-members access to the Club’s haughty locale.
Feature image credit: Canvas Restaurant & Market