These dining locales in Central Florida are regional favorites with influences from around the world that will delight your taste buds. Experience meals where food is the star, so incredible they’re well worth the drive.
California Grill, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, 4600 World Drive, Orlando
The California Grill creates culinary masterpieces at an “onstage” kitchen where guests also enjoy sweeping views of the Magic Kingdom. The menu changes regularly to make use of the freshest ingredients possible. You can count on delectable dishes such as sushi, oak-fired pork tenderloin, and goat cheese ravioli. The wine list is updated daily to complement the changing menu.
Chop Tchop, Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando
Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s take on Asian cuisine complements the Asian Pacific themed hotel. Surrounded by waterfalls and mosaic tiles, the dining room features a pool filled with porcelain lily pads. Standouts on the menu include the seared tuna with a ginger reduction, sea scallops with creamy sweet corn risotto and tender roasted duck breast with bok choy. For dessert, don’t miss Emeril’s signature banana cream pie.
Victoria and Albert’s, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort 4401 Floridian Way, Orlando
A 10-year recipient of the AAA Five Diamond award, this restaurant serves fine cuisine with wine pairings from an award-winning cellar. The 6-course prix fixe menu is featured each day. Special touches in the elegant Victorian dining room include a long stem rose for each lady, gentle harp music, imported crystal and complimentary valet parking.
Columbia, 649 Front Street, Celebration
Sister restaurant to the famous Columbia restaurant in Ybor City, the Columbia overlooks Celebration’s lovely lake within the planned community that also hosts designer boutiques and shops. The Mediterranean style surroundings complement the Spanish/Cuban cuisine including favorites like the 1905 Salad, Paella “a la Valencia,” and of course, the Cuban sandwich.
Luma on Park, 290S. Park Avenue, Winter Park
Innovative American cuisine on Winter Park’s famed Park Avenue. The menu is updated daily by Executive Chef Brandon McGlamery. With a modern décor and sophisticated surroundings including an illuminated two-story wine cellar and an open kitchen, Luma on Park is also a lively nightspot.
Seasons 52,7700 Sand Lake Road, Orlando
Seasons 52 takes fresh food seriously. The name refers to the fact that every week of the year the restaurant features only the freshest items. Meals are prepared using rustic cooking techniques like grilling or roasting over open fires to develop natural flavors. The wine list features about 100 selections and live entertainment nightly at the piano bar adds to the dining experience.
Citrus, 821 North Orange Avenue, Orlando
Located in downtown Orlando on Orange Avenue, the restaurant interior is stylish and comfortable with works of art decorating the walls. Regionally inspired “new American” cuisine with Latin influences includes marinated grilled skirt steak with abuela’s chimichurri sauce, flat iron chicken with charred 3-tomato salsa; and pan-seared red snapper with a blood-orange peppercorn sauce.
Oriente, Costa d’Esta Beach Resort 3244 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach
Oriente named for the region in Cuba of the same name, pairs gourmet Cuban specialties with Spanish, Latin and Creole influences. It’s designed to be a dining and entertainment experience with peek-a-boo windows of the open kitchen. At the bar the focus is on tapas to be enjoyed with a signature cocktail like the Staycation, Zen Journey or the Mosaic Mojito.
Ocean Grill. 1050 Beachland Blvd., Vero Beach
Located on the ocean in Vero Beach, the Ocean Grill specializes in fresh food and spectacular ocean views. Family owned and operated for 32 years, the Ocean Grill has a rustic interior offering three different fresh fish options and homemade extras like bleu cheese spread served with the freshly baked bread, and homemade desserts.