8 New Restaurants in Orlando Cater to Every Taste

From celebrity-named eateries to farm-to table, Orlando's dining scene grows

Orlando's dining scene is getting bigger—and more sophisticated. Some new restaurants cater to visitors looking for entertainment with their meals, while others continue to increase Orlando's profile as an epicurean destination with fare made from locally sourced foods served in creative ways. Central Florida is also a hub for international cuisine, and there's new dining on that horizon, too. Take a look at what's come to town.

 

Tin Roof

Tin Roof is a live music joint where people can hang out, drink and dine, and enjoy live music almost every night of the week. Located at I-Drive 360, Tin Roof's outdoor seating offers some of the best views of the giant observation wheel. Music fans will be able to hear some of the top local and regional bands; foodies will find a killer menu filled with unique dishes bursting with flavor.  Headquartered in Nashville, this is the company's first location in Florida. 8371 International Drive, 407.270.7926.

 

American Gymkhana

A part of Rajesh Bhardwaj’s restaurant group, which is behind Junoon in New York City, and recently received its fourth Michelin star, brings sophisticated Indian food inside a sleek modern dining room to Orlando. Elegant presentations of skewers, daal and biryani are served along with main dishes such as pistachio chicken and lamb vindaloo. The venue also serves as a tony watering hole with its lounge serving classic cocktails like Manhattans, martinis and whisky cocktails. 7559 W. Sand Lake Road, 407.985.2900

Soco

Downtown's charming Thornton Park welcomes this new Southern contemporary restaurant by Greg Richie, acclaimed chef of Magnolias in Charleston and the Abbey in Atlanta. Small plates offer duck confit with boiled peanuts, crisped oysters and turnip soup, and entrée examples are Korean fried chicken and smoked Florida Cobia. 629 E. Central Blvd., 407.849.1800

Trattoria al Forno

This new restaurant at Disney's Boardwalk showcases Old World techniques like handcrafted mozzarella made daily and served with local heirloom tomatoes, cavatelli pasta and Neapolitan-style pizzas baked in wood-burning ovens. Breakfast features specialties such as waffles with espresso-mascarpone cream, Parmesan and tomato gravy over polenta and press-pot coffee. 2101 N. Epcot Resorts Blvd., 407.939.6200.

Plancha

Take a break from golf with bold Cuban flavors and a refreshing cocktail. Plancha at the Four Seasons Golf Club offers a lakeside setting with Cubana sandwiches, empanadas and the chorizo burger along with mojitos and a Hemingway daiquiri. 10 am to 6 pm, 10100 Dream Tree Blvd., 407.313.7777.

Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill

Country music superstar Toby Keith has opened his first Florida restaurant at Artegon, which will feature live music, American favorites like burgers, steak and ribs, a signature guitar-shaped bar that seats 150 and a stage for up-and-coming country acts as well as celebrities. Live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. 5250 International Drive, 407.545.5159.

Duffy's Sports Grill

This sports bar near the Mall at Millenia serves up American favorites, like wings, nachos and the hangover burger. Belly up to the bar for $4 draft beers or try a signature cocktail like the cotton candy cosmo. 4158 Conroy Road, 407.930.2960.

The Coop

Helmed by award-winning Chef John Rivers, the fast-casual restaurant leads with southern hospitality featuring comfort food classics made from scratch daily. Signature dishes include Southern fried chicken and Low Country shrimp and grits and a wide selection of house made desserts and seasonal pies. Breakfast favorites include a tamale pancake topped with pulled pork and caramelized croissant French toast served with the COOP’s signature bourbon maple syrup. 610 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park, 407.843.2667. 

Tin Roof

Tin Roof is a live music joint where people can hang out, drink and dine, and enjoy live music almost every night of the week. Located at I-Drive 360, Tin Roof's outdoor seating offers some of the best views of the giant observation wheel. Music fans will be able to hear some of the top local and regional bands; foodies will find a killer menu filled with unique dishes bursting with flavor.  Headquartered in Nashville, this is the company's first location in Florida. 8371 International Drive, 407.270.7926.

SLIDESHOW: Orlando's New Restaurants

Shelley Preston
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