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 well, including the aloha-infused Big Kahuna's Island Style Bowls, making East Orlandoans smile as much with their Dole Whip as they do their poke. 

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Gone are the fun house mirrors and Ferris wheel parts of its predecessor, Disney-fan favorite the Flying Fish Cafe. The newly minuted version comes with a shortened name – Flying Fish – and exceptionally swanky decor that pairs brilliantly...  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

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

This post should kick off telling readers about the heaping bowls of semi-DIY poke they're slinging at this Winter Springs outpost. (Or not so DIY, because some folks, like this 10Best contributor, enjoy leaning hard on the in-house expertise of...  Read More

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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

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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