The best restaurants in Downtown Orlando are mostly located on Church Street, and true to form, our list are dominated by the finest venues found on this iconic entertainment street in the center of the city. There is a completely different feel to this part of Orlando, far removed from the glossy theme park areas, with more soul and authenticity. It is fair to say, the best restaurants in downtown Orlando make up the real Orlando.
On weekends and public holidays this area is alive with life (part of Church Street is closed to traffic during major holidays for one almighty street party), and is definitely the best place to be on a Saturday night – although Orlando’s best restaurants are busy every night. Advance booking is advised to most of the restaurants listed below.
- Gatorland Admission
- Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show
- Eat and Play Card – 1 Card for 4 Travelers
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Crayola Experience Admission
- Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
- Blue Man Group
- Walt Disney World® Resort Magic Your Way Ticket
- Chocolate Kingdom Factory Tour
- SeaWorld Florida Tickets - Choose Your Adventure
Kres Steakhouse in Downtown Orlando serves up delicious and unique steak and seafood dishes for the whole family. Voted the best restaurant in Downtown Orlando by several prestigious publications this dining experience is a top pick for an evening meal or a long lunch in the Downtown Orlando area. Kres Steakhouse takes a fresh approach to steak and provides a historic dining experience with a modern twist. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 11:30 - 00:00, Sat 17:00 - 00:00
- Address: 17 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
- Tel: +1 407-409-7227
The Rusty Spoon
The Rusty Spoon is a casual restaurant known for inventive dishes based around American classic recipes. Located in a couple of minutes from the Amway Center on West Church Street, you can enjoy great food and a few drinks here. There’s everything from slow-braised lamb, beef carpaccio or a collection of exciting salad bowls. The wine list is excellent too.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 15:00, 17:00 – 22:00
- Location: Church Street Market
- Address: 55 W Church St, Orlando
- Tel: +1 407-401-8811
If you are looking for fancy fine-dining with all the trimmings, then Boheme Orlando is for you. Located in the The Grand Bohemian Hotel on Orange Avenue, you can combine a meal here with drinks afterwards in one or more of the fancy bars in the neighbourhood. The dinner menu features such classic dishes as Cognac flamed pepper steak with roasted mushrooms and Mediterranean baked salmon. Prices are on the high side here although the fixed price menu costs around $50 (not including drinks), which we feel is great value. While the dining rooms has fine art hanging on the walls and a romantic vibe which would suit an anniversary dinner or other special occasion. The Sunday brunch is very popular.
- Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30 - 15:00; Dinner 18:30 - 22:00
- Address: 325 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801, United States
- Tel: +1 407-581-4700
Overlooking the beautiful blue waters of Lake Eola, Relax Grill is a casual lakeside restaurant with an open patio – the perfect place to take in some of Orlando's pretty downtown surroundings. Enjoy casual and comfortable dining with homemade food from the Mediterranean and Greece with a fun American twist. Greek specialties such as gyros and homemade hummus are delicious and fresh and always on the menu, while the food and drinks specials menu changes daily. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Thu - Sat 11:30 – 23:30, Sun - Wed 11:30 – 21:30
- Address: 211 Eola Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
- Tel: +1 407-425-8440
Amura Downtown Orlando
Serving Japanese sushi and wagyu steak, this small but sophisticated restaurant has seating along the open kitchens so you can be served your dishes directly. The fish served here is always fresh and of premium quality while the sushi rolls are inventive and modern, such as the spicy tuna, or the salmon, avocado and teriyaki sauce. Although Amura has two other larger branches in Orlando, we like the cozy ambiance of their downtown branch on Church Street best of all. It’s consistently voted one of the best restaurants in Florida. Dishes start from $5 but it’s worth noting there is a happy hour between 17:00-19:00 with discounted prices.
- Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30 - 14:30, Dinner 17:00 - 22:00
- Address: 54 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32801, United States
- Tel: +1 407-316-8500
This is a fancy and modern restaurant serving new American cuisine. This is essentially French fine-dining techniques used to create dishes bursting with rich American flavors. The name is obviously a nod to the oranges for which Florida is so famous, and it stands for the restaurant’s adherence to local produce. Seafood features prominently with dishes such as Agave lime mussels, pan-seared Wreckfish and shrimp and grits. Mains costs around $30.
- Opening Hours: Lunch Mon - Fri 11:30 - 16:00; Dinner Mon - Fri16:00 - 22:00, Sat 17:00 - 22:00
- Address: 821 North Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida
- Tel: +1 407-373-0622
Dexter’s of Thornton Park
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can always find something tasty at Dexter’s. This is one of four locations spread out around Orlando, and this downtown venture (the most recent addition to the family) sticks to Dexter’s tried and tested formula of an eclectic menu offering something for almost everyone. For example, you have such regional dishes as chicken egg rolls with Thai chili, Irish stout cheddar dip, jambalaya, and chicken schnitzel – all on one menu! Mains cost around $20.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Thu 07:00 - 22:00, Fri 07:00 - 02:00, Sat 11:00 - 02:00 and Sun 10:00 - 22:00
- Address: 808 E Washington St, Thornton Park, Orlando
- Tel: +1 407-648-2777
This restaurant serves huge, hulking burgers with drag queen cabaret shows in the evenings. Open for lunch too (but without the frivolities of the ladyboy show), the burgers – all natural, all half-pound in weight – are reason alone to check out this unforgettable restaurant, with a large menu of customized burgers, along with vegetarian options (made with black bean), chicken and turkey burgers. Burgers cost around $12. The live entertainment at Hamburger Mary’s could be anything from drag queen Bingo to Broadway musical Sunday brunch – check out their website if you want to see a show.
- Opening Hours: 14:00 - 17:00 and 22:00 - 24:00
- Address: 110 W. Church Street, Downtown Orlando
- Tel: +1 321-319-0600
- Website: http://www.hamburgermarys.com/orlando/
This popular and fun Orlando-born Tex-Mex restaurant chain has really made its mark on Orlando, with five locations across the city and more throughout the USA, it's one of the most popular dining spots in Orlando's downtown area. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00, Sun 11:00 - 21:00
- Address: 3154 S. Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32806, USA
- Tel: +1 407-859-6190
If you are an inquisitive traveler, unsure of what you want but willing to explore to find it, then head to Church St West, especially around the intersection with Orange Avenue. Here you will find loads places to eat. All regional cuisine is on offer and all tastes catered for. From all-American classic diners, to swanky French bistros, sushi bars, fresh seafood, Italian, Thai and pretty much everything in between – Church Street has it. This really is the place to go for first-timers wanting to get to know Downtown Orlando a little better. Read More...