Between screaming on your favorite Orlando roller coaster and shopping for a new vacation wardrobe at one of Orlando’s trendy shopping outlets, you have to eat sometime. And in Orlando, there’s no shortage of excellent places where you can not only refuel your batteries, but send your taste buds on their own vacation. In the new era of dining, however, it’s not enough to serve good food. The best restaurants, as you’ll find in Orlando, serve excellent food in beautiful and unique environments, accompanied by attentive service and a great atmosphere.
For example, at the California Grill inside Disney’s Contemporary Resort, diners will enjoy some of the freshest cuisine the west coast has to offer, complete with a view of Magic Kingdom ® Park that will take your breath away. You know a restaurant is good when one of its dishes has a reputation, as does the handmade Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli here; dressed with sun-dried tomatoes, pesto, shitake mushrooms, and basil, there’s a reason why they’ve the Ravioli is one of California grill’s most popular entrees. With an incredible wine list of California offerings and prime seating for the Wishes Fireworks Spectacular, California Grill is all you need for a magical evening in Orlando.
Or, for a truly memorable meal, head to Norman’s at the Ritz Carlton, an award-winning restaurant with a list of accolades almost as long as its menu. Elegance dominates the dining room of this refined New American restaurant, where Chef Norman Van Aken blends Latin, Caribbean, and Asian cuisines with European technique to create culinary masterpieces. Yuca-stuffed Crispy Shrimp, Key West Yellowtail Snapper, and Roasted Pork Havana are just a few of the highlights from this refined eatery overlooking the hotel’s lush golf course.
Hankering for something a little less upscale with a generous serving of fun? Then dine at Mama Della’s Ristorante at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. Casual but warm, this whimsical eatery serves up authentic Italian cuisine in Mama’s living room. Mama herself will come out to greet you and make sure you’re eating enough, though you won’t need her encouragement to feast on tasty favorites like lasagna and chicken cacciatore. Couples in particular will love dining out on Mama’s patio on the hotel’s piazza, where strolling musicians serenade the crowd from a balcony every evening at sunset.
And that’s just a taste of what Orlando’s has to offer – browse through our listings, and eat up the great food, ambience, and fun at the city’s finest restaurants.