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Best New and Popular Restaurants in Orlando

Orlando's talked-about tables: bakeries, burgers & big-@ss sandwiches


Looking for good eats? This list has what you need. Adventurous eaters (and their less-interesting counterparts) are going to find plenty to get excited about. There’s small plates, big plates, burgers, sushi, and the Glass House, which offers picturesque baked goods as well as breakfast and lunch offerings.

Over in SoDo there’s a new tavern in town, Delaney’s to be exact, which puts a twist on new American cuisine. Immersion by Chef Rikku is the place to go when you’re celebrating something special or simply want to treat yourself. It’s a 15-course meal unlike anything you’ve had before. If you want something more simple, but just as delicious, there are plenty of options, like Sixty Vines. Top Chef fans will want to visit Four Flamingos, Richard Blais' restaurant, his only one in Florida. Capa, the rooftop restaurant at Four Seasons Walt Disney World also is a popular option. This Orlando favorite was recebtly awarded a Michelin star. 

 


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Sixty Vines
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This adorable restaurant's menus are inspired by wine country and dishes are made with local, fresh ingredients. Offerings change depending on the season and what local farmers are growing. Sixty Vines is knowns for its tasty, unique pizzas with toppings like local honey, micro basil and house ground sausage. Whatever you eat, you can be sure there's a perfect wine to pair with it. The restaurant is wine-centric, particularly with a concentration on California wines. There's a small, intimate patio dining space complete with a fire pit. Connected to the patio is a beautiful greenhouse where you also can dine and have an outdoor feel. Be sure to request one of these spaces when making reservations. The restaurant is open for lunch or dinner during the week and offers brunch on the weekends.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Relatively new to the Winter Park scene, Sixty-Vines offers unique flavors with fresh ingredients.

Michelle's expert tip: The patio and greenhouse also can be rented out for private events.

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Immersion at London House
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This 15-course meal is a true representation of its name, Immersion. For more than three hours, guests will be fully immersed in all their senses. Chef Rikku O'Donnchu and his staff created a truly unique dining experience that guests have likely never experienced before. The menu changes often, but you can guarantee the food won't be dishes you find at many places. Prepare your palate for Egyptian goose, foie gras and Kaluga caviar. The food is just the beginning. Each course takes on a different theme that titillates all your senses. Some courses include music, some include special scents, all have extras that add to the "wow" factor.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Chef Rikku has a background in molecular and gastronomic and you can tell by his creations. This is truly a dining experience.

Michelle's expert tip: Check out the bathrooms! All six of them are worth seeing.

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Audubon Park

Don't let the price tag scare you off. You see, Kadence is a nine-seat omakase experience unlike any other you'll find here in Orlando. Sushi purists will delight in the artistic, authentic multi-course (for dinner, that's 18+ courses!) magnificence on display. Its three chef-owners choose the best fish of the day, treating guests in the intimate dining room to beautifully plated sushi offerings, along with soup and dessert courses. Sake, beer and tea are available for sipping as you wait for your table. Kadence now offers reserved lunch, matinee, sushi tastings and Japanese breakfast, as well. Check their website for details.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: You'll enjoy all the artistic offerings, from your plate to the walls.

A.D.'s expert tip: Reservations are required for lunch and dinner.

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The Glass Knife
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Cakes may be the specialty at The Glass Knife, but really everything they make is worth a visit. Their philosophy is "good food is a good mood." It's hard to leave this place in anything but a good mood. The food is all fresh and exquisitely prepared. The brunch menu may look basic, but it's far from that. A simple ham and Swiss? I don't think so. It's topped with truffle aioli, onion jam and arugula on a toasted house-made butter croissant. There's a lemon blueberry waffle stack made with house-made lemon curd. There's house-made cheddar biscuits, house-made pimento cheese… you see where this is going? And of course, you cannot forget the baked goods. Not only are they delicious, they are beautiful works of art.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: You'll be in a trance when you look at the display case. Deciding what to get isn't easy. Good news: no wrong choice.

A.D.'s expert tip: Try out a little fun recon. Pop in for a few samples of what they serve so you'll be ready the next time an event requires you to bring dessert!

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Four Flamingos: A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen

Celebrity Chef Richard Blais' of Top Chef fame opened his first Florida restaurant right here in Orlando. Four Flamingos: A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen opened in 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. The menu incorporates fresh Florida flavors including coconut, mango and passion fruit into dishes like tuna, shrimp, crab and more. You can even pick your own lobster from a tank and have the chefs prepare it for you. Doesn't get much fresher than that! Also be sure to ask about the "Feast of the Day," which is designed to feed several people. The beverages also are a site, some topped with liquid nitrogen making for that perfect Instagram photo.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Foodies from all over will want to visit this famous chef's restaurant.

Michelle's expert tip: Restaurant guests receive free valet or self parking at the resort.

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New Standard


The menu changes slightly each daily based on what local farms have. Chef Ryan McLaughlin doesn't just know the ingredients for each dish, but he also knows all about the farmers who produce the ingredients. McLaughlin's passion for the food is evident in his unique dishes. There's a hint of honey in the crispy vegetables, in-house made feta mousse that accompanies fresh, housemade bread and salads with tomatoes larger than your hand. This is definitely a place for oyster lovers. There's a raw bar that of course includes oysters as well as large stone crab claws, shrimp and octopus. New Standard is a cool setting with seating outside, but you'll want to be inside to enjoy the musical acts on stage. Each night numerous bands take the stage. You'll also want to check out New Standard for brunch, which features a "Pick Your Poison" Bloody Mary bar.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Opened in January 2020, this place is a cool blend of great music, a hip vibe and incredible food from locally sourced farms.

Michelle's expert tip: The first Monday night of every month is jazz night. It's a jam session of talented musicians taking the stage. Don't be shocked if you see the diner at the table next to you jamming under the spotlight. You even have chance to take the mic!

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Delaney's Tavern

There's a lot of buzz about this new addition to the growing SoDo (south of downtown) district. Delaney's Tavern is billed as a "new America tavern" that is the neighborhood hangout. The restaurant is sectioned off into three areas. The first is the tavern area, which seats a few dozen at the bar, several hightop tables and some half-circle booths up against the wall. Three tvs and lively bartenders make it a favorite spot to catch a game. The dining area is more traditional with tables that provide an intimate setting. The third area is for private functions. The menu includes traditional items like tacos (shrimp, steak or grouper), prime rib and burgers. There's also plenty of items for the non-meat eaters like a vegan paella or the vegan butter braised cauliflower skillet. It doesn't matter what you do or don't eat, get the vegetarian French onion soup. You will never know it's vegetarian and will be drinking the last sip from the bowl.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: The Bellissima mortadella sammy would be enough reason, but the friendly vibe and made-to-please-everyone menu is probably a better one.

Michelle's expert tip: Pay attention to the artwork. It's all custom and features some famous faces including Cher, Leonardo DiCaprio and Lenny Kravitz

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Winter Park Biscuit Co.

Winter Park Biscuit Co. has been known to the locals since 2017 when the husband-wife-owned business started doing pop-up kitchens around Orlando. The restaurant moved into a brick-and-mortar location inside East End Market in 2020. Diners repeatedly ask again, and again and again, if the crispy "chicken" sandwich is really vegan (it's made of a soy and pea protein patty) or if the "buttermilk" biscuits really contain dairy. It's true! Not a lick of animal product or byproduct in any ingredient. In fact, the oat milk, which becomes the "buttermilk, is made in-house. There's typically a line formed when the kitchen opens at 11 a.m. If you're there right at opening, there's a good chance you'll be able to snag some hot, fresh-out-of-the-oven baked goods, like seasonal scones, cinnamon buns or donuts. Good news for fans, the owners are looking to open a second location sometime in the near future!

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Yes, it's vegan. Yes, you would never know if someone didn't tell you. Yes, it's amazing food.

Michelle's expert tip: Take advantage of online ordering when it's available, Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Walt Disney World ®

Looking for a restaurant that has it all: impeccable service, outstanding food and drinks and a spectacular view? Look no further. Located on the top floor of the Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, Capa is the place to book for special occasions or whenever you want to treat yourself. There are two large outdoor terraces that offer views of the resort's gorgeous grounds as well as Walt Disney World. All this while dining on everything from caviar to A-5 Wagyu beef to a new menu item - an elevated twist on traditional Spanish paella. The Calasparra rice is cooked in a Tempranillo red wine stock and topped with crispy chorizo and a shishito pepper escabeche, a Spanish sweet and sour pepper relish. Don't let the "fanciness" deter you from bringing your children. There is a children's menu and the staff goes out of their way to accommodate the little ones.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: This place has it all, elegance and spectacular views, unique, delicious dishes and attentive, educated staff. In June 2022, Capa earned a Michelin star.

Michelle's expert tip: This rooftop restaurant on the 17th floor of the Four Seasons Orlando gives the quintessential view of Walt Disney World fireworks

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Primo
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Located inside the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes, Primo underwent a renovation and reopened in September 2021 with a fresh, open-style vibe to the dining area. Well-known Chef Melissa Kelly is still running the kitchen and serving fresh, authentic Italian cuisine, which pays homage to her heritage. The look of the restaurant wasn't the only thing that got a makeover. The menu also got a revamp, but longtime fans of Primo will be happy to know Chef Kelly kept the two most popular dishes " the Farmer Salad (you'll wish they sold the salad dressing) and the Sauteed Scaloppine of Pork Saltimbocca. Many of the ingredients used in the dishes are grown onsite in an organic garden.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: This is true authentic Italian cuisine made with the freshest ingredients in a gorgeous setting.

Michelle's expert tip: The terrace is a great spot to enjoy an intimate dinner and Primo's extensive wine list.

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Meet Michelle Spitzer

Michelle Spitzer grew up in South Florida taking many family vacations to the Orlando area. For the past 14 years, she's called central Florida home.

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