After a long day running around The Happiest Place on Earth, you’re probably starving. Don’t fall for the overpriced eateries within the park’s limits, especially when there are so many fantastic options in the surrounding areas. Orlando, Kissimmee, Winter Park, St. Cloud, and many other towns in Disney’s vicinity have become culinary hot spots. No matter what you are craving there is a restaurant to suit your needs.

We want to help hungry travelers by sharing our top restaurant picks in Central Florida. Bon appetit!

Favorite Restaurants Near Disney

4 Rivers Smokehouse (Winter Park)

4 Rivers Smokehouse has award-winning meats, sauces and rubs. The food here is fingerlicking good! They have mastered the art of smoking meats. Some favorites are the burnt ends melt and the six shooter which is baked cheese grits with pulled pork, coleslaw and everything comfort piled on top!

Pio Pio Restaurant (Orlando)

Pio Pio is an authentic Latin restaurant. The menu is fresh and adventurous. They are a local favorite and well-known to offer some of the best Colombian food in Orlando. Everything on the menu is perfect! This spot is a nice break from the hustle and bustle.

Norman’s (Orlando)

Norman’s offers award-winning “new world cuisine.” They have seasonal menus and cocktails mixed to perfection. You can opt for their wonderful dining spaces inside or eat outside on their covered outdoor patio and enjoy some of the lovely Florida breezes.

Ethos Vegan Kitchen (Winter Park)

If meat is not your thing then you will definitely enjoy Ethos Kitchen. This vegan restaurant offers a large variety of hearty, homestyle options in a casual setting. They are open 7 days a week for lunch, dinner and as a bonus they also have a great weekend brunch!

Cask & Larder (Winter Park)

Arriving or departing Orlando? Cask & Larder is a standout restaurant in the Orlando International Airport. They offer Southern comfort food. The chefs James & Julie Petrakis are James Beard nominated. This one is not to miss on your next Orlando visit!

blu on the avenue (Winter Park)

blu offers high quality sushi, fresh seafood, amazing sandwiches and salads and so much more! Everything here is from scratch and made to order. A lot of produce is purchased locally. Make sure to check out the specials!

The Ravenous Pig (Winter Park)

The Ravenous Pig has many identities: it is a gastropub, brewery and beer garden. And each part is nothing short of perfection! They are open for dinner Tuesday-Thursday, as well as, offering a fantastic brunch Saturday and Sundays.

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Hi, I'm Jen and I love to travel, go to the beach and write about all the places I have visited. I also have a bucket list of places I can't wait to try! I've visited Cape Cod every summer since I was a kid and now enjoy traveling to all great beach destinations, including Florida! I have worked in the travel industry for all of my career. I love sharing my experiences of different restaurants and places and helping travelers find the best fit for them!

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