Restaurants in Florida

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Kitschy old license plates and the bartender’s amiable bulldog mix welcome you to this honky-tonk pub, where the food looks as rugged as the... Read More

The menu changes to reflect the day's catch, from cobia to scallops. Read More

Executive chef Brad Kilgore, who previously helmed of Jean-Georges Vongerichten's J&G Grill in Bal Harbour, is doing amazing things with local... Read More

In 2012, the Hyde Lounge debuted at the home of the Miami Heat. The courtside space can accommodate as many as 250 people—perfect for luxury-seeking... Read More

This intimate Mediterranean-inspired dining room (Tuscan-orange walls and paintings of the Italian countryside) resembles a trattoria in Italy. On the... Read More

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

Antonia's has been serving up homemade Italian cuisine for more than 30 years in a cozy old Victorian building. Each morning, handmade pasta can be seen... Read More

Pay a visit to Area 31 for a version of Miami that’s all urban metropolis—no sand or surf in sight. The 16th-floor restaurant and lounge serves craft... Read More

A fine dining favorite in Brickell, the acclaimed Azul is located inside Mandarin Oriental hotel and helmed by chef Joel Huff. Unveiled in July 2011,... Read More

Azur offers a taste of creative Mediterranean in the heart of the Florida Keys. Greek and Italian staples get a Key West makeover at this locally... 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

The funky shack gets its charm from a mishmash of ripped fishing nets, no sniveling signs, and a rusted truck. And yes, the fritters are superb. Read More

Ocean blue walls adorned with fish nets are an apt theme at Bahamain Pot, Little Haiti's popular Carribean eatery. Owner Trudy Ellis... Read More

Come for the atmosphere, stay for the crêpes. Between breakfast and dinner, there are more than a dozen varieties of crêpes in flavors both sweet (Key... Read More

This open-air, French-inspired nook is no secret, so arrive for breakfast before 9:30 a.m. The crêpes come in both savory and sweet varieties. Try... 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

It was only a matter of time before celebrity chef Tom Colicchio made his way down to Miami. His signature restaurant at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach... Read More

The homey lunchtime restaurant is filled with exhausted interior decorators and their clients ingesting salads and generous wedges of homemade key lime... 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

Come for a hearty Sunday brunch—desserts are a standout, especially the blueberry-pecan waffles. Read More

The ultra chichi spot is ideal for people watching. Every woman is freshly coiffed in the style known locally as the "Palm Beach Helmet". If that doesn... Read More

Blackbird Ordinary might not be an oldie, but it’s a goodie. Nix the drinking games and play some childhood games instead — such as Jenga, Battleship,... Read More

Chef Richard Hales (the man behind Sakaya Kitchen and the Dim Ssam A Gogo food truck) used his personal travels through China as the basis for the menu... Read More

Surely you’ve seen the movie Cocaine Cowboys that’s all about Miami. Its director Billy Corben is married to Meghan Perkins. Why is this important?... Read More

Chef Danny Serfer cooks up burgers designed by different Miami food bloggers during National Burger Month. The other 11 months of the year, he serves... Read More

There's real substance to Claude Troisgrois's French-goes-tropical fare. To get in step with the fashion crowd, start off with the Crabavocat, a... Read More

Blue Heaven began its life in 1992 as a casual lunch spot. Today, it serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner—and is regularly packed; long lines are one... 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

What started out as Miami’s first pop-up cocktail lounge has become a landmark for industry folks looking to get their nightcaps. Perched in an... 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

After two decades in Montreal, Chef Claude Postel merged his French culinary know-how with Miami’s more amiable weather. When you’re craving a breakfast... 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

The space serves filling Tex-Mex treats, plus local art for sale on the walls. Read More

A sister restaurant to the Toronto hotspot, this Royal Palm South Beach Byblos takes its inspiration from the Eastern Mediterranean. Starters include... Read More

The most civilized refuge on South Beach's main shopping artery, this café offers a mix of Latin and Southern cuisine, along with a healthy dose... Read More

The kitchen serves Daniel’s classic French food—tables on the leafy patio out front are the most private. Read More

Enjoy live jazz weekends at the beachy and relaxed casual joint (try the chili prawns). Read More

This intimate, 50-seat restaurant is located in the Marquesa Hotel, a collection of 19th-century conch houses in historic Old Town. Tall windows... Read More

This intimate, 50-seat restaurant is located in the Marquesa Hotel, a collection of 19th-century conch houses in historic Old Town. Tall windows... Read More

The arcadian town of Masaryktown was built in the 1920's and is home to this wonderful Cuban-inspired restaurant. Read More

Café Solé's off-the-beaten path address is just one of its many charms (it's hard to just stumble across, which is why it's such a hit with locals).... 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

Founded in 1928 by legendary bootlegger Eugene "Cap" Knight, this former gambling den and supper club is a ramshackle assortment of atmospheric wooden... Read More

Despite the dingy exterior and the interior’s dated and tacky ship-related décor, Captain’s Tavern serves some of the freshest... Read More

Here, you’ll find couples dancing to live music while diners in guayaberas tuck napkins in their shirts to keep the vaca frita from splashing their... Read More

Make yourself at home in this Italian villa, a surprising gem in the center of South Beach. Cozy up in the library and flip through the handpicked books... Read More

Located inside a 1925 Mediterranean-style beach home, which is also a boutique hotel, Casa Tua serves Italian cuisine. There are several dining areas,... 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

The restaurant has a screened-in dock porch overlooking the water and will prep your fresh-caught fish to order (save room for the doughnut-like honey... Read More

Undoubtedly the most elegant setting for happy hour in the city, Cecconi’s drink prices fall to a remarkable four dollars during this daily event. Order... Read More

Undoubtedly the most elegant setting for happy hour in the city, Cecconi’s drink prices fall to a remarkable four dollars during this daily event. Order... Read More

No, you’re not in a Venetian courtyard, but the striped tile floor, silver buttonwood trees wrapped in twinkling string lights, and dangling filament... 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

This restaurant at Burdines Waterfront is known for its burgers, fried fish, fried key lime pie, as well as its views of the sea, boats, and Boot Key... 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

Like its Los Angeles counterpart, this jewel of a restaurant takes its inspiration from Cleopatra, both in cuisine as well as decor. Come ready to share... Read More

Try the fried chicken breakfast at the diner-style restaurant. Read More

Outdoorsy and fun, this honky-tonk bar has free live music and tasty coconut shrimp. Read More

With its bare brick walls, flickering candles, and bubbling fountain, Columbia looks like a cellar bistro in an old Spanish town. Order a classic... 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

Don’t be fooled by its name or unassuming location inside a U.S. 1 strip mall. A favorite among local policemen, this casual spot proffers more than... Read More

The juicy Cuban sandwiches, made with butter-slathered pressed bread, are unbeatable; owners Huvi and Malinda Pardo dole out meals all day, with free... Read More

At Cypress Room, there’s a beverage book—it’s got a table of contents and several chapters. From cocktails to spirits and cordials to after dinner,... Read More

With The Cypress Room, chef Michael Schwartz brings traditional elegance (rose-patterned wallpaper; mismatched floral China) to his unpretentious... Read More

The first family-owned David's Cafe's opened in the 1970's, serving Cuban cuisine, and was so popular that they opened a second location in 1993. David... Read More

Here’s an interesting story:  a fireman who also happens to be a baker. When he’s not busy putting out fires, Fireman Derek is whipping up a fury... 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

This Asian fusion concept turns the traditional truck tale on its head. Originally the brick-and-mortar Sakaya Kitchen, chef Richard Hales took his... 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

Situated on a small private island, this oceanfront resort restaurant was chosen by Travel + Leisure as one of the nation’s most romantic... Read More

Looking for the perfect hot dog with a twist? Hit the menu at Dogma Grill, which is not your father's typical hot dog joint. Service can be a little... 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

Opened in 1972, the Donut Gallery Diner has remained a favorite among Key Biscayne locals. Ironically, the restaurant does not sell donuts, but it does... Read More

Every day from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., knock back as many lychee martinis as you can (they’re only $6), or get a round of sake bombs for the table for under ... 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 the back of Nautilus Hotel, celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s restaurant is an ode to barefoot luxury with a touch of tropical midcentury glam.... Read More

Since its debut, towering Cap’n Crunch pancakes slathered in condensed milk syrup and piled with candied cereal have been the main attraction at the... Read More

The owners of Eaton Street Seafood Market opened the place to help fight what they saw as an import trend. Located in historic Old Town Key West,... Read More

The restaurant serves oysters from Florida's Apalachicola Bay. Read More

What’s better than $1.50 half-priced oysters? Dollar oysters. Now there’s something to be happy about. There’s no limit to how many of you can order, so... Read More

It’s easy to fall off the edge into gluttonous territory with Chef Aaron Brooks’ infinite brunch offerings that defy the gastronomic anatomy of a... Read More

This Little Havana eatery is widely popular with locals for its authentic Salvadorean cuisine and generous portions. Made with the freshest ingredients,... 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

Located in Wynwood, this no-nonsense Latin American dive is known for fresh, affordable food. Regulars overlook the shabby interior (think... Read More

Not even an electrical fire can keep this beloved Cuban diner from burning bright. Last year, the 50-year-old eatery reopened with a fresh new look and... Read More

A Fort Lauderdale institution, Ernie's is famed for its conch chowder; sweet, dense Bimini bread; and assorted odd manifestos on the wall ("Eliminate... Read More

Located at Disney’s BoardWalk, this sports restaurant’s waterfront location is charming, but it’s what’s inside that counts. Nearly 100 video monitors... Read More

This fun, beer-focused café has 20 on tap and 150 exotic brews by the bottle, including Lebanese Almaza; don’t miss happy hour or the... Read More

A local favorite with seafood dishes such as littleneck clams pan-roasted in Jamaican lager. Read More

Duck into this gourmet grocery for poached salmon salad or Evil Garlic Pickles. Read More

What looks like an unassuming gastropub is actually a culinary journey that takes diners from Cuba to Peru to Korea with a menu of beer-friendly eats... Read More

As it's name suggests, the Fish House spotlights fresh, local catch like black grouper, cobia, and conch. The dining room is decorated with seafood... Read More

Hit the raw bar at this buttoned-up beach restaurant. 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

A funky 24/7 diner that remains a shrine to kitsch, down to the "Champagne room," with a chandelier and pinup photos of Marilyn Monroe. 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

The city's colorful design district is home to this chic Italian eatery with Euro-weird décor. Hipsters dine alongside well-heeled tourists and... Read More

Originally founded in the Art Deco District, the Frieze is named after the famous architectural element used in many buildings there. The shop is owned... Read More

Located on the ground level of the Penguin Hotel, the Front Porch Café has been serving diner-style breakfasts and lunches since the 1970's. The... Read More

Miamians love the views of pricey speedboats and overloaded cargo ships from the open-air tables set along the Miami River at this downtown joint, but... Read More

Everyone knows the best views are from your own private island. At least that’s what Grove Isle feels like. For an idyllic experience at this... Read More

The first Miami chef to win Chopped, Giorgio Rapicavoli does things differently than most. Instead of the standard apron, Rapicavoli keeps clean with a... 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

Gramps quietly introduced itself to the hipster community and the Wynwood neighborhood during the country’s premier art mecca affair, Art Basel. Misfits... Read More

A traditional Argentine steakhouse, Graziano’s serves the classic parrillada (grilled meat prepared on skewers), but has set itself apart from... Read More

Oversized cinnamon rolls, red velvet pancakes, and Nutella-stuffed French toast blur the line between breakfast and dessert. Here, breakfast is over the... Read More

Order the toothsome gumbo at this branch of the New Orleans–themed Floridian chainlet on the central square. Read More

At HaVen, a self-proclaimed gastro-lounge, the bar changes colors, the LCD walls change landscapes, and the booze flows till 5 a.m. Bar alchemist Isaac... Read More

With its old-school fishing shacks and shrimp boats, Stock Island harks back to Key West circa the 1970's. Dine at tables overlooking a dock crowded... 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

Hole up at a table by the jetty and dine on killer burritos. open for breakfast and lunch only Read More

An 8th Street strip mall serves as an unglamorous host to this hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese joint that's been in business for 25 years. Hy Vong's... Read More

After a brief hiatus, Icebox Café reopened to the delight of dedicated guests, who pack the frosty white 120-seat interior daily. Since opening in 2000,... Read More

Just 13 tables fill this pocket-size Dutch-Indonesian restaurant, where a cozy gray banquette runs the length of the space and walls are hung with black... Read More

The croquetas here are so popular, there’s a drive-through so you can get your fix without even having to park. Every night, families gather for a home... Read More

Located on 27th Avenue in Little Havana, Islas Canarias has been serving authentic Cuban food to Miami’s families for 30 years. Dishes like vaca... Read More

You wouldn’t expect 500 fish tacos to fly from the window of a beach shack on wheels, but that’s exactly what the vatos pump out on a busy day. Beer... 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

On the Big Cypress preserve, Joanie Griffin is known for gator steaks and other rustic staples served at her ornament-crammed eatery. Read More

When Joe's reopens its doors each October for stone crab season, it's a near-holy event. For six months, celebrities and chefs flock to the southern tip... Read More

With its glass mosaic mural, marble tables, and vibrant garden patio, Joey’s seems right at home in the Wynwood arts district. Popular with... Read More

For a sweet ending to an already sweet meal, head to Joe’s. First you’ll chow down on freshly caught stone crabs and fried green tomatoes, and then you... Read More

In Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger, secret agent James Bond enjoys a feast of rose champagne and crab legs at Joe’s. Non-fictional and iconic characters like... Read More

When Joe’s opens its door in October for stone crab season, it’s a near-holy event. For six months, celebrities and chefs flock to the Magic City for... Read More

At Juvia, prepare to be seduced by the eclectic Asian and French food, the lilac-hued interior, and the surrounding view of Downtown Miami and the... Read More

The jazz brunch is rollicking good fun. Read More

Overlooking Florida Bay, Keys Fisheries is a combination seafood market and restaurant located directly on the water. Picnic tables are set up... Read More

Kush is a solid choice for burger and beers, but it’s also got one hell of a key lime pie. So don’t eat or drink too much, because the slices at Kush... Read More

Travelers stranded in Miami International Airport often take advantage of the 24-hour service they receive at the dining counter of La Carreta, an... Read More

This upscale fusion restaurant reflects the cultural heritage of chef and owner Jean-Paul Desmaison, who was born in Peru and trained in Europe. The... Read More

Located at the main entrance of the Bal Harbour Shops, La Goulue evokes the atmosphere of a 1900’s Parisian bistro thanks to both an inviting... 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

This French-owned eatery has been serving traditional sandwiches in South Beach since 1988. More a snack bar than an actual restaurant, La Sandwicherie... Read More

Share the yellowtail snapper for two, followed by a torta mattina or a torta caprese. Save your appetite for the house-made dessert. As you leave,... Read More

It’s no surprise the project of Food Network personality and cookbook author Ingrid Hoffman is worth talking about. The sleek black truck with hot pink... Read More

When romance is on the menu, Latitudes delivers. The signature restaurant of the Sunset Key Cottages, the celebrated restaurant can only be reached by... 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

Not a week goes by that you don’t hear of a star sighting at LIV, Miami Beach’s ultra-exclusive nightclub. Private skyboxes with bottle service entice... Read More

True to its name, Lokal owner Mathew “Kush” Kuscher sources all his ingredients from local farms. Kobe-style beef for their burger patties comes from... Read More

Come for the food, stay for the sunset. Given its prime Florida Bay location, Lorelei Restaurant & Cabana Bar could probably attract a crowd just by... Read More

Go Tex-Mex with homemade flour tortillas and nachos drenched in salsa. Read More

Hang out with the off-duty psychics; sandwiches come with an impromptu reading, haunting, or both. Read More

Housed in an oceanfront Victorian house, this Caribbean-American restaurant has been a local favorite for more than three decades. The airy dining... 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

When this New York restaurant docked at the Loew’s in South Beach, putting a key lime pie on the menu became the first order of business. Lure’s owners... Read More

Lure’s raw selection blows everyone else out of the water. Enjoy waterfront views of the Atlantic as you tackle stone crab or king crab claws with your... Read More

You may not expect to get one of the best libation’s Miami has to offer from a fish bar, but barkeeper Rob Ferrara has created a cocktail menu that... Read More

Since 1999, chef Michael D’Andrea has showcased his family’s 75-year-old recipes at this Staten Island-style Italian eatery in South Beach.... Read More

If you happen to be in South Beach on a Wednesday night, stop by Macchialina for their once-a-week happy hour from 6 to 8 p.m. Fizz, in the form of beer... Read More

Full of circus memorabilia, the 60-year-old shop serves delicious doorstopping sandwiches. Read More

Chef Makoto Okuwa has been rolling sushi since the age of 15. After serving as Iron Chef Morimoto’s Head Sushi Chef (New York; Philadelphia) and Sous... Read More

Dine on authentic Turkish and Greek mezes, spanakopita (spinach and feta) wraps, and grilled octopus in the restaurant's white-and-blue patio garden. Read More

Casual and rustic, this restaurant has an extensive backyard patio behind its white and blue façade. Greek-born Ahmet and his Turkish wife Anastasia... Read More

Mangoes is famous for its Mango Coladas and prime destination on a corner of Duval Street. A monochromatic, canopy-dotted courtyard provides plenty of... Read More

Located right on the water on the barrier Hutchinson Island just north in Fort Pierce, the sprawling bi-level nautical restaurant has killer views of... 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

There's much to admire at Ian Schrager's newest property, The Miami Beach EDITION, and that includes Matador Room, the 1950s glam-inspired eatery from... 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

Michael Mina’s lives up to this chef’s reputation for first-rate beef. The Dry-Aged Steak Burger sources its meat from Locker 28, an in-house dry-aging... Read More

Michael Schwartz is the sovereign of an enormous epicurean empire, ruling seven properties ranging from his hometown, Miami, to Grand Cayman, and even... Read More

Since 1997, Michaels has been putting a tropical twist on the traditional American steakhouse experience on a back street in Old Town. The restaurant's... Read More

Executive chef Michael Schwartz awoke the brunch beast when, after two years, he began to open his doors on Sundays for small, shareable plates. Five... Read More

Owned by chef Michael Schwartz, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink remains true to its name by using fresh local produce and ingredients. Try... Read More

If celebrity chefs are in town for only one night, they’re eating at Michael’s Genuine. You’ll likely find them breaking the double yolk farm egg that... Read More

In 2007, Michelle Bernstein was honored with a James Beard Award for Best New Chef in the South for her dazzling cookery at Michy’s. The Latin and... Read More

Head here on Sundays for a bistro-style brunch with a standout croquette madame with Manchego cheese. Read More

Chef Michelle Bernstein’s 50-seat bistro on Miami’s Upper East Side may be small in size, but it’s bold in design, featuring orange... 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

Mignonette might be brand shucking new, but it’s what Miami’s been craving for a long time. Paying tribute to the oyster bars and culture of New Orleans... 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

For the freshest king crab in the entire country head over to Michael Mina 74, where the titanic crustacean is kept live in the Fontainebleau’s... Read More

This classic French restaurant is tucked away on a winding street in Epcot’s France pavilion. Inspired by famed French chef Paul Bocuse (named Chef of... Read More

Come to Monty’s Coconut Grove for the tropical vibe and stay for invigorating raw bar offerings and homemade spicy mustard sauce. Nestled alongside a... 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

The restaurant dishes out southwestern food in a historic storefront—try the chipotle-doused crab cakes. Read More

A flashy, high-end Chinese restaurant housed inside the equally flashy W South Beach Hotel, Mr. Chow is owned by famed restauranteur Michael Chow, who... Read More

Ms. Cheezious takes the quintessential childhood dish, grilled cheese, and makes it a grown-up delight with signature combinations such as goat cheese,... 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

Chef Kevin Cory ‘s eight-seat sushi haven has received rave reviews from award-winning chefs and the sternest critics. As the proclaimed toughest seats... Read More

The marine-motif restaurant serves fish specials inspired by Ipswich, MA. Read More

Breakfast is a perpetual and round-the-clock offering at News Café, which serves everything from smoked salmon eggs Benedict to huevos rancheros. Grab a... Read More

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

Before Nina Compton was declared runner up in Top Chef New Orleans, Chef Scott Conant recruited the St. Lucia-native to be his Sous Chef at the... Read More

Though it's located on bustling Duval Street, this locally beloved bistro and wine bar feels worlds away from the main tourist drag. Housed inside a... Read More

Hailed as the founding father of New World Cuisine and credited for coining the culinary term fusion, this Miami-based chef is an industry titan. His... 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

In a town where bars have a way of veering into the terminally raucous, this is a sanctuary for a sophisticated, older crowd, working a quiet groove to... Read More

David Bracha, the man who made oyster happy hour a thing, has taken it up a notch at with Oak Tavern. There’s a giant oak tree, a courtyard, a communal... Read More

The beach-front bistro is part of the old-glamour Palm Beach hotel. 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

Owned by Douglas Rodriguez—who also founded Yuca on Lincoln Road—OLA specializes in creative pan-Latino cuisine with Spanish and Caribbean... Read More

Enjoy cocktails and the sunsets over the Ten Thousand Islands. Read More

In this Cuban castle, nectar is king. Papaya, mango, passion fruit, and mamey shakes are cult favorites. Order traditional items (chickpea stew with... Read More

For a casual night out, try to score a reservation at this insanely popular spot. Order your banana cream pie when you sit down; the locals are addicted... Read More

Known for steak and Nova Scotia lobster, this restaurant is an old-school joint with caricatures of longtime regulars on the walls. Read More

Located inside the historic Biltmore Hotel, which dates back to the 1920’s, the Palme d’Or is frequently recognized by publications as one... Read More

Paul Qui’s first restaurant outside of Austin, Pao is one of two buzzy new eateries at the Faena Hotel. The James Beard Award-winning chef has... Read More

Known for its authentic, uncomplicated French fare, this Coral Gables restaurant is the namesake of chef Pascal Oudin, who studied under culinary legend... Read More

It's hard to argue with any restaurant that's been around for more than 100 years. (In the case of Pepe's, they prefer to say that they're "the oldest ... Read More

This globally inspired restaurant opened in 1999 at Moorings Village, a 20-acre, palm-lined property about midway through the Florida Keys. The two... Read More

This waterfront spot is an endearing Xerox of Florida’s Redneck Riviera: country music, wooden tables with paper towels, and affordable crab... Read More

Pincho Factory gave Miami its famed Toston Burger, and recast the city’s idea of a burger bun. From the open kitchen, watch cooks prepare crispy... Read More

Pincho Man has been feeding graveyard shift workers and inebriated clubbers for more than a decade during his 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. service. Hailed as one... Read More

Lunch in Via Mizner at this local favorite for its thin-crust pizzas and rustic outdoor ambience. Read More

The expat Greek hub Tarpon Springs, was once populated with sponge divers: their legacy is the fresh Mediterranean food at spots like this one. 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

As the crème de la crème of Miami steakhouses, Prime 112 is brimming with glitterati. This is Lil’ Wayne’s neighborhood pick for group dinners, and Bill... Read More

A steakhouse located inside the Browns Hotel, Prime One Twelve specializes in large portions of steaks and chops. The dining room has exposed brick... 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

What do you get when three guys are united by a passion for pork? The culinary love story of the Pubbelly boys and Miami’s first Asian-inspired... Read More

Like its Manhattan sibling, Quality Meats pays homage to classic New York butcher shops. Even the restaurant's interior, designed by the award-winning... Read More

There’s plenty to love about Radio Bar, a pop-up bar that became a permanent local hot spot, and which embraces the giant Radio Tower presiding over it.... 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

There’s plenty of fish in the sea, but few as tasty as the daily catch at Red Fish Grill. A frequent host of beachfront weddings, the historic seafood... Read More

Located in South Beach's SoFi neighborhood, Red Ginger makes use of local ingredients to craft an Southeast Asian-influenced menu, with a large menu of... Read More

East meets West at the South Beach Setai Hotel’s signature restaurant, where well-traveled chef David Werly, a native Alsatian, fuses Asian and... Read More

Come in for hearty American diner breakfasts. Read More

Just like abuela’s kitchen, Rio Cristal is outfitted with authentic vintage décor. Order your meal cafeteria-style, and wait for your number to be... Read More

This no-nonsense waterfront joint dishes up fresh seafood. 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

Order the key lime pie; it has meringue and crust that oozes buttery lime juice. Read More

This unassuming, family-owned restaurant is easily recognizable by its green awning, Mexican murals, and large red, white, and green sign on the outside... Read More

Rusty Pelican was serving dinner with its city skyline views long before Miami’s signature skyscrapers rose. Floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows offer... Read More

In business since 1935 and housed in a 1938 Art Deco building, the S&S is an old-fashioned diner located just north of downtown. As they have since... Read More

This restaurant’s menu is a marriage between Caribbean and Italian cuisine with an emphasis on seafood. The oceanfront seating overlooks Higgs... 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

Sprawling from the street out onto the beach, this century-old spot serves surprisingly upscale food like sesame-crusted tuna. Read More

Sandy’s Café never closes so visitors can stop in for Cuban and Mexican cuisine anytime. Known especially for its generous-sized Cuban... Read More

Soft yellow lighting and warm wood accents are the more subtle design aspects at Sardinia Enoteca; more dramatic are the fully stocked wine racks that... Read More

After turning the original New York Scarpetta into a smash hit, chef Scott Conant opened this nautically themed outpost in Miami Beach's Fontainebleau... Read More

The vibe at James Beard Award-winning chef (and Miami native) Michelle Bernstein's Seagrape, with its low-slung dining room and bohemian vibe, is more... 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

Hidden behind an unassuming white-stuccoed exterior, this intimate dinner spot is the most secluded restaurant in town. Reservations are essential, but... 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

In Old Town, nurse a $7 frozen Rum Runner as the live music plays throughout the day. Read More

A neighborhood staple since 1989, this oceanside seafood joint combines Caribbean cuisine with a Florida vibe. A three-part endeavor, Waterfront is a... Read More

This enoteca on Lincoln Road employs a Morello Forni rotary stone hearth gas oven. Chefs Nicola and Fabrizio Carro hail from Alessandria in the Piedmont... 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

The tony restaurant, with its private booths, is ideal for a low-lit romantic dinner of Florida lobster. Read More

Neighbors rejoiced when James Beard award-winner Michelle Bernstein and her husband, David Martinez, opened Sra. Martinez in the Design District.... Read More

This trendy celebrity-magnet restaurant's organic and vegan menu continually wins converts—especially for the piccata with lemon-caper sauce. (Yes... Read More

The restaurant is rightfully famous for its oysters and superb St. Johns River views. Deep-fried treats come in paper wrapping like an Old Florida... Read More

An outpost of New York’s Sushi Samba, this South Beach restaurant employs a multicultural approach to sushi, using Japanese, Peruvian, and... Read More

You’d expect nothing less from a porcine joint named than a patty that blends short rib, brisket, and smoked pork. The Swine burger is the only burger... Read More

A haven for clubgoers seeking an affordable, fast dining option to satisfy their late night cravings, T-Mex has earned a following with its reliable... 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

Nightclub ambiance meets sumptuous Moroccan décor in this dimly lit South Beach restaurant that's the place to be on Monday nights. Claiming to... Read More

Located inside the Marriott Beachside Hotel, Tavern N Town chefs craft seasonal breakfast and dinner cuisine behind the Tapas Theater Kitchen, an open... 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

Located in the city's London Square, Tea 'n Sanity sells 100% organic teas and all natural products. The shop sells its extensive line of healing herbal... Read More

This certifiably funky Florida joint—think murals of leaping tarpon and a neon martini sign—serves local grouper, pompano, and soft-shell... 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

Restaurateur Stephen Starr has a magic touch when it comes to knowing when, where, and how to open new eateries. In the case of Miami Beach, he opted to... Read More

The Corner is the kind of magical-seeming  place where everyone knows your spirit of choice. The closest thing Miami may have to an actual... 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

With its taxidermy deer mounts and repurposed leather belts, the homey Old West tavern is an unexpected playground for owner and chef Cesar Zapata’s... Read More

The menu features pungent Italian food, from garlic-rubbed crostini to rack of lamb. Read More

The Lido—just off the main lobby of the hotel—is a highly designed Scandinavian-style room, but for the ultimate in casual chic, dine... Read More

Outdoor tables and plush wicker recliners contrast with tropical palm trees, hinting at the Mahogany Grille’s blending of Southern gentility and... Read More

This 100-year-old family-owned restaurant dishes up hearty Southern grits-filled lunches. 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

This pub on Captiva Island spills out onto the beach. There’s a modest menu of light fare, but our advice is to eat ahead. Instead, order a cold... 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

If the face pouring your drink looks familiar, it’s probably Julio Cabrera—winner of Bombay Sapphire’s  “Most Imaginative Bartender All-Stars,” GQ... Read More

The name says it all. The River Oyster Bar has been shucking bivalves since 2003. A favorite among locals, this spot has a happy hour when oysters are... Read More

This low-lit indie coffee shop-cafe has an edgy vibe and menu that dances from crawfish étouffée to crispy corn nuggets. 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

The restaurant is housed in a rebuilt historic cottage gutted by fire five years ago; the menu’s heavy on fish, of course—try the Gulf Coast... Read More

In 2003, renowned chef Tim Andriola opened his Mediterranean-Italian restaurant, Timo, in Sunny Isles Beach. With seating for around 100 people,... 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

The sleek centerpiece of the newly upscale north beach area, Trina, located in Starwood's Atlantic Hotel, is the brainchild of consulting chef Don... 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

Oenophiles flock to Uvaggio for the wine, but stay for the food. Chef Tanner Gil logged time on the Austin food scene before making his way to Miami,... 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

Nestled inside the Perez Art Museum, this restaurant’s views cast Miami as vibrant and colorful as the paintings inside. From a corner of the former... Read More

Established in 1971, this casual café began as a gathering place for Cuban exiles living in Little Havana. Over the decades, it has continued to... 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

Andrea Menichetti prepares hearty Tuscan fare (gnocchi with ricotta baked in parmesan olive oil), made with ingredients from his family's farm in Italy. Read More

EAT Check out the vintage Driftwood Resort on the waterfront by dining at its restaurant, known for family-friendly classics like battered fish baskets... 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

For dinner, book a garden table by the St. John River, and order the escargot with creamy garlic-saffron sauce and the house-made flatbread. Read More

Wood Tavern is as cool as its drinks—and crowd, as well as its sticker-plastered, graffiti-draped restrooms. The guys who work here consider themselves... 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

Dubbing itself "Diner 2.0," the Wynwood Diner is a sophisticated take on the classic American roadside establishment, thanks to luxurious leather... Read More

Chef Miguel Aguilar puts his stamp on the Latin-inflected menu, but the art-filled interiors are as much of a draw as the food. 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

An ode to all things Southern, Yardbird has been packing in patrons since the moment it first opened its doors in 2011. Oversized plates are meant to be... Read More

YUCA, which stands for Young Upscale Cuban-American, caters to just that crowd, and power brokers and the political class love to network at this Miami... Read More

In a sea of limitless oysters, sushi, and tataki, only the poached egg station evidences its brunch time. No Japanese izakaya would be complete without... Read More

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