Set the mood with Orlando's 20 most romantic restaurants, according to Yelp

When all else fails, a little candlelight, some ambient music and a glass of wine go a long, long way. This Valentine's…

By Reina Nieves

Kaya
5 out of 5 stars, 14 reviews
618 N. Thornton Ave.
”Every dish seemed to compliment the next dish that came out. The pancit, prawns, and pork belly were highlights for me. There were also multiple courses of dessert. Everything was outstanding and carefully thought out. The chef told us that they change a few items from the tasting menu every day they operate, and the experience differs slightly every time one comes. The only caveat is to make sure you don't have anything planned for 2-3 hours as the whole experience did take a while.” - Wally Z.
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Orlando’s hottest new restaurants, according to Yelp

The foodies have spoken. Here's a list of the newest and hottest restaurants and cocktail bars now open in Orlando, according to…

By OW Staff

Otto’s High Dive
4.5 out of 5 stars, 33 reviews
2304 E. Robinson St.
 “After weeks of driving by and feeling the FOMO, I finally sat down at Otto's! So excited this gem is in our Milk District neighborhood. We got a reservation for 5pm (latest available when we checked at the time) but it was perfect in time for happy hour. We shared a few plates but the crab salad and oysters were definitely our favorites!” — Dorsa V.
Photo via Otto’s High Dive/Instagram
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A dozen of Orlando’s most beautiful bites: Pics of the prettiest plates our restaurant critic cleaned in 2022

In 2022, third-culture cooking really made an impression in restaurants around this city. A new generation of chefs, influenced by the culture…

By Faiyaz Kara


Kunefe, Istanbul Grill



The cheese-filled, phyllo-threaded, pistachio-topped pastry is an absolute favorite of mine, and the version served here is unexpectedly devoid of the syrup that typically pools around the base, making for a significantly lighter, and less cloying, capper to a meal.
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Top tables: The best restaurants that opened in Orlando in 2022

This was a year when third-culture cooking really made an impression in restaurants around the city. A new generation of chefs not…

By Faiyaz Kara

No. 1: Kaya618 N. Thornton Ave.
This latecomer by Kadence founding partner Lordfer Lalicon and Jamilyn Bailey was the most hotly anticipated restaurant opening of the year, and just a month into Kaya’s existence, it’s lived up to the hype. From the unfeigned hospitality and memento-steeped interior to the seafood- and veg-forward tasting menu and staunch focus on sustainability and local sourcing, the restaurant is an intimate reflection of the path Lalicon and Bailey have taken as first- and second-generation Americans. The techniques and flavor combinations Lalicon employs in five “waves” of dishes, be they raw (kombu-cured flounder from Ponce Inlet with chili salad and coconut kinilaw foam) or cooked (Seminole squash simmered in coconut milk, garlic, ginger and bagoong), firmly establish the 37-year-old as one of the city’s finest chefs.
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All the Orlando restaurants that closed in 2022

We loved them. We miss them. But in the end, it wasn't enough to save these Orlando area restaurants from the brutal…

By Staff

Mediterranean Blue
After 20 years serving gyros to rabidly devoted fans, this shop called it a day. You can find a "Mediterranean Blue" slice at John & John's Pizza Shop in tribute.
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Orlando's hot and new restaurants of fall 2022, according to Yelp [PHOTOS]

It's been a year. Between the November election, larger national stories (pour one out for Roe) and even globally, you can't deny…

By Jenna Jones

Bad As's Burgers
(4205 Curry Ford Road, Orlando, Conway/Curry Ford; 407-601-4363)
Opened 8 weeks ago. Read our review here.
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The best Orlando restaurants when you're broke AF

Times change, tastes change, but bills remain a constant. As we've done before, we'd like to share some of our favorite places…

By Gabby Macogay

Cilantro's Taqueria1427 S Bumby AveFresh, authentic and affordable. What more can you ask for? Cilantro’s antojitos, or “little cravings”, are deliciously inspired by Mexico City’s street food vendors and crafted with fresh ingredients.
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24 essential dive bars in Orlando you should know by now

We spend a lot of time and energy here at Orlando Weekly telling you about the latest and greatest trends in the…

By Alex Galbraith

Nora’s Sugar Shack 
    636 Virginia Drive, (407) 447-5885
    You can't just take a name like Nora's Sugar Shack. You have to earn it by being a proper dive. Luckily, this dog-friendly bar has the spirit.
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All of the fast food chains that have come to Orlando in 2022

Orlando is no longer a morass of endless chain restaurants. The culinary scene has exploded in the last decade and change with…

By Alex Galbraith

Jollibee
It seemed like the cultishly beloved Filipino fast food chain would open in October. Sadly, that's not true. Fans are still holding their breath for this chain's fried chicken and spaghetti.
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26 Orlando restaurant patios to take in the nice weather

Being outdoors in Orlando can be a mess for much of the year, but when nice weather finally arrives an amazing thing…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Hillstone 
    215 South Orlando Ave., Winter Park FL 32789, 407-740-4005
     This one is along Lake Killarney, but it will make a big dent in your wallet. However, their dock-style patio on the water makes for a great view at sunset. You may even consider splurging for their New York strip steak and Cabernet Sauvignon while you’re at it.
    Photo via Hillstone/Instagram
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The best french fries in Orlando, according to Redditors in the know

Who in the world doesn’t love french fries? Crinkle-cut, curly, shoestring, waffle, skin-on, hand-cut, steak, sweet potato — whichever kind you crave,…

By Gabby Macogay

Chicken Fire 
2425 E. Colonial Dr.
Reddit users say that Chicken Fire’s fries “have a really good salty/sweet combo,” one user claiming to be “obsessed” with the dipping sauce that comes alongside them.
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If Orlando had its own signature cocktails, what would they be?

Orlando has more than its fair share of places to get a drink, but little in the way of a signature drink.…

By Alex Galbraith

If Orlando had its own signature cocktails, what would they be?
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Orlando's best restaurants of 2022, as chosen by our readers

While it will take years for Orlando to shake its reputation as the chain capital of the world,  real heads know that…

By Alex Galbraith

Best Brunch

   1st: Santiago's Bodega, santiagosbodega.com 
  

   2nd: Maxine's on Shine, maxinesonshine.com 

  

   3rd: The Briarpatch, thebriarpatchrestaurant.com 
All Best of Orlando® 2022 winners posted on 8/31/22
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Here are all of the menus for Orlando Burger Week 2022

We can think of few better ways to celebrate the end of summer than eating one (or several) last burgers from Orlando's…

By Alex Galbraith

Here are all of the menus for Orlando Burger Week 2022
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Orlando's best bars of 2022, as chosen by our readers

Our yearly Best of Orlando® poll takes the temperature of the entire Orlando area, asking our readers for their picks of best…

By Alex Galbraith

Best Dive Bar
   

  

   1st: Wally's, wallysbarandliquors.com 
  

   2nd: Will's Pub, willspub.org 

  

   3rd: The Hideaway Bar, thehideawaybar.net
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The best Indian restaurants in Orlando, according to Reddit

Orlando was once the "chain restaurant capital" of the world, dooming residents to choose from a slate of bland restaurants. That has…

By Patricia Tolley

Tamarind Indian Cuisine 
 501 Orlando Ave., Winter Park, 321-207-0760
"I ordered something MILD there once and it was so hot that no amount of yogurt helped me choke it down." – u/-HappyLady-
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Everything we saw at Tacos & Tequila 2022

Tacos & Tequila returned to Cheyenne Saloon for a fifth straight year, bringing fans of agave and tortillas out to party. Check…

By Staff

Everything we saw at Tacos & Tequila 2022
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These are the Orlando restaurants that have closed in 2022

With COVID-19 causing long shutdowns and inflation raising the cost of everything, the restaurant industry has been put through the wringer. Some…

By Patricia Tolley

 Bao’s Castle 
  45 W Crystal Lake St. Suite 180 Orlando, FL 32806  
This castle once held bao buns, Japanese rice bowls and even homemade churros. They closed their doors on July 11, due to not being able to catch up during the pandemic. They even said they should have stopped operating during its first year.
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Top 20 hot dogs in Orlando, according to Yelp

Can you think of a better way to spend a summer afternoon than absolutely housing a hot dog or two? We went…

By Nicolle Osorio

 Doghouse  
 ​407-412-5409, 2527 Edgewater Drive
 Located in College Park, Doghouse serves a family-friendly combination of crazy dogs and loaded tots.
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Here's what's in Disney's $5,000 'Star Wars' cocktail

Walt Disney World is expensive. There's no use denying it at this point. The ticket prices have climbed to the point that…

By Alex Galbraith

Here's what's in Disney's $5000 'Star Wars' cocktail
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These Orlando restaurants are among Yelp's Top 100 Restaurants in Florida

Who needs Michelin stars? Let's go to the people to see what they like. Yelp just released its list of the Top…

By Alex Galbraith

These Orlando restaurants are among Yelp's Top 100 Restaurants in Florida
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Here are all the menus for Orlando's Bite30 2022

Orlando's massive culinary scene can be hard to wrap your head around. Hell, knowing what's good and what's coming is around 90…

By Alex Galbraith

Here are all the menus for Orlando's Bite30 2022
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Orlando celebrated stars and suds at Beer 'Merica this weekend

Back to normal means a return to the festivals that marked the passage of each year. Beer 'Merica finally returned from its…

By Alex Galbraith

Orlando celebrated stars and suds at Beer 'Merica this weekend
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18 essential Orlando brunch spots serving bottomless mimosas

The best brunches in the City Beautiful always have bottomless bubbly in the mix. Check out these 20 essential Orlando brunch spots…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

310 Restaurants  
    Multiple locations
    
    This Orlando chain offers American-style cuisine at several locations. Brunch times and bottomless mimosa prices vary per location, so make sure to call ahead.
    
    
     Photo via Yelp/Sandra I.
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The essential Winter Garden restaurants that everyone should try

Sure, Orlando is full to bursting with restaurants and culinary options. But that doesn't mean a trip out to the 'burbs isn't…

By Melissa Perez-Carrillo

Harrell’s Hot Dogs and Cold Cones

54 W. Plant St., Winter Garden, 407-554-2021

Harrell’s is the perfect spot for classic and inventive hot dogs. You can build your own hotdog by choosing the type of bun, meat and toppings.
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The essential restaurants in Mount Dora you should try right now

Man can not live on blueberries alone. Luckily, the cute lakeside home of that famed festival has more than a few restaurants…

By Melissa Perez-Carrillo

The Goblin Market
330 Dora Drawdy Way, Mount Dora, 352-735-0059Mount Dora’s Goblin Market has been serving its new American cuisine since 1995. Pro tip, make sure to start the meal off with their Irish whiskey onion soup. It’s filled with caramelized onions, Irish whiskey broth, croutons, swiss cheese and mozzarella cheese.
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The essential restaurants in Lake Nona you should try right now

Lake Nona's restaurant scene is heating up! Whether you call the Lake Nona area home, or are just passing through, check out…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Canvas Restaurant & Market
13615 Sachs Avenue
This locally sourced and seafood-heavy restaurant lives a double life as a fine dining spot and a coffee shop.
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The best donuts in Orlando, according to Reddit

You'd think there couldn't be much variation in the world of doughnuts, but you'd be wrong. The fried, glazed, iced and/or jelly-filled…

By OW Staff

15 Best Donuts in Orlando, according to Reddit
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Here are the menus for Orlando Taco Week 2022

With all due respect to Saint Nicholas, it's nearly the most wonderful time of the year. We're coming up on that annual…

By Alex Galbraith

Here are the menus for Orlando Taco Week 2022
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The most anticipated restaurants coming to Orlando this spring

Our new restaurants guide is out this week, pointing out the best of what's already opened this year (and the best of…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

The most anticipated restaurants coming to Orlando this spring
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