Restaurants in Orlando
The atypically upscale restaurant in Epcot's Italy Pavilion boasts ornate chandeliers and a menu created by star chef Joachim Splichal.
Pho Vinh's Vietnamese restaurant in Colonialtown North is known for its self-roasted pork barbecue; generous portions of shredded pork are combined with vermicelli noodles, vegetables, cilantro, and mint in dishes such as the Bun Bi Thit Nuong. For traditional Vietnamese fare, try the
Walking into this chic, glass-and-metal dining room, with its aquarium-blue lighting, wave-patterned wall art, and chandeliers resembling clouds of overhead bubbles, makes it immediately clear: this place is a temple to seafood.
Inside the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, is the award-winning restaurant of chef Norman Van Aken, a member of the James Beard Who’s Who list. The New World cuisine of Norman’s fuses the flavors of different global regions including Latin, Caribbean, and Asia.
Go to this 30-year-old healthy café for a garlic-rich Med-meets-Middle East menu,
Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort features buffet dining for breakfast and dinner enhanced by a little Disney magic in the form of appearances by Mickey Mouse and his friends.
One of the few enclaves of authenticity in Disney-designed Celebration, Columbia has perfected old-style Spanish cooking—grilled meats, piles of paella, and a lengthy list of seafood dishes—since its first location opened across the peninsula (in Tampa’s Ybor City) in 1905.
When charismatic Chicagoan Mike Feld moved to Florida more than 20 years ago, he found one thing sorely lacking—a legit hot-dog depot. So he opened his own at a gas station on Highway 50.
At Primo in the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes, the refeshing layout—open kitchen, rustic-colored walls, intimate but spaced tables—underscores co-owner and executive chef Melissa Kelly's style of “simplicity, seasonality and freshness.” Produce
Jiko (“Jee-ko”) is Swahili for “the cooking place.” This African, Indian, and Mediterranean restaurant in Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom is decorated in earthtone colors and outfitted with a mix of blue-seated booths and padded chairs around wood tables.
Located in Downtown Disney, Portobello is an Italian trattoria under the direction of chef Steven Richard, who started his career at the Wolfgang Puck Grand Café.
Located just a few miles outside downtown Orlando in Winter Park, Hot Olives is a casual, family-friendly eatery serving Italian- and Mediterranean-inspired fare. The decor includes sleek black chairs and tables, crisp white walls, and paintings of olives around the dining area.
Those who want the best view of the Magic Kingdom's fireworks reserve a window table at California Grill, located at the top of Walt Disney World Resort's Contemporary Resort.