Throughout the Orlando destination, culinary delights can be found at hidden-gem restaurants inside top hotels and resorts.

Throughout the Orlando destination, culinary delights can be found at hidden-gem restaurants inside top hotels and resorts.

By Nate Shelton

With more than 5,000 restaurants throughout the destination, Orlando presents a vast array of dining options. Many of our best eateries are easy to track down, but as visitors and locals have discovered, numerous hidden gems can be found inside our resorts and hotels, including these six standouts.

Restaurants in Orlando's Tourism District

Norman’s at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Norman's at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

1. Norman's at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes: The only Floridian inducted into the prestigious James Beard list of "Who's Who in American Food and Beverage," Norman Van Aken is a homegrown celebrity chef. This is his original Orlando-area restaurant, with a second enterprise, 1921 by Norman Van Aken, located in Mount Dora, about 40 minutes northwest of downtown Orlando. At Norman's, you can opt for seating in the elegant, rotunda-shaped dining room, or dine outside with a tranquil view.

Tabla Restaurant at Clarion Inn & Suites — Orlando
Tabla Restaurant at Clarion Inn & Suites — Orlando

2. Tabla Restaurant at Clarion Inn & Suites — Orlando: Recently remodeled, Tabla presents a symphony of Indian, Chinese and Thai flavors, with dishes designed to delight neophytes and connoisseurs alike. What's more, their ambience, service and presentation are every bit as good as the food, all of which earned them a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award in 2016.

Hemisphere Restaurant at Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport
Hemisphere Restaurant at Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport

3. Hemisphere Restaurant at Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport: Led by Executive Chef Jefferey Powell, Hemisphere focuses on robust, international flavors; seasonal, local ingredients; and careful pairings of select wines and cocktails. The restaurant also features incredible, panoramic views of Orlando International Airport and the surrounding landscape.

Chef’s Table at The Edgewater in Winter Garden
Chef's Table at The Edgewater in Winter Garden

4. The Chef's Table at The Edgewater and The Tasting Room: Located inside The Historic Edgewater Hotel in Winter Garden, about 25 minutes from Disney, this is technically two restaurants in one. In the main dining room, enjoy an ever-changing, three-course, prix-fixe meal with optional wine pairings. Also on the premises, The Tasting Room features small plates, cocktails, beer, wine and entertainment.

Restaurants in Downtown Orlando and Winter Park

The Boheme at Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando
The Boheme at Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando

5. The Boheme at Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando: The Grand Bohemian is arguably downtown Orlando's most prestigious hotel, and this on-site restaurant has much to do with its refined reputation. Like the hotel itself, The Boheme is tastefully decorated with an eclectic array of art. More to the point, Chef Laurent Hollaender and his staff present deliciously inventive takes on classic dishes, such as Colorado Lamb T-Bone and Beef Tenderloin Au Poivre.

Hamilton’s Kitchen at The Alfond Inn in Winter Park
Hamilton's Kitchen at The Alfond Inn in Winter Park

6. Hamilton's Kitchen at The Alfond Inn: In addition to displaying an exquisite collection of contemporary art on loan from Rollins College's Cornell Fine Arts Museum, this upscale hotel in Winter Park, about 20 minutes from downtown Orlando, is also home to one of the area's best eateries. They specialize in traditional Southern fare fusing locally sourced ingredients with rustic, open-table charm.

Life Is More Delicious in Orlando

No matter your preference when it comes to cuisine, ambience or even price point, Orlando has the perfect restaurant for you. For the latest developments in the destination's ever-evolving dining scene, check our blog often, as well as our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest accounts.

Cover photo credit: Outside dining at Norman's at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

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Nate Shelton
Written by Nate Shelton, Consumer Content Writer at Visit Orlando. He’s a native Floridian who appreciates the entertainment, historical and culinary aspects of Orlando and Orange County.

 

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