What are the best seafood restaurants in Orlando?

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Dana Damato

When you get a craving for seafood in the Orlando area, check out these top Orlando seafood restaurants:

The Oceanaire Seafood Room is located on Orlando’s most famous strip, International Drive. The Oceanaire is one of Orlando’s most unique, sophisticated and sleek seafood restaurants and has been voted one of the best seafood restaurants in the United States. Have the chef prepare a mouthwatering macadamia-crusted Hawaiian mahi or pan-seared Maryland rockfish.

Ocean Prime is a part of Orlando’s Restaurant Row — a strip of restaurants located on Sand Lake Road in Orlando. Ocean Prime serves fresh and authentic seafood to satisfy almost any palate. Start the night off with their signature appetizer, the jumpo lump crab cake, followed by their Prime feature, sea scallops with Parmesan risotto, English peas and citrus vinaigrette.

Kristen Manieri

deep blu seafood grille is definitely the area’s best seafood restaurant, but don’t just take my word for it. The restaurant was recently named Best Hotel Restaurant and Best Seafood Restaurant in Orlando Magazine’s Annual Dining Awards, which are based on votes from readers. In addition, deep blu’s chef, Cory York, was named Best Chef for the second year in a row. 

The success of this Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort restaurant is almost entirely owing to the quality of the food. Besides his extraordinarily dedication to only serving the freshest catch, Chef York also has a culinary panache that drives him to design things like mango caviar, which he places over his Key Lime Pie Gelle. His sushi is as artful as it is delicious, and his crab cakes should win a gold medal. 

About ten miles away, The Oceanaire Seafood Room probably isn’t going to let deep blu remain on top for long. Tucked inside the Pointe Orlando shopping and dining hub, this restaurant has been designed to make visitors feel like their dining inside a luxury ocean liner. A new menu is printed every day with a listing of the day’s fresh catch but a few mainstays are offered on an ongoing basis, including the always popular chilled shellfish platter overflowing with shrimp, crab, lobster and oysters. Couples dining here ought to request one of the intimate booths, which can make you feel you’ve got the entire restaurant all to yourselves.

Finally, Ocean Prime has always impressed me with their chic décor and outrageously creative cocktails, including my favorite, Berries & Bubbles, which mixes Belvedere Citrus Vodka, blackberries, and champagne. Dishes of note are the Shellfish “Cobb” Salad, which comes loaded with shrimp, lobster, and crab, as well as the eight different types of potato dishes to choose from as sides. Ocean Prime also has a great little, glass-encased dining room ideal for private events. An outdoor lounge with cushioned couches can also be booked for private parties. 

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