Jackets Required: Dress Up for Orlando's Best Fine Dining



Alright, the title's a little misleading. Technically only the No. 1 pick – Walt Disney World's famed Five-Diamond venue Victoria & Albert's – actually requires male guests to wear jackets. Some diners balk at restaurant dress codes, but when it comes to fine dining, wearing a special-occasion dress or cufflinks seems to level everything up, making an opulent evening out that much more sumptuous. Not that you'd call the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa's signature venue anything but. With up to 10 prix fixe courses available, dining at Victoria & Albert's is nothing less than a culinary experience, which is why reservations are best made well in advance. But lest you think the Disney realm is the only place in Orlando where dining is magical, be sure to investigate this roster’s other gems. Those looking for a classic steakhouse experience will find no fault at Christner's Prime Steak & Lobster where thick cuts are seared to perfection and the side dishes are as decadent as anything off the dessert menu. Fans of superior Italian, particularly the lakeside variety, will enjoy both Antonio's La Fiamma off Maitland's Lake Lily and Longwood's three-decades-long favorite, Enzo's on the Lake. Celebrity chef Norman Van Aken's namesake at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes will delight those who enjoy Floribbean fare and if you're looking for something with more of a locals-only feel, check out Luma on Park. Its walkable Park Avenue location boasts many options for pre-meal cocktails and window shopping to work up your appetite.


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Downtown


The Boheme's Sunday Jazz Brunch is indeed something special, but this elegant venue (set inside downtown's Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando) serves lunch and dinner, as well, though it may be better suited for the latter with its romantic, dare we...  Read More


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Lake Buena Vista


It's all those things people love to read: AAA Four-Diamond, award-winning, all that, but more importantly The Venetian Room affords diners a truly exceptional, sumptuous evening of fine dining. With entrees that top out over $40, you will pay...  Read More




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...  Read More




You may already know Antonio's Market & Cafe, the friendly deli/market/restaurant adjacent to Maitland's lovely Lake Lily Park. You can pop in, enjoy a sandwich to take to the waterfront or even peruse (and open) a bottle of wine to enjoy...  Read More


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Doctor Phillips


Chatham's has been wowing Orlando's fans of fine dining since 1988 – an impressive feat for any restaurant these days – and that's likely due to a well executed combination of ambiance, service and culinary excellence. From lump Cajun crab...  Read More




It should immediately be noted, the average main course price is not $56 – that's the cost of your impeccable three-course meal. This intimate room inside the Winter Garden's historic Edgewater Hotel is a sorta-kinda best-kept-secret in...  Read More




After years in Winter Park, Luma is still winning raves from regulars and winning over newcomers in its high-rent space on Park Avenue. And what a space it is. With lovely outdoor tables on one of the prettiest corners on park, diners can enjoy...  Read More




What opened as Del Frisco's Prime Steak and Lobster back in the 90s via an agreement that permitted them to use the Del Frisco's name for two decades will before long become Christner's Prime Steak & Lobster. The current name is...  Read More




Norman Van Aken is a culinary legend – and a proud adopted Floridian, which plays nicely into delicious and often Latin-, Caribbean- and even Key West-infused fare. Sit outside and enjoy spectacular views of lakes, gardens and the...  Read More


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Walt Disney World ®


While exemplary fine dining can be found throughout the Disney compound, none surpass the level of service delivered during a Victoria & Albert's prix fixe, seven-course meal that can only be described as a top-of-the-line culinary...  Read More


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Meet A.D. Thompson

A.D. Thompson has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and roughly 15 as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

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