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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. If you’re looking for something to satisfy all the picky eaters in your group, head to Café TuTu Tango. There is something on that menu for everyone, whether it’s brunch, lunch or dinner. Plus, the atmosphere is a feast for your eyes. Seeking some good, quick grub, the new Lime Fresh Mexican Grill in Lake Nona is where you want to head. If more upscale is your thing: Capa is the place to go. The rooftop restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World. It’s truly a memorable dining experience.

 


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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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New from the minds (and kitchen skills) behind the Milk District's ridiculously successful Se7en Bites southern-style bakery and must-do brunch spot: Sette, a cozy Ivanhoe Village bistro of the Italian stripe. The small menu is something of a blessing, lest you spent too much time lingering over craft cocktails and endless options to make your final selection. We'd recommend dining with partners who don't mind a shareable tapas experience sans tapas! Among the goodies: a sausage and blistered grapes appetizer, clam linguini, chicken cacciatore (with thighs - the only way!) and a unique brand of arancini (rice balls) that feature fig, gorgonzola and pancetta crumble.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: As the folks here are the same behind one of the city's best bakeries (Se7en Bites), plan to save room for dessert.

A.D.'s expert tip: Closed on Mondays.

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It's all about artistry here - from the works of art adorning the walls to the creations coming from the kitchen. The large patio allows you to sit outside, yet still enjoy everything made inside, including the art, which is for sale. Dishes pull on a host of ethnicities: Latin American, Caribbean and Middle Eastern among them. Cajun egg rolls and duck confit salad, hummus and falafel, seafood skewers and alligator gumbo. Weekend brunch is a must (Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) You have your pick of the menu, as much or little as you want, for about $27. Enjoy the bottomless bloody Marys and mimosas bar for an additional upcharge.

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

Michelle's expert tip: Great choice for parties with picky eaters with selections to please both adventurous and tame.

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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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Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
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This fast-casual restaurant opened in November 2020 and is quickly gaining a following for its fresh, delicious Mexican food. You won't find any microwaves or freezers here and you can expect your food in 10 minutes or less. There are a handful of Lime restaurants in South Florida, but the menu for this Lake Nona location is slightly different. You'll find all the typical dishes –" tacos, burritos, quesadillas –" but you'll also want to try the cheesy portabella empanadas made with cheddar and Chihuahua cheeses. And save room for the churro bites. The restaurant also has a great indoor/outdoor bar and outdoor seating.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Delicious, quick food in an inviting atmosphere. Bonus it has something for many dietary restrictions.

Michelle's expert tip: Pay attention to the music playing. The tunes were strategically picked with the perfect amount of beats to keep you in that sweet Zen zone.

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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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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.

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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