Restaurant Listings
Citricos
Address4401 Floridian Way
CityOrlando
Phone407-939-3463
Price$$$$
Scott's Review
Now under the direction of Dominique Filoni, this Grand Floridian upscaler has better food than ever. Erich Herbitshek’s desserts alone are worth the drive. ... Read more
City Pub
Address861 N. Orange Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-652-0600
Price$$
Scott's Review
City Pub is the new restaurant and bar that replaced North Quarter Tavern. The bones of the place are the same, with the central bar and surrounding dining tables. But some decorating touches have been added — royal blue paint, wood wainscoting over a tufted banquette along the back wall — that give it a traditional pub mien. And the food is still above average, though not as creative as when NQT first opened. But then, in retrospect, that menu was probably too ambitious (and costly).... Read more
Claddagh Cottage Irish Pub
Address2421 Curry Ford Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-895-1555
Price$$
Any out-of-towners wandering into Claddagh Cottage Irish Pub in the last few weeks might be surprised to learn that it has been away for close to a year and a half. It thrums with the laughter and chatter of a full house, background to the lilt of traditional music, sometimes recorded, sometimes live. Despite its relative newness, it feels comfortably worn, familiar. ... Read more
Cocina 214
Address151 Welbourne Ave. E.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-790-7997
Price$$
Scott's Review
It's refreshing that Cocina 214 doesn't claim to be authentic Mexican and try to hide its Tex-Mex roots. In fact, it's right there in its name: the 214 is a reference to the area code of Dallas. (That's not the city I think of when I think of Tex-Mex, but there you go.) I liked the huevos rancheros I had on a brunch visit, and the carnitas tacos were delicious on a dinner visit. I also like the big open atmosphere. It's nice to have the Tex-Mex flavor on Park Avenue. (Or just off Park.)... Read more
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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Confisco Grille
AddressIslands of Adventure
Universal Studios
CityOrlando
Phone407-224-4012
Price$$
Confisco Grille serves an ambitious menu of soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers, plus full dinners of meats and seafood. I had the ``fully loaded'' baked potato soup, which featured a potato puree broth surrounding a mound of mashed potatoes, which held up a potato skin boat filled with cheese and bacon bits. There wasn't much in the way of soup, and it was all rather heavy for a first course.

For the entree, I had a pork chop, a big, thick and ultimately tasty chop. It was a lot of food, and it was more creative than I was expecting for the drab atmosphere.

The ambience at Confisco Grille is a little dark and depressing. There are a couple of windows to the walkway out front, but for the most part, you'd never know you were in a theme park. And I've come to realize there are a lot of parkgoers who look for just that sort of environment so they can avoid sensory overload. Whatever.

Unless you really want to just sit down and have someone wait on you - and there's a lot to be said for that - you can find pretty good food at the concession stands around the park. One of my favorites was the Enchanted Oak Tavern in the L... Read more
Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurant
Address529 N. Alafaya Trail
CityOrlando
Phone407-374-2464
Price$$
Scott's Review
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant would love to sell you some wine-related gewgaws. Visitors enter and exit through a gift shop where they can buy corkscrews, coasters, and candles that look like glasses of wine. They'd also like to have you buy some tastes of the wines the company produces at its Arlington Heights, Illinois, winery; there's a tasting-room feature in the gift shop, as well. But I'm not convinced they're all that serious about being a restaurant and providing a positive guest experience. On my recent visit I was subjected to one fail after another, and although a manager finally stepped up and did the right thing, enough ill will had been created by that point to prevent me from returning. The final straw was the late delivery of a cold entree. Check, please! I cannot recommend this restaurant at the present time.... Read more
Coral Reef
AddressEpcot Living Seas Pavilion
Walt Disney World
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-939-3463
Price$$$$
There are few restaurants in the world that can boast an underwater view of a saltwater tank with dozens of species swimming by. The Orlando area has two (the other is Sharks Underwater Grill at SeaWorld), but neither seems to be able to offer food that matches the splendor of the view. In fact, given the ridiculously high menu prices and the lackluster quality of the food, I do not recommend Coral Reef as a restaurant. Better to view the sea life from the other side of the aquarium and fine somewhere else to sup.... Read more