The Food Scene in Orlando

March 21st 2019, by Patrick V
Orlando Food Scene

A trip to Orlando Florida can make for an incredible vacation, and the food here is no exception. Whether it’s just the two of you looking for a special night out, or a family of five that wants to dine somewhere familiar, Orlando’s restaurant scene caters to visitors with all sorts of tastes. Want the best steak you’ve had all year? We’ve got that. Or maybe you’d like to try alligator for the first time. Exotic or familiar, Orlando’s mix of cosmopolitan cuisine, local fare, and national favorites makes it the envy of Vegas and many other vacation hot spots. Fork, spoon, or held by your hands, here’s a closer look at what eats you can look forward to on your trip to Orlando.

Family & Familiar Dining

For a cheap, no-frills meals near central Orlando, head to Bob’s Family Restaurant, one of the highest rated family restaurants in the city according to Google.  Bob’s is a popular breakfast spot where you can rub elbows with locals. In southeast Orlando, you’ll find Friendly’s, a casual place with a 50’s diner feel serving up signature ice cream treats along-side American classics like burgers and melts. For a good bite to eat on your way to and from central Orlando and Disney’s Magic Kingdom, try Perkin’s Restaurant and Bakery, a well-rated casual chain for American comfort food, or T-Rex Café, a dinosaur themed eatery serving American favorites, also highly rated. Both are kid friendly and right off interstate 4. For something a little more refined but still family friendly, La Luce is a modern Italian Kitchen featuring homemade family style dishes, rustic pizzas, and Mediterranean themed cocktails.

Fine Dining

Here’s a little secret. You’ll find that many of Orlando’s high-end restaurants are located inside the plethora of resorts nearby.  If you’re staying at one of these fine resorts, lucky you!  If you’re not, don’t hesitate to book a reservation as a dinner guest. Among these fine restaurants is Victoria & Albert’s, located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Boasting a menu featuring French, American, and European fare, Victoria and Albert’s has become a 13-year recipient of the prestigious AAA Five Diamond award. Be transported to a Victorian era dining experience, among imported crystal, the pluck of a harp in the distance, and a full service staff including butler service.  Children 10 and up are welcomed.  The award winning Bull and Bear Steakhouse at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando is another great choice. Escargot & Gnocchi, Flaming Lobster, and a signature 32-day dry-aged Tomahawk Rib Eye steak feature in menu of this re-imagined steakhouse, just a glance away from the Astoria’s pool and golf course.

Special Diets

For those of us with diet restrictions, or who choose to eat a certain diet, Orlando has you covered too. La Luce, mentioned earlier, is TripAdvisor’s #1 restaurant for vegetarian and gluten free options. Dandelion Community Café, in the heart of Orlando, serves a variety of veggie-based bowls, wraps, salads and sandwiches. You can even get these to go if you’re worried about limited options later in your day. Vegans can head to Ethos Vegan Kitchen just north of Orlando in neighboring Winter Park, where American classic are “veganified” and your comfort food cravings satisfied.