When it comes to fun activities in Orlando, you’re spoilt for choice. Florida’s fun capital is the epicenter of entertainment, with theme parks around every corner and activities for everyone. Whether you’re into thrill rides or outdoorsy pursuits, there’s an activity to keep you busy.
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a foodie, you’ll be pleased to hear that Orlando has some great restaurants too. Here’s our pick of the best restaurants in Orlando which are conveniently located near some of the most popular city attractions too…
This neighborhood institution is one of the best places to eat in Orlando and has been a favorite of locals and visitors alike for years. Its proximity to the Kennedy Space Center makes it the perfect place to dine after spending the day in full rocket immersion. It’s also one of the best places to get delicious, local seafood for an affordable price. Tender rock shrimp boiled in the shell is the dish that they’re famous for, and according to all of the great reviews, it’s well worth the wait. The wait, you ask? Yes; during peak season, people are happy to stand in line for an hour or two at a time to get in. Forget about reservations because they don’t take them, but if you go during off-peak season, you should be able to be seated right away.
Address: 1475 Garden St, Titusville, FL 32796
Phone number: 321-268 -5000
Fun Town Pizza & Pasta Buffet
After a day playing in and marveling at the wonders of Legoland, everyone’s going to be hungry. The Fun Town Pizza and Pasta Buffet is one of the best places to take a bunch of Lego builders after a day of play. The prices are affordable, making it the perfect option for families wanting to eat well while sticking to a budget. The all-you-can-eat setup makes it more than worth it too. You can binge out on the salad bar while your kids try out all the different types of pizza they won’t eat at home.
Address: 1 Legoland Way, Dentro Do Legoland, Winter Haven, FL 33884
From poke nachos loaded with marinated raw ahi, sweet soy, sesame seeds, and cilantro, to braised short rib ravioli featuring tender, shredded braised beef, sun-dried tomatoes, and a marsala cream sauce, Yard House is a wonderful Orlando dining experience and the perfect place for people who love to try new dishes. Don’t just take the hundreds of five-star reviews on TripAdvisor at face value; go for yourself to get the absolute proof and a standout meal. The restaurant’s proximity to Madame Tussauds makes it the perfect ending to an eerily wonderful day.
Address: 8367 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Phone number: 407 351-8220
Padrino’s Cuban Bistro
You can’t visit Florida without enjoying fabulous Cuban food, and Padrino’s has some of the most fabulous around. You can munch on crispy, exquisitely-tasty plantain chips topped with divine garlic sauce while figuring out what your main course will be. It’s so difficult, though: do you try the famous Cajun Seafood Jambalaya, a Cuban take on a Cajun classic? Or should you dive into the Seafood Paella, filled to overflowing with shrimp, chicken, mussels, chorizo, fish and spicy yellow rice? While pouring over the menu, sip on one of the many mojito options and pretend you’re relaxing on a Saturday night in Havana. Padrino’s proximity to Gatorland makes it an almost must-see destination after spending an afternoon with Florida’s other Gators.
Address: 13586 Village Park Drive, Ste 304, Orlando, FL 32837
Phone number: 407-251-5107
If you’re yearning for fresh sushi and that magnificent umami flavor, Seito Sushi is one of those places that will help you with your craving. Fresh nigiri and sashimi plates abound, the staff will try and accommodate requests not available on the menu if they can (ahem: sake bombs!). The attentive staff, fresh food, and stylish surroundings make this one of the best restaurants in Orlando Florida and the perfect end-of-the-day stop after taking a spin on ICON Florida.
Address: 8032 Turkey Lake Road, Ste 700, Orlando, FL 32819
Boggy Bottom Barbecue
After people hop off the Boggy Creek Airboat Tour, many of them head over to Boggy Bottom Barbecue. This friendly spot offers some of the best BBQ food in the area, from succulent spare ribs to gator for those who are so inclined. Kids can order offerings like grilled cheese or hot dogs if there’s nothing from the main menu that catches their fancy – so even the fussiest eaters are catered for.
Address: 2001 E. Southport Road, Kissimmee, FL 34736
Phone number: 407-279-5050
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