While its world-famous theme parks are the headliners for Orlando, dining has also become widely recognized as a must-do. Orlando’s diverse dining scene offers a variety of restaurants with distinguished chefs from around the world to eclectic urban neighborhood eats. The dining scene continues to grow and expand, showcasing original and creative restaurants.
Vegetarian and Vegan
Recently named one of the best cities for vegans and vegetarians by WalletHub, visitors traveling to Orlando no longer have to struggle to find mouthwatering cuisine.
- At the theme parks, Walt Disney World Resort has added more than 400 plant-based menu items at all major quick-service and table-service restaurants, both in the theme parks and the hotels. Universal Orlando Resort also features plant-based menu options at select restaurants. SeaWorld Orlando now offers the Impossible Burger on menus across the park.
- Weekend visitors can enjoy an all-plant-based brunch at Proper & Wild, an “elevated version” of The Sanctum Café’s veggie-and-grain bowls – mostly vegan, but dairy and egg options are available too.
- Independent coffeehouse and café Craft & Common offers vegan milk options including oat and almond, as well as vegan snacks and desserts.
- Greenery Creamery serves up a mix of vegan and traditional ice cream, with specialties like black charcoal waffle cones and seasonal flavors like BlackBerry White Chocolate Pie.
- Hungry Pants in downtown Orlando offers unique plant-based meals and vegan comfort foods in a fast-fine setting.
- Humbl is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant offering fast casual favorites, all plant based, from all-natural ingredients and crafted by celebrity chef and founding partner, Matthew Kenney.
Dining with a View
From stellar waterfront views to rooftops and people-watching, there’s an abundance of spots to enjoy outdoor dining.
- Enjoy breakfast at Egg & Oats in Winter Garden, where the coveted outdoor tables offer a front-row seat to the comings and goings of locals along the old-fashioned thoroughfare.
- Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar at Universal CityWalk offers seating on the upstairs porch with a sweeping view of the high-energy entertainment district and roller coasters as a backdrop.
- For memorable views of Epcot and Magic Kingdom fireworks, visit California Grill on the top floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, or nearby Capa rooftop steakhouse at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort.
- Enjoy a view of the water at The Boathouse at Disney Springs for oysters or a fresh catch. Nearby is Paddlefish at Disney Springs, where the best views are from the top deck with a craft cocktail and seafood.
- Visitors can head to Hillstone in Winter Park, where the sunsets are memorable from the Adirondack chairs, and the open kitchen turns out fantastic fare. In Lake Nona, Canvas Restaurant & Market offers a delicious brunch with a stunning lake-view; guests can enjoy sweet potato kimchi pancakes or the canvas benedict.
- Sharks Underwater Grill at SeaWorld Orlando gives guests the opportunity to dine alongside a world of swimming sharks, while Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge overlooks zebras, giraffes and other wildlife.
Tacos are all the rage in Orlando, with several taqueria’s popping up across Orlando neighborhoods.
- In Mills 50, Black Rooster Taqueria focuses on sustainability and local ingredients, with guacamole that is often voted the best in town.
- Winter Park’s Hunger Street Tacos offers authentic tastes from food found in Mexico City, like a trendy grilled cheese with halloumi, refried beans, serrano-lime salsa and mint.
- In downtown Orlando, Reyes Mezcaleria focuses on mescal and high-end eats such as Hamachi tostada, duck breast and roasted squash mole.
- MX Taco is a fast-casual restaurant featuring fresh tacos, traditional soups and street corn in the style of a traditional Mexican kitchen.
- Gringos Locos is known for their famous Double D tacos, which is queso spread on a soft tortilla wrapped around a crunch tortilla filled with your choice of meat and toppings.
Orlando is an expanding enclave of authentic Asian food markets and restaurants.
- Mills 50 is home to the largest Vietnamese American community in Florida. Visitors can try a diverse range of Asian cuisine such as, Pho 88, Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa, Sticky Rice and King Bao. One of Orlando’s newest bars, Tori Tori, is a modern Japanese pub where visitors can find classic cocktails with a Japanese twist and unique bar bites that range from pork belly gyozas to grilled flying Japanese squid.
- Domu in East End Market (and Dr. Phillips) serves up house-made ramen and the city’s best Korean chicken wings. Nearby, Kadence features elegant sushi and omakase-style dining with three young chefs.
- Downtown, The Ramen features hand-stretched ramen, bento and donburi (Japanese rice bowls) from a former Epcot chef. Taste of Chengdu on West Colonial Drive takes diners to the Sichuan Province of China with bold, fiery dishes.
- Sushi Pop’s Winter Park outpost adds ramen to the Chef Chau Trinh’s award-winning sushi menu that gained a loyal following at its Oviedo location.
- Inspired by ancient Japanese theater, Kabooki Sushi on Sand Lake and East Colonial offers a variety of sushi plates, including a six-course meal customized by the chef called omakase.
Southern and Local
There’s no place like home with these Southern-inspired eateries.
- For a Southern flair, Winter Park’s Ravenous Pig is the place for craft cocktails and everything from ham ‘n biscuits to a hearty pork porterhouse.
- Try 4 Rivers Smokehouse (multiple locations), named “One of the South’s Best BBQ Joints” by Southern Living
- For down-home cuisine with an upscale vibe like chicken and lobster dumplings, head to Soco in Thornton Park.
- For quick and casual, Orlando Meats is a whole-animal butcher shop serving light breakfast and lunch. The menu is based on available cuts and local produce.
Eat Dessert First
While all of Orlando’s restaurants offer savories, sweets are the pièce de résistance.
- In Audubon Park, head to P Is for Pie for small-batch artisan pies and tarts. Gideon’s Bakehouse combines vintage desserts with modern recipes and offers the best chocolate chip cookie in Florida.
- In Winter Park, The Glass Knife creates delicious cakes (add a glass of Champagne with your slice) almost too pretty to eat. Nearby, KrungThep Tea Time offers a variety of Dessert Toasts, like the Matcha Emperor.
- Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs serves up out-of-this-world desserts like a Brownie Sundae Martini and Cosmic Cotton Candy milkshakes topped with cotton candy, rainbow sprinkles and chocolate covered pretzels.
- At Universal City Walk, Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen is a steampunk-inspired restaurant that creates one-of-a-kind desserts ranging from Salted Caramel Flan to Bacon Brittle.
If you’re looking for an upscale evening with cuisine and service to match, these award-winning restaurants stand the test of time.
- For a great steak in a gorgeous setting, Bull & Bear at the Waldorf Astoria serves Prime grade certified Angus beef.
- At Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Victoria & Albert’s is the only AAA Five-Diamond restaurant in Central Florida.
- Award-winning chef José Andrés serves the flavors of Spain at Jaleo in Disney Springs.
- Winter Park’s Luma on Park features New American cuisine with a Florida accent.
- The H Cuisine offers casual fine dining with a Mediterranean twist at Dr. Phillips.
A major trend in recent years, food halls continue to develop in Orlando’s growing food scene. The multi-faceted markets feature a variety of options for guests to choose from.
- The leader is seven-year-old East End Market, with everything from craft beer and farm-to-table cuisine to cookies and fromage.
- Plant Street Market in Winter Garden houses its own craft brewery, food vendors ranging from wood-fired pizza to vegan eats, and local artisans.
- Downtown’s Market on Magnolia stretches two stories with a full bar (75 craft beers) and food stalls.
- Boxi Park at Lake Nona, constructed out of repurposed shipping containers, features restaurants and bars as well as an outdoor stage and beach volleyball.
- The Wheelhouse Market Food Hall at ICON Park offers authentic and global foods, desserts and a selection of craft beers.
James Beard Chefs and a Master Sommelier
Orlando’s growing food community includes nominees and winners of the coveted James Beard Award.
- Winners with restaurants in Orlando include Chef José Andrés, Jaleo; Chef Rick Bayless, Frontera Cocina; Chef Melissa Kelly, Primo; Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Morimoto Asia; Chef Wolfgang Puck, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill; and Chef Art Smith, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’.
- Nominees with restaurants in Orlando include Chef Scott Hunnel, Victoria & Albert’s; Chef John Tesar, Knife & Spoon; Chef Brandon McGlamery, Luke’s, Prato and Luma on Park; Chefs James and Julie Petrakis, The Ravenous Pig, The Polite Pig, Cask & Larder, and Swine & Sons.
- Orlando has the only Florida restaurant owned and operated by a master sommelier, Wine Bar George, with Master Sommelier George Miliotes at the helm.
With visitors from around the world, Orlando offers more than 40 different international cuisines across its various neighborhoods.
- There’s Malaysian food at Rasa, Mexican-Portuguese at Bem Bom and Spanish tapas at Santiago’s Bodega.
- Sample Iranian food at Shiraz. Savor some Indian plates at Tamarind or Mynt; Enjoy a Cuban meal at Black Bean Deli or Padrino’s.
- Nile and Selam feature Ethiopian cuisine, while Cedar’s is Lebanese.
- Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine is cozy spot filled with warm color tones and Turkish ebru paintings featuring traditional Turkish foods like kebabs, falafel and lamb dishes.
- DoveCote is a neighborhood brasserie located in downtown Orlando featuring French inspired flavors.
- There are endless dining opportunities surrounding Orlando’s world-famous theme parks. International Drive and nearby Restaurant Row are two of the most diverse streets of dining anywhere in the world.
Make your feed stand out with these Instagram-worthy items, both in and outside of theme parks.
- Foxtail’s Farmhouse serves Coffee Cone Lattes, a latte in a chocolate-coated, sprinkle-dipped waffle cone.
- Ice and Bites Café has a Taiyaki Ice Cream Cone, a fish-shaped vanilla waffle piled with ice cream, pocky fruit and more.
- Uncle Julio’s Mexican from Scratch serves a Chocolate Pinata, one of the most camera-worthy desserts. It comes to the table on a short hook and is served with a small wooden hammer and is full of an assortment of seasonal fruit and churros.
- Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen features the coveted Red Velvet Milkshake, a mason jar rimmed with rainbow sprinkles, filled with creamy vanilla ice cream blended with raspberry sauce and a whole red velvet cake on top, then topped with another red velvet cupcake with whipped cream and a cherry.
- The Edison serves up its famous Clothesline Candied Bacon, consisting of four-pieces of maple-syrup-crusted bacon sprinkled with black pepper, hanging from a mini clothesline.
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