Good gastrobars can be hard to find in the smaller, less millennial-friendly cities.
Fear not, however, because that is not the case in Orlando. In a city where cooking has become a treasured form of art, it’s no surprise that it is also a place brimming with fabulous pub fare.
Here are 10 gastropubs and bars that are totally worth bragging about being from Orlando:
13 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
In an ideal gastropub, the food would be as delicious as the drinks. For us Orlandoans, such a place exists. It’s called Avenue, and its decent drink list is only eclipsed by a menu that includes a dangerously good plate of truffle fries and an especially savory “Cali” sandwich, among other tasty specialty items. Yum!
9101 International Drive, Suite 1003, Orlando, FL 32819
This British-themed pub is more than just a touristy hotspot – it is a hype-worthy foray into delicious gastrobar food. Although its fish n’ chips selection is arguably its most popular dish, The Pub’s menu is brimming with delicious tasting options, including an especially appetizing shepherd’s pie, pot roast, whiskey bread pudding and tons of specialty brews, beers and standard and mixed drinks. Cheers!
745 Bennett Road, Orlando, FL 32803
It’s corny, but true: a visit to The Smiling Bison is guaranteed to make you smile. A restaurant that is just as dedicated to amassing an impressive selection of beers, wines and cocktails as it is to creating delicious pub fare, it is no surprise that the Smiling Bison is also one of the most well-rated gastrobars in Orlando.
1234 N. Orange Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
A restaurant renowned for its tasty experimental dishes and handmade drinks, The Ravenous Pig has certainly earned its place among Orlando’s top upscale gastropubs. Its fresh, seasonal ingredients require a rotating menu, so be sure to check out the Pig’s latest online listings for any updates.
9101 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
(Other locations can be found here)
Marlow’s Tavern is arguably one of the best chain gastropubs in Orlando, thanks to an impressive selection of handcrafted cocktails, beers, wines, and an original, eclectic menu. My recommendation? Go for the kettle chips, truffle fries, and/or the shrimp and grits. You won’t regret it.
55 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32801
The Rusty Spoon is an important Orlando gastrobar, if only for its dedication to crafting one of the most varied, farm-fresh menus in the game. For drinks, they offer a lengthy list of red and white/sparkling wines, cocktails, and draught and craft beers. Note: as a seasonal menu, The Spoon’s selections are subject to change. If you want a better idea of what you’re in for, you can check out their latest listings here.
565 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
As the sister restaurant to The Ravenous Pig, it will come as no surprise that Cask and Larder’s gourmet/southern-style offerings and drink selections are just as exemplary. Like the Pig, C+L’s menu is seasonal and subject to change. To get a better idea of what you can expect daily, check out their latest listings here!
1541 International Parkway, Suite 1001 Lake Mary, FL 32746
Although it may be a little out of the way, a visit to F&D is certainly worth the trip. For starters, it has one of the most delicious, artfully crafted gastrobar menus in the Greater Orlando area, with offerings that include a red wine glaze beef short rib, kale shrimp Caesar salad, lamb meatballs, and for drinks, an equally inspiring list of wines, beers and handmade cocktails. Dee-licious.
25 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
If delicious, eclectic Irish food sounds like your idea of a good time, you may want to pay a visit to Harp and Celt – a gastropub made famous for its experimental Irish dishes and other fresh fare, including Irish whiskey soaked wings, “magners” mussels doused in Irish cider, and Irish nachos. I’ll drink to that.
200 Citrus Tower Blvd, Clermont, FL 34711
Like F&D, The Crooked Spoon is another out-of-the-way gastrobar that’s definitely worth your visit. Their menu alone is enough to convince you that these folks are serious about their cooking, with an eclectic, delicious selection of dishes that vary by the season.
Have any more awesome gastropubs to add to the list? Leave them in the comments!