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Apr 17, 2008 11:59 AM

Steakhouses outside Disney World

Why isn't there a Disney chow..or are you assuming that all the food isn't worth mentioning? :)...Anyway can anyone recommend any steakhouses outside the Disney area where I can take dh for his birthday? Thanks.

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  1. a little bit of a drive, but i would go to Del Frisco's in winter park, i think is where it is. Del Frisco's is my favorite steakhouse. I live near NYC and can go to any number of them but prefer Del Frisco. It is a chain, but very high class and excellent ribeye and don't forget to get the fresh potato chips and onions (i forget what they call them).

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    1. re: meb903

      Thanks, I'll look that up. We are from Brooklyn so I know what you mean.

      1. re: shesallthat

        Seconding. Del Frisco's is the best steakhouse in Orlando, maybe even in the whole state. I've been twice, and the steaks are the best I've ever had, as well as all the top-notch sides. It isn't cheap, but it's well worth it for a birthday dinner on the town.

    2. I concur with the Del Friscos recommendation. I have been there twice and each time was WONDERFUL. It would be about a 30-mile drive north on I-4 to Fairbanks and then west a few blocks.

      Closer to WDW, the California Grill in the Contemporary Hotel is very good and gets excellent reviews from everybody. I am sure they would have a good steak. If you want to consider going, call now for reservations. They are very, very popular.

      1. You have multiple options including Shula's Steakhouse in The Dolphin Hotel, Capital Grille over at Pointe Orlando, The Palm at the Hard Rock Hotel, Morton's and Ruth's Chris on Sand Lake Road's "Restaurant Row". If I had to rate them in order it would be Shula's, Del Frisco's, Cap Grille, Morton's, Palm. The only issue with Del Frisco's is they seemed to always put to much pepper on their steak for my liking. Also I can't vouch for them since they lost their affiliation with their namesake chain out of Texas.

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        1. re: theflytyr

          if you don't want to travel to del frisco's, i would try the Palm first and then Capital Grille, then Mortons. I don't like Shula's or Ruth Chris & would rather NOT eat steak then go to either of them.

        2. I also recommend Del Frisco's but it is quite a hike from Disney. And if you are driving that long distance, it is somewhat intimidating to have a few glasses of wine. Much closer are Capital Grille, an upscale chain, and Vito's Chop House, a mid tier at best steakhouse, both on I-drive

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          1. re: steakman55

            I haven't been in awhile but I've heard Vito's quality and service has dropped dramatically from more than one source. To bad I use to kind of like it for what it was.

            1. re: theflytyr

              Vito's is one restaurant if you're part of a large and clearly deep-pocketed corporate group. It is a lousy stinkhole if show up just a couple of people. They make no effort for non-convention guests, even those who are locals.

          2. Charley's Steakhouse is really good....and close to the Orlando theme parks. I've been to both the Orlando and the Tampa restaurants, and they are both excellent. It's where my husband always wants to go for his birthday. Not cheap...figure on $200 per couple with wine/drinks.