|Address||Rosen Shingle Creek|
9939 Universal Blvd
An odd name – it comes from a book about Florida by Patrick Smith. But it’s a good restaurant, though not the best steakhouse. If you’re a prime rib lover, this is your place, but be prepared to pay dearly. The restaurant has been known to close on evenings when the hotel's capacity is low, so always call first.
Though it is situated in the Rosen Shingle Creek hotel's golf clubhouse, the atmosphere is more along the lines of a hunting lodge. Very clubby. Service has always been first-rate.
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|Address||Waldorf Astoria Orlando|
14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane
The first Waldorf Astoria to be built outside of Manhattan also features a steakhouse called Bull & Bear, just like New York. Well, not exactly like New York. The decor here is less dark and clubby, it's actually quite an attractive room with windows overlooking the resort's pool area (and Disney fireworks in the distance). The menu features steak, of course, but also does some fine fish, including a lovely Dover sole filleted tableside. Also performed tableside is a traditional Caesar salad. Curiously, there is no Waldorf salad. And the veal Oscar (another invention of the New York hotel's) is a stylized version.
B&B had a rocky start. But now that it has found its stride, and readjusted service and quality to be more in line with what you'd expect from a Waldorf Astoria, Bull & Bear is ready to compete for a place on the top 10 list of best restaurants in Central Florida.... Read more
9101 International Drive
One of Darden Restaurants’ most recent acquisitions, and easily their most upscale. The steaks here are very good, and the service is attentive if not downright solicitous. I had the Delmonico, basically a bone-in ribeye, that was had a flavorful, well-seasoned crust and beautiful red center. The higher fat content of the cut made it juicy and tender.
My companion chose the Kansas City sirloin, offered as a special on the night I visited. Also a bone-in cut, the steak had a characteristically coarser texture but was cooked just as perfectly as the other and was every bit as flavorful.
Atmosphere is clubby and posh.... Read more
|Address||4200 Conroy Road|
Mall at Millenia
|Address||8255 International Drive|