Restaurants in Orlando
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.
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 and owner can be heard back in the kitchen, singing as he cooks.
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 impressive Wall of Flames, an 18-foot wall filled with rotisseries.
Located on Disneyworld’s boardwalk, Flying Fish Café lives up to its name by serving seafood delicacies like pan-roasted chimichurri-glazed South Carolina flounder, cooked right in front of you by Flying Fish chefs.
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 Rapids.
Located in the Mt. Dora area, the Goblin Market is owned by husband and wife team Vince and Janis Guzinski.
Bubbalou’s Bodacious Barbecue has received recognition from major publications, such as USA Today, Southern Living, New York Times, and Food Network, for its barbecue. Items on the menu range from sliced or pulled pork to beef brisket, even fried catfish.
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-style diner, there are laminate-top tables and an old-fashioned soda fountain.