10 Best Orlando Seafood Venues: Old Faves & New Finds
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, I'd 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... Read more »
The Oceanaire is what most people imagine while thinking "upscale seafood:" classic appetizers, beautiful... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "With well-priced small plates like crab cake bites, crispy shrimp tacos and oysters Rockefeller served alongside equally well-priced drinks, the Oceanaire's daily happy hour from 5-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday 9pm-close and Sunday 8pm-close offers the curious a bit of a sampler option before jumping into dinner with both feet."
Orlando visitors often fail to escape the gravitational pull of the theme-park area. Flying Fish Café's... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "To ensure you get a table, make a reservation online or call (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463 up to 180 days prior to your visit.If you're determined to dine but didn't call ahead, come late."
WPFC's flip flop-friendly aesthetic and mouth-watering fried baskets make "fancy" offerings -- like grouper... Read more »
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."
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."
- 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."
- Cuisine: American, Asian, Cajun, Seafood, Vietnamese
- Average Main Course Price: $11
- Neighborhood: Colonialtown
Boiling Crab is unpretentious, clean, friendly and delicious. Portions are generous, often butter-drenched... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "Boiling crab is for seasoned seafood lovers in that everything here comes head-on (in other words, most meals will stare back at you). Similarly, it is for lovers of seasoned seafood. Plates come with copious bits of garlic and they take the term "sha-bang" quite seriously."
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: "They've been known to Groupon, so keep an eye out for added savings. Don't stress about dress. It can get hot in here and the place ain't fancy."
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. "
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 location (inside the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel) into account, TE's 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."
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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