My all time favorite thing to do after a long week of work is try a new restaurant with one of my friends. Nothing beats good conversation with some delicious cocktails and savory foods. Even with all the restaurants I have tried, I still can’t keep up with all the new restaurants that are being opened in the Orlando area. I have been to quite a few restaurants in the Orlando, so I thought I would share my absolute favorite spots. These are the tasty spots that I return to time and time again. If a restaurant has made it on my favorites list, it means that it is an all around great restaurant. This not only includes food and drinks, but service and ambiance, as well.
The best part about Prato is that the menu is always changing, so you will never get bored. Not only are their drinks super refreshing, but their pastas and pizzas are to die for. Whether you come for happy hour or during dinner time, you will enjoy the ambiance and the great service.
Favorite Meal: Mustard Spaghettini
Favorite Drink: Cetriolo
Tori Tori is a local Japanese pub located right on Mills Road. They offer delicious drinks and tapas-style plates. Is is a really nice ambiance and food comes out quick. I have been to this restaurant more times than I can count, but the food is always consistently good.
Favorite Meal: Lamb Karubi Lollipops, Fried Chicken, Beef with Chimichurri, Pork Gyoza, Garlic Rice
Favorite Drink: Saturn, Berry
Bulla is a tapas-style restaurant, as well with some of the best white sangrias, you’ll ever taste. This Spanish-style cuisine will do wonders to your taste buds. The food comes quick and the service is amazing.
Favorite Meal: Truffle Carbonara
Favorite Drink: White Sangria
The Bridge is a restaurant located on Winter Park Avenue. It is a cozy little restaurant with little seating, so reservations are recommended. The staff is very nice and attentive. The food and drinks are absolutely amazing. Food came really quick.
Favorite Meal: Seafood Linguini
Favorite Drink: Lychee Martini
You want some authentic tacos? Well, this is the place to get them. This is an outdoor seating restaurant with various and unique taco options. They have some of the best guacamole I have ever eaten and service is pretty quick.
Favorite Meal: Suadero Tacos, Chori-Pollo Tacos, Chips & Guac, Mexican Potatoes
Favorite Drink: Jarrito Guava Soda
Pig Floyds is an Asian and Mexican-infused restaurant. The food is always tasty and there are many options to pick from.
Favorite Meal: Oakwood Smoked Ribs
The Pinery offers delicious and unique eats. This place has excellent and friendly staff. The food is delicious and the drinks are very refreshing. This is the perfect spot for a Friday night dinner with your colleagues.
Favorite Meal: Braised Short Ribs
Favorite Drink: Pretty in Pink
One of the best Spanish cuisine spots in Orlando. The food options come from various parts of South America and are bursting with flavor.
Favorite Meal: Trio De Empanadas, Parrillita Bite
This restaurant is definitely on the pricier side, but it is so worth it. This restaurant is tucked away in Disney Springs and offers some tasty eats. You definitely get a lot of food for your buck and you will more than likely be taking some food home. The service is
Favorite Meal: Rigatoni Pasta
Favorite Drink: House Made Carrot Cake
Some of the best steak in Orlando. I came here for a friend’s birthday and immediately had to add it to the list. This restaurant is located in the downtown Orlando area, but has a sexy ambience. This is a perfect place for date nights or special events.
Favorite Meal: Filet Mignon
Favorite Drink: Basil Fresca
Who doesn’t love ramen. It doesn’t matter what location I go to in Orlando, Domu is always packed. I’m not surprised since they have some of the best ramen I’ve ever tasted. The ambience is so nice and the service is great. No matter what you order, you won’t be disappointed.
Favorite Meal: Domu Wings, Curry Ramen
Tako Cheena is an outside-sitting restaurant located on Mills Road. The food is Asian-infused and the tacos are some of my favorites. This is one of those places you stop at on the way to run some errands.The food doesn’t take long to be prepared and is good every single time I order it. It’s best to come during the day as they get quite busy and run out of things quite often.
Favorite Meal: Asian Braised Beef, Korean Beef, Mary’s Greek Little Lamb, Pernil Asado, Empanadas
This is another restaurant with an Asian influence. This is one of the restaurants that I can’t seem to stop going to. The food is spiced so well and the ambience is really nice. This is a great place to stop in for some asian street food on a casual day.
Favorite Meal: Hawker’s Wings, Pad Thai
Favorite Drink: Margari-Thai, Sakeberry, Whiskey Sour, Hibiscus Fizz