gourmet food on specialty plate at Victoria and Albert's MICHELIN star restaurant at Walt Disney World

The dining scene in Orlando is hard to beat. The MICHELIN Guide Florida proves it! We're sharing the Orlando restaurants featured in the latest MICHELIN guide.

From fresh seafood to Key Lime pie, the Sunshine State shines with a diverse, flavorful culinary scene. The Florida-specific ranking was a pretty big deal considering that only a select few other locations boast their own guide, including California, New York, Illinois (Chicago), and Washington, D.C.

Keep reading to see what makes the MICHELIN Guide special, and which Orlando restaurants earned which distinctions.

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.

Orlando’s MICHELIN Star Restaurants – with the latest additions

In February 2024, the MICHELIN Guide Florida added 5 more Orlando restaurants to this list. In April 2024, two of these restaurants earned a MICHELIN star!

Zaru

1114 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803
Cuisine: Japanese

This sleek, Mills 50 eatery is located in the same strip as the Tien Hung Market. Of course, the chewy noodles are authentically made from wheat sourced from Japan’s Kagawa Prefecture.

Sushi Saint

400 Pittman St Suite A, Orlando, FL 32801
Cuisine: Japanese

Mike Collantes, Chef/owner of Soseki, has another hit on his hands with Sushi Saint. This downtown Orlando temaki spot lures guests with its lounge-y vibe and contemporary design.

Chef Makes Hand Rolls at Sushi Saint Downtown Orlando Restaurant
Chef Makes Hand Rolls at Sushi Saint Downtown Orlando Restaurant – image by Dani Meyering

Natsu

777 N Orange Ave Suite C, Orlando, FL
Cuisine: Japanese

There are just two seatings a night at this intimate omakase, at this ten-seat counter. Meals begin with four dishes from the kitchen, including chawanmushi and truffle kampachi, served with crispy potato straws and a yuzu truffle vinaigrette for an unexpected flavor combination that is especially memorable.

Chuan Fu

1035 N Orlando Ave, Ste 105, Winter Park, FL 32789
Cuisine: Chinese

The large Szechuan menu features many of the classics served in a traditional family-style manner, and the solid cooking shows its skill with layered flavors and bold takes. First, tuck into the cucumber salad, with its punch of soy and garlic, before settling into the Chongqing chicken with its chili and peanut garnish.

And just nine months ago, the MICHELIN Guide Florida was deliciously updated to include 46 Orlando restaurants. This year, the following four restaurants each earned a One MICHELIN Star and were added to that list.

Camille

4962 New Broad St, Orlando, FL 32814
Cuisine: French and Vietnamese

Chef Tung Phan has taken his pop-up and given it permanence in beautiful space just off Lake Baldwin. Camille offers an intimate Chef-to-guest encounter with an 8-seat chef's counter, four private booths, and one exclusive dining room. The concept introduces a seasonal, multi-course menu, offering a modern interpretation of Vietnamese cuisine with French influences.

The Dungeness crab curry arrives with a tartlet shell, filled with crab meat and mixed with lime, served atop the lid, which when removed, reveals a deliciously hearty curry. Salmon over king trumpet noodles in a tamarind and pineapple sauce is creative, but the best may be saved for last. The sweet potato brioche topped with a “gold” chocolate ice cream and Vietnamese coffee sauce is an elegant finale.

Camille is open for dinner only, 5-10 pm daily. Reservations are required, walk-ins are not accepted.

(Discover more Omakase dinners in Orlando)

Papa Llama

2840 Curry Ford Rd, Orlando, FL 32806
Cuisine: Peruvian

Husband-and-wife duo Kevin and Maria Ruiz prepare modern Peruvian cuisine full of bright ingredients with a bit of polish. Their multicourse tasting menu is an approachable (and affordable) way to sample their sincere cooking.

Nigiri kicks off the meal with a smart nod to the Peruvian tradition of Japanese fusion, delivering dialed-in flavors with confidence. Bok choy is elevated with bold, contrasting textures, while chicken thigh roulade with aji amarillo aioli is simply spectacular. For dessert, sweet potato donuts over a blueberry compote seal the deal.

Victoria & Albert’s

4401 Floridian Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Cuisine: Elevated new American and classic

Nestled within Disney’s crown jewel, the Grand Floridian Resort, this restaurant is by no means an easy reservation. The setting is intimate, and the pacing is that of a leisurely, three-hour waltz orchestrated by a gracious brigade of veteran servers.

Chef Matthew Sowers cooks with contemporary verve and draws on influences spanning from Asia to the Nordics. Think delicate tarts set with New Zealand langoustine, striking “sandwiches” made with venison carpaccio and red cabbage, and bold sauces like cherry-cola bordelaise. Other details like water lists, an ornate coffee and tea service, and a serious wine program further impress.

Michelin Restaurants Orlando Victoria and Alberts plating a gourmet dish using a culinary tool
Victoria and Albert's at Walt Disney World

Soseki Modern Omakase

955 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park
Cuisine: Japanese and European fusion

A modern omakase, Soseki is a hidden gem for special occasions. Chef Mike Collante hosts intimate 10-seat multi-course tastings, with each bar seat overlooking the stellar culinary magic. And while Soseki is a Japanese fusion restaurant, Chef Collante prioritizes local, seasonal produce.

MICHELIN praised the “Scandinavian style” sashimi, an interesting combination of cured salon and smoked mozzarella. Plus, beyond the food, Soseki earned a MICHELIN Sommelier Award for Beverage Director Benjamin Coutts.

Chef Michael presents fourth course at Soseki Modern Omakase Orlando - Dani Meyering
Chef Michael presents fourth course at Soseki Modern Omakase Orlando – Dani Meyering

Capa

10100 Dream Tree Blvd., Lake Buena Vista
Cuisine: Spanish influenced steakhouse

Situated on the 17th floor of the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, this romantic rooftop restaurant plates Spanish-influenced cuisine. Whether you want to nibble on small plates or feast on a hearty dish, just one bite and your taste buds will understand MICHELIN’s decision about this outstanding place. Capa’s features a wood-burning grill to achieve the perfect char-flavor, live Spanish guitar entertainment on select nights and an outdoor patio to take in magical views of the nearby park’s nightly fireworks display.

The MICHELIN Guide affirms, “Calling Capa a steakhouse is like saying flamenco is just a dance.” It's sooo much more!

Elegant dining room at Four Seasons Resort Orlando
Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Capa’s kitchen is spearheaded by Chef Malyna Si, the only female restaurant chef to earn a Michelin star restaurant in Orlando. Diners can start the meal from selections from the raw bar, tapas, small plate, charcuterie or salad menus. Those craving authentic flavors may opt for ham croquettes (small breaded, fried patty of meat and potato puree), pan con tomate (toasted bread smothered in a tomato spread), and patatas bravas (chopped potatoes coated in a spicy dressing).

For the main course, Chef Si’s signature dish is the Porterhouse Steak, a generous 32-oz. cut of prime, farm-raised beef. But plenty of other yummies are available for those who prefer vegetarian fare, chicken and seafood. Featuring sweet and savory options, the dessert menu offers classic churros, a cheese plate and other goodies.

And thanks to Capa’s tasting flights, after-dinner drinks keep this date night flying high.

Capa’s is open for dinner only, 5-10 pm daily.

Kadence

1809 Winter Park Rd., Orlando
Cuisine: Japanese

Sushi lovers may have first tried the delicate creations of Jennifer Bañagale and Mark Berdin when they opened their first local eatery, Kappo, in 2014 at East End Market. Thanks to customer demand, the restaurant owners/chefs fished out a larger, permanent place (Kadence) in the Audubon District.

Earning a nod from MICHELIN two years in a row, Kadence’s popularity hasn’t changed its speakeasy vibe. You see, the exterior of the restaurant kind of looks like a plain, black box with no signature markings or logos. [Note that it’s the building between ABC Liquor and Flower No. 5.]

As for the menu… well that sort of remains secret too. Kadence run an omakase-style operation which means it’s chef’s choice.

But the chef-curated, multi-course tasting won’t disappoint. Since we eat with our eyes first, know that the Japanese fare is beautifully plated – bright, fresh and whimsical. Each bite is unique in flavor. The MICHELIN Guide praised the rudderfish dressed with tosazu gel, poached monkfish liver with dashi gelée and the shirako served in a gently warm broth with Burgundian truffle.

Kadence Orlando chef's tables
Kadence Kappo-style tasting. Image credit: Kristen Manieri

Each an Advanced Sake Professional certified by The Sake Education Council, Jennifer and Mark can help you choose the best beverage to compliment your meal. Oh, FYI, Kadence now sells sake so you can enjoy a night cap at home. In addition to its MICHELAN star, Kadence was also named ‘Restaurant of the Year (2023)’ by the Orlando Sentinel and previously listed in Orlando Magazine’s Dining Awards issue.

More Orlando Restaurants with a MICHELIN Nod

In 2024, MICHELIN Guide recognized the following Orlando restaurants with the Bib Gourmand designation:

  1. Bombay Street Kitchen (South Orlando)
  2. Domu (Audubon Park Garden District)
  3. Isan Zaap (Millenia)
  4. Norigami (Winter Garden)
  5. Otto’s High Dive (Milk District)
  6. Papa Llama (Curry Ford West)
  7. The Ravenous Pig (Winter Park)
  8. The Strand Food & Drink (Mills 50)
  9. Swine & Sons (Winter Park)
  10. Taste of Chengdu (Baldwin Park)
  11. Z Asian (Mills 50)
  12. Sushi Saint (Downtown) NEW
  13. Zaru (Mills 50) NEW

You can find Domu at East End Market – one of our favorite date spots. And Norigami is part of Plant Street Market, another date idea favorite.

In 2024, MICHELIN noted a recommendation for the following Orlando restaurants:

  1. AVA MediterrAegean (Winter Park)
  2. BACÁN (Lake Nona Wave Hotel)
  3. Black Rooster Taqueria (Mills 50)
  4. California Grill (Disney’s Contemporary Resort)
  5. Citricos (Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa)
  6. Doshi (Winter Park)
  7. EDOBOY (Mills 50)
  8. Four Flamingos (Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress)
  9. Hawkers (Mills 50)
  10. Juju (Milk District)
  11. Kai Asian Street Fare (Winter Park)
  12. Kaya (Mills 50)
  13. Kabooki Sushi (Milk District + Restaurant Row)
  14. Maxine’s on Shine (Colonialtown)
  15. Morimoto Asia (Disney Springs)
  16. The Pinery (Ivanhoe Village)
  17. Pizza Bruno (Curry Ford West)
  18. The Polite Pig (Disney Springs)
  19. Prato (Winter Park)
  20. Primo (The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes)
  21. Ravello (Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort)
  22. Sear + Sea (JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa)
  23. Se7en Bites (Milk District)
  24. Selam Ethiopian & Eritrean Cuisine (SeaWorld Orlando Area)
  25. Shin Jung (Mills 50)
  26. Sticky Rice (Mills 50)
  27. Toledo (Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort)
  28. Tori Tori (Mills 50)
  29. Twenty Pho Hour (International Drive)
  30. Victoria & Albert’s (Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa)
  31. YH Seafood Clubhouse (International Drive)
EDOBOY – Orlando Standing Sushi Bar Yellowtail Nigiri – Dani Meyering

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Featured image: Victroia and Albert's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa