One thing about Orlando is that there is always an option for a restaurant that is anything but basic! We love finding cool and exciting places to eat, and Orlando has so many unique restaurants you need to check out this summer!
Everything from themed dinner shows, exotic experiences, to scrumptious local food spots, check out our guide for 7 unique restaurants in Orlando you need to try!
1. The Hemisphere
Everyone asks what’s the deal with airplane food, never about airport food! Specifically, The Hemisphere! This hidden gem is located on the 9th floor of MCO, with floor to ceiling views of planes across the evening sky. You can access this spot either through the Hyatt on property, or head up directly from airport security, making this the perfect spot for a unique date night OR the perfect treat yourself during a layover on vacation!
Choose from their array of speciality craft cocktails, or indulge yourself from the wine cuvee. Their culinary team has curated an exquisite menu for all tastes. Come for a snack or get your fill. We recommend their grilled octopus and mushroom toast on their Tastings menu, and their Grilled Cauliflower and Picanha Steak for your Helpings!
Looking for something quicker? Check out their more casual bar, McCoy’s, downstairs on the 3rd floor of MCO!
Taverna Opa is bringing authentic Greek food and the traditional Greek experience right to the heart of Orlando! Located right on International Drive, this immersive restaurant experience promotes the perfect combo of great Greek food & celebration. Spirits are sure to be lifted with a confetti of napkin surrounding you. There are even belly dancers who perform throughout the night!
You can enjoy Mediterranean options like falafel, Greek salads, lamb chops, gyro, chicken skewers, or saganaki, the traditional flaming cheese. Somebody said Opa?!
Monday | 12PM–10PM
Tuesday | 12PM–10PM
Wednesday | 12PM–10PM
Thursday | 12PM–10PM
Friday | 12PM–11PM
Saturday | 12PM–11PM
Sunday | 12PM–11PM
Ever dreamed of going to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory? Then, Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen is as close as you can get! This 19th century themed spot is an alchemy with gourmet chocolates, artisanal milkshakes and sumptuous sundaes. Located right in Universal Orlando City Walk!
Know any chocolate lovers? The candy store inside will sure to have you drooling with over 30 different types of truffles daily and 25 different kinds of chocolate macaroons! Their food even has some chocolate like their Coffee and Chocolate Stout Chicken Wings!
Maxine’s on Shine is a new American restaurant in downtown Orlando that offers a safe and sexy unique experience. At Maxine’s they make sure to elevate the experience of engaging others at a highly entertaining epicurean experience.
You can choose from fried green tomatoes and crab cakes, skillet chicken parmesan, or stuffed trout, and finish it off with the key lime pie to satisfy that sweet tooth. They also have happy hour from 5pm–6:30pm, and their weekend brunch 10am–3pm.
Susuru is a show-era, retro- themed restaurant with izaka, yakitori, ramen, and cocktails. A place to surely have your taste buds craving food all the way from Japan!
You can start with traditional Japanese street food like yuku corn, gyoza with wings, or seaweed salad. Be sure to try the tonkosu or mi-so hot ramen, yakitori skewers, or the short rib kushikaki. You can wash it down with a plum wine sangria, sour strawberry daiquiri, or delicious boba tea. And make sure to check wait times ahead of time!
Häos on Church Orlando’s Church Street offers dining and entertainment like no other. From vegetarians to meat eaters, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!
Downstairs you can enjoy Mediterranean dishes like tenderloin skewers, Häos burger, or a vegan stuffed tomato. Häos even offers brunch! With Bawdy BlueLaLa entertainment featuring VarieTease and guests. And of course, you’ll have to check out their Blue Hao’s upstairs bar!
Vamos a bailar! Let’s dance at Mango’s Tropical Café located on International Drive, featuring Cuban Conga, Brazillian Samba, Tango, Disco Fever, a Michael Jackson tribute, and other Latin-inspired performances! Enjoy a delicious 3 course meal while watching one of these amazing shows!
Mangos Tropical Cafe is a must see, must experience, dining and dancing unique experience with classic cuban cuisine, Latin music, open-air tropical ambiance, and unique cocktails. Be sure to try their famous churrasco steak along with seafood, Italian delicacies and custom salads and desserts that are sure to please everyone’s palate!
8. Cafe Tu Tu Tango
If you’re looking for a tapas-style, small plate menu, then Café Tu Tu Tango is a perfect spot to check out! Located right on I-Drive you can enjoy live entertainment and resident artists working in the restaurant!
With art-inspired craft cocktails, signature sangrias, beer and wine there will sure to be something for everyone! And happy hour Monday-Friday 3-6PM! They also offer brunch on the weekends! Be sure to check them out!
9. Santiago's Bodega
Located in Ivanhoe Village, just north of downtown Orlando and just off of Mills 50, Santiago’s Bodega is renowned for its two Happy Hours each and every day! They also are known for their very popular brunch on the weekends! It is a premium tapas-style experience that has been voted one of the best brunching experiences in Orlando!
10. Yellow Dog Eats
Ruff! The dogs makes the call here at Yellow Dog Eats! With their original location in beautiful downtown Gotha, you can find a menu of sandwiches, salads, BBQ and daily specials are all Yellow Dog originals!
Yellow Dog strives to create yummy combinations of favors to delight the palette and raise the spirits. This spot has a fun, relaxed backyard-style seating area! Perfect for quick bite to eat after hitting up the Windermere Farmer’s Market!