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Applebees
Locatation - Hwy 27 at Sand Mine Road, by Publix
Quality of Food 9/10
Service 9/10
Cleanliness 9/10
Value for Money 10/10
Approx cost per head - $10
Comments..... A great sports bar with a good atmosphere, always seems to be busy.
Mandy Wakley

Cheescake Factory Restaurant
Location - Mall at Millenia
Quality of Food 10/10
Service 10/10
Cleanliness 10/10
Value for Money 10/10
Approx cost per head - $10 - $20
Comments.....A full and varied menu for when you are tired of burger and chips, don't have a starter as the main meal will be big enough to fill you up. If you don't have room for dessert, get a cheesecake to go, they are to die for.
Mandy Wakley

Texas de Brazils
Location - International Drive, before the Belz Mall opposite Festival Bay
Quality of food 10/10
Service 10/10
Cleanliness 10/10
Value for money 8/10
Approx. cost per main meal per head: Set price, currently $40 each
Comments.... An absolute carnivores paradise!!
Only recently arrived in Orlando, this Brazilian themed restaurant enjoys great reviews from it's other locations in Texas, Miami and Memphis among others. Beginners mistake to avoid - filling yourself up at the huge salad bar, though easily done!! Gauchos roam the restaurant with long skewers of meat, freshly seasoned and grilled on open flames. You each have a reversible card - red for no, green for yes. The gauchos will keep feeding you if you have your card on green or not if its red. Very tempting to leave it on green when the quality of food that keeps arriving is unmistakably brilliant. Filet mignon, chicken, lamb, bacon wrapped steak and chicken, Brazilian sausage,picanha, it all just keeps coming. Served with garlic mashed potatoes and fried bananas.The sweets look great but never managed to get that far!! Extensive wine list, watch that sodas aren't refilled for free.
Go hungry, leave barely able to walk!
Jeremy Thompson

The Olive Garden
Just past Poinciana on the 192 in Kissimmee
Quality of food 7/10
Service 7/10
Cleanliness 7/10
Value for money 6/10
Comments..... Great Italian food a nice change to Steaks.

TGI Fridays
Formosa Gardens
Quality of food 6 1/2 /10
Service 6/10
Cleanliness OK but refurbishment was going on so 5/10
Value for money 6/10
Comments...... Ideal place to go for good quality Steaks, Ribs and Chicken. The kids loved the balloon lady.

Renaissance Resort - Sunday Champagne Brunch
Location - opposite seaworld entrance
Quality of food 10 /10
Service 10/10
Cleanliness 10/10
Value for money 10/10
Comments...... Use valet parking - take ticket - get it stamped at Brunch - then its free
Food - amazing - a la carte buffet / sushi bar/desert bar/chocolate fountain, unlimited food/champagne - ideal for special occasion celebrations, service - impeccable, $33 per adult approx $20 for children - Excellent value for money, Scrupulously clean !
My bestest eatery in the whole world!!

Seasons 52
Location - Sand Lake Road, Dr. Phillips.
Quality of food 10 /10
Service 10/10
Cleanliness 10/10
Value for money 10/10
Comments...... Excellent and varied menu. Try the
Flatbread starters - you won't be disappointed. The sweets come in small portions so that you can try one (or two) without breaking the calorie bank. Must book. Eat outside on balcony area with views over the huge lake.

Shells
Location - East on Highway 192 passed Marker 15, not far from Kissimmee
Quality of food 8 /10
Service 8/10
Cleanliness 10/10
Value for money 10/10
Comments...... Clam chowder to die for!

Cafe TuTu Tangos
Location - South International Drive, near Mercado
Quality of food 10 /10
Service 10/10
Cleanliness 10/10
Value for money 10/10
Comments...... A lovely restaurant, very different to anything else in the Orlando area. They have a menu full of lots of little dishes and you order them as you want them. They also have an Artist in residence each day and sometimes they even have a Tarot reader!! It is perfectly fine to get up and walk around during your meal to look at all of the art work that is both on display and for sale.

Jungle Jim's
Location - The Crossroads, Lake Buena Vista
Quality of food 10 /10
Service 10/10
Cleanliness 10/10
Value for money 10/10
Comments...... If you want a burger you can have it anyway that it is possible to do it with so many different toppings etc.!! Kids love this place, but so do most adults as well. Not your normal burger place at all.

Tony Roma's
Location - 12167 S.Apopka Vineland Road Lake Buena Vista
Quality of food 10 /10
Service 10/10
Cleanliness 9/10
Value for money 10/10
Comments...... Excellent family restaurant, they claim to make the best Ribs in America, and they are not wrong. If ribs aren't your thing they have steaks, chicken and mouth watering salads. Excellent value for money on Monday evenings as is it eat as many ribs as you can!

Longhorns Steak Hse
Location - 192 In between markers 9 & 10
Quality of food 9 /10
Service 9/10
Cleanliness 9/10
Value for money 9/10
Comments...... Excellent steak and pasta. Good old western atmosphere.

Villa De Flora Restaurant
Location - Gaylord Palms Hotel Osceola Parkway
Quality of food 10 /10
Service 10/10
Cleanliness 10/10
Value for money 10/10
Comments...... We always visit when we are over. A wonderful all you can eat buffet including a chef preparing pasta to your instructions. The desserts are to die for, including Ben & Jerry's ice cream with sprinkles. It is themed on an outdoor Mediterranean Restaurant under the huge glass atrium. Afterwards you can stroll around and see the alligators, turtles, fountains and wander in their indoor Everglades. Don't forget to say you have come to eat when you arrive at the car park and get your parking pass stamped to avoid the $7 parking fee.

Carrabas
Location - Formosa Gardens Mall Us192 nr Splendid China
Quality of food 9 /10
Service 8/10
Cleanliness 8/10
Value for money 8/10
Comments...... Excellent Italian Restaurant . You can call ahead and suggest you do. Crabcakes starter is gorgeous and the lasagne.

Charlies Steakhouse
Location - US 192 Kissimmee op. turn for Celebration nr Arabian Nights
Quality of food 9 /10
Service 8/10
Cleanliness 7/10
Value for money 10/10
Comments...... You need a big appetite here as the Steaks are humungous ! Up to 32oz of prime usda beef and the Aussie Lobster tails 23 oz. Skip a starter and have a desert ... if you can manage one they are huge too!

Portobello Yacht Club
Location - Downtown Disney
Quality of food 8 /10
Service 8/10
Cleanliness 8/10
Value for money 8/10
Comments...... We went on New years Eve and sat outside watching the small boats up and down the lake. The meal was excellent and mid priced. Good Value and would go again.

Crystal Palace
Location - Magic Kingdom
Quality of food 7 /10
Service 8/10
Cleanliness 10/10
Value for money 7/10
Comments...... Buffet style meal all you can eat. Not a huge selection but good enough, we used it mainly as a character meal for the kids as the characters from Hundred acre wood are there, park ticket required and prior booking is essential at busy times.

Gulliver's Grill
Location -Swan Hotel on Disney
Quality of food 6 /10
Service 8/10
Cleanliness 10/10
Value for money 6/10
Comments...... Buffet style meal all you can eat, Goofy and Pluto were there, food was just OK afterwards it is a short walk for an evening at the Boardwalk

La Forchetta
Location - 321 South John Young Parkway
Quality of food 10 /10
Service 10/10
Cleanliness 10/10
Value for money 10/10
Comments...... We always eat here when we are over at least once! Mama and Papa Italian Restaurant. Friendly staff fantastic food, loads of it, very good prices.

Boma
Location - Animal Kingdom
Quality of food 7/10
Service 7/10
Cleanliness 7/10
Value for money 8/10
Comments...... Basically you help yourself buffet style in this restaurant. The food is varied with lots of dishes from the African Continent and you will always find something you like. We went xmas eve and the hotel is magical and my kids loved it. A family place and it shows. Go do it!

The Brown Derby
Location - Disney MGM Studios
Quality of food 10/10
Service 9/10
Cleanliness 10/10
Value for money 8/10
Comments...... This is my favourite in "in house or Park" restaurant. The food is excellent although pricier than other onsite restaurants. Book your dining experience and get the "fantasmic" back gate passes that saves you waiting in line for 2 hours. Excellent menu and comprehensive wine list. You wont be disappointed.

Outback Steakhouse
Location - various locations Sand lake road/192
Quality of food 10/10
Service 9/10
Cleanliness 10/10
Value for money 9/10
Comments...... One on the 192 is always busy. Always in the Orlando Sentinel foodie awards

Orlando Ale House
Location - Orange Blossom Trail beside Florida Mall
Quality of food 8/10
Service 8/10
Cleanliness 9/10
Value for money 9/10
Comments...... Great range of beer too, sports bar style

Whistle Stop Junction.
Location - 5350 International Drive. (Top end near Beltz)
Quality of food 9/10
Service 10/10
Cleanliness 10/10
Value for money 10/10
Comments...... Had the dinner buffet $10.99. Steak cooked to order. vegetables cooked well (not over cooked). large selection to chose from. strawberry cake excellent! Really good value.

Jimmy Buffetts Margaritaville
Location - Universal City Walk
Quality of food 10/10
Service 9/10
Cleanliness 9/10
Value for money 10/10
Comments...... A great place for a good night out. Live music inside from 10 pm, and live music outside most of the day. You must try the 'Cheesburger in paradise' yummy. The Margaritas are to die for. Sit near the bar if you can, and watch the Volcano erupt every 30 minutes or so. If you get the chance, visit the original one in Key West.

Miami

Dan Marino's
Location - The Shoppes at Sunset Place 5701 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL
Tel: 305 665 1315
Adjacent the Sunset Place shopping mall
Quality of food 9/10
Service 9/10
Cleanliness 9/10
Value for money 9/10
Approx. cost per main meal per head: $10 to $20
Comments.... Sports bar restaurant chain owned by Dan Marino a legendary Dolphin's player. This sports bar has plenty of television screens for those wanting to watch American sports whilst they eat but they are easy to ignore if not that interested. It is best to book ahead as it is very popular. If you have to wait for a table why not take a walk around the adjacent shopping mall! We have found that the food is always nice and fresh, the staff are helpful and friendly. There is also a branch at Mall of Millennia.

Boaters Grill
Location - Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area
1200 S. Crandon Blvd. Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
Quality of food 7/10
Service 7/10
Cleanliness 7/10
Value for money 8/10
Approx. cost per main meal per head: under $10 apart Blue Crab
Comments.... This is predominantly a fish restaurant situated overlooking No Name Harbour in the State Park. The fish is always very fresh. It is not necessary to have a main meal as they are willing to serve coffees only, should you just wish to sit for a while. Certain days of the week the lighthouse at the park is open for free guided tours and the view from the top over the surrounding area is well worth climbing the stairs for.