In Orlando, dining is all about sizzle that makes you go “ooh,” presentation that gets your eyes popping, and flavors that take you all the way around the world — and back home again. 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 MICHELIN Guide honorees, celebrity chefs, local legends, global cuisines and lots of farm-to-table goodness.
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Don’t take our word about the divine deliciousness of Orlando dining — just ask the Emmy Award-winning TV show Atlanta Eats, which came to town for a special “On the Road” edition! Hosted by Katie Farmand from Edible Orlando, the segment showcases our diverse and eclectic dining scene, including acclaimed restaurants Bull & Bear® at Waldorf Astoria® Orlando, Maxine’s on Shine, Domu, Pharmacy Orlando, Bad As’s Sandwiches, and Plant Street Market/Crooked Can Brewing Company.
Make these exceptional eateries part of your dining plans the next time you’re in Orlando!
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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.
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Minutes from Disney Springs, you can experience Four Flamingos, A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress and Todd English’s bluezoo at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Closer to the Orange County Convention Center, dig into Primo by Melissa Kelly at JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes, with Top Chef’s John Tesar helming Knife & Spoon at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes.
At ICON Park®, Roberto Treviño of Iron Chef America and Food Network fame oversees the menu at Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit, while Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips debuted in 2021. 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.
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 Prato and Maitland’s Luke’s Kitchen.
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.
Hot off of back-to-back James Beard Award nominations, Chef Henry Moso serves his Kabooki Sushi in two locations, including the downtown area and on Restaurant Row. Other local favorites include Wendy Lopez of Reyes Mezcaleria and Trina Gregory-Propst of Se7en Bites, with both making frequent Food Network appearances.
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 discover more themed restaurants covering a range of cuisines, as well as mouthwatering gourmet choices such as the flame-focused Bigfire, VIVO Italian Kitchen and more.
Whatever you’re craving, you’ll find it on International Drive — and often at budget-friendly prices. For instance, dining options at ICON Park include Blake Shelton’s Ole Red, plus Tin Roof, Yard House and Robert Treviño’s aforementioned Tapa Toro. Nearby, Pointe Orlando is home to Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar 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, Christini’s Ristorante Italiano, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood and others.
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In downtown Orlando and its adjacent neighborhoods, dine from an impressive array of global and regional flavors. Choose from gourmet farm-to-table goodness at Artisan’s Table, or award-winning food served over Lake Eola at 310 Lakeside. Opt for upscale dining at The Boheme, DoveCote Restaurant or Russell’s on Lake Ivanhoe. Go international at Reyes Mezcaleria and the French-influenced Bites & Bubbles. And get a real taste of Orlando at venues like Maxine’s on Shine, The Strand Food & Drink, and The Tap Room at Dubsdread, among others.
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Just north of downtown, stately Winter Park features some of the Orlando area’s most acclaimed restaurants. In addition to The Ravenous Pig and Prato, top eateries in this area include Chez Vincent, The Glass Knife and Hamilton’s Kitchen, to name a few. Bite into all of them during your next visit!
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