Top Restaurants Near Seaworld

by Female Abroad for Tripster

SeaWorld Orlando is one of the many amusement parks that makes Orlando worth visiting but just because you visit, it does not mean that you have to eat every meal at the park. Luckily for you, some of the most entertaining and best restaurants can be found within 20 minutes of SeaWorld Orlando. To help with your decision making, the following restaurants are listed in order of closest to furthest from the park.

Taverna Opa!

Regularly named Orlando’s #1 Greek restaurant, Taverna Opa makes almost everything from scratch with a lot of the ingredients coming straight from Greece. This restaurant also features lively evening entertainment with Greek dancing with Zorba and belly dancing, both of which you are very welcome to join in on. For me, I love a good souvlaki which they do very well here and they also offer a four course Family Style Feast if you want to try a bit of a mixture.

Benihana, International Drive

If you have never experienced teppanyaki then a visit to Benihana is a must as you will enjoy yourself. At teppanyaki, the chef cooks your food right at your table on a Hibachi grill and the chefs are quite the characters as they play with your food while preparing and also get you involved as well. They also have something for everyone from vegetarian options to steak, chicken, and seafood. This is definitely one of the best restaurants near SeaWorld Orlando for the entertainment value alone.

Sugar Factory, ICON Park

Sometimes you just want something sweet and the Sugar Factory is the place to go, even for the locals. For sweets they have all sorts of ice cream based desserts (try the King Kong sundae if you dare; who knew 16 scoops of ice cream was so large!), smoking goblet drinks, Couture Pops, and if you are not a sweet person but got dragged out they also have options like burgers and chicken with waffles (make sure to add hot sauce!).

Disney Springs, Walt Disney World

If you are not quite sure what you have a craving for then heading to Disney Springs is a great option as they have something for everyone. The Edison is great for adults, Raglan Road is a hit if you want some hearty Irish fare, Morimoto Asia for sushi & steaks, The Boathouse for seafood and if most of the other places are busy, Splitsville if you want something more casual and a few rounds of bowling; the options feel like they are endless! If you are in town during summer or holiday seasons most of these restaurants will let you book a table on Open Table.

Chatham’s Place Restaurant, Dr. Phillips Boulevard

Open since 1988, Chatham’s Place is one of the top restaurants in Orlando. The owner and chef grows a lot of the herbs, vegetables, and fruits used in the dishes himself so every seasonal meal is of the highest quality. As this is a fine dining restaurant, this is better suited for a romantic meal than a place to take the kids for dinner.

Titanic First-Class Dinner Gala, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, International Drive

Are you looking for something that is more unique to Orlando? Then the 3 hour long Gala Dinner on the Titanic is a must. Your ticket included a four course meal, reenactments of the final night, the Captain's cocktail party, and a tour of the Titanic: the Artifact Exhibition. Even though it is a Gala dinner, there is no dress code but children must be seven years of age or older.

Universal CityWalk, Universal Studios Orlando

This entertainment area across from Universal Studios does not seem very big but it has a lot packed into its small location. Our go to’s here are Anotjitos Cocina for Mexican, Bubba Gump Shrimp for when we just want a burger, Wasabi for Japanese, Hot Dog Hall of Fame for brats, and Buca di Beppo for Italian.

American Girl Bistro, Florida Mall

Found at Florida Mall, if you have a child that is into dolls you can head here to dine with American Girl doll (you can bring yours from home or they will lend you one). Your doll will have a special seat so she can enjoy the meal with you! Food here is done by a Prix Fixe menu of items you would expect to find on a kids menu and they also offer teatime with sandwiches, treats, and a crafty activity.

Medieval Times Dinner Tournament, Kissimmee

Have kids or are you a kid at heart? Then head to this 11th century “castle” where you get to eat with your hands while cheering on your favorite knight as he is challenged to sword fights and jousting duels.