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. And from Aug. 27 – Oct. 17, 2021, Orlando’s dining scene is more affordable than ever thanks to Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining!
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. Many of our restaurants also offer open-air seating where you can enjoy their culinary creations under beautiful skies, as well as takeout, pickup and delivery options, giving you many ways to taste the best of Orlando dining!
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Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified. Learn more about healthy travel in Orlando, and check with your favorite restaurants and other businesses for their current status.
Orlando Dining: As Seen on Atlanta Eats!
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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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.
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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, 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.
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 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.
In fall 2021, 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. 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 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, ICON Park’s dining options 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, The H Orlando, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood and others.
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