While Orlando may be best known for its theme parks, shopping malls and golf courses, the city is also home to an impressive array of gourmet restaurants.
Whether you’re looking to tuck into a perfectly cooked steak at The Venetian Chop House or enjoy a hearty farm-to-table meal at Highball & Harvest at The Ritz-Carlton, there is something for everyone. Here, we’ve rounded up our pick of the six best restaurants in Orlando to kick-start your next foodie adventure.
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The Venetian Chop House
Located near Disney, this AAA Four Diamond-rated restaurant serves contemporary cuisine in a romantic, upscale setting. Enjoy the likes of gnocchi stroganoff for appetizers, Dover sole for entrees and Tahitian vanilla bean crème brûlée for dessert. The entry door is topped by a giant copper dome, while the rest of the restaurant boasts dark wood furniture and crystal chandeliers. The vast wine list has been described as being “one of the best in town” by Orlando Sentinel.
Highball & Harvest
Located within The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Highball & Harvest celebrates Orlando’s rich farming history. The farm-to-table restaurant serves dishes with locally sourced ingredients from local farms and also the resort’s on-site organic garden. Expect delicious craft cocktails, an impressive wine selection, beer or sparkling wine. The entire menu is Southern-inspired, so whether you want to tuck into fried chicken or BBQ bison ribs is up to you. Don’t miss the smoked duck breast, crab cake with fried green tomato or the homestyle side dishes, called “Fixins.”
Victoria & Albert’s
The opulent interior and soft melodies from the harpist create a luxurious, romantic atmosphere at Victoria & Albert’s restaurant. Since opening its doors in 2000, this restaurant has served haute American cuisine such as Maine Lobster “Jar” with Siberian Osetra Caviar and Jumbo Lump Crab with Cucumber Gelee. Whether you choose to enjoy up to seven prix fixe courses in the Dining Room or 10 at the Chef’s Table, this AAA Five Diamond Award restaurant delivers haute cuisine at its finest.
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Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster
Personal touches start from the moment you enter Christner’s, with every steak aged in-house and cut fresh to order. Cold-water lobster tails are imported from Australia and New Zealand, with seafood being hand-selected from the finest local markets. Enjoy the likes of USDA Prime Ribeye, USDA Porterhouse and side dishes including sautéed mushrooms, lobster macaroni and cheese and potatoes au gratin. Christner’s also boasts a wine list featuring over 4,500 bottles and includes locally crafted whiskies, spirits and beer.
Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria Orlando
As well as offering steakhouse classics such as its signature 32-day dry-aged tomahawk rib eye, Bull & Bear also offers pan-roasted Dover sole, escargot and gnocchi, pasta explosion, and flaming lobster just to name a few. The experienced sommeliers are happy to suggest the perfect wine to accompany your meal, whilst you enjoy the exquisite views overlooking the resort’s pool and golf courses. Views of the nightly fireworks can also be enjoyed from select tables.
Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse
This modern steakhouse located within Hyatt Regency Orlando combines the charm of an authentic Italian restaurant with a wide selection of steaks, chops and seafood. As well as enjoying delicious prime grilled steaks, guests can also enjoy select wines from the extensive, award-winning wine cellar at the Milan-inspired lounge. The main dining room can accommodate up to 200 guests, whilst the private dining room which welcomes celebrations, meetings and events can serve up to 100 guests.
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