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Orlando is probably not the first city that comes to mind for fine-dining, but this theme park capital has plenty of appeal to foodies and roller coaster enthusiasts alike.
At the Forbes Four Star Peabody Orlando you'll find Napa, where a locally sourced menu is paired with one of the most extensive wine lists in the city. The restaurant also features a beautiful view of the hotel's Grotto pool, and is just a few steps from the fountain that the famed Peabody Ducks call home.
Over at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, the Forbes Four Star Award winning Victoria & Albert's is the most celebrated fine dining experience in Orlando. The seven course pre-fixe menu is the brainchild of Chef Scott Hunnel, and features ingredients from around the globe. For an even more outstanding experience, book a table in the Queen Victoria Room, where an expanded ten course menu is offered in an intimate, fireside setting.
It’s impossible to create a list of Orlando’s best restaurants for fine dining and not include Victoria & Albert's. Tucked inside Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World Resort, this opulent eatery features a 10-course chef’s menu designed by award-winning Chef Scott Hunnel, who was recently nominated for a 'Best Chef South' James Beard Award. Be sure to dress for the occasion; men are required to wear a dinner jacket and ladies are recommended to wear a cocktail dress or pant suit.
While the scene is slightly less haughty at Norman’s, a Florida-inspired restaurant inside the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, the food is no less decadent. The menu boasts a host of dishes with Latin, Caribbean and Asian nuances, including the Key West Shrimp Ceviche, a tableside-prepared appetizer that’s definitely not to be passed over. Another special perk of Norman’s is the wood-encased wine room, which sits in the middle of the dining room and can be reserved for special occasions and group functions.