Orlando’s Culinary Odyssey: Where to Satisfy Your Cravings

Deciding where to dine in Orlando can be daunting, but rest assured, the city offers a plethora of dining options! Known for its vast size and diverse population, Orlando is much more than chain eateries and Mickey-shaped snacks. To ease your culinary exploration, this guide showcases 102 unique restaurants, and none are in a theme park!

I’ve organized the guide by neighborhood, acknowledging that driving across the Greater Orlando area can take upwards of an hour. You’ll find nine carefully curated sections, each featuring a variety of cuisines and price points. With this guide at your fingertips, along with the accompanying downloadable map, you’ll always have a wealth of dining ideas in Orlando!

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Winter Park

The first area I am covering is Winter Park, the crème de la crème of foodie dining. This is home to internationally ranked restaurants and many are so good, that they started their own chain from here.

A lot of these spots are along Park Avenue, which is a beautiful place to shop and walk around. However, it’s also convenient after visiting Rollins or Full Sail College, the gorgeous Leu Gardens, and even not too far from Downtown. Regardless of when you go, here are my recommendations for where to eat in Winter Park.

park ave street view in winter park, florida
  • Prato ($$) – For a modern Italian meal, Prato serves up a variety of pasta, pizza, and insalata options in a stylish setting.
  • Boca Winter Park ($$) – Boca is a local crowd-pleaser for lunch, dinner, and brunch with so many farm-to-table entrees to choose from like 60 Spiced Chicken or a House Bibb Salad from the garden.
  • The Ravenous Pig ($$$) – For an unforgettable foodie feast, the well-known Ravenous Pub Gastropub comes up with unique creations consisting of everything from Golden Tilefish with confit sunchokes for dinner to Chicken and Cornbread waffles for brunch.
hazy ipa at ravenous beer biergarten
  • Briarpatch Restaurant ($$) – A beloved brunch icon, Briarpatch has a timeless aesthetic with food to match, including brown butter Belgian waffles, vegan Latin dishes, salads, egg benedicts, and more!
  • Soseki Modern Omakase ($$$$) – To experience fine dining unlike any other, Soseki Modern Omakase is one of the seven Michelin Star Orlando Restaurants. Here you will be served eighteen-courses and each is thoughtfully prepared to change with the seasons and out of this world tasty.
  • Kai Asian Street Fare ($$) – For a Winter Park ramen option, Kai Asian Street Fare serves up wings, noodles, and wontons inspired by Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese cuisines.
  • Black Bean Deli ($) – You can find Black Bean Deli in two different locations, where they serve classic Cuban sandwiches and plates for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
black bean deli cuban sandwich and rice and beans
chorizo and avocado tacos from hunger street tacos

For a more in-depth guide to where to eat in Winter Park, check out my complete list of the best Winter Park restaurants!

Audubon Park and Baldwin Park

Just south of Winter Park, are the Audubon Park and Baldwin Park districts. These are two up-and-coming areas known for their gardens and “urban farmettes”.

These neighborhoods are considered the quieter side of urban Orlando, but don’t think the laid-back nature means lacking dining options. There is no shortage of interesting and delicious places to eat here. I had a hard time narrowing it down, but here are some I know you will love.

  • The Osprey ($$$) – For foodie cuisine in a refined atmosphere, the Osprey is a fan favorite. Locals love the craft cocktails, $2 Happy Hour oysters, and the branzino.
  • Linda’s La Cantina Steakhouse ($$) – Known as the oldest restaurant in Central Florida, Linda’s La Cantina continuously serves up steaks cooked to perfection and just a few simple sides.
  • Domu ($$) – Among the locals I spoke with, Domu was the top recommendation! This Japanese eatery, located in Audubon Park and Dr. Phillips, is celebrated for its ramen and crispy wings.
crispy chicken wings from domu
  • Meza ($$) – Another must-visit Baldwin Park gem, is the Mediterranean Meza, which offers all the classic hot and cold meza options like baba ghannouj and falafel, as well as Kabobs and more.
  • 1803 Pizza/Kitchen ($) – The pizza place that this area cannot get enough of is 1803 Pizza/Kitchen. They offer large pizzas with high-quality toppings for less than $15.
  • Seito Sushi ($$) – If you want a delicious sushi dinner, Seito Sushi has a Baldwin Park location where you can try raw fish, rolls, ramen, and fried rice in an intimate setting.
  • Winter Park Biscuit Company ($) – Located in the East End Market, this vegan spot serves up amazing fried “chicken” for lunch and dinner. You will have to try it to believe it, but the soy-based Chickn tastes just like the real thing!
buffalo chicken sandwich with pickles from winter park biscuit co
  • Kadence ($$$$) – One of the most splurge-worthy places to eat at is Kadence, a $305 per person multi-course sushi meal. This bucket list destination serves the finest sashimi to just nine people each night, making for a once-in-a-lifetime dinner.
  • Lineage Coffee ($) – This is another East End Market vendor you can’t miss. Lineage is one of the best places to get coffee in Florida, especially pour-over coffee made with African coffee beans.
iced coffee cup from lineage with mosaic wall

Mills 50 & Milk District

Everyone’s new favorite neighborhoods seem to be the Mills 50 and the Milk districts. Just west of Audubon Park, these two areas are known for their artsy scene.

The streets are adorned with gorgeous and intricate locally painted murals and affordable holes in the walls. You will definitely find a more authentic feel here than anywhere else to eat in Orlando.

  • A La Cart ($) – For the atmosphere alone, A La Cart and its outdoor food court is a hit, but the rotating food trucks that visit here and the craft beer bar, make it even better.
  • Black Rooster Taqueria ($$) – This taco shop serves up craft tacos and some of the freshest ceviche you can find from their cozy Mills 50 location.
  • Dharma Southern Kitchen ($$) – Now you can finally get southern comfort cuisines like mac and cheese and biscuits and gravy vegan style at Dharma Southern Kitchen! You can find them in the adorable Market on South for a delicious plant-based dishes.
dixie dharma tampa
  • Santiago Bodega ($$) – For tapas with an island twist, Santiago’s Bodega is an exquisite destination with plenty of small plates and drinks to choose from.
  • Sideward Brewing ($) – Though it is more of a brewery than a restaurant, Sideward Brewing is one of the best Orlando breweries and they also cook a few interesting snacks to enjoy while drinking!
  • Black Bean Deli ($) – The second of two locations, this deli serves classic Cuban sandwiches and plates for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Reyes Mezcaleria ($$) – For a Mexican meal in a botanical atmosphere, check out the tacos and tapas of Reyes Mezcaleria, as well as their many tequila and mezcal cocktails.
mucho mac with brisket from reyes mezcaleria
  • Blended Bistro & Boba ($) – One of my favorite Vietnamese bistros is Blended Bistro and Boba, where you can get Banh Mi, Pho, Wok Bowls, and of course Boba Tea.
  • Tako Cheena ($) – Though I’ve listed a few taco options, I had to include Tako Cheena for its unique fusion tacos! Here you can get Asian tacos and burritos filled with super flavorful options like Char Sui Pork Belly or Thai Peanut Chicken
  • Hawkers Asian Street Fare ($$) – Hawkers now has locations all over the Southeast, but they started in the Mills 50 district almost ten years ago! They offer a variety of pan-Asian dishes and their noodle bowls are irresistible.
noodle bowl from hawkers
  • The Strand ($$) – For old souls who crave retro vibes, but modern food, The Strand is just the place. This Orlando eatery has homestyle food with an upscale spin like blackened lime snapper and grits or chimichurri steak frites.
  • Chi-Kin ($) – If you haven’t tried Korean Fried Chicken, consider Chi-kin a must-visit. This hidden gem makes crunchy, flavorful Korean fried chicken to eat on its own or on top of a kimchi bowl.
korean fried chicken rice bowl from chikin
  • Shin Jung Korean Restaurant ($$) – Another place to get amazing Korean food is Shin Jung. This is a classic Korean barbecue place that serves banchan, and bibimbap and has grill-it-yourself tables, Open for both lunch and dinner, it’s is an all-around top-notch culinary experience.
  • Tori Tori ($$) – On the other hand if you are looking for where to eat Japanese food, Tori-Tori is a must. This trendy pub serves meals straight out of Toyko with options like yakitori skewers and chicken karaage.
  • Se7en Bites Bake Shop ($$) – The most talked about bakery is by far Se7en Bites, a southern-style cafe that serves breakfast and lunch and the most heavenly cookies!
  • Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa ($$) – A top choice in the Mills 50 District, this barbecue fusion haven has zesty creations like Pulled Pork Banh Mi and Korean Kimcheeze Tacos.
fusion tofu tacos and rice and beans from pig floyds
  • The Pinery ($$) – For a trendy setting on beautiful Lake Ivanhoe, The Pinery is an homage to Florida history. Here you can find seafood, chops, and sandwiches all created specifically to imbibe the local flavors in each bite.
  • Sticky Rice ($) – One of the few places to find Laotion food is the street food counter, Sticky Rice, known for its curry ramen and crispy rice.
  • Tamale Co. Mexican Street Food ($) – Though there are plenty of taco places, Tamale Company is one of the few places where you can get this delicious Mexican staple. This under-the-radar jewel has an assortment of tamales to choose from as well as other delectable street food dishes.
tamale co in hourglass district orlando

Lake Eola and Thornton Park

Known as Orlando’s downtown, Lake Eola and Thornton Park are both popular places for dining, as well as local events. There’s pretty much every type of cuisine you can imagine here of varying prices and styles, as you will see on the list below.

  • Maxine’s on Shine ($$) – If you enjoy playful themes and American food, Maxine’s on Shine is a popular 40’s style eatery for dinner and brunch.
  • Craft & Common ($) – For excellent lattes, you have to visit Craft & Common, which also serves breakfast and lunch in addition to its unique beverages.
  • Eola General ($) – For a delicious sandwich or charcuterie board any time of day, Eola General is my go-to. This counter-service shop serves artisanal bread, cheeses, bagels, and coffee from local vendors.
everything bagel with cream cheese and lox from eola general
  • The Pop Parlour ($) – On a hot Florida day, I can never resist a refreshing popsicle from the Pop Parlour, which offers dozens of flavors and even alcoholic pops!
  • DoveCote ($$$) – For a romantic date DoveCote is a French restaurant sure to impress with an oyster raw bar and the best Cassoulets and Steak Frites you can find on this side of the Atlantic! They also have an extensive happy hour and a weekend brunch.
  • SOCO ($$$) – Though it’s a splurge, SOCO has delectable Southern food for dinner or brunch! Here you can find elevated southern dishes like grilled meatloaf, lobster mashed potatoes, cornmeal crisped oysters, and skillet mac and cheese cassoulet.
Macaroni, Bacon and Three-Cheese Cassoulet from SOCO
  • Eola Wine Company ($$) – Wine lovers will definitely want to visit this cozy bar where you can try all sorts of wine, including wine flights and charcuterie or flatbreads to go with it.
  • The Stubborn Mule ($$) – For a Lake Eola tavern with tons of foodie options like sticky pork belly and decadent burgers, The Stubborn Mule is a neat place and it even has over 10 types of Moscow Mules!
  • Tin and Taco ($) – If you want quick and creative tacos, Tin and Taco has five locations, with the Lake Eola one being an awesome choice for a late-night taco fix.
  • Jinya ($$) – If you are a fan of ramen, Jinya Ramen Bar is my pick for the Downtown restaurant to get it! They take pride in their dishes by using 99.9% impurity-free water to make broths and using a special aging process to cook the noodles. You can taste the difference in every bowl.
fried chicken ramen from jinya

For a more in-depth guide to where to eat, check out my complete list of the best Downtown Orlando restaurants!

I-Drive

As we get further south, theme parks and tourism start to be more prevalent. I-Drive is potentially the most touristy part of all in Orlando, as Universal Studios and SeaWorld are located here.

With this, there are a lot more chain restaurants. I have included a few, but I have limited them to ones that aren’t known across the country. The 10 eateries below are mainly located between Universal and SeaWorld. Most are a bit cheaper than dining inside the theme parks, so bookmark them for a post-theme park day meal!

  • Mia’s Italian Kitchen ($$) – There are tons of Italian places around, but Mia’s Italian Kitchen is the most authentic. The homemade pasta and cannolis are a dreamy delight and the rustic atmosphere is so inviting!
  • Hash House A Go Go ($$) – Everyone’s favorite place to get breakfast in the area is Hash House A Go Go, known for its giant plates of “twisted farm food” and signature Bloody Marys.
  • The Hampton Social ($$) – For a taste of summer, no matter the weather, The Hampton Social is a delightful I-Drive gem. It serves fresh, coastal fare including ceviche, salads, pasta, and more.
ceasar salad with cheese from hampton social
  • Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar ($$$) – Though there are many other authentic Cuban restaurants in Florida, locals and tourists alike appreciate the lively atmosphere of Cuba Libre. They have dancing, happy hour deals, and tasty, classic Cuban meals.
  • Gostoso Bakery ($) – For extravagant desserts or extra cheesy bread, the best bakery in the area is the Brazilian cafe, Gostoso Bakery.
  • Cafe Tu Tango ($$) – To bring out your artsy side, Cafe Tu Tango is a funky tapas cocina where you can have a diverse culinary experience while artists paint around you.
  • Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops ($$$) – Located in the sprawling Hilton Orlando hotel this upscale chophouse has a wide array of surf and turf and a grotto view. Plates like Prime Beef Bolognese and Shrimp Etouffee distinguish it from other hotel restaurants.
spencers steak and chops meal at hilton orlando
  • Taverna Opa ($$) – For an extravagant evening, I always recommend Taverna Opa at the Pointe. The entire atmosphere is celebratory with music and belly dancers, and you can find all sorts of scrumptious Greek specialties.
  • Vincenzo Cucina Italiana ($$) – Located in Icon Park, Vincenzo Cucina is a place for an elegant, Italian feast. The atmosphere is sophisticated and the pasta tastes like something out of Siciliy!
  • Selam Ethiopian & Eritrean Cuisine ($$) – One of the most authentic bites you can get in the area is at Selam, an Ethiopian and Eritrean restaurant known for kifto, lentil samosas and more.
  • Knife & Spoon ($$$) – One of seven Michelin Star restaurants in Orlando, Knife and Spoon is worth the splurge. It’s known for having melt-in-your-mouth dry-aged steak, in addition to gourmet options like caviar, king crab legs, and cultivated mushrooms.
  • Tapa Toro ($$) – For theme park goers looking for a fun dinner to top off the day, Tapa Toro is a hit for all ages. The tapas menu is extensive with both traditional and unique dishes. There are also flamenco shows, music, and a colorful dining room to keep the vacation vibes going.
orlando eye ferris wheel at night

Doctor Phillips

Just west of I-Drive is the slightly more residential area of Doctor Phillips. With that, brings plenty of delectable dining options, both casual and upscale.

Many of these restaurants are in the Dellagio shopping area, which is beautifully appointed with statues and shrubbery. For a more subdued affair than flashy I-Drive, this is the area to visit.

  • Big Fin Seafood Kitchen ($$$) – One of the nicest seafood joints is Big Fin, and you can try everything from Maine Lobster to Stone Crab Legs in their cheeky dining room or on the sprawling patio.
  • The H Cuisine ($$$) – Another beloved date night find is The H Cuisine which serves homemade pasta alongside perfect cuts of meat or hard-to-find seafood like octopus and Scottish Scallops.
  • Kabooki Sushi ($$) – Even with all the sushi options, Kabooki stands out with a curated selection of interesting sushi rolls and hard-to-find sashimi that can be enjoyed in their gorgeous dining room.
  • Le Cafe De Paris ($$) – For breakfast or lunch, Le Cafe De Paris is an adorable cafe, where you can eat crepes, panini’s or Croque Monsieurs, along with a fresh expresso.
  • Bosphorous ($$) – One of the four locations, Doctor Phillips also has a Bosphorus, perfect for a unique and upscale Turkish meal. 
karisik meze and rose from bosphorus
  • The Whiskey ($$) – Possibly the best burger joint around is The Whiskey, has award-winning craft burgers, a large whiskey menu, and a refined pub atmosphere.
  • Domu ($$) – Domu opened its second location in Doctor Phillips so you can try their delicious ramen here as well!
  • Vines Grille ($$$) – For those craving a classic steakhouse dinner, Vines Grille & Wine Bar is perfect for special occasions. Here you can be treated to prime wood-fired steaks, a raw bar, and decadent sides and desserts. The wine selection is the cherry on top of this sophisticated establishment.
  • Seito Sushi ($$) – Doctor Phillips also has a Seito Sushi location where you can try raw fish, rolls, ramen, and fried rice in an intimate setting.
  • Pie Fection ($$) – For a pie you can’t find anywhere else, check out the Brazilian pizza shop, Pie Fection, where you can get hard boiled eggs on a pizza and croquettas on the side.
  • bartaco ($$) – For juicy, flavorful cocktails and distinctive taco toppings, bartaco has got you covered, complete with a pretty, coastal atmosphere.
bartaco in orlando

Celebration and Lake Buena Vista

Over in Lake Buena Vista is Walt Disney World and all the excitement that comes with it. Though there are delicious places to eat in the theme parks and resorts, I have excluded them from this list. Instead, this list covers some under-the-radar treasures outside the parks, as well as a couple of options at non-Disney-owned hotels.

I have also included restaurants in Celebration, the master-planned community close by. Some of these spots are ideal for a quick bite before or after a day at a theme park, while others justify visiting for themselves alone. Regardless, these are ten tasty places away from the crowds of theme parks.

  • Sofrito Latin Cafe ($) – Just a few minutes from Disney Springs is Sofrito Latin Cafe, which is a delectable and affordable bistro that serves Colombian, Venezuelan, Cuban food and more for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Bull and Bear ($$$$) – On the opposite end of the spectrum, Bull and Bear offers high-end dining in the Waldorf Astoria, with specialties like a 32 Day Dry Aged Tomahawk and escargot.
  • Imperium Food and Wine ($$) – For a trip around the world without going to Epcot, Imperium is a wine bar with a huge selection of international wines and small plates of global cuisine to go with it.
  • Capa Steakhouse ($$$$) – Another steakhouse raved about by tourists and locals alike is Capa. This Four Seasons rooftop has the finest selection of tapas and a nightly fireworks view.
  • Four Flamingos ($$$) – Inside the gorgeous Hyatt Grand Cypress, you can get a supper that tastes straight from Key West at Four Flamingoes. Between the seafood Moqueca, the jerk roast cauliflower, and the key lime in the coconut dessert cocktail, you will feel like you are on vacation, whether or not this is true!
hyatt regency grand cypress pool
  • Sushiology ($) – For affordable sushi near the Vineland outlets, Sushiology has all the sushi combinations you can imagine for under $8 per roll!
  • Sear + Sea ($$$) – Another hotel restaurant worth leaving Disney World for is Sear + Sea in the JW Marriott Bonnet Creek. The luxurious patio makes for the perfect setting for being pampered with a dinner of fine wine, surf, and turf.
  • La Luce ($$$) – One more upscale place you can’t miss in Lake Buena Vista is Napa-inspired La Luce. This sleek space has everything from thin-crust flatbreads to grilled pork with Tuscan farro and a variety of California wines to go with it.
  • Little Greek Fresh Grill ($) – With multiple locations, Little Greek Fresh Grill is a favorite for a fast and healthy lunch. Here you can find salads, wraps, and platters with zesty flavors at an affordable price.
  • Maple Street Biscuit Company ($$) – Here you can get sweet or savory fried chicken and biscuits. I love coming here before a day at Disney for a breakfast that is quicker, cheaper, and tastier than anything you can find in the parks!
chicken maple bacon biscuit sandwich from maple street

Lake Nona

I have covered most of the main dining areas above, but I had to include these two other communities worth visiting. First is Lake Nona, an up-and-coming town southeast of the airport. This makes it a convenient stop if you are a tourist and want to see a different side of Orlando!

I think the foodie scene is especially worth visiting, and you will see plentiful options below, in addition to weekly farmers markets and wine walks!

  • Park Pizza & Brewing Company ($$) – Not only does this brewery have excellent in-house brewed beer but also awesome pizza and a delightful atmosphere for the whole family!
  • Canvas Restaurant & Market ($$) – Another spot with an amazing atmosphere is Canvas, which is a market and a cafe in one. Here, they offer Latin-inspired dishes you can enjoy on the waterfront patio with a view of the stained glass house.
  • Chroma Modern Bar & Kitchen ($$) – Chroma is a trendy kitchen known for shareable meals and you will want to try everything on the menu! With options like Corned Beef Brisket Empanadas, Flash Fried Honey Goat Cheese, and numerous seasonal cocktails, this place is a foodie’s paradise.
peach walnut salad and fried rice from chroma
  • Bosphorous ($$) – For some unforgettable Turkish delicacies, locals love Bosphorous, a stylish cafe, with classic options like kebaps for lunch and dinner.
  • Bacan ($$$) – One of the most innovative restaurants in Lake Nona is BACAN at the wave hotel. They host dinner nightly in a sleek dining room with an elaborate open kitchen and serve luxurious dishes like octopus and truffle chicken.
  • Tabla Indian Restaurant ($$) – By far the best Indian place in Lake Nona is Tabla, where you can get incredible curry, naan, butter chicken, and more. The atmosphere is elegant and you can order Indian, Thai, and Chinese dishes to suit your preference.
  • Island Fin Poke ($) – With multiple locations, Island Fin Poke is the go-to spot for poke bowls in Lake Nona.  They offer all sorts of raw and cooked fish, as well as
tuna and salmon poke bowl
  • Sushi Hi Eatstation ($$) – The local counter service chain Sushi Hi Eaststation can be found here, where sushi lovers can make their own sushi bowls, burritos, and rolls complete with so many ingredients.
  • Nona Blue ($$) – Nona Blue modernizes pub grub, offering a relaxed atmosphere where you can order elevated comfort foods such as Lobster Mac and Cheese and Polynesian Rib Eye, along with an extensive selection of wines, beers, and cocktails.
  • Boxi Park ($$) – If you like food halls, Boxi Park is an outdoor version made out of shipping containers. There are all sorts of cuisines to try, live music, and outdoor games, so it always feels like a celebration here!
boxi park food booth

For a more in-depth guide to where to eat in Lake Nona, check out my complete guide to the best Lake Nona restaurants!

Winter Garden

The last place I want to cover is Winter Garden.  Visiting this historic area can feel like a trip back in time, especially walking along the brick-lined streets.

It’s the perfect escape from the city and most of the eateries have a farm-to-table feel. The following ten spots have just as many accolades as the downtown restaurants, so don’t skip out on these!

  • Thai Blossom ($$) – Cherished by locals, Thai Blossom is known for zesty Pad Thais, curries, and spring rolls.
  • Chef’s Table at Edgewater ($$$) – For fine dining in a cozy setting, Chef’s Table at Edgewater offers prix fixe meals of surf and turf, and a tasting room next door.
  • The Deli Downtown ($) – The lunch-only Deli Downtown, has over a dozen scrumptious sandwich options in their adorable cafe and patio.
  • Plant Street Market ($$) – Conveniently part of the beloved Crooked Can brewery is the artisan foodie Plant Street Market. This food hall offers ten vendors to choose from for whatever cuisine you are in the mood for.
plant street market with tree in winter garden
  • MoonCricket Grille ($$) – Those in search of a hole-in-the-wall should definitely check out MoonCricket Grille, known for flatbreads, burgers, and a large beer selection.
  • Rosallie Le French Cafe ($$) – If you want French flavors for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Rosallie Le French Cafe has you covered with plates of “fromage”, quiches, and salads.
  • The Whole Enchilada ($$) – The colorful Mexican restaurant The Whole Enchilada is a serious, must-visit for those craving burritos, tacos, and lots of guacamole.
  • Market To Table ($$) – For date night in Downtown Winter Garden, Market to Table is an intimate spot with gastronomical delights like Red Wine Short Ribs, Truffle Gnocchi, and House Made Cotton Candy.
  • Yellow Dog Eats ($$) – A must-visit place is the groovy Yellow Dog Eats, which has an awesome patio and barbecue food, including options for vegans. With frequent live music and so many cozy nooks, it has something for everyone!
barbecue pork sandwich from yellow dog eats

Know Before You Go

I really hope this guide will give you some tips for where to eat in Orlando! I’ve been visiting this city since I was a toddler, but I only ventured out of the tourist bubble since moving here. I quickly realized what I was missing out on, and as you can see, I now have quite the restaurant bucket list!

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Here are a few more tips for figuring out where to eat in Orlando.

  • The price ranges that I included for these restaurants came from Google reviews. They estimate meal prices (not including alcohol) to be the following based on the number of dollar signs
    • $ is for meals $15 and under.
    • $$ indicates the $15 to $30 range.
    • $$$ indicates the $30 to $50 range.
    • $$$$ is for anything over $50.
  • Most restaurants are very casual and do not require a dress code. I personally would wear something nice for restaurants $$$ and over, but this varies by location.
  • Keep in mind, if you want to stay away from the tourist areas, avoid I-Drive and Lake Buena Vista.
  • Tipping at least 20% is customary when going out to eat in Orlando.
  • Many restaurants outside theme parks do not take reservations and there can be a wait. If you are going out on a weekend night, I would call ahead to check the policy.
  • Every September, over 100 Orlando restaurants participate in Magical Dining Month. This is where they offer a prix fixe meal for only $35. The restaurants change each year, so check the website to see which participates here.
  • Check out the map below to get an idea of where each restaurant is. To save the map for later, click the star next to the map name. Then go to Google Maps -> Menu -> Your Places -> Maps and you will see it.

Where’s your favorite place to eat in Orlando? Let me know if I included it! For more ideas for things to do in Orlando, check out my Orlando Things to Do Guide!

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