Walt Disney World Orlando Restaurants

The dining scene in Orlando was at one time epitomized by a plethora of fast-food fare, but there's been such an explosion of artisanal and locally sourced restaurants over the past five years that there are now seven local chefs and nine international celebrity chefs with James Beard Award nominations around the city. Some of the best restaurants in town can be found in resort hotels and theme-park complexes such as Disney Springs, but if you have the time, explore the local treasures beyond the resorts.

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, Artisan's Table, 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 Downtown Orlando 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. Aloha Isle

    $ | Magic Kingdom

    Few snacks are so popular as to have spawned their own merchandise, but the Pineapple Float at Aloha Isle has done just that. Dole pineapple...Read More

  • 2. Capa

    $$$$ | Magic Kingdom Resort Area

    The menu at this chic, modern dining room atop the luxury Four Seasons resort highlights the culinary culture of Spain, starting with authentic tapas and...Read More

  • 3. Harambe Market

    $ | Animal Kingdom

    Carved into the walkway leading to the Wildlife Express train, this four-station food mart offers a selection of ribs or chicken bowls and salads. Everyone...Read More

  • 4. Maria & Enzo's Ristorante

    $$$ | Disney Springs

    This complex of three restaurants is a haven of authentic Italian cuisine served up by two internationally known chefs (though the Disney "story" tells of...Read More

  • 5. Anandapur Ice Cream Truck

    $ | Animal Kingdom

    It's hard to miss this funky truck serving strawberry, lemon, vanilla, and chocolate ice cream in different twists....Read More

  • 6. Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies

    $ | Magic Kingdom

    Looking for a snack on the go? Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies offers milkshakes, smoothies, and floats that are easy to eat while walking....Read More

  • 7. Baseline Tap House

    $$$ | Disney's Hollywood Studios

    This eatery (re)creates a downtown Los Angeles corner pub, serving California wines and craft beers. Charcuterie boards featuring California cheeses and Bavarian pretzels with fondue...Read More

  • 8. Chefs de France

    $$$ | EPCOT

    This plush, bustling brasserie remains true to the spirit and the vision of Paul Bocuse, Gaston Lenôtre, and Roger Vergé, three of France's most famous...Read More

  • 9. Dino-Bite Snacks

    $ | Animal Kingdom

    If things get too hot during your time in DinoLand U.S.A., stop by Dino-Bite Snacks for some ice cream or an old-fashioned ice cream sundae....Read More

  • 10. Dockside Diner

    $$ | Disney's Hollywood Studios

    While the smoked fish dip and shrimp salad roll here are delicious, it's the seaside brownie and milk shakes that you'll crave. In addition to...Read More

  • 11. Epic Eats

    $ | Disney's Hollywood Studios

    The whole family will love sharing a funnel cake with strawberry or cookies 'n' cream topping. Root beer floats come traditionally or with Stoli Vanil...Read More

  • 12. Main Street Bakery

    $ | Magic Kingdom

    Most people stop here on their way into the park—and end up waiting in their first long line of the day. Instead, return to the...Read More

  • 13. Narcoossee's

    $$$$ | Magic Kingdom Resort Area

    The dining room, with Victorian-style columns, high ceilings, and hardwood floors, is not only a great place seafood and steaks, but also to gaze out...Read More

  • 14. Ravello

    $$$$ | Magic Kingdom Resort Area

    Under the leadership of Neapolitan chef Fabrizio Schenardi, Ravello is a chic, modern Italian restaurant after dark. Hand-tossed pizzas emerge from the oven—perhaps finished with...Read More

  • 15. Tamu Tamu Refreshments

    $ | Animal Kingdom

    If you liked the Dole Whip pineapple float in the Magic Kingdom, stop here for a twist. Try either the Scar's Lair, which uses sour...Read More

  • 16. Terralina Crafted Italian

    $$$ | Disney Springs

    Under the guidance of James Beard Award–winner and Top Chef master Tony Mantuano, Terralina brings back sophistication and southern Italian cuisine to Disney Springs. Meticulously...Read More

  • 17. Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

    $$$ | EPCOT

    Loud, mad, bustling, and chaotic, this casual, family-friendly restaurant features authentic, thin-crust, Neapolitan-style pizzas cooked in massive ovens named after Italian volcanoes. Toppings include an...Read More

  • 18. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

    $$$$ | Disney Springs

    Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck's California-crafted eatery serves a mixture of dishes, from Mediterranean-influenced entrées and signature pizzas to seared Florida red snapper with mango and...Read More

  • 19. Zuri's Sweets Shop

    $ | Animal Kingdom

    Within this shop, hidden in the back of the Africa section, you'll find enough to satisfy any sweet tooth. A constantly changing selection of candied...Read More

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