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Corporate_40 Sep 2, 2008 11:16 AM

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
Normans
Primo
Bluezoo
Hue
Victoria & Alberts
Graze
Ravenous Pig
Taste
All the steakhouses (Capital Grille, Charlies, Del Frisco, Ruth Chris, etc…)
Citrus
Emeril's and Tchoup Chop
Enzo's
Le Coq au Vin
Maison and Jardin
Roys
Timpano
Samba Room
Season's 52
Manuel's

Okay chowhounds, so what am I missing out on?

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  1. winechic RE: Corporate_40 Sep 2, 2008 11:43 AM

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

    The Chefs Table
    http://www.chefstableattheedgewater.com/

    Journey's
    http://journeysrestaurant.net/

    Tavern on the Lake
    www.tavernorlando.com

    K Restaurant Wine Bar
    http://www.kwinebar.com/home_page_001...

    Nonna Trattoria ed Enoteca
    http://www.nonnawinebar.com/home_page...

    Heather McPherson just reviewed Chatham's Place
    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/servic...

    http://www.chathamsplace.com/

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      Scott Joseph RE: Corporate_40 Sep 2, 2008 07:05 PM

      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.
      Scott

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        lauderdale75 RE: Scott Joseph Sep 3, 2008 06:33 AM

        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.

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          herbert1 RE: lauderdale75 Sep 10, 2008 06:27 AM

          Yep, welcome aboard Scott.

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            jmdhsmiami RE: herbert1 Sep 10, 2008 06:52 AM

            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

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              Scott Joseph RE: herbert1 Sep 10, 2008 05:59 PM

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

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          starbucksbrew RE: Corporate_40 Sep 16, 2008 06:39 AM

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

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            horvath42 RE: Corporate_40 Sep 17, 2008 03:52 PM

            How about:

            Christini's on Sand Lake Rd and Dr.Phillips

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              peckjh RE: Corporate_40 Sep 17, 2008 09:56 PM

              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

              Enjoy!!

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