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California Grill

International 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

"Fit for foodies", this “upscale” Californian on the 15th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort renders "top-notch" seasonal fare (plus sushi) in a “sleek” setting with a “spectacular” view. — Zagat

This stunning restaurant offers views of the Magic Kingdom and lagoon below while your eyes and mouth feast on an eclectic menu. — Frommer's

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

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

Victoria & Albert's

American 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Reservations are a must at this lavish restaurant. The six-course fixed-price menu is superlative, and diners are waited on by a butler and a maid. — DK Eyewitness

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

A true jacket-and-tie, crystal goblet romantic gourmet restaurant – no kidding, and no kids (under 10). — Lonely Planet

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

The Ravenous Pig

French 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A trendy, vibrant gastropub in one of Orlando's most affluent enclaves, the Pig is arguably Orlando's most popular foodie destination. — Fodor'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

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

The food at both spots, often locally sourced, is worth writing home about—although your ability to write clearly may be compromised after a few of their cocktails. — Travel + Leisure

Seasons 52

American 90 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

Flavorful, creative, American meals made with seasonal ingredients. Small plates are perfect for sharing or full entrees available. L, D (daily). — Where

Seasons 52 features seasonally inspired menus and no entrée is more than 475 calories. — Gayot

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

Jiko - The Cooking Place

International 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

The Animal Kingdom Lodge is an amazing venue where you can actually see giraffes and zebras before you dine — Where

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

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

Seasonal menus include everything from grilled wild boar to flatbreads cooked in a brick oven, and Jiko has received awards for its wine list. — Travel + Leisure

K Restaurant & Wine Bar

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

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

Inviting setting for New American fare — Zagat

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

Sophisticated but unpretentious American cuisine offered amidst a cozy, neighborly atmosphere. — Gayot

Roy's

Seafood 86 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

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

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

The emphasis is on fresh seafood (though other items are offered as well), prepared with a variety of sauces and imaginatively presented with an Asian-style flair. — Frommer's

Euro-Asian cuisine with a sophisticated spin. — Gayot

Boma - Flavors of Africa

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

The dozen or so serving stations have entrées such as roasted pork, Durban-style chicken, spice-crusted beef, and fish served with tamarind and other robust sauces. — Fodor's

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

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

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

Themed dining under a thatched roof — Zagat

Cafe Tu Tu Tango

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

“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

What started about a decade ago as a Spanish tapas-themed artist’s loft has become a full-fledged theme restaurant that features no cuisine in particular. — Gayot

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

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

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

Flying Fish

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

This is a place where you put on your "resort casual" duds to "dine," as opposed to putting on your flip-flops and shorts to "chow down. — Fodor's

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

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

This airy waterfront eatery offers fresh seafood as well as a handful of vegetarian and hearty meat dishes. — Lonely Planet

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

Todd English's Blue Zoo

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

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

This is still one of the hippest, hottest, most happening places to dine in town. — Frommer's

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

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

Master restaurateur Todd English celebrates the “bluezoo” of the ocean with innovative seafood creations and stylish decor with an underwater feel. — DK Eyewitness

Sanaa

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

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

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

Lovely cafe with Savannah views – giraffes, ostriches and zebras graze out the window. — Lonely Planet

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

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

Christini's Ristorante

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

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

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

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

This fairly formal restaurant is ideal for a romantic evening. Excellent service, a scenic dining room, and a solid wine list add to the enjoyment of the regional Italian dishes on offer here. — DK Eyewitness

Norman's

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

Chef Norman Van Aken keeps an eye on his Central Florida outpost at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. — Gayot

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

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

"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

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

Emeril's Orlando

American 83 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

CityWalk’s most upmarket and expensive dining option, overseen by TV chef Emeril Lagasse, serves gourmet food such as filet mignon and hickory-smoked lemongrass duck. — Rough Guide

At Emeril’s Orlando in Universal's CityWalk, the high ceilings, huge windows and clean lines bring a simplistic, pleasing contrast to the intricate menu items. — Travel + Leisure

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

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

Columbia Restaurant

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

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

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

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

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

Rusty Spoon

American 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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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Le Coq Au Vin

French 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Pitz is classically trained as a French chef, so you get the complicated flavors (a well-marinated coq au vin, a daily selection of game meat, Grand Marnier soufflé) that the prices demand. — Frommer's

Knickknacks cover the walls, creating a home-style atmosphere. The namesake dish is always available, and select entrées are available in half portions. — Fodor's

Classic provincial French cuisine with a touch of the South. — Gayot

In a neighborhood better known for burgers than blood sausage, this French kitchen, installed in a onetime private home, has become a beloved city institution. — Concierge

This small, unpretentious restaurant serves some of the best French food in central Florida. It's the place where rival chefs dine on their days off. — Michelin Guide

Primo

Italian 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

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

Enjoy a grand view of Disney's Wilderness Lodge and tasty cuisine at this rustically elegant establishment. — Frommer's

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

From the size of the plate to the size of the portions, everything here is big. — DK Eyewitness

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

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