A Land Remembered
AddressRosen Shingle Creek
9939 Universal Blvd
CityOrlando
Phone407-996-3663
Price$$$$
Scott's Review

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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Back Room Steakhouse
Address1418 Rock Springs Road
CityApopka
Phone407-880-7832
Price$$$
Scott's Review
Upscale steakhouse, at least in terms of price (the atmosphere is more barlike). But the cost reflects the good quality of the meat.... Read more
Bates New England Seafood & Steakhouse
Address9467 W. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-930-1136
Price$$
Scott's Review
Good seafood, good people. Get it fried.... Read more
Black Rock Bar & Grill
Address8965 Conroy Windermere Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-217-7170
Price$$$
Scott's Review
The gimmick is cooking your own food at your table on a 700-degree rock. Bring the kids!... Read more
Bull & Bear
AddressWaldorf Astoria Orlando
14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane
CityOrlando
Phone407-597-5500
Price$$$$

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.

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Capital Grille
AddressPointe Orlando
9101 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-370-4392
Price$$$$
Scott's Review

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.

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Capital Grille Mall at Millenia
Address4200 Conroy Road
Mall at Millenia
CityOrlando
Phone407-351-2210
Price$$$
Scott's Review
But the menu at Millenia is identical to the one that has been so popular at the Pointe. It’s the atmosphere that is different. It’s still sufficiently upscale and appointed with such fineries as crisp white tablecloths and napkins. But whereas the International Drive restaurant has the decidedly masculine feel of a boardroom or exclusive country club the Millenia location is brighter, more modern and less, well, stuffy. Old money versus nouveau riche. The food is the same high quality as other CapGrilles, and service is just as forward.... Read more
Charley's Steak House
Address8255 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-363-0228
Price$
Scott's Review
From local restaurant group Talk of the Town, Charley's is a longtime steakhouse that specializes in fine cuts of meat cooked over hardwood fires. Very popular with the tourists, most locals know that it can be hit or miss. When it's on the mark, it's very good. Besides this location, there is a Charley's on South Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando and another in Kissimmee.... Read more
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