Steak lovers take note: Orlando is teeming with steakhouses. From nationally renowned restaurants—including Morton’s, Flemings, The Palm, Eddie V's and Ruth’s Chris—to hotel haunts and downtown gems, Orlando boasts more than 50 steakhouses. Ready to get your beef on? Here are a few standout selections for a fancy night out that may not be on your radar.
1. Capa at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
Set atop the Four Seasons Resort Orlando, Capa has quickly garnered buzz for its marvelous union of Basque and steakhouse cuisine set against a dramatic décor of black and crimson. A slew of tapas dishes serves as a light beginning but Capa is chiefly a steakhouse as evidenced by its ample offering of big, juicy cuts, which are wood-fired over oak and doused in a simple olive oil, salt-and-pepper marinade. Of particular note is the 12-ounce bone-in filet, an unusual but extraordinary selection. After dinner, be sure to step out onto the terrace where guests can enjoy the nightly fireworks blasting from nearby Epcot and Magic Kingdom.
2. Old Hickory Steakhouse at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
Set amidst the Everglades wing of Gaylord Palm’s stunning 4.5-acre glass-enclosed atrium, this steakhouse might look like a series of swampy shacks, but don’t let the intentionally weathered veneer fool you. Chefs inside are filling plates with gloriously grilled cuts of veal chop, bone-in rib steak, filets and Certified Angus NY strips. Guests can opt for the simple butter rub or select a sauce, including Béarnaise, Au Poivre and Bordelaise. Besides a wine list that reads like a Dickens novel and a Grand-Marnier Soufflé that simply can’t be passed up, Old Hickory features a terrific cheese course, which arrives at the table via a glassed cart filled with more than a dozen cheeses from all over the world.
3. Le Cellier at the Canada Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase
With a nod to the wine cellars of two of Canada’s most-celebrated hotels—Fairmont Le Château Frontenac and Fairmont Château Laurier—Le Cellier has an aesthetic that’s dark and stately but an ambiance that’s far from it. “Our front-facing cast members are all from Canada and they are extremely welcoming,” says Chef de Cuisine Dee Foundoukis. “We could build something that looks like Canada on the outside but it’s the cast that make it real.” Open daily for lunch and dinner, restaurant service officially begins once the servers gather in the lobby to sing the Canadian national anthem. Then they’re off serving up Le Cellier’s famous dishes, including the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup and three different iterations of Poutine. Not to be upstaged, Le Cellier’s steaks are nothing short of spectacular. “We serve a AAA Canadian beef tenderloin and a 14-day dry-aged boneless rib-eye. This has become a destination restaurant because of the quality of the steak,” Foundoukis says.
4. Bull and Bear Steakhouse at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando
A dark and sultry steakhouse with rich fabrics, chocolate leather and warm mahogany, Bull and Bear shares the haughty ambiance of its Manhattan sister property minus the skyscraper views. With towering palms, cabanas and swimming pools just outside the windows, this award-winning steakhouse also boasts Disney fireworks views, although the real magic is happening in the kitchen. Besides the legendary 32-day, dry-aged Tomahawk Rib Eye, a sight to behold when carved tableside, a slew of steaks graces the menu from an 8-ounce filet mignon to a 16-ounce Wagyu Sirloin. Two other dishes not to be missed: the Florida Farms Corn Soup and The Lemon dessert, a hollowed lemon filled with lemon curd, cream and sorbet.
5. Kres Chophouse in Downtown Orlando
Located in the downtown historic Kress Building (circa 1935), it’s hard to believe this sleek and chic modern steakhouse was once a five-and-dime retail store. These days, the space exudes elegance with a bold aesthetic and red hues splashed across the dining room and mammoth bar, an ideal spot to sip one of 11 creative cocktails before diving into your carnivorous feast. Steaks, of which there are five cuts on the menu, are house-aged Angus beef and can be paired with nine spectacular sides, including the much-loved Shrimp & Bacon Mac'n'Cheese. For dessert, be sure to order the astounding White Chocolate Bread Pudding, which comes drizzled with a Jack Daniels whiskey sauce. Steps from the Amway Center and new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, this Orlando gem is an ideal starting point to a night in downtown Orlando.