Downtown Orlando - The Ultimate Guide To The Best Family Restaurants

Orlando is famous for its theme parks, family tourist attractions, fine resorts and its world class convention center. They also have 26 golf courses, museums, parks and lakes for kayaking, fishing and swimming. The city is an all-in-one family vacation destination. To complete the Orlando experience, they also serve up world class cuisine and have incredible dining spots for every taste and budget.

If you’re looking for a great place for the entire family to eat in Downtown Orlando, you’ll find it at Church Street. The place is home to many of Orlando’s best restaurants and finest food venues that can be found only in this iconic entertainment strip at the heart of the city center. There’s an entirely different ‘vibe’ in Downtown Orlando. Far removed from the theme parks and tourist spots it provides more depth and authenticity to experience and to their food offerings. It’s fair to say that many of the best family restaurants in Orlando can be found in Downtown Orlando, and that Church Street is the hub of it all.

During weekends and official holidays the place is brimming with life and entertainment. This area of Church Street is closed to traffic on a holiday for a great street party, downtown Orlando restaurants are serving up a good time, and it’s the best place to be on any Friday or Saturday night. Be sure to make an advance booking if you choose to dine at the more popular of these restaurants.

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The Rusty Spoon

This is a casual restaurant known for their innovative dishes based on classic American recipes. It’s located at West Church Street, just minutes away from the Amway Center. The menu can range from a beef carpaccio to slow braised lamb and a selection of mouth-watering salad bowls. Their wine list is pretty impressive too. They’re open Mondays to Fridays from 11am–3pm and from 5pm-10pm.

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Relax Grill

Relax Grill is a lakeside casual family restaurant that overlooks the pristine blue waters of Lake Eola. Take the family out for a gastronomic treat with their casual and comfy dining featuring homemade Mediterranean food with a great American twist. Try out Greek specialties such as hummus, gyros, and more. The food is delicious and fresh and the views are great. The food and drink specials on their menu can change on a daily basis, so check for off the menu items. Eat outside on their open sided patio with the amazing views of the lake and fountains in the downtown Orlando area.

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This is the perfect place to spend a warm and lazy afternoon, relaxing and recharging. Relax Grill offers amazing service, a fresh and laid back atmosphere, and an unforgettable dining experience like no other. Each night of the week they offer guests something new, from their popular trivia nights to “happy hours at the grill.” Make sure you time your visit so you’ll get to experience firsthand some of their fun-filled events and take advantage of their amazing deals. If you want to escape the theme parks and have a more authentic Orlando experience, then plan a dining experience at Relax Grill at Lake Eola.

They operate from 11:30am-9:30pm Sundays to Wednesdays, and 11:30am-10:30pm on Thursdays through Saturdays. They’re located at 211 Eola Parkway, Orlando, Florida.

Hamburger Mary’s

This one-of-a-kind restaurant serves gigantic burgers with a fun and fanciful accompanying drag queen show in the evenings. During the day, they’re open for lunch without the cabaret shows, so that’s probably a better option for the family.Their half-pounder burgers are to die for and there are lots of ways to customize them, or you can opt for a veggie, chicken, or turkey burger. The burgers themselves are reason enough to check out this fun-filled and unforgettable diner. They offer a huge selection of customized burgers. Burgers start at $12.00. The live entertainment in the evenings can range from Drag Queen Bingo to a Broadway musical show.


Kres Steakhouse

One of the most popular downtown Orlando restaurants is Kres Steakhouse. They serve up unique and delicious steak and seafood dishes that the entire family will love. The dining experience for an evening meal here at Kres Steakhouse is very memorable and a must-visit in downtown Orlando, Florida. They take a fresh approach to their steaks and offer an historic yet authentic Orlando dining experience with a modern American twist.

The Kres Steakhouse is situated in the landmark historic Kress building that was erected in the 1930s in downtown Orlando along the famous Church Street. Kres Steakhouse is a must try for foodies who visit the city. They serve aged prime beef and 100% fresh local fish. Their entrees start at $35.00 each, and they offer Porterhouse steak, Beef Wellington, lobster bisque and veggies on the side. Their dish sizes are pretty impressive, so even the most voracious carnivore will find it challenging to tackle the entire three course meal offered at Kres Steakhouse. For solo eaters, you can dine at the bar which affords a more casual and welcoming vibe. There’s ample parking available in Downtown Orlando and valet parking is available at the restaurant during the evening.



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