Unique Dining Experiences for Adults in Orlando
Looking for fun restaurants in Orlando for adults? We boast 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. Don’t forget about our world-famous foodie festivals, either, including those in the fall and spring!
Walt Disney World® Resort’s walkable dining, shopping and entertainment destination has the highest concentration of celebrity-owned restaurants in the area, including José Andrés’ JALEO, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s Morimoto Asia, Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen, Rick Bayless’ Frontera Cocina, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, and 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.
Learn more: Orlando’s Celebrity Chefs
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.
Just minutes from International Drive on Sand Lake Road, you can experience a grouping of some of Orlando’s most delicious dining. Standouts include Roy Yamaguchi’s Roy’s Restaurant, Christini’s Ristorante Italiano, Dragonfly — Robata Grill & Sushi, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Ocean Prime, The H Cuisine, Seasons 52 and Vines Grill & Wine Bar.
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
Some of the best reasons for adults to visit downtown Orlando are chef-driven eateries such as Artisan’s Table, The Boheme at the Grand Bohemian Hotel, DoveCote Restaurant and others. Thornton Park, which is adjacent to the downtown Orlando area, is home to Soco Restaurant, with Maxine’s on Shine just a little further east. Nearby, Kabooki Sushi is headed by James Beard “Rising Star Chef of the Year” semifinalist Henry Moso. College Park, about 15 minutes from downtown, has RusTeak.
Learn more: Orlando’s Top Local Chefs
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, is about 15 minutes away in the city of Maitland.) Other Winter Park standouts include blu on the avenue and The Ravenous Pig, the latter of which is headed up by the husband-and-wife chef team of James and Julie Petrakis. The Petrakises and McGlamery are all James Beard Foundation Award semifinalists.
Learn more: Orlando’s Local Foodie Favorites