The best restaurants in Orlando | 2022 guide

The best restaurants in Orlando, Florida

It may be famous for its theme parks but the City Beautiful serves up a surprisingly varied restaurant scene. Wondering where to dine? Here’s our guide to the best restaurants in Orlando for 2022

Choosing between Orlando’s plethora of restaurants can prove to be quite a challenge. Thanks to a restaurant renaissance over the past decade, the region is now one of the culinary capitals of the world. From newly-opened restaurants at the theme parks, to hidden classics around the city’s quaint neighbourhoods, you’ll find endless eateries to try.

The good news is that we’ve refined the ever-growing list of restaurants down to the very best, from where to get the best pizza and burgers, to the best spots for seafood, sushi, steak, salads and much more. So stop Googling “best restaurants in Orlando” and read our handy up-to-the-minute guide…

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The Stubborn Mule – Downtown Orlando

The best restaurants in Orlando

This popular restaurant in downtown Orlando is hailed for its creative New American dishes and drinks. As its name suggests, no visit is complete without trying one of the signature mule cocktails, of which there are 9 different variations. Owned and operated by graduates from The Culinary Institute of America, this fun restaurant partners with local farmers, fisheries and small businesses to create its fresh and inventive meals.

We recommend visiting for brunch when you can quaff bottomless mimosas and devour decadent entrees like Who Woke Up First, a seriously good sandwich consisting of funnel cake fried chicken topped with swiss cheese, maple bacon and an over-easy egg, all served between two cinnamon-dusted cronies and drizzled with bourbon syrup.

  • Opening hours: 11am-10pm Monday-Thursday, 11am-11pm Friday & Saturday, and 11am-9pm Sunday
  • Call: +1 407-730-3400
  • Address: The Stubborn Mule, 100 S Eola Dr Unit 103, Orlando, FL 32801
  • Prices: $

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood – Sand Lake Road

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If you’re looking for the best seafood restaurants in Orlando then look no further than Eddie V’s. Serving fresh seafood and premium hand-cut steaks, this fine-dining restaurant has a fancy cocktail lounge with live jazz. The menu consists of highly-prized seasonal fish including Norwegian salmon, South African lobster and Georges Bank scallops. There’s also a selection of steaks hand-cut from the finest, specialty-aged beef available. You can dine in or order specially-boxed take-out items fresh for you to cook at home. 

Prato – Winter Park

prato restaurant sign

Wondering who has the best pizza in Orlando? You’ll find out at Prato, a stylish Italian eatery serving modern takes on classic dishes. This rustic-chic spot offers a choice of dining, either al-fresco on Park Avenue, or inside where huge windows span the front wall of the restaurant. In addition to their inventive pizzas and pastas, all cooked in the kitchen’s traditional wood-fired oven, Prato offers guests a variety of paninis, house-cured meats, seafood and salads. Online ordering is currently available.

  • Opening hours: Dinner starts everyday at 5:30 pm, lunch is Wednesday-Sunday 11:30-3 pm. 
  • Call: +1 (407) 262-0050
  • Address: 124 N. Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
  • Prices: $$

The Capital Grille – International Drive

One of the best places to eat in Orlando , the capital grille lion statue

One of the best restaurants in Orlando, International Drive’s Capital Grille is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. It cooks up top-notch seafood and dry-aged steaks, served alongside an award-winning wine list. What to order? The Filet with Wild Mushrooms and Fig Essence or the 22oz Bone-in Rib Eye. For sides, try the Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese, the Parmesan Truffle Fries or the Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Mosto.  The lounge-style eatery has a generous dining lounge that is open daily dinner for dinner and take-out.

  • Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday 5pm-9pm, Friday and Saturday 5pm-10pm
  • Call: +1 407-370-4392
  • Address: 9101 International Dr and at The Mall at Millenia, 4200 Conroy Road
  • Prices: $$

7593 Chophouse – Reunion Resort, Kissimmee

7593 chophouse interior

No list of restaurants in Orlando would be complete without mentioning 7593 Chophouse. Located in the lush lobby of the Reunion Grande Hotel, this brand-new restaurant is open to resort guests and visitors alike. Serving steaks, seafood and gourmet cocktails, this is the perfect place for a special celebration – you can even enjoy an after dinner drink on the rooftop terrace where you catch views of Disney’s nightly fireworks. Make it an experience to remember by booking a stay at the resort. Reunion is home to an array of vacation rentals with access to the resort’s water park, golf courses, restaurants and much more.

Kadence – Winter Park Road

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This tiny reservations-only establishment offers the best sushi in Orlando, if not the whole of Florida. This place does its own thing, and does it with unique style. Nine stools are all situated around a sushi prep bar where the owners Lordfer Lalicon, Mark Berdin and Jennifer Benagale prepare carefully choreographed 18-plus course sushi and sashimi meals. This experience (accompanied by plenty of sake) is so popular, you have to pre-pay to even get a reservation. Can’t get a seat? Opt for Kadence-to-go.

  • Opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 4.30pm – 9pm, Saturday: 12pm – 4pm, Closed Monday & Tuesday
  • Contact: [email protected]
  • Address: 1809 Winter Park Rd, Orlando, FL 32803
  • Prices: $$$

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium – Universal Resort

milkshakes being held up

Got the kids in tow? Then drop in at one of the many fun restaurants in Orlando. Fun foodstuffs abound at Universal’s Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, where guests of all ages can indulge in classic American dishes, as well as sweet treats like house crepes, candy and milkshakes, each with their own unique twist. Artisanal drinks and sumptuous sundaes are available in creative flavors like Chocolate Brownie Bark, Salted Caramel Flan, and Red Velvet (complete with a cupcake on top!).

Exhibition cooking, costumed servers and quirky 19th-century steampunk decor are the backdrop for this super-fun venue at Universal Citywalk. It’s a feast for the eyes – and the stomach!

  • Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 12pm, Friday & Saturday: 11am – 12am
  • Call:  +1 407-224-3663
  • Address: 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, United States
  • Price: $$

The Boathouse – Disney Springs

car shaped boat in the water

Savor the best of land and sea at this unique Orlando diner. Everything from fresh fish to premium steaks are on the menu, along with a casual outdoor menu of delicious sandwiches and burgers. Located in The Landing area of Disney Springs, the restaurant’s waterfront setting showcases views of the water, often filled with quirky ‘amphicar’ boats. Make waves by booking a car-boat tour of the lake – these launch right from the restaurant deck.

  • Address: 1620 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
  • Opening hours: Monday – Thursday:11am – 11pm, Friday: 11am – 11.30pm, Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 11.30pm
  • Call: +1 407-939-2628
  • Price: $$

Rocco’s Tacos – San Lake

mexican food with drinks in background

Hailed as the best Mexican restaurant in Orlando, Rocco’s Tacos is the place to be and be seen. Sample a true taste of Mexico at this late-night spot famed for its large tequila bar and tableside guacamole. Hundreds of varieties of tequila are available to sample, as well as a long list of homemade house cocktails. Try the guacamole prepared table side, delicious burritos, fish tacos and handmade corn tortillas cooked fresh on the comal. Specialty events include Taco & Tequila Tuesdays, daily happy hour, bottomless brunch and Cinco de Mayo.

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