Dining Awards 2009


Our readers name their favorite restaurants in dozens of categories.

 

Dining
     (  ) 2008 Rank
Best Restaurant    
1 The Venetian Room
thevenetianroom.com
Caribe Royale Orlando
407-238-8060
TIE
2
(3) Victoria & Albert’s
disney.go.com
Grand Floridian Resort,
Walt Disney World
407-WDW-DINE
2 (1) Seasons 52
seasons52.com
7700 Sand Lake Road
407-354-5212
463 East Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs
407-767-1252
Best New Restaurant    
1 The Chef’s Table at the Edgewater
chefstableattheedgewater.com
99 West Plant Street
Winter Garden
407-230-4837
TIE
2
J. Alexander’s
jalexanders.com
7335 West Sand Lake Road
407-345-1039
2 Graffiti Junktion
graffitijunktion.com
900 East Washington Street
407-426-9502

Best Hotel Restaurant    
1 (2) The Boheme
grandbohemianhotel.com/theboheme
Grand Bohemian Hotel
407-313-9000
2 (1) California Grill
disney.go.com
Contemporary Resort,
Walt Disney World
407-WDW-DINE
3 The Venetian Room
thevenetianroom.com
Caribe Royale Orlando
407-238-8060
Best Service    
1 The Venetian Room
thevenetianroom.com
Caribe Royale Orlando
407-238-8060
2 Victoria & Albert’s
disney.go.com
Grand Floridian Resort,
Walt Disney World
407-WDW-DINE
3 Houston’s
hillstone.com
215 South Orlando Avenue
Winter Park
407-740-4005
Best Outdoor Dining    
1 (1) Hue
huerestaurant.com
629 East Central Boulevard
407-849-1800
TIE
2
Bahama Breeze
bahamabreeze.com
Three Orlando-area locations
2 (3) Houston’s
hillstone.com
215 South Orlando Avenue
Winter Park
407-740-4005
Best Breakfast    
1 (1) First Watch
firstwatch.com
Five Orlando-area locations
2 Le Peep
lepeep.com
4666 South Kirkman Road
407-291-4580
3 White Wolf Café
whitewolfcafe.com
1829 North Orange Avenue
407-895-9911
Best Sunday Brunch    
1 (1) La Coquina
grandcypress.hyatt.com
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
407-239-3853
2 (2) Hue
huerestaurant.com
629 East Central Boulevard
407-849-1800

3 Dexter’s
dexwine.com
Three Orlando-area locations

Best Take-Out    
1 Publix Downtown
400 East Central Boulevard
407-872-7201

2 Pei Wei Asian Diner
peiwei.com
Three Orlando-area locations
 
Best Power Lunch    
1 (1) Citrus Restaurant
citrusorlando.com
821 North Orange Avenue
407-373-0622

2 Hue
huerestaurant.com
629 East Central Boulevard
407-849-1800
3 Seasons 52
seasons52.com
7700 Sand Lake Road
407-354-5212
463 East Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs
407-767-1252
Best Late-Night Dining    
1 (1) Kres Chophouse
kresrestaurant.com
17 West Church Street
407-447-7950

2 Seasons 52
seasons52.com
7700 Sand Lake Road
407-354-5212
463 East Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs
407-767-1252
3 Park Plaza Gardens
parkplazagardens.com
319 Park Avenue South
Winter Park
407-645-2475
Best Wine Pairing Dinners    
1 The Chef’s Table at the Edgewater
chefstableattheedgewater.com
99 West Plant Street
Winter Garden
407-230-4837
2 (3) Victoria & Albert’s
disney.go.com
Grand Floridian Resort,
Walt Disney World
407-WDW-DINE

3 Luma on Park
lumaonpark.com
290 South Park Avenue
Winter Park
407-599-4111
Best for a Business Dinner    
1 (3) Del Frisco’s Prime Steak & Lobster
delfriscosorlando.com
729 Lee Road
407-645-4443
2 (2) Kres Chophouse
kresrestaurant.com
17 West Church Street
407-447-7950
3 Seasons 52
seasons52.com
7700 Sand Lake Road
407-354-5212
463 East Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs
407-767-1252
Best Caribbean    
1 Bahama Breeze
bahamabreeze.com
Three Orlando-area locations
2 Tommy Bahama’s Tropical Café
tommybahama.com
Pointe Orlando
321-281-5888
3 Kafe Kalik
kafekalik.com
Prime Outlets International
407-248-0889
Best Chinese    
1 (1) P.F. Chang’s
China Bistro
pfchangs.com
Mall at Millenia
407-345-2888
Winter Park Village
407-622-0188

2 Ming’s Bistro
1212 Woodward Street
407-898-9672 
3 (3) Winnie’s Oriental Garden
1346 Orange Avenue
Winter Park
407-629-2111
Best Deli    
1 (1) TooJay’s
toojays.com
Six Orlando-area locations
2 (2-Tie) Jason’s Deli
jasonsdeli.com
2915 Colonial Drive
407-898-9806
303 East Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs
407-830-0699
3 (2-Tie) Publix
Multiple Orlando-area locations
Best French    
1 Le Coq au Vin
lecoqauvinrestaurant.com
4800 South Orange Avenue
407-851-6980
2 Chez Vincent
chezvincent.com
533 West New England Avenue
Winter Park
407-599-2929
3 Les Chefs de France
disney.go.com
Epcot, Walt Disney World
407-WDW-DINE
Best Greek    
1 (3) Taverna Opa
opaorlando.com
Pointe Orlando
407-351-8660

2 (2) The Greek Corner
thegreekcorner.net
1600 North Orange Avenue
407-228-0303
3 Mykonos
2401 West State Road 434
Longwood
407-788-9095 
Best Japanese    
1 (1) Amura
amura.com
Three Orlando-area locations
2 (3) Kobé
kobesteakhouse.com
Six Orlando-area locations
3 Shari Sushi Lounge
sharisushilounge.com
621 East Central Boulevard
407-420-9420
Best Indian    
1 (1) Memories of India
memoriesofindia.org
7625 Turkey Lake Road
407-370-3277
3895 Lake Emma Road
Lake Mary
407-804-0920

2 Passage to India
passagetoindiarestaurant-orlando.com
5532 International Drive
407-351-3456
3 (2) Kohinoor
kohinoorindianrestaurant.com
249 West State Road 436
Altamonte Springs
407-788-6004
 
Best Italian  
1 (1) Antonio’s La Fiamma Ristorante
antoniosonline.com
611 South Orlando Avenue
Maitland
407-645-1035

2 (2) Enzo’s on the Lake
enzos.com
1130 South Highway 17-92
Longwood
407-834-9872
3 (3) Christini’s Ristorante Italiano
christinis.com
7600 Dr. Phillips Boulevard
407-345-8770
 
Best Latin    
1 Samba Room
sambaroom.net
7468 Sand Lake Road
407-226-0550
2 Latin Quarter
universalorlando.com
Universal CityWalk
407-224-FOOD
3 (1) Columbia
columbiarestaurant.com
649 Front Street
Celebration
407-566-1505
Best Mexican/Tex Mex    
1 Tijuana Flats
tijuanaflats.com
18 Orlando-area locations
 
2 (2) Taquitos Jalisco Restaurant
taquitosjaliscorestaurant.com
2419 South Hiawassee Road
407-296-0626
1041 South Dillard Street
Winter Garden
407-654-0363 
3 (1) PR’s
499 West Fairbanks Avenue
Winter Park
407-645-2225
Best Middle Eastern    
1 (1) Cedar’s Restaurant
cedarsoforlando.com
7723 West Sand Lake Road
407-351-6000
2 (2) Bosphorous Restaurant
bosphorousrestaurant.com
108 South Park Avenue
Winter Park
407-644-8609 
3 Tony’s Deli
1323 North Mills Avenue
407-898-6689 
Best Southern    
1 Johnson’s Diner
johnsonsdiner.com
595 West Church Street
407-841-0717

2 House of Blues
houseofblues.com
Downtown Disney
407-934-2583
3 Mama Nems’
mamanemssoulfood.com
805 South Kirkman Road
407-253-7744
Best Spanish    
1 Columbia
columbiarestaurant.com
649 Front Street
Celebration
407-566-1505

2 Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant
ceviche.com
125 West Church Street
321-281-8140
3 Costa del Sol Restaurant
lacostadelsolweb.com
12200 Menta Street
407-240-2095
Best Steak House     
1 (1) Del Frisco’s
Prime Steak & Lobster
delfriscosorlando.com
729 Lee Road
407-645-4443

2 (2) Ruth’s Chris
ruthschris.com
Three Orlando-area locations
3 (3) Kres Chophouse
kresrestaurant.com
17 West Church Street
407-447-7950
Best Thai    
1 (1) Thai House
2117 East Colonial Drive
407-898-0820 
2 Thai Thani
thaithaniorlando.net
11025 South International Drive
407-239-9733
3 Orchid Thai Cuisine
305 North Park Avenue
Winter Park
407-331-1400 
Best Vietnamese    
1 (2) Little Saigon
littlesaigonrestaurant.com
1106 East Colonial Drive
407-423-8539

2 (1) Viet Garden
vietgardenorlando.com
1237 East Colonial Drive
407-896-4154
3 Anh Hong Restaurant
1124 East Colonial Drive
407-999-2656
 
Best Appetizers    
1 (1) Café Tu Tu Tango
cafetututango.com
8625 International Drive
407-248-2222
 
2 Citrus Restaurant
citrusorlando.com
821 North Orange Avenue
407-373-0622
 
3 Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant
ceviche.com
125 West Church Street
321-281-8140
Best Barbecue    
1 (1) Bubbalou’s Bodacious BBQ
bubbalous.com
Five Orlando-area locations
2 (2) O’Boys Bar-B-Q
oboysbbq.net
Three Orlando-area locations
 
3 Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q
sonnysbbq.com
Six Orlando-area locations
 
Best Burgers    
1 Five Guys
fiveguys.com
Eight Orlando-area locations
2 Graffiti Junktion
graffitijunktion.com
900 East Washington Street
407-426-9503 
3 Back Yard Burgers
backyardburgers.com
Three Orlando-area locations
Best Healthy Selections    
1 Seasons 52
seasons52.com
7700 Sand Lake Road
407-354-5212
463 East Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs
407-767-1252
2 Dandelion Communitea Café
dandelioncommunitea.com
618 North Thornton Avenue
407-362-1864
3 Whole Foods Market
wholefoodsmarket.com
8003 Turkey Lake Road
407-355-7100
1989 Aloma Avenue
Winter Park
407-673-8788
Best Pizza    
1 Anthony’s Pizza Café
anthonyspizza.com
100 North Summerlin Avenue
407-648-0009
2 Mellow Mushroom
mellowmushroom.com
11680 East Colonial Drive
407-384-4455
2015 Aloma Avenue
Winter Park
407-657-7755
3 California Pizza Kitchen
cpk.com
Three Orlando-area locations
 
Best Ribs    
TIE
1
(1-tie) Bubbalou’s Bodacious BBQ
bubbalous.com
Five Orlando-area locations
1 (1-tie) Smokey Bones
smokeybones.com
Five Orlando-area locations
 
2 Houston’s
hillstone.com
215 South Orlando Avenue
Winter Park
407-740-4005
Best Sandwiches    
1 TooJay’s
toojays.com
Six Orlando-area locations
 
2 Panera Bread
panerabread.com
16 Orlando-area locations
TIE
3
Dexter’s
dexwine.com
Three Orlando-area locations
3 Press 101
press101.com
7600 Dr. Phillips Boulevard
407-351-2101

 

Best Sushi
1 (1) Amura
amura.com
Three Orlando-area locations
 
2 Shari Sushi Lounge
sharisushilounge.com
621 East Central Boulevard
407-420-9420
 
3 Seito Sushi
seitosushi.com
Four Orlando-area locations
 
Best Seafood    
1 (1) The Oceanaire
theoceanaire.com
9101 International Drive
407-363-4801

2 (2) Cityfish Restaurant
cityfishorlando.com
617 East Central Boulevard
407-849-9779
3 (3) Bonefish Grill
bonefishgrill.com
Four Orlando-area locations
Best Salads    
1 (1) Crisper’s
crispers.com
Seven Orlando-area locations
 
2 Press 101
press101.com
7600 Dr. Phillips Boulevard
407-351-2101
3 (3) Cheesecake Factory
thecheesecakefactory.com
Mall at Millenia
407-226-0333
Winter Park Village
407-644-4220
Best Desserts    
1 (1) The Dessert Lady
dessertlady.com
4900 South Kirkman Road
407-822-8881
120 West Church Street
407-999-5696
2 (2) Seasons 52
seasons52.com
7700 Sand Lake Road
407-354-5212
463 East Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs
407-767-1252
3 (3) Cheesecake Factory
thecheesecakefactory.com
Mall at Millenia
407-226-0333
Winter Park Village
407-644-4220
Best Wine List    
1 (3) Luma on Park
lumaonpark.com
290 South Park Avenue
Winter Park
407-599-4111
2 Eola Wine Company
eolawinecompany.com
500 East Central Boulevard
407-481-9100
136 Park Avenue
Winter Park
407-647-9103
3 (1) Seasons 52
seasons52.com
7700 Sand Lake Road
407-354-5212
463 East Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs
407-767-1252
Best Beer Selection    
1 Miller’s Ale House
millersalehouse.com
10 Orlando-area locations
2 Cityfish Restaurant
cityfishorlando.com
617 East Central Boulevard
407-849-9779
 
3 (1) Jax Fifth Avenue Deli and Ale
3400 Edgewater Drive
407-999-8934
951 Greenwood Boulevard
Lake Mary
407-323-3354
Best-Kept Secret    
1 The Chef’s Table at the Edgewater
chefstableattheedgewater.com
99 West Plant Street
Winter Garden
407-230-4837

2 K Restaurant Wine Bar
kwinebar.com
2401 Edgewater Drive
407-872-2332
3 Graze
grazeorlando.com
100 South Eola Drive
407-650-0038
Best Place to Celebrate    
TIE
1
(1) Seasons 52
seasons52.com
7700 Sand Lake Road
407-354-5212
463 East Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs
407-767-1252
 
1 (3) Victoria & Albert’s
disney.go.com
Grand Floridian Resort,
Walt Disney World
407-WDW-DINE
2 Manuel’s on the 28th
(CLOSED)
Best Place to Take Company    
1 (1) Seasons 52
seasons52.com
7700 Sand Lake Road
407-354-5212
463 East Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs
407-767-1252

2 Manuel’s on the 28th
(CLOSED)
3 Hue
huerestaurant.com
629 East Central Boulevard
407-849-1800
Restaurant Most Worth the Wait    
1 Houston’s
hillstone.com
215 South Orlando Avenue
Winter Park
407-740-4005
2 (2) Seasons 52
seasons52.com
7700 Sand Lake Road
407-354-5212
463 East Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs
407-767-1252
3 Hue
huerestaurant.com
629 East Central Boulevard
407-849-1800
Best Old Favorite    
1 (3) Houston’s
hillstone.com
215 South Orlando Avenue
Winter Park
407-740-4005
 
2 (1) Le Coq au Vin
lecoqauvinrestaurant.com
4800 South Orange Avenue
407-851-6980
3 (2) Harvey’s Bistro
(CLOSED)
 
Best View    
1 (1) Manuel’s on the 28th
(CLOSED)
2 (3) California Grill
disney.go.com
Contemporary Resort, Walt Disney World
407-WDW-DINE
3 (2) Houston’s
hillstone.com
215 South Orlando Avenue
Winter Park
407-740-4005
Best Live Music/Entertainment    
1 (1) Dexter’s
dexwine.com
Three Orlando-area
locations
TIE
2
(3) Blue Martini
bluemartinilounge.com
Mall at Millenia
407-447-2583
2 The Boheme
grandbohemianhotel.com/theboheme
Grand Bohemian Hotel
407-313-9000
Best Place for Cocktails    
1 (1) Blue Martini
bluemartinilounge.com
Mall at Millenia
407-447-2583
2 Ember
emberorlando.com
42 West Central Boulevard
407-849-5200
3 (3) Luma on Park
lumaonpark.com
290 South Park Avenue
Winter Park
407-599-4111
 
Best Romantic Rendezvous    
1 (2) Manuel’s on the 28th
(CLOSED)
 
2 The Venetian Room
thevenetianroom.com
Caribe Royale Orlando
407-238-8060
 
3 (1) Victoria & Albert’s
disney.go.com
Grand Floridian Resort, Walt Disney World
407-WDW-DINE
Best Chef’s Table    
1 (1) Victoria & Albert’s
disney.go.com
Grand Floridian Resort, Walt Disney World
407-WDW-DINE

2 (2) La Coquina
grandcypress.hyatt.com
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
407-239-3853
 
3 Citrus Restaurant
citrusorlando.com
821 North Orange Avenue
407-373-0622
 
Best Celebrity Spotting    
1 Kres Chophouse
kresrestaurant.com
17 West Church Street
407-447-7950

2 Morton’s Steakhouse
mortons.com
7600 Dr. Phillips Boulevard
407-248-3485
3 (3) Christini’s Ristorante Italiano
christinis.com
7600 Dr. Phillips Boulevard
407-345-8770
Best Wine Bar    
1 (2) Eola Wine Company
eolawinecompany.com
500 East Central Boulevard
407-481-9100
136 Park Avenue
Winter Park
407-647-9103

2 (1) The Wine Room
thewineroomonline.com
270 Park Avenue South
Winter Park
407-696-9463

3 The Grape
yourgrape.com
Pointe Orlando
407-351-5815
 
Best Happy Hour     
1 (1) Blue Martini
bluemartinilounge.com
Mall at Millenia
407-447-2583
 
2 (3) Dexter’s
dexwine.com
Three Orlando-area locations
3 Cityfish Restaurant
cityfishorlando.com
617 East Central Boulevard
407-849-9779
Best Independent Bakery    
1 (2) Charlie’s Gourmet Pastries
charliesgourmetpastries.com
3213 Curry Ford Road
407-898-9561
 
2 (1) The Dessert Lady
dessertlady.com
4900 South Kirkman Road
407-822-8881
120 West Church Street
407-999-5696
3 Sweet Traditions Bakery & Café
sweettraditionsbakery.com
126 West Plant Street
Winter Garden
407-656-6338
 
Best Neighborhood Restaurant     
1 (1) Cityfish Restaurant
cityfishorlando.com
617 East Central Boulevard
407-849-9779
 
2 Hue
huerestaurant.com
629 East Central Boulevard
407-849-1800
3 Harmoni Market
harmonimarket.com
2305 Edgewater Drive
407-206-0033
145 Wekiva Springs Road
Longwood
407-637-8050
Restaurant You Are Dying to Visit    
1 Norman’s
normans.com
Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
407-393-4333
2 (2) Victoria & Albert’s
disney.go.com
Grand Floridian Resort, Walt Disney World
407-WDW-DINE
3 Christini’s Ristorante Italiano
christinis.com
7600 Dr. Phillips Boulevard
407-345-8770

Restaurant That Says Orlando” Best  
1 (2) Citrus Restaurant
citrusorlando.com
821 North Orange Avenue
407-373-0622
2 The Ravenous Pig
theravenouspig.com
1234 North Orange Avenue
Winter Park
407-628-2333
 
3 Hue
huerestaurant.com
629 East Central Boulevard
407-849-1800
 
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