Orlando Restaurants Making Headlines
Orlando’s restaurant scene just became more famous. WalletHub ranked Orlando as the #2 foodie city in the U.S. and the first ever Michelin Guide to Florida was published this June. Michelin stars are some of the most desired awards in the restaurant industry and serve as a real guide to many people who love to try out different places and taste special dishes. The new Florida guide features three Florida cities: Orlando, Miami, and Tampa. To view the full list, click here.
Michelin Star Winners
From all of the 15 Florida restaurants awarded Michelin stars, four are located in Orlando. Here are your STAR restaurants:
- Capa Steakhouse & Bar
- Knife & Spoon
- Soseki Modern Omakase
Thirty local eateries also received proper recognition in the guide for their quality and value.
James Beard Award-Winning Chefs
Our culinary representation doesn’t stop there, Orlando is the host city of restaurants with James Beard award-winning chefs:
- Four Flamingos by Richard Blais (located in the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress)
- JALEO by Jose Andres (located in Disney Springs®)
- Frontera Cocina by Rick Bayless (located in Disney Springs®)
- Bluezoo by Todd English (located in Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort and World Swan Reserve)
- Chicken Guy! by Guy Fieri (located in Planet Hollywood, Disney Springs®)
- Primo by Melissa Kelly (located in the JW Marriott Orlando)
- Morimoto Asia by Masaharu Morimoto (located in Disney Springs®)
- Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill (Wolfgang Puck located in Disney Springs®)
- Fish & Chips by Gordon Ramsay (located in Icon Park)
- Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen by Art Smith (located in Disney Springs®)
- Tapa Toro by Roberto Treviño (located in Icon Park)
Magical Dining Month
With this rich foundation, VisitOrlando, our tourism association, heavily promotes all of Orlando’s dining options, from food trucks to fine dining. In partnership with the city’s restaurants, they always go all-out with Magical Dining, which is a fundraising that happens every year. The event is similar to other cities’ restaurant weeks, featuring three-course, prix-fixe dinner menus, but Orlando’s version now lasts for a lot more than a month. This year, it will be August 26th through October 2nd.
EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
And last but not least, we must mention Disney’s EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. The festival gives visitors an opportunity to take a taste tour around the world. It officially started July 14 and ends November 19. Although there’s plenty of time to book your Disney tickets for this event, it’s better to start thinking about where you’ll stay when you visit Orlando.
The perfect location to book an Orlando hotel near the Walt Disney World® Resort and everything else Orlando has to offer is around International Drive where staySky Suites I-Drive Orlando is located. We are just 7.5 miles away from the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks and 11 miles away from the entrance to Disney Springs®.