Something Fishy: Top Choices For Seafood in the Orlando Metro

A.D. Thompson

By , Local Expert, Orlando
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To be perfectly honest, Orlando's options where seafood is concerned don't necessarily reflect its glorious proximity to the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic Ocean, the swells and waves of which burst with succulent offerings bound by both scale and shell. In fact, we will happily venture there are more casual, local, some even downright divey joints worthy of attention than highfalutin, upscale venues, but the list of options at both ends -- and even in the middle -- continues to grow to the delight of resident and visitor alike. You'll find this roster runs the gamut from the old and venerable, such as Lee & Rick's Oyster Bar,...  Read more »

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    Winter Park Fish Company

    WPFC's flip flop-friendly aesthetic and mouth-watering fried baskets make its fancier offerings quite surprising, but no less delicious.

    Local Expert Tip: "Winter Park Fish Company offers some excellent "turf" dishes if you're not one for "surf," making it a great date night option for "mixed-palate" couples."

     
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    Ocean Prime - Orlando

    • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
    • Average Main Course Price: $31
    • Neighborhood: Doctor Phillips

    Ocean Prime is familiar to many, making it a reliable choice for Orlando-area special occasion dinners with a seafood focus.

    Local Expert Tip: "Chilean sea bass in champagne truffle sauce? Yes, please."

     
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    Flying Fish Cafe

    Orlando visitors often fail to escape the gravitational pull of the theme-park area. Flying Fish Café's...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "As with most sit-down Disney venues, reservations are highly recommended. If you're determined to dine here but didn't call ahead, come late."

     
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    Lee & Rick's Oyster Bar

    • Cuisine: Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $15
    • Neighborhood: West Orlando

    Lee & Rick's serves oysters fresh and cheap in an atmosphere encrusted with 60-odd years of tradition...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Sit at the bar. They don't serve buckets table-side."

     
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    Cityfish

    Its Thornton Park setting and lovely urban patio garner attention for sure, but consistently good service and fresh ocean fare seal the deal.

    Local Expert Tip: "If street parking is limited, hit the pay garage behind the restaurant; entrances are located on North Eola and East Washington. Once ensconced, enjoy a post-meal stroll around nearby Lake Eola."

     
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    LA. Boiling Crab & Seafood

    Boiling Crab is unpretentious, friendly and delicious. Portions are generous, often butter-drenched and...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "For those unfamiliar, properly enjoying Cajun-style seafood can be a messy process. Dress accordingly. "

     
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    Roy's Orlando

    A pioneer establishment of Orlando's "Restaurant Row," Roy's hasn't wavered as a local favorite for both...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Aloha means many things in Hawaiian and at Roy's that extends to cocktails. Aloha Hour, daily from 5-6:30 p.m. takes the form of $6 drink and small-plate offerings. "

     
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    Boston's Fish House

    Boston's flies its seafood in from New England and changes its cooking oil DAILY. No surprise, it's been a Winter Park favorite since 1988.

    Local Expert Tip: "No reservations. Boston's Fish House is popular; waiting in line is often part of the ritual. "

     
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    Little New Orleans Kitchen & Oyster Bar

    Little New Orleans Kitchen is a place to get your hands good and fishy for the unholy love of mudbug. Come embrace your inner-dirty South.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't stress about dress. It can get hot in here and the place ain't fancy."

     
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    Todd English's BlueZoo

    The creative cocktails and cuisine at Todd English's BlueZoo, along with its palpable glamor, will make you...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Almost unbelievable until you take its Disney hotel location into account, BlueZoo has a children's menu, but as dinner will set you back a few to begin with, spring for the sitter if possible and enjoy its ambiance to the fullest."

     

 

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