The Best Restaurants in Orlando
Orlando is one of the most popular destinations in the world for lovers of entertainment: home to some of the world’s best theme parks such as Universal Studios and Disney World, as well as a host of other family friendly activities and attractions. To cater to the millions of visitors who flock to the city each year, as well as the local population, a host of wonderful restaurants exist. The most expensive the city has to offer will generally be found within the major hotels in the city, or in the theme parts themselves. Here are some of the best:
The Old Hickory Steakhouse at the Gaylord Palm Springs
This luxury hotel is situated a stones throw from interstate 4, only a mile or so away from Disney World. Within the hotel grounds sits the Old Hickory Streakhouse Restaurant, only reachable via a walk through ‘the Everglades’. True to its name, the restaurant offers a host of wonderful meats, such as angus meats and grass-fed steaks, with steak entrees coming in at about $40 and others between $10 and $20. For mains, expect to pay a fair bit more – the surf and turf is about $70.
The Victoria and Albert’s at the Grand Floridian Hotel
The Grand Floridian Hotel is one of the best hotels and spas in Disney World, and sits just over Bay Lake within view of the Magic Kingdom. Within the hotel there are a range of great restaurants, with The Victoria and Albert’s being the most expensive in the whole of Disney World, and even Florida for that matter. If you go for the tasting menu, expect to may a fixed price of about $100 each, while caviar comes in at $180 per ounce. Also, don’t expect to turn up in your sweats; there is a specific dress code at the restaurant, with women advised to put on cocktail dresses (although other formal dress is allowed), and men to wear jackets. In keeping with the formal atmosphere, children under the age of 10 are not allowed to dine there.
Cinderella’s Royal Table in Disney World
Disney World is home to some very unique restaurants, and Cinderella’s Royal Table is no different. Set within the famous Cinderella Castle, the restaurant has a magical theme, with meals coming in at roughly $60 per person, depending on what you eat. As you dine, expect to see Cinderella come along to visit, and be prepared to have a free picture taken with her when you’re done. This may be one that is more for the kids, and particularly the girls, but the food is exceptional, and the prices high. On the grounds of Disney World, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better dining experience.
In central Orlando there are a range of wonderful restaurants, where you’ll find it far more peaceful than in the hustle and bustle of the theme parts. Le Coq Au Vin is, as expected, a French restaurant, and is well known as being one of the finest in the city. With French delicacies like escargots on the menu, you may find one of two things that you have yet to sample before. Expect to pay at least $200 for a dinner for two, along with a drop of wine. Alternatively, if you have a craving for some meat, pop along to Del Frisco’s, a family run restaurant named one of the best steakhouses in the USA by maxim magazine. For a real treat, go with the corn-fed beef: you will not be disappointed.
Orlando is certainly home to a wealth of great eateries, both in the centre of the city and away into the theme parts and hotels that sit outside its boundaries. Explore these restaurants if you find yourself there, and you’ll be sure to walk away extremely satisfied by each.