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Best Restaurant in Orlando

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Coming down for the holidays...particularily interested in high-end Italian...no Disney
restaurants as I'm staying there...and want to get away for one night...

On the other hand, if you've got recommendations for Disney, I'll take them too as there are only so many character dinners I can do.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. I've never been, but Primo is supposed to be the best high-end Italian restaurant in town, and it's not terribly far from the Disney area. Personally, I love Enzo's on the Lake in Longwood as a "special occasion" Italian restaurant, but it's about 45 minutes from where you'll be.

    Overall, my favorite restaurant in Orlando is the Ravenous Pig in Winter Park.

    1. I'm a little confused, do you want the best restaurant, best high-end Italian, or best restaurant not at Disney?

      I'll answer all three IMO:

      Best Overall restaurant: Victoria & Albert's
      Best High-end Italian: None really, but if forced either Primo, La Luce or Juliana's - note that both Primo and La Luce are really kind of Italian/farm-to-table fusion places. La Nuova Cucina is also really good but it has been wobbly recently from ownership issues so you may want to check if it is still open
      Best non-Disney: I'd go with Ravenous Pig, but if you want a more upscale option then K

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      1. re: YosemiteSam

        I had dinner at Antonio's about 2 years ago & thought it was pretty good - nice but not too high end.
        http://www.antoniosonline.com/Antonio...
        Not too sure if it's near where you'll be staying since my in-laws were doing the driving that night, & I'm not from the area (I'm in NH). They usually prefer something more casual like Pannullo's in Winter Park, which is a nice area to walk around, & then hit The Wine Room for a glass of wine.
        http://www.pannullos.com/
        http://thewineroomonline.com/

        1. re: YosemiteSam

          I haven't eaten there in about 8 months to a year, but I recall Christini's @ Sand Lake & Dr Phillips being quite good (and quite pricey). Is this not still the case?

          Agree on V&A's as best fine dining, with K being an excellent selection too. Mixed feelings on Ravenous.

          1. re: askdrtodd

            I stopped by trp a week ago, They had just put a new lamb loin dish on the menu. Can't recall the details, but it was one of those rare dishes where the flavors meshed perfectly. Don't miss this dish!!!!

            1. re: askdrtodd

              I've never been but I've had friends rave about Christini's. High end italian with high end prices.

              but if is as good as some people say it may be worth it.

              1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                Is it near Chatham's? If so, it is an amazing restaurant and caters to the Isleworth crowd who live pretty close by. LMF

            2. re: YosemiteSam

              We were checking out La Nuova this morning as a possible and it appears they have closed.

            3. Agreed cristini's is the best italian but for seafood try out Bigfin seafood kitchen. They are in the complex west of cristini's. They also have great food other than the seafood. try their scallops orleans, that's my favorite.