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Dec 25, 2007 02:09 PM

The Best Hotel Restaurants in Florida?

With Florida being a prime tourist destination we are blessed with more than our share of great hotels and in some places even more special dining establishments. Here in SoFla we seem to be blessed with a lot, but I also know that Orlando, Tampa Bay, and the rest of the sunshine state also have their fair share.

I'll start of by nominationg one of my all-time favorites: Nobu, The Shore Club hotel in SoBe.

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  1. Victoria & Alberts @ The Grand Floridian @ WDW
    Normans @ The Ritz Carlton Orlando
    Primo @ The JW Marriott Orlando
    La Coquina @ The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Orlando

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    1. re: theflytyr

      I gotta admit I was oblivious to V&A until recently learned they are only five diamond in area. What do you suggest ordering there?


      1. re: eatnbmerry

        They will ask about your preferences and dietary restrictions and create a menu for you. I imagine that you can request specific dishes, although I haven't. I had the best meal I have had anywhere at V&A.

    2. The Maritana Grille at the Don CeSar on St. Pete Beach gets my vote. The location is beautiful. The hawaiian fish-Chef's selection is always perfect.

      1. Pelagia Trattoria at the Renaissance in Tampa, Armani's at the Grand Hyatt in Tampa

        1. Cero at the Ritz Carlton in Fort Lauderdale.
          Cafe Boulud at the Brazillian Court in Palm Beach.

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          1. re: gblcsw

            Anybody know if the Breakers has anything going on?

            1. re: eatnbmerry

              As far as central Florida Goes i usually shy away from Hotel resturants but I have been to a few. I like Everglades at the Omni Rosen on I-Drive. I also like Benny Hana at the Holiday Inn. i know its a chain but It's better than Kobe'.
              I think most will agree that the Contemporary Hotel at Disney has a great choice of resturants. The California Grill and The Concourse Steakhouse are both very good. I have also heard great things about the grand bohemeian downtown and Cabre' Royal's resturants.

              1. re: mountdorahound

                The Polynesian used to have a nice room and decent food. Do you know if it still does? What about the Dolphin and Swan anything worthwhile there?

                1. re: eatnbmerry

                  I just ate dinner at the Blue Zoo in the Dolphin this past week ( a Todd English restaurant). Of the four of us who ate there, I probably enjoyed it the most. You have to like fish or you won't like this restaurant as the menu is so heavily slanted in that direction with only two or three non-fish choices on the menu. The preparations were very creative. The restaurant is huge (as typical of most Disney establishments) but very nicely decorated. It's very loud up front in the bar/cafe area; but much quieter in the back, restaurant part. The service was impeccable. The prices were only slightly on the high side with mains ranging in the high $20's up to $60 for what was advertised as a two pound lobster cantonese preparation but which consisted of about 8-9 oz of lobster meat per the waitress). There are several family sized side dishes in the $7 range, the tempura haricot verts with aioli sauce especially tasty. Desserts were approx. $12 and the one we ordered, pear Helene, was nothing like one would was very good and we especially enjoyed the "magical" service that came with it. Overall dinner for four (two martinis, one salad, one app, the green beans, and three main courses and the one dessert) cost $176 before tip. Two of us would recommend it, the other two, not so much.

              2. re: eatnbmerry

                If you mean "going on" in general, yes, L'Escalier is terrific. While it is expensive, it is worth it in that the food is creative and delicious, and the service beyond par. The dining room is lovely and the tables spaced far enough apart to insure privacy.

              3. re: gblcsw

                Cero is actually at the St Regis

                  1. re: eatnbmerry

                    I have yet to go, but it seems to be getting pretty good reviews on here. I would like to at some point, though there are many places on the list above it.

              4. The resto at the Mandarin on Brickell Key is good, as are the 3 joints at the Setai on South Beach.