Yes, you can dine with your favorite cartoon character nearby, but the 10 best restaurants in Orlando, Florida will surprise you, too. (Johnny’s Hideaway, we see you!) For example: You can eat in a jungle or alongside a giant Tyrannosaurus. And there are more than enough chain restaurants to dine at that any human can handle. But it’s also worth keeping in mind that this popular central Florida city also boasts some pretty spectacular establishments and meals for more serious-minded diners that serve up everything from down-home cooking to five-star cuisine, with plenty of fresh fish and seafood to go around. So sample some of the eclectic cuisine at the 10 best restaurants in Orlando, Florida, all of which will leave you craving more.
Not only is Victoria & Albert’s considered among the best dining options at Disney, it’s one of the best restaurants in the Southeast.Fine dining at its finest, this restaurant shows off farm-fresh ingredients with classical French technique. Try one of the tasting menus with wine pairings for the best experience.
American and Mediterranean cuisines meld together at this beautiful resort restaurant. What makes it one of the 10 best restaurants in Orlando, besides the wine list and the tasting menus, is that you can also choose to dine with an Imagineer from Disney, too.
James Beard Award-winning chef Norman Van Aken’s New World cuisine takes the stage at his aptly named Norman’s. Considered one of the best hotel restaurants anywhere, try yucca-stuffed shrimp or Brazilian conch chowder or even a dry-aged ribeye. It’s all beyond good here.
This modern gastropub serves up contemporary American fare, and the food’s only matched by the artisan cocktails. And both the cocktails and the cuisine are seasonal, and served up with a cool, eclectic atmosphere.
White table cloths, warm and clubby atmosphere, and fantastic, dry-aged steaks and seafood, what’s not to love? This award-winning restaurant serves up big portions, including an appetizer called the Pasta Explosion (pasta negra de bellota and parmigiano reggiano).
Great Italian food served up with great lake views is what you’ll get at Enzo’s. This traditional Italian restaurant garners praise not just for its food, but also for its attentive service and ambiance.
Elegant, airy atmosphere, a wood-burning oven and chic décor set the stage for a delicious table. The cuisine is called New African, with an expansive South African wine list to match its inventive dishes.
Jeanette Hurt is the award-winning writer and author of eight culinary and
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