Embark on the ultimate foodie adventure at restaurants loved by Orlando’s locals, including Brandon McGlamery's Prato (pictured).
Updated Feb. 19, 2021
The dining options in Orlando’s tourism district are world-famous, and for good reason. But as Orlando residents and many destination visitors know, our local restaurants are equally incredible, thanks to award-winning culinary masterminds who are dedicated to seasonal menus and the farm-to-table movement.
Learn more: Orlando Restaurants
Accordingly, if you’re a serious foodie who’s coming to Orlando, you’ll want to visit the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods, including Thornton Park and Winter Park. You can also dine with confidence thanks to enhanced health and safety measures designed to protect you, including reduced capacity, increased sanitization, and face-mask and social-distancing policies, Several of these eateries also offer al-fresco dining and takeout or delivery services. Read on for our suggested tour stops for building the ultimate 24-hour foodie adventure at some of the best Orlando restaurants, as voted by locals.
Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified or closed. Learn more about healthy travel and what’s open in Orlando, and check with your favorite attractions for their current status.
Breakfast/Brunch: Se7en Bites
Found in Orlando’s trendy Milk District neighborhood not far from downtown, this from-scratch eatery specializes in nostalgic Southern comfort food, particularly breakfast and brunch fare.
Mid-Morning Fun: Park Avenue
Just 20 minutes from downtown Orlando, Winter Park is known for its brick streets, quaint shops, inspiring museums and delicious eateries, the bulk of which can be found along this tree-lined street. Try some smaller offerings at a range of culinary hotspots, including Umi Japanese Fusion.
Learn more: Winter Park
Lunch: RusTeak at College Park
Head to College Park, just north of downtown Orlando, for lunch at RusTeak. Featuring a menu that changes monthly with gourmet, hand-crafted sandwiches, burgers, flatbreads, steaks, seafood, pasta and more, it also earned Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence for 2014-15. No wonder, given that it features more than 150 wines from around the world, including 22 varieties offered by the glass.
Learn more: College Park
Afternoon Activities: Orlando Breweries
Besides being a foodie paradise, Orlando is home to a burgeoning craft-beer community. Central Florida’s oldest in that regard is downtown’s Orlando Brewing, which usually offers free tours. The adjacent Ivanhoe Village district has Ten10 Brewing Company and Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company. While you’re in the area, you can also stroll through automotive history while enjoying more to eat and drink at Ace Cafe Orlando.
Learn more: Orlando Breweries
First Dinner: Prato
The winner of multiple awards, including James Beard nominations, Brandon McGlamery is one of Orlando’s most acclaimed chefs. You can you taste his creations at Winter Park's Prato and Luke’s Kitchen in nearby Maitland, but if you only have room in your schedule for one of them, make it this stylish spot.
Learn more: Top Orlando Chefs
Second Dinner: Artisan’s Table
Yes, a second dinner. Take a quick jaunt back to downtown Orlando (or down the street if you’re already in the area) for Artisan's Table: an intimate, foodie-friendly eatery that features a constantly evolving menu with locally sourced ingredients. In fact, their offerings are so fresh, the menu has been known to change daily.
Learn more: Downtown Orlando
Dessert: Better Than Sex
This adults-only, sit-down dessert restaurant is in Ivanhoe Village, adjacent to downtown Orlando. With gorgeous décor, cozy booths, romantic lighting and out-of-this-world sweets, it’s "food porn" at its best. However, reservations are strongly recommended. If you have kids with you, we suggest staying at Artisan’s Table and trying their daily dessert creations.
Learn more: Ivanhoe Village
Nightcap: Downtown Orlando
As long as you’re downtown, you can cap off the night at any number of popular clubs and lounges throughout the vicinity. If you’re interested in doing some bar-hopping, head to Wall St. Plaza, featuring The Hen House, Waitiki and other bars, or Church Street, which is home to Latitudes, Chillers and others.
Depending on the time of your visit, you can complement your Orlando foodie adventure with any of these acclaimed, food-focused happenings!
Spring Food Festivals & Events in Orlando
- Downtown Food & Wine Fest (February)
- Seven Seas Food Festival (February – May)
- Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (March – May)
Fall Food Festivals & Events in Orlando
- Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining® (August – September)
- Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (August – November)
- Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic (November)
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