Steak Houses




Wine Bars and Lounges

Key to Symbols Pricing Credit Cards
* 2008 Dining Award Winners
B Breakfast
BR Brunch
L Lunch
D Dinner
h Reservations recommended
n Extensive wine list
$ Dinner entrées under $10
$$ Dinner entrées $10-$15
$$$ Dinner entrées $15-$25
$$$$ Dinner entrées more than $25
AE American Express
DC Diner’s Club
DS Discover
MC MasterCard
V Visa


*California Grill Disney’s Contemporary Resort, 4600 North World Drive, 15th Floor, Lake Buena Vista 407-939-3463. D nightly. Chef Jens Dahlman heads Disney’s signature restaurant, and brings to the table savory items such as red-wine-brazed shortribs with potato-apple galette. Some visit for the birds-eye view of Cinderella’s Castle, others for the phenomenal wine list. Price: $$$$ Credit cards: All hn

*Citrus 821 North Orange Avenue, Downtown Orlando 407-373-0622. L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. Citrus is an urban-chic neighborhood restaurant featuring regionally inspired new American dishes such as flatiron chicken and spicy tuna tartare served in a stylish yet comfortable setting. Price: $$$-$$$$ Credit cards: AE DC MC V hn

The Clubhouse Sports Bar & Restaurant 100 East Pine Street, Orlando 407-447-5225; 7572 West Sandlake Road, Orlando 407-363-9103. L-D daily. A full menu, 20 beers on tap, big TV screens and extras like pool tables encourage leisurely visits to The Clubhouse, twin sports bars decorated with the memorabilia of local and national teams. Price: $ Credit cards: All

*Crispers Seven area locations. L-D daily. Oversized salads and sandwiches, plus a satisfying array of soups, make Crispers an easy choice for quick lunches. Price: $ Credit cards: All

*Dexter’s 808 East Washington Street, Thorton Park 407-648-2777; 558 West New England Avenue, Winter Park 407-629-1150; 950 Market Promenade Avenue, Lake Mary 407-805-3090. BR Sat.-Sun.; L-D daily. Begin with a bowl of spiced sweet-potato chips and a microbrew at Dexter’s, a trio of casual dinnerhouses with live music. Price: $$ Credit cards: All n

Everglades Restaurant Rosen Centre, 9840 International Drive, Orlando 407-996-9840 ext. 3610. D nightly. The signature restaurant in this I-Drive hotel, Everglades specializes in prime steaks and seafood as well as more unusual items such as gator chowder and marinated buffalo. Price: $$$ Credit cards: All hn

*First Watch Five area locations. B-L daily. Pancakes, crepes and eggs dominate the First Watch menu, catering to the breakfast-through-lunch crowd seven days a week. Price: $ Credit cards: All

Florida Waffle Shop 4192 Conroy Road, Orlando 407-226-1400. B-L daily. Daytime delights—breakfast, brunch and lunch—are the specialty at this Millenia-area restaurant, an upbeat space specializing in waffles, pancakes and omelets along with sandwiches such as paninis, wraps and burgers. Price: $ Credit cards: AE, DS, MC, V

*Houston’s 215 South Orlando Avenue, Winter Park 407-740-4005. L, D daily. Airy and welcoming, our outpost of this high-end national chain delights locals with well-executed takes on popular steak, seafood and salad items. Price: $$$ Credit cards: AE MC V hn

*Jax Fifth Avenue Deli and Ale 3400 Edgewater Drive, College Park 407-999-8934; 951 Greenwood Boulevard, Lake Mary 407-323-3354. L-D daily. More than 200 types of beer by the bottle and on tap make Jax a favorite of lager, stout and ale junkies. Expect the standard wraps—plus a French dip sandwich—to accompany your brew. Price: $ Credit cards: AE DS MC V

Johnny’s Fillin’ Station Café 2631 South Ferncreek Avenue, Orlando 407-894-6900. L-D daily. If you’re after Orlando’s best hamburger, dress down and beeline to Johnny’s Fillin’ Station, a former biker bar that is a friendly watering hole with pool tables, darts—and burger baskets with patties that are fresh and flavorful. Price: $ Credit cards: AE DC MC V

Plantation Room Celebration Hotel, 700 Bloom Street, Celebration 407-566-6000. B, D daily. Within Celebration’s boutique hotel, Chef Zack Martin uses the best of local bounty to create a “New Florida Cuisine” menu. On Friday nights a pianist entertains. Price: $$$ Credit cards: All hn

*The Ravenous Pig 1234 North Orange Avenue, Winter Park 407-628-2333. L-D Tue.-Sat. Husband-and-wife chefs Julie and James Petrakis, both Orlando-area natives who trained at the Culinary Institute of America, serve an ever-changing menu of creative-American favorites in a casual space. Lobster tacos, steak frites with truffle fries, and “pig tails” donuts are customer favorites. Price: $$$ Credit cards: All hn

Redrock Canyon Grill Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Drive, Orlando 407-363-3933. L-D daily. This upbeat American tavern serves favorites like spinach-artichoke dip, wood-fired rotisserie chicken and chicken pot pie. Price: $$-$$$ Credit cards: All n

*Seasons 52 Plaza Venezia, 7700 Sand Lake Road, Dr. Phillips 407-354-5212; 463 East Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs 407-767-1252. L-D daily. Seasons 52 is a New American gem with a 140-label wine list—and extremely flavorful and filling meals that happen to be low in fat and calories. Price: $$$ Credit cards: All hn

Urban Flats 183 South Orange Avenue, Orlando 321-332-6889; Towers of Waterford Lakes, 504 North Alafaya Trail, Orlando 407-206-3095; Winter Garden Village at Fowler Grove, 3310-102 Daniels Road, Winter Garden 407-656-3152; 601 South New York Avenue, Winter Park 407-539-2220. L-D daily. Creative flatbreads baked in a stonehearth oven, and wines by the glass, are served in chic settings at this homegrown chain. Price: $-$$ Credit cards: All n