Orlando natives will tell you that there’s no place better than Central Florida, because not only are you surrounded by endless amounts of fun with theme parks, attractions galore, and vibrant city and international vibes but is also has some of the tastiest selections of food! With so many places to eat and a vast array of acclaimed menu items, delectable cuisines and transcending settings, there’s a reason why so many food critics travel to or frequent Orlando.
But with so many totally outstanding places to eat, how can you even possibly know where to begin? Well, we have compiled this handy list with some popular dining areas that offer an assortment of restaurants, as well as a few of our favorites, perfect for both locals and visitors alike.
Here are some of our favorites we have selected.
Orlando’s International Drive (I-Drive)
Café Tu Tu Tango
8625 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
Local artists paint throughout the restaurant and display their art while patrons dine. The works of these and other artists are also available for sale through the restaurant.
Don’t be surprised to see spontaneous entertainment erupt during your meal, as opera singers, tango dancers, interpretive dancers, puppeteers and magicians are regulars at Café Tu Tu Tango and often simply can’t resist adding their art to the party!
Itta Bena Restaurant
9101 International Dr #2210, Orlando, FL 32819
Behind an old New Orleans façade on the second level of Pointe Orlando lies Itta Bena. Orlando’s newest restaurant specializing in great steaks and seafood. A beautiful copper bar invites you in for a cool libation as a pianist quietly tickles the keys. From our 16 oz. bone in Cowboy Ribeye to our Surf and Turf, Signature She Crab Soup, and decadent desserts, Itta Bena has something for everyone. So come as you are—no jackets required, for great food in a relaxed atmosphere with unrivaled southern hospitality.
8441 International Dr #260, Orlando, FL 32819
Tapa Toro: Tapas Bar & Paella Pit is located in I-Drive 360, and serves contemporary Spanish cuisine. They offer an extensive tapas-style menu, unique paella pit, nightly flamenco dancing and Spanish-inspired atmosphere creating an Orlando experience that you are sure to remember.
Vincenzos Cucina Italiana
8255 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
Elevated Italian fare served in an airy, contemporary space with a wall of wine & a lively bar.
Chef Vincenzo has put a lot of thought into the menu, seeking local ingredients and the best imported items. His ‘Farm to Table’ ingredients approach makes it possible for him to create on a daily basis the BEST authentic Italian dishes for our clientele, many of whom have followed the Navarra family in Orlando for the past 24 years.
8367 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
Taking its vast experience with brews, cocktails and breweries and coupling it with a kitchen that prepares over 100 items made from scratch daily, Yard House has become a modern public house where food beer and cocktail lovers unite. Beer aficionados will appreciate the 100+ taps and ever-changing chalkboard of the latest and greatest brews from around the corner and around the world. Cocktail lovers will enjoy our delicious variety of handcrafted creations. And the open kitchen keeps everyone entertained as they roll out favorite American dishes with globally inspired flavors. All this in a wide-open but welcoming space big enough for anyone and everyone who shares a passion for beer AND food.
1620 Buena Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32830
Waterfront restaurant for steak & seafood, plus tours in vintage amphibious automobiles.
The Boathouse is located at Disney Springs, with an award-winning menu featuring an Oyster Bar, Fresh Seafood, Steaks, Chops, and a special menu for kids. Enjoy upscale shopping at The Boatique and the thrill of water adventures including Captain-Guided Amphicar Tours and Cruises on the 40-ft. Wooden Italian Water Boat, The Venezia.
Grab your friends and family and book a champagne cruise on The Venezia!
1604 Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Mexican fare by celebrity chef Rick Bayless served in a modern space with a patio & a to-go window.
Coral Reef Restaurant
1520 Avenue of the Stars, Orlando, FL 32836
Classy, Epcot Center outpost featuring gourmet seafood meals amid aquariums with exotic sea animals.
1676 E. Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Located in Orlando Downtown Springs, T-Rex Cafe transports you back in time on a prehistoric journey that the entire family can enjoy! Discover a whole new world where carnivores and herbivores can both feast together amongst life-size dinosaurs, giant woolly mammoths, geysers, waterfalls, ice caves and meteor showers every 30 minutes! Sink your teeth into some of our mouthwatering signature creations unearthed from the fiery flames of our Kitchen of Fire. Don’t forget explore our Paleo zone where the paleontologist in you can uncover T-Rex bones, interact with touch screen video games and explore our mini museum cave. Visit our Build-A-Dino World by Build-A-Bear Workshop to create your own Dino explorer and gear them up!
American eats plus animatronic dinosaurs & an underwater aquarium draw crowds in Downtown Disney.
Universal City Walk
Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food
6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819
Roomy Mexican eatery at Universal CityWalk with colorful decor, street-style eats & multiple bars.
With live Mariachi music setting the tone on select nights, this is a festive dining experience every day of the week.
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen
6068 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819
Spacious sweet shop & restaurant with a playful 19th-century steampunk theme & character visits.
The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar
6000 Universal Blvd #700, Orlando, FL 32819
Bustling, family-friendly fusion eatery at Universal CityWalk with burgers, sushi & a full bar.
17 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32801
Creative & modern, while still honoring the classics, Kres Chophouse is an independent steakhouse that crosses the traditional boundaries to deliver extraordinary value and a “historic” dining experience.
They’ve managed to combine the present and the past to give dining guests an ambiance to remember. Strikingly modern, bustling steakhouse with elegant decor, late-night dining, classic 1930’s architecture and happy hour.
Who could ask for a better setting.
Better Than Sex – A Dessert Restaurant Orlando
1905 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32804
Want to relax quietly with a few friends or with that special someone, in an intimate and romantic setting? How does, chic decor with unique seating arrangements, ambient lighting and nothing-but-desserts sound?
We’ve heard that Better Than Sex Dessert Restaurant is a great choice for just that. This adults-only cafe offers sweet treats and decadent desserts, from cakes to cocktails in a romantic, intimate setting. Just look at that cheesecake, it’s suited to satisfy any cheesecake or dessert fan. We heard they even have specialty cocktails, drizzled with melting white or dark chocolate. Talk about delicious!
So, after you’ve had a night out on the town, or a dinner somewhere, with that special someone, why don’t you arouse your senses at this unique little spot. It’s the least you could do to do to satisfy a sweet tooth!
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