Explore Unique Dining in Orlando
In Orlando, dining is all about sizzle that makes you go “ooh.” If you’re the type who can’t decide what to eat until you see it, head to one of Orlando’s expansive dining and nightlife districts, where you can choose from dishes prepared by celebrity chefs, local legends, global cuisines and lots of farm-to-table goodness.
Disney Springs at Walt Disney World® Resort is a destination in its own right. Here, you’ll find dishes from around the world, innovative fusions and delicious counter-service options — not to mention the largest concentration of celebrity chefs in Orlando.
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Not that you need a celebrity to have an unforgettable meal at Disney Springs. For instance, The Edison offers a robust mix of classic American cuisine, craft cocktails and unique entertainment, including burlesque on weekend evenings. It’s one of many imaginative Orlando eateries waiting for you exclusively at Disney Springs.
Described as “The Epicenter of Awesome,” Universal CityWalk offers restaurants, retailers and fun at the nexus of Universal Orlando Resort’s theme parks. It’s also home to some of Orlando’s tastiest dining.
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Two unforgettable choices are the steampunk-influenced Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen and one-of-a-kind fusion at The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar. You’ll also discover several themed restaurants covering a range of cuisines.
International Drive and Restaurant Row
Whatever you’re craving, you’ll find it on International Drive — and often at budget-friendly prices. For instance, at ICON Park™, dining options include Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit, Tin Roof and Yard House. Nearby, Pointe Orlando is home to Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, B.B. King’s Blues Club, Lafayette’s and Taverna Opa, among others. More great fare awaits in this area, including standalone eateries and hotel restaurants.
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Just a short trip from International Drive, Orlando’s Restaurant Row district is a dining revelation in its own right. It features some of Orlando’s most acclaimed eateries, including Dragonfly — Robata Grill & Sushi, Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood and others.
Meet Orlando’s Celebrity Chefs
Orlando’s sensational dining scene includes numerous celebrity chefs — and you’ll find the lion’s share at Disney Springs. Current options include José Andrés’ JALEO and Pepe, Masaharu Morimoto’s Morimoto Asia, Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen, Guy Fieri at Planet Hollywood and Chicken Guy!, Rick Bayless’ Frontera Cocina, and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill. Additionally, Master Sommelier George Miliotes holds court at Wine Bar George.
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Minutes from Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, fresh seafood is expertly paired with worldwide coastal cuisines at Todd English’s bluezoo. Closer to the Orange County Convention Center, you can experience Primo by Melissa Kelly at JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes, while Roy Yamaguchi brings his adventurous Pacific Rim flavors to Roy’s Restaurant on Orlando’s famous Restaurant Row. Got a sweet tooth? Stop by Carlo’s Bakery at The Florida Mall®, where you can sample creations from Buddy Valastro of Cake Boss fame.
Local Award-Winning Chefs
Orlando has a bevy of homegrown culinary geniuses who are ready to dazzle you with their skills and knowledge. For starters, we have a semifinalist in the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chefs of the South” category: Brandon McGlamery of Winter Park’s Luma on Park and Prato, as well as Maitland’s Luke’s Kitchen.
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Fellow James Beard Award nominees James and Julie Petrakis are the masterminds behind Winter Park’s The Ravenous Pig and Disney Springs’ The Polite Pig. And prior to joining Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar at Pointe Orlando, Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot earned James Beard Awards for Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic Region, and Best Single Subject Cookbook in 2002. In 2020, Chef Norman Van Aken — the only Floridian on the prestigious James Beard list of “Who’s Who in American Food and Beverage” — will open a new version of his long-running Norman’s on Restaurant Row.