Orlando Restaurants

Dining in Orlando ranges from fast food and national chains to celebrity chefs—both international and local—serving locally sourced foods, creative preparations, and clever international influences. The theme parks now have some of the best restaurants in town, although you may opt for a rental car to seek out the local treasur
Dining in Orlando ranges from fast food and national chains to celebrity chefs—both international and local—serving locally sourced foods, creative preparations, and clever international influences. The theme parks now have some of the best restaurants in town, althoug
Dining in Orlando ranges from fast food and national chains to celebrity chefs—both international and local—serving loc

Dining in Orlando ranges from fast food and national chains to celebrity chefs—both international and local—serving locally sourced foods, creative preparations, and clever international influences. The theme parks now have some of the best restaurants in town, although you may opt for a rental car to seek out the local treasures.

The signs of Orlando's dining progress are most evident in the last place one would look: Disney's fast-food outlets. Every eatery on Disney property offers a tempting vegetarian option, and kiddie meals come with healthful sides and drinks unless you specifically request otherwise. Chefs at Disney’s table-service restaurants consult face-to-face with guests about food allergies. And big-name chefs are now well represented in Disney Springs, though less so at Universal's CityWalk.

Around town, locals flock to the Ravenous Pig, the Rusty Spoon, and other gastropubs where the menu changes regularly; Luma on Park, a suave home of thoughtfully created cutting-edge meals; and any number of dining establishments competing to serve the very finest steak. Orlando's culinary blossoming began in 1995, when Disney's signature California Grill debuted, featuring farm-to-table cuisine and wonderful wines by the glass. Soon after, celebrity chefs started opening up shop. Disney has since completely revamped California Grill so it's a trendsetter once again.

Orlando's destination restaurants can be found in the theme parks, as well as in the outlying towns. Sand Lake Road is now known as Restaurant Row for its eclectic collection of worthwhile tables. Here you'll find fashionable outlets for sushi and seafood, Italian and chops, Hawaiian fusion, and upscale Lebanese. Heading into the residential areas, the neighborhoods of Winter Park (actually its own city), Thornton Park, and College Park are prime locales for chow. Scattered throughout Central Florida, low-key ethnic restaurants specialize in the fare of Turkey, India, Peru, Thailand, Vietnam—you name it. Prices in these family-owned finds are usually delightfully low.

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  • 1. 4 Rivers Smokehouse

    $ | Barbecue

    What started as a tiny business in a former tire repair shop has turned into a multistate dynasty. The popular 4 Rivers, now with 14 locations...Read More

  • 2. Hawkers

    $$ | Mills 50 District | Asian

    Hipsters, families, and business groups dine side by side at this popular restaurant, a laid-back spot that specializes in serving Asian street...Read More

  • 3. K Restaurant & Wine Bar

    $$$$ | College Park | American

    At the forefront of Orlando's local and sustainable dining scene, K is a hot spot for locals, serving upscale, eclectic American and Italian...Read More

  • 4. Luma on Park

    $$$ | American

    One of the Orlando area's best restaurants, Luma on Park is a popular spot for progressive American cuisine served in a fashionable setting...Read More

  • 5. Norman's

    $$$$ | South Orlando | Eclectic

    Legendary Florida chef Norman Van Aken brings impressive credentials to the restaurant that bears his name. Van Aken's culinary roots go back...Read More

  • 6. Primo

    $$$$ | South Orlando | Italian

    Chef Melissa Kelly cloned her Italian-organic Maine restaurant in an upscale Orlando hotel and brought her farm-to-table sensibilities with...Read More

  • The Ravenous Pig

    7. The Ravenous Pig

    $$$$ | American

    The first local restaurant to break into the "gastropub" category, the Pig is arguably Orlando's most popular foodie destination and has spawned...Read More

    The Ravenous Pig
  • 8. The Rusty Spoon

    $$$ | Downtown Orlando | American

    Lovingly raised animals and locally grown produce are the menu foundation at this Downtown gastropub owned by chef Kathleen Blake, a four-time...Read More

  • 9. Café Tu Tu Tango

    $$$ | International Drive | Eclectic

    The food here is served tapas-style—everything is appetizer size but plentiful, and relatively inexpensive. The restaurant is designed to resemble...Read More

  • 10. La Luce by Donna Scala

    $$$ | Bonnet Creek | Italian

    Originated by the late California restaurateur and chef Donna Scala, La Luce brings Italian cuisine with a Napa Valley farm-fresh flair to this...Read More

  • 11. Old Hickory Steakhouse

    $$$$ | Steakhouse

    This upscale steak house in the Gaylord Palms resort is designed to look like rustic cabins in the Everglades. Beyond the playful facade is...Read More

  • 12. Seasons 52

    $$$ | Sand Lake Rd. Area | American

    Parts of the menu change every week at this innovative restaurant that serves different foods at different times of year, depending on what...Read More

  • 13. Taverna Opa

    $$$ | International Drive | Greek

    This high-energy Greek restaurant offers a fun evening in a lively environment to supplement excellent Greek staples and a nice selection of...Read More

  • 14. Vines Grille & Wine Bar

    $$$$ | Sand Lake Rd. Area | Steakhouse

    Live jazz and blues music fills the night at the bar section of this dramatically designed restaurant, but the food and drink in the snazzy...Read More

  • 15. Antonio's Ristorante Sand Lake

    $$$ | Italian

    This Italian fine-dining establishment—a convention-oriented facility with a lovely, earthy Tuscan decor and private party rooms—has great service...Read More

  • 16. Bergamo's Italian Restaurant

    $$$ | Italian

    If you like Broadway show tunes with your spaghetti and opera with your osso buco, then head here for the booming voices as well as the good...Read More

  • 17. Cantina Laredo

    $$ | Sand Lake Rd. Area | Mexican

    You can tell this is an upscale Mexican eatery, first by the Porsches in the parking lot and then by the aged Mexican tequila that fetches up...Read More

  • 18. HUE

    $$$ | Thornton Park | Eclectic

    On the ground floor of a condo high-rise a short stroll from Lake Eola, this place makes an effort to have a hip, contemporary menu to match...Read More

  • 19. La Coquina

    $$$$ | Eclectic

    This restaurant, just outside Disney property, bills itself as French with an Asian influence. It's essentially two restaurants, both open September...Read More

  • 20. Napa

    $$$$ | International Drive | American

    Within the massive Hyatt Regency Orlando convention hotel, Napa aims to reproduce the concept of a Wine Country restaurant, preparing seasonal...Read More

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