Something Fishy: Get Hooked on Orlando's Best Seafood



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, which has been shucking bivalves over what amounts to a concrete basin for some 60 years, to the cosmopolitan-but-casual Two Chefs Seafood Oyster Bar in downtown's North Quarter. Also on deck, family-run places where boiling, steaming pots and sizzling pans occasionally turn already unpretentious dining into a Cajun spice-infused crash course in marine biology (I'm looking at you, iCajun Seafood Shack). Unstuffy dining choices are scattered about, as are the more upscale eateries you'd book for joyous celebrations, impressive business functions or wow-factor first dates. The resort area manages to come through with places such as Todd English's BlueZoo along with Roy's and Ocean Prime in Dr. Phillips.




Roller coaster memorabilia and an exhibition kitchen distinguish this Disney restaurant, which serves ocean-fresh seafood in a lively atmosphere. A variety of appetizers and entrees depend on fish and shellfish, the most notable being the...  Read More




Sleek, trendy decor and brilliant lighting provide the perfect complement to celebrity chef Todd English's contemporary take on seafood. BlueZoo is an undeniably glitzy place for date night, a lounge and restaurant in one. Dressing to impress...  Read More


Boston's Fish House
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The protocol at Boston's Fish House comes straight out of the region from which its chef prevails. Step up to the counter to order, then head for a table and patiently await the arrival of salt-water morsels that include fried shrimp, succulent...  Read More




They're kinda Cajun, kinda Vietnamese and they don't skimp on the garlic. Boiling Crab is a modest, friendly, family-run joint on Colonial Drive where hefty tins of seafood are slung daily to the delight of those who love to crack the shell,...  Read More


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Doctor Phillips
Ocean Prime


Long lauded a Dr. Phillips-area favorite for steak- and seafood-related special-occasion splurges, Orlando's Ocean Prime outpost (there are several throughout the country) knows how to handle groups – even the largest of them. Its two private...  Read More




Lee & Rick's opened in 1950 and was the first restaurant of its kind in Orlando. Save a couple of seafood-heavy, Louisiana-style joints around town, it could be argued that it's still the only one. Whether you're a fan or not (the place has...  Read More


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Authentic Pacific-Rim cuisine is the hallmark of Roy's Hawaiian Fusion. Founded by chef Roy Yamaguchi, its kitchen masterfully crafts exotic dishes like andouille-crusted snapper, Roy's original blackened island ahi, teppanyaki shrimp and...  Read More




You could get a little Forrest Gump at the North Quarter's Two Chefs Seafood Oyster Bar – oysters on the half shell, baked oysters, oysters on fire, fried oyster BLT, oyster po'boy.... – but we want to let you know right off the top: this is...  Read More




Suck the head and pinch the tail at this small family-run operation off Colonial. They do brisk take-out business here – and it's no surprise considering the expertly seasoned troughs of seafood they're slinging. You want bayou flavor? This is...  Read More




The setting here is casual with decor not merely reminiscent of Old Florida, but constructed therefrom. Tables are made from wood reclaimed from the St. John's River following Hurricane Charley. Order your food at the counter, find your place...  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.

A roller coaster enthusiast,...  More About A.D.

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