Where to eat American food in Mid Florida: The Best Restaurants and Bars

September 9, 2020 Timmy Ribble

Reviews on American food in Mid Florida, Florida, United States including The Melting Pot, Victoria & Albert's, The Friar Tuck - English Restaurant, Bull & Bear Steakhouse at Waldorf Astoria Orlando, The Goblin Market, The Red Top Pit Stop, Ovation Bistro & Bar, Faded Bistro & Beer Garden, Chatham's Place, Ovation Bistro & Bar
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10. Ovation Bistro & Bar

7130 Cypress Gardens Blvd Behind Burger King on Cypress Gardens Blvd, Near HWY 27, Winter Haven, FL 33884-3216 American, Steakhouse, Barbecue, Bar, Contemporary, Healthy Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Acc [email protected] +1 863-656-1972 http://ovationbistro.com
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4 based on 398 reviews

Ovation Bistro & Bar

#1 smokehouse in Central Florida: At Ovation Bistro & Bar, we are unashamedly passionate about the food and drinks we create. As a family owned and operated business, we are always ready to serve! Our mouthwatering ribs and in-house smoked meats have earn

Reviewed By ricka279

K and I decided to try Ovations, it was our first time and we went on a Wednesday night. Place was packed and it would have been at least a twenty minute wait until a couple got up from the bar and we took their seats. Note to self: make reservations! The bar crowd was exceptionally friendly and we met several new friends. Patrick the bartender was exceptional making sure our drinks were perfect and consulting on menu choices. I chose the Lamb shank with a side of broccoli and wild rice but changes it to garlic mashed potatoes. K had the combo ribs chicken plate with coleslaw and the garlic mashed potatoes like me. She said it was the best coleslaw “she didn’t make herself”, and the chicken and ribs were delicious. My dish arrived with the rice instead of the garlic mashed potatoes. Patrick went back and got me a dish of gmp’s. The lamb fell off the bone and the sides were fantastic. Since we live about ten minutes from Ovations I think we found our new “go to” restaurant. Make reservations if you want to be sure to get a table but the bar is a great place to enjoy a meal and the ambiance! Don’t miss this place!Thanks for coming! We’re so happy that you found us and that everything was great. We would love to be tour go to place in the area. Visit our website ovationbistro.com to put your name in for a table!-Team Ovation

9. Chatham's Place

7575 Dr Phillips Blvd Ste 270, Orlando, FL 32819-7216 Italian, French, American Dinner, Late Night Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music [email protected] +1 407-345-2992 http://www.chathamsplace.com
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5 based on 745 reviews

Chatham's Place

A fine dining experience like no other in Orlando. Locally sourced ingredients, farm fresh from the Chef's very own local farm. A local favorite for over 20 years.

Reviewed By Luckytraveler10

Had reservations for adult daughter ‘s birthday . Was exceptional experience. Waiters all wished her a happy birthday- nice touch. Food was superb. Having just moved back from living in Paris- the food, service, ambiance was far superior at Chatham’s Place than anything we experienced there! Highly recommend this restaurant. Will definitely return.

8. Faded Bistro & Beer Garden

420 N Ridgewood Dr, Sebring, FL 33870 American, Bar, Seafood Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free Wifi [email protected] +1 863-471-0204 https://www.fadedbistro.com/
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4 based on 189 reviews

Faded Bistro & Beer Garden

Welcome to Faded Bistro & Beer Garden, the best restaurant in Sebring, FL. We're an open-air bistro built on seasonal ingredients & great service.

Reviewed By Felidae71

What an amazing restaurant! My husband, two children (10 & 8), and I had dinner at Faded. Who knew that Sebring had a restaurant like one you’d find in a big city. The atmosphere was absolutely beautiful. Friendly staff & made you feel like family. Each plate was a culinary delight. You can taste the freshness of their products. We ordered for appetizers the cheese & charcuterie board, calamari, and ceviche. For our meal, my husband had the green curry. We were lucky enough to have the owners chat with us! Thoroughly enjoyed. Just wish we had bigger stomachs to enjoy more dishes.Felidae71, Thank you for reviewing your experience at Faded. We are so glad you and your family enjoyed your experience, service and entrees. We hope we see you again soon.

7. Ovation Bistro & Bar

4715 S Florida Ave ,Claussen's Funiture Plaza,, Lakeland, FL 33813-2101 American, Steakhouse, Bar, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service [email protected] +1 863-262-3000 http://ovationbistro.com
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4 based on 251 reviews

Ovation Bistro & Bar

#1 smokehouse in Central Florida: At Ovation Bistro & Bar, we are unashamedly passionate about the food and drinks we create. As a family owned and operated business, we are always ready to serve! Our mouthwatering ribs and in-house smoked meats have earn

Reviewed By TravelinDebs

Our Bunco group has several times enjoyed lunch at Ovations in Lakeland. Today we had another great meal. We had 9 women in their large round booth, and had a great server, Kristina. She was very friendly and on the spot with everything we needed. The food was very good and the lunch specials are very affordable. One of the managers let us share some delicious desserts on the house. We’ll definitely be back again! Try the Pineapple Up-side Down Cake it’s wonderful.Thanks so much for the compliments and for the recommendations. How about that pineapple upside down cake? It’s one of our favorites too! We would be so happy to serve you and your party again, anytime.-Team Ovation

6. The Red Top Pit Stop

12160 US Highway 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809-1072 American, Barbecue, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +1 863-853-9222 https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Burger-Restaurant/The-Red-Top-Pit-Stop-359448234123465/
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4 based on 608 reviews

The Red Top Pit Stop

Reviewed By Magda B

If I could give them 10 stars or more I definitely would!!!!! Their burger was..........AHHHHHHHHHMMMMMMAAAAAAAZZZZZZZIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!! I'm not big on burgers but I've gone to a few places looking for a burger that would really spike my taste buds; lots of ppl recommended 5Guys and I WAS NOT impressed at all!!!!....the red top on the other hand? Fantabulous!!! Thanks Keith for your outstanding service n burger. I'll definitely be back again n recommend this place.

5. The Goblin Market

330 Dora Drawdy Way, Mount Dora, FL 32757-5593 American, International Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards [email protected] +1 352-735-0059 http://goblinmarketrestaurant.com
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4 based on 1853 reviews

The Goblin Market

Reviewed By Mike353632

Several shopkeepers in town mentioned this as a top-rated dining experience. We walked to it and investigated. The menu and venue looked interesting so we made reservations for later that evening. When we arrived, we were seated immediately and our server for the evening, Tony was at our side with all the relevant information about the menu specials of the day and the locally sourced items and freshly delivered sea food. The menu had a couple of vegetarian options. My wife chose the browned cauliflower steak, ras-el-hanot dusted and grilled over shallot-date coulis with cilantro-mint chermoula. Whatever all that means, it all tasted good. Our guest had the chicken roulade, pan seared chicken breast stuffed with asiago, spinach, sundried tomato, garlic & cream cheese with a Madeira beurre blanc. and said it was very good. I had a cup of Irish Whiskey onion soup, very tasty with lots of nicely caramelized sweet onion. I also had the Caesar salad, with the optional anchovies. My entree was the fish of the day, pompano. I had never had it before so I thought I’d give it a try. It was pan seared and served with a lemon-basil beurre blanc, pickled blueberries and pea shoots. It was prepared very nicely but I was not impressed with the flavor of the fish itself. The restaurant has been around for 23 years. The décor is amazing as can be seen in the photos. Tony was an excellent server. It was truly a great dining experience.

4. Bull & Bear Steakhouse at Waldorf Astoria Orlando

14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Ln, Orlando, FL 32821-4024 American, Steakhouse Dinner Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Validated Parking, Full Bar, Acc +1 407-597-5500 http://www.waldorfastoriaorlando.com/dining/bull-and-bear
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4 based on 1496 reviews

Bull & Bear Steakhouse at Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Dining at the award-wining Bull & Bear is a culinary journey unlike any other. Named Diner's Choice Top Restaurant by Hilton Worldwide, the restaurant offers a menu featuring re-imagined steakhouse classics and trend-setting fare, including Fried Chicken,

Reviewed By Linda K

We were celebrating our 47th anniversary and decided to splurge and have dinner here. We had a beautiful view from our table. Service was a bit too attentive for us, almost intrusive. Caesar salad was delicious. The chateaubriand was cooked to perfection but quite salty. The wilted spinach was not wilted and almost raw. We had “The Lemon Dessert” and that was a pleasant surprise.Linda K - Thank you for your recent visit to Bull & Bear. We are delighted you chose to celebrate your 47th Anniversary with us. We are thrilled you enjoyed the views from your table. Derived from its legendary namesake in the original Waldorf Astoria in New York City, Bull & Bear exudes an air of casual sophistication. We strive to provide a warm, elegant environment for all our guests. We sincerely appreciate your feedback on the Chateaubriand and wilted spinach. We are pleased to hear the Lemon Dessert was a pleasant surprise to finish your evening with. We hope to have the opportunity to celebrate with you again soon.

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3. The Friar Tuck - English Restaurant

16640 Cagan Crossings Blvd Suite 302, Clermont, FL 34714-4878 American, British, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Parking Available, [email protected] +1 352-404-6818 http://www.thefriartuck.com/
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5 based on 151 reviews

The Friar Tuck - English Restaurant

The Friar Tuck which is located in the Four Corners area of Clermont opened its doors in February of 2017. This quaint little English Cafe and market was the vision of Nottingham native and owner/operator Rebecca to create a warm and cozy café. The Friar

Reviewed By 535melanied

After almost 2 weeks of Denny's/McDonald's breakfasts and our hotel breakfasts being nothing to write home about, we were craving a proper full English. This did not disappoint. Proper bacon, baked beans, plum tomatoes, black pudding, fried egg, mushrooms and toast. Was just what we needed.Restaurant is in a really nice location, although was very quiet on the morning we visited. We were the only ones there.Food was brought out quickly. Was slightly more expensive than some of the other places we'd been but well worth it. If we're ever in Clermont again will definitely go back.

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2. Victoria & Albert's

4401 Floridian Way Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Orlando, FL 32830-8451 American Dinner, Late Night Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music +1 407-939-3862 http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/grand-floridian-resort-and-spa/victoria-and-alberts/?CMP=OKC-wdwgmap187
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5 based on 1571 reviews

Victoria & Albert's

Victoria & Albert's restaurant in Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa offers a unique dinner menu each night of exceptional, contemporary American cuisine served with unparalleled charm and elegance.A 13-year recipient of the prestigious AAA Five Diamon

Reviewed By jerseygirl901

For the record this review is regarding the Chef's Table Dining experience at Victoria & Alberts in Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. From beginning to end our experience was nothing but delightful. First, the world class cast members who attended to our every need during our 4.5 hour experience. I will try to go into as much detail as possible so settle in, this is going to be a fairly long review. Mâtre D' Israel Pérez: from the moment we entered the service from this noted professional was elegant and lives up to every award this restaurant has received. From beginning to end we never went five minutes without attention. Israel is a legacy cast member and rightfully so, never have we encountered a more seasoned and elegant Mâtre D'. Servers and Sommelier's: Sharon and Rado were our service team, of course, without fail every five minutes or less either one or the other, or both came to our table in the kitchen to make sure that every aspect of the evening was to our liking. And boy, was everything to our liking, I could write a book on all of the courses, plus wine pairings, plus enhancements. Dining experience: Between myself and my daughter we had the 11 course menu, plus enchantments. My daughter is vegetarian so in this review I will cover both menu's, vegetarian and standard. The menu here is seasonal and completely customized for every individual. For reference, I will list the various courses with the regular Chefs Dégustation Menu, to the Vegetarian version given to my daughter1. Amuse Boushe: - Imperial Caviar with Summer Melon Terrine, accompanied by Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve NV. I did not expect to like the caviar, I have never tried it before and was expecting it to be crunchy and fishy tasting. This could not be further from the truth. It was exquisite, smooth, and not fishy at all. Next time I will probably purchase the extra enchantment. The wine pairing was a dry white wine, which enhanced the flavors of the fresh melon beautifully, it was tart and not extremely fruity. Bot myself and my daughter enjoyed it thoroughly. - Summer Melon Terrine with Coconut Bloop, for wine pairing, see above. So my daughter absolutely loved the melon terrine, and for someone that is not a fan of much coconut, she devoured the coconut bloop and wanted more of it after. Being a culinary student, everything about this dish was so cohesive and only got better as it went. The serving portions are small, but believe me, you will be thankful for that after the first 7-8 courses, you will not leave hungry at all. The tartness and high tannins of the wine compliment the sweet and fresh flavors of the dish.Overall the amuse bouche was a tasteful and perfect opening to prepare our palates for the amazing courses to come. Second course: -The cold appetizers course was Black Label Jamón Ibérico, Baby Tomatoes, and 100 Year Old Balsamic, accompanied by Matthiasson White Blend, Napa 2017. The dish was presented beautifully of course, five thinly sliced tomatoes with the black label jamón ibérico, various colored egg yolks and huckleberries along the perimeter of the plate. The various textures and acidic flavors complimented each other perfectly, as of course, did the wine pairing. - Summer Baby Tomatoes with Petite Lettuces and 100 Year Old Balsamic. The egg yolks and huckleberries added a sweetness to the tart and acidic tomatoes, along with the selection of salts introduced at the beginning of the course. Third course: -The fish course was only offered for my menu. It was the Glacier 51 Tooth Fish and Alaskan King Crab with White Asparagus accompanied by Laurent Cognard "Les Bassets" Mantagny 1er Cru 2016. The sauce accompanied by the crab and tooth fish was acidic and creamy at the same time, it was the highlight of the dish. - The vegetarian option was California Asparagus with Artichokes and Sauce Vierge. Once again, beautifully presented and the sauce was in fact the highlight of the dish, my daughter thoroughly enjoyed the asparagus and the crunch element that added a bit of saltiness to the sweet and tart flavors of the asparagus and the sauce. 4. Fish enhancement course The first course I added was the Wild Turbot with Toasted Capers and Preserved Lemon. The fish was perfectly moist and the accompanying sauce was divine of course, toasted capers added a crunchy element that made the dish pop. 5. in the intermission between courses, we were served a special off menu "small bite" It was a delicious filled pasta with fresh herbs and a creamy sauce which was absolutely divine. This was the perfect break between main courses the prepared us for the dishes to come. To clarify, every course was significantly better than the last, and even the first course was of the highest quality of any food my daughter or myself have ever tasted. The entire experience was worth every penny. 6. Pasta course-Poussin Ballotine with Chive Gnocchi and House Made Ricotta accompanied by Pulenta Estate, Gran Malbec X, Mendoza 2014. The meat was tender and flavorful and the chive gnocchi was a perfect accompaniment. The house made cheese was the highlight of the dish along with the pasta. - Chive Gnocchi with House Made Ricotta for the vegetarian option it was just a larger portion of the chive pasta which my daughter enjoyed.7. Seventh course-Texas Wild Boar with Elote and "Salsa Verde" accompanied by Barruol-Lynch Côte-Rôtie "Neve" 2015. The wild boar was not something I was expecting to enjoy however it was tender and flavorful, and perfectly cooked, the corn and elote were also amazing.- The vegetarian option was the same, of course excepting the wild boar, my daughter thoroughly enjoyed the corn and elote with the sweet but also tart wine pairing. 8. Beef course -Australian Kobe-Style Beef with Black Truffle Pain Purdue and Chanterelles optional enchantments Miyazaki Japanese Beef accompanied by Jayson Pahlmeyer Bordeaux Blend, Napa 2016. I did opt in for the enchantment which was the best choice I could have made because it was the most tender and delicious meat of the evening. Paired with a high tannin red wine, absolutely divine. 100 of 10 rating for the Japanese beef, if you opt in for only one enhancement, this should be the one. - Braised Belgian Endive with Compressed Pears and Fennel. The sauce and pears were the highlights of this dish for my daughter, she absolutely adored the sweetness of the pears in contrast with the acidic sauce and the texture of the endive. The rich flavor of the wine offset the dish perfectly. 9. Selection of Cheeses from the Market or Vanilla Gelato with Rainer Cherry Compote and White Chocolate, accompanied by Famille Perrin Muscat Beaumes de Venise Blanc 2016 Between myself and my daughter we ordered one of each of the selections. The cherry compote was the perfect tart compliment to the sweetness of the vanilla gelato. The cheese selection with accompaniments was delectable and perfectly complimented each other of course 10. The dessert course was Trinitario Chocolate Mousse and Avocado Gelato, served with Sulawesi Island Coffee by Joffrey's. The chocolate mousse with avocado gelato was creamy and unexpectedly perfectly complimented. Something about the creaminess of the chocolate with the fresh taste of the avocado was perfect. Both of us completely enjoyed this course. 11. Unexpectedly, a second dessert mousse was served, and it truly was the perfect ending to a fairy tail evening. This completely delighted us, and the interactiveness of the chef teaching us how to perfectly enjoy the various components together was incredible. I won't spoil this one for you, only will say that it was perfect and tart, with a delicious crunchy element. 12. Delicious finale: the chocolate course. A selection of chocolates was the conclusion to our evening, and let me say each and every morsel left us wanting more and morel, I really cannot describe the exquisiteness of this experience to you, it is something which must be felt first hand for you to completely understand. There is absolutely nothing, and I do mean nothing, that made this evening anything less than perfect. From the front entrance, to the champagne toast with Chef Aimée Rivera, and the special surprise offered to my daughter at the end of the evening which I will not reveal, all the way to the last moment when we departed the restaurant in a state of bliss, absolutely evening was marvelous. A note on the Chef's Table, this table in itself is a new level from the already amazing atmosphere of Victoria & Alberts. Thank you to each and every member of the Victoria & Alberts team, we will return for years to come I am positive!

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1. The Melting Pot

7549 W Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819-5109 American Dinner Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, [email protected] +1 407-903-1100 http://meltingpot.com/orlando-fl/
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4 based on 1833 reviews

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot is Orlando's award-winning fondue restaurant. We prepare your cheese fondue table-side and serve Pretzel bread, apples, and veggies for dipping. Our popular salads cleans the palate before indulging in our entrees. The guests prepare Lobst

Reviewed By Kara J

My husband and I went here for a date night while away for his work conference. Our waiter was excellent and the experience was fun, but it is more expensive than I expected. I think if we were to come again, we would just come for dessert, which was by far the best part of our meal but we were too full to really enjoy it.Thank you for the great review, Kara! We are so glad you had great service and an awesome experience. We run specials throughout the week/weekend where we offer cheese, salad, and chocolate fondue for $19 per person & also offer a 4 course dinner for 2 option as well. We hope you join us again soon and check these out!

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