Bulla Gastrobar
Address110 S. Orlando Ave.
CityWinter park
Phone321-214-6120
Price$$
Scott's Review
I must say I like the look and feel of Bulla Gastrobar very much. The restaurant, in the newly opened but curiously named Lakeside Crossing development, can be at once bustlingly busy and intimately comfortable. I wish I could also say that the kitchen was turning out food to match the decor. Unfortunately it’s not, at least not with the consistency that should be in place after nearly two months open, and not for what is the third location for an established South Florida restaurant company. ... Read more
Capa at the Four Seasons
Address10100 Dream Tree Blvd.
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-313-7777
Price$$$$
Scott's Review
Despite the Four Seasons Resort location, this signature restaurant is not white-glove elegant, another indication that type of fine dining is fading. But the food here is excellent, and the surroundings are stylishly artistic. Out on the balcony you you watch fireworks every night.... Read more
Ceviche
Address125 W. Church St.
CityOrlando
Phone321-281-8140
Price$$
Scott's Review

Authentic tapas just like you'd find on a tapeo (sort of a tapas version of a pub crawl) in Madrid, served in a spacious Spanish atmosphere. Be sure to stop by the Flamenco Room, Thursdays through Saturdays -- the entertainment is some of the best you'll find in town.

The name is probably the least authentic thing about this place -- Ceviche is more of a Latin American thing than a Spanish one. The rabo de toro (oxtail to you) was braised in red wine so that the meat was as tender as it could be and was falling off the bone, or off the tail, as the case may be. The cross-sections were served on a bed of cubed potatoes.

I also liked the braised baby lamb ribs, but mostly because of the white beans mixed with chunks of chorizo that accompanied the flavorful lamb.

My guests and I all agreed that one of the best dishes we sampled was the berenjenas fritas, thin slices of eggplant fried crispy like potato chips. Simple and delicious.

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Columbia
Address649 Front St.
CityCelebration
Phone407-566-1505
Price$$$

Columbia is the oldest restaurant in Florida, but not this location. The original in Tampa's Ybor City has been around since 1903 (although, until recently, it was thought it was established in 1905). The Celebration restaurant has had its high and low moments in the past 15 years; lately it has been doing better. The menu is not as authentically Spanish as they would like you to believe. It's not even all that Cuban. But the creative stylings at least get the spicing right. Try the red snapper Alicante or the scallops Casimiro. Desserts are less satisfying.

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La Merce
Address155 E. Morse Blvd.
CityWinter Park
Phone321-295-7611
Price$$$
Scott's Review
European menu with an emphasis on the cuisine of Spain. Pleasant surroundings, bright and cheery, much like the staff.... Read more
Santiago's Bodega
Address802 Virginia Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-412-6979
Price$$$
Scott's Review
Santiago’s Bodega has opened in the space formerly occupied by Logan’s Bistro on Virginia Drive in Orlando. Actually the place takes more than the Logan’s space. It has incorporated the storefront next door and has produced a new brick porch/patio in front. For all its newness, Santiago’s has a well-worn look that makes it immediately likable and comfortable. This is a tapas restaurant. Although Santiago’s is new in Orlando, this is a second location for a restaurant in Key West. So the concept isn’t new and neither is the menu. Still, the restaurant was struggling the night I visited as hordes of curious diners descended on the place and overwhelmed the staff. Mistakes were made, most of them accountable to the vagaries of a new operation, new location and a staff unfamiliar and shell-shocked. Those things can be ironed out. My main complaint was the cost. My check came to over $68 for five tapas and one glass of wine. (We had two other glasses of wine but the server said they were on the house because of some problems at the beginning of the meal; otherwise the check would have been over $90.) That isn’t a tremendous amount of money for a night out, but the cost-to-quali... Read more
Santiago's Bodega Altamonte Springs
Address1185 Spring Centre South Blvd
CityAltamonte Springs
Phone407-960-2605
Price$$
Scott's Review
An Altamonte version of the popular Mills 50 restaurant, except bigger and with better parking!... Read more
Tapa Toro
Address8441 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-226-2929
Price$$
Scott's Review
Amid the myriad chains and franchises that are populating the area around the Orlando Eye attraction, an independent restaurant is a welcome find. And that it offers very good food and a fun dining experience makes it all the better. Tapa Toro comes to us from Vassilis and Katerina Coumbaros, who also own Taverna Opa at nearby Pointe Orlando, one of my favorite Tourist World recommendations. Opa, of course, is the Greek restaurant where every evening is a raucous party of napkins tossed in the air to buoyant balalaika music and belly dancing atop the tables. At Tapa Toro the theme is Spanish and the music flamenco, and here the napkins stay in the lap and the clacking heels of the dancers punish only the floor.... Read more