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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Orlando / Central Florida East

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Orlando / Central Florida East? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of 63 Sovereign restaurant
4.9
4.9 (550)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Ormond Beach
About the restaurant
63 Sovereign is on a mission to bring together all of the characteristics associated with a great dining experience. Delicious food and drink, prepared and served to you by a passionate team of professionals in a charming and comfortable setting.

We believe that dining is more than a routine. It is an experience that ties us to our roots, keeps us connected and provides fuel for the soul.

Our menu is a progressive interpretation of cuisine from around the world. A carefully curated raw bar highlights an excellent selection of cold water oysters. Our seasonal selections feature ingredients that change throughout the year, while our staple menu showcases many of our traditional favorites.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Our server Matthew was fabulous! He was very patient with our questions about everything we ordered. The entire staff was prompt in delivering food at just the right time. I highly recommend the Burrata Garlic Bread, Bao Bun Carnitas, and Peri Peri Chicken. Will definitely be on our list for future visits.
A photo of Katya Vineyards restaurant
4.7
4.7 (757)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Ocala
About the restaurant
At Katya Vineyards we believe in the power of food to bring people together, create lasting memories, and celebrate the joy of shared moments. Every dish from Executive Chef Tony Deras is a labor of love and paired with our exquisite wine list and hand crafted cocktails.

Come experience the warmth of Katya Vineyards – where fine dining meets familial embrace.


Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
Definitely on top of our list! We love everything!
A photo of The Fat Snook restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1097)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Cocoa Beach
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Fat Snook!
We are a casual beachside restaurant packed with a tremendous passion for fresh, local seafood, top quality seasonal ingredients, and hand selected boutique-style wines and craft beers from
across the world.
Since opening in May of 2007, The Fat Snook has been dedicated to supporting local purveyors; Which has enabled us to showcase some of the finest ingredients Florida has to offer.

Top review
MarcyS
Dined 3 days ago
It was my second time at The Fat Snook. Wonderful again. Service is wonderful. Food outstanding. Just a great dinner in every way!
A photo of Crush XI restaurant
4.8
4.8 (683)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Melbourne
About the restaurant
Crush XI is a casually hip gathering place serving up Rustic American Cookery, boutique style wines and thoughtfully crafted cocktails.
Crush XI is located in Historic Downtown Melbourne in The Iconic FlatIron Building.
The charm of the restaurant is complimented by the original brickwork and tin ceilings in this circa 1920's building.
Crush XI has a chef driven menu that changes seasonally.
Our staff will graciously walk you through the offerings on the menu.
The cocktail program is award winning!
We approach cocktails much like we approach food...thoughtfully made from scratch everyday.
Our uniquely domestic wine selection is a nod and a wink to our namesake, Crush, celebrating the crush of the grapes and the harvest in wine country.
Join us for our NEW Happy Hour!
EVERYDAY from 4-6pm - Enjoy modified cocktail pricing and 1/2 off ALL APPETIZERS!
If you don't find the reservation time you are looking for, Please call us to book at (321) 312-6070

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Incredible experience, ambiance, servers, staff, food and wine!
A photo of Soco Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2135)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Downtown Orlando
About the restaurant
Soco Restaurant features Southern Contemporary Cuisine with a progressive culinary approach under the direction of award-winning Executive Chef/Partner Greg Richie. The restaurant offers genuine southern hospitality in a warm and welcoming environment. Our team is dedicated to overall excellence and cultivating Downtown Orlando as a dining destination.

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TessaSvip
Dined 3 days ago
Food was amazing. The chicken and French toast delicious. The pork belly Jalapeño jelly was delicious everything great food and service. Definitely going back.
A photo of Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy and His Pals restaurant
4.8
4.8 (218)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Lake Buena Vista
About the restaurant
Experience Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy & His Pals character breakfast, offered at Ravello on select dates. The breakfast features a wonderful assortment of traditional breakfast favourites along with an omelette station. A photographer will be on-site to capture your memories with Goofy & Pals, the always-entertaining stars of the breakfast.*


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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
Incredible experience. The food was so great. The staff were amazing and we really enjoyed the characters. It was a fabulous way to celebrate 60 years of living!
A photo of Mildreds Big City Food restaurant
4.7
4.7 (629)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Gainesville
About the restaurant
We are North Central Florida's farm-to-table, local, sustainable foods restaurant. Operated by Bert and Tara Gill, Mildred's offers a seasonally changing menu highlighting what is available locally.

Offering quality and freshness with no shortcuts, our team prepares each dish from scratch.

We serve local produce and fresh Florida seafood every day. We also feature a full bar, an award winning wine list and homemade cakes and cheesecakes.

Mildred's is proud to say we serve Gainesville's best food! We are also in the Golden Spoon Hall of Fame for our dedication to great food and service year after year.

Reservations for lunch are not necessary.

Top review
Trialkat
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
What a GREAT CHEF, the building and staff could use some touchup but the food is the star. Crab appetizer in an "egg roll" style with some unique pickled veggies was a great start. But the stars were the entrees and deserts. We know now that Chef has 2 other outlets and we will be test driving those soon. If you are going for decor, ambiance and over the top service ONLY don't bother but if you are going for FOOD this place is worth every dime.
A photo of Russell's on Lake Ivanhoe restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1208)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown Orlando
About the restaurant
Located on the historic Lake Ivanhoe, Russell's offers an upscale casual dining restaurant and bar featuring an innovative and fresh menu, all with an amazing view and atmosphere.

Chef Emmanual Clement has created a varied and exciting menu based on his international experience.
Some of our favorite suggestions include:
Artisan Charcuterie Board, Roasted Beets & Burrata Napoleon & Octopus Escabeche (we cure our own meats)
Entrees: Grilled Swordfish with Sorrel Sauce, Crispy Duck Confit & Tenderloin Au Poivre (all sauces made fresh in house)
Desserts: White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce & Cranberry Crème Brulée (all our desserts are made in house)

Awards:
Top Tables 2020
Best Burger 2021 Orlando Sentinel Foodie Award
Best Ambiance; Editor's Choice Orlando, The City's Magazine
Best Brunch: Readers' Choice Orlando, The City's Magazine

If you any dietary requirements just let us know ahead of time and we will try and accommodate you.

See you soon!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 16, 2024
This is a very fine restaurant. This was my third time. It was not up to par with previous visits. I will go back at some point. We went with another couple. They were very pleased with their entrees. My wife and I had the scallops ($38!) for three tough scallops. MY wedge salad was as good as usual. The beat appetizer was excellent. Our friend's Caesar salad was so so. The pork chop one had was top notch.
A photo of Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2555)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
South Orlando
About the restaurant
A cornerstone of Lake Nona Town Center, Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen serves a colorful spectrum of snacks, starters and social plates, craft beer, fine wine, and specialty cocktails designed to tantalize the taste buds and inspire connectivity. Dine inside in cozy banquettes, outside on the covered patio, or in the solarium, complete with views of Lake Nona’s community art installation, “The Beacon.”
Top review
ivbpvip
Dined 5 days ago
Our server was amazing and the food and drinks PERFECT!!!!
A photo of Aurora restaurant
4.6
4.6 (800)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Waterford Lakes
About the restaurant
The stunning lightshow of auroras wouldn't be visible without the combination of unique elements. In turn, we know that true beauty can be found when people from all walks of life come together under one roof for a shared purpose. This is the spirit of Aurora at the Celeste. We believe wonder is created in the midst of communal experiences, particularly over a shared love for delicious food and captivating atmosphere.

An immersive concept set apart from all others in Orlando, Aurora is a restaurant experience that captures vast attention through colorful flavors, stunning ambiance, and refined service. With an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced food, Aurora is a glimmering spectacle within the Celeste Hotel experience.

Top review
NoHotPeppersvip
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Great place to dine! No tvs no chicken "nuggets"..its a wonderful change from all the sports bars in the area. Chef Mike is amazing, innovative and personable. Servers and valet parking attendants were great too. The food is delicious and a nice variety not found anywhere else in the area. Salmon and Caesar salad ..osso bucco, wagu beef sliders, even the bread basket all delicious! Only downfall is the peculiar arrangement of tables..something recently changed...small tables arranged with just 2 chairs together facing inward ( instead of across from each other). DUMB!!
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