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Orlando's Best Hotel Restaurants for Foodies

Hotel dining has certainly changed over the years. Gone are the dimly lit hotel lounges off the lobby with a bar menu of club sandwiches and BLTs. Today's hotels, especially in Orlando, put as much emphasis on the dining as the overnight stay. Orlando guests will find trendy restaurants with innovative menus and award-winning chefs, surprisingly located within Orlando's hotels and resorts. Here are some highlights, whether you're booking a stay or looking for a great meal.

Victoria & Albert's

This fine-dining mecca is the place to celebrate landmark occasions. At the city's only five-diamond restaurant, Chef Scott Hunnel prepares outstanding meals each night, inspired by his world travels to Asia, Spain, Italy and France.

Capa

The 17th-floor rooftop steakhouse and bar at Four Seasons boasts the best of Spanish-influenced cuisine in a romantic setting. Diverse offerings range from freshly shucked oysters and Florida seafood to small plates and expertly grilled cuts.

LakeHouse

The LakeHouse at the Hyatt Grand Cypress welcomes guests to sit back and enjoy beautiful views in a comfortable, chic setting. Start with a fun, specialty cocktail like the Pink Flamingo created with grapefruit juice and elderflower liqueur.

Sanaa

This dining room at the Animal Kingdom Lodge features amazing flavors from the African islands of the Indian Ocean. You can even catch views of giraffes, ostriches and zebras outside on the savannah. L, D (daily).

Bull & Bear Steakhouse

Renowned for tableside preparation, the highest levels of personalized service and a creative menu featuring re-imagined steakhouse classics and trend-setting fare including its signature 32-day dry-aged tomahawk rib eye. D (nightly).

Spencer's at the Hilton

A steakhouse with intelligent preparations and contemporary twists. Specialties are the Spencer’s cut made with Florida beef and fresh local seafood matched with local produce. Choose from over 20 wines by the glass and scratch-made cocktails.

Fiorenzo

The Hyatt has blended an authentic Italian restaurant and the tradition of a great American steak house. Features an open kitchen and a pizza oven. Free valet offered to visitors of the hotel. D (M-Sa).

Emeril's Tchoup Chop

Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse goes Polynesian here. The lively dining room turns out dishes such as Togarashi blackened scallops, creative sushi rolls and local snapper served Hawaiian-style, which achieve umami, a perfect balance of flavors and textures. The wine list features tasty blends from hard-to-find small vineyards.

Old Hickory Steakhouse

Order the artisan cheese course before enjoying one of the best steaks around. Expansive wine list available. Free valet. D (nightly).

Siro

Located inside the Orlando Marriott World Center, this urban Italian restaurant offers genuine Italian food with rustic flair. Handmade pasta and pizza rule the menu. D (daily).

Boheme Restaurant

This elegant downtown restaurant boasts a fabulous art collection along with a prestigious AAA Four-Diamond rating. The cuisine is eclectic nouvelle with French and Pacific Rim influences. B, L, D (daily), Br (Su).

Alfond Inn

This beautiful boutique hotel has been recognized by Conde Nast and recently opened as a unique fund-raiser partner to Rollins College. The lobby is filled with contemporary art from notable artists, and Hamilton's Kitchen is a popular spot for lunch and dinner among visitors and locals.