Between the celebrated “Restaurant Row” stretch of Sand Lake Road and the ever-growing string of higher-end boîtes and steakhouses along Dr. Phillips Boulevard, this has become the neighborhood to visit if you’re looking for a festive restaurant experience. Rapid growth has created traffic woes along the main strip, though, so if you’re looking to satisfy those bougie appetites, screw your patience to the sticking place. In November each year, the Dellagio Town Center hosts A Taste of Dr. Phillips, where you can taste it all at once.
7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., 407-801-8226, bartaco.com
Chill taquería inspired by the beach culture of Brazil, Uruguay and Southern California.
8323 W. Sand Lake Road, 407-500-7528, slateorlando.com
Handsomely appointed restaurant serves up safe, seasonal, well-executed fare.
8000 Via Dellagio Way, 407-872-2640, urbain40.com
The Jazz Age speakeasy feel is in full swing at Urbain 40, an exquisite room serving upscale global cuisine.
Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi
7972 Via Dellagio Way, 407-370-3359, dragonflyrestaurants.com
They come for meats perfectly blistered over binchotan charcoal and artfully rolled sushi.
Le Café de Paris
5170 Dr. Phillips Blvd., 407-293-2326, shopcafeparis.com
A recent renovation means more space in which to enjoy French pastries, sandwiches and soups.
Rocco's Tacos and Tequila Bar
7468 W. Sand Lake Road, 407-226-0550, roccostacos.com
The bar stocking more than 400 types of tequila keeps this joint raucous most nights.
7563 W. Sand Lake Road, 407-930-6517, downatthewhiskey.com
For those given to pairing gourmet burgers with whiskey-forward craft cocktails.
7988 Via Dellagio Way, 407-440-2856, peperoncinocucina.com
The narrow space is reminiscent of eateries in Italy, but the menu gives Old World-inspired cuisine a refreshing breath of life.
7732 W. Sand Lake Road, 407-351-6000, orlandocedars.com
Their spin on traditional Lebanese brings a splendid lightness of texture and flavor to familiar dishes.
7730 W. Sand Lake Road, 407-930-0402, eatatrasa.com
Combines the joy of Malaysian food-stall choices with a slick, clean presentation.
Kokino Tapas & Cocktails
7705 Turkey Lake Road, 407-270-9199, kokinorestaurant.com
Swanky Latin-Asian tapas spot serves pleasing plates to the late-night crowd.
7760 W. Sand Lake Road, 407-352-4844, roysrestaurant.com
Roy Yamaguchi's Hawaiian hospitality transforms meals into experiences.
Eddie V's Prime Seafood
7488 W. Sand Lake Road, 407-355-3011, eddiev.com
Steaks thick as a brick and big, beautiful seafood.
8060 Via Dellagio Way, 407-985-2972, thepharmacyorlando.com
One of the best joints in town is cleverly disguised behind a pair of innocent elevator doors. Creativity starts in the kitchen and continues with stiff craft cocktails.