Best Restaurant Decor in Orlando

Themed, glitzy, posh or chic -- and attractive
March 1, 2016
by Zagat Staff

From woodsy-casual to exceedingly elegant, from ultra-chic to highly themed, these restaurants are Orlando's top tier for decor.

Indian · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.5

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, where the " exciting ambiance " is matched by " well-prepared " African-Indian fare that offers an " adventure in flavors "; " impeccable " service " adds to the experience ", further ensuring a " wonderful meal all around.
Luma on Park
Bar · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.5

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" , where the "always-changing" seasonal menu gets a boost from "delicious" cocktails and an "extensive wine list" ; add in "knowledgeable" staffers who make you their "number-one priority" and it's no surprise many make it a "special-occasion" destination.
Jiko - The Cooking Place
African · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.5

“Elegant takes” on African cuisine inspire “even the not-so-adventurous” to “trek” to this “fine-dining experience” in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, where an “excellent” staff tends a “lovely” , safari-themed setting complete with a simulated sunset; also favored by those hunting “outstanding” South African wines, it’s “costly” but “a real destination.”
Eddie V's Prime Seafood
Seafood · Dr. Phillips · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.5

The “perfectly cooked” seafood and “right-on” steaks earn “superlatives” at this Dr. Phillips outpost of an “upscale” chain, where a “retro” design and live jazz lend a “sophisticated” (but “not stuffy” ) feel matched with “white-glove service” ; most agree the “high price point” is “worth it” “when you want something special.”
Cinderella's Royal Table
American · $$$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.4

A “treat for young and old” , this “magical” banquet hall in Disney’s Cinderella Castle offers “little princes and princesses” the chance to mingle with “fairytale royalty” while dining in a “beautiful” medieval setting; the “decent” American fare can seem “pricey” , and reservations are a “must” , but “that’s to be expected” for a “once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
Victoria & Albert's
American · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.8

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 to "impeccable" service and an "über-romantic, high-end" setting where "elegance rules" (jackets are required for men); you may "need to hock one of your kids" to pay, but those "trying to impress" say there's "no finer place.
Be Our Guest Restaurant
French · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.3

You’ll feel “like you stepped into Beauty and the Beast” at this “incredibly recreated” castle in Disney’s Magic Kingdom where the “gorgeous” ballroom and other themed spaces are “crazy popular” ; “surprisingly good” French-American fare is delivered via touch-screen ordering by day, with table service and a “nice wine list” by night, when the furry host “makes an appearance.
50's Prime Time Café
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

It’s like “eating inside a 1950s sitcom” at this “nostalgic” Hollywood Studios American where “huge portions” of “satisfying” “comfort food” are delivered by “playful” , “in-character” servers who put on a “sassy” “eat-your-veggies routine” ; “kitschy” decor, including black-and-white TVs broadcasting old clips, adds to the “campy atmosphere” , so though a few warn it’s “not for foodies” , it’s still a “reliable” “family spot.”
Norman's Restaurant
American · South Orlando · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

Impeccable " service will make you " feel like a queen " at this high-end dining room in South Orlando's " impressive " Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes where chef Norman Van Aken sends out " exquisite " new-world cuisine; elegant, marble-walled surroundings further contribute to the " world-class " experience, making it easy to " forget Mickey, Donald and a million screaming kids are just a few blocks away.
Restaurant Marrakesh
Middle Eastern · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.3

You feel "like you teleported” to North Africa at this “little-known” Epcot “gem” , a “cultural experience” with an airily “authentic” space, solid Moroccan specialties and “engaging and kid-friendly” belly dancing to “take you away from your day-to-day life” ; better yet, tables are “almost always available” to try something “different but really neat.”
Mediterranean · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

Delicious ", " well-prepared " meals make this " elegant " yet " family friendly " Med in Disney's Grand Floridian a " pleasant ", less costly (though " still expensive "), " alternative " to Victoria & Albert's next door; " friendly " service and " lovely " old-world decor also earn accolades, though a few wish it had a " no noisy children policy.
Leaky Cauldron
European · Universal Orlando · $
Food 3.7 · Decor 4.5 · Service 3.9

Harry Potter fans unite " at this theme eatery in Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World, which boasts a dining-hall interior that " looks right out of the movies "; while the British pub fare is merely " OK " for the price, the counter ordering is " efficient " and it's a " fun place to get Butterbeer " (" order it frozen ") in a setting that " takes it to another level.
Artist Point
American · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

“Superbly prepared” Pacific Northwest cuisine with a few “innovative touches” is presented in “rustically elegant surroundings” at this dining room in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge; “servers well-versed in their craft” contribute to the “high-class experience” , so fans easily shrug off “expensive” tabs ( “hey, it’s Disney” ).
California Grill
American · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

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 you “ cannot beat ” for the fireworks; an " excellent wine list ” and servers who " make sure you're well taken care of " extend the appeal – just " book early ", mind the dress code and be ready for a " steep" bill.
Café Tu Tu Tango
Spanish · International Drive · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.1

“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; the “funky” surrounds feature an “ever-changing” display of artwork by local artisans who often paint live (an “added experience” ), and “friendly, courteous” service cements its status as an “all-time favorite.”
Boma - Flavors of Africa
African · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

“You can eat yourself into a coma” at this “popular” “fine-dining buffet” set in the Animal Kingdom Lodge, where the “wide assortment of African delicacies” , like “wonderful roasted meats” , “outstanding vegetarian options” and “some of the best desserts at Disney” , features “loads of unusual spices and flavors” ; also cementing its “must-do” status are “excellent” service and “realistically themed” , market-like surroundings that add to the “feeling of being in Africa.”
Hamilton's Kitchen
Breakfast · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.0

A "wonderful” fine-dining destination in Winter Park, this "la-di-da" American boasts a "beautiful setting” at The Alfond Inn where the open kitchen produces "deftly prepared" dishes with a Southern accent; all-day menus make it "a pleasure" for breakfast and lunch, and "if the weather cooperates, eating outside is a treat.