Fogo De Chao
Address8282 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-370-0711
Price$$$
Scott's Review

Fogo de Chao means fire of the ground, and although you’ll want to pronounce the last word in the name chow, it’s actually pronounced shoun. Chow fits better because, like all other churrascarias, it’s all about the food and lots -- LOTS -- of it.
 
 

The experience begins with the salad bar, a designation that really doesn’t do justice to the array of foods splayed out. The salad bar sits in the center of the main dining room beneath massive rings of light fixtures that looks as thought they’re fashioned out of alabaster (they’re not). Physically, the bar is gorgeous: granite counter with a thick glass top that serves as the inelegantly named sneeze guard. Atop it are two colorful sprays of decorative flowers. Glass platters sit atop crushed ice and hold such things as artichoke bottoms, salami, prosciutto, sun-dried tomatoes, hearts of palm, thick stalks of asparagus, smoked salmon, aged Manchego and Parmesan cheeses, breads, and, since it is a salad bar after all, numerous greens and accoutrements.
 
Novices make the mistake of filling up on the salad bar goodies, and it is an easy thing to do when everything is so attractive, not to... Read more

H Cuisine
Address7512 Dr. Phillips Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-930-3020
Price$$$$
Scott's Review
It truly is an elegant restaurant, a little bit of Manhattan chic on Restaurant Row. Especial attention has been paid to the lighting, which is moody and low. And banquettes, booths and chairs at freestanding tables are plush and comfortable.... Read more
Jack’s Place
Address9700 International Drive
Rosen Plaza Hotel
CityOrlando
Phone407-996-1787
Price$$$
Scott's Review

Chef Michael McMullen has reenergized this upscale dining room with a new menu. Favorites include spicy shrimp and grits, maple horseradish mustard crusted baby rack of lamb, and cedar plank roasted sea bass. Service is among the best in town. The highlight of the dining room is the array of celebrity caricatures that cover the walls. They were done by Jack Rosen, father of hotelier Harris Rosen (hence the name of the restaurant), when he was employed by the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

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Johnnie's Hideaway
Address12551 S. Kissimmee Vineland Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-827-1111
Price$$$
Scott's Review
It's a beautiful setting and a good dining option for people in the Disney area who don't want to dine on property. Johnnie's is part of the Talk of the Town restaurant group, which also owns Charley's Steak House, so besides seafood it does good meat.... Read more
Kres Chophouse
Address17 W. Church St.
CityOrlando
Phone407-447-7950
Price$$$$
Scott's Review

Kres Chophouse has been holding its own in downtown Orlando, good times and bad, for a good number of years now. Downtowners like its "adult" mien, a classy spot amid the myriad kids' hangouts.

As with any chophouse, meat is the main event. On my first visit I went right to the top and ordered the veal rib chop. It was a beautiful hunk of meat and seemingly larger than its advertised 12 ounces. The late night hours are one of the attractions here, a good place to hang out once the kiddies from the neighboring clubs have left to meet curfew.


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La Boucherie
Address7625 Turkey Lake Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-930-1708
Price$$
Scott's Review
In the 15 or so times I’ve been to France, I’ve never once come across La Boucherie, which, on the website for the chain’s first U.S. location, now open in Orlando, claims to be “France’s most popular steakhouse.” So I can’t attest to how the experience of the Orlando restaurant compares to one in Paris. Or Morocco, Russia or Thailand for that matter. I wonder if they use the same ridiculously flimsy napkins, and if so why. Or if their menus have garish photographs like you’d see in a 24-hour diner. Or trite phrases in menu descriptions like “Need ‘oui’ say more?”, which doesn’t really make sense.... Read more
Le Cellier
AddressCanada Pavilion, Epcot
Walt Disney World
CityOrlando
Phone407-939-3463
Price$$$
Scott's Review

Canada was always one of the odd-countries-out among the World Showcase’s pavilions of nations in terms of its restaurant. The problem was that Canada doesn’t really have a national cuisine. Meat is the forte. “Well then, there you go,” someone finally concluded, “make the restaurant a steakhouse.” And with that, Le Cellier became one of the more sought-after restaurants at Epcot. Steaks are good; appetizers are minimal. Nothing here really warrants the sort of rabid fandom the restaurant enjoys. It's food is mostly modest, which is probably why it is so loved by average diners.

Update: Le Cellier was recently designated one of Disney's "Signature" dining restaurants, which supposedly puts it in the top tier. It doesn't quite make it in my book.

The atmosphere is dark and secluded – hello, it’s called The Cellar – and was designed to have no views of the outside. Disney officials thought park-goers might appreciate getting away from it all.

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Linda’s La Cantina
Address4721 E. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-894-4491
Price$$$

This is the oldest restaurant in Central Florida, in operation since 1947. It remains a favorite of locals, though it’s somewhat of a mystery to some. Maybe it’s the diner-like attitude of the servers, or the family-style décor. But it’s probably that the steaks are consistently good, if not great, and they still come with a side of pasta. Note: closed Sundays following Father's Day until October.

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