Top 5 Hidden Gem Restaurants to Try in Orlando

The Encore Resort Blog
June 5, 2023
June 5, 2023

Orlando is filled with amazing restaurants that you probably never heard of. Keep reading to learn our top 5 hidden gem restaurants in Orlando (no theme parks involved)!

1. Susuru

Susuru restaurant interior in Orlando, Florida
Ⓒ Susuru

Located in Lake Buena Vista, Susuru is an authentic Japanese restaurant that serves the very best and fresh of menu items. From ramen and fish to rice bowls, amazing meat skewers, and beyond, everything here is delicious and thoughtfully crafted. Along with sensational food, the drinks at Susuru are all outstanding. Some even have novelty additions from cotton candy to action figures.

Our Favorite Dish: Green Miso King Salmon

2. Sofrito Latin Cafe

Sofrito’s is an incredible restaurant that serves homemade dishes from all around Latin America. The restaurant itself is named after an ingredient that ties all the dishes together – sofrito. This flavorful sauce inspired the restaurant to become a reality, and for that, we are forever grateful. From Beef Picadillo to Argentinian Empanadas, everything is a taste of heaven.

Our Favorite Dish: Cuban

Cuban sandwich at the Sofrito Latin Cafe in Orlando, Florida
Ⓒ Sofrito Latin Cafe

3. Yellow Dog Eats

Yellow Dog Eats Bistro exterior in Orlando, Florida.
Ⓒ Yellow Dog Eats

Yellow Dog Eats serves tasty, original chow with a light heart and a convivial smile. According to the website, “Our menu of sandwiches, salads, barbeque, and daily specials are all Yellow Dog originals conjured from the imaginative mind of your humble proprietor, Chef Fish Morgan.” Along with its delicious food, Yellow Dog Eats’s incredible aesthetic makes dining there a dream.

Our Favorite Dish: Bleu Suede Shoes

4. Domu

Domu is a beloved Asian restaurant in Orlando. This delicious place is located in both Dr. Phillips and Winter Park. From ramen to rice bowls, everything on the menu is top tier. Best of all, they make their own noodles. Plus, the wings here are some of the best in Orlando!

Our Favorite Dish: Tokyo Ramen

Couple enjoying ramen at Domu restaurant in Orlando, Florida
Ⓒ Domu

5. Prato

Meatballs served over polenta at Prato restaurant in Winter Park, Orlando, Florida
Ⓒ Prato

Beautifully put on their website, Prato describes their restaurant as, “Blending simplicity and inspiration, Prato celebrates cuisine from Italy’s rich culinary landscape, seamlessly blending Italian classics with modern techniques and seasonal ingredients.” Everything in this restaurant is delicious from the appetizers to the mains to the desserts, drinks, and beyond. If you like Italian food, it is a must try.

Our Favorite Dish: Lamb Pansotti

We hope we got you hungry with our top 5 hidden gem restaurants in Orlando. All these restaurants are sure to satisfy your stomach. Be sure to check them out on your next vacation!
Nico Luna in a chef's coat holding a serving tray

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