Steak Out in Orlando: Prime Cuts for Serious Carnivores

A.D. Thompson

By , Local Expert, Orlando
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Tourism statistics do not lie: Orlando, the City Beautiful, is among the world’s top travel destinations, hosting up to 59 million visitors annually in recent years. As such, its restaurants—which seem innumerable—must cater to the palates of the many. And not surprisingly, those discriminating palates often crave large hunks of flavorful, aged, high-quality meat available in venues such as Vito’s Chophouse, the Capital Grille, Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster and Kres Chophouse, the latter boasting a decidedly different and altogether “downtown O-Town” location. Many diners are on vacation, after all, so why not splurge on...  Read more »

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    Christner's Prime Steak & Lobster

    Sure, it's decadent. But when you go to Christner's for a high-end steak/seafood splurge, you'll walk away satisfied. And stuffed.

    Local Expert Tip: "Three words: potatoes au gratin. At Christner's Del Frisco's they are as indulgent as any dessert. "

     
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    Kres Chophouse

    Kres' menu more than matches its rich atmosphere. Try the 18-oz. ribeye. Oh, the marbling...!

    Local Expert Tip: "Hitting the Amway Center for a Magic game? Kres makes for a great pre-game dinner spot."

     
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    Spencer's for Steaks and Chops

    As delightful for date night as doing business, Spencer's is a steakhouse winner.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you manage to save room for dessert and you find it among your options, try the bourbon cake, delightful with citrus, peach and caramel crunch."

     
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    Bull & Bear Steakhouse

    • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
    • Average Main Course Price: $50
    • Neighborhood: Walt Disney World ®

    That Tomahawk is reason enough to put Bull & Bear on this list, but truly: if an ultimate steakhouse experience is what you crave, come.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you really want to put the "up" in "upscale," conisder the Waldorf's Suite Life Private Dining Experience, which brings the Bull & Bear's impeccable food and service right to your hotel suite."

     
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    Tap Room at Dubsdread

    Great steaks, great location, lovely views. The Taproom is a steakhouse with less-than-steakhouse prices and a warm, locals-only kind of vibe.

    Local Expert Tip: "Prime rib fan? Come on Thursdays for the weekly dinner special when it's hand cut and served with mashed potatoes."

     
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    Yachtsman Steakhouse

    The Yachtsman offers a top-shelf steakhouse experience in a wonderfully un-stuffy atmosphere.

    Local Expert Tip: "Great steak venue for families dining with children. Crayon-ready menu with mini-versions of grown-up entrees lets kids partake in the sophisticated experience (and keeps them occupied at least long enough for parents to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail). "

     
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    Capital Grille

    With locations throughout the U.S., Capital Grille is a consistently good go-to, whether dining for business or pleasure.

    Local Expert Tip: "A Pointe Orlando location means you won't have to stray far for after-dinner entertainment. Belly dancing at Taverna Opa begins at 7 p.m. Or check out B.B.King's Blues Club for a cocktail and live music."

     
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    Vito's Chophouse

    Regulars here like Vito's family atmosphere, gracious service and juicy, flavorful cuts.

    Local Expert Tip: "Like martinis? Level up and ask your barkeep for the Gorgonzola-stuffed olives."

     
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    The Palm

    The Palm is easily one of Universal's most upscale dining venues and budget-wise an undeniable splurge. One...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Check the Palm's website for great rotating promotions that offer value alongside phenomenal fare. "

     
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    Shula's Steak House

    • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
    • Average Main Course Price: $45
    • Neighborhood: Walt Disney World ®

    Aged, premium Black Angus beef and a convenient ferry to Epcot.. What more could a fine dining-inclined Disney fan want?

    Local Expert Tip: "Finish the Super Bowl-sized Porterhouse and you'll gain admittance to Shula's 48-Ounce Club, which now boasts nearly 35,000 members. Come hungry. "

     

 

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