Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops
Sophisticated and approachable, this New American Steakhouse redefines the classic steakhouse with intelligent preparations and contemporary twists. The Hilton Orlando restaurant serves Prime Spencer’s Cut, aged 21 to 28 days, hand cut and seared to perfection. Spencer’s creations change with the seasons, ensuring the freshest and most flavorful dishes year round. 6001 Destination Pkwy, Orlando, (407) 313-8625, www.thehiltonorlando.com.
Through its unique paella pit, vibrant tapas menu, and selection of cocktails and imported wines, Tapa Toro takes guests on an exciting journey of contemporary Spanish cuisine. Paying tribute to classic and contemporary Spanish food, the paella pit acts as a focal point of the restaurant, along with live music and tableside flamenco dancers. Located at I-Drive 360, 8441 International DR., Orlando (407) 226-2929. www.tapatororestaurant.com.
Todd English’s bluezoo
Celebrity Chef Todd English combines the freshest seafood with coastal cuisines from around the world in the unique setting of bluezoo at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Renowned for innovative cocktails and dishes like “this evening’s dancing fish,” bluezoo supports local farms and fishermen. The restaurant is a AAA Four diamond award recipient. 1500 EPCOT Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, (407) 934-1111, www.thebluezoo.com.
Ernest Hemingway’s fishing expeditions from “Cayo Hueso” to the coast of Cuba are portrayed in many of his writings. Hemingway’s at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress finds its inspiration from the island-inspired culture and cuisine. Home of many of “Papa’s” favorite dishes, signature items include the Duvall Street Shrimp Scampi with jumbo tiger shrimp, pappardelle pasta, fried green tomatoes and cilantro white wine butter sauce. Located at One Grand Cypress Blvd, Orlando (407) 239-3853. www.grandcypresshyatt.com.
Vincenzo Cucina Italiana
Vincenzo Cucina Italiana Executive Chef Vincenzo Navarra invites guests to a farm-to-table dining experience of classic family dishes served in a cozy atmosphere. With a menu of local ingredients, Chef Vincenzo creates authentic Italian dishes like the Stuffed Veal Chop, accompanied by a wine list with Italian and Californian selections. The restaurant is located at the Vue at 360 8255 International Drive,(407) 745-4030, www.vincenzosorlando.com.
The Venetian Room
Proclaimed one of the most romantic dining experiences in Orlando for it’s special Valentine’s dinner, the Venetian Room surrounds guests in elegance and luxury. Known for its upscale dishes like Pan Roasted Veal Chop and delectable desserts, the AAA Four-Diamond Orlando restaurant is located at the Caribe Royale. 8101 World Center Dr, Orlando (407) 238-8060. www.thevenetianroom.com.