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Orlando is quickly evolving into a hip and fresh foodie destination. Soon enough Orlando will have just as many, if not more, incredible restaurants as there are theme park attractions and entertainment. It’s time to plan a trip to be a part of the culinary gentrification in “The City Beautiful” and enjoy some of the best places to eat in Orlando!

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Kitchen

Southern comfort food is a must on vacation. When it tastes like an authentic southern grandma’s kitchen, it’s the real deal! The helpings are generous and the flavors are amazing.

What to Eat: Fried chicken – obviously. Homemade hushpuppies served with pimento cheese and jalapeno jelly.

Reyes Mescaleria

Have you traveled to the Riviera Maya in Mexico? Reyes Mescaleria will remind you of a vibe straight out of trendy Tulum. The ambiance, traditional Mexican fare, and the mezcal will entice you to come back for seconds!

What to Eat: Osso Bucco!

The Osprey Tavern

The Osprey Tavern’s open concept kitchen and bar area brings a social element to this neighborhood restaurant located in Baldwin Park, just north of Downtown Orlando. The design of this modern American spot leaves you feeling luxurious and trendy, but also cozy and taken care of.

What to Eat: Whole grilled branzino or the pork chops in a whiskey glaze.


An intimate, yet hip ramen destination located in Audubon Park’s East End Market – Orlando’s European-style artisan hall. This modern restaurant and bar specializes in ramen, Asian small plates, and offers an extensive list of cocktails and sake.

What to Eat: Richie Rich Ramen – ramen topped with a pork broth with pork belly, a soft-boiled egg, and mushrooms.

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The Ravenous Pig

The Ravenous Pig is a Euro-American gastropub with a James Beard nomination under their belt. The chefs here have truly turned their eatery into a must-visit for both locals and visitors.

What to Eat: Start with the ever-changing charcuterie board and then order a seasonal seafood creation.

Pizza Bruno

It’s all about the dough, and Pizza Bruno’s chewy yet crispy, fire-kissed crust is absolutely delicious. Expect a family-style food hall celebrating traditional Neapolitan-style pies.

What to Eat: Keep it simple and order the Pizza Margherita.

Thai Blossom

Inside Winter Garden’s historic Edgewater Hotel, Thai Blossom serves incredible, comforting Thai food. If it’s classic Thai food you’re craving, this is the perfect place for you.

What to Eat: Everything.

Enzo’s on the Lake

This historic home is now an upscale Italian restaurant overlooking the lake, ideal for a romantic date night out, or a splurge with close friends. Everything here is prepared from scratch, and because of this Enzo’s has flourished for over 40 years. This is truly an unforgettable meal experience.

What to Eat: Sogliola al Limone (Fresh Dover Sole)


Kadence is an intimate, nine-seat sushi and sake bar in Orlando’s Audubon Park Garden District. What began as a sushi stand in the east end market, has become a Michelin-rated forever home. Kadence specializes in multi-course tasting menus and incredible sake.

What to Eat: Chirashi bowl. You can reserve yours up to a month in advance, or before 3 pm the day you plan to enjoy the chirashi. Kadence does their part to minimize waste, so you can return the chirashi box to reuse.

What are your best places to eat in Orlando? Share your favorite culinary experiences below!

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