Orlando is easily one of Florida’s most popular vacation destinations, with tourists traveling from all over the world to enjoy the city’s numerous theme parks, world-class shopping, and delicious dining. Although you will find a seemingly unlimited list of options from familiar chain restaurants, Orlando also has a robust restaurant scene that hosts many one-of-a-kind restaurants. Be sure to dine outside the box and visit our picks for top 5 local only Orlando restaurants! Keep reading to learn more about these delightful dining establishments.
The Ravenous Pig
Meat lovers rejoice! The Ravenous Pig is a go-to dining destination in Orlando for premium meats. Best known for their house made charcuterie, which is proudly displayed in their see-thru fridge as you walk to your table, The Ravenous Pig features an indulgent selection of meats and cheeses all across their menu. The charcuterie & cheese platter is a must order as a starter, and then choose from delicious entrees such as their mahi sandwich, goat cheese tortellini, and shrimp & grits. They also have a kids’ menu for anyone dining with little ones. After your meal, head over to the brewery & taproom that resides just next door. The Ravenous Pig is also open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 11am. Dine in or take out from The Ravenous Pig!
Florida, as a coastal destination, is known for having great seafood options all over the state, and Orlando is no exception! If you are looking for fantastic sushi, look no further than Kabooki Sushi. Chef and owner Henry Moso opened Kabooki when he was just 22 years old, and it quickly became a favorite with both locals and tourists alike. Now expanded to two locations in the Orlando area, Kabooki Sushi features both locally sourced ingredients and the freshest catches straight from Japan to create a menu that is sure to delight. Enjoy sushi rolls, nigiri, and sashimi alongside warm dishes such as miso soup, tempera, and edamame. You’ll also find a great wine selection and a pared down late-night menu.
Winter Park Biscuit Company
Switching gears a bit from our meat and fish focused selections, Winter Park Biscuit Company is one of Orlando’s most popular restaurants that also boasts the distinction of being entirely plant-based. Established in 2017, this trendy eatery has embraced the plant-based food revolution. Serving up classic American favorites such a burger, chicken sandwiches, and of course biscuits & gravy, Winter Park Biscuit Company has created a menu that is entirely vegan but is still sure to delight even the most enthusiastic omnivore. Not only is their menu filled with crowd pleasing options, but their prices are quite reasonable as well. Winter Park Biscuit Company is open 7 days a week from 11am to 7pm.
Hunger Street Tacos
The best Mexican food in Orlando, and one of the best restaurants in the city, lies just outside the urban core at Hunger Street Tacos. Inspired by the cuisine of Mexico City, their menu is filled with Mexican classics such as tacos, quesadillas, and tamales. A crowd favorite on their menu is elote, a Mexican street food that consists of corn on the cob topped with a chile aioli, cotija cheese, and lime. Hunger Street Tacos has become an iconic restaurant in Orlando due to its can’t-miss murals on the outside of the building, which also helps make it easy to spot for first time diners! They are open for curbside, call-ahead, take out, and delivery orders as well, so nothing stands in your way between you and amazing Mexican food.
Wine Bar George
When you think of fine dining, you may not immediately think of Disney World, but the Disney Springs Resort area in Orlando is home to hands down the best local restaurant in Orlando, Wine Bar George. Master Sommelier, George Miliotes is one of only 269 master sommeliers in the world and brought his amazing expertise to Orlando to open Wine Bar George. As you can imagine, the wine list here is expertly selected and is filled with prestigious selections. Wine Bar George was awarded the Best Micro Wine List in the World in 2019 by The World of Fine Wine, and also received a three-star wine list rating, the highest designation they award. The wine leads the food here, as every menu item is considered as a pairing to a wine. On Saturday and Sunday, Wine Bar George offers a brunch menu from 10:30am to 2pm and a “Bites & Boards” menu from 2pm-3pm that features small bites perfect for that awkward time between lunch and dinner. Dine here Monday-Thursday from 12pm to 9pm and on Fridays from 12pm to 10pm.
Experience the best of Orlando by dining at one of our picks for top 5 local only restaurants!