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Orlando has some of the best restaurants in America offering a wide variety of cuisine. The quality of food is fantastic, as is the service and the prices. In general any dining experience in Orlando is a pleasure and you would have to go a long way to find a bad meal. Remember portions will be on the large size, so think twice before ordering that starter. These are just a few of my favourite places to eat.

Hard Rock Cafe at Universal

Situated between Islands of Adventure and universal Studios the Hard rock café offers good quality food at unbelievable prices. The atmosphere in this place is fantastic and the walls are steeped in history. If you are wandering what to order I can recommend the burger from personal experiences, it is the best around by far. The service here is very friendly. In all a real family restaurant, ideal after a long day at the parks.
Pre-booking is advisable to avoid disappointment.

Old Hickory Steak House At Gaylord Palms Hotel

The Old Hickory Steak House is just one of many restaurants in this huge hotel, and it offers fantastic food in a luxurious setting. It is an ideal place for a special occasion, but be warned the prices are rather on the high side. It is also not an ideal place to take young children. But don’t let this put you off, the food is cooked and served to a very high standard. My favourite is the Peppercorn fillet Steak.

Café D’antonio at Celebration

Located in a beautiful and peaceful area known as Celebration, Café D’antonio is an amazing Italian restaurant. It offers typical Italian cuisine as well as many other dishes. The pizzas are the best I have tasted, and they also do take away if you would prefer to eat at home. It is a small and very friendly restaurant, with a fantastic wine list. Excellent service and also very child friendly, although not the cheapest Italian in Orlando. You do pay extra for just being in Celebration. Again booking is a must.

Ruth Chris Steak House

Rather like the Old Hickory Steak House, Ruth Chris offers fantastic food but at a premium. This is a very up-market steak house and has the best wine list you will ever see. But what makes Ruth Chris steaks taste so good is the way they are cooked. The steaks are cooked at extremely high temperatures in specially designed clay ovens. Cooked exactly to your liking and served sizzling in hot butter. Watch out though, you pay one price for your steak and then all the side orders are extra.

Charleys Steak House

This restaurant is consistently ranked in the top 10 steak houses in America reaching as high as number 3. The attention to detail is apparent as soon as you enter this restaurant, the staff are so warm and friendly, nothing is too much trouble. However the prices do reflect this, so I would save this restaurant for a very special occasion.. All the steaks are cooked at exceptionally high temperatures over a citrus wooden pit to give additional flavour. Overall, a brilliant restaurant offering incredible food and most definitely my number one place to dine.

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