Winter Park Restaurants & Entertainment

New-world sophistication meets old-world charm in Winter Park, a picturesque city where arts and culture are part of everyday life. Here, you can spend a relaxing evening on tree-lined Park Avenue and its surrounding streets, which comprise a lush neighborhood brimming with chic bistros, fine dining, gastropubs, trendy wine rooms, museums, art galleries and specialty boutiques. Visit and you'll soon understand why the area has been dubbed the “Rodeo Drive of the South!”

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This city boasts a large concentration of independent restaurants, many proudly serving locally sourced menus. Several of Winter Park’s restaurants are headed by James Beard Award-nominated chefs, including James and Julie Petrakis of The Ravenous Pig and Brandon McGlamery of Winter Park’s Prato, as well as Luke’s Kitchen in nearby Maitland.

But the fact is, you don’t have to look hard to find exceptional dining in Winter Park. Other standouts that deserve any serious gourmet’s attention include Reel Fish Coastal Kitchenblu on the avenue310 Park South, The Tap Room at Dubsdread, VINIA Wine & Kitchen, and Hamilton’s Kitchen, which is located inside The Alfond Inn. For international flair, make reservations at Antonio’s, Bulla Gastrobar, Chez Vincent, Rocco’s Italian Grille & Bar, or Umi Sushi.  And for desserts you must taste to believe, stop by The Glass Knife, headed by Executive Chef Stuart Whitfield of Walt Disney World® Resort culinary fame.

Winter Park has much more for visitors beyond superb dining. The city was originally created as a retreat for wealthy northerners in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, popular for warm temperatures and natural surroundings. The same amenities that originally attracted visitors are still in pristine condition and are a must-see for locals and visitors alike.

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canal along the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour
Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour

The area is centered around a chain of spring-fed lakes covering 2,781 acres, including Lake Virginia, Lake Osceola, Lake Maitland, Lake Mizell and Lake Minnehaha. These are connected by a series of old logging canals, re-dug and repurposed for boat traffic in the 1930s. Fishing, swimming, kayaking and other water sports are now common among the lakes, but one of the best ways to see them is via the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour.

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No matter what you do or where you eat in Winter Park, you’ll benefit from enhanced health and sanitization measures designed to protect you. Numerous Winter Park restaurants also capitalize on the region’s beautiful skies by offering open-air seating, and delivery and takeout services are widely available. Taste the best of Winter Park during your next visit to Orlando!

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 attractions, restaurants and other businesses for their current status.