More than 75 million visitors come to Orlando, Florida each year. While the city is commonly known for being the home of Walt Disney World, it is also one of the culinary capitals of the world. As if the restaurants on International Drive weren’t enough, more and more foodies have been flocking to the city to get a taste of its international cuisine. Thanks to renowned chefs who have made it their mission to put the Orlando culinary scene on the map, you don’t have to travel the globe to enjoy a world of delicious flavors.
Orlando Restaurants we all Love
There are plenty of things to do in Orlando and the tons of delicious restaurants around every corner of Orlando to suit your taste are just icing on the cake! You’ll find plenty of choices ranging from chophouses and American cuisine to Orlando’s most notable sandwich shops. If your mouth is watering just thinking about it, then read on as we dive deep into the 12 best restaurants in Orlando, Florida.
1. Villa Italiano Chophouse. Feeling for Italian? Head to Villa Italiano Chophouse which made it to the top of our list. What sets this charming Italian eatery apart, are the impeccable service and tasty food made from fresh locally sourced ingredients, authentic seasonings, flavors reminiscent of the motherland and a cozy atmosphere that makes you feel like family. Reputed to be one of the best Italian restaurants in Orlando, the menu offers classic Italian dishes with a creative flair, plus drinks, desserts and favorites we all love. Whether you’re in the mood for bruschetta, pizza, spaghetti, chicken parmesan, or calamari, an Italian feast is waiting for you here at Villa Italiano Chophouse.
2. Kres Chophouse. Calling all steak and seafood lovers! Head down to the dining room at Kres Chophouse for date night while you’re in Orlando. Enjoy a modern twist on a traditional steakhouse experience and exceptional customer service that is anything but pushy. Located in a historic building in downtown Orlando, the award-winning restaurant was voted best steakhouse for good reason. With succulent prime beef aged and cut in-house and fresh seafood caught daily, the menu is simply phenomenal. Foodies rave about the filet wellington, cold water lobster tail, and delicious appetizers like the wild mushroom arancini. Not just for carne-lovers, Kres Steakhouse is also a local favorite among vegans. Unsurprisingly, the chefs put their heart and soul into a diverse plant-based menu as well. Pair your gourmet dish with one of their craft cocktails or a glass of wine and you’ll be in total bliss!
3. Kadence. Have you ever dined in a big black box? If not, well that’s exactly what it feels like you’re stepping into when you arrive at Kadence. What started as a humble east-end market sushi stand, quickly expanded to put down roots in the Audubon Park District a couple of years later. These days, locals and tourists alike pre-pay to reserve a spot to enjoy the multi-course menu, freshest sashimi, and finely selected sake expertly prepared by talented chefs. The owners come from diverse backgrounds with training in French, Italian, Japanese, and the pastry arts—and the menu reflects that. If you have no luck securing a reservation, why not take a chirashi bowl and a bottle of sake to go back to the hotel room?
4. DOMU. If you’re a die-hard ramen fan then DOMU is an essential food stop anytime you’re in Orlando. And if you’ve never tried ramen, well, this restaurant is a must-try anyway! Their kimchi butter wings and lobster buns are also to die for if you’re looking for other options. The name DOMU stands for “a dream come true”—and it really is—with its amazing house-made noodles, unparalleled customer service, and incredible ambiance. Be forewarned though: there’s often a waiting list because people travel from all over for Chef Sean “Sonny” Nguyen’s famous noodles.
5. Eddie V’s. If it’s a special occasion or you’re just feeling fancy, head over to the award-winning fine dining experience that is Eddie V’s. They get super busy so be sure to make a reservation online to enjoy their fresh hand-carved steaks or seasonal seafood in-house. From the Chilean sea bass to the signature steak tartare, each of their finely crafted dishes is truly an art. The dining room is open for business but if you can’t get a reservation then curbside pickup is the next best thing!
6. Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster. One of the top steakhouses in Orlando, this is not just your average steakhouse—Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster is an award-winning restaurant known for its live piano music and tableside magic shows. It’s not only their fresh local ingredients that have earned them so many stellar reviews but their high entertainment value as well. We highly suggest ordering the New York strip and the mandarin orange cake a la mode for dessert. Be sure to wash it all down with a handcrafted cocktail, whisky on the rocks, or a glass of your choice from their selection of over 4,500 bottles of wine.
7. Se7en Bites. Nothing says Orlando like some good old-fashioned southern comfort food. Visited by Guy Fieri on “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,” Se7en Bites is the hot spot for all things breakfast and brunch. Think—baked goods and grandma’s home-cooked meals with a modern twist. Mouthwatering favorites include the chicken pot pie, Se7en benedict with a buttermilk garlic biscuit. And don’t forget about the baked pimento cheese with bacon sandwich! Your tastebuds will be in Se7enth heaven!
8. Bites & Bubbles. Freshly relocated to the Mills 50 District, Bites & Bubbles is a trendy and quaint little hotspot just north of downtown Orlando. Boasting delicious American cuisine with a French twist, it’s exactly what you’d expect from the name—an impeccable wine selection, and lots of bubbly. They claim to grant your “champagne wishes and caviar dreams” and we certainly won’t argue with that. Prepare for only the freshest shucked oysters, heavenly charcuterie boards, fried goat cheeseburgers, and duck leg confit. If that doesn’t sound amazing then we don’t know what is!
9. Hamburger Mary’s Bar & Grille. Not to be mistaken with your average fast food joint, Hamburger Mary’s Bar & Grille serves up some of the most delicious gourmet burgers in Orlando. This restaurant lives by the motto “open-air bar and grille for open-minded people.” Aside from their drool-worthy menu, the flamboyant service is what local folks have come to know and love. Trust us when we say, you never knew burgers and beer could taste this good!
10. The Ravenous Pig. This modern American gastropub (also located in Disney Springs) has been a major driving force behind Orlando’s food scene revival. The Winter Park location is home to an outdoor beer garden which is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Not sure what to order for food? Start by sampling house-cured meats and artisan cheeses on their charcuterie & cheese platter. After that, move on to the braised chicken ravioli, filet mignon or the lobster tacos. And we hope you came hungry because a trip to the Ravenous Pig simply isn’t complete without treating yourself to some dessert. We recommend indulging in a slice of coffee cake or a valrhona chocolate chip cookie—you can’t go wrong.
11. The Stubborn Mule. While their (you guessed it) Moscow mules are enough to stop in, be sure to stay for the delicious farm-to-table American cuisine. Enjoy happy hour on the patio or bask in the playful ambiance indoors that is the Stubborn Mule. We only have three words for you: cheesy gouda grits. We suggest getting them as a side with the Who Woke Up First (featuring funnel-cake fried chicken, bacon, egg, and cheese held together with a delicious cinnamon-sugar pastry bun). And if you’re a brunch lover, stop by on the weekend for Stubborn Brunch and bottomless mimosas—just promise you won’t drink from the pitcher!
12. Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwicheria. Exploring Orlando without a trip to Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwicheria would be a mistake. It may be a funky dining scene serves up BIG gourmet pressed sandwiches. Try out the Big Daddy’s Triple Decker, Colossal PBJ, Mama Ling Ling’s Thanksgiving—or build your own! Pair it with one of Pom Pom’s unique sides like the yellow curry chicken or Tuscan salad. If you still have room left over then indulge in some sweets and a pot of loose leaf tea to socialize and unwind. This just may become one of your favorite restaurants!
BONUS: Pizza Bruno. Longing for Bronx pizza, planet pizza or any slice of pizza? A list of the best restaurants in Orlando wouldn’t be complete without pizza, now would it? This Italian eatery is a hidden gem and a hub for locals—now it can be your spot too! Savor the taste of delicious wood-fired Neapolitan pizza and pints of craft beer during happy hour. It’s much more than just pizza though! The garlic knots are simply life-changing and the octopus is to die for. Yes, your eyes aren’t deceiving you—octopus braised in red wine and wood-roasted with seasonal veg. Don’t believe us? Go see for yourself!