As a global city, Orlando offers everything a visitor could want from its dining scene. With various neighborhoods serving international cuisines as well as hearty all-American platters, you’ll find plenty of tasty morsels to tuck into. Head over to Restaurant Row to enjoy some smoky jazz and mouth-watering steak, visit Lake Buena Vista for the ultimate fine dining experience, or, grab a deep pan Chicago-style pizza in the bustling Downtown district.
International Drive - the city’s main tourist strip - stretches 12 miles through Orlando and is famed for its quirky restaurant options. Whether you’re searching for vintage wines, freshly-caught seafood or Nepalese-dining, you’ll find it here at various different budgets. Major attractions such as Disney World Theme Parks and Universal Studios are also close by, making this the perfect stop-off for visitors looking to refuel. Unique bars and snack stations line the road for the eager visitor on-the-go. For an elegant choice and a self-proclaimed farm-to-fork style menu, Napa - housed in the glistening building of the Hyatt Regency – is an excellent choice.
• Napa (The Peabody Orlando), 9801 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, United States. Tel: +1 407 352 4000
A five minute drive from the Orange County Convention Center, Restaurant Row has the finest dining spots on offer. Whether you are in the mood for an informal café, an indie live band or a fine dining experience showcasing a swanky interior, you are bound to find it here. Head over to Salt Lake Road - only a few minutes’ walk from major tourist attractions – to uncover some of the most popular spots among locals. Accessible via the I-RIDE trolley, which includes Walt Disney Theme Parks and Universal Studios, you’ll never be far from Orlando’s main attractions.
• Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 8030 Via Dellagio Way, Building F, Orlando, FL 32819. Tel: +1 407 352 5706
Lake Buena Vista
Known for its first-class entertainment, exclusive eateries and elite fine dining venues; Lake Buena Vista is home to Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World and Pleasure Island. There are many different types of restaurants options, from fast-paced takeaways to classic diners served by cheery Disney-clad staff. Visit the Flying Fish Café for a warming platter of sizzling steak or fresh seafood. Perched on the edge of Disney’s BoardWalk, dining in this prime spot allows you to indulge in the classic Disney experience.
• Flying Fish Café, Post Office Box 10,000, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32810. Tel: +1 407 9393463
If you want to get away from the Disney Parks, try your luck with trendy Downtown Orlando. Here towering high-rise buildings eclipse a rousing nightlife and entertainment scene tucked below. With a fast-paced tempo and electric atmosphere, global and regional flavors can be found in abundance. Head over to the popular spot of The Boheme to tuck into an eclectic menu amongst a bohemian setting of cherry-coloured decor. Finish your stay in Downtown Orlando with a classic Broadway show or indulge in a drink (or two) at one of the many neon-lit bars.
• The Boheme (Grand Bohemian Hotel), 325 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801. Tel: +1 407 581 4700
For a relaxing dining experience, head over to Orlando’s tranquil Winter Park. Here, sophistication merges seamlessly with a panoramic landscape. Stroll along the tree-lined streets to discover endless options from gastropubs to wineries, pop-up restaurants to gourmet dining. For a sumptuous Italian feast, visit Prato and enjoy a selection rustic dishes and home-cured meats. Enhance your trip by perusing the chic boutiques, small art galleries and museums, found scattered throughout the local area.
• Prato, 124 N. Park Avenue, Winter Park, Orlando, FL. Tel: +1 407 262 0050