Orlando may be landlocked, but the ocean is damn close. Fresh Atlantic and Gulf seafood abounds within an hour’s drive, which is why we have so many seafood restaurants in Orlando ready to satisfy your seafood cravings. Here are our favorites ranging from super casual spots to refined experiences for a memorable night out.
Updated April 2022 by Dani Meyering
Vegetarian Restaurants in Winter Park
Let’s start with a nighttime date destination that’s full of great spots. Winter Park itself is a special town in the Orlando area, and within Winter Park there are unique neighborhoods and neighborhoods. We love a night out along Park Avenue, and many places in Winter Park make our list of Orlando’s most romantic restaurants.
Winter Park Fishing Company
the Winter Park Fishing Company is the place to go for big, fast casual seafood in Winter Park. With their fun, kitsch decor and diverse menu, they offer something for everyone. Most of their the seats are outside with limited tables inside.
Most (foodie) sailors have a pet peeve of ordering a lobster roll and getting mostly bread and mayonnaise. At WPFC, you get huge chunks of lobster that spill out of the bun. However, if you’re looking for something a little cheaper, try their tasty fish tacos. They don’t take reservations, so get there early or be prepared for a bit of a wait.
Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen and Bar
For a perfect balance between a Sophisticated seafood restaurant with a casual, welcoming atmospherehead toward Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen and Bar. The quality of their raw bar rivals that of the upscale spots at some of Orlando’s luxury hotels. And yet, you can come as you are. As you enter Reel Fish, a small dining room and a long bar greet you. Next, a second dining room with an impressive raw bar makes it immediately clear that good seafood is served here. Outdoor seating is also available.
Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen is one of our picks for the best brunch in Orlando. Reservations are strongly recommended for brunch and dinner. Everything is made from scratch here, so your dining experience may take a little longer than other places, but it’s worth the wait.
Beer and Atlantic Oyster
Our last stop in Winter Park is the most laid back and feels like a secret location. Tucked away in a hidden courtyard off Park Avenue, Beer and Atlantic Oysteror ABO for short, is a must visit for oyster fans. The menu is small but mighty. Besides a wide variety of oysters, a few small plates and sandwiches complete the offer. The seafood shack atmosphere makes it a great spot for a laid back afternoon or early evening. Hours may vary and are sometimes different from what is displayed on their website.
Casual Seafood Restaurants in Orlando
The current seafood counter
Located in Sanford
A favorite Orlando seafood restaurant among those in Seminole County isn’t a restaurant itself. It’s a seafood counter. The current seafood counter is inside Henry’s Depot Food Hall, brings fresh catches daily. Their menu and specials change depending on what’s freshest straight from the shores of Florida. If a Mahi Mahi Sandwich is on the menu, don’t hesitate to order it. And the Old Bay fries are a must. After ordering your meal, walk down a few stairs to The Basin, a wonderful Florida-themed bar. Grab something fresh to drink while your fresh seafood is being prepared.
Located in South Orlando
The quality and freshness of seafood at The waterfront near downtown Orlando will make you feel like you’re right on the ocean. This super laid back place by the lake is a staple among many locals who have discovered the beach atmosphere, delicious seafood, and affordable prices. Parking gets a little tight at nights and weekends, so try to arrive early.
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Boston Fish House
Located in Winter Park (Aloma)
While this restaurant is nothing new to us longtime residents, it still deserves a mention on this list. First opened in 1988, this fish house has been serving fresh fried seafood for over 30 years. Must try on BFH the menu is Ipswich Whole Belly Clams. These bits of fried delight are well known in the Northeast, but not by many Southerners.
Lee & Rick’s Oyster Bar
Located in Orlando
No list of seafood experiences in this city is complete without mentioning Lee and Rick’s. They are a central Florida institution. Their famous 80-foot-long concrete bar can accommodate up to 50 people. So if you’re craving good oysters, a cold beer and friendly service, this is the place to go. Their ship-like building has also become something of a tourist attraction, so if you have friends from out of town and want to feel cool and in the know, bring them here. Open since 1950, this place is older than Walt Disney World.
Orlando’s King Cajun Crawfish
Located in the Mills 50 neighborhood of Orlando
Ask any local in the Mills 50 area where to get seafood, their answer will probably be Orlando’s King Cajun Crawfish. They offer crab, oysters, lobster, clams, and shrimp, along with their namesake crayfish. You can choose a seasoning and spice level. This is not a place to come for a first or even a third date. Your eyes will water and your nose will run, so make sure you’re ready for your date to be super laid back. Oh, and you’ll really want to wear that bib the waiter brings.
Ideal for an upscale date night
Dress smart, prim and get ready for a night to remember. Few things are as sexy as eating sumptuous seafood and sipping sophisticated wine together. These upscale seafood restaurants are sure to impress your date.
Oceanaire Seafood Room
Located in Pointe Orlando
Do you have a date to impress or a special birthday to celebrate? It is the place. Oceanaire is the embodiment of a classy seafood restaurant. Don’t let that put you off, as the food is as good as it is fine. One of the most impressive and delicious items to order is the Alaskan Red King Crab. The leg will probably be as long as your partner’s arm. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Todd English’s Bluezoo
Located at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
Todd English’s bluezoo orlando seafood restaurant located in Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is truly a work of art. The glass, the lighting and the decoration really give you a chic atmosphere under the ocean. One of the coolest dishes on their menu is “tonight’s dancing fish”. Several fish are skewered on a very unusual rotisserie system which can be seen as you walk through the bar and past the grill. They look like they are standing on their tails, dancing on the embers. The fish is roasted then filleted at the table. It’s as chic and impressive as the surroundings.
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Located at Sand Lake Road, Dr. Phillips area
Get ready for a mind-blowing date night. Eddie V is one of Orlando’s finest seafood restaurants and it’s a great choice for any special occasion. Birthdays, anniversaries, and other special gatherings are a great reason to dine here, and the service is usually spot on. Reservations are strongly encouraged.
Located in Disney Springs
One of the first restaurants to open inside the new Disney Sources, The boathouse is a sight to behold. It is both a restaurant, a nautical museum and a cruise port. Along with lush seafood dinners, a variety of steakhouse-style dishes are on the menu. And a brunch is offered on weekends. The vibe is hard to beat thanks to the mini-marina and outdoor bar at the quay. What could be more perfect for enjoying a seafood dinner than with a glass of wine in hand and nautical views.
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This last stop no longer offers a dining experience, but it’s such an Orlando institution that it still needs to be on this list of seafood restaurants. The Lombardi is the place to go buy the freshest seafood. For a gourmet evening at home, you can head over to Lombardi’s website, browse their many recipes, and try whipping up one of their great meals at home. Nothing’s easier !
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Featured Image The Oceanaire Seafood Room