Restaurants in Florida
Florida cuisine is incredibly diverse, mixing European as well as African, Mexican, and Caribbean influences. Restaurants in Florida reflect these varied tastes and cultures. Bahamians, Haitians, Nicaraguans, Vietnamese, and many other cultures bring new tastes to local flavors.
There are plenty of ideas for picking Florida restaurants. Tap Tap is a colorful restaurant in Miami Beach serving up West African, French, and Caribbean fusion food. Try fried plantains, shrimp creole, or spicy conch ceviche, and top it off with a sip from their rum selection. For a famous dive-bar experience, try Singleton’s Seafood Shack in Atlantic Beach. This unassuming spot serves some of the best seafood Florida restaurants have to offer, without the fuss of white tablecloths or too much silverware.
Key Largo Conch House serves local craft beers and an excellent Key Lime Pie. Whether you feel like crepes, shrimp tacos or hush puppies, this spot will easily fill your dining needs. A purple cottage in Fernandina beach holds 29 South, a southern style bistro with farm-to-table food. It serves world cuisine with a modern twist, like lobster corn dogs and sweet tea brined pork chop, all by its famous chef, Scotty Schwartz.
Like its sister restaurant Cask & Larder, this popular Winter Park spot is the brainchild of award-winning chef owners James and Julie Petrakis.
It’s important to note that all of the bars mentioned so far have something in common: Eric Foster.
This downtown spot is so beloved by locals that the owners have started offering a cocktail class twice a month.
This beloved neighborhood bar looks standard from the outside, but on the inside, it’s a wild speakeasy-meets-your-eccentric-grandma’s-living-room mash-up complete with a pool table.
Come to this expansive buffet at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and stay for a leisurely walk around the property, which is home to more than 30 species of African wildlife.
Does your family like to bowl? If so, reserve a lane at Downtown Disney’s Splitsville and grab dinner right there while you play.
This CityWalk spot is a great choice for kids (as long as you come before 9 p.m., when CityWalk begins to morph into an adult-oriented party spot). Inside, the restaurant is one big fiesta with a lively mariachi band and colorful décor—plenty to keep kids entertained.
With two locations—one at the Downtown Disney Marketplace and one just outside Disney’s Animal Kingdom—this popular national chain offer plenty to looks at, including animatronic animals, rainforest thunderstorms, and huge tanks of brightly-colored tropical fish.
Conveniently located in the Downtown Disney Marketplace, this expansive restaurant is a must-see for dinosaur-loving kids. Huge animatronic dinos—including a 15-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex—watch over the various themed rooms, and a meteor shower every 20 minutes keeps things interesting.
The lowest-priced restaurant on this list, Sanaa is set in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas. The menu at this African- and Indian-influenced spot isn’t all that’s outstanding; while you dine, you’ll see giraffes, zebras, gazelles, ostriches and more right outside your window.
The huge windows of this dining room overlook the lake, garden and golf course of the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes.
This highly rated restaurant at the Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel and Convention Center is a local favorite with world-class service, an extensive wine list, and a fresh, hearty menu (standout main courses include braised bison short ribs, fennel-roasted portk chop, and a classic Dover sole).
Modeled after the restaurant of the same name at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, this Orlando outpost (set in the lobby of at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando) offers the same sort of experience: a classic steakhouse menu; an atmospheric, clubby, wood-paneled dining room; and impeccable service
Far and away the best dining experience in Orlando, this justifiably acclaimed restaurant is located within Walt Disney World’s magnificent Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s premiere property.
Another fabulous Epcot spot, this one in the Canada pavilion—set in a cozy cellar, with vaulted ceilings—evokes the warmth of a Canadian chateau-style hotel.