Best Hotel Restaurants in Orlando

Vibrant, creative dining destinations within Orlando's hotels
July 21, 2016
by Zagat Staff

From distinctive Disney dining rooms to celebrity-chef destinations, Orlando's hotels house some of its most highly rated restaurants.

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.”
Norman's Restaurant
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."
Victoria & Albert's
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."
The Palm Orlando
Italian · Universal Orlando · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.4

“Tender” , “perfectly cooked” chops, “juicy” lobsters and some of the “best cocktails in town” bring an “upper-crust” crowd to this “high-end” NY-based steakhouse set in Universal’s Hard Rock Hotel; the caricature-enhanced space has a “pleasant atmosphere” and the “attentive” staff is there when “you want to be pampered” , so it fits the bill on “splurge nights.”
Bull and Bear
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

“A very special evening awaits” at this “high-end steak joint” in Lake Buena Vista’s Waldorf Astoria, where “superb meals” are “made even better” by “top-notch” servers; wood-accented surrounds with intricate chandeliers and coffered ceilings further complete the “fine- dining” picture, helping ensure high rollers find that it's “worth every penny.”
South Orlando · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

“Not a typical hotel restaurant” say fans of this “upscale” Italian-Mediterranean inside South Orlando’s JW Marriott Grande Lakes, where the “excellent” , “inventively prepared” cuisine highlights local ingredients; further incentives include a “warm, knowledgeable” staff and “beautiful” Tuscan-style dining room, leaving some wondering why “no one seems to know about it.”
Highball & Harvest
South Orlando · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

An “upscale-casual” option in South Orlando’s “gorgeous” Ritz-Carlton, this all-day Southern supplies “delicious” takes on Lowcountry cooking, partly sourced from the resort’s own farm, alongside “impressive” seasonal cocktails and cask wines; the “beautiful” , rustic-chic space comes with a garden patio and “Ritz-caliber service.”
California Grill
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.
Spanish · $$$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

With its “dimmed lighting” and “blush-red” accents, this upscale Spanish steakhouse atop Lake Buena Vista's Four Seasons Hotel is a “lovely” , “special-occasion” setting for “expertly prepared” tapas and prime beef; “they have service down pat” , and an “excellent” terrace view of Disney’s nightly fireworks is the grand finale.