Best Restaurants in Orlando

From simple to sensational
July 21, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Zagat’s top-rated restaurants in Orlando, from houses of indulgence and contemporary classics to down-to-earth ethnic old-timers.

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."
Cítricos
American · $$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.6

"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."
Kabooki Sushi
Japanese · Colonial Town Center · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.4

A “completely unexpected” “gem” in an “unassuming” Colonialtown strip mall, this “real-deal” Japanese uses “finesse” to craft “scintillating” sushi and Asian-fusion plates “at a decent price” ; the “cute” space is “smallish” , so “reservations are almost a must.”
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Steakhouse · Dr. Phillips · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.6

"Magnifique" proclaim fans of this "special-occasion" chophouse chain known for "melt-in-your-mouth delicious" steaks and a "classy" , "clubby atmosphere" ; "pampering" service is another part of the package – as are prices considered "reflective" of the "high-class" experience.
Chef's Table at the Edgewater & Tasting Room
American · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.7

A "true dining experience" awaits at this "quaint" Winter Garden New American where chef Kevin Tarter "describes all menu items tableside" and "puts his heart" into the "outstanding" seasonal prix fixes (no à la carte); his sommelier wife, Laurie, adds even more "personal touches" and service is "astonishingly good" overall, so fans suggest you "settle in" and "plan to spend several hours" enjoying an "intimate" meal; P.S. the adjoining Tasting Room is a less costly alternative with small plates and a "great bar."
Chatham's Place Restaurant
American · Dr. Phillips · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.6

A "charming little hideaway" , this spendy Dr. Phillips Continental is "well attended by locals" who savor "carefully prepared" , "top-notch" dishes featuring produce from the chef's own garden and enjoy wine from an "excellent selection" ; "impeccable" service and a "classy" , "romantic" space further justify its status as an "all-time favorite."
Eddie V's Prime Seafood
Seafood · Dr. Phillips · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.7 · 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.”
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Steakhouse · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.6

"Magnifique" proclaim fans of this "special-occasion" chophouse chain known for "melt-in-your-mouth delicious" steaks and a "classy" , "clubby atmosphere" ; "pampering" service is another part of the package – as are prices considered "reflective" of the "high-class" experience.
Jiko - The Cooking Place
African · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.6

“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.”
The Capital Grille
Bar · International Drive · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.6

"Done-to-perfection" steaks and "well-prepared sides" result in "deliciously crafted meals" at this "special-occasion" chophouse chain's Orlando outposts; "professional" service and "classy surroundings" further make it "upscale in every regard" , so "expense-account" tabs are to be expected.
The Capital Grille
Bar · Millenia · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.6

"Done-to-perfection" steaks and "well-prepared sides" result in "deliciously crafted meals" at this "special-occasion" chophouse chain's Orlando outposts; "professional" service and "classy surroundings" further make it "upscale in every regard" , so "expense-account" tabs are to be expected.
Enzo's on the Lake
Italian · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5

"Upscale dining with down-home flavors" sums up this "romantic" Longwood "fixture" , a "wonderful celebration place" that "captures the essence of Italian cuisine" in "excellent" cooking from a "kitchen that doesn't seem capable of sending out a bad meal" ; "friendly yet professional servers" further sweeten the "scenic" lakeside setting, making "pricey" tabs less than surprising.
Black Bean Deli Mills50
Cuban · Mills 50 · $
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.6 · Service 4.1

Fans commend “authentic” Cuban fare that "always delivers on flavor" at these "affordable" eateries, where the counter service is "efficient" and you "get a lot for what you pay" ; many skip the “simple” quarters in favor of "super takeout” , though the Mills 50 location offers more seating than the “small” Winter Park original.
Black Bean Deli
Cuban · $
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.6 · Service 4.1

Fans commend “authentic” Cuban fare that "always delivers on flavor" at these "affordable" eateries, where the counter service is "efficient" and you "get a lot for what you pay" ; many skip the “simple” quarters in favor of "super takeout."
Pom Pom's Teahouse & Sandwicheria
Sandwich · Milk District · $
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

“Some of the best original sandwiches in Orlando” can be found at this “well-priced” Milk District tearoom where the “flavors create a heavenly concerto in your mouth” and the tea is equally “delicious” ; the “funky” space is either “cool” or a little “grungy” depending on whom you ask, but “the staff is extremely friendly” , so it is still a “favorite for a casual bite” ; P.S. it’s open overnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
Christner's Prime Steak & Lobster
Steakhouse · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.6

“Perfectly grilled” steaks headline a roster of “superbly prepared” plates paired with “excellent wines” at this “high-end” Winter Park chophouse; an “experienced” team oversees a “formal” , “old-time” setting complete with a piano lounge, and the “special-occasion” prices are “worth it” for an all-around “memorable” meal; P.S. magicians perform tableside on Saturdays.
Norman's Restaurant
Caribbean · South Orlando · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.6

"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."