Lunch

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in Orlando and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at House of Blues Orlando thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Yellow Dog Eats, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Lunch.

10 Enzo's on the Lake
Enzo's has long been a fixture for fine Italian dining in Orlando, wowing diners with cuisine to match its peerless lake view for roughly 30 years. In fact, the setting is so delightful that many make it their choice for all kinds of special occasions and private parties, weddings included. All that said, Enzo's charming bar and sculpture gardens are a wonderful setting for a simple, lovely dinner, as well. Enzo's is classy, its servers affable and knowledgeable and it's food quite reliably delicious. Favorites here include the bucatini alla Enzo, a creamy-rich pasta dish rife with prosciutto, bacon, mushrooms and parmesan. (407-834-9872)

9 White Wolf Cafe
A mix of mealtime possibilities, the cuisine at this restaurant ranges from American to Middle Eastern. Try cheesy lasagna or focaccia pizza for a main course, and finish off with a slice of apple pie or cheesecake. Beer and wine are available, and the lively environment is a great place for a group. Outdoor, sidewalk dining available. (407-895-9911, 407-895-5590)

8 Bahama Breeze
A Caribbean flair distinguishes this place, which is both restaurant and bar. Open only in the evenings, it's a popular destination for those who want a taste of island life. Live reggae music provides a restful backdrop to the award-winning cuisine, which includes jerk-chicken pasta, a house paella and "fish in a bag," a seafood-vegetable pairing cooked within a parchment parcel. Bars are located inside and out, and Happy Hour offers visitors the opportunity to laugh and mingle. Just like in the islands, the convivial atmosphere, accommodating staff and friendly patrons will have you relaxed and mellow in no time. Casual dress. Reservations not accepted; waits are customary. (407-248-2499)

7 Park Plaza Gardens
Evocative of a garden with its abundance of flowers and live trees, this restaurant is a romantic respite from run-of-the-mill establishments. With views of Park Avenue, it's also a great place to watch passers-by. The traditional menu is given over to meat and seafood entrees, each entree coupled with an appropriate sauce. The pork porterhouse is tinged with cranberries and honey; the salmon gains flavor with avocado and citrus. Snapper and crab cakes are also popular items. Sunday brunch breaks from convention with entrees ranging from omelets and French toast to wild salmon and roast duckling and appetizers including mozzarella and tomato salad and Prince Edward Island mussels. Reservations recommended. (407-645-2475)

6 Numero Uno
Fantastic Cuban dishes and festive atmosphere give a clue as to why this restaurant is so popular. The lunch crowd is typically large, so either arrive early or check back later for dinner. Tasty vegetables, savory pork and steaming rice are staple ingredients of many of the dishes offered at this Cuban favorite. Their specialty is paella, which takes awhile to make (but it's worth it). Smart casual dress. Reservations recommended. (866-495-7187)

5 Antonio's La Fiamma
For a more upscale environment, head upstairs to Antonio's La Fiamma; for a more casual meal, eat downstairs at Antonio's Cafe. Upstairs, you can watch as chefs in the open kitchen prepare delicious meals of fresh fish, al dente pasta, savory spices and tasty seafood. Known for having an exceptional wine list that numbers over 300 different wines. Don't leave without ordering the tiramisu — it's too good to miss. Reservations suggested. Smart casual to business dressy attire acceptable. (407-645-1035)

4 Chez Vincent
Since 1997, Chez Vincent has remained a lauded listing amid Orlando's fine-dining scene. Located in Winter Park's Hannibal Square, the restaurant has likely been discovered by new visitors to the neighborhood in recent years, drawn in by its ongoing development and renaissance. Courting upscale diners with both classic dishes and inventive choices along with its intimate atmosphere, Chez Vincent's specialties include Feuillete d'Escargots (sautéed snails baked in a puff pastry with Port wine sauce) and Carre d'Agneau au Bleu (rack of lamb with a bleu cheese sauce). It's not uncommon to hear raves about this restaurant's soups, sauces and seafood dishes, as well. (407-599-2929)

3 Fulton's Crab House
Fulton's setting is a classic paddle wheel boat, which ties in nicely to the restaurant's ever-changing seafood menu. From crab to oysters to everything in-between, the seafood is cooked just right and comes with tasty dipping sauces and plentiful sides. Try the crab sampler, pan-fried oysters, or one of the steak options. Private dining rooms are available with advance reservations. (407-934-2628)

2 Winnie's Oriental Garden
A far cry from typical Chinese restaurants, Winnie's is reason for celebration. The spare decor, accented with fresh flowers and quiet music, serves as a counterpoint to the menu of carefully spiced dishes. Seafood and vegetables provide the base for many of the entrees, which are Cantonese and Shanghai in origin. Crispy calamari with soy vinaigrette, steamed lobster with ginger scallions and lamb Shanghai only touch on the savory selections available. You'll also find Peking duck, eggplant with spicy garlic sauce and pan-fried vegetable dumplings. Choose from your favorites and enjoy the evening. (407-629-2111)

1 First Watch
Start the day off right with a hearty breakfast from First Watch. They're well known for their great pancakes and French toast, which come with fruit toppings and an assortment of syrups. They also dish up omelets, waffles and all the traditional bacon and egg combinations. Try a side order of the savory home fries for added sustenance, and wash it all down with strong black coffee. From the diversity of the diners, you can see that all are welcome. (407-682-2315)


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Enzo's on the Lake 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: Longwood
COST: $$
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White Wolf Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Catering, Delivery, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Cuisine: Continental, Ethnic
Neighborhood: Ivanhoe Village
COST: $
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Bahama Breeze 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Cuisine: Caribbean
Neighborhood: International Drive
COST: $$
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Park Plaza Gardens 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Neighborhood: Winter Park
COST: $$
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Numero Uno 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Catering, Family Friendly, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Cuisine: Cuban, Latin, Vegetarian
Neighborhood: SOUTH ORANGE AVE
COST: $$
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Antonio's La Fiamma 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Dining Options: Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: Maitland
COST: $$
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Chez Vincent 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, French
Dining Options: Non-Smoking, Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: Winter Park
COST: $$
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Fulton's Crab House 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Catering, Family Friendly, Live Music, Parties / Private Rooms, Wine Cellar
COST: $$$
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Winnie's Oriental Garden 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, European, French
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Winter Park
COST: $$
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First Watch 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Altamonte Springs
COST: $