Orlando’s Culinary Odyssey: Where to Satisfy Your Cravings

If you are trying to figure out where to eat in Orlando, then don’t worry, you have countless options! Orlando is a huge city where people from all over the world live and visit. If you think it’s all chain restaurants and Mickey-shaped food, then you are sorely mistaken! This guide contains 104 different places to eat in Orlando and none are on Disney World property.

I have divided them up by area because it can take an hour to get across the Greater Orlando area. I tried my best to come up with nine distinct sections and include the best Orlando restaurants of many cuisines and price ranges for each. This list was quite an undertaking, and though I have not eaten at all of these Orlando restaurants, I hope to one day! The restaurants I have not eaten at come from recommendations from other bloggers and locals. If you keep this list handy, you will never be without ideas for where to eat in Orlando! 

where to eat in Orlando guide

Winter Park Restaurants To Eat At

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

A lot of these spots are along Park Avenue, which is a beautiful place to shop and walk around. Most people come to this area for the food alone! However, it’s also convenient after visiting Rollins or Full Sail College, the various local gardens, and even not too far from Downtown Orlando. Regardless of when you go, here are my recommendations for where to eat in Winter Park.

  • 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 meals to choose from like 60 Spiced Chicken or a House Bibb Salad from the garden.
  • The Ravenous Pig ($$$) – For an unforgettable foodie meal, the well-known Ravenous Pub Gastropub creates unique meals consisting of everything from Golden Tilefish with confit sunchokes for dinner to Chicken and Cornbread waffles for brunch.
ravenous pig chicken and waffles in winter park
  • Ethos Vegan Kitchen ($$) – Winter Park is arguably the best Orlando area for vegan options, and Ethos Vegan Kitchen is my favorite. Try comfort food with a vegan twist, such as “crab” cakes and burritos for brunch, lunch, or dinner.
  • Briarpatch Restaurant ($$) – A beloved brunch spot, Briarpatch Restaurant has a timeless aesthetic with food to match, including brown butter Belgian waffles, vegan Latin dishes, salads, egg benedicts, and more!
  • Soseki Modern Omakase ($$$$) – To experience fine dining unlike any other, Soseki Modern Omakase is one of the three Michelin Star Orlando Restaurants. Here you can have an eighteen-course Japanese meal that is thoughtfully prepared to change with the seasons and out of this world tasty.
  • Kai Asian Street Fare ($$) – For a Winter Park ramen option, Kai Asian Street Fare offers wings, noodles, and wontons inspired by Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese cuisines.
  • 4Rivers Smokehouse/The Coop ($) – It may be a cop-out to include both of these restaurants, but they were started in Winter Park by the same people and too great not to include. 4Rivers has multiple locations all over Florida offering amazing Texas-style barbecue. The Coop is a fast-casual concept of theirs that specializes in fried chicken and all the fixings.
fried chicken platter from the coop in winter park
  • The Glass Knife ($$) – For a cozy breakfast, lunch, or dessert, try The Glass Knife, a cafe known for its sandwiches and cakes.
  • Anna’s Polish Restaurant ($$) – If you want Eastern European cuisine you can’t get anywhere else, Anna’s Polish Restaurant is the place to go for pierogis and goulash.
  • Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine ($$) – For some unforgettable Turkish delicacies, locals love Bosphorous, a stylish cafe, with classic options like kebaps for lunch and dinner.
  • Black Bean Deli ($) – You can find Black Bean Deli in two different Orlando spots, where they serve classic Cuban sandwiches and plates for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Hunger Street Tacos ($) – Probably my favorite taco place in all of Orlando is Hunger Street Tacos, an authentic counter-serve spot where you can get tacos and quesadillas on handmade tortillas.
where to eat tacos in orlando

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 Restaurants To Eat At

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”. It is considered the quieter side of urban Orlando and many people enjoy these main streets for a relaxing meal and some vintage shopping. Do not think it’s laid-back nature means it is 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 enjoy.

  • The Osprey Tavern ($$$) – For a foodie meal in a refined atmosphere, the Osprey Tavern is a fan favorite. Locals love the craft cocktails, daily $1 oysters, and the branzino.
  • Linda’s La Cantina Steakhouse ($$) – 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 ($$) – Of the locals, I spoke with, Domu was the number one recommended restaurant! This is a Japanese restaurant in Audubon Park and Dr. Phillips, famous for its ramen and crispy wings.
domu winter park
  • Meza ($$) – Another must-visit Baldwin Park spot, is the Mediterranean restaurant 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 ($$) – If you want a delicious sushi dinner, Seito Sushi has a Baldwin park location where you can try raw fish, rolls, ramen, and fried rice in an intimate setting.
  • Winter Park Biscuit Company ($) – Located in the East End Market, this vegan restaurant serves up amazing fried “chicken” for lunch and dinner. You will have to try it to believe it, but the soy-based Chickn tastes just like the real thing!
winter park biscuit co east end market
  • Kadence ($$$$) – One of the most splurge-worthy places to eat in Orlando is Kadence, a $190 per person multi-course sushi meal. It’s an experience unlike any other serving the finest sashimi to only nine people per night.
  • Farm & Haus ($) – For breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Farm & Haus has an excellent soup, salad, and sandwich selection that puts chains like Panera to shame.
  • Lineage Coffee ($) – Like Farm & Haus and Domu, this is another East End Market spot you can’t miss. This is one of the best places to get coffee in Orlando, especially pour-over coffee made with African coffee beans.
lineage coffee orlando

Mills 50 & Milk District Restaurants To Eat At

Everyone’s new favorite Orlando 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 murals that add much character. There are not as many fancy restaurants around and most places are affordable. The main type of cuisine is Latin American or vegan, although there are many exceptions. 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 one of their four locations in the adorable market on south for an amazing plant-based meal.
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  • Santiago Bodega ($$) – For a tapas meal with an island twist, Santiago’s Bodega is an exquisite spot with plenty of small plates and drinks to choose from.
  • Sideward Brewing ($) – Though it is more of a brewery than a restaurant, Sideward Brewing is one of the best Orlando breweries and they also cook a few interesting snacks to enjoy while drinking!
  • Black Bean Deli ($) – You can find Black Bean Deli in two different Orlando spots, where they serve classic Cuban sandwiches and plates for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
black bean deli cuban sandwich and rice and beans
  • Reyes Mezcaleria ($$) – For a Mexican meal in a botanical atmosphere, check out the enchiladas and tacos of Reyes Mezcaleria, as well as their many tequila and mezcal cocktails.
  • Blended Bistro & Boba ($) – One of the best Orlando Vietnamese spots is Blended Bistro and Boba, where you can get Banh Mi, Pho, Wok Bowls, and of course Boba Tea.
  • Tako Cheena ($) – 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 ($$) – Hawkers now has locations all over the Southeast, but they started in the Mills 50 district almost ten years ago! This is the best Asian food I have had in the area and their noodle bowls are irresistible.
hawkers orlando
  • The Strand ($$) – For old souls who crave retro vibes, but modern food, The Strand is just the place. This Orlando restaurant 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 counter-service eatery makes amazing Korean fried chicken to eat on its own or on top of a kimchi bowl. The meals are super filling and flavorful, but still quite affordable!
korean chi-kin downtown orlando eateries
  • Shin Jung Korean Restaurant ($$) – Another place to get amazing Korean food in Orlando is Shin Jung. This is a classic Korean barbecue restaurant that serves banchan, and bibimbap and has grill-it-yourself tables, Open for both lunch and dinner, this restaurant is an all-around top-notch culinary experience.
  • Tori Tori ($$) – On the other hand if you are looking for where to eat Japanese food in Orlando, Tori-Tori is a favorite. This trendy pub serves meals straight out of Toyko with options like yakitori skewers and chicken karaage.
  • Se7en Bites Bake Shop ($$) – The most talked about bakery in Orlando, is by far Se7en Bites, a southern-style spot that serves breakfast and lunch and the most heavenly cookies!
  • Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa ($$) – After much success in the Mills 50 District, Pig Floyd’s now has a restaurant in Lake Nona. This barbecue fusion spot has zesty creations like Pulled Pork Banh Mi and Korean Kimcheeze Tacos.
pig floyds urban barbakoa in downtown orlando
  • 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 in Orlando, Tamale Company is one of the few places where you can get this delicious Mexican staple. This counter-service restaurant 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: Where to Eat in Orlando’s Downtown

Close to Mills 50 and the Milk District is what has typically been 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 restaurant you can imagine here of varying prices and styles.

If you find yourself here for a professional soccer, basketball, or hockey game, I highly recommend getting food at a local spot before you enter the stadium. This area is also where you can find the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts and the gorgeous Lake Eola, complete with swan paddle boats. No matter when or why you visit, it is always fun to walk around and find something to eat.

  • Maxine’s on Shine ($$) – If you enjoy playful themes and American food, Maxine’s on Shine is a popular 40’s style eatery for dinner and brunch.
  • Craft & Common ($) – For excellent coffee in Orlando, you have to visit Craft & Common, which also serves breakfast and lunch in addition to its amazing beverages.
  • Eola General ($) – For a delicious sandwich or charcuterie board any time of day, Eola General is my go-to. This counter-service shop serves artisanal bread, cheeses, bagels, and coffee from local vendors.
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  • The Pop Parlour ($) – On a hot Florida day, I can never resist a refreshing popsicle from the Pop Parlour, which offers dozens of flavors and even alcoholic pops!
  • DoveCote ($$$) – For a date night, 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 Restaurant ($$$) – Though it’s a splurge, Soco has some of the best Southern food in Orlando for dinner or brunch! Here you can find elevated southern dishes like grilled meatloaf, lobster mashed potatoes, cornmeal crisped oysters, and skillet mac and cheese cassoulet.
soco mac and cheese at downtown orlando
  • Eola Wine Company ($$) – 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 ($$) – For a Lake Eola spot with tons of foodie options like sticky pork belly and decadent burgers, The Stubborn Mule is a neat place and it even has over 10 types of Moscow Mules!
  • Tin and Taco ($) – If you want quick and creative tacos, Tin and Taco has three locations throughout Orlando, with the Lake Eola one being an awesome spot to get your late-night taco fix.
  • Jinya ($$) – If you are a fan of ramen, Jinya Ramen Bar is my pick for the best Downtown Orlando 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.
downtown orlando ramen spots

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

I-Drive Restaurants To Eat At

As we get further south in Orlando, 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. Even if you do not want to visit a theme park, there is still plenty to do in this area from shopping to playing TopGolf. I especially enjoy going to ICON park, where the Orlando Eye is, for a meal and an entertaining walk around.

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. If you want a unique and more affordable place to eat in Orlando, it’s a good idea to check out one of the suggestions below.

  • Mia’s Italian Kitchen ($$) – There are tons of Italian restaurants in Orlando, but Mia’s Italian Kitchen is the most authentic. The homemade pasta and cannolis are a dreamy delight and the rustic atmosphere is so inviting!
  • Hash House A Go Go ($$) – Everyone’s favorite brunch spot 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 ($$) – For a taste of summer, no matter the weather, The Hampton Social is a delightful I-Drive restaurant. It serves fresh, coastal fare including ceviche, salads, pasta and more.
salad from hampton social in orlando
  • Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar ($$$) – Though there are many other authentic Cuban restaurants in Florida, locals and tourists alike enjoy 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 spot, Gostoso Bakery
  • Cafe Tu Tango ($$) – To bring out your artsy side, Cafe Tu Tango is a funky tapas spot where you can have a diverse culinary experience while artists paint around you.
  • Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops ($$$) – Located in the Hilton Orlando this upscale spot has a wide array of surf and turf and a grotto view. Meals like Prime Beef Bolognese and Shrimp Etouffee distinguish it from other hotel restaurants in Orlando.
spencers steak and chops meal at hilton orlando
  • Taverna Opa ($$) – For an extravagant evening, I always recommend Taverna Opa at the Pointe Orlando. The entire atmosphere is celebratory with music and belly dancers, and you can find all sorts of scrumptious Greek specialties.
  • Vincenzo Cucina Italiana ($$) – Located in Icon Park, Vincenzo Cucina is a place for an elegant, Italian meal. The atmosphere is sophisticated and the pasta tastes like something out of Siciliy!
  • Selam Ethiopian & Eritrean Cuisine ($$) – One of the most authentic meals you can get in the area is at Selam, an Ethiopian and Eritrean restaurant known for kifto, lentil samosas and more.
  • Knife & Spoon ($$$) – One of three Michelin Star restaurants in Orlando, Knife and Spoon is worth the splurge. It’s known for having the best dry-aged steaks in Orlando, 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.,  

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Doctor Phillips Restaurants to Eat at

Just west of I-Drive is the slightly more residential area of Doctor Phillips. With that, brings plenty of delectable dining options, many of them being more upscale. Lots of expensive chain restaurants have locations here, like Fleming’s and Eddie V’s. However, I have only included lesser-known spots on this list.

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

  • Big Fin Seafood Kitchen ($$$) – One of the nicest Orlando seafood restaurants is Big Fin, and you can enjoy everything from Maine Lobster to Stone Crab Legs in their cheeky dining room or on the sprawling patio.
  • The H Cuisine ($$$) – Another beloved date night spot is The H Cuisine, a Mediterranean restaurant, that serves homemade pasta alongside the best 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 spot, where you can eat crepes, panini’s or Croque Monsieurs, along with a fresh expresso.
  • Bosphorous ($$) – One of the four locations in Orlando, Lake Nona also has a Bosphorus, perfect for a unique and upscale Turkish meal. 
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  • The Whiskey ($$) – Possibly the best burger restaurant in Orlando is The Whiskey, an award-winning craft burger spot with 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 restaurant.
  • 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 meal 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 to enjoy it in.
bartaco in orlando

Celebration and Lake Buena Vista Restaurants To Eat At

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. You can check out my Disney World restaurant suggestions here if you are interested! Instead, this list covers some under-the-radar spots outside the parks, as well as a couple 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 the 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 spot 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 ($$$$) – Another splurge spot raved about by tourists and locals alike is Capa. This Four Seasons rooftop restaurant has the finest selection of tapas and a nightly fireworks view.
  • Four Flamingos ($$$) – Inside the gorgeous Hyatt Grand Cypress, you can get a meal 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, it’s a meal that transports you to vacation mode whether you are on one or not.
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  • Sushiology ($) – For an affordable sushi meal near the Vineland outlets, Sushiology has all the sushi combinations you can imagine for under $8 per roll!
  • Sear + Sea ($$$) – Another hotel restaurant worth leaving Disney World for is Sear + Sea in the JW Marriott Bonnet Creek. The luxurious patio makes for the perfect setting for being pampered with a meal of fine wine, surf, and turf.
  • La Luce ($$$) – One more upscale restaurant 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 Orlando locations, Little Greek Fresh Grill is a favorite for a fast and healthy meal. Here you can find salads, wraps, and platters with zesty flavors at an affordable price.
  • Maple Street Biscuit Company ($$) – What used to be Holler & Dash in Celebration is now becoming Maple Street Biscuit Company, where you can get amazing fried chicken and biscuit meals. 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!
maple street where to eat breakfast in orlando

Lake Nona Restaurants To Eat At

I have covered most of main Orlando 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!

You won’t find anything as exciting as I-Drive or Downtown here, but you can have a relaxing day trip here. There are multiple places to try water sports and miles of bike trails that you can easily rent a bike and explore. 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 ($$) – You can find one of the top breweries in Orlando here in this central spot. Park Pizza & Brewing Co. not only has excellent in-house brewed beer, but also awesome pizza and an enjoyable atmosphere for the whole family!
  • Canvas Restaurant & Market ($$) – Another restaurant with an amazing atmosphere is Canvas, which is a market and a cafe in one. Here they offer Latin-inspired dishes best enjoyed on the patio with a view of the stained glass house.
  • Chroma Modern Bar & Kitchen ($$) – Chroma is a trendy spot known for shareable meals because you will want to try everything on the menu! With options like Corned Beef Brisket Empanadas, Flash Fried Honey Goat Cheese, and numerous seasonal cocktails, this place is a foodie’s paradise.
chroma restaurant lake nona
  • Bosphorous ($$) – 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 restaurant 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 Fn m ,in Poke is the best place to eat poke bowls in Lake Nona.  They offer all sorts of raw and cooked fish, as well as
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  • Sushi Hi Eatstation ($$) – The local counter service chain Sushi Hi Eaststation can be found here, where sushi lovers can make their own sushi bowls, burritos, and rolls complete with so many ingredients.
  • Nona Blue ($$) – For the pub experience modernized, Nona Blue is a chill place serving comforting, yet elevated favorites like Lobster Mac and Cheese, Polynesian Rib Eye, and a vast menu 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!
lake nona restaurants orlando

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

Winter Garden Restaurants To Eat At

The last place to eat in Orlando that I want to cover is Winter Garden.  It’s about half an hour’s drive from most other Orlando attractions, but they like it that way. 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 restaurants have a farm-to-table feel. This is done without sacrificing the flavor of some of the flashier restaurants mentioned earlier! The following ten spots have just as many accolades as the downtown restaurants, so don’t skip out on these!

  • Winter Garden Pizza Company ($$) – For a quintessential family meal, the Winter Garden Pizza Co. is a crowd-pleaser with their New York-style pizza and calzones.
  • Thai Blossom ($$) – One of the international spots people flock to here is Thai Blossom, where you can get vibrant Pad Thais, curries, and spring rolls.
  • Chef’s Table at Edgewater ($$$) – For fine dining in a cozy spot, Chef’s Table at Edgewater offers prix fixe meals of surf and turf, and a tasting room next door.
  • The Deli Downtown ($) – The lunch-only spot, The Deli Downtown, has over a dozen scrumptious sandwich options in their adorable cafe and patio.
  • Plant Street Market ($$) – Conveniently part of the beloved Crooked Can brewery is the artisan foodie Plant Street Market. This spot offers ten eateries to choose from for whatever cuisine you are in the mood for.
plant street market in winter garden
  • MoonCricket Grille ($$) – Those in need of a hole-in-the-wall spot to eat in Orlando should definitely check out MoonCricket Grille, a restaurant known for flatbreads, burgers, and large beer selection.
  • Rosallie Le French Cafe ($$) – 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 ($$) – The colorful Mexican restaurant The Whole Enchilada is a serious, must-visit for those craving burritos, tacos, and lots of guacamole.
  • Market To Table Restaurant ($$) – 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 ($$) – The one Winter Garden restaurant I have been to here 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 spots to eat, it has something for everyone!
yellow dog eats orlando

Know Before You Go: Where to Eat in Orlando

I really hope this guide will give you some tips for where to eat in Orlando! I’ve been visiting Orlando since birth, but only since I moved here that I ventured out of the tourist bubble. I quickly realized what I was missing out on, and as you can see, I now have quite the Orlando restaurant bucket list! Keep in mind, if you want to stay away from the tourist areas, avoid I-Drive and Lake Buena Vista. However, if you are on a vacation mainly for theme parks, those are the most convenient areas to venture out to. Also do not hesitate to let me know if I missed a certain part of Orlando for where to eat. I tried to include as many neighborhoods as possible, but I may have missed a few! This should hit all the highlights though.

ultimate guide to the best restaurants in Orlando

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

  • The price ranges that I included for these Orlando 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.
    • $$$$ is for anything over $50.
  • Most restaurants in Orlando are very casual and do not require a dress code. I personally would wear something nice for restaurants $$$ and over, but this varies by location.
  • Tipping at least 20% is customary when going out to eat in Orlando.
  • Many Orlando 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 take place in Orlando Magical Dining. 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 Orlando 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 tips on where to eat at Disney Springs, check out this post and for more ideas for things to do in Orlando, check out my Orlando Things to Do Guide! If you want ideas for things to do in Orlando, my Etsy shop has a complete checklist here.

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