Something Fishy: Get Hooked on Orlando's Best Seafood

One might think Orlando's options where seafood is concerned wouldn't compare to nearby cities with tighter 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. But we've got plenty! In fact, we have both casual, local, some even downright divey joints worthy of attention, a well as highfalutin, upscale venues, and the list continues to grow to the delight of resident and visitor alike. Which makes paring it down to 10 even harder. 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 Muddy Waters in South Eola. 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

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

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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



This is Southern fish-camp cookin'. A bit fancied up, to be sure, plated to perfection, but solid, succulent seafood that tastes somehow traditional, whether your grandpa's fishing trips culminated in Low Country boils spilled out on a hastily...  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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You don't have to have seafood at Joyful Garden. There are numerous chicken, beef, veggie and pork options amid its expansive menu of largely Hong Kong-style fare, but you'd be missing out. The unassuming place, located in the Asian-eats...  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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Amy Drew has spent nearly three decades as a professional writer and roughly half her life as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

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