Culinary Spotlight: Savoring the Season At These Three Orlando Restaurants

Pamper yourself this season and dine out for the holidays.

VINIA Photos provided by Lisa Wilk / TasteCookSip

Dining out during the holidays is more popular than ever, and it’s easy to understand why; no dishes, no preparation, no mess to clean up at the end of the evening. And for those who miss the leftovers, many restaurants are happy to provide you with a delicious doggy bag. Let’s make a toast to new traditions as we look at some of Orlando’s finest holiday restaurants.


Bull & Bear

Let Bull & Bear handle the cooking this holiday season. This Waldorf-Astoria Hotel award-winning restaurant will dazzle your palate with its holiday prix fixe menu alongside its à la carte menu. The menu is amazing, but there are two things that we can’t wait to sink our teeth into, the potato leek soup and the truffle mac and cheese. Christmas is all about those warm feelings; nothing beats a velvety bowl of soup. Plus, who doesn’t love mac and cheese? Adding truffles always makes it better.


Taverna Opa

Travel to the Greek Isles for Christmas without ever leaving Central Florida. Make plans to dine with Taverna Opa on Christmas Eve for a festive, Greek classics meal. The highlight of the feast is the meat platter. Enjoy chicken kebab, beef kebab, oak-grilled pork loin, and sliced gyro meat served with YiaYia’s veggies and lemon potatoes. And while you’re savoring your Greek feast, enjoy some traditional belly dancing entertainment. And don’t worry if you aren’t in the mood for their 3-course prix fixe menu. Their full menu will also be available.

VINIA Photos provided by Lisa Wilk / TasteCookSip

VINIA Wine & Kitchen

Spend your Christmas Eve sitting at Fabio’s Table at VINIA Wine & Kitchen. Savor traditional European holiday traditions with this 5-course dining experience. The menu explores the flavors of France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Brazil flavors. All the dishes are to die for, but we can’t wait to dive into the dessert course—since who doesn’t love holiday desserts? Indulge in the Cuscuz De Tapioca Con Coco, which pairs tapioca, soft coconut pudding, with cinnamon rum caramel. And opt for the wine pairing to sip on the German Rheinhessen with this decadent Brazilian custard.

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