When it comes to dining everyone has a distinct taste and preference. Some people like the tried and tested options that are filling and delicious as ever. Others with a more adventurous spirit and a more diverse palate enjoy something that is exotic and different. There are several cuisines and styles of cooking within these cuisines. Foodies and food connoisseurs might have favorites when it comes to tastes and styles but one thing that everyone looks for is quality, well-made food. Orlando is a tourist hub people from all around the world visit Orlando throughout the year and it is difficult to cater to the tastes and likes of everyone but Orlando does a great job in this regard. The dining options in Orlando are unlimited and most of them are pretty good. Whether it is Chinese, Italian, American classics, Korean, or Indian you will find a spot that serves your favorite dish. With the plethora of options available, it can sometimes become difficult to identify the best. The restaurants that offer more than food, a once in a lifetime experience. Restaurants that tingle the culinary senses in just the right way and leave a lasting impression. Restaurants that give you something better. Here are our picks for the top 10 restaurants in Orlando.
Prato is the crème de la crème when it comes to restaurants in Orlando. Its theme seems to blend simplicity with inspiration. Prato is a perfect shrine to pay homage and celebrate cuisine that comes from Itlay’s wealthy culinary landscape. It blends classic Italian recipes with the innovation of modern techniques and some interesting ingredients in a genius way. To make sure that you get the best food experience that you possibly can. Their ambiance is warm and welcoming. Its contemporary layout is balanced by the rustic design elements that are incorporated in the resultant. It is really a delight to see. The long bar encourages a casual and communal atmosphere. It offers patio seating as well. Prato is located at 124 N. Park Avenue Winter Park, FL 32789. Lunch is served between 11:30 am to 3 pm from Wednesday to Sunday. They also have a Happy Hour for guests to enjoy discounts and more. Happy Hour is from 4-6 pm, Monday to Friday. Dinner is served throughout the week starting at 5:30 pm. Bookings are available from Monday to Tuesday between 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm, There are two slots on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm and 10:00 pm. On the weekend spots can be booked between 11:30 am to 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm. Now, to the food. The food is great. They offer a wide range of Italian options to choose from and all of them are great. If you want to stick with the classics then meatballs are a great choice for appetizers but we would suggest being daring and ordering what your heart desires. Whatever you end up ordering, you will not be disappointed. Their portions are also big boy sized so you don’t have to worry about that. For the main course, the pasta dishes are amazing. Again the rule of thumb when visiting Prato is to be adventurous. Order something that you have never tried before and you will get the best version of it in terms of preparation and taste. They have an extensive wine collection as well. We would suggest the Gnocchi, Grigio, and Barolo. The service is top-notch and the staff is also very helpful and warm.
Prato is a stylish spot with industrial-chic warehouse vibes, Italian food, and a buzzing bar with craft cocktails. Prato’s wood-fired oven gives you excellent pizzas. You can enjoy the al fresco dining along Park Avenue or relax inside with a menu that featuring the likes of pretzel-crusted calamari, oversized meatballs, hand-stretched pizzas, and the must-have mustard spaghettini cacio e pepe. We can’t say enough good things about Prato. It is a must-visit restaurant if you find yourself in Orlando.
2 – Kadence
If you are a fan of Sushi then you will be delighted by what Kadence has to offer. Inside a stark, all-black, boxed-shaped building is Kadence. A sushi experience so popular that you have to pre-pay to even get a reservation.
When you take a seat at the nine-person sushi bar and watch the owners prepare a multi-course sushi and sashimi tasting, you will surely thank us. Kadence is fashioned after the Japanese tradition of omakase. The chef will guide you through your meal in this gourmet experience. You don’t have to stress about what to order. The chef has you covered and you can rest assured because Kadence is the best when it comes to sushi in Orlando. If you are unable to get a reservation, you can opt for a take-out chirashi bowl that comes in a reusable box. If you are a sushi lover you will be delighted by what Kadence serves. Make sure to stop by on your trip to Orlando.
3 – Domu
Adjacent to Orlando’s East End Market, this ramen hotspot quite literally brings the heat with its homemade noodles, savory broths and, an assortment of small plates.
When it opened its doors in 2016, Domu single-handedly brought ramen back on the map within the Orlando food scene. Four years later, its steaming bowls of noodles are still being slurped down at a record pace, leading to new locations in Dr. Phillips and Jacksonville as well as a fast-casual concept called Domu Chibi. Beyond ramen, this hip Asian kitchen also serves killer kimchi butter wings and lobster buns. If you head there for brunch, get a boba-mosa. It is champagne mixed with flavored tapioca balls.
4 – The Stubborn Mule
The always-packed downtown restaurant bar is known for creative takes on American fare. And, as its name suggests, it’s not a successful visit unless you sip one of the signature mule cocktails.
The weekend brunch scene is a spectacle in itself with crowds of guests waiting eagerly out front to down unlimited mimosas and soothe their hangovers with entrees like the Who Woke Up First, a gluttonously good sandwich that consists of funnel-cake fried chicken topped with bacon, egg and cheese between two cinnamon sugar pastries.
5 – The Ravenous Pig
The Euro-American gastropub, helmed by chefs James and Julie Petrakis, opened back in 2007—right at the forefront of Florida’s seasonally-inspired cuisine movement that has yet to lose steam.
With a James Beard nomination under their belt, the chefs have truly turned The Ravenous Pig into a must-visit for both locals and tourists. What to order? Start with the ever-changing charcuterie board or Gatherer salad before moving onto the blue cheese and caramelized onion-topped burger. If you still have room, end your evening on a sweet note with the Pig Tails, cinnamon sugar fritters with chocolate dipping sauce.
6 – Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster
While some steakhouses try too hard to stay cool with the times by modernizing their décor or taking creative liberties with the menu, Christner’s is all about doing things the old school way—and cooking up the best cuts of meat in Orlando.
Three words: order the filet. Trust us, you won’t find a better steak. Plus, between its bustling dining room, animated bar scene and myriad of private rooms, it’s the type of restaurant that your date, family, clients and even Tony Soprano would feel at home in.
7 – Se7en Bites
This Southern-inspired kitchen hasn’t met a comfort food it doesn’t like, so prepare for buttermilk biscuits, pimento cheese, homemade chicken pot pie and plenty of freshly baked pastries.
Do you think of bacon as a food group? Then this daytime eatery is for you. With a breakfast-all-day menu that includes an egg sandwich called 7th Trimester smothered with mac ’n cheese and potato chip bacon crumble and lunch items like a meatloaf sandwich, you’ll be going back and forth on what to order until reaching the counter.
8 – Antonio’s
This two-story Italian mainstay features a market and a café downstairs, plus a white tablecloth restaurant upstairs. Both floors serve traditional food that’s so good, even your Italian grandmother would approve.
While you can’t go wrong on either level, the more causal café serves some of the best pizza in town. Whether you’re eating in or picking up a pie to go, take advantage of the market’s curated selection of over 300 vinos, Antonio’s homemade pasta and sauces, or authentic Italian brands you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in Orlando.
9 – Hillstone
While we typically don’t like to include chains in roundups, any local will tell you that Hillstone in Winter Park is one of the best—and liveliest—dinner places in all of Central Florida, despite its usual hour-plus wait.
Located right on Lake Killarney, the view of the lake at sunset is one for the ‘gram. With dock seating and a backyard filled with Adirondack chairs and firepits, grab a glass of wine and order the spinach dip for happy hour or a pre-dinner treat.
10 – Pizza Bruno
Expect a family-style food hall bursting with traditional Neapolitan-style pizzas.
As most Italians will tell you, it all starts with the dough… and Pizza Bruno’s chewy yet crispy, fire-kissed crust is absolutely delicious. Remember: the simpler, the better. Order yourself a pizza Margherita and revel in the taste of glory in your mouth. And if you’re a garlic lover, get the garlic knots that come with the most unbelievable dip that you’ll want to devour by the spoonful.