Restaurants in Orlando

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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).... Read More

Orlando has no shortage of fantasy restaurant backdrops, from pirate lairs to elaborate jungle cabins. This 24-hour diner at the Hyatt Regency has a... Read More

One of Walt Disney World’s newest culinary offerings, this Beauty and the Beast-inspired spot within the Magic Kingdom’s new Fantasyland expansion is... Read More

There were large Italian shoes to fill when Bice replaced Delfino Riviera at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, but even Delfino die-hards eventually came... Read More

Walking into this chic, glass-and-metal dining room, with its aquarium-blue lighting, wave-patterned wall art, and chandeliers resembling clouds of... Read More

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... Read More

On the ground floor of the Grand Bohemian Hotel—Orlando’s downtown jewel—this lounge is a popular after-work spot for well-dressed Orlandoans. The walls... Read More

If you happen to be downtown, there’s no better happy hour choice than the swanky Bösendorfer Lounge at the Grand Bohemian Hotel. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.... Read More

A blissful find in a fast-food-clogged area just outside Walt Disney World’s borders, Bruno’s is the sort of place where the namesake chef... Read More

Bubbalou’s Bodacious Barbecue has received recognition from major publications, such as USA Today, Southern Living, New York Times,... Read More

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... Read More

This restaurant is 15 floors up, so you feel as if you're looking out over the entire Disney kingdom. The views over the Contemporary Resort are... Read More

The premiere restaurant of Disney’s Contemporary Resort overlooks both the Magic Kingdom and the Seven Seas Lagoon, offering some of the best fireworks... Read More

They’re candy-coated apples, but they might as well be works of art. Try a traditional caramel or caramel-nut apple, or look for options clothed in... Read More

It’s important to note that all of the bars mentioned so far have something in common: Eric Foster. Before arriving behind the bar at Cask & Larder,... Read More

Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort features buffet dining for breakfast and dinner enhanced by a little Disney magic in the form... Read More

This sprawling restaurant, inside Disney’s Contemporary Resort, is the most classic and well-known character dining establishment in Orlando. It... Read More

Formerly called Del Frisco’s, this classic steakhouse is off the beaten tourist path. Dark wood paneling and dim lighting set the mood, and the prime... Read More

Dine inside a fairy tale high above the Magic Kingdom, inside the theme park’s glorious Cinderella Castle. Cinderella and her friends make their way... Read More

One of the few enclaves of authenticity in Disney-designed Celebration, Columbia has perfected old-style Spanish cooking—grilled meats, piles of... Read More

With four locations in Orlando, this local chain is at their best on Saturdays and Sundays, especially in the Thornton Park (downtown Orlando) location.... Read More

While not technically a character, per se, SeaWorld’s iconic killer whale, Shamu, is still a favorite with many kids. Sit just beside Shamu’s huge tank... Read More

This soft-serve, sorbet-like treat is frozen perfection—and it’s one of the most talked-about snacks among Disney aficionados. The original Dole Whip is... Read More

Located in the Italian-themed Dellagio Town Center on the Restaurant Row stretch of Sand Lake Road, this trendy sushi eatery is a local favorite that... Read More

At Emeril’s Orlando in Universal's CityWalk, the high ceilings, huge windows and clean lines bring a simplistic, pleasing contrast to the... Read More

Inside the Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, you can find celebrity Cajun chef Emeril Lagasse broadening his culinary horizons with an unlikely... Read More

From Emeril Lagasse, whose name is practically synonymous with the term “celebrity chef,” comes a New Orleans-inspired menu filled with creative dishes... Read More

Orlando attracts a lot of meetings and conventions, so it’s full of upscale steakhouses, including Ruth’s Chris, Morton’s, The Palm and Fleming’s. All... Read More

Located on Disneyworld’s boardwalk, Flying Fish Café lives up to its name by serving seafood delicacies like pan-roasted chimichurri-glazed... Read More

Located in the Mt. Dora area, the Goblin Market is owned by husband and wife team Vince and Janis Guzinski. The restaurant is designed to make diners... Read More

A choir rocks your world with contemporary and traditional gospel songs while you sample every Southern-style brunch specialty you can think of at this... Read More

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... Read More

Located just a few miles outside downtown Orlando in Winter Park, Hot Olives is a casual, family-friendly eatery serving Italian- and Mediterranean... Read More

'The Cooking Place' is simply an English translation of the Swahili 'Jiko,' and the restaurant blends in seamlessly to its Animal Kingdom surroundings.... Read More

Jiko (“Jee-ko”) is Swahili for “the cooking place.” This African, Indian, and Mediterranean restaurant in Walt Disney World... Read More

Celebrity chef Donna Scala herself died in March 2014, but this gourmet Italian spot in the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek lives on. The Northern... Read More

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... Read More

One of the signature offerings in the Magic Kingdom’s new Fantasyland, this concoction—an homage to Gaston’s bumbling sidekick in Beauty and the Beast... Read More

Another foodie favorite, this outstanding restaurant on Winter Park’s Park Avenue features a gorgeous, modern lounge that’s a see-and-be-seen spot for... Read More

The comfort food comes in heaping portions at this cafe in Celebration, a Disney-designed town dating to the late 1990’s. Fashioned as an Art Deco... Read More

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Orlando, a secret gem among locals. Tucked away on a residential street in the downtown area, this... Read More

A snack so popular that Disney even sells ice cream bar-shaped magnets, air fresheners, and antenna toppers, this chocolate-covered vanilla ice cream... Read More

With multiple locations in Orlando—including one near the airport, one near Walt Disney World, one near SeaWorld, and one near Universal Studios—this... Read More

This Restaurant Row steakhouse-slash-seafood eatery is fun and full of variety. With a daily happy hour from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., it’s a great choice for... Read More

Consistently named one of the best theme park restaurants in America, this Universal Islands of Adventure spot offers creative, delectable fare at... Read More

This restaurant at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort hosts various meals featuring different characters, including the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,... Read More

Celebrity chef and cookbook author Normal Van Aken is quintessentially Floridian, so you can expect a locally-influenced menu at this restaurant, housed... Read More

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... Read More

The huge windows of this dining room overlook the lake, garden and golf course of the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. Upscale and authentically... Read More

This long-time local favorite has awards aplenty to back up its reputation. As the name suggests, it's a place where the surf and the turf meet to... Read More

Located in Downtown Disney, Portobello is an Italian trattoria under the direction of chef Steven Richard, who started his career at the Wolfgang... Read More

Go to this 30-year-old healthy café for a garlic-rich Med-meets-Middle East menu, Read More

At Primo in the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes, the refeshing layout—open kitchen, rustic-colored walls, intimate but spaced tables&mdash... Read More

Celebrity Chef Kevin Dundon is one of Ireland’s most beloved chefs, and not only has he brought the flavor of his home country to this restaurant at... Read More

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... Read More

Tucked away in the soaring Hyatt Regency Orlando on busy International Drive, Rocks is an upscale cocktail bar that’s almost always bustling. Popular... Read More

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... Read More

Although the restaurant is now a national chain, its first location was in Orlando, nestled on the shores of Little Sand Lake. From the patio, you can... Read More

The walls of this restaurant are actually glass windows into a huge shark tank, so you can watch the impressive creatures swimming by while you dine.... Read More

Leather banquettes, a beautiful dark wood bar, and an exclusive ambience make this Waldorf Astoria Orlando spot feel like a private club—or, more... Read More

Does your family like to bowl? If so, reserve a lane at Downtown Disney’s Splitsville and grab dinner right there while you play. There’s a nice kids... Read More

Conveniently located in the Downtown Disney Marketplace, this expansive restaurant is a must-see for dinosaur-loving kids. Huge animatronic dinos... Read More

The entertainment aspect of this restaurant often overshadows the food, which deserves more coverage than it gets. Familiar Greek dishes here are done... Read More

This restaurant inside downtown Orlando’s Grand Bohemian Hotel hosts a popular Sunday Jazz Brunch, featuring live music and an expansive buffet (plus an... Read More

Located in the quaint downtown area of the Orlando suburb of Winter Garden, the Chef’s Table is my hands-down choice for an unforgettable romantic meal.... Read More

This downtown spot is so beloved by locals that the owners have started offering a cocktail class twice a month. Even if you don’t have time to take... Read More

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... Read More

Offered daily from 5 to 7 p.m. and Monday through Thursday nights after 9 p.m. (Sundays after 8 p.m.), this upscale seafood restaurant’s happy hour menu... Read More

Like its sister restaurant Cask & Larder, this popular Winter Park spot is the brainchild of award-winning chef owners James and Julie Petrakis. The... Read More

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... Read More

This AAA Four Diamond restaurant offers a range of creative, upscale menu options and is a perennial favorite among both locals and visitors to the area... Read More

Entering this restaurant, with its gorgeous chandeliers and flattering lighting, is a bit like stepping into a work of art. But wait until you try the... Read More

Modeled after the Italian restaurant in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, Tony’s Town Square is located at the entrance of the Magic Kingdom,... Read More

Some Disney fans love the turkey leg. Some hate it. But it’s impossible to deny its ubiquitous presence. These 1.5-pound mammoths come smoking hot,... Read More

The Tusker House is located in the Harambe Marketplace in the Africa area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The focal point of the restaurant is its... Read More

The atypically upscale restaurant in Epcot's Italy Pavilion boasts ornate chandeliers and a menu created by star chef Joachim Splichal. Read More

This dining experience at Café La Bamba at Universal Studios allows you and your kids to interact with characters from Nickelodeon, Hop and Despicable... Read More

This swanky lounge, set in the lobby of the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort with a veranda overlooking the pool, is what you might expect an... Read More

With only 14 tables in the main dining room, it's hard to imagine a more personal and exclusive dining experience in all of Florida. Very traditional... Read More

Far and away the best dining experience in Orlando, this justifiably acclaimed restaurant is located within Walt Disney World’s magnificent Grand... Read More

Located inside Disney’s magnificent Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, this AAA Five Diamond restaurant is one of the most coveted reservations in town.... Read More

Inside the sprawling Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center (near Walt Disney World), this huge buffet is in a Mediterranean-style setting. From an... Read More

Pho Vinh's Vietnamese restaurant in Colonialtown North is known for its self-roasted pork barbecue; generous portions of shredded pork are combined with... Read More

Dining as entertainment can be somewhat relentless in a city where most servers are presented as "cast members." While you can sit back and let the... Read More

Located within the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, this one is a bit out of the way unless you’re staying at the hotel. Still, it’s worth... Read More

Inspired by the hotel of the same name in Nepal, Yak & Yeti sits in Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom near Expedition Everest and Kali River... Read More

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