Orlando has an eclectic restaurant scene with many places representing international cuisine near and far. But it seems The City Beautiful has a particular love for tapas, as evidenced by the variety of tapas restaurants in Orlando.

Tapas and small plates are the perfect styles of food for date night because the small, snack-able portions leave lots of room for conversation and the sharable element of this style of cuisine makes the entire dining experience more intimate. And they don't necessarily need to be Spanish; we have loads of different variations of small plates in Orlando.

Looking for a romantic tapas evening out? This list of tapas restaurants in Orlando is sure to help you on your quest.

Updated October 2023 by Meghan Roth 

Traditional Spanish Tapas Restaurants

Santiago’s Bodega
802 Virginia Drive
Orlando, FL 32803
1185 Spring Centre South Boulevard, #1080
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

A local favorite, Santiago’s Bodega is a place to go to for good times to share with friends along with good food. The menu pulls from Spanish, French, Greek, Mediterranean and Italian roots. Some of the tapas to choose from include: tomato and basil bruschetta, shrimp and chorizo, spanakopita, patatas bravas and charcuterie with weekly rotating items featured. They also offer a stellar weekend brunch.

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Santiago's Bodega on Virginia Drive

Tapa Toro
8441 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
Beautiful tapestries, flamenco dancers and porróns to drink out of (a traditional Spanish drinking vessel) make this unique stop on International Drive a go-to place for locals and tourists alike. It is a tapas bar and paella pit that combines contemporary cooking with traditional Spanish dishes but it's also a really fun place to hang out and has a bustling party vibe on the weekends. Another perk: the restaurant offers prix-fixe menus, which make it really easy to dive in when you just can't seem to make a choice between the dozens of offerings.

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Photo credit: Tapa Toro

Café Tu Tu Tango
8625 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32819
The tapas-style, small-plates menu at Café Tu Tu Tango features a wide array of sharable dishes. Guests enjoy live entertainment and resident artists working in the restaurant. The beverage menu features art-inspired craft cocktails, signature sangrias, beer, and wine.

1482 E Buena Vista Dr.
Orlando, FL 32830
Imagined through the creative lens of Chef José Andrés and his team, Jaleo brings alive the spirit and flavors of Spain by showcasing the rich regional diversity of Spanish cuisine. The menu features an extensive variety of tapas reflecting the rich regional diversity of traditional and contemporary Spanish cuisine in addition to a variety of authentic paellas cooked over a wood fire in the restaurant.

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Small Plates and Tapas Restaurants

The Tasting Room
99 W. Plant St.
Winter Garden, Florida 34777
The Tasting Room is a casual option for small plates, craft beers, and a full bar! They now offer a Date Night Tasting Room Experience for 2 people for $75 per couple. The menu is a tasting menu for 2, served tapas style, and features a variety of some of the most popular items on their menu

Bites & Bubbles
1618 N Mills Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803
Locally owned and operated, Bites & Bubbles serves up delicious small plates (Bites), amazing wines (Bubbles), craft cocktails, and merriment in the hear of the Mills 50 district. The Bites & Bubbles menu changes daily and some items have limited availability and depend on what they get fresh that day.

Maguro Latin Fusion
1311 Florida Mall Ave.
Orlando, FL 32809
Head to the Florida Mall area for some of the most interesting tapas and small plates in Orlando. Located in a small shopping plaza near the Florida Mall, Maguro Latin Asian Cuisine is an interesting mash-up of Asian and Latin flavors. The interior has a modern lounge vibe and the menu focuses on small plates for tasting and sharing.

Ropa Vieja Bao from Maguro Sushi
Ropa Vieja Bao from Maguro Sushi


Wine Bar George
1610 E Buena Vista Dr,
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
One of our favorite spots at Disney Springs for date night is Wine Bar George. The menu mostly consists of small plates that pair perfectly with wine at Walt Disney World. The Mac and Cheese Bites are sinfully scrumptious and the Barata is dreamy on a warm day in Orlando. Of course, nothing goes better with wine than a plentiful cheese board.

Daiquiri Cocktail at Wine Bar George Disney Springs
Daiquiri Cocktail and Cheese Board at Wine Bar George Disney Springs | Dani Meyering

Tokyo Tapas
1813 East Broadway Street
Oviedo, Florida 32765
Tokyo Tapas is a restaurant with Asian-influenced cuisine that's made for sharing. The menu includes tapas items like different edamames, spring rolls, seaweed salad, sashimi ceviche tuna and a variety of sushi rolls to choose from. Some favorites from locals include the 7 Spices Edamame, Blue Crab Monfongo, and the Tokyo Titan sushi roll.

Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi
7972 Via Dellagio Way
Orlando, FL 32819
Dragonfly is a contemporary izakaya featuring tapas-style Japanese pub fare, plus an assortment of sake. Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi uses the freshest ingredients available, served in a highly sanitized environment to create flavorful Japanese dishes and spirited concoctions.

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Jazz Tastings (also a stellar place for live jazz)
164 Lake Avenue
Maitland, FL, 32751
Jazz Tastings is a family-owned bar and restaurant that serves delicious, homemade food from their scratch-kitchen and hand-crafted cocktails, beer, or wine from the full bar. The menu changes frequently according to local markets, the season’s best ingredients, and of course the chef’s regularly changing offerings. Groove in the live entertainment while dining or join them at the bar for a great evening of fun!