- Virág Gulyás
In addition to countless tourist attractions, Orlando boasts endless options when it comes to food. From opulent haute cuisine establishments to themed spots to local street food venues, the city showcases a spinning and diverse dining scene. Although some venues have been among the favourites for years, other new names have quickly earned a position quickly among the latest top 10 local restaurants, redrawing the former culinary scene.
The Boheme Restaurant
Located in Orlando’s Grand Bohemian Hotel in the downtown area, The Boheme earned its name for combining excellent seafood with exceptional jazz sounds. While the heart of the menu is a variety of meat, fish and seafood specialties offered by the chef’s station or an a la carte menu, the venue’s Imperial Grand Bösendorfer Piano is loud from the region’s greatest jazz artists. Concerts are frequent, and so are art displays at the venue’s gallery.
Café Tu Tu Tango
An artsy, vibrant and fun place that stands out from the hectic culinary scene of International Drive, Café Tu Tu Tango serves ‘food for the starving artist’. Indeed, local artists’ works fill the venue (paintings are for sale), while evenings get loud with flamenco dancing or painting-themed events, Café Tu Tu Tango is a unique place fusing art, tastes and community. Enjoy a glass of sangria that is praised by guests, or a tapas-style selection of delectable plates.
Café Tu Tu Tango, 8625 International Drive, Orlando, FL, USA, +1 407 248 2222
Christner’s Prime Steak and Lobster
The award-winning, old-fashioned steakhouse Christner’s Prime Steak and Lobster is famed for serving the finest steaks in town. With a special focus on prime meats and lobster, the venue stands out for its high quality and affordable prices, while ensuring a high-end dining experience. Christner’s décor follows a dark-wooden touch that is combined with red leather chairs and clean-lined tables, creating a characteristic ambiance.
Christner’s Prime Steak and Lobster, 729 Lee Rd, Orlando, FL, USA, +1 407 645 4443
Dandelion Communitea Café
Dandelion Communitea Café is a true gem in Orlando’s dining scene, with a philosophy and concept that easily and justly stand out from the crowd. Governed by progressive-minded and health-conscious ideas, Dandelion is a colorful, greenhouse café that serves the city’s healthiest tastes. It’s an exciting vibrant hippy spot, where rules are few, apart from when it comes to the ingredients: strictly organic, local, and seasonal are just a few of the criteria followed.
Dandelion Communitea Café, 618 N Thornton Ave, Orlando, FL, USA, +1 407 362 1864
A sophisticated venue at the high-end of the city’s culinary passage is the famed Eddie V’s, where food making and service are certainly a form of art. The seafood- and steak-focused venue features seasonal menus and keeps an eye on the local availability. Fish arrives daily and is thus served freshly. On offer are excellent swordfish from Block Island, scallops from Georges Banks, and yellowfin tuna from the Caribbean.
Eddie V’s, 7488 West Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL, USA, +1 407 355 3011
K Restaurant is a place where the behind-the-scenes philosophy follows the adored farm-to-table concept and features mouthwatering, fresh American tastes, all cooked from the freshest local ingredients. The menu reflects the seasons and therefore changes frequently, though keeping Wednesdays burger days. The backyard of the venue is now home to a garden filled with fresh herbs and vegetables that are used by the kitchen in the most creative ways.
K Restaurant, 1710 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL, USA, +1 407 872 2332
Located in the lively Winter Park suburban area of Orlando, Prato serves excellent classical Italian dishes with a special eye on using local, fresh ingredients. Set in a characteristic wood and brick déco synthesis, the venue fuses authentic and modern lines on the finest levels. If excellent food is not enough, a vibrant bar filled with an outstanding wine and beer list and an open-all-year relaxing patio await all for a unique dine-out.
Prato, 124 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL, USA, +1 407 262 0050
Raglan Road Irish Pub
Ironically enough, Raglan Road Irish Pub defines itself as a real Irish pub that is settled in the exciting Lake Buena Vista area. Not only the name and catchphrase, but also the owner and award-winning master chef, are originally from Ireland, confidently guaranteeing a well-rooted Irish pub. The menu is vast, offering different lunch, dinner, bar and kids’ menus, as well as a rich Sunday brunch option.
When craving Mediterranean flavours and atmospheres, Taverna Opa is unquestionably the ideal choice in town. Featuring authentic Mediterranean- inspired tastes tilting towards a Greek heart, the extensive menu has it all, from excellent moussaka to baklava. Opa’s signature dishes of tzatziki, hummus, greek yogurt and dolmade add to the perfect sampling selection. The venue is loud, with true Mediterranean virtues, offering an escape from relaxed fine dining to energetic night-long entertainment dining.
Taverna Opa, 9101 International Dr., Ste 2240, Orlando, FL, USA, +1 407 351 8660
Victoria & Albert’s
Orlando’s top-notch venue, the statewide-acclaimed Victoria & Albert’s is undeniably the most enjoyable formal high-end dining experience in the city. Located in the enchanted Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the venue is decorated just as breathtakingly. The luxurious elegance, marble-focused interior and the full-fledged classy milieu justly require dressing up, and often a pre-booking as well.
Victoria & Albert’s, 4401 Grand Floridian, Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA, +1 407 939 3862