Unique Dining Experiences in Orlando for Adults
Orlando boasts a bustling food scene where top celebrity chefs, acclaimed local eateries, food festivals and tours, and diverse neighborhood markets all compete for your mealtime attention. Throw in our world-famous foodie festivals, including those in the fall and spring, and adult visitors like you are sure to discover your favorite new dishes in Orlando — particularly at these popular dining districts.
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The famous open-air, walkable dining, shopping and district at Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney Springs has the highest concentration of celebrity-owned restaurants in the area, including José Andrés’ JALEO, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s Morimoto Asia, Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen, Rick Bayless’ Frontera Cocina, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, and others, with more still to come. Plus, Guy Fieri created a line of burgers and sandwiches for Planet Hollywood, on top of his own Chicken Guy! quick-service eatery. Even without celebrity attachments, foodie destinations like The Edison (which also serves Prohibition era cocktails) and Paddlefish deserve your attention.
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International Drive Entertainment District
As the name implies, global flavors can be found in the International Drive Entertainment District, aka I-Drive. For Cuban fare, try Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar at Pointe Orlando, which also has Brazilian and Greek covered with Rodizio Grill and Taverna Opa, respectively. Authentic Spanish cuisine? Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit at ICON Park®. Asian? Hanamizuki Japanese Restaurant. Italian? Mia’s Italian Kitchen. You can even catch live music while you dine at Tin Roof and Blake Shelton’s Ole Red at ICON Park, which is also home to Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips, serving up the celebrity chef’s take on the British favorite.
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Experience some of Orlando’s most delicious dining minutes from International Drive on Sand Lake Road, aka Restaurant Row. Standouts include James Beard-nominated Chef Henry Moso’s Kabooki Sushi, Christini’s Ristorante Italiano, Dragonfly — Robata Grill & Sushi, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Ocean Prime, Seasons 52, The Whiskey, Big Fin Seafood Kitchen, and Vines Grill & Wine Bar, among many others.
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This expansive shopping, dining and entertainment district at Universal Orlando Resort is no slouch when it comes to gourmet fare, including Bigfire, VIVO Italian Kitchen, and Fusion Bistro Sushi & Sake Bar™. You’ll also find numerous fun, themed restaurants at Universal CityWalk, such as Hard Rock Cafe & Live Orlando and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., plus a cornucopia of quick-service options. And don’t skip the incredible sweets at Voodoo Doughnut and The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen.
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DOWNTOWN ORLANDO AND NEARBY NEIGHBORHOODS
Some of the best reasons for adults to visit downtown Orlando and its adjacent neighborhoods are chef-driven eateries such as Artisan’s Table, The Boheme at the Grand Bohemian Hotel, The Stubborn Mule, and others. Thornton Park, which is adjacent to the downtown Orlando area, is home to Soco Restaurant, with Maxine’s on Shine just a little further east. Nearby, Kabooki Sushi is headed by two-time James Beard Award honoree Henry Moso. And in SoDo (aka South Downtown), Le Coq au Vin has been serving some of the region’s finest French fare since 1975. Other great downtown-area restaurants include Reyes Mezcaleria (headed by Food Network personality Wendy Lopez) in the North Quarter, Russell’s on Lake Ivanhoe and The Hall on the Yard in the Ivanhoe Village Main Street District, and The Monroe in the Parramore District.
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Orlando’s most refined suburb also offers some of the area’s most refined dining, just 25 minutes north of our main tourism districts. On Park Avenue, for example, you’ll find Prato, the Winter Park restaurant from award-winning local chef Brandon McGlamery. (A second restaurant featuring his creations, Luke’s Kitchen, is about 15 minutes away in the city of Maitland.) Other Winter Park standouts include blu on the avenue and The Ravenous Pig, the latter of which is headed up by the husband-and-wife chef team of James and Julie Petrakis. The Petrakises and McGlamery are all James Beard Foundation Award semifinalists. Still more options await gourmets, including Bulla Gastrobar, Chez Vincent, Hamilton’s Kitchen, Rocco’s Italian Grille & Bar, and many others.
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