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Best Restaurants in Orlando Our favorite travel destinations include renowned restaurants—from simple fare to fine dining. After you’re worn out from exploring incredible travel sites and theme parks all day, renew your energy with fresh and colorful dishes that will leave you craving more.

Once upon a time a variety of chain restaurants covered the land, leaving Orlando and its kingdom only a few places of note fit for foodie royalty. With the explosion of new attractions, and a young and diverse populace, however, Orlando has cast a spell—drawing culinary magic from not only nearby states but also the world—to make Orlando a destination about fun and food. There are nearly endless places to eat, with unimaginable variety. Whether you’re participating in large or small group travel, you’ll find cuisine to satisfy every palate here. Sampling Orlando’s incredible cuisine is one of the most fun things to do with friends during your vacation.

Where To Eat Mouthwatering Seafood

The city’s location long ago opened the gates to seafood originating in both the Gulf and Atlantic oceans. Big Fin Seafood Kitchen , for example, draws diners into a comfortable setting with not only fresh fish but also crab, oyster, and lobster. Likewise, Copper Canyon Grill offers fresh seafood like Atlantic salmon as well as classic entrées in a location convenient to the city's bustling International Drive. Need something a little more exotic? Seito Sushi is a mouthwatering destination that serves up everything from creative bento boxes to crowd favorites like the lobster crunch roll and volcano roll. Dragonfly Robata Grill-Sushi Lounge features tapas and a sake bar; try the Krispy Krunch or Florida maki (rolls) for tastes and textures straight out of a Japanese lounge. However, for the times you can't decide what to order, there's The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar and its “burgushi”—hamburger and sushi options—that ought to make everyone in your dining party happy.

Fresh Seasonal Meals

More culinary delights can be found in nearby Winter Park. Offering dishes inspired by both the season and location, such as corn-fennel soup or ceviche, Luma on Park is fit for Floridians and foodies alike. Ethos Vegan Kitchen Inc. , also in Winter Park, serves what it calls “sheep’s pie” with veggies or a meat substitute—instead of the original, beefy shepherd’s pie.

If you’re ready to be enchanted in Orlando, there are some refined local restaurants at the ready. If you’ve got a specific food craving from one particular boot-shaped corner of the world, Christini’s Ristorante Italiano may be the way to go. It offers favorites like fettuccine alla Christini’s—its version of fettuccine Alfredo—in addition to other homemade pasta dishes. At Mediterranean-inspired, Primo , meanwhile, you can find everything from salad from the resort’s organic gardens to duck sausage. That’s if you prefer tableside service rather than oysters and a drink at the copper- and wood-adorned bar.

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You’ll be out-of-this-world, however, for Walt Disney World Resort®'s Victoria & Albert’s , which earns its competitive AAA Five Diamond Rating for regal food, service and setting. If you’re looking for romantic things for couples to do, enjoy a fancy meal here. With dishes such as shrimp wrapped in prosciutto, there’s no doubt the restaurant can create a meal suitable for your trip’s fairytale ending.

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Orlando, FL

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Travel Information

City Population

238,300

Elevation

111 ft.

Sales Tax

In Orange County the sales tax is 6.5 percent; in Lake and Seminole counties it is 7 percent; Osceola sales tax is 7.5 percent. Orange and Osceola counties levy a 6 percent resort tax, while Seminole County imposes a 5 percent tax and Lake County 4 percent.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(321) 235-5300; Sheriff (407) 836-4357

Fire (non-emergency)

(407) 246-3473

Time and Temperature

(407) 646-3131

Hospitals

Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, (407) 351-8500; AdventHealth East Orlando, (407) 303-8110; AdventHealth Orlando, (407) 303-5600; Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center, (321) 841-5111.

Visitor Information

301 E. Pine St. Suite 900 Orlando, FL 32801. Phone:(407)425-1234

Air Travel

The Orlando area is served by two airports: Orlando International Airport (MCO), at SR 436 and the Beachline Expressway, and Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) in Sanford, which serves commercial and private aircraft.

Rental Cars

Orlando is served by several major rental car agencies. Arrangements should be made before you depart, especially during peak seasons. Your local AAA club can provide this service or additional information. Hertz, (407) 859-8400 or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.

Rail Service

Amtrak provides train service to four stations in the metro area. Passenger-only trains stop at the stations at 1400 Sligh Blvd. in downtown Orlando and 148 W. Morse Blvd. in downtown Winter Park; Kissimmee's passenger station is at 111 E. Dakin Ave. The Auto Train, which runs round-trip from Lorton, Va., stops at the Sanford station at 600 S. Persimmon Ave. Phone (800) 872-7245 for both rail services.

Buses

A Greyhound Lines Inc. terminal, (407) 292-3422 for customer service, (407) 292-3424 for tickets or (800) 531-5332 for Spanish-speaking persons, is off West SR 50 (Colonial Drive) at 555 N. John Young Pkwy.

Taxis

Local taxis are metered and charge $4.20-$5.40 for the first mile and $2.65 for each additional mile plus 60c for each 80 seconds of waiting time. Major cab companies are Ace Metro, (407) 855-1111; Diamond Cab Co., (407) 523-3333; Quick Cab, (407) 447-1444; Town & Country, (407) 828-3036; and Orlando Taxi, (407) 422-2222.

Public Transportation

Transportation by bus, trolley or rail is available in Orlando.

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