There are tons of great restaurants out there to choose from; here are a list of some of our writers' TOP restaurants and in their specific category.
F&D Woodfired Italian Kitchen
2420 Curry Ford Road
2589 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando, FL 32835-6316
3990 Curry Ford Road, Orlando, FL 32806
Originally born as a food cart, this brick-and-mortar pizzeria in the Conway area west of downtown draws people by word of mouth from all around. Pizzas are of the personal-size variety and wood-fired, so come up out with a slightly smoky taste and bubbling on the edges (so so good). Interesting versions like New Haven Clam Pie, with clams, bacon and cream, and the house favorite Crimson Ghost, with Fresh mozzarella, soppressata, basil, Mike's Hot Honey. Also, don't sleep on the pastas, house-made ricotta, and wood-roasted octopus.
AMERICAN AND PUB FOOD
99 W. Plant St., Winter Garden, FL 34787
A quaint fine-dining restaurant in the Edgewater Hotel serves a set-price menu of New American fare.
Knife & Spoon
4012 Central Florida Pkwy., Orlando, FL 32837
With a discreet entrance tucked off the lobby of The Ritz-Carlton Grand Lakes, Orlando, the restaurant greets you in a grand way with a huge open kitchen, windows all around and a dramatic ceiling that looks like a geode cut and open with dim light coming down from above. It's Chef John Tesar's new restaurant in Orlando, and he recruited other chefs from top Marriott hotels across the state. Everyone who knows food in Orlando is talking about this place — and also talking about how it's good for a special occasion.
Luke's Kitchen & Bar
640 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, FL 32751
Rustic-modern with wood and metal accents, dimly lit, spotlight on big open kitchen. This is another restaurant by Brandon McGlamery of Prato and Luma on Park (now closed) fame.
617 Primrose Drive, Orlando, FL 32803
Very few hangovers would survive breakfast and brunch at Se7en Bites. The menu is stocked with crowd-pleasers, including a buttermilk garlic biscuit topped with a soufflé-baked egg, homemade sausage, and a dollop of pimento cheese
The Hangry Bison
250 W. Plant St., Winter Garden, FL 34787
From our hand-built burgers to fine bourbon to craft beer brewed near and far, we are committed to sourcing the freshest ingredients within our community.
Three Birds Café
2 W. Plant St., Winter Garden, FL 34787
The Ravenous Pig
565 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789
A husband-and-wife team of James Beard-nominated chefs are behind The Ravenous Pig, where Chef Clay Miller, who trained under the likes of Thomas Keller and Michael Mina, turns out Southern-leaning “Modern American" food, much of it ethically and locally sourced in Florida
Teak Neighborhood Grill
6400 Time Square Ave., Orlando, FL 32835-7500
Urban on Plant Kitchen & Bar
132 W. Plant St., Winter Garden, FL 34787
Wine, flatbreads, salads and American entrees in a sleek space with patio tables.
Yellow Dog Eats
1236 Hempel Ave., Windermere, FL 34786
American joint serving BBQ, sandwiches and craft brews in a colorful, relaxed setting with a patio.
10100 Dream Tree Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32836
Set on the 17th floor of the Four Seasons Resort Orlando, Capa is a chic Spanish restaurant with a high-design interior and sweeping views from a spacious outdoor terrace. Start with cured meats, Spanish cheeses, and tapas like foie gras with quince. Continue to share as you move onto mains like Wagyu beef, rack of lamb, and short ribs braised in a rich rioja sauce. For dessert, skip the churros for the crema de coco (coconut sorbet with mango espuma) or the hazelnutty guindilla.
Charley's Steak House
8255 International Drive #100, Orlando, FL 32819
Classic chophouse delivering wood-fired aged beef, plus seafood and wine in a sophisticated space.
Christner's Prime Steak & Lobster
729 Lee Road, Orlando, FL 32810
High-end steaks and seafood served in refined dining rooms enlivened by piano music and magic shows.
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse
9150 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Opulently outfitted chain restaurant specializing in prime steaks and seafood along with fine wines.
17 W. Church St., Orlando, FL 32801
7705 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32819
There are so many winners on Chef Henry Moso's menu, it's hard to know where to start. A James Beard Award finalist and Rising Star Chef of the Year, Moso packs the house for his sublime seafood dishes and multi-course omakase menus featuring the freshest seasonal nigiri, and much of the restaurant's fresh fish arrives regularly from the Toyosu market in Tokyo, and from Spain.
1809 Winter Park Road, Orlando, FL 32803
A sake and sushi bar with just nine seats (yes, reservations are absolutely mandatory), Kadence is tiny but certainly mighty on Orlando's fine-dining scene.
Fancy Q Sushi & Thai Apopka
1095 W. Orange Blossom Trl., Apopka, FL 32712
Agave Azul Windermere
5855 Winter Garden Vineland Road, Suite 100, Windermere, FL 34786
East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32803
7600 Dr Phillips Blvd. #14, Orlando, FL 32819
Domu, in East End Market, is a chic, modern space with whitewashed brick walls, cheerful murals, and edgy fixtures. House-made noodles and slow-cooked broths are just part of what makes the ramen here so good. Beyond that, a pan-Asian menu includes rice bowls, lobster buns with bonito flakes, and grilled octopus with yuzu. Finish with ice cream, which comes in flavors like horchata, Vietnamese coffee, and taro.
Garibaldi (Apopka) Mexican Restaurant & Bar
2430 E. Semoran Blvd., Apopka, FL 32703
2430 E. Semoran Blvd., Apopka, FL 32703
Gringos Locos Washington
20 E. Washington St., Orlando, FL 32801
821 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32801
Reyes Mezcaleria is a Downtown favorite for Oaxacan food. Start with a mixed ceviche of citrus-cured snapper and shrimp, or a queso fundido with Oaxaca cheese. Continue with shared plates — say, elotes, tamales, or fish tacos — or opt for a larger platos fuerte instead. For the latter, anything with mole sauce is an excellent choice, as is the line-caught Veracruz snapper (whole or filleted). Dessert offers nothing particularly notable — pass on the churros and finish with more mezcal instead.
The Whole Enchilada Fresh Mexican Grill & Bar
129 W. Plant St., Winter Garden, FL 34787
Airy and trendy spot dishing up updated takes on classic Mexican offerings such as tacos and enchiladas.
720 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, FL 32803
The focus in Japanese izakaya eats, and the yakitori is made with particular care and consideration. Organic free-range chicken is brined overnight and broken down into the various yakitori skewer offerings on the menu.
Christinis Ristorante Italiano
7600 Dr Phillips Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819
Elegant choice specializing in Italian provisions such as meat plates, pizza, pasta and desserts.
Enzo's on the Lake
1130 S. U.S. Hwy 17 92, Longwood, FL 32750
Colorful, Picasso-esque paintings by one of the owner's mothers decorate the walls of Enzo's on the Lake, an Orlando icon since 1980. The restaurant does Italian classics to perfection.
124 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789
A long hall-like dining space that stretches to the back where the wood-fired ovens, imported from Italy, churn out pizzas and the many other dishes finished there.
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"With more than 45 years of distinctive culinary experience, I am convinced that success comes down to this: One restaurant, in one location, serving the highest quality cuisine, the best service and a friendly atmosphere in which to enjoy it.”
— Chris Christini, owner
— Chris Christini, owner
LOCAL REVIEW: Christinis Ristorante Italiano
"Food is delicious. The meatballs melt in your mouth. We had a great time with such an attentive staff. Lazar and Rodrigo were our waiters. and they were super friendly and attentive. The location has a very old-school, traditional feel." – Mike