We're on to the 5th installment of our Orlando Awards series and competition is still fierce between all our favourite Orlando attractions! This week, we're looking at the best restaurant and dining experiences Orlando has to offer. Remember, by voting you will automatically be netered into a prize draw to win an incredible Orlando holiday worth £5,000! To vote, click here and be sure to share it with your friends and family.
1. Dine With Shamu, SeaWorld® Orlando
Dine with Shamu is the perfect way to experience these majestic creatures up close in an intimate dining experience. Trainers share information about caring for the whales, as well as their individual character traits and family histories as the whales swim in the background and perform their favourite behaviours for a captive audience. The food is buffet style, with a wide range of choice including delicious vegetarian and healthy options.
2. Be Our Guest, Magic Kingdom
If you want to experience table service like no other then Be Our Guest, the Beauty and the Beast inspired dining experience at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, is a must-visit. Guests can order their meal using the restaurant’s quick service system which allows guests to choose and pay for their meal from an electronic tablet placed on the table. Cast members are still milling around the gorgeous baroque dining hall though, happy to help you with your order should you have any questions! Best of all, visitors can order their food in advance and avoid waiting for their food with Order-Ahead Dining, up to 30 days in advance.
3. California Grill, Disney's Contemporary Resort
Amazing views and incredible food are on the menu at California Grill on the 15th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, which overlooks the sights of Seven Seas Lagoon and the Magic Kingdom park. A seasonal menu of international fresh flavours including steamed mussels and oak-grilled fillet of beef is on offer, complemented by 300 varieties of delicious Californian wine. If the California Grill is your favourite place to eat in Orlando, make sure it gets your vote!
4. Sharks Underwater Grill, SeaWorld® Orlando
If sharks don’t give you the heebie-jeebies, what better way to get close to them than at Sharks Underwater Grill at SeaWorld? An incredible floor to ceiling aquarium with super strong glass is all that separates you from the menacing presence of these truly amazing creatures as you enjoy world-class fine dining. Already the winner of dozens of amazing accolades, will Sharks Underwater Grill be your favourite too?
5. Mythos, Universal's Islands of Adventure®
The incredible Mythos restaurant appears carved out of the surrounding rock, successfully imitating the feel of the mountainous homes of the ancient Greek Gods. Inside though, it’s light and airy and offers the perfect terrace for views over the park as you tuck into a range of international cuisines including Pad Thai, risotto and salmon steak.
6. Hard Rock Cafe®, Universal CityWalk®
The biggest and arguably the best Hard Rock Café in the world! If that’s not enough to tempt you into trying one of their world famous ‘Legendary’ burgers, the restaurant also boasts the largest collection of music memorabilia of any of the HRC venues, as well as a 3,000 capacity concert venue! Hard Rock Café Orlando has been serving up your favourite mix of delicious food and rock n roll for 25 years, so if you think it deserves it, make sure to vote!
7. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co™, Universal CityWalk®
Love shrimp and seafood? Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Co will show you the true meaning of delicious shrimp – sustainably farmed and wonderfully fresh! The “I’m Stuffed!” Shrimp is a firm favourite – a large shrimp with crab stuffing, baked in garlic butter and topped with Monterey Jack Cheese served with Jasmine rice…delicious!
8. Planet Hollywood, Downtown Disney
For us, Planet Hollywood is synonymous with Disney dining – park magic combined with Hollywood influences and amazing all-American food to create a truly fun and colourful dining experience suitable for all the family. There’s a huge amount of different food from the good ol’ USA on offer, as well as a pulsating pop music playing in the background and props and costumes from your favourite Disney characters displayed throughout.
9. Sweet Tomatoes, Lake Buena Vista
Orlando regulars and locals alike love Sweet Tomatoes for its incredible buffet of fresh light food and vegetarian options. Sweet Tomatoes offers an unlimited buffet of tasty pizzas, pastas, salads and seasonal desserts with refillable drinks for an incredible affordable price, even when dinking out with the whole family. If Sweet Tomatoes is your go-to Orlando dining experience, don’t forget to give it your vote!
10. Rainforest Cafe, Disney's Animal Kingdom
This is one for the explorer in all of us! Entering the Rainforest Café at Disney’s Animal Kingdom feels like pulling back a leafy jungle canopy and walking into a rainforest paradise where singing birds, trumpeting elephants and sudden thunder claps are not uncommon. Don’t worry though, there are no bugs on the menu here! Chow down on some tasty Python Pasta or even a Gorilla Grilled Cheese Delight!
11. The Leaky Cauldron™, Universal Studios Florida®
Butterbeer, butterbeer and more butterbeer. Potter fans go crazy for the chance to drink their favourite tipple at the Leaky Cauldron in Universal Studios Florida which is styled like a traditional British pub with the pub grub to match! Cottage pie, fish and chips, bangers and mash – you name it, they’ve got it. We particulalr love the high vaulted ceilings which are just like something out of the grand hall in the films!
So those are our nominees for the best restaurant and dining experience in Orlando. Remember to cast your vote in our awards here for a chance to win that £5,000 holiday!