Now that MICHELIN released the MICHELIN Guide Florida, things have gotten even more marvelous during Magical Dining in Orlando. Not only can you dine at some of the best restaurants around town at a fraction of the price, you can now experience Magical Dining at Michelin Restaurants in Orlando. We're sharing the Orlando restaurants featured in the latest MICHELIN guide that also participate in Magical Dining!

Keep reading to see which MICHELIN Guide restaurants are offering Magical Dining menus, and details on this special experience.

Understanding the MICHELIN Guide

As defined on its website, “a MICHELIN Star is awarded to restaurants offering outstanding cooking. We take into account five universal criteria: the quality of the ingredients, the harmony of flavors, the mastery of techniques, the personality of the chef as expressed through their cuisine and, just as importantly, consistency both across the entire menu and over time.”

Here’s some food for thought… The MICHELIN Guide was created as a business strategy for the tire making company. MICHELIN wanted to steer consumers toward more hotels and restaurants in hopes that customers would drive more miles. Consequently, tires would wear out faster and, thus, increase tire sales. Restaurants were first honored back in 1926 and, of course, the MICHELIN Guide has shifted gears quite a bit to the delight of foodies. Now, nearly a century later, the annual MICHELIN Guide is revered as the legit authority of identifying superior restaurants, including romantic spots that are worth the drive.

Here’s the MICHELIN star distinctions:

  • One MICHELIN Star: Awarded to eateries using top quality ingredients, where dishes with distinct flavors are prepared to a consistently high standard.
  • Two MICHELIN Stars: Bestowed when the personality and talent of the chef are evident in their expertly crafted dishes; their food is refined and inspired.
  • Three MICHELIN Stars: Presented for the superlative cooking of chefs at the peak of their profession; their cooking is elevated to an art form and some of their dishes are destined to become classics.

MICHELIN’s Other (Less Prestigious) Mentions:

  • Bib Gourmand (aka the MICHELIN Man): The proper name of MICHELIN’s mascot is Bibendum, or Bib for short. “Bibs” are given to establishments that offer “good quality and good value.”
  • MICHELIN Recommended: This means that the restaurant cuisine is above average, exemplified by quality ingredients that are well-cooked.

Magical Dining at Orlando’s MICHELIN Restaurants 

Magical Dining is underway now until Sunday, October 1, 2023. This annual celebration of Orlando eateries offers a three-course, prix fixe menu for just $40/person, and a new upper tier for $60 per person.

In May 2023, the MICHELIN Guide Florida was deliciously updated to include 46 Orlando restaurants.

There are seven restaurants recently recognized by the MICHELIN Guide that are participating in Magical Dining including AVA MediterrAegean ($60), BACÁN ($60), and The Pinery ($40) – all new additions to Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining – as well as returning favorites Kabooki Sushi East Orlando ($40), Maxine’s on Shine ($40), The Ravenous Pig ($40) and Z Asian – Vietnamese Kitchen ($40).

Steak Entree at AVA MediterrAegean Magical Dining Orlando
Steak Entree at AVA MediterrAegean Magical Dining Orlando – image by Dani Meyering

AVA MediterrAegean ($60)

Horiatiki | Greek Salad
PDO aged-feta, heirloom tomato, persian cucumber, greek mountain aregano, kalamata olive

Sea Bream Ceviche
verjus aguachile, green tomato pico de gallo, levantine bread

The Greek Spread
hummus, baba ganoush, tzatziki, garden vegetables, warm pita

Black Truffle Risotto
seasonal mushroom fricassée, kefalograviera, chives

Grilled Faroe Island Salmon
fennel salad, baby spinach, avgolemono dressing

Creekstone Farm Prime Flank Steak
green harissa, sun dried tomato, eggplant caviar

Chocolate Fondant
molten chocolate lava cake, caramel, almond crumble, mastiha liquor gelato

layers of crispy phyllo dough, honey nuts, pistachio orange blossom ice cream

Sorbet & Ice Cream Daily Selection
please inquire with your server for daily selection

Magical Dining Desserts at AVA Mediterraegean
Magical Dining Desserts at AVA Mediterraegean – Dani Meyering

The Pinery ($40)

Cast Iron Blistered Shishitos
toasted peanuts, smoked chili butter, chives

Zucchini Fries
Parmesan panko encrusted, roasted garlic aioli

Caesar Salad
chopped romaine, Caesar dressing, Parmesan, seasoned house made brioche croutons

Bison and Gnocchi
brown butter toasted gnocchi, roasted mushrooms in a garlic truffle cream sauce, arugula salad

Scottish Salmon
herb roasted potatoes, grilled asparagus, gremolata sauce

Sweet Tea Brined Fried Chicken
petal honey drizzle, red beans and rice, grilled watermelon

Dark Chocolate Pot De Crème
Cointreau noir infused whipped cream & mini beignets

Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee
fresh berries, candied pecans, turbinado sugar crust

Chef's Croissant Bread Pudding
served with Kelly's homemade ice cream


Kabooki Sushi East Orlando ($40)

Japanese style fried chicken, pickled peppers, kaffir lime aioli, curry ketchup, mixed herbs

Leche De Tigre
torched salmon, truffle paté, kizami wasabi, aji amarillo, smoke trout roe, sunchoke chips

Hamachi Carpaccio
Japanese yellowtail, yuzu tobiko, ponzu, kaffir lime oil, yuzu kosho, serrano peppers

Double Tekka
spicy tuna, takuwan, ohba, topped with tuna, house infused tosa, kizami wasabi

Kasai Don
scattered sashimi, house made tamago, house cured ikura, ohba, cucumber

Berkwood St Louis Sticky Ribs
braised then crispy tempura, tossed in smoked chili hoisin sauce

chocolate lava cake with dulce de leche, vanilla ice cream, chocolate ganache sauce

Ice Cream and Sorbet Trio
chef's choice of daily ice creams and/or sorbets

Mochi Trio
chef's choice of daily flavor ice cream mochi


Maxine’s on Shine ($40)

Caviar & Chips
chef select caviar, crème fraiche, potato chips

Beets & Arugula
goat cheese, oranges, pistachios, mint & white balsamic vinaigrette

Vegan Chili
tofu, impossible meat, vegetable medley, jalapeno, house sauce

Maxine’s Mushroom & Brie Soup

Trout Gravlax
sugar & salt cured domestic trout, pan seared, tarragon mustard sauce, purple yams, braised bok choy

Lamb Ragout W/ Squid Ink Linguini
slow braised w/ mirepoix, pomodoro

10oz NY Strip Steak
choice plus, black angus, bearnaise or chimichurri, garlic butter mash, asparagus

Eggplant Zucchini Roll Ups
cast iron skillet, pomodoro, impossible meat, quinoa, shredded tofu

Pineapple Carpaccio W/ Mango Coulis
domestic, fresh cut daily, lemon zest

Kahlua Chocolate Mousse
dark chocolate cup, espresso bean, berries

Key Lime Pie
classic old Florida preparation w/ graham cracker crust, citrus whipped cream

lady fingers, coffee, espresso whipped cream finish


The Ravenous Pig ($40)

Gatherer Salad
baby greens, avocado, pickled beets, radish, goat cheese, walnut granola, herb vinaigrette

Crispy Pork Belly
roasted peanuts, pickle slaw, jalapeño, soy glaze

Mongolian BBQ Octopus
eggplant confit, cauliflower puree, cashews

Steak Frites
6oz tenderloin, truffle fries, garlic aioli, bordelais

Shrimp Scampi Tagliatelle
house made pasta, key west pink shrimp, green garlic butter, pecorino, breadcrumbs

Fort Pierce Swordfish (seasonal/local fish may change)
Greek stew, fennel slaw, saffron-Pernod broth

Mud Pie
chocolate brownie, chocolate custard, graham cracker, Chantilly cream

cherry meringue, lime, pistachio

Artisanal Cheese Selection
with seasonal accompaniments


Z Asian – Vietnamese Kitchen ($40)

Crispy Quails
pan fried quail marinated in house sauce

Sunrise Scallops
grilled scallops with house made cheese and top with house chili sauce

Lemongrass Hot Pot
clams steamed in lemongrass soup base with ginger and house sauce

Zelicious Mussels
grilled green mussels with spring onion tangy sauce

Filet Mignon Pho
Vietnamese beef soup with Filet Mignon topped with green onions

Seafood Bird Nest
crispy fried egg noodle with protein and vegetables in house sauce *protein option: seafood or chicken

Beef Stew
pot-roasted beef stew, fragrant with lemongrass, carrots, and onions

Mango Mousse Cake
mango mousse cake

Chocolate Mousse Cake
chocolate mousse cake

Matcha Green Tea Cheesecake
matcha green tea cheesecake

BACÁN ($60)

Smoked Pork Belly “Al Pastor”
gooseberry, salsa verde, compressed pineapple

Tuna Crudo
aji panca soy, chili crunch, tobiko, radish

Kale And Lime Salad
endive, arugula, green apple, cranberries, pumpkin seed, cancha corn, champagne vinaigrette

Branzino A La Plancha
pea and mint, wild rice, preserved lemon, crispy purple kale

Grilled Short Ribs
sweet potato, charred baby vegetable escabeche, crispy rice, tequila sauce

8oz Skirt Steak
hominy and pico, oregano, pickled mustard seed and romesco sauce

marzipan cake, coconut flan, cilantro and pineapple confit, meringue flambé with rum

Frutos Del Bosque
pure origin madagascar 64% chocolate mousse, blackberry compote, chocolate chili sorbet, cassis sauce

La Manzana
sour apple whipped ganache, honey apple and ginger confit, ginger sauce, white chocolate crumble

Branzino Fish and Duck Breast Entrees at BACAN Restaurant
Branzino Fish and Duck Breast Entrees at BACAN Restaurant – Dani Meyering


Tampa MICHELIN Guide

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