Walt Disney World Orlando Restaurants

You'll find burger-and-fries combos everywhere in Orlando, yet the ambitious chefs behind Orlando's theme-park and independent restaurants provide loads of better options. Locally sourced foods, creative preparations, and clever international influences are all the rage here. Theme-park complexes have some of the best restaurant
You'll find burger-and-fries combos everywhere in Orlando, yet the ambitious chefs behind Orlando's theme-park and independent restaurants provide loads of better options. Locally sourced foods, creative preparations, and clever international influences are all the rage
You'll find burger-and-fries combos everywhere in Orlando, yet the ambitious chefs behind Orlando's theme-park and indep

You'll find burger-and-fries combos everywhere in Orlando, yet the ambitious chefs behind Orlando's theme-park and independent restaurants provide loads of better options. Locally sourced foods, creative preparations, and clever international influences are all the rage here. Theme-park complexes have some of the best restaurants in town, or you may opt for a rental car to seek out the local treasures.

The signs of Orlando's dining progress is 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.

Around town, locals flock to the Ravenous Pig, the Rusty Spoon, the Smiling Bison, 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. And in 2013, Disney 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. Artist Point

    $$$$ | Magic Kingdom Resort Area | American

    If you're not a guest at the Wilderness Lodge, a meal here is worth it just to see the giant totem poles and huge rock fireplace in the lobby...Read More

  • 2. California Grill

    $$$$ | Magic Kingdom Resort Area | American

    The view from the surrounding Disney parks from this 15th-floor restaurant—the World's signature dining establishment since 1995—is as stunning...Read More

  • 3. Liberty Tree Tavern

    $$$$ | Magic Kingdom | American

    Now serving beer and wine, this formerly "dry" tavern holds a prime spot on the parade route, so you can catch a good meal while you wait. Each...Read More

  • 4. Victoria & Albert's

    $$$$ | Magic Kingdom Resort Area | American

    At this ultraposh Disney restaurant, a well-polished service team will anticipate your every need, providing one of the plushest fine-dining...Read More

  • 5. 1900 Park Fare

    $$$$ | Magic Kingdom Resort Area | American

    Disney characters delight guests throughout the day at this sprawling, though dainty, lobby restaurant. Mary Poppins and friends join guests...Read More

  • 6. 50's Prime Time Café

    $$ | Disney's Hollywood Studios | American

    If you grew up in middle America in the 1950s—or if you're just a fan of classic TV shows like I Love Lucy and The Donna Reed Show —you'll...Read More

  • 7. Big River Grille & Brewing Works

    $$ | Epcot Resort Area | American

    Strange but good brews, like Rocket Red Ale, Southern Flyer Light Lager, Steamboat Pale Ale, and Gadzooks Pilsner, abound here at Walt Disney...Read More

  • 8. Chef Mickey's

    $$$$ | Magic Kingdom Resort Area | American

    The fact that the Disney monorail zooms overhead right through the Contemporary hotel, and that Mickey, Minnie, or Goofy hang around for breakfast...Read More

  • 9. Cinderella's Royal Table

    $$$$ | Magic Kingdom | American

    Cinderella and other Disney princesses appear at this eatery in the castle's old mead hall, offering prix-fixe Fairyland dining as only Disney...Read More

  • 10. ESPN Club

    $$ | Epcot Resort Area | American

    Not only can you watch every possible televised sporting event on a big-screen TV here (the restaurant has about 100 monitors), but you can...Read More

  • 11. Garden Grill

    $$$$ | Epcot | American

    Family-style dinner fare is served here as the restaurant revolves, giving you an ever-changing backstage view of the Living with the Land boat...Read More

  • 12. Garden Grove

    $$$$ | Epcot Resort Area | American

    With twinkling lights hung amid the branches of its oversized 25-foot signature tree, this restaurant, designed to resemble New York's Central...Read More

  • 13. Hollywood & Vine

    $$$$ | Disney's Hollywood Studios | American

    Disney Channel stars come to life at this restaurant through its Disney Junior Play ’n Dine meals for breakfast and lunch. Handy Manny and Agent...Read More

  • 14. Hollywood Brown Derby

    $$$$ | Disney's Hollywood Studios | American

    At this reproduction of the famous 1940s Hollywood favorite, the walls are lined with caricatures of older movie stars. The specialty is a Cobb...Read More

  • 15. House of Blues

    $$ | Disney Springs | American

    You're unlikely to like this place unless you enjoy listening to high-decibel music during your meal. But if you do, this is a great spot to...Read More

  • 16. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant

    $$$ | Disney's Hollywood Studios | American

    If you don't mind zombies leering at you while you eat, then head to this enclosed faux drive-in, where you can eat in a booth that looks like...Read More

  • 17. The Crystal Palace

    $$$$ | Magic Kingdom | American

    A lovely Victorian setting is the perfect place for the old-fashioned and lovable Winnie the Pooh and friends to greet your kids via A Buffet...Read More

  • 18. Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe

    $$$$ | Disney Springs | American

    With four restaurants in one building, there are lots of choices here, from Puck's trademark wood-oven pizza at the informal Puck Express to...Read More

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