The 10 Best Restaurants In Ivanhoe Village, Orlando

Lydia Picknell

Bursting with activities and events, Orlando, Florida’s up and coming Ivanhoe Village is an area well worth dropping by. Aside from a respite from Orlando’s wild rides and adrenaline pumping attractions, the neighborhood touts some seriously enticing restaurants, here’s our top picks.

Sunset at Lake Ivanhoe

1. Two Chefs Seafood Oyster Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, American, Beer, Wine

If you’re looking for classy, fine dining food then you’ll want to stop by Two Chefs Seafood Oyster Bar. It’s an amazing little restaurant right in the heart of Orlando’s Ivanhoe Village, with the front of the establishment being a bar and with seating at the back for diners. Although the name shows what they’re best at – seafood – they also have plenty of other menu items, from roasted bone marrow to fried chicken.

2. Shin Japanese Cuisine

Restaurant, Japanese

Shin Cuisine is one of the Japanese kitchens that continues to reign supreme and popular in North America today. They specialize in Japanese cuisine, and yes, that means sushi. Sushi here is made fresh to order, and with a variety of rolls like Dynamite, Spicy Tuna, and even the Bahamas Roll, there’s plenty of adventurous options to sample on the menu.

3. The Hammered Lamb

Restaurant, Bar, American, Beer

The Hammered Lamb, Orlando
Courtesy of The Hammered Lamb

One thing that makes The Hammered Lamb so fun is their trivia nights that get so competitive the teams are racing each other to turn in their answers. Their food is pub-style and casual but some of the best pub food you’ll get in the area is from their menu. Popular dishes include lamb quesadilla, buffalo chicken dip, and flat bread pizzas.

Citrus Restaurant

Citrus Restaurant is well known for its amazing food. What’s not to love about a menu that includes lobster fritters, fried Gulf oysters, pan-seared Florida barrelfish and agave lime mussels all on the same card? Service is always very friendly and attentive too, and the décor is trendy – made to match the extensive line-up of craft beers on offer.
Address: Citrus Restaurant, 821 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL, United States, +1 407-373-0622

4. Pinones en Orlando

Food Truck, Seafood

If you’re visiting Florida, you have to try some Latin American food from residents with ties to Latin America. Pinones en Orlando has some of the best Latin American cuisine in all of Orlando, even though it’s just a humble food truck. Their name is from a beach in Puerto Rico, and their flavors are Puerto Rican in nature. All orders are fresh and made in-house, with guests picking from shrimp, lobster, king crab, chicken, pork, steak and even octopus when it comes to fillings.

5. Backhaus Deli & Bakery

Bakery, Deli, German, European, Pastries, Dessert, Vegetarian

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Backhaus German Bakery & Deli is a great deli and bakery for both those experienced in German cuisine or first timers. They focus on being traditionally German, with various wurst dishes, as well as pastries and desserts like strudel. You can sit down and order your food to be served, or you can order their deli and bakery selections to go. They tend to get quite busy during peak hours so expect a long line from midday onwards.

6. The Strand

Restaurant, Bistro, American

The Strand is a small restaurant with big flavors. They style themselves after contemporary cuisines with a modern feel and ingredients. All their dishes are made from scratch, and the chef features seasonal items. While The Strand doesn’t look extravagant from outside, customers will regret not visiting to try their menu. Items include twists on American classics like salmon with dill sauce, pork belly with fried grits, snapper cakes, and Cornish hen.

7. North Quarter Tavern

North Quarter Tavern

North Quarter Tavern is a warm, welcoming establishment with great service. All of their items are made from scratch and with fresh ingredients – no short-cutting here. The difference shows too, and their food stands out from the crowd. All food is overseen by Chef Matt Wall, both at brunch and at dinner. Menu items include hand cut wagyu steak tartare, grilled Scottish salmon, smoked duroc pork belly, and more. They also have some of the best poutine you’ll get outside of Canada.
Address: North Quarter Tavern, 861 North Orange Ave, Orlando, FL, United States, +1 407-757-0930

8. Tako Cheena

Restaurant, Fusion

Tako Cheena is an Asian-fusion restaurant infused with Latin American and Mexican menu choices. It’s a unique and tasty experience that travellers are unlikely to find elsewhere. Their tacos are to die for, and don’t be surprised if you end up ordering extras to take home for later. Menu items include Korean beef tacos, burritos, bahi mi and jupadog with jackfruit and habanero sauce.

9. Cafe Trastevere

Cafe, Restaurant, Italian, Vegetarian

Cafe Trastevere is a romantic, intimate Italian venue that is perfect for a date night out with that significant other. The kitchen and menu try to stick to as traditional Italian as they can, offering classics like Parmesan chicken tortellini and tiramisu. What’s more, staff are friendly and genuinely want to make sure guests enjoy themselves and are happy with their service and food.

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