Taverna Opa
AddressPointe Orlando
9101 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-351-8660
Price$$$
Scott's Review

This is not a place for a nice, quiet, romantic dinner, unless you consider a sound level louder than Hard Rock Café and dancing on top of a table with a scantily clad belly dancer to be romantic.However, the noise level heightens only after 7 pm when the entertainment begins.

But it’s not all ambience here. The food is surprisingly good. There are the usual items: domades, moussaka, pastitsio and the like. But you’ll also find more unusual things, such as lamb ribs, Greek country sausages, taramosalata, and a house-made yogurt that is crazy good. Don’t come here if you’re in a bad mood. On second thought, do, it’ll cheer you up, and you’ll have good food besides.

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Teak Neighborhood Grill
Address901 S. Orlando Ave.
CityMaitland
Phone407-335-4835
Price$
Scott's Review
The Maitland location is a new outpost for the popular MetroWest burgermonger. And make no mistake: burgers are the forte here.... Read more
Terralina Crafted Italian
Address1650 Buena Vista Drive,
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-934-8888
Price$$$
Scott's Review
Former Portobello, which was the former Portobello Yacht Club, now with an Italian Lake District focus with a menu under the direction of Chicago's Tony Mantuano and directed by Justin Plank. Just about anything you choose on the menu is going to be first rate.... Read more
Three Broomsticks
AddressIslands of Adventure
Universal Orlando
CityOrlando
Phone
Price$
Scott's Review
Ordinarily, I wouldn’t include a restaurant like this in a guidebook on dining because it isn’t a full-service restaurant. But 2010 is the summer of Harry Potter in Central Florida, and this is the only eatery inside the Wizarding World of… This is basically a fast-serve restaurant: queue up, then order your food at one counter, shuffle off to wait for it at another; a staff member will assign you to a table. The fish and chips are very good; the shepherd’s pie not so much. As with most other venues inside the new theme park, the details of the dining room are exquisite. By the way, if you’re just looking to have a taste of butterbeer, don’t stand in line at the wagon outside. Instead, go into the Hog’s Head pub where your wait will be shorter.... Read more
Truck Stop Pop-up Kitchen
Address900 E. Washington St.
CityOrlando
Phone407-286-3900
Price$$
Scott's Review
This Thornton Parker, the former location of the first Graffiti Junktion, invites a guest food truck operator to take over its kitchen most evenings. During the day, the resident cooks put out some pretty decent food of their own.... Read more
Urbain 40
Address8000 Via Dellagio Way
CityOrlando
Phone407-872-2640
Price$$$
Scott's Review
Urbain 40 is a chic and classy brasserie at Dellagio Plaza in the Restaurant Row district. The atmosphere is classic French style. The food was, too, when it first opened. But now under the direction of chef Tim Keating (formerly of Flying Fish Cafe), it's more of an American bistro than French. The food is OK. ... Read more
Vanbarry's Public House
Address4120 S. Orange Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-704-8881
Price
Scott's Review
From the same people who own Finnhenry's in downtown Orlando and Ollie's Public House in College Park, Vanbarry's succeeds because it doesn't overreach. It does not promise to be more restaurant than it can produce, and so expectations aren't elevated. I don't mean to damn it with faint praise because it does do some things quite nicely. The burger, for instance, and the Vanbarry's Bacon Jam Burger in particular. It was a thick and juicy patty served on a kaiser roll (you can have a pretzel roll if you prefer) with a modest leaf of lettuce and a couple of pickles and tomato slice. There were plenty of blue cheese crumbles and the bacon jam, though not as good as actual bacon, gave a nice smoky note. Multiple napkins were necessary in the eating. The burger came with stack of nicely seasoned and meaty fries. The Mac & Cheese Skillet was excellent. The creamy mix included lots of bits of prosciutto for some saltiness. I ate more of it than I really intended to.... Read more
Whisper Creek Farms: The Kitchen
Address4040 Central Florida Parkway
CityOrlando
Phone407-393-4755
Price$$
Scott's Review
The folks at the JW Marriott recently opened two new entities, Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen and Whisper Creek Farm: The Brewery. You’ll notice The Kitchen as soon as you walk through the front door of the hotel. It’s just off the lobby, to the right. The Brewery is a little harder to spot. In fact, you’d need a staff person to escort you through the warren of corridors and passageways to the kitchen office where the vats, tanks and necessary gauges have been set up in a corner. It’s definitely not a show brewery such as the one at Cask & Larder. But the Kitchen is on full display, and what it’s churning out is surprisingly ambitious. I say surprisingly because when it was first announced it was downplayed somewhat, as though it would be more of a bar-menu venue. But while portions are meant to be more of the small plate size — or, reasonable portions, as I like to think of them — the items are well above the ranks of bar snacks.... Read more