BENIHANA‒ Japanese. Chefs entertain as they prepare steak, chicken, lobster, scallops and shrimp at your table. Teppanyaki-style cooking. L, D (daily). www.benihana.com. Hilton Hotel, 1751 Hotel Plaza Blvd., 407.827.4865.
THE BOATHOUSE ‒ American. The company behind T-Rex and Rainforest Cafe brings another fun, family-friendly theme to Disney Springs featuring steaks, fresh seafood and a raw bar. Enjoy live music and tours on an amphibious retro car or a 40-foot Italian water taxi. L, D (daily). www.theboathouseorlando.com. Disney Springs, 1486 E. Buena Vista Drive, 407.939.6244.
CALIFORNIA GRILL‒ Creative/Contemporary. Innovative sushi, pork tenderloin, lobster mashed potatoes and California wines. Time dessert for a view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Reservation only. D (nightly), Br (Su). www.disneyworld.com.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort, 4600 N. World Drive, 407.939.3463.
CAPA‒ Spanish. This 17th-floor rooftop steakhouse and bar offers a range of cuisine with a Spanish twist and outdoor seating for views of Disney fireworks. D (nightly). www.fourseasonsorlando.com. Four Seasons, 10100 Dream Tree Blvd., 407.313.7777.
CHEF ART SMITH’S HOMECOMING ‒ Southern. Start with a signature moonshine cocktail before indulging on Southern comfort foods like fried chicken, freshly baked biscuits. Church Lady Deviled Eggs and Hamilton County pecan pie for dessert. www. homecomingkitchen.com. Disney Springs, 1602 E. Buena Vista Drive, 407.560.0100.
DEEP BLU SEAFOOD GRILLE ‒ Seafood. Expert chefs prepare dinners of fresh seafood, sushi and more in an open kitchen. Don’t miss the scallops with local buttermilk grits or the fresh oysters from the raw bar. D (nightly). www.deepbluorlando.com. Wyndham Grand Resort Bonnet Creek, 14651 Chelonia Parkway, 407.390.2300.
FLYING FISH ‒ Seafood. A favorite on Disney’s BoardWalk, Flying Fish has just released an all-new menu in a newly designed dining room. Guests will find a menu of 100 percent sustainable seafood like blue crab, scallops, Chilean seabass, rock shrimp, yellowfin tuna and octopus. For landlubbers, try the Kurobuta pork belly or wagyu filet mignon which melts in your mouth. D (nightly). www.disneyworld.com. 2101 Epcot Resorts Blvd., 407.939.1947.
FRONTERA COCINA‒ Mexican. Chicago’s culinary giant and Mexican food pioneer Rick Bayless comes to Disney Springs. www.fronteracocina.com. 1486 Buena Vista Drive, 407.560.9197.
IL MULINO NEW YORK TRATTORIA‒ Italian. Traditional Italian cuisine from the Abruzzi region, served in a dynamic rustic trattoria. Free childcare while parents dine. D (nightly). www.swandolphin. com/ilmulino. Walt Disney World Swan Resort, 1200 Epcot Resorts Blvd., 407.934.1199.
JIKO ‒THE COOKING PLACE ‒ African. The Animal Kingdom Lodge is an amazing venue where you can actually see giraffes and zebras before you dine. Enjoy authentic African cuisine and rare wines. D (nightly). www.disneyworld.com. 2901 Osceola Parkway, 407.939.3463.
LA LUCE ‒ Italian. This modern Italian country kitchen features thin-crust pizzas, homemade family-style pastas and Italian dishes inspired by family recipes handed down through the generations. D (nightly). www.hiltonbonnetcreek.com. Hilton Bonnet Creek, 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, 407.597.3600.
LANDRY’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT‒ Seafood. A 1940s seafood house décor makes this a fun place to dine. Dishes such as Crab Remick and New Orleans seafood bread are nods to its Louisiana roots. Fresh fish, live Maine lobster and steaks. L, D (daily). www.landrysseafoodhouse.com. 8800 Vineland Ave., 407.827.6466.
MONSIEUR PAUL‒ French. Renowned French chef Paul Bucose leaves his mark on this classical French menu with highlights such as the soupe aux truffles and Maine lobster with mollet quail egg and creamy black-truffle bouillon. Time dinner for the 9 pm fireworks. D (nightly). www.disneyworld.com. Epcot World Showcase, 200 Epcot Center Drive, 407.939.5277.
MORIMOTO ASIA‒ Asian. Famous Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto brings his popular restaurant to Disney Springs, offering fresh sushi, seafood and Asian cuisine in a spectacular dining room. L, D (daily). www.morimotoasia.com. Disney Springs, 1600 E. Buena Vista Drive, 407.939.6686.
PLANCHA‒ Cuban. Plancha at the Four Seasons Golf Club offers a lakeside setting with Cubana sandwiches, empanadas and the chorizo burger along with mojitos and a Hemingway daiquiri. L, D (daily), Br (Su). www.fourseasons.com. 10100 Dream Tree Blvd., 407.313.7777.
PLANET HOLLYWOOD OBSERVATORY‒ American. The newly redesigned Planet Hollywood Observatory features a menu designed by Guy Fieri and some of the rarest Hollywood and television memorabilia. L, D (daily). www.planethollywood. com. Disney Springs, 1506 E. Buena Vista Drive, 407.827.7827.
RAGLAN ROAD IRISH PUB AND RESTAURANT‒ Irish. Grab a Guinness, try a contemporary take on shepherd’s pie and have a rollicking good time at this Irish-accented megapub and restaurant at Disney Springs. L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). www.raglanroadirishpub.com. Disney Springs, 1640 E. Buena Vista Drive, 407.938.0300.
RAINFOREST CAFÉ ‒ American. A large, family restaurant complete with tropical birds, aquariums, interactive animals and lush vegetation, with a big chance for thunderstorms. Pastas, sandwiches, burgers and salads. L, D (daily). www.rainforestcafe. com. Disney Spings, 1800 E. Lake Buena Vista
Drive, 407.827.8500.; Animal Kingdom, 505 N. Rainforest Road, 407.938.9100.
SHULA’S STEAK HOUSE ‒ Steak. Custom Angus steaks combined with their aging process make up an award-winning “Shula Cut.” Maine lobster and hearty side dishes round out the experience. Free daycare provided. D (nightly). www.swandolphinrestaurants.com/shulas. Swan and Dolphin Resort, 1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd., 407.934.1362.
SPRINKLES ‒ Dessert. Stop by the bakery franchise that started the original cupcake craze back in 2005. Don’t miss the fabulous assortment of ice cream, like the peanut butter cup or red velvet. Plus, a cupcake ATM turns out freshly baked cupcakes from 8 am-2 am. L, D (daily). www.sprinkles. com. Disney Springs, 1676 E. Buena Vista Drive, 888.220.2210.
STK‒ Steakhouse. Don’t expect your father’s steakhouse. With hip locations in Vegas and D.C. and a new outpost at Disney Springs, STK features highend cuts, a raw bar and cool cocktails in a trendy dining room complete with a DJ. For a quiet corner, head upstairs to the rooftop bar. Parking is free. L, D (daily). togrp.com/restaurant/stk-orlando. Disney Springs, 1580 Buena Vista Drive, 407.917.7440.
TODD ENGLISH’S BLUEZOO ‒ Seafood. Celebrity chef Todd English draws on coastal cultures to create a seafood menu. Impressive raw bar selection and assortment of fresh fish prepared over an open fire pit. Free babysitting available. D (nightly). www. swandolphin.com. Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, 1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd., 407.934.1111.
VICTORIA & ALBERT’S ‒ Creative/Contemporary. At the city’s only five-diamond restaurant, Chef Scott Hunnel prepares outstanding seven-course and 10-course meals each night, inspired by his world travels to Asia, Spain, Italy and France. For the ultimate experience, indulge in the Chef’s Table dinner in the kitchen or the private food-and-wine pairings in the Queen Victoria Room. D (daily). www.disneyworld.com. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, 4401 Floridian Way, 407.939.3862.
ZETA BAR AND SUSHI LOUNGE ‒ Sushi. A stylish and sophisticated setting offering traditional and signature sushi rolls, sashimi, noodle dishes and innovative, hand-crafted cocktails. D (nightly). www.hiltonbonnetcreek.com. Hilton Bonnet Creek, 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, 407.597.3600.