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 Little Saigon
Family-owned, this Vietnamese restaurant introduces guests to the subtle flavors and incredible freshness of authentic Asian cuisine. The summer rolls, which are like egg rolls with unfried wrappers, are legendary and come with a terrific peanut sauce. Noodle dishes and traditional soups comprise the bulk of the menu; they feature fresh herbs and vegetables. You'll also find pork, beef, seafood and chicken dishes. A large portion of the restaurant's clientele are Vietnamese, so you can be assured that Little Saigon's doing something right. Give them a try and find out for yourself. Reservations not accepted. Casual dress. (407-423-8539)

4 Yellow Dog Eats
Formerly a general store and recalling a bygone era, this cafe retains its old-fashioned charm. The menu centers around salads and sandwiches packed with beef, veggies, and chicken. A popular lunchtime destination, it's located alongside the Gotha Country Store, where guests can browse a collection of antiques and gifts while waiting for their meal. (407-296-0609)

3 Dexter's of Thornton Park
A happening place, Dexter's is a great choice for lunch, dinner or after work drinks. Boasting a great happy hour, this restaurant offers tasty appetizers, beer on tap or by the bottle and wine by the glass or the bottle. The diverse menu features dishes that include White Spinach Lasagna and Applewood Smoked Salmon Fettucine, and a malted waffle station and omelette construction center are available for weekend brunch. Put on your trendiest togs, as here you'll want to see and be seen, especially if you are unattached! Outdoor patio dining available. (407-648-2777)

2 Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
At this stunning medieval castle, you'll be greeted by Disney's fairytale princesses. One of the more unusual character dining spots, Akershus offers a foray into Norwegian cuisine. A host of cold seafood dishes begins the meal and is then followed by selections from the cold entree table (the koldtbord) and the hot table (the smarvarmt). The buffet offers unlimited return trips, providing diners ample opportunity to try gravlax (cured salmon), lefse (potato-wheat flatbread) and everything from venison to lamb and smoked pork. You'll also discover seafood of all varieties, potato dishes and an array of cheeses and salads. Desserts are priced additionally, and Norwegian beers are available to complete the experience. (407-939-3463)

1 B-Line Diner
Modeled after a 1950s-era diner, this fashionable establishment in one of Orlando's favorite hotels sports chrome trim and Formica-topped tables. Portions are substantial, and since the place is open day and night, you can order up something hearty no matter when you arrive. Breakfast is a perfect way to experience the B-Line, whether you opt for classics like bacon and eggs or something newfangled like stuffed French toast. A jukebox plays favorite tunes for patrons, and although the atmosphere is mid-century, the prices definitely belong to the 21st. (407-345-4460)


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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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Little Saigon 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: COLONIALTOWN
COST: $
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Yellow Dog Eats 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Deli
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Family Friendly, Live Music, Smoking (outdoor area), Take Out
Neighborhood: Gotha/windemere
COST: $
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Dexter's of Thornton Park 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Catering, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Thornton Park
COST: $$
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Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: European, Scandinavian
Neighborhood: Epcot ®
COST: $$
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B-Line Diner 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: International Drive
COST: $$