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Sep 2, 2008 11:16 AM

Need New Dining Recommendation in Orlando...

I need some recommendations for a new restaurant to celebrate my aunt's 65th birthday at. Thing is I'd like to try somewhere new, which I'm finding difficult as I've been to most places in Orlando. But hopefully I'm missing some places and you guys can help point them out. Looking for something nice, doesn't necessarily have to be super high end, but something at least borderline fine dining.

Places I've been to cross off the list are:

Luma on Park
310 South
Victoria & Alberts
Ravenous Pig
All the steakhouses (Capital Grille, Charlies, Del Frisco, Ruth Chris, etc…)
Emeril's and Tchoup Chop
Le Coq au Vin
Maison and Jardin
Samba Room
Season's 52

Okay chowhounds, so what am I missing out on?

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  1. You've hit some of the good ones, but have no fear there are always more.... :)

    The Chefs Table


    Tavern on the Lake

    K Restaurant Wine Bar

    Nonna Trattoria ed Enoteca

    Heather McPherson just reviewed Chatham's Place

    1. I second Winechic's recommendations, especially the newer Chef's Table at the Edgewater. I'd also consider The Boheme at the Grand Bohemian in downtown Orlando.

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      1. re: Scott Joseph

        Scott -

        Welcome to the Chowhound community. We are glad you decided to join us here and look forward to your insightful reviews we've all grown to respect.

          1. re: herbert1

            We were just in Orlando this past weekend and went for dinner at Funky Monkey Wine. Our goal was to avoid anything too touristy and the usual steakhouses. It is close to downtown, off the beaten path. The interior is quite nice for what you drive up to! I would stick to the appetizers as the entrees are a hit or miss. The salmon wasn't great, but my ostrich was interesting (in a good way). You have to remember that while it is a "bird" the meat is similar to red meat. The wine list is extensive and prices are not too over the top and I do not get to Orlando all that often, but I am going back at the end of the month to give their sushi a try as well.

            It was reviewed in March 2008 by the local paper so it is relatively new.
            912 N. Mills Ave
            Orlando, FL 32803
            Cross Street: Colonial and Mills
            Phone: (407) 427-1447
            Dress Code: Smart Casual

            1. re: herbert1

              Thanks for the welcome. I'm glad to be here. (Heck, I'm glad to be anywhere these days!)

        1. Zen at the Omni Resort/Champions Gate if she likes Asian and sushi
          Park Plaza Gardens
          Chefs Table (worth the drive to Winter Garden)

          1. How about:

            Christini's on Sand Lake Rd and Dr.Phillips

            1. I used to live in Orlando and work at the Seasons 52 on Sand Lake Rd. Here is a few of my favorites:

              Press 101 (Dr Phillips Area on Sand Lake Rd) - Great lunch place & excellent wine list.

              Hanamizuki (I-Drive) - Best Japanese food in all of Central Florida, Trust Me!!

              J Alexanders (Sand Lake Rd) - Just opened

              Rangetsu (I-Drive) - Best Sushi, across the street from Hanamizuki

              Cricketers Arms - Authentic English Pub