People eating at a sushi bar, while sushi chefs prepare orders, at Morimoto Asia restaurant in Disney Springs
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Unique Dining Experiences for Adults in Orlando

Orlando boasts a bustling food scene featuring top celebrity chefs, acclaimed local eateries, food festivals and tours, and diverse neighborhood markets. They’re all waiting for you to grab a seat at the table — particularly at these heavily visited dining districts.

Disney Springs

Walt Disney World® Resort’s walkable dining, shopping and entertainment destination has the highest concentration of celebrity-owned restaurants in the area, including Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s Morimoto Asia, Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen, and José Andrés’ JALEO, among others, with more still to come. Plus, Guy Fieri created a line of burgers and sandwiches for Planet Hollywood, on top of his own Chicken Guy! quick-service eatery. Even without celebrity attachments, foodie destinations like The Edison, STK, Paddlefish and Paradiso 37 deserve your attention.

International Drive Area

As the name implies, world flavors can be found on and near International Drive. For Cuban fare, try Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar at Pointe Orlando, while authentic Mexican cuisine can be found at Uncle Julio’s. Hungry for Indian? Hit up Tabla Restaurant. Italian? Vincenzo Cucina Italiana. And if you like some entertainment with your meal, join the fun at Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show or the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show.

Restaurant Row

Just minutes from International Drive on Sand Lake Road, you can experience a grouping of some of Orlando’s most delicious dining. Standouts include Christini’s Ristorante Italiano, Dragonfly — Robata Grill & Sushi, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Ocean Prime, Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar, Roy Yamaguchi’s Roy’s Restaurant, Seasons 52 and Vines Grill & Wine Bar.

Couple sharing dessert during a romantic meal in Orlando.

Universal CityWalk

This shopping, dining and entertainment district at Universal Orlando Resort is no slouch when it comes to gourmet fare, including VIVO Italian Kitchen and Fusion Bistro Sushi & Sake Bar™. You’ll also find numerous fun, themed restaurants, such as Hard Rock Cafe & Live Orlando and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., and a cornucopia of quick-service options. And don’t skip the incredible sweets at Voodoo Doughnut and The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen.

Downtown Orlando and Nearby Neighborhoods

One of the best reasons for adults to visit downtown Orlando is The Rusty Spoon, the Silver Spoon-winning restaurant from James Beard nominee Kathleen Blake. Nearby, you’ll find other chef-driven eateries such as Artisan’s Table, The Boheme at the Grand Bohemian Hotel, DoveCote Brasserie and others. Thornton Park, which is adjacent to the downtown Orlando area, is home to Soco Restaurant. Similarly, College Park, about 15 minutes from downtown, has K Restaurant.

Winter Park

Orlando’s most refined suburb also offers some of the area’s most refined dining. On Park Avenue, for example, you’ll find Prato and Luma on Park, two Winter Park restaurants from award-winning local chef Brandon McGlamery. (A third restaurant featuring his creations, Luke’s Kitchen and Bar, is about 15 minutes away in the city of Maitland.) Other Winter Park standouts include blu on the avenue, Umi Japanese Restaurant and The Ravenous Pig, the latter of which is headed up by the award-winning husband-and-wife chef team of James and Julie Petrakis.