Best Restaurants in Orlando

August 22, 2018
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by Zagat Staff

Whether you're a local, here for the beach, or visiting a theme park, these are the places you should be eating.

The Ravenous Pig
$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.4

Live "a foodie's dream" at this "simply marvelous" Winter Park gastropub, where chefs-owners James and Julie Petrakis offer a "constantly evolving" but "consistently fabulous" menu of "innovative" New American cuisine, "from pub food to complex main dishes" , all served alongside "creative" "Prohibition era–inspired cocktails" , "awesome" micro-beers (some brewed on-site) and a "thoughtful wine list" ; they "pay close attention to every detail" , and the "charming" , wood-enhanced space has a "true big-city feel" , so most fully "embrace the pig."
Antonio's Cafe & Deli
Italian

This bi-level spot in Maitland has a market and cafe downstairs, where you can order pasta, pizza, and rotisserie chicken. The more formal dining room upstairs has the same options, along with some steak and seafood, too.
Prato
Italian · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.3

The "meatballs deserve a standing ovation" rave fans of this "beautifully decorated" Italian that's heralded for its "hearty, rustic" "foodie cuisine" ; the "cool, hip atmosphere" makes it feel like a "real Manhattan-style joint" and approachable prices add to the reasons it's a "favorite.
The Glass Knife
$$

With a modern-feminine backdrop including pinks and tufted fabrics, as well as pastel glass knives embedded in a long communal table, this airy Winter Park counter-service bakery and café serves a varied menu for consumption in the dining room and on a covered patio, with tech-based to-go online ordering options as well. The menu consists of house-baked sweets -- cake decorating is visible through a window, plus light meals, barista-made coffee drinks, and wine and beer.
Kadence
Audubon Park · $$$$

Pre-set multi-course sushi and sashimi tasting menus, plus a variety of sakes, are the focus at this tiny reservations-required Japanese restaurant in the Audubon Park Garden District. Owners Lordfer Lalicon, Jennifer Bañagale and Mark V. Berdin's minimalistic yet warm enterprise is built around a nine-seat sushi counter, and has a small beverage bar for diners waiting to be seated.
Luma on Park
$$$
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.
Soco Restaurant
Downtown · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.0

Chef Greg Richie does “an awesome job” crafting an "innovative" , "exciting menu” that "elevates the profile" of “Southern classics” at this South Eola entry, which combines handsome decor with “a casual air” ; "on-point" cocktails and “alfresco dining” in “a prime location” distract from tabs a few find "pricier than expected."
Santiago's Bodega | Orlando
French · Ivanhoe Village · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.0

“Mouthwatering” tapas are made with “Spanish flair” at these “cozy” spots hung with “local art” and featuring shaded patios; they’re “the place to be” for a “fun” happy hour, but the “tremendous” weekend brunch buffet with “endless” mimosas “steals the show.”
Pig Floyds Urban Barbakoa
Barbecue · Mills 50 · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

An "incredible BBQ fiesta" awaits at this "inventive" 50 Mills joint, where Asian, Latin and Caribbean flavors meld with "next-level" meats matched with "lots of local beer options" ; there may be a “wait in line" , but the staff really "hustles" and the "value" means ’cue hounds "definitely will be back.
RusTeak
College Park · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

The "rotating" menu shows off “real creativity in the kitchen” at these "solid" American spots, where the “right-on” staff oversees a "happening" scene boosted by "well-selected" wines; they’re known for hosting "great happy hours" , when it's liable to be "standing room only."
Hawkers Asian Street Fare
Chinese · Mills 50 · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

“Lots of choices” ensure there is “something for everyone” at this inexpensive Mills 50 hot spot sending out “delicious” , “authentic Asian street fare” alongside “interesting” wines and an extensive beer list; with “attentive” staffers and hip, minimalist environs, “repeat customers” are many.
Cocina 214
Mexican · $$

Thanks to a menu with 12 different types of margaritas, this Winter Park restaurant is a popular pick for Happy Hour. The Mexican menu has some small plates, as well as the standard quesadillas, tacos, and fajitas.
The COOP
Breakfast · $
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.9 · Service 3.9

"Awesome fried chicken” and other "well-done" "Southern staples" attract "huge lines" at this all-day Winter Park joint from the founder of 4 Rivers Smokehouse, where the "family-friendly" , "picniclike" atmosphere is bolstered by a counter crew that's "happy to be there" ; "hearty servings” enhance the "value" , so few mind if “it's hard to be healthy here."