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For any hungry traveler in Orlando, the best restaurant to seek out is certainly Victoria and Albert’s. Dripping sophistication with its Victorian design — sweeping drapes, plush carpeting, regal table settings — but it’s the cuisine at this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant that’ll impress the most. A seven course prix fixe menu begins with a number of amuse bouche and ends with petit fours alongside a wide array of Madeira, ports and cognacs. Wine pairings are also offered at an extra charge.
Orlando is a very spread-out city — so narrowing down its restaurants to a few of the best may be difficult to do, but it’s not impossible. Depending on your taste and if you want to go out for an upscale dining experience or something more casual, these restaurant are the perfect medium.
Let's start with the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Victoria and Albert's restaurant located inside the Grand Floridian Resort at Walt Disney World. Under the guidance of chef Scott Hunnel, the menu features modern American cuisine with savory products from around the world. Choose from the dining room's prix fixe menu, which includes items such as braised oxtail and cherry ravioli with roasted red peppers, or the herb-crusted lamb with caramelized turnips and Swiss chard (all items come with wine pairings). The ambiance is just as fantastic as the fare. Think fresh flowers, an attentive staff and top-notch tableware in a formal setting.
If you're looking for something a bit more relaxed, it’s always easiest to find an authentic and popular restaurant on Orlando’s “Restaurant Row” in the town of Dr. Phillips. Some of the best restaurants on Restaurant Row are Roy’s, a Hawaiian fusion restaurant by chef Roy Yamaguchi; J. Alexanders; Ocean Prime; and Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. If you’re nowhere near Restaurant Row, there are several eateries in the Winter Park area that will be just as suitable, such as Ravenous Pig, Bosphorous, Luma on Park and Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
The culinary scene in Orlando has grown exponentially over the last decade, with a stable of classic award-winning restaurants leading the way, alongside a variety of new favorites.
The Forbes Four Star Award winning Victoria & Albert's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort has been regarded as the best dining experience in Orlando for over two decades. The seven course, pre-fixe menu is a heavenly experience for the tastebuds, however those looking for even more intimacy should consider the exquisite Queen Victoria Room. This separate room with only four tables offers a fireside setting paired with a ten course culinary extravaganza. If you're celebrating an occasion or just need a good excuse to splurge, look no further than the Queen Victoria Room at Victoria & Albert's.
In Downtown Orlando, The Boheme restaurant in the Grand Bohemian Hotel has been an Orlando favorite since opening in 2001. The menu is an eclectic mixture of New American cuisine, served in an ultra-modern dining room. In addition, the best Sunday brunch in Orlando is arguably found at The Boheme, where the mimosas flow alongside the sounds of the hotel's rare Imperial Grand Bosendorfer piano.
Finally, if dinner alfresco is what you're after, pay a visit to the Forbes Recommended Vineyard Grill at the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes. Their outdoor terrace is the perfect place to soak in the sunset, with a few delectable bites. The cheese display is one also of the most extensive in Orlando, and pairs perfectly with the restaurant's extensive wine list.
Thanks to these restaurants and many others, Orlando has quickly became one of the culinary capitals of the United States, and that growth shows no sign of letting up anytime soon.
One of the coolest things about Orlando's dining scene is how many restaurants are making a real effort to support local farmers. That’s translating into uber fresh food with mega flavor but also unique menus that change out daily, weekly, or at least seasonally. A true pioneer in this regard is The Ravenous Pig, a Winter Park “gastropub” that’s been topping local foodie charts since it opened a few years ago. Owners and chefs James and Julie Petrakis have infused their menu at Ravenous and its sister property, Cask & Larder, with local tomatoes, eggs, beef and freshly caught Florida seafood. The same goes for The Rusty Spoon, another pub grub meets locavore gourmand eatery in downtown Orlando Church Street district that’s built a cult-like following amongst local epicureans. At PRIMO, a high-end restaurant inside the JW Marriott Orlando, chefs use produce and herbs from the onsite organic garden as well as drizzle desserts with honey from the hotel’s on-property apiary. Last but certainly not least, deep blu seafood grille inside the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, not only wows diners with impeccably prepared seafood and steaks, but this artful eatery also utilizes local vodka in its Central Florida Cosmo.