Not only is Orlando home of the Happiest Place on Earth, but it is also a paradise for foodies everywhere. Outside of the spills, thrills, magic, and fun things to do in Orlando, there’s a plethora of acclaimed restaurants inspired by the biggest names among celebrity chefs and local legends, food trucks, and everything in between.
From a swanky chophouse in a sophisticated Orlando hotel to an old-school local’s joint or hole in the wall gem among the most popular International Drive restaurants, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite steakhouses in Orlando for you to consider booking for your best night out while in town. So, if you’re celebrating a milestone or simply want to indulge in a delectable meal, there’s a steakhouse with your plate waiting. Bon Appétit!
1. Shula’s Steakhouse. Located at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, this acclaimed steakhouse celebrates the 1972 Miami Dolphins' "Perfect Season" – the only undefeated team in NFL history – under Coach Don Shula, with photos and memorabilia decorating the elegant space. In order to be the best on the field, Don Shula’s strategy was to select the best talent available and give them the resources they needed to succeed – principles which led to his success as the most winningest coach in the history of football. When he ventured into the restaurant business, those same principles were applied, which meant serving the best quality beef and providing the restaurant team with the best training. As a result, the steakhouse has won numerous awards, including the esteemed The Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence. The custom center cuts of Premium Black Angus Beef steaks and custom aging process are second to none, and make the Shula Cut known as the best beef money can buy. Valet is complimentary and reservations are recommended.
2. Charley's Steak House. Flame-grilling over wood on a custom-built 1200° open pit for the past 40 years, the resulting unique flavor profile of Florida citrus, oak woods and a secret seasoning has made Charley’s a household name for Orlando locals and visitors alike. The steakhouse features Midwest grain-fed USDA Prime & Choice beef exclusively, aged on-site for 4 to 6 weeks, cut daily, and then seasoned for 30 hours to create distinctive flavor. For decades, Charley's Steak House has prided itself on being a traditional steakhouse, but has slowly evolved to incorporate a bit of culinary flair with the addition of appetizers like Wild Florida Gator and Crispy Portabella Mushroom Fondue alongside established menu items. In the Orlando area, there are two locations – one off of International Drive, and one in Celebration. Vinos will love the wine list which features more than 800 selections!
3. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. When treating someone special to a sublime night out, the generous hospitality and inviting atmosphere at Fleming’s sets the tone for a lovely evening. The menu features steakhouse classics along with a local chef’s table that changes seasonally and features locally-sourced ingredients. Along with expertly prepared Prime Steak made with the very finest aged USDA Prime beef, popular dishes include beef carpaccio with caper-creole mustard sauce & red onion, crab cakes with roasted red pepper & lime butter sauce, miso glazed Chilean sea bass, seasonal lobster tails, and an exceptional selection of wines. A full bar menu is also available for hand-crafted cocktails and spirits. Fleming’s has two Orlando locations, Winter Park and Sand Lake, open for dinner daily.
4. Linda's La Cantina. A staple in Central Florida since 1947, Linda’s La Cantina is a “no frills” local joint that serves quality steaks that are USDA choice or above, cut right on site, and grilled hot and fast to sear in all the juices. Their loyal following appreciates the great quality, tasty steaks at moderate prices, averaging at $32 for a 14 ounce New York Strip which includes fresh bread, a salad, and your choice of side (baked potato, steak fries, spaghetti, green beans or steamed broccoli). The dimly lit space offers an old-school steakhouse atmosphere, with black and white checkered tablecloths and wood and brass accents. The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday and reservations are recommended.
5. A Land Remembered. This legendary Orlando chophouse is named after the late Patrick Smith’s rich novel which highlights some of Florida’s historical moments and landscapes. A AAA Four Diamond restaurant, the skilled chefs prepare the finest all natural Prime Black Angus Beef from Harris Ranch, as well as the freshest seafood available. The signature sampler appetizer feeds four and includes Goat Cheese Fritters complemented by Vidalia onion-tomato jam, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and Bistro Steak Bruschetta, providing a little something for everyone. As an entrée, try the Surf and Turf which includes an eight-ounce grilled filet mignon alongside an eight-ounce cold water half lobster tail. The high-end, swanky steakhouse is located in the Golf Clubhouse at Rosen Shingle Creek and opens daily for dinner.
6. Vito’s Chophouse. One of Orlando’s premier restaurants, this classic steakhouse with an Italian flair features a unique selection of Tuscan-herb rubbed aged steaks and chops, as well as fresh seafood and Italian specialties. The USDA Prime and Choice corn-fed beef is aged four to six weeks on the premises and is hand-cut daily by the managers to ensure the best quality. Menu highlights include Potato Wrapped Chilean Sea Bass, Truffled Lobster Ravioli and the indulgent 30-ounce Wagyu Tomahawk Long Bone Ribeye. A specialty martini list and 850 wine selections are the icing on the cake! Along with being named among the Top Ten Best Steakhouses in America, the local spot on International Drive has received the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence thanks to its exquisite cuisine, exceptional service and intimate atmosphere.
7. Bull & Bear. Modeled after the trendy original Bull & Bear Restaurant in New York City, this 159-seat restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando shares the same club-like warmth and impeccable service as its predecessor. Intricate chandeliers, beveled glass windows and a top-notch wine list featuring applauded boutique vintners set the tone for an elegant evening, attracting visitors and devoted Central Florida diners alike. The menu serves hearty portions of traditional fare, including innovative favorites like 36-Ounce 28-Day Dry-Aged Tomahawk Rib Eye and Veal Oscar; seasonal wild mushroom mélange; pan seared foie gras with wild berries, toasted brioche and bourbon caramel; and maple and bourbon smoked Faroe Island salmon. The award-winning, AAA Four Diamond steak destination is open nightly for dinner and requires sophisticated dress.
8. Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster. An Orlando staple for nearly 30 years, the team at this family-owned steakhouse meticulously selects each ingredient and serves only the best of the best – USDA Prime cuts of beef corn-fed, aged in house and cut-to-order; imported cold water lobster; fresh locally-sourced ingredients; and an impressive wine list of 4,500 different bottles. Start the meal off with sesame seed crusted ahi tuna, seared rare and served with a wasabi cream and soy glaze. Steaks and chops range from an eight-ounce filet mignon to a 24-ounce prime porterhouse. The New York strip is cut to order, seasoned and cooked to perfection. A variety of standard steakhouse sides are available, including broccoli au gratin, lobster macaroni and cheese, brussels sprouts, baked potato, and creamed corn. The setting is refined but relaxed with live piano performances each night and tableside sleight-of-hand magic each Saturday.
Final Thoughts on Your Best Night Out in Orlando
Orlando is full of amazing steakhouses. Whether well done, medium well, medium or medium rare – or rare and juicy, you’ll find a long list of steak house contenders to satisfy your appetite. And if Filet Mignon, Rib Eye or T-Bone steak are not your fancy, check other places to visit and things to do on our Travel Blog!