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California Grill

International 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The view from the surrounding Disney parks from this 15th-floor restaurant—the World's signature dining establishment since 1995—is as stunning as the food. — Fodor's

Disney's modern-cuisine showpiece, located on the 15th floor of the Contemporary, overlooks the Magic Kingdom and its Castle and serves elegant fare from an open kitchen. — Concierge

Those who want the best view of the Magic Kingdom's fireworks reserve a window table at California Grill, located at the top of Walt Disney World Resort's Contemporary Resort. — Travel + Leisure

This stylish restaurant, with good views and an open-plan kitchen, serves creative West Coast fare such as smoked salmon pizza, and pork and polenta. — DK Eyewitness

One of Disney’s best all-round restaurants, with a pricey menu dominated by fresh sushi... and some excellent main dishes like grilled pork tenderloin. — Rough Guide

Victoria & Albert's

American 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

With only 14 tables in the main dining room, it's hard to imagine a more personal and exclusive dining experience in all of Florida. — Travel + Leisure

At this ultraposh award-winning Disney restaurant, a well-polished service team will anticipate your every need during a gourmet extravaganza. — Fodor's

Decked out in Victorian finery, lavish decor, a harpist, personalized menus, and a seven-course tasting menu. — Michelin Guide

A “once-in-a-lifetime experience”, this Grand Floridian “celebration destination” earns “superlatives all around”, from chef Scott Hunnel's “exquisite”, “beautifully presented” New American prix fixes — Zagat

A menu that changes daily, fine wines and harp music set a refined tone at one of central Florida’s top-rated restaurants. — Rough Guide

The Ravenous Pig

French 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Expect a beer-friendly yet sophisticated evening where the food is gourmet without pretentiousness. The menu changes seasonally but always features traditional farmhouse meats. — Frommer's

One of Orlando’s best dining spots, this intimate gastropub with exposed brick walls and a rich wood bar brings a bit of casual sophistication to the Winter Park dining scene. — Rough Guide

One of Orlando's most talked-about foodie destinations, this bustling hot spot serves designer cocktails and creative, delicious versions of shrimp and grits, and lobster tacos. — Lonely Planet

Live "a foodie's dream" at this "simply marvelous" Winter Park gastropub, where chefs-owners James and Julie Petrakis offer a "constantly evolving" but "consistently fabulous" menu. — Zagat

This nationally renowned gastropub serves gourmet pub fare, raw bar delicacies and pasta — Where

Seasons 52

American 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The point of the menu, which changes to make use of seasonal crops, is that no dish clocks in at more than 475 calories (although none will leave you hungry). — Frommer's

So, be aware that a favorite dish made with pears from Oregon might not be available the next time you go, but you can be sure that something equally impressive will be. — DK Eyewitness

"Even the most season-ed diners" "rave" about these Dr. Phillips and Altamonte chain links, with "well-presented" New American. — Zagat

Parts of the menu change every week at this innovative restaurant that serves different foods at different times of year, depending on what's in season. — Fodor's

There are tables outside overlooking a lake, while the busy piano bar is a popular venue for cocktails. — Rough Guide

Jiko - The Cooking Place

International 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

“Elegant takes” on African cuisine inspire “even the not-so-adventurous” to “trek” to this “fine-dining experience” in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. — Zagat

The menu here is more African-inspired than purely African, but it does include authentic flavors in entrées like peri-peri chicken flatbread and spiced pumpkin soup. — Fodor's

Enjoy typical American food such as steaks and ribs with a welcome international flavour of curried sauces and exotic grains and spices. — Rough Guide

Excellent food, a tiny bar and rich African surrounds make this a Disney favorite for both quality and theming. — Lonely Planet

Dishes, depending on the season, might include Durban shrimp curry, maize-crusted wrekfish with seasonal veggies and a tasty tomato-butter sauce, or oak-grilled filet mignon. — Frommer's

Roy's

Seafood 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chef Roy Yamaguchi has more or less perfected his own cuisine type, replete with tropical and Asian flavors melded together with lots of imagination. — Fodor's

European techniques with Asian ingredients create a memorable fusion menu with Hawaiian highlights — Where

The plates are perhaps a bit bolder, more colorful and showier than those elsewhere. But in quality and consistency, they land fairly solidly in the middle of the pack. — Philadelphia Inquirer

Euro-Asian cuisine with a sophisticated spin. — Gayot

Upscale Hawaiian chain, a "special-event favorite" that "never disappoints", from the "flavorful" and "innovative" fusion fare to the "gracious", "accommodating" staffers. — Zagat

Cafe Tu Tu Tango

International 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The food here is served tapas-style—everything is appetizer size but plentiful, and relatively inexpensive. — Fodor's

Original, imaginative dishes... such as pork Cuba libre and alligator bites served tapas-style, so you’ll need two or three to fill you up. — Rough Guide

Authentic cuisine and the eclectic atmosphere of a Mediterranean artist's loft -- complete with working artist -- are the main draws at this interesting tapas bar. — Frommer's

“Tapas are the name of the game” at this “always packed” I-Drive Eclectic, an affordable, group-friendly spot for “creative, well-executed” share plates and “delicious” drinks. — Zagat

Resembling an artist’s loft somewhere in Spain, the restaurant invites diners to feast on tapas and other appetizer-sized items while watching artists work — Where

Todd English's Blue Zoo

Seafood 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Celebrity chef Todd English draws on coastal cultures to create a seafood menu — Where

In addition to a selection of simple, fish-first dishes such as miso-glazed Chilean sea bass and raw-bar oysters and clams, English adds fusion touches, such as Cantonese lobster. — Concierge

A "stunning restaurant with food to match", this "hip" seafooder in Disney World's Dolphin resort wins kudos for its "elegant but not stuffy" setting and "creative", "delicious" fare. — Zagat

This place is a temple to seafood. — Travel + Leisure

Floor-to-ceiling silver threads shimmer in columns at this flashy blue-infused hot spot, invoking a trendy, urban spin on the underwater theme. — Lonely Planet

Sanaa

Indian 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"Get a seat by the window" for "fantastic views" of the "exotic animals" roaming right outside at this midpriced eatery in Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. — Zagat

Sanaa serves slow-cooked African cuisine spiced with Indian flavors. — DK Eyewitness

The menu at this African- and Indian-influenced spot isn’t all that’s outstanding; while you dine, you’ll see giraffes, zebras, gazelles, ostriches and more right outside your window. — Travel + Leisure

The word sanaa means work of art in Swahili, and it’s an apt description for this great new restaurant, which emphasizes the flavours of East Africa and India. — Rough Guide

Most of the flavors are from India, yet Sanaa is really a celebration of the Spice Islands—locales off the coast of Africa that for centuries hosted traders from the world's corners. — Fodor's

Boma - Flavors of Africa

International 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Themed dining under a thatched roof — Zagat

Come to this expansive buffet at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and stay for a leisurely walk around the property, which is home to more than 30 species of African wildlife. — Travel + Leisure

African-inspired eatery with pleasant surroundings and a buffet several notches above the rest. — Lonely Planet

This restaurant's warm and welcoming atmosphere, evoking an African marketplace, is enhanced by colorful banners hanging from high above. — Frommer's

Tables laden with spicy and unusual African dishes invite exploration at the overwhelming dinner and breakfast buffets at this Disney-themed resort. — DK Eyewitness

Flying Fish

Seafood 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The food is far better than what you'll find at the Coral Reef and Cape May Cafe, but not quite in the same league as Todd English's bluezoo. — Frommer's

Located on Disneyworld’s boardwalk, Flying Fish Café lives up to its name by serving seafood delicacies like pan-roasted chimichurri-glazed South Carolina flounder. — Travel + Leisure

An "oasis in the middle of chaos", this spendy Disney BoardWalk seafooder has diners "flying high" with "innovative", "well-prepared" plates, including the "memorable" potato-wrapped snapper. — Zagat

A favorite on Disney's BoardWalk, Flying Fish has just released an all-new menu in a newly designed dining room — Where

This restaurant is another good reason to visit the free Disney Boardwalk area, aside from the view of nightly fireworks. — DK Eyewitness

Norman's

American 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Celebrity-chef Norman Van Aken brings impressive credentials to the restaurant that bears his name, as you might expect from the headline eatery in the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes. — Fodor's

Celebrity chef and cookbook author Normal Van Aken is quintessentially Floridian, so you can expect a locally-influenced menu at this restaurant, housed at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando,... — Travel + Leisure

The decor may be of the un-noteworthy convention-hotel type, and the clientele rigorously expense-account, but the menu is gutsy and phenomenally flavorful. — Concierge

"Impeccable" service will make you "feel like a queen" at this high-end dining room in South Orlando's "impressive" Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes. — Zagat

Spectacular menu that melds the flavors of Latin America, the Caribbean, the U.S. and the Far East. — Where

Christini's Ristorante

Italian 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of Orlando’s best Italian restaurants, with old-style supper club decor, excellent service and well-prepared dishes including home-made cheese ravioli and several meat and seafood options. — Rough Guide

Locals, visitors, and theme-park execs alike love to spend money at Christini's, one of the city's fanciest places for northern Italian cuisine. — Fodor's

Christini's is a favorite for entertaining, with traditional Italian fare. — Gayot

After more than 25 years this Dr. Phillips Italian still “doesn’t miss a beat”, turning out “excellent” “traditional favorites” in “charming” marble-accented surrounds with a “grown-up” vibe. — Zagat

It does pasta well, but guests tend to praise its meats, particularly the tender osso buco, above all. — Frommer's

Emeril's Orlando

American 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Savor the casual, contemporary atmosphere, the warm and spicy colors, and first-class service in this CityWalk restaurant that has become an institution. — DK Eyewitness

The popular eatery is a culinary shrine to Emeril Lagasse. The hardwood floors and linen tablecloths create an environment befitting the stellar nature of the cuisine. — Fodor's

The New Orleans chef with his Cajun-Creole cooking is still on top — Where

Celeb chef's Creole cuisine — Zagat

Famed New Orleans chef and TV star Emeril Lagasse arrived in Orlando with his signature "Bam!" in 1999. — Michelin Guide

K Restaurant & Wine Bar

American 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The former Café Allegre reaches a grand level of food and service, creating dishes that are both simple and elegantly delicious. — DK Eyewitness

There's a wraparound porch, a lovely little terrace, and herbs and vegetables come from the on-site garden. — Lonely Planet

A vibrant restaurant down the road from College Park's restaurant hub, K is a hot spot for locals, serving upscale, eclectic, American and Italian cuisine in an intimate setting. — Fodor's

James Beard nominee Chef Kevin Fonzo cooks up quite a following at this College Park stronghold — Where

The menu changes but almost always includes a steak tartare (sometimes served with brussels sprout kimchee), fried green tomatoes, and the K Filet dusted with wild mushrooms. — Frommer's

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Primo

Italian 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

James Beard Award winner Melissa Kelly cloned her Italian-organic Maine restaurant in an upscale Orlando hotel and brought her farm-to-table sensibilities with her. — Fodor's

Maine chef Melissa Kelly shares her seafood expertise with Orlando. — Gayot

The warm, woodsy restaurant provides seasonal dining with items such as grilled duck breast with roasted beets, greens, quinoa pilaf and wild Maine huckleberry jus — Where

From free-range lamb to homemade sausages, care is taken with every ingredient and the result is deliciously successful. — DK Eyewitness

“excellent”, “inventively prepared” cuisine highlights local ingredients; further incentives include a “warm, knowledgeable” staff and “beautiful” Tuscan-style dining room. — Zagat

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Artist Point

American 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

If you're not a guest at the Wilderness Lodge, a meal here is worth it just to see the giant totem poles and huge rock fireplace in the lobby of the hotel. — Fodor's

Tuck into hearty cuisine from the Pacific Northwest – including buffalo and the recommended house speciality, cedar- plank-roasted salmon. — Rough Guide

Arts and Crafts decor and dishes inspired by the Pacific Northwest, including roast venison and salmon, grilled buffalo and berry cobbler. — Lonely Planet

Themed as "northwestern cuisine,' the restaurant's signature dish is cedar-plank salmon served with potato puree and roasted fennel. — Michelin Guide

“Superbly prepared” Pacific Northwest cuisine with a few “innovative touches” is served in “rustically elegant surroundings” at this “quiet reprieve” in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. — Zagat

Luma

American 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Creativity is on the menu with dishes such as citrus-cured sturgeon with grapefruit and pink peppercorns and duck breast with turnip-parsnip gratin — Where

Contemporary American cuisine is served up in cozy surroundings embellished by rich wood and stylish leather trimmings. — DK Eyewitness

A "chic", "ultramodern" dining room with a "buzzy atmosphere" provides the backdrop for "innovative", "beautifully crafted" New American plates at this "high-end" Winter Park "hot spot". — Zagat

Indisputably one of the Orlando area's best restaurants, Luma on Park is a popular spot for progressive American cuisine served in a fashionable setting. — Fodor's

This is one of Orlando's most sophisticated dining experiences, and there's a focus on Florida-sourced vegetables, sustainable seafood and meats, and prowess for presentation. — Concierge

Columbia Restaurant

International 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of the few enclaves of authenticity in Disney-designed Celebration, Columbia has perfected old-style Spanish cooking. — Travel + Leisure

Dependable Columbia claims to be Florida's oldest restaurant, with its first cafe opened in 1905 in nearby Ybor City. — Gayot

Celebration's branch of this family-owned high-end chain is generally as good as the original in Tampa, which has been operating for a century now. — Fodor's

Famous for high-standard, moderately priced Spanish food, notably paella, eaten appropriately enough in a dining room that looks like something straight out of a luxurious Iberian villa. — Rough Guide

My favorite, the 1905 Salad is mixed tableside with ham, cheese, lettuce, olives, greens, and a garlicky wine vinegar dressing. — Frommer's

Rusty Spoon

American 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Modern gastropub fare with an emphasis on locally raised, organic ingredients. — Gayot

New American eats in a comfy gastropub — Zagat

Airy, handsome and inviting, with a brick wall covered in giant photos of farm animals, a trendy urban vibe and an emphasis on pub classics with delightful twists. — Lonely Planet

Lovingly raised animals and locally grown produce are the menu foundation at this Downtown gastropub, an ideal spot for a business lunch or a pre–basketball game, -theater, or -concert dinner. — Fodor's

Three-time James Beard nominee Chef Kathleen Blake brings farm-to-table goodness to downtown Orlando. L (M-F), D (nightly). — Where

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