Here Are 3 Great Places for Seafood in Orlando
Seafood is fresh and plentiful in central Florida. Visit any or all of these great restaurants to experience delicious seafood dishes you won't soon forget.
Orlando may not be directly on the ocean or the gulf, but it is still an excellent place to get seafood that is caught fresh daily and brought over from the nearby beaches and bays. When in Orlando, you probably want to try some of Florida’s excellent local seafood, but how can you know where to get the best and freshest fish and shellfish in the city? Read on to discover the three best places for seafood in Orlando, and you’ll be prepared for your next trip to this exciting city!
Begin your tour of the greatest Orlando-area seafood with Narcoossee’s, one of the most exceptional dining experiences in the city. This extravagant restaurant is located on Disney property, but you do not need a theme park ticket (or paid parking!) to dine here, as it is inside the Grand Floridian Resort. Themed around a New England style coastal dining experience, Narcoossee’s serves unique and delightful seafood dishes as well as a few turf entrees as well. Visit on a Sunday and enjoy the Sunday Waterfront Brunch, a beloved Walt Disney World resort tradition.
If you can, book your reservation at Narcoossee’s for around the time the Magic Kingdom will be closing. All of the seating is positioned near large windows, and some of it is outside, which will give you an excellent view of the Water Pageant and the Magic Kingdom’s fireworks show while you dine. While there, be sure to try the two-pound lobster or the Key West shrimp and pasta entrees. The pan-seared scallops are also an excellent shellfish choice. Remember that the dress code at Narcoossee’s is business casual, so give yourself plenty of time to get ready before you go!
Narcoossee’s is located at 4401 Grand Floridian in Orlando.
Travel from the Disney area to the attraction-filled International Drive to enjoy a delicious dinner at MoonFish, one of the area’s most popular seafood restaurants. The restaurant features a massive aquarium that entertains guests while they wait, and it is also visible from the beautiful and elegant sushi bar. MoonFish is all about eating your seafood in a stylish and sophisticated environment, and you are sure to love the dishes that are prepared over the natural wood-burning fire pit at the heart of this classy restaurant.
MoonFish prides itself on serving hormone free, antibiotic free, sustainable seafood, so you don’t have to feel guilty when you eat here. The shellfish, fish and vegetables come fresh from local farmers and fishermen, and MoonFish is a member of the Fresh From Florida agricultural program. For a delectable meal you won’t soon forget, try the lump blue crab topped with tomatoes, avocado, and wontons. Or, if you’re feeling like fish instead, choose the gulf-caught grouper topped with citrus sauce for a completely Florida experience. MoonFish also has an excellent sushi menu, and the double spicy tuna roll is a good place to start. For a Florida local sushi experience, order the Tampa roll and enjoy more fried grouper with cream cheese and avocado.
MoonFish is located at 7525 West Sand Lake Road in Orlando.
Lee & Rick's Oyster Bar
If oysters are more your style, you won’t want to miss Lee & Rick’s Oyster Bar. This restaurant is much more popular with locals than with tourists, and although it is frequented by return customers, it is still a much quieter alternative to some of the restaurants on the main stretch in the middle of the city. Don’t be fooled by the exterior! Lee & Rick’s may be a dive, but it is one of the best dives in Orlando, and the shellfish is always incredibly fresh. Visit the most popular oyster bar in the city and discover what has made it a staple of Orlando dining for over six decades.
This is definitely a no-frills dining experience, and there are not a ton of menu options. The best bang for your buck is the bucket of raw or steamed oysters for $25.99, which you can sit with at the bar and shuck to your heart’s content. Order a pound of steamed peel-and-eat shrimp if you prefer a different type of shellfish, or go for the full snow crab instead. There are a couple of fish choices on the menu here, including a baked stuffed flounder and a traditional deep fried beer battered fish and chips style entrée, but the shellfish is really where it’s at for this restaurant. Be sure to add a side of smoked fish dip to your meal!
Lee & Rick’s Oyster Bar is located at 5621 Old Winter Garden Road in Orlando.
No matter what kind of seafood you crave, from sushi to locally caught grouper to a bucket full of fresh oysters, you can find it in Orlando. Whichever restaurant you choose to visit, you are sure to be treated to high quality shellfish and fish, as well as fresh local ingredients and high quality service you just can’t get anywhere else. Florida truly is one of the best places to enjoy seafood, so make the most of it while you're in town. Happy eating!
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